Board Members and Staff

The regional work of ILI-ACLE is supported by a small professional and administrative staff with the oversight of a Board of Directors. They are complemented by an extensive network of adjunct faculty and consultants composed of talented and experienced practitioners from around the globe who bring a blend of international and regional best practices to the various ILI-ACLE programmes and projects. These lawyers, engineers, bankers, and officials from government, the private sector and international organisations have excellent teaching skills, extensive knowledge and experience of the African continent and its priorities, and a deep belief in the ILI mission.

Board of Directors

Professor Don Wallace, Jr. (Chairman)

Georgetown University Law Center

Charles O. Verrill, Jr., Esq.

President, International Law Institute

Ambassador Georg Lennkh

Former Director General and Former Special Envoy for Africa, Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Francis M. Ssekandi, Esq.

Former General Counsel, African Development Bank

Alexander Marquardt

Partner, Kramer Levin (Paris)

Swithin J. Munyantwali, Esq. (ex officio)

Vice Chairman and Founder, ILI-ACLE

Leadership Team

Swithin J. Munyantwali, Esq. (Vice Chairperson)

Swithin Munyantwali is the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of ILI-ACLE. Since its inception, he has provided strategic direction to the centre’s operations. He also serves on the Board of ILI -Washington, DC, where he was previously Executive Director. Under his leadership, ILI-ACLE has successfully implemented significant rule of law assignments of major bilateral and multilateral donors and regional governments. He serves on the advisory board of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (Dispute Resolution Programme), the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Bioterrorism Prevention Programme), and the ABA-UNDP Advisory Board Centre in Washington, DC.  He is also advisor and counsel to international law firms, and multinational companies focused on various African initiatives. He is counsel to Carnegie Mellon University on an African educational investment project, and Chairman of the Board of Barclays Bank, Uganda.  Mr. Munyantwali has served as an international arbitrator under the International Chamber of Commerce in major investor-state disputes. He is Vice Chairman of the Staff Appeals Tribunal at the East African Development Bank. He is head of Appleton Luff’s East African office, an international boutique law firm with offices in the US, Europe and Asia. Mr. Munyantwali has lectured at the Macau University of Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong Law School, Case Western Reserve Law School, University of Pacific McGeorge, the World Affairs Council in Sacramento, California and Peking University (School of Transnational Law) in Shenzhen. He is an annual lecturer at the Loyola Law School LLM Pro Law Program in Rome. Mr. Munyantwali holds a bacholor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Bsc. Criminal Justice); a Juris Doctor at Case Western Reserve Law School; and a Masters in International Law (LLM) at Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington, D.C. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Neha Pandya Dave, Esq. (Senior Director for International Initiatives)

Neha Pandya Dave joined the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence in July 2009, most recently appointed as Senior Director- International Initiatives. In this capacity, Ms. Pandya is responsible for the overall coordination of international outreach on behalf of the Institute. She also collaborates with the Senior Regional Director-Africa in the management and oversight of the Institute’s technical assistance and training programmes, including her role as Programme Manager for a large-scale multi-donor funded access to justice initiatives across 45 districts in Uganda, designed and implemented in partnership with the Uganda Ministry of Local Government and Justice, Law and Order Sector. Ms. Pandya represents ILI-ACLE on the Committee on Legal Education and Training of the Uganda Law Council.In 2014, Ms. Pandya was selected amongst rising social entrepreneurs and social change leaders across East African as an Acumen East Africa Fellow. She has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Yako Microfinance (Uganda) as well as to the Board of Advisors for Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD)(Uganda).Prior to moving to Uganda, Ms. Pandya worked as an Associate in the Employment and Labor Law practice group at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Juris Doctor from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Policy and Metropolitan Studies, with honors, from New York University.

Elizabeth Onyango (Senior Regional Director – Africa)

Elizabeth Onyango is the Senior Regional Director – Africa. She has 15 years regional and international experience managing complex projects and programmes involving human rights, governance, and legal and judicial reform. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Party for the Lesotho Civil Legal Reform Technical Assistance Project, recognized by MCA-Lesotho for its performance. As Director-Programmes and Special Projects in Uganda, Ms. Onyango spearheaded ILI-ACLE’s rule of law and governance programmes, as well as management of various institute portfolio and projects. In this capacity, she managed projects including the Rwanda Commercial Law Reform Project and others involving legal and judicial reform in various countries on the continent, as well as study tours and training programmes in South-East Asia for the Nigerian Judiciary. Prior to joining ILI-ACLE, Ms. Onyango was a Programme Coordinator and head of office at the international NGO, African Rights, in Kigali, Rwanda and also held various advocacy responsibilities at African Rights headquarters in the United Kingdom. She has written in the area of human rights as well as made presentations at international conferences and facilitated training broadly in the areas of gender equality in post conflict reconstruction, and the complex issues of human rights development post-genocide. She obtained her LLB at the London School of Economics and her LLM, International Human Rights Law (Distinction) at the University of Essex.




James Abola

Access to Justice Trainer

Shirlyne Agaba

Programmes Coordinator – Access to Justice

Esther Akullu

Programmes Coordinator – Access to Justice

Shem Byakagaba

Access to Justice Trainer

Elvis Esonyu

Reception/ Programmes Administrator

Jacqueline Gichinga

Business Development Advisor

Ronald Kasozi

External Accountant

Margaret Kemigisa

M & E Expert, Strengthening the Capacity of Accountability Institutions in Uganda Project

Fiona Sandra Mahoro

Access to Justice Trainer

Bonny Mbabazi

Director of Logistics/Internal Auditor

Samuel Muasya

Programmes Administrator

Jane Okidi

Office Auxiliary

William Okurut

Programmes Coordinator – Access to Justice

Brenda Tautsagae

Special Projects Officer/Office Administrator

Brenda Trespalacios

Senior Programmes Administrator/Marketing Associate

Jasper Tumuhimbise

Access to Justice Trainer