United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa
Coordinator, African Trade Policy Centre, RITD- African Trade Policy Center
David Luke is Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa with the rank of a director at the Commission. He is responsible for leading ECA's research, policy advisory services, training and capacity development on inclusive trade policies and in particular the boosting intra-African trade and the continental free trade area initiatives. His portfolio also includes WTO, EPAs, Brexit, AGOA, Africa's trade with emerging economies, and trade and cross-cutting policy areas such as trade, industrialization and structural transformation, trade and gender, trade and public health and trade and climate change.
Prior to joining ECA in 2014, he served as UNDP trade policy adviser in Southern Africa and Geneva and also as Senior Economist and Chief of Trade at the Organization for African Unity/African Union Commission, and as an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He has published widely on trade and development issues. His most recent (co-edited) book is Inclusive Trade in Africa: The African Continental Free Trade Area in Comparative Perspective (London, Routledge, 2019). In addition to being a leading authority on African trade policy, his expertise and experience inlcudes all aspects of strategic and performance management .