Dr Antonia Joy Kategekwa

Strategic Advisor to the Assistant Administrator and Regional Director (UNDP)

Dr. Kategekwa is a leading global expert on international trade, investment and development law, policy and capacity development with a 18year track record influencing global and regional trade deals and advising governments on shaping trade – led growth strategies. At UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa in New York, she advises senior management on strategy for a 46 – country development programme – including design and implementation of the AfCFTA portfolio.
She is the Founding Head of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Regional Office for Africa (Addis Ababa), where she spent close to 5 years leading the UNCTAD teams that provided technical advisory support in designing the AfCFTA. Previously at the WTO Secretariat, she was responsible for negotiations on Special and Differential Treatment and institutional support to Africa Group Ambassadors and experts.
At Oxfam International, she advised on the economic justice campaign lead authoring seminal reports auditing development in the Doha Development Agenda. She is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Trade and Investment, serves on the Advisory Board of the African Journal on International Economic Law (AJIEL) and is the author of “Opening Markets for Foreign Skills: How Can the WTO help”. She holds a Ph.D. In International Trade Law from the World Trade Institute – University of Berne. She has taught trade and development law and policy at leading global and continental post graduate programs. She is a trained vocalist, is married and is the proud mother of 4 beautiful girls