Thierry is a practising lawyer and arbitrator in Rwanda at Legal Line Partners after serving Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) for four years as registrar and project director to the KIAC ADR Project. He administered KIAC’s arbitration proceedings (appointing tribunals, advising tribunals and sharing best practice with parties on complex legal issues arising out of the proceedings) and actively participating in KIAC business development strategy.
He advises, and acts as counsel and arbitrator. Since December 2015 he has sat twice as arbitrator in ad hoc international arbitration, as well as sole arbitrator appointed under KIAC rules.
His former roles include CEO of the Rwanda Bar Association and in-house lawyer at the Rwandan Ministry of Justice. His areas of concentration in the past 13 years have been international arbitration, business development and policy formulation (legal reform). Thierry has published articles and consultancy reports in the above areas.
Thierry graduated in law in Rwanda and Switzerland, where he obtained his LLB degree, a diploma in legal practice and a diploma in international arbitration respectively. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIarb) and a listed panelist of the KIAC.
He was a commonwealth commission scholar in 2010 for five CEOs of law societies.
He is a regular speaker in international arbitration/bar gatherings in Africa, Europe, Middle East, USA and Australia.
He sits as member of the board of directors of the Rwanda Society of Authors; and a member of the IBA-BIC’s international trade in legal services committee. He previously served as a member of board of directors of Transparency International Rwanda.
He speaks Kinyarwanda, English, French and Swahili.
WWL says: Thierry Ngoga Gakuba is "one of the fastest-rising stars of African arbitration".
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