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Robert J. Kayihura
Senior Advisor
Johannesburg +27 11 944 6906 rkayihura@cov.com Download V-card

Robert Kayihura has nearly two decades of experience advising clients across the African continent. Drawing on his experience as an entrepreneur, advisor and former legal director at global technology corporations like Uber and Microsoft, Mr. Kayihura helps clients effectively navigate legal, compliance, policy, and regulatory issues associated with the launch of new markets, products, and services. He has worked closely with decision makers at these organizations as well as with federal governments and regional policy making bodies.

Throughout his career, Mr. Kayihura has counseled on varied, political, economic, and social issues including, but not limited to, commercial (technology licensing and transactions), information technology policy and regulatory issues, FCPA, leasing and finance, strategic partnerships, dispute resolution (civil, criminal, and regulatory), and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Corporate Council on Africa (2012-2014)
  • Advisory Board, African Presidential Center at Boston University (2012-2014)
  • Member, United States Legal Services Corporation, Pro Bono Task Force (2011-2012)
  • Fellow, U.S.-Japan Foundation Leadership Program (2009-)
  • Commissioner, American Bar Association 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