MENA-OECD Government-Business Summit


Nadira Bayat

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Gender and Trade Expert


Nadira Bayat is a Gender and Trade Expert with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), where she leads the approach to gender mainstreaming in African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) National Strategies. Nadira has served in various roles in other United Nations (UN) agencies, including at the International Court of Justice, UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR); as well as at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Prior to joining ECA, Nadira was Programme Director at Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa — a policy research and stakeholder engagement programme, focusing on sustainable development priorities in Africa. She has also held senior positions in the South African Government, including as Counsellor: Multilateral at the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC. 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.