Felix Manzi is an International Trade and Investment Law Specialist, with solid and practical research and legal drafting experience. For over six (6) he has worked on different research projects led by prominent researchers and investigative journalists, including Christina Lamb OBE—Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times and Author of “I am Malala”, Brandon Stanton—creator of Humans of New York, Philip Gourevitch—Journalist at the New Yorker, Samantha Lakin—Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, etc. Manzi also served as a rapporteur for African Union Commission on International Law in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. He also worked for Safer Rwanda as a Program Manager for the UNFCCC accredited ‘Improved Cookstoves Program for Rwanda.
Manzi also served as a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School, a campaign launched by former U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. He has been greatly involved in community programs such as peace education, youth empowerment and promotion of education and consequently, on several special occasions, he has been honored as a Keynote Speaker at very distinguished forums including; The 9th Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding Conference in Missouri, The Winnie Mandela Talent Festival at the African Leadership University, The 2017 International Day of Youth in Kigali, The 2017 International Humans Rights Day at the University of Rwanda, The 2013 Annual Anti-Corruption Associations Conference organized by the Office of the Ombudsman in Kigali.
Manzi holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and while at The Fletcher School, he was one (1) of the three (3) law students from Harvard Law School and Tufts University led by Professor Patrick Schena who reviewed the 2019 Self-Assessment of Sovereign Wealth Funds on behalf of the IFSWF. He was also a Wells Mountain Foundation Scholar at the University of Kigali where he obtained a Bachelor degree with honors in Law (LLB) and before that, he was at the former National University of Rwanda doing Economics and Business Administration for two years before he dropped out to follow his dreams of becoming a lawyer.
Manzi is an alumnus of several institutions and training programs including the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy—Berlin, Germany, Rwanda Peace Academy, Global Platforms Zambia, Nairobi, and Dar es salaam chapters respectively, AIESEC, EU Migration Expertise, Wayamo Foundation to name but a few. Outside his professional life, he started a blog called “The African Netizens” where he shares untold E-stories to raise awareness on cybercrimes.