Prof. Mwape Bonard, Ph. D.

Professor of public sector management. He is the trapca Board Chairman and the Director General of the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI). His specific areas of management development expertise include policy and public sector management, human resources management and leadership skills development. Prof. Mwape holds a Ph. D from Pittsburgh, USA.

Kaukab S. Rashid

Holds a Masters Degrees in Economics (Karachi University) and Business Administration (Yale University). He has been actively involved in negotiations on implementation and the built-in agenda (i.e., agriculture, services and intellectual property) of the Uruguay Round agreements, and other issues under the WTO. Currently he is Director at CUTS, Geneva Resource Centre.

H.E Mr. Erastus Mwencha

Deputy Chair, African Union Commission

John Majo

John Majo is the Manager, Finance and Administration for ESAMI.  He holds an MBA from ESAMI/Maastricht University and is a Chartered Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of the Certified Public Accountants of Tanzania.  He has technical competence in financial planning and budget development and management of training programs.

Hans Falk

Hans Falk holds a doctorate in economics from Lund University and works as Senior lecturer in economics at Lund University. He has published on development economics and Africa.

Designation: Professor of International Economics, Academic Director (ex- officio member)

Kiuluku Peter

An international business consultant with specialist skills in corporate strategy and marketing. He previously managed the Global Leadership and Management Sustainability Programme and was Manager, Marketing and Business Development at ESAMI. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management from ESAMI and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in business administration with Maastricht School of Management.

Designation: Executive Director (ex- officio member)

Dr. Joy Kategekwa

Currently working with the UNCTAD as Head, Regional Office for Africa, and previously with the World Trade Organization’s Development Division.  She holds a PhD in law from the University of Bern. Her research interests are in trade and development aspects of WTO rules and trade in services. She has published widely on trade and development law and policy issues as well as on developing country and LDC interests in trade in services.

Ms. Bridget Chilala

Ms Chilala is an Economist with Trade Law and has more than 33 years working experience specialising in trade policy, trade facilitation, trade negotiations, international cooperation, regional integration, and export development and promotion.

She started her career working for the Government of Zambia in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and rose to the position of Director responsible for Trade in addition to serving as Zambia’s Chief Trade Negotiator, between 1994 and 1998.

She left Government in 1998 to join the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, UK where she worked as a Senior Advisor on Trade Policy and Regional Integration which also entailed providing technical assistance and capacity building. While at the Commonwealth Secretariat, she designed and managed the Commonwealth Secretariat’s flagship project on trade capacity building commonly referred to as the “Hub and Spokes” Project which covers all ACP countries worth more than 20 million Euros.

Ms Chilala also worked as a Director for Trade Capacity Building at the USAID funded Regional Trade Hub in Botswana for six years which covered Southern Africa. The Hub provided technical assistance to Southern African countries and the regional secretariat on economic integration focussing on trade policy and trade facilitation. While at the Trade Hub, she also conducted and supervised Trade Facilitation self needs assessments for Southern Africa in collaboration with and on behalf of the WTO Secretariat.

On leaving the Southern Africa Trade Hub, Ms Chilala worked as Director for Trade and Markets at the Alliance for Commodity Trade for Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) Programme. The aim of this programme was to increase regional integration and improve competitiveness of staple food markets, leading to broad based growth and decreased food insecurity in Eastern and Southern Africa.

At the WTO, Ms Chilala is Director for the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC). She is responsible for ensuring effective coordination of WTO-related technical assistance and training. The WTO’s Trade-Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) is geared towards sustainable trade capacity building in beneficiary countries. She ensures that appropriate resources are available to facilitate the effective implementation of the Technical Assistance activities.