Victor Nzomo

Position and Organisation:
Research Fellow, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University Law School
Location:
Nairobi, Kenya

Victor B. Nzomo is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His doctoral research focuses on governance in collective rights management and its impact on creativity and development. Victor holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of South Africa and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Nairobi. He is licensed to practice law in Kenya. He has previously worked at World Intellectual Property Organization, Kenya Copyright Board and Music Copyright Society of Kenya. His personal blog IP Kenya is regularly updated and widely recognised as one of the leading sources for African intellectual property news and analysis.

Victor is currently Research Fellow at Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT)  at Strathmore University Law School working primarily on Open AIR related projects. In addition, he teaches E-Commerce and the Law, a final year undergraduate LL.B course at Strathmore which he developed from scratch. He has previously assisted in the teaching of two other LL.B courses on intellectual property law and competition law. Since 2012, he has served as editor-in-chief and lead contributor on the award-winning CIPIT Blog, the first online resource of its kind in East and Central Africa.

Since joining Open AIR in 2015, Victor has been actively engaged in research and writing on high technology hubs and connected themes of informal sector innovation and metrics, laws and policies. He co-authored his first Open AIR publication titled: “A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa” which was later published in the New York University (NYU) Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. His current Open AIR research looks at the impact of technology hubs on scalability and sustainability of startups and their innovations with a particular focus on makerspaces. In 2017, Victor was elected by Open AIR Fellows to serve as Chair of the New and Emerging Researchers’ Group (NERG). In this capacity as ‘NERG Ombudsperson’, he represents the Fellows on Open AIR’s Steering Committee.