Dr. Marisella Ouma
Dr. Ouma is the Executive Director of the Kenya Copyright Board and has extensive experience in IP law, with a specialisation in copyright. Ouma holds a PhD in Law from Queen Mary University of London and a Master's in IP Law from Stockholm University. Dr. Ouma was the leader of the Kenya Team for the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project from 2008 to 2010, and has published widely on copyright matters.Ouma has advised the Attorney-General of Kenya and other government departments on intellectual property matters, and she helped establish the Kenya Copyright Board. The Board, a State Corporation, is in charge of administration and enforcement of copyright and related rights in Kenya and has been instrumental in copyright law reform. Ouma is active in consultative processes in Africa and beyond on copyright, industrial property, traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). Ouma has also been active in the formulation and drafting of IP policies for Kenya and the East African region, as well as laws on counterfeiting and piracy. Ouma has served as a Research Fellow with Copyright Africa and has taught IP Law at the University of Nairobi and University of London.