ALN Kenya, ALN Tanzania & Adili Group Appoint Chris Diaz to Drive Pan-African Growth

ALN Kenya and ALN Tanzania (the Firms) and Adili Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Diaz as Executive Chairman of Adili Group and Director of Growth and New Markets for the Firms.

Bringing with him over 30 years of executive experience and a proven track record of business acumen, Chris will play a pivotal role in driving pan- African growth, elevating strategic vision, and enhancing client impact.

With an extensive background in business growth strategies and leadership across Africa, Europe and the MENA region, Chris has delivered substantial commercial results and spearheaded transformations for leading organisations including Bidco Africa, where he served on the Board for 16 years, and Kenya Airways, where he led as Marketing Director and also worked closely with the SkyTeam alliance.

As the Firms and Adili Group continue to build on their successes, Chris’ appointment is a strategic step towards enhancing the delivery of integrated and relevant client services across multiple business lines.

This strategic move aims to foster collaboration and embrace cutting-edge technology as a key enabler of efficient service delivery. By doing so, the Firms and Adili Group are better positioned to adapt swiftly to the evolving landscape of legal and strategic advisory services, demonstrating the ambition of home-grown African firms to lead the charge in reshaping client offerings across the globe.

Chris’ expertise in business leadership, market planning, and growth initiatives will be instrumental in helping clients navigate an increasingly complex business environment across borders with agility and efficiency.

His deep understanding of international marketing and business dynamics in Africa establishes him as an experienced leader in innovation, growth, and market leadership, accelerating the strategic vision of the Firms and Adili Group.

As the Firms’ Director of Growth and New Markets, Chris will champion focused expansion efforts, reinforcing the dedication to pioneering innovative and market-leading strategies.

These efforts will integrate top notch legal expertise with strategic business solutions and sound commercial advice to deliver impactful results for clients.

He will also play a pivotal role in supporting the growth and business strategy for clients across Africa and the MENA region, leveraging the pan-African ALN alliance (currently in 14 countries) and its regional gateway office in the UAE.

As Executive Chairman of Adili Group, Chris will draw on his wealth of experience to provide clients with the insights and solutions needed to tackle today’s corporate challenges, including in managing business risks and disruptions.

He will also steer the organisation’s strategic direction, with a focus on expanding offerings in existing and new markets, further solidifying Adili Group’s status as a premier corporate advisory firm in Africa.

Karim Anjarwalla, ALN Board Director and ALN Kenya Senior Partner, commented about Chris’ appointments, stating that:

“I am thrilled to welcome Chris into this pivotal role within our expanding businesses. His extensive experience and global perspective will be instrumental as we continue to refine our strategy and approach to new markets. By merging legal expertise, technology, and scalable delivery capabilities, Chris will play a key role in fostering trust and delivering sustainable outcomes for our clients.”

Chris Diaz commented on his appointments, stating, “with ambitious expansion plans underway at ALN Kenya, ALN Tanzania and Adili Group, we are committed to bolstering our capabilities both across Africa and on a global scale. Serving as Executive Chairman at Adili Group and Director of Growth and New Markets at the Firms is a tremendous honour.

I look forwarding to collaborating with and leveraging on the strengths of the ALN alliance. ALN and Adili have incredibly talented leaders as problem-solvers, and there has never been a more crucial time for us to unite and bring our Africa-to-the-World strategy to fruition. I am deeply committed to empowering our clients to navigate complexity with confidence, transforming their operations, and discovering new avenues for growth.”

Chris’ impressive track record spanning over three decades, during which he has served on both private and public sector boards, is a testament to his unique skill-set and ability to deliver commercial success across diverse sectors by crafting and implementing strategic initiatives. His appointment reflects a strategic alignment with ALN Kenya, ALN Tanzania and Adili Group’s missions to deliver unparalleled and exceptional business, legal and advisory solutions, while fostering sustainable growth and client success in a dynamic business environment.

More About Chris Diaz

Chris Diaz is a globally respected thought leader with 33 years of leadership experience in brand building, turnaround, integrated business solutions, and growth strategy.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in accounting, and a Master of Science in International Marketing from the United Kingdom (UK) and is a Fellow and holds a chartered status, of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).

Chris has held the position of Board Member at Bidco Africa for 16 years and served as Marketing Director at Kenya Airways, where he worked with the SkyTeam alliance. He has also contributed to the boards of Brand Kenya and Kenya Airports Authority. Chris has served as a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in the UK and holds certification as a coach from GE’s Crotonville school, New York.

He has received numerous global recognitions and accolades for his impact.

About ALN Kenya and ALN Tanzania

ALN Kenya’s and ALN Tanzania’s cross-border offering is driven by a diverse and talented team of over 100 lawyers based in Nairobi, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. The firms are a regional powerhouse, offering their clients wide-ranging experience, deep local knowledge and unparalleled connectivity across Africa through the ALN Alliance the top-ranked alliance of leading corporate law firms across fourteen African countries.

Our longstanding relationships with our clients reflect our commitment to serving as trusted advisors, seamlessly integrating with their businesses to provide pragmatic advice and excellence in service delivery.

About Adili Group

The Adili Group is a leading pan-African corporate advisory firm. With over 150 years of combined experience, we deliver tailored solutions in regulatory compliance, risk management, and improving business efficiency. We aim to support businesses in navigating the complexities of the corporate world. Adili’s regional footprint includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda where it has offices, and into the wider African market through its affiliation with ALN, the top-ranked alliance of leading corporate law firms across 14 African countries.