Barrister & Solicitor
Henrietta Abraham is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, also qualified to practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales. Henrietta studied Law at the University of Ife and holds an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Henrietta heads Reach Legal, an IT and Telecommunications Law Consultancy with focus on emerging markets. She is also a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the University of Bedfordshire where teaches E-Commerce Law. She has, through this platform, conducted various research on IT, law and governance. Earlier on in her career, Henrietta worked as a Senior Technology Consultant, with blue chip technology companies, such as, Computer Associates (CA) and Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where she led on major infrastructure projects for multinational corporations, including telecoms and financial institutions as well as the UK government.
Henrietta, as Chair of Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), UK South, works closely with the Nigerian High Commission in London to promote issues relating to the national development of Nigeria. She presented the lead paper at the forum hosted by the Nigerian High Commissioner, HE Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida OFR, CFR, on the coordinated response to the UK government on economic migration cap and led one of the teams which assisted the Commission in its response to the British government at the time. On the enactment of the Nigerian Freedom of Information Act, Henrietta facilitated training to all senior staff of the mission in the UK including the High Commissioner, Dr. Tafida. She has been invited to BEN TV and AIT International to speak on Diaspora issues.
Due to her experience and widely acknowledged analytical skills, Henrietta is often invited to present papers on the relationship between IT and the law. She recently presented a paper on Nigeria's cash-less initiative titled, 'Creating an Appropriate Regulatory Environment for Electronic and Mobile Commerce' and on another occasion, was on the panel which deliberated on 'The Role of Government in an Evolving Electronic and Mobile Payments Market'. She also sat as panellist during the Cybersecurity Forum organised by the Commonwealth Technology Association (CTO) which was hosted by the UK Cabinet Office and later on, was invited to discuss data protection compliance at CTO's HR4ICT conference.
One of Henrietta's principal areas of activity has been in advocating for the development of adequate regulatory framework to tackle the challenges posed by technology in emerging economies. She has been active in sensitizing the public on the cash-less initiative in Nigeria through her articles in ThisDay Lawyer and was one of the organisers of the cash-less conference, in collaboration with the CBN, aimed at influencing policy positively in the cash-less arena.
Henrietta is a professional member of the British Computer Society and the Society for Computers and Law.