WHO WE ARE
We are a non-profit
We work to ensure Africans are better placed to participate effectively in the glocal legal community
Dr Rukia Baruti
Dr Rukia Baruti is the founder and Managing Director of AILA. She is also the Secretary General of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA). She specialises in international investment law, with a particular focus on Africa. She also sits as arbitrator in arbitrations conducted under various arbitration rules. Rukia was listed in The Lawyer magazine's ‘Hot 100’, in recognition of her pro-bono work for Africa. She holds a PhD (Hons) from the University of Geneva, a first class LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London, an MA in Diplomatic Studies and a Graduate Diploma in International Studies with an emphasis on public international law and international relations. Prior to founding AILA, she practised law at SJ Berwin’s International Arbitration Group in London where she was involved in the arbitration and litigation of commercial disputes, a majority of which were international in nature.
Debbie Emmanuel is Head of Africa and the Middle East at the British Arab Commercial Bank, London. Her role is to originate and execute both traditional and structured trade transactions. She has worked on various transactions across industries - oil & gas, metals & telecoms - in many of the countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, South Africa, and Ivory Coast. The deals have involved both financial institutions and corporates (local and international) on bilateral and syndicated bases. Prior to J.P Morgan, Debbie worked at Standard Banks’ Structured Trade and Commodity Finance team. In the course of her time at Standard she worked in their London, South Africa and New York offices. Debbie holds a Bsc in Computer Science from the University of Sussex and an MBA from City University Business School.
Democratic Republic of Congo