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Integrity, Ethical, and Responsible Leadership – Strathmore Law School Annual Conference

Integrity, Ethical and Responsible Leadership; at the Interval of Good Corporate Governance and Accountability in Public Interactions was the theme to this year’s Annual Law and Ethics Conference, organized by Strathmore Law School’s (SLS) Centre for Law and Policy (SCLP), that was held on Wednesday 14th September, 2016 at Strathmore Business School.  


Drawings insights and expertise in the topic from various panelists, the conference tackled topics that included; Responsibilities Under the new Companies Act 2015; Drafting Companies Act 2015 Guidelines for Business; and the Role of Law and Good Corporate Governance in ensuring responsible leadership and Establishing Integrity in Corporate Dealings with Public Sector.


To start off the discussions, the panelists Karim Anjarwalla – Managing Partner, Anjarwall and Khana, Dr. Joy Malala – Lecturer Strathmore Law School and William Oelofse – Forensic Leader Deloitte discussed the role of Directors and Auditors in ensuring that companies operate in integrity while they avoid setting themselves up for corporate crimes. The panelists also tackled the importance of Directors to take up their roles seriously, while the board of governance and management ensure they pick the right candidates for these roles, candidates with good intentions for the company. Dr. Malala highlighted the fact she worries on whether the new act will enable Directors to be effective for the long haul.


Chris Wegner, Project Manager of Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK) discussed the role of the new Kenya Business Guide online platform, which is set to help businesses register their companies more effectively. In his presentation, Chris discussed the process an entrepreneur would take to register a business, highlighting the guidelines that have been put into place in line with the new Companies Act 2015.


The final session of the conference tackled responsible leadership with a panel of 4 experts, they included; Phyllis Wakiaga – CEO kenya Association of Manufacturers; Twalib Mbarak – Manager, Security and Integrity, KENGEN, Polycarp Igathe – Managing Director Vivo Energy; and William Narus – Resident Legal Adviser, United States Dept. of Justice, Embassy Nairobi. The team underlined the importance of establishing integrity in leadership, while giving personal experiences on these topics. They discussed the importance of analysts assessing private sector companies as well as public, while drafting Acts. This was noted because the Act does not give clear guidelines on private companies as much as it does public. Mr. Twalib expressed his concerns about this, stating that private companies are full of corruption as much as the public companies, a factor that highly contributes to insecurity and one that costs the economy.


SLS senior class students also presented various presentations on their research papers that tackled the days’ discussion. SCLP junior fellow Desmond Tutu also presented a paper on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Governance in the new companies Acts.


Various students participated in entertainment through singing and spoken word that entertained delegates and guests between the sessions.