Building capacity to help Africa trade better

tralac Advisory Board

Paulina M. Elago

Paulina Mbala Elago is a Namibian National with over 20 years of professional experience in international trade, primarily trade policy, regional integration, trade facilitation, investment environment reforms, trade-related capacity building, and trade-related infrastructure development. She currently serves as Executive Secretary of SACU, having assumed this position on 1 April 2014. Prior to this appointment, she acted as Country Director for Tanzania for Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), where she was responsible for designing, managing and implementing TMEA’s multi-million dollar country programme for Tanzania to support regional integration and trade competitiveness. She has also served as Deputy Chief of Party for the Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub in Gaborone, Botswana; Economic Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London; and as Chief Trade Negotiator for the Government of Namibia.

Gerhard Erasmus

Gerhard Erasmus is a founder of tralac and Professor Emeritus of the Law Faculty at the University of Stellenbosch. He holds degrees from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (B.Iuris, LL.B), Leiden in the Netherlands (LLD) and a Master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has consulted for governments, the private sector and regional organisations in southern Africa. He has also been involved in the drafting of the South African and Namibian constitutions. He currently serves as a tralac Associate.

Paul Kalenga

Paul Kalenga is an independent trade adviser and consultant. He has extensive working experience in international trade policy and regional integration issues in Africa, having spent several years as a Senior Trade Policy Adviser at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana, providing technical assistance on the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Trade; negotiations on the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA); and the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA) and regional economic integration matters. He holds a degree in economics from the University of the Western Cape, honours degree in industrial and organisational psychology from the University of Cape Town, and an M.Sc degree in trade, industrialisation and economic policy from the University of Strathclyde. He currently serves as a tralac Associate and consultant as well as being a member of tralac’s Advisory Board.

Patrick Low

Patrick Low is a member of tralac’s International Advisory Board and former Chief Economist at the World Trade Organization (1997-2013). He currently serves as a fellow of the Asia Global Institute and as a Geneva-based consultant on trade and trade-related matters. He holds BA and PhD degrees in Economics and has written widely on a range of trade policy-related issues.

Daniel B. Ndlela

Daniel B. Ndlela is with Zimconsult in Zimbabwe. He has taught economics at the University of Zimbabwe, served as senior regional advisor in economic cooperation and regional integration at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Daniel Ndlela has worked in most sub-regions of Africa: West Africa, North Africa, East and Sothern Africa, mainly on economic development, trade policy, industrialisation and regional economic cooperation, and integration issues. He has published widely mainly on economic development, industrialisation and trade policy issues. He recent and current publication ‘Economic Dualism in Zimbabwe: From Colonial Rhodesia to Post-Independence’ addresses economic dualism that was embraced and perpetrated by the post independent African state, with the modern formal sector linked to the global economy through exports, imports, foreign direct investment and technology leaving the ‘traditional’ sector behind.

Tom Pengelly

Tom Pengelly has over 25 years experience of economic development co-operation in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean. Between 1993 and 2001, Tom worked for the UK Department for International Development in London and overseas. Between 1999 and 2001, he was chief technical adviser for DFID’s trade related assistance programmes and served as a Special Adviser to OECD-DAC on guidelines for trade capacity development 2000-2001. In consultancy practice since 2002, he has undertaken assignments for wide range of clients including DFID, the World Bank, the European Commission, Sida, DANIDA, USAID, AusAid, ITC, WTO, WIPO, the European Patent Office, the UK IP Office, SECO, UNIDO, UNDP, ICTSD and UNCTAD.


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