Kakai Kissinger Francis (born Kakai Francis Kissinger on July 21, 1975) is a Kenyan human rights activist and attorney. Trained in international trade law at the University of Turin, Faculty of Law, in Italy (2003), he received further training in 2007 in human rights and constitutional law at Harvard Law School in the US.
Kakai Kissinger is a public interest litigation Lawyer with a specialty in international human rights and constitutional law. He consults on electoral process, democracy and governance issues in Kenya and within East Africa. He was born in Kitale within the Trans-Nzoia District in the vast Rift Valley Province of Kenya, and his parents hail from Emuhaya Constituency within the Western Province of Kenya. Kakai was schooled at the Friends' School, Kamusinga, Musingu High School of western Kenya before proceeding to The University of Nairobi in 1995 where he eventually was awarded a bachelor’s degree in law. In 2003, he won an academic scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in international trade law in Italy from the ITCILO, sponsored by the International Labour Organization. In 2006, he was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to undertake studies at Harvard University due to his engagements as a human rights activist and attorney. At the time, Kakai was the executive director of a Kenyan non-governmental organization, Independent Medico-Legal Unit. He is also a certified public secretary.
Kakai is the proprietor of Kakai Mugalo & Company, advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. He is interested in leadership in Kenya and has a close working relationship with his native rural area and constituency where he collaborates with local civil society organizations, church groups, youth groups and community-based organizations in all aspects of empowerment and development. He is a current board member of two Kenyan civil society organizations, the Independent Medico Legal Unit and Empower/Wezesha.
Upon the establishment of the Supreme Court of Kenya in 2011, Kakai was appointed the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court. On October 24, 2013, he was appointed Chief Registrar in an acting capacity following the removal of the Chief Registrar, Gladys Boss Shollei. Kakai has recently established the Kakai Kissinger foundation, where he plans to participate in philanthropic work and concentrate more in his native Emuhaya constituency of the western province. Through the foundation, he intends to recognize and award academic scholarships to bright and needy students from his former school, Friends School Kamusinga.