Javade Chaudhri is Partner-in-Charge Middle East/Africa Region for Jones Day, a law firm of 2600 lawyers located in 44 business centers in 19 countries. He has worldwide experience in helping private and public sector companies transact business and undertake projects in a range of industry sectors and geographies—including Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He also served for 10 years as the general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief environmental officer for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 company with gas and electric utilities in the United States, Mexico, and South America as well as fossil-fuel and renewable energy power plants, natural gas, and LNG businesses and a worldwide commodities trading business.
In addition to his corporate work, Javade has advised governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations on transactions and large programs. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards working on education, development, and the rule of law. He is a faculty member at many institutions in the United States and around the world. Javade was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya.
Peter Edwards is the founder of Acorn Media Group and formerly its CEO and Chairman. He founded the company in 1986 in his basement. By 2012, when he sold Acorn Media, the company was operating subsidiaries in North America, the UK, and Australia/New Zealand; owned approximately two thirds of Agatha Christie Limited; and had 11 films in production for PBS’s Mystery! Series.
Peter has served on numerous Boards, including Refugees International, Board of Directors; Trinity College, Board of Fellows; Maret School, Washington, DC, Board of Trustees; and the Folger Library, Board of Governors. While Chairman of Acorn Media, he led the creation and execution of a three-year reforestation effort in Kenya through which Acorn Media, working with Care Kenya, funded the planting of more than 300,000 trees in Nyanza Province.
Stuart Kerr is Counsel for Africa at the international law firm Jones Day. He has 35 years of experience in law and international development. This includes 15 years as Executive Director of the International Law Institute, a 60 year old NGO active in over 175 countries, and 10 years as Legal and Regulatory Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Government’s innovative international development agency. His work—in more than 50 countries—has focused on judicial reform, trade agreements, alternative dispute resolution, and anticorruption.
Stuart’s first visit to Kenya was in 1977, and he has returned to Africa to work on legal technical assistance projects throughout the continent over 30 times since then. He has served on the boards of academic organizations, foundations, NGOs, and bar groups in the U.S. and internationally. He speaks and publishes regularly on law and development issues.