Echoes from the field

ALSF Governing Council appoints two Management Board members

The African Legal Support Facility (“Facility” or “ALSF”) is pleased to announce the appointment of two Management Board (Board”) members, Dr. Felister Saliku Kivisi and Dr. Roland Amoussou-Guenou.

At its Extraordinary Meeting held on 18 September 2023, the ALSF Governing Council (“Council”) appointed Dr. Felister Saliku Kivisi and Dr. Roland Amoussou-Guenou for a three-year Mandate effective from 24 October 2023 to 23 October 2026. Dr. Kivisi and Dr. Amoussou-Guenou replace Ms. Christine Agimba (former Board Member and Chairperson) and Ambassador Arve Ofstad (former Board Member) whose terms end on 23 October 2023.

Dr. Felister Saliku Kivisi is an Advisor on Sovereign Lending and Debt Management at the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), where she has been on secondment since 2019. Prior to joining TDB, Dr. Kivisi worked for the Kenyan Ministry of Finance since 1994 as an Administrative Officer and rose to the position of Senior Deputy Director of the Public Debt Management Office.

At the National Treasury (Ministry of Finance), Dr. Kivisi was instrumental in building and maintaining of the Kenyan public debt database. She also led the technical team that prepared Kenya for the issuance of the three Eurobonds that Kenya successfully issued in 2014, 2018, and 2019. Dr. Kivisi has been involved in different initiatives such as mobile bonds as well as the establishment of the Public Debt Management Office in accordance with internationally recognized best practice.

She is a graduate fellow of the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) and a trainer for the Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS).

Dr. Kivisi has been commended for her service to the Republic of Kenya and was awarded the ‘Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya’ (OGW) in 2018.

Dr. Roland Amoussou-Guenou is a Partner at Vovan & Associes, an international law firm specializing in international arbitration, personal data protection, digital economy law, and cryptocurrency regulations. He is the head of the Thailand – Africa and Thailand – China Legal departments at Vovan Law Group in Bangkok.

He has over 20 years of professional experience including as a Senior Legal Counsel at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, Italy, and playing a key role in the French Government's legal regional cooperation project in ASEAN.

Dr. Amoussou-Guenou also has extensive experience as an adjunct faculty, lecturer, speaker, and resource person in many African, European, Middle East, and Asian countries, including Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Pakistan, and Lebanon. 

Dr. Amoussou-Guenou is a co-founder and President of the AsiAfrica Foundation, where he fosters connections between Asia and Africa and promotes education and culture. He is a renowned author and an expert in the field of international arbitration.


The ALSF’s Management Board is responsible for the efficient and effective conduct of all operations of the Facility, as well as the approval of its Budget and appointment of its Director. The Board comprises five members of high integrity and competence, acting in their individual capacity, and are appointed by the Governing Council for a three-year, non-renewable term. The current members of the Board are Ms. Manisha Dookhony, Mr. Diko Mukete, Ms. Pippa Tubman Amerding, Dr Felister Saliku Kivisi and Dr. Roland Amoussou-Guenou.


About the ALSF

Hosted by the African Development Bank since 2008, the ALSF assists African governments in negotiating complex commercial transactions, providing legal and technical assistance, and developing capacity building tools in the key sectors of energy, infrastructure and public-private partnerships, natural resources, extractives industries and sovereign finance. 


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