IP Expert, Former Executive Director, The Kenya Copyright Board
Marisella Ouma is an IP expert, former Executive Director of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO). Dr Ouma has previously worked as a State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General in Kenya. She is the alternate to the Attorney General on the Board of Directors of the Kenya Copyright Board and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Anti Counterfeit Agency in Kenya. She has vast experience in the administration and enforcement of intellectual property law and copyright in particular.
Dr. Ouma studied Law at the University of Nairobi where she graduated with honours and has an LLM from the University of Stockholm and a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. Her doctoral Thesis was on the enforcement of copyright in the music industry in Sub Saharan Africa. She was a Herchel Smith Scholar at Queen Mary University of London and a research fellow at the Marx Planck Institute of Tax, Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich.
Dr. Ouma has a passion for intellectual property law and has published widely and has taught Intellectual Property Law at the University of Nairobi and co taught at the Queen Mary University of London. Dr Ouma teaches Intellectual Property at the African University at the University of Mutare mainly focusing on copyright in the digital environment. She has also contributed to the development of various Intellectual Property Policies and laws in Kenya and within the region.
She was the team leader for the African Copyright and Access to knowledge in Kenya team and was also involved in the Open Air Project that deals with Intellectual Property and Development. She was also a Board Member of Akili Dada; an organization that aims to empower the girl child and young women to nurture them into leadership positions.