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Robert Kayihura serves as of counsel resident in the firm’s Johannesburg office and is a vice chair of the Africa Practice Group. He leads the innovative Global Problem Solving initiative, the Public Policy and Technology practice areas in Africa.

Mr. Kayihura has extensive experience negotiating with and advising decision makers at leading companies, regional policy making bodies and national governments on a wide range of legal and policy issues related to technology transactions, market access, and complex opportunities and disputes at the intersection of law and public policy.

Drawing on his experience as an entrepreneur, trade and policy advisor and former legal director at Microsoft and Uber, Mr. Kayihura relies on a diverse set of perspectives when advising and representing innovative public and private companies across sectors effectively navigate legal, compliance, and regulatory issues associated with the launch of new markets, products, and services.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Election Oversight Panel, International Association of Athletics Federations (2019-)
  • Board Member, Corporate Council on Africa (2012-2014)    
  • Member, United States Legal Services Corporation, Pro Bono Task Force (2011-2012)
  • Fellow, U.S.-Japan Foundation Leadership Program (2009-)
  • Commissioner, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (2009-2011)
  • Board Member, University of Washington Law School Alumni Association (2007-2009)
  • Board Member (Board Chair 2003-2004), Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (2001-2004)

Previous Experience

  • Uber, Legal Director, Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan
  • Microsoft, Transactional Attorney, Staff Attorney - Office of the EVP and General Counsel, and Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Zundati Inc., Founding Partner, U.S. based business process outsourcing company with data processing operations in Uganda
  • Complex Commercial Litigation Associate at a leading Seattle law firm
  • Office of the Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa, Executive Office of the President of the United States, Legal Extern