Ghati Nyehita is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cape Town. She is an Open AIR Queen Elisabeth Scholars – Advanced Scholars Fellow, exploring the extent to which copyright law either restricts or expands the possibility that the maker movement in South Africa will contribute to growth of informal sector innovation. Particularly, she is examining how South Africa can leverage copyright law as a tool for inclusion of women, girls, and marginalized groups into the innovation paradigm.
Before joining Open AIR, Ghati clerked for Chief Justice Shivute of the Supreme Court of Namibia, worked as an associate at a boutique law firm in Kenya, and was a researcher at the Democratic Rights and Governance Unit in South Africa. She supports initiatives that facilitate free and open access to legal resources, working as the Managing Editor at the African Legal Information Institute. Her career goal is to reinstate creative and cultural industries as significant contributors to sustainable development in Africa.