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Panel nº2: ''Strenghtening Performers' Rights through Regional Cooperation in Africa''


This panel will focus on the significance of collaboration between African CMOs, Intellectual Property Offices, Regional Federations, and other stakeholders in enforcing performers' rights. The panellists will cover the main opportunities and challenges of cross-border cooperation and its undeniable potential to further improve performers' remunerations, notably through representation agreements and effective data exchange.

Michel Allain  -  Copyright IT Manager at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Michel ALLAIN joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as Copyright IT Manager in September 2019. With over 22 years of experience in both copyright and information technology fields, he brings a wealth of expertise to his position.

After different positions as CIO (Sodexo, Mercedes), he joined the music industry in 2002, as CIO for SACEM, the French author’s right society.  During more than 10 years, he was responsible for all related IT activities of SACEM and was involved in most of major music industry initiatives : development of the CISAC Network for data exchange between CISAC’s CMOs (CIS-Net), creation then board member/treasurer of the Data Digital Exchange (DDEX), early industry discussions and Board member of the Global Repertoire Database (GRD) and the International Music Registry (IMR), board member for the french anti peer to peer regulation (Hadopi), creation of the Pan-European hub (Armonia) …

During his tenure at WIPO, Mr. Allain dedicated his efforts to the development of WIPO Connect, a cutting-edge software solution tailored to streamline the management of copyright and related rights. Over the past five years, he spearheaded the evolution of this platform, refining its features and capabilities to meet the needs of the industry. Under his leadership, WIPO Connect has seen widespread adoption, with over 50 collective management organizations (CMOs) worldwide embracing the platform. Its reach extends across diverse sectors, covering a wide spectrum of rights ranging from musical works, sound recordings to text and imaged based works.





Amadu Bah  -  Copyright and Related Rights Officer at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO).

Amadu Bah holds a Diploma and Bachelor's degree from the University of Sierra Leon and a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property offered by the Africa University in cooperation with ARIPO, WIPO, and the government of Japan.

Currently, Mr. Bah is studying for an LLM with the University of East London and is very interested in Collective Management of Copyright and Copyright in the digital environment.







Estève DEGLA -  Chief of Legal at Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI)

Estève DEGLA, a national of Benin, holds a DESS in Business Law and Taxation from the University of Abomey-Calavi and a Master Professionnel in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Yaoundé II SOA.

He has 17 years' professional experience in the private and public sectors. He successively held the positions of Litigation Officer at Maersk Line Benin, Trade Administrator at the Benin Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Member of the Legal Unit of the Presidency of the Republic of Benin. He was then recruited by the African Intellectual Property Organization as Head of the Litigation and Registry Department.

Ntsietso Mokitimi-Makhofola  -  Chief Legal & Chief Revenue Officer at the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA)

Ntsietso is an advocate, admitted in the North Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa and the Lesotho High Court. She holds a BA (Law), LLB, and LLM degrees, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management and Corporate Finance, and a Certificate in Media Law and Intellectual Property as well as several executive development program certificates (University of Stellenbosch - MDP, University of Cambridge: Digital Disruption - Digital Transformation Strategies; MIT - Data Strategies: Leveraging AI for Business; Israel 360 - Innovation Academy) and currently enrolled for an MSC in Data Analytics.

She is skilled, amongst others, in the areas of risk management, strategic management, secretarial administration, implementation of legislative controls, corporate governance, corporate compliance, and development of company policies.

Her wide experience spans various aspects of corporate law having worked for major corporations in Lesotho and South Africa. She has presented papers and written publications on various topics in commercial law. Ntsietso has headed legal departments, including at Lesotho Bank, Nedcor Bank (Retail Division), Land Bank, and the SABC.

She is Chief Legal and Revenue Officer at the South Africa Music Performance Rights Association of South Africa (SAMPRA).

Moderator: Simon de Koning  -  Counsellor of the WIPO Copyright Management Division

Simon de Koning serves as the counsellor at the Copyright Management Division of the Copyright and Creative Industries Sector (CCIS) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In this role, he oversees the division's rights management work.

Prior to joining WIPO, Simon held various music rights-focused positions. He previously worked at SENA, the neighboring rights CMO in the Netherlands, and served as the deputy convenor of the Business and Operations Working Group at SCAPR.

Throughout his career, Simon has held numerous roles within the music industry, including positions at the Universal Music Group and as a recording artist and producer.