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Building capacity to help Africa trade better

The tralac Team

Trudi Hartzenberg

Trudi Hartzenberg

Trudi Hartzenberg is the Executive Director of tralac. She has a special interest in trade-related capacity building. Her research areas include trade policy issues, regional integration, investment, industrial and competition policy.

Willemien Viljoen

Willemien Viljoen

Willemien Viljoen holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Stellenbosch. Her research interests are in regional integration and international trade policy, and specifically in issues pertaining to non-tariff barriers to trade, trade data analysis and modeling and trade and climate change.

Talkmore Chidede

Talkmore Chidede

Talkmore Chidede holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree (Cum Laude) by research in international investment law and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the Nelson R. Mandela School of Law, University of Fort Hare. He is a doctoral candidate in investment law at the University of the Western Cape. His research interests include investment law, international trade law, regional economic integration and international commercial arbitration.

Andries van Zyl

Andries van Zyl

Andries van Zyl is tralac’s Financial Manager. He holds a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting from the Cape Technikon, as well as a Certificate in Management Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Before joining tralac, he spent 6 years in corporate business with Distell and 5 years with a medium size enterprise, Anglo American Farms, where he gained valuable experience in the fields of financial accounting, costing and operations.

Rutendo Kasiamhuru

Rutendo Kasiamhuru

Rutendo Kasiamhuru is tralac’s Risk, Finance and Administrative officer. She holds a Bachelors degree in accounting sciences from the University of Cape Town as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Risk Management from the University of South Africa.

Ashly Hope (Volunteer)

Ashly Hope (Volunteer)

Ashly is a professional volunteer with the Australian Government’s Australian Volunteers for International Development Program, and currently serves as Research Coordinator (Trade in Services and Regulation) at tralac. Ashly has experience in policy advice and analysis in financial regulation, international economic governance and international tax. She holds a BA (Political Science)/LLB from the University of Tasmania, and an LLM (Government and Commercial) from the Australian National University.

Faith Mbakhwa (intern)

Faith Mbakhwa (intern)

Ms Mbhakhwa has joined the tralac team as an intern for the period August to December 2019. She recently completed her master’s degree in international law and international relations at the university of Lancaster. Her passion lies in international trade policies and law at the regional and global level. Her research interests include international trade law, WTO Law, regional economic integration and international economics.

Nyasha Gift Nyatsambo (intern)

Nyasha Gift Nyatsambo (intern)

Mr Nyatsambo has joined the tralac team as an intern for the period August to December 2019. He holds a Bachelor of laws degree from the University of Cape Town and is currently completing his LLM in Commercial Law degree from UCT. Prior to joining Tralac, Nyasha was a legal research intern at the Supreme Court of Southern Africa where he offered research support to the judges of that court. Nyasha’s research interests include international trade and investment law, international tax law with a specific focus on Africa, and African regional economic integration and development.

Bukola Oyaleke (intern)

Bukola Oyaleke (intern)

Mr Oyaleke has joined the tralac team as an intern for the period July to December 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and a Diploma in Law (Distinction) from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Nigeria. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and has been in active legal practice for the past 6 years. He is an LLM Candidate in International Trade and Investment Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria. His research interests include International trade law, Investment law, regional economic integration and anti-money laundering compliance-trade-based money laundering.

Madeleine Hitzeroth

Madeleine Hitzeroth

Madeleine Hitzeroth is tralac’s Administrative Assistant, responsible for management of the tralac office. She joined tralac in 2005, having previously worked in the public and private sectors in various capacities including training, administration and human resources.

Yoliswa Makae

Yoliswa Makae

Yoliswa Makae is currently the longest serving tralac staff member. She ensures that we have a pleasant and welcoming work environment at tralac.

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