The Hon. Mr Justice (ret'd) Barnabas Samatta
The Hon. Mr Justice (ret'd) Barnabas Samatta served as Chief Justice and Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania from 2000 to 2007. He has also served as a Judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe, and as Vice Chair of the Southern African Judges Commission. He is currently the Chancellor of Mzumbe University, Tanzania.
Justice Samatta is particularly regarded for his strong views on the importance of judicial integrity, the Rule of Law, and universal access to justice. He is a founding member of the Judicial Integrity Group, along with several other internationally distinguished Chief Justices.
Courtenay Griffiths, QC is a leading English barrister. He has acted in some of the most high profile criminal cases in recent English legal history and was also the Lead Defence Counsel in the trial in The Hague of the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor.
His practice has frequently taken him to Africa and the Caribbean, where his interest in civil liberties has afforded him invaluable insights into the practical application of different dispute resolution mechanisms and methods. He has also served as chair of both the Race Relations and Public Affairs Committees of the Bar Council.
Courtenay Griffiths QC
Humphrey Harrison, a South African national, is an English barrister and former investment analyst, based in London. He has advised governments, companies and others across the developing world on a wide range of projects and policies, especially in the resources sectors. He specialises in dispute avoidance and ADR, as well as in fraud, corruption and development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.
His early career was as head of energy research at several major financial institutions, including Paribas, RBC and County Natwest. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (London) and of the Dispute Board Federation (Geneva) and is a former member of the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.
Adv Desiré Basset, SC is head of Basset Chambers in Mauritius. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, as well as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, on matters related to company law, industrial law and civil litigation.
He is a former Vice Chair of the Financial Services Commission and has been a member of the Electoral Supervisory Commission and Electoral Boundaries Commissions since 1992. He has also conducted several public enquiries, on matters ranging from the prisons system to educational issues. His early career was as a banker (BNP Group) and with KPMG.
Adv Desire Basset SC
Hon Justice Unity Dow
Justice Unity Dow, Botswana’s first female High Court judge, was recently appointed to the Cabinet, as Minister of Education. She is a former chair of the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva and also served as a Justice of Kenya’s Interim Independent Constitutional Dispute Resolution Court.
She has published several novels dealing with the struggle between Western culture and traditional values, and co-founded the AIDS Action Trust and the Women and Law in Southern Africa Project. She has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur de France.
Dr Malcolm Butler worked for over 25 years as a CEO/senior executive in the worldwide oil and gas business, including African projects, before switching to corporate finance to head the oil and gas corporate finance group at HSBC Investment Bank. He also set up its renewable energy technology group.
He was then a senior advisor to one of the biggest brokers on the LSE/AIM, as well as to several oil- and Africa-focused investment funds, and has significant experience in negotiating commercial terms with government and industrial entities. He is a Chartered Geologist, was appointed an honorary professor of geology at the University of Wales in 1996. He is the founding Chairman of the UK Onshore Geophysical Library.
Dr Malcolm Butler
Karin Harrison specializes in whistleblowing, financial crime and corporate governance. Prior to qualifying as a barrister in England, she was extensively involved in advising companies in Europe and Africa on corporate governance and change management, especially in relation to regulatory risks. She is also an experienced Company Secretary and an accredited commercial mediator.
Her early career was with UBS and as a country representative in Southern Africa for several specialist financial boutiques. A graduate of the University for Economics in Vienna, she also holds an LLM (distinction) in Financial Regulation & Compliance and the CISI Certificate in Financial Compliance. She is a trustee of the National Justice Museum in Nottingham.
Fredrick Ngatia is one of East Africa’s most versatile and distinguished advocates. Clients have included many prominent companies, institutions and individuals.
His early career, as State Counsel, was notable for his role in re-defining the Kenya-Sudan border to include a vast terrain known as Ilemi Triangle. He also played a key role in drafting the IGADD protocols. In private practice, he has excelled in judicial review and constitutional litigation and has acted as lead counsel in landmark cases in most areas of civil and commercial law. A graduate of the University of Nairobi, he also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.
Adv Fred Ngatia