Mercy A. Okiro, MCIArb, is an Accredited Tutor, Assessor and Accredited Mediator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) and the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) as well as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Kenya School of Law and Strathmore University. Mercy holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Laws degree in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration with Queen Mary University of London. She holds professional certifications in corporate governance, ESG governance, legal audits, arbitration, mediation and sports disputes resolution.
Mercy is on the panel of Neutrals of various institutions locally and regionally. She is also listed on the panel of lawyers of the Sports Disputes Tribunal in Kenya and the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mercy is the Vice Chairperson of the KEPSA Gender Sector Board and Vice Chairperson of the National Construction Authority. She sits on the Council of the Association of Young Arbitrators, is an Advisory Board member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Young Arbitrators Network and sits on the ADR Committee of East Africa Law Society. She also serves as an Ambassador for the Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution, Arbitrator Intelligence and Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers(REAL). She is part of the Steering Committee of the Equality for Representation in Arbitration, Africa. Mercy is also the Joint Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Africa Asia Mediation Association and a Fellow of the World Mediation Organization. She sits on the Sports, Arts, Culture and Heritage Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, the National Technical Committees of the Kenya Bureau of Standards and Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture Working Groups amongst other local and international boards.
She was feted in 2019 as the “The Young African Arbitration Practitioner of the year 2019”, was listed as one of Africa’s Most Promising Young Arbitrators 2020 by the Association of Young Arbitrators and named as 2nd runners ADR Practitioner of the Year in 2021 by the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi Branch.