Dr. Mary L. Mbithi is an expert in trade policy, and the Director of Researcher at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Hub (WEE Hub) in Kenya, at the University of Nairobi. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics and development Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya and associate faculty of the Trade Policy Centre in Africa (TRAPCA). She has carried out research and analysis work and capacity building on various trade policy and gender including the WTO trade regime, regional integration and trade policy in East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African region in general. Her other research work also informs policy related to MSMEs / SMES; intra- regional trade, trade facilitation, trade and food security, trade policy and food security, trade and climate change, and on trade, poverty and development. She has been a consultant with governments in various African countries, civil society, private sector and with international and regional organization. She has also undertaken extensive work to inform policy and strategies for inclusion and enhanced mainstreaming of gender in economic sectors and in regional and international trade and has carried out extensive training for stakeholders on trade policy and gender, and enhanced participation of women in intraregional trade. She is passionate about international trade policy and gender.