Richard Mugisha, 40, is the Managing partner of Trust Law Chambers based in Kigali- Rwanda which he founded in February 2004. The firm specializes in Commercial work and has been involved in most major commercial transactions in the country.
Prior to establishing the firm, he was the Director, Procurement Policy and Legal affairs at the Rwanda National Tender Board for a period of five years. During this period, he also doubled as a State attorney and an alternate member of the Privatization Commission.
While in Private Legal Practice, Richard was appointed to serve on several committees by the Government of Rwanda. From September 2005 to December 2007, he served as the Chairman of the Commercial Law Reform Task Force which over saw the drafting of 14 new commercial laws including the Companies Act, the establishment of a Specialized Commercial Court system and a Commercial Registration Services Agency. In June 2005, Richard was appointed as a member of the National Regional Integration Committee where he was very instrumental in the negotiations which led to Rwanda’s accession to the East African Community. In January 2007, Richard also served as a member of the Financial Sector Development Steering Committee.
In the academic domain, he has taught and conducted tutorials at the National University of Rwanda and Kigali Institute of Management, Science and Technology. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Rwanda Bar Association and the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Rwanda. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Banque Commerciale du Rwanda.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the National University of Lesotho and a Master of Laws (LLM) from New York University.