30 TO 30 Alumni Series – Dickson Jere

The 30 TO 30 is an alumni profile series that is celebrating Africa University’s 30th Graduation. This series will profile 30 alumni spread across the continent and globe.

“AU was my home away from home!”

Programme: Masters in Intellectual Property (MIP)

Year: Class of 2017

Country: Zambia

Current Position: Managing Partner

Organization: Dickson Jere & Associates

My time at AU

Africa University propelled my career in Intellectual Property and is responsible for my international practice in the field. Dubbed the “AU Ambassador” during my Acacia days, I am proud to say the MIP program jointly awarded by AU and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), opened new horizons in my life that enabled me to forge connections with several IP experts in Africa (students and lecturers) who I continue to network with to this day.

Post-Graduate Impact and Achievements

As a trained lawyer and journalist, I am currently a practicing barrister and intellectual property (IP) expert who founded and funds a popular boutique law firm called Dickson Jere & Associates in Zambia. My work involves advising clients on IP rights and also filing and protection of IP products. I actively represent clients in Zambia’s superior courts, namely, High Court, Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court and Supreme Court, in addition to being a Notary Public, an Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (UK) and member of the WIPO List of Neutrals. I have handled several IP cases and I am the most sought-after speaker on the subject matter.

Dickson Jere – Managing Partner, Disckson Jere & Associates

Outside the courtroom and chambers, I am involved in the promotion of sports law and ethics in Africa, currently serving as Board Member of the National Olympic Committee (Zambia), Board Member of the Olympic Youth Development Centre, President of Teqball Federation of Zambia, Council Member of the National Sports Council of Zambia and founding President of eSports Federation of Zambia. I provide legal insights for various sports bodies in Zambia including on Anti-Doping Rules.

I also once served as Spokesman of the late former President of the Republic of Zambia, Rupiah Banda, between 2008 and 2011.

The serene environment at AU made it possible for me to feel at home away from home, quickly settling in to enjoy the academic journey. As an ardent golfer, I was able to take some few minutes’ drive out of campus on weekends for golf at the nearby club and till this day, my early morning jogs while at AU remain the best in my life so far.