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Dr. (Ms.) Lyla Latif

Chief Executive Officer Lai’l Latif and Company
Lyla Latif is the head of Lai'Latif &Co, a law firm and research center located in Nairobi, with a global reach. Her expertise lies in the fields of finance, governance, and development, specializing in law. Her current research revolves around wealth taxation and social protection. In addition to her role at the University of Nairobi, she is also a faculty member at Cardiff Law and Politics.
She is a Kenyan qualified lawyer and legislative draftsperson. Her legal practice is focused around corporate (re)structuring, negotiating contracts, drafting of asset backed securities and investment agreements for Kenyan based entities and subsidiaries of multinational corporations. She litigates around legal challenges arising out of those practice areas and has previously also practised criminal law in Tanzania. Outside of practice, Lyla also provides consultancy work to international organisations and NGOs on domestic revenue mobilisation, the taxation of digital business models and the criminal aspect of illicit financial flows. She holds a faculty position with the University of Nairobi (on leave) and has also taught at Cardiff University in the UK (2018-2021). Lyla’s research is focused on the physical and digital aspects of domestic revenue mobilisation and the closing of revenue leakages. She considers the role of constitutional, African and Islamic fiscal systems approach to financing development. Her work takes a heterodox critique to mainstream colonial influenced fiscal regimes and their approach to development. She is currently working with the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa on developing proposals to combat corruption and money laundering in Africa.
Fields of expertise: Economic policy / inclusive economic development, Financing for inclusive development, Health and wellbeing, Inclusive social development / inclusive societies / social inclusion, Social protection, Sustainable Development Goals