More than 25 years of international business experience and legal practice in the United States of America and Africa advising government and private sector leaders on design and execution of legal and economic policy reforms to drive private sector-led social and economic development. Extensive experience in building public-private partnerships to drive successful design and implementation of sustainable integrated economic development plans, grounded in international law practice focused on promoting and facilitating international investments in infrastructure, natural resources, oil and gas, utilities, capital markets and Information Technology.
(January 2014 to Date) – Partner, MMC Africa Advocates), practicing in areas of Agriculture; Banking and Financial Services; Capital Markets; Commercial and Corporate; Energy; Environment; Mining and Natural Resources; Oil and Gas; Project Finance and Infrastructure; Private Equity and Public Finance; Public Policy and Legislation; Real Estate; Tax; and Telecommunications.
(June 2008 to Present) - President, Knutson Global Inc., an international development advisory firm based in Washington, DC, that promotes capital investment in Africa’s productive economic sectors. Knutson is spearheading the development of the Asset-Backed Securities Industry in Africa as the sustainable mechanism for financing Africa’s Industrialization and sustainable development. Knutson is also Co-Founder of Institute of Development Technology (“IDT”), a Public Private Partnership with the Government of South Sudan, through the University of Juba, which was created in 2012 to serve as the Innovation Center for South Sudan. The IDT is charged with the building capacity of national government institutions and senior leadership development; provision of consulting and technical advisory services; and promotion of investment in innovative technologies that will power and accelerate national development.
(January 2004 to May 2008)- Senior Legal and Economic Advisor/Director for Africa, AECOM International, responsible for provision of technical assistance for establishment and operational support to the new Regional Government of Southern Sudan; provision of advisory and technical services in public-private partnership initiatives in the infrastructure and utility sectors in Africa and related institutional development and capacity building services; and provision of advisory services in carrying out reforms in areas of legal, regulatory, policy and institutional reforms to promote private sector-led economic development.
(July 1997 to December 2003) – Partner, Reichler Milton Rubagumya and Medel PC, Washington DC, in international economic development law, international arbitration and conflict resolution. Key assignments included work for African governments and private sector organizations that were undertaking private sector-oriented economic and legal reforms and provided legal and advisory services in the following assignments:
- From 2000 to 2003, served a member of the legal team that
represented the Government of Uganda at the International Court of Justice in the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo vs. Uganda case that arose out of the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Advised clients in structuring and arranging financing of projects related to privatization of state enterprises; green-field investment in natural resources projects such as mining, oil and gas, forestry, large-scale agriculture and utilities projects, including energy and telecommunication projects in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Rwanda.
- From 1998 to 1999, served as Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda on legal and economic reforms which were aimed at restructuring and reforming the economy of Rwanda to help it emerge out of the
1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Drafted the Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Code; designed the operating procedures of the Rwanda Privatization Program and advised its Secretariat on the restructuring of state-owned enterprises in preparation for their privatization.
- (February 1992 to July 1997) – Executive Director, Uganda Investment Authority (“UIA”), which was created to be the “One Stop Centre” for investment promotion and facilitation in Uganda. Duties included design and implementation of the UIA’s operating procedures to identify, attract and facilitate local and foreign investors to invest and do business in Uganda. In 1993, the UIA was voted the Best Investment Promotion Agency in Africa and the Middle East by an international panel of experts headed by Coopers and Lybrand (UK); it won similar honors in 1995 and 1996. Served on the Presidential Economic Commission, a policy formulation entity in the Office of the President of Uganda that was used to promote harmonized policy development for the Cabinet members; and served on the Policy Working Group of Experts, which served as the Board Directors of the Uganda Privatization Program that oversaw the successful privatization of state-owned enterprises including the telecommunications, banking, and utility companies and the liberalization of those sectors to permit private investment.
- (June 1987 to December 1991) – Associate Attorney, (1987 to 1991): Small Craig & Werkenthin, Austin, Texas, a 300-Attorney law firm which was handled commercial, insurance defense, and products liability litigation; international business transactions and licensing matters.
- (February1984 to May 1987) – Assistant Attorney General of Texas, Austin, Texas, served as litigation counsel to the Texas Department of Highways on matters concerning design, construction and maintenance of national and state highways in the State of Texas, and litigating cases that arose from design, construction and use of State Highways. Served as compliance counsel for the Texas Railways Commission and Texas Department of Health on matters concerning the exploration for, drilling, refining, and transportation of oil and gas products; as well as transportation, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste materials and protection of the environment.