Dr. Henry Mutai is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over twenty years' experience in practice and academia. He holds a PhD in international trade law from the University of Melbourne as well as Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Temple University and the University of Melbourne. His Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree is from the University of Nairobi.
He served as the Managing Director of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) for a period of three years from 2011 – 2014, and has most recently been a consultant with the law firm of Lilan and Koech Associates as well as an Associate with the Trade Law Centre (tralac). He has also taught as an adjunct lecturer at Riara University, Strathmore University and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa's Institute for Regional Integration and Development. Prior to that he was at the Moi University School of Law in Eldoret for over 15 years, rising to the position of Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Private Law.
He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) and the Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA). His research and consultancy areas are primarily in the fields of regional integration, international trade law and intellectual property law.