Purity Chakacha

Purity has a background in Regional Trade Integration in Africa (EAC & AfCFTA context), Digital Trade & E-commerce, Trade and Gender, Market Access, Investments and Private Sector Development and Project Management. She works with the consulting team in the technical delivery of Trade projects, project implementation and business development.


Regional trade integration in Africa, digital trade & e-commerce, investment & Private Sector Development, Regional value-chains integration & industrial development, Economic Partnership Agreements (RTAs & Bilateral), sustainable and inclusive global trade, Poverty & Inequality analysis, M&E.

About Purity

In her role as trade specialist, Purity is involved in the technical delivery of trade projects where she works with the in-house consulting team in undertaking research, policy analysis and writing analytical papers to assist clients in developing countries (Africa focused). Purity is also a trade researcher of the Africa Trade Foundation, which aims to empower the African continent through trade, investment and Africa’s integration in global value chains. She is involved in all phases of the project management cycle, from support in the preparation of proposals to implementation, coordination, and quality control.

Before joining International Economics, Purity worked as a senior regional economic integration officer at the Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development, supporting the development and implementation of EAC policies on regional trade. Before this she worked as a junior statistician (trade & gender statistics) at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and as an intern at UN Women East & Southern African Regional Office. Purity has significant experience in trade and gender especially in empowering women in Trade.

In close collaboration with the AU, AfCFTA and EAC Secretariat, she participated in trade negotiations and country consultations to draft Protocols on Investment, Digital Trade and Women & Youth in Trade. She was part of the team that was involved in the development of a simplified guide to EAC trade rules, regulations & procedure for women cross border traders including the first publication of Women and Men in Kenya 2017 which gives key facts and figures on the status of Women and Men in different sectors. Purity has a BSc degree in Economics & Statistics and a Master degree in Economics, International Co-operation and Human Development, both from Kenyatta Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. She also holds an advanced MSc degree in Globalisation, Trade & Development from the Institute of Development Policy at the University of Antwerp, Belgium and a Professional Certificate in Monitoring & Evaluation from the Kenya Institute of Management.


  • Native in Swahili.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Limited/basic knowledge of French.