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LRT Supervisors |
Laura Muniafa

Laura Muniafa

Strathmore University
Biography

Director SEIC, Project Lead and Oversight APLA Pilot Project (Strathmore)

Laura is an accomplished professional holding a wealth of experience in project management, stakeholder engagement, policy design, curriculum design, research and capacity building in the Energy and Extractives Sector. She holds a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering from Sheffield University and an Msc. in Oil and Gas Engineering from Aberdeen University.

Laura currently the Director at Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC), housed at the Strathmore University Law School. SEIC is a semi-autonomous research centre involved in evidence based and impact driven research, capacity building, policy development and stakeholder engagement in Africa’s extractives industry.

She is also the Project Lead and Oversight of the African Petroleum Legislation Atlas (APLA) Pilot Project at the Strathmore University. Together, SEIC and the ALSF aim to develop the APLA Platform with the objective to support African countries in maximizing petroleum resource benefits through:

(i) promoting transparency, accessibility and comparison of Africa’s petroleum laws;

(ii) facilitating the preparation, revision and implementation of petroleum laws;

(iii) providing a living database that will catalyse research and policy debates on legal and regulatory issues; and

(iv) promote the development of local legal expertise on African petroleum laws.

Laura is an expert in the energy and extractives sector and has distinguished herself through her work in the sector, which centres on gender in the extractives industry, local content, Environment, Health and Safety in the Petroleum Sector, transparency and accountability, youth and innovation, SME development as well as different capacity building initiatives.

Laura also sits as a board member for the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Kenyatta University Chapter.

She is passionate about local content and is always working to bridge the gender gaps within the energy and extractive sectors.

JAMES OMBAKI KIRWA

JAMES OMBAKI KIRWA

Strathmore University
Biography

James is one of the supervisors for the African Petroleum Legislation Atlas (APLA) Pilot Project. He is an accomplished legal researcher at Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC), based at Strathmore Law School, Nairobi. His areas of experience include, inter alia, business and human rights, natural resources law (minerals and mineral oils), environment and land law, law and gender, indigenous law and conflict resolution, and sustainable development. With over five years’ experience as a researcher, James has developed excellent skills in research methodologies, project design and implementation, project monitoring and evaluation (M&E), curriculum development, policy design, and stakeholder mapping and engagement. James is passionate about sustainable exploitation and utilization of natural resources and is appreciative of the importance of action research in policy making. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi.

Jovia Bogere Nampewo

Jovia Bogere Nampewo

Strathmore University
Biography

Jovia is a supervisor and reviewer of the African Petroleum Legislation Atlas (APLA) ensuring quality checks are made towards content on the platform. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a member of the Law Society of Kenya, and the ICJ (Kenyan Chapter). She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) from the Uganda Christian University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL. M) in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen.

Jovia is a legal researcher at the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre and Extractives Baraza and is in charge of stakeholder engagement and social media co-ordination. Jovia’s over 6 years’ experience as a legal officer and Senior Associate at various law firms in Uganda and Kenya has seen her practicing environmental law, conveyancing and commercial law, ADR and gender advocacy.