Mr Stephen Karangizi has been the Director of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) since October 2011. The African Legal Support Facility, hosted by the African Development Bank, was established to address the asymmetric negotiating capacity of African governments when dealing with deep-pocketed international investors. The ALSF has already provided legal advice and technical assistance to at least 38 African countries in the areas of natural resource contracts, infrastructure and PPPs. He has over 35 years of experience as a lawyer in International Commercial and Trade Law. Before joining the ALSF, he was Deputy Secretary General (Programmes) of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) from 2008 to 2011. He was also the Legal Advisor for COMESA from 1997 to 2008. He has also as 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 2006 at a time of the review of the UNCITRAL Model Laws on Arbitration and Public Procurement. Some of his achievements included establishment of several intergovernmental organizations and leading multilateral negotiations for African States. He holds Bachelor of Law Degree with Honors from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and Masters in Laws (LL.M) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He is enrolled as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe and an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.