Building capacity to help Africa trade better

Interns and Volunteers


Interns and Volunteers

Internship Programme

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The objective of the tralac internship programme is to offer to young African graduates with a background in trade related disciplines an opportunity, to gain a better understanding of international trade matters, and to provide them with an opportunity to contribute to the inter-disciplinary (trade law and economics) analysis of trade and regional integration matters, specifically as they pertain to African countries. The programme in turn provides tralac with the assistance of outstanding recent graduates specialising in trade law, economics, international relations or another trade-related discipline. tralac has limited funds to support Interns.

For further details, see the following documents:

pdf tralac Internship Waiver (118 KB)

Current interns

Theresa Ayerigah (intern)

Theresa Ayerigah

holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor degree in History and Political Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Her research areas include economic diplomacy, regional integration, and peace building. Theresa combines her career with entrepreneurship in the fashion industry.


Linda Chepkwony (intern)Linda Chepkwony

is an International Relations student at the United States International University – Africa. Her interests include Entrepreneurship, Africa Continental Free Trade Area, Youth and Women in Trade, Peace, Security, Conflict, Global Affairs and Regional Integration. She is interested in Trade for Youth/Women Empowerment and Employment creation, and published articles in Kenyan daily newspapers and those of local and international Organizations. She has won 3 awards on Business, Exports and Manufacturing as she's an entrepreneur in the Manufacturing and Value addition sector. Linda was also part of the team that drafted the Kenya National AGOA strategy 2018-2023 and Kenya's National Strategy on AFCFTA.


Sithembele Madala (intern)Sithembele Madala

Sithembele holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Fort Hare. He is currently a doctoral candidate (PhD) at the University of Cape Town. His research interests include African regional integration and international trade law.


Ibukunoluwa Akinrinde (intern)Ibukunoluwa Akinrinde

is a doctoral candidate of North West University, with specialization in trade. Prior to the start of his doctoral studies, he worked as an economist with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER).


Kaniki fredo Kalambu (intern)Kaniki fredo Kalambu

holds a Bachelor of laws (LLB) degree from the University of Lubumbashi. He is currently a masters degree (LLM) student in the department of Mercantile and Labour law at the University of the Western Cape. He is studying informal cross border trade in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Previous interns


Lilian Olivia Orero (Kenya ) holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from Moi University, Kenya. She is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

She also holds Certificates in Introduction to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law from International Training Centre of the ILO, Reading and Interpreting International Trade Agreements from Trade Law Centre (TRALAC) and Digitalization of International Trade from the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Olivia has researched and published articles in both local and international platforms such as: ‘Role of Quality Infrastructure and Standardization in Facilitating Trade and Sustainable Development within the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)’ and ‘Tackling Non-Tariff Barriers: AfCFTA Trading in East Africa.’ She has interest in the following areas of International Economic Law: International trade and investment, international corporate responsibility and international development.

Levious Chiukira (Zimbabwe) is a PhD Student at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Levious is a student at the Department of Politics and International Relations studying towards a PhD in Political Studies. He is the founder and Managing Director of Gleam Consultancy, a customs and trade research and consultancy firm.  His research interests are in Regional Integration and Gender with specific focus on Gender provisions in free trade areas. He has worked for the Revenue Authority in Zimbabwe for a period of 11 years as a revenue specialist.

Rosemary Enemuo (Nigeria) is an International Trade Economist with policy research experience in micro and macro-economic indicators.

She holds a Master of Research and Public Policy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. And a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Madonna University, Nigeria. Her Interest is in evidence-based policy making for African Regional Trade Integration, and trade data analysis. 

Masego Rethabile Maika (Botswana) is an Economist by profession and recently completed a Research Fellowship with UNECA, based at its Sub Regional office, IDEP in Dakar, Senegal.

Masego has a keen interest in trade related issues, particularly the AfCFTA Agreement which she is currently exploring through extensive academic research and training. Prior to joining UNECA, Masego worked as a Programme Associate for UNDP supporting the Economic Diversification & Inclusive Growth as well as Governance portfolios. 

Aaron Banda (Zambia) is an International Trade Analyst with knowledge energy policy and international barriers to trade, the service sectors, and training in energy and international trade. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from Zambian Open University and an MSc in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from Lund University of Sweden. His special interests are in international trade policy analysis, trade negotiations, trade policy analysis, trade facilitation, international trade and investment, African Continental Free Trade Area, and barriers to trade.


Annabel Nanjira is a Kenyan based lawyer who holds an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Kabarak University. Her interest areas include; International Trade Law, Investment Arbitration and Regional Integration in Africa. She has previously worked with CUTS- Geneva, which is a non-governmental organisation that focuses on international economic law topics in developing countries

Juliette Armelle Kouamo holds a Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree in Trade and Business law as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Import and Export Law from the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Law and Corporate entities as well as a Bachelor of Laws in Law and Political Sciences from the University of Dschang, Cameroon. Her research interests include International Trade Law, Trade and Business Law, Trade Facilitation and Customs Modernisation in Africa.

Mlibatisi Kunene is trade lawyer from the Kingdom of Eswatini. He holds a BCom economics degree, an LLB degree as well as an LLM in International economic law from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has lectured on a sessional basis at the Oliver Schreiner school of law and has done research on a part time basis for the Nelson Mandela institute under the school of law. His research interests are in the AfCFTA, regional integration, intellectual property, international trade and investment and e-commerce and sustainable economic development.

Felix Manzi is a Law trained researcher with practical research and legal drafting experience. His research interests comprise of regulation of digital economies in emerging markets, negotiation of trade and investment agreements especially in economic integration blocks. Manzi was a Fellow at the Hansen Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego and a Wells Mountain Foundation Scholar at the University of Kigali, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree with honours in Law (LLB). Manzi served as a rapporteur at the African Union Commission on International Law in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and as a Youth Ambassador for Rwanda Education Programme.

Faith Mbakhwa 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 Gift holds 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 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.

Akinyi J. Eurallyah is a Kenyan Lawyer, who holds an LL.M in International Trade and Investment Law in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her interests include business and human rights, trade and project finance, dispute resolution, regional integration, economics and international business and politics. She has extensively researched and written on international financial stability in a globalised economy, human rights accountability in the context of global politics, Artificial Intelligence and advancing regional economic integration.

Maleehah Khandwalla is a Final Year Law Student at Strathmore University, Kenya. Her interests are in international trade law and policy, regional economic integration, WTO law, dispute resolution and international investment law. Maleehah and her team won the 2019 John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. She won the tralac prize for Best Female Oralist of the African Regional Round at the Moot Competition.

Bakang Ntshingane is a research and policy analysis professional from Botswana with a strong background in the Southern African and Asian economies. holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Botswana, and a Masters degree in Economics from Jeonbuk National University, South Korea. His interests include trade policy and regional integration as instruments of economic diplomacy.

Volunteer Programme

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The objective of the tralac Volunteer Programme is to offer graduates, in trade-related disciplines, from non-African countries, an opportunity to work with the tralac team to gain a better understanding of international trade matters, specifically relevant to African countries. tralac does not provide any funding support for Volunteers.

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Previous volunteers

Lolita Laperle-Forget

Lolita Laperle-Forget is a Canadian based lawyer. She holds a Masters in International Law and Politics (LL. M.) and a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B.) from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada.  She is also pursuing her studies for a PhD on the opportunities generated by trade and investment agreements for women entrepreneurs.  Prior to joining tralac, she worked at the World Trade Organization and focused her research on international trade law and trade policy analysis with a gender perspective.  Her interests include sustainable development, women economic empowerment, trade facilitation, and intellectual property rights.

Paul Cormon

Paul is a French citizen who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Transport economics and Political sciences from Stellenbosch University. He also holds an international trade degree from ENC Bessieres, based in Paris and a certificate Import, Export and Logistics Management from University of Cape Town. His academic experience encompasses a good foundational background in international trade, logistics and transport economics. His research interests include cargo drone technology, international trade and the freight and transport industry.

Edna Moyo

Edina Mudzingwa holds a Master's in Business Administration (Customs Management) from the University of Canberra and ESAMI, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the National University of Science and Technology. She has vast work experience in customs administration. Her research interests include Trade Facilitation, Trade and Gender and Customs issues.

Ashly Hope

Ashly is a professional volunteer with the Australian Government’s Australian Volunteers for International Development Program. She served 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.


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