Francis Nyarai Ndende


Francis Nyarai Ndende is a legal and governance expert with a wealth of experience in the field. He currently serves as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Corporate and Institutional Integrity Africa(CII-Africa). With a diverse background in law, compliance, anti-corruption, and investigation, Francis provides invaluable expertise and guidance to organizations worldwide.

Prior to his role at CII Africa, Francis founded a private practice law firm, representing private individuals, non-governmental organizations, and multinational corporations. His comprehensive legal knowledge and dedication to delivering bespoke solutions have earned him a strong reputation within the legal community.

In addition to his private practice, Francis serves as a full-time international consultant, specializing in matters related to governance, compliance, law, anti-corruption, investigation, and anti-money laundering. His extensive consulting experience has allowed him to work with esteemed companies in Brazil, South Africa, and Malawi, providing strategic advice and solutions.

Francis has also contributed his expertise to the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), where he served as a Consultant in their Sanctions Office. His role involved providing support on sanctions proceedings and enforcing anti-corruption measures.

Continuing his pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence, Francis is currently a PhD Candidate in Law at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also pursuing a Master of Sciences (MSc) in International Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. His commitment to lifelong learning is evident through his extensive educational qualifications.

Francis holds a Master of Arts in International Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action from the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna, Austria. He also obtained a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in Commercial Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB, Honours) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) at the University of Malawi.

Additionally, Francis has acquired several certifications and accreditations to enhance his expertise. He holds a Certificate in Risk and Compliance Management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a Certified Forensic Investigator accredited by the International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals in London, United Kingdom. Furthermore, he has completed various certificates related to suspicious transactions, terrorist financing, and international cooperation and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

Francis is an admitted Attorney of the Malawi Bar, boasting over 14 years of practice at the Bar. His impressive credentials have led to his appointment as a member of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Non-State Actors Task Force, further solidifying his standing as a highly qualified professional in his field.

With his extensive experience, diverse skill set, and unwavering commitment to integrity and good governance, Francis Nyarai Ndende continues to make significant contributions in the realms of law, compliance, and corporate governance.