Stephen Karangizi is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the African Legal Support Facility. He has been with the ALSF since October 2011. As Director, he is responsible for the oversight of the Facilities projects in the areas of negotiations of agreements in the natural resource sector, the energy sector; infrastructure developments (especially PPPs); investment agreements and related commercial and business transactions; as well as debt management and litigation.
Prior to joining the ALSF, he was Deputy Secretary General (Programmes) of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) from 2008 to 2011. His major achievements during that period included participating in the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (between 2006 and 2010); participating in the negotiations between COMESA, EAC and SADC to establish a Tripartite Arrangement; and coordinating the different programmes of COMESA including trade and investment and infrastructure.
He was also the Legal Advisor for COMESA from 1997 to 2008. During the time he was Legal Advisor of COMESA his major achievements included: leading the Legal Team that worked with the World Bank to establish the African Trade Insurance Agency (the only African Institution that provides political risk insurance cover); coordinating major programme that supported African States to introduce and modernise Public Procurement Laws; establishing a Regional Court and representing COMESA before the regional court; Providing legal advice on major regional projects (infrastructure, trade and investment) both transactions and policy; and leading the regional legal team that negotiated the post-Cotonou Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
Over a 37 year career as a lawyer, he also served as a Legal Advisor for the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda (West Indies), Uganda and Zimbabwe after starting off in private legal practice. Mr. Karangizi was also Chairman of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in July 2006. He also served as Chairman of the UNCITRAL working group on the Model Law on Public Procurement from 2004 to 2008 that eventually led to the revision of the 1994 Model Law.
Mr. Karangizi holds Bachelor of Law Degree with Honours (LL.B. with Honours) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and Masters in Laws (LL.M) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. In addition, he also holds a Bachelor of Law degree (Post Graduate Degree for Legal Practice from the University of Zimbabwe) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Law Development Centre of Uganda) where he was awarded the Attorney General’s prize for the best bar student. He is enrolled as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe and an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.