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  • On 11thJune at 14.00SAST, Afriwise is hosting an online panellist session to discuss the Future of Africa’s Legal Sector; the focus will be on technological transformation and led by some of the continent’s leading legal and tech thought leaders.

    Meet the Panel:

    Alice Namuli Blazevic, Partner Head Technology and Innovation, Katende Ssempebwa & Company

    Alice is an award-winning lawyer, international speaker and author. With over 16 years’ experience, Alice specialises in technology and the law and has a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto currencies, Fintechs, Cyberlaw and Data Protection. She represents some of the largest Fintechs and Blockchain Technology based businesses in Africa. Alice is Team Leader at the Legal Innovation Hub (Africa), Chairperson at Uganda Legal Tech Network, Co-founder of Kampala Legal Hackers, Board Member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the Uganda National Social Security Fund and Cybersecurity expert for the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch.

    Alice will be sharing her thoughts on whether COVID-19 will be a gamechanger for law firms in Africa and whether major changes should be expected, drawing from her own experience at KATS. Alice will also be discussing her work with the Legal Innovation Hub and the Legal Tech Network in Uganda.

    Warren Hero, Chief Information Officer, Webber Wentzel

    Warren is an experienced Chief Technology Officer and current Chief Information Officer at Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s leading law firms. Warren’s appointment to Webber Wentzel was viewed as signalling the firm’s heightened commitment to harnessing technology as a means of delivering efficient and innovative legal solutions to its clients. Warren joined Webber Wentzel from Microsoft where he was Chief Technology Officer for the South African operations.

    Warren has also had a tenure as Chief Information and Operations Officer for Eduloan, a leading provider of study loans in South Africa; he has a keen understanding of the financial services industry. He has spent most of his career in this sector - holding senior positions with ABSA, Nedbank, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and First National Bank (FNB). Warren was the first of two global Fellows with the International Council for Information Technology in Government Administration (ICA).

    Warren will be sharing his perspective as CIO of one of the largest African law firms. He will discuss how Webber Wentzel has adapted as a firm and will also be giving his thoughts on how smaller firms across the continent can adapt.

    Nankunda Katangaza, Co-founder, African Law & Tech Network

    Nankunda is co-founder of the African Law & Tech Network. The ALT Network is a pan-African, inclusive community at the intersection of technology and legal services in Africa. It is a hub and facilitator of dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders including tech entrepreneurs, regulators, legal services providers, policymakers and investors.

    Previously, Nankunda held senior positions at the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association and the Law Society of England and Wales most latterly, as Head of International Policy. Nankunda was recognised by Thomson Reuters/JP Morgan Powerlist 2014 and 2015 of the 100 most influential black Britons for services to the UK legal sector.

    Nankunda will be giving an overview of legal tech companies in Africa, sharing her insights on any particular trends or types of technology she is seeing through her work at ALT. She will also touch on how the legal sector can help to better prepare future lawyers in Africa.

    Ignaz Fuesgen, Legal Management Consulting, Deloitte

    Ignaz has a Master of Social and Economic Sciences (Vienna), Executive MBA (Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis), Legal Project Practitioner and is an accredited trainer (IILPM).

    Ignaz has more than 17 years of experience in Professional Services with a focus on strategy, business development, marketing and communications. Previously, he worked for management and IT consultancies as well as law firms in Europe and Africa including KPMG, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Webber Wentzel. Change management and skills development have always been at the core of his roles as team leader and executive. He is also the founder and director of KOHMAP Consulting.

    He was the former Founder and Executive Director of Avuka Training (the original IILPM ATP in South Africa) before moving to Germany.

    Ignaz will be giving his insights into the changes he has seen over the past few years and what he believes clients and companies want and need. He will share his thoughts on which areas he expects to see genuine technological transformation in over the coming years.

    Discussions will be chaired by Afriwise’s CEO and Founder, Steven De Backer.

    This is set to be a first-of-its-kind event not to be missed. As the continent’s legal and tech leaders delve into next generation legal technologies and share their views on pertinent questions, including...

    COVID-19: Has there ever been a more transformative event in the legal industry in Africa?

    Alternative legal suppliers – hope or hype? What do clients expect from ALS?

    Who will be driving the industry change in Africa: lawyers, inhouse departments or the justice system?

    Do you have a question for the panel? Submit it now: info@afriwise.com

    Register here.