Welcome to the CAS-IP team Francesca & Peter!
Francesca will be assisting the Latin American CGIAR centres in developing and strengthening their IP strategies, and helping them with the negotiation and the draft of collaboration and research agreements. She will also help CIMMYT to set up its Technology Transfer Management Office and assist CIP with various projects on the Andean potato.
She is an English qualified solicitor specialised in Commercial and Intellectual Property Law. She graduated with a First Class Honours in Political Sciences, International Law, from the University of Siena, Italy, and holds a Masters of Law degree from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has working experience in a number of International Organisations, including UNICEF, UNHCR and the Council of Europe. She is the founder and Secretary of UNIFEM, Cambridge branch, to which she contributes in her spare time. Francesca is Italian and speaks English, Spanish and French fluently. She brings to the CAS-IP team her transactional IP experience and contractual negotiation skills, as well as her understanding of the international setting. Francesca is based in Cambridge, England.
Peter Munyi is currently providing back-stopping services to ICRAF, and SSA offices of CIMMYT and ICRISAT. He’s also engaged in the on-going access and benefit sharing negotiations under the auspices of the CBD.
Peter holds degrees in law from Stockholm University, Sweden and Moi University, Kenya as well a specialised certificate in regulation of genetic engineering from Tromso University, Norway. An advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a qualified patent attorney, Peter specializes in intellectual property law and has published widely on the subject. He also serves as the Chief Legal Officer at icipe, an intergovernmental agricultural research centre base in Nairobi.