Clarice Wambua

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Clarice Wambua | Partner


Clarice leads the firm’s work on Energy and Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change.  She has wide experience in advising on regulatory and compliance issues in these areas of practice. She is also involved in advising on the legal issues surrounding alternative finance.

She began her legal career at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates working on corporate and commercial transactional and advisory work. She has also held an in-house counsel role at Carbon Africa, providing legal support to the company’s operations in Nairobi, Kampala and Maputo, and managing the legal aspects of carbon and climate finance projects. Prior to Kieti, Clarice was the founder and principal consultant at Stawiri, a sustainability law advisory firm.

Clarice is a Commonwealth, Lord Hope, John Fitzsimmons and Strathclyde International Scholar.


Academic Qualifications:

  • LLM (Distinction), Climate Change Law and Policy, University of Strathclyde
  • MSc (Distinction), Africa and International Development, University of Edinburgh
  • LLB (Honours), University of Nairobi
  • Certificate in Sustainable Energy Finance, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management



  • Center for International Sustainable Development (CISDL) Climate Law and Governance Essays Gold Award Recipient (2016)
  • Lord Hope, John Fitzsimons and Strathclyde International Scholar (2014)
  • Commonwealth Scholar (2009)


Work Highlights:


  • Community owners in a 7.8 MW small hydropower project on corporate entity set up, corporate governance requirements, and conflict resolution guidelines.
  • The Energy Regulatory Commission on Kenya’s solar water heating regulatory framework in a study commissioned on Kenya’s solar water heating industry.
  • The Energy Regulatory Commission on Kenya’s Standard Energy Supply Agreement and Energy Retail Agreement for the proposed concessionary energy retailing model for mini-grid integration.
  • On net metering laws globally and drafting the Kenya Net Metering draft Regulations under a European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility.
  • Turkana County Government on the legal issues arising in the creation of the County Energy Sector Plan.
  • Various project developers on carbon asset development and management for wind, small hydro, geothermal, biogas, cook stove and solar lantern distribution projects in Kenya and other parts of rural East Africa.
  • On a technical note on the carbon markets and the future outlook for Kenya in the climate finance section of the Kenya Climate Change Action Plan on a sub-consultancy.
  • Foreign counsel on carbon rights regulation in Kenya in the context of REDD+.
  • The Kenya Human Rights Commission on the human rights consciousness of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) conducted in Kenya.



  • Wambua C., New Climate Law Should Focus on the Private Sector, Opinion and Analysis, Business Daily 21st July, 2016.
  • Wambua C. and Birgen R. (2016), “Quest for Geothermal Energy:  Challenges for Conservation”, Current Conservation Vol 4 Issue 10

Professional Membership:

  • Law Society of Kenya