Robert Kayihura

Robert Kayihura

Senior Advisor

Robert Kayihura works closely with Witney Schneidman, the Africa Practice Group chair, and leads the firm’s technology, public policy and global problem solving practice in Africa.

He has extensive experience negotiating with and advising decision makers at leading companies, regional policy making bodies and national governments on technology, IP transactions and complex business problems and opportunities at the intersection of law and policy.

Drawing on his experience as an entrepreneur, trade and policy advisor and former legal director at Uber and Microsoft, two of the most prominent global technology corporations, Mr. Kayihura relies on a diverse set of perspectives to help start-up, growth and mature companies effectively navigate legal, compliance, and regulatory issues associated with the launch of new markets, products, and services.

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Openness is key to Africa’s success in a data-driven world

Shift to a services era While Africa’s trajectory remains full of daunting challenges, there is reason to be optimistic. Ratification of the Continental Free Trade Agreement demonstrates critical collaboration between African leaders, and promises to unlock the region’s potential. Equally important, growing investments in broadband ensure that affordable access to leading technology will accelerate the … Continue Reading

Public-Private Collaboration is Key to Building Africa’s Digital Future

Over the past four decades, three key barriers prevented most Africans from benefitting from the technology innovations and services that have changed the world. First, a failure of leadership led to mismanagement and theft of billions of dollars that should have built the healthcare, education, and other infrastructure and services critical to development. Second, Africa’s … Continue Reading

Top Ten Issues to Watch in Africa in 2019

Africa’s Growth Prospects. Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at 3.8 percent in 2019, which is a significant improvement over last year’s regional growth rate of 2.6 percent. Excluding the continent’s largest economies (Angola, Nigeria and South Africa), which are growing collectively at an average of 2.5 percent, the aggregate growth rate … Continue Reading