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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.

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