Olwethu is finalising a PhD (Public Law), at the University of Cape Town. The PhD project conducts a comparative analysis of the effectiveness of measures aimed at addressing transnational organised crime in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, legal and policy regimes applicable to both commercial and public law contexts. Her research covers policy, legislative and institutional responses to various aspects of transnational organised crime, including Illicit Financial Flows, Money Laundering, Compliance, Economic and Financial Crimes, Corporate Investigations, and Due Diligence.
She holds an LLB degree from the University of the Free State and an LLM degree in Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention from the University of the Western Cape and Humboldt University Berlin, She is an admitted attorney with over 10 years’ experience, and has held various legal advisor positions and carried out and managed research consultancy projects, including for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Nairobi.
As Research Director of the Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa (ACCPA), and as the Editor of the Anti-Money Laundering Journal of Africa, she managed a team of compliance practitioners who published and peer reviewed research articles on the money-laundering control regimes of various African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon.