Prudence Sebahizi

Chief Technical Advisor and Head of AfCFTA Negotiations Support Unit*, Departmental of Trade and Industry, African Union Commission, Ethiopia (moderator)

Prudence Sebahizi is the Chief Technical Advisor on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Head of the AfCFTANegotiations Support Unit, African Union Commission, since August 2016. He also led a team of experts who provided technical assistance and strategic guidance to strengthen the capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to more effectively drive the AfCFTA preparatory process since 2015 and the Lead Technical Advisor (LTA).

He worked for 2 years with Civil Society Organizations and for more than 10 years,with the Government of Rwanda,in the areas of International Trade and Regional Integration and as Rwanda’s Chief Negotiator to the negotiations of the EAC Common Market Protocol since 2006. He was at the center of Rwanda’s accession to the East African Community (EAC). He advised the government of Rwanda on Regional Integration while working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Office of the President and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation respectively.

Prudence SEBAHIZI holds a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy from Seoul National University, South Korea.