A Zimbabwean lawyer, Sternford Moyo has become the first President of the International Bar Association (IBA) of African descent.
Moyo succeeds Brazil’s Horacio Bernardes Neto with a two-year tenure through to 31 December 2022.
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Moyo is a corporate lawyer and senior partner of Harare practice Scanlen & Holderness.
He has held numerous senior IBA roles, including council member, management board member, advisory board member and chair of the African Regional Forum, deputy Secretary-General for Southern Africa, co-chair of the Human Rights Institute IBAHRI, trustee of IBA-established entities such as the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and eyeWitness to Atrocities, and member of the Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty & Human Rights.
Moyo has also been a bar leader in Zimbabwe and in Southern Africa, and corporate leader in mining, manufacturing, financial services and leadership development.
Meanwhile, the IBA’s new Vice President is Almudena Arpón de Mendívil, a partner with Spanish law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, where she leads the Corporate Technology, Media & Telecommunications group.