Nadira Bayat is a gender and trade consultant at the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC)–United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and is responsible for gender mainstreaming in African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) national implementation strategies. She was previously programme director at Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa — a policy research and stakeholder engagement programme, focusing on sustainable development priorities in Africa. Nadira has held senior positions in the South African Government, including as counsellor: multilateral at the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, D.C. Prior experience includes various roles with the United Nations (UN), including at the International Court of Justice, UN Transitional Administration in East Timor, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Nadira has a background in international law. She holds two LLMs, the most recent in international legal studies from American University Washington College of Law, with a specialization in human rights law.