Leadership Team

Joel Kibazo, Founding Partner

Joel Kibazo, who leads the practice has wide experience which spans the world of journalism, broadcasting, diplomacy, management and finance with some of the leading institutions in the world.

He was Manging Director-Africa at FTI Consulting, the international business services group; Director of External Relations & Communications at the African Development Bank, the continent’s premier financial and economic development institution; Official Spokesperson and Director of Communications & Public Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat, the inter-government body serving the 54 nations of the Commonwealth that span the globe.

For 12 years before becoming a leader in public affairs and communications, Joel was a journalist at the Financial Times, one of the world’s premier publications, covering financial markets, and the African business and financial sector. He also worked extensively in broadcasting, reporting and presenting business, education and cultural programmes for BBC World Service, Radio 4 and BBC World television as well as other broadcasters.

He is a member of several boards including; One World Media, Royal Africa Society and Education Sub-Sahara Africa (ESSA).

He has a BA in Social Sciences, MA in International Economics and Economic Development, and an MBA (International Marketing.)  


Jay Sharma, Managing Partner

Jay manages the practice. She has worked in management in a wide range of companies including C&A, the international retailer, the Rank Group and TL Thomas & CO, a tax consultancy where she was Company Secretary. She joined JK Associates in 2008 and has worked on major events for clients including the Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai, Science in Africa for UNECA and the Africa Series for DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world. 

She has a BSc Econ Hons (Law & Politics), Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Law Society Final Examinations Certificate from the College of Law, London.

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