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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.

Tarik Oguz

Tarik Oguz

Tarik joined the tralac team in 2016 as a Research Advisor. He is part of the Australian Government’s Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. Tarik will be focusing in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) developments in Africa and how capacity building in ICTs could be used to develop trade in, and among, the regional economic communities as well as the long term benefits of ICTs in education, health and empowering rural communities in Africa. He holds a B Sc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU, Turkey) and a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning with CFP qualification from Deakin University (Australia).

Mélanie Mugrefya (Intern)

Mélanie Mugrefya (Intern)

Mélanie Mugrefya holds a LL.M. from the Free University of Brussels (Belgian Law, with a focus on Public Law) and a LL.M. in International Trade and Investment Law from Maastricht University. Her research interests include international investment policy (in particular, issues related to investor-State dispute settlement and expropriation provisions), the protection of intellectual property rights in International Investment Agreements and WTO law.

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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