Marren Akatsa-Bukachi

Gender, Trade, Development and Entrepreneurship specialist

Marren Akatsa-Bukachi is an acclaimed Gender, Trade, Development and Entrepreneurship specialist with an extensive background in Gender and Social Development leadership and more than 30 years’ experience working at local, national and regional level for government, development partners and civil society.

She is a regionally sought out expert on gender and entrepreneurship and public speaker with a deep understanding of the gender sector, having spent the last 15 years directing, coordinating and / or delivering substantive national and regional evidence based gender programmes on women’s rights, entrepreneurship, trade, governance, public policy and advocacy, with and for communities and a variety actors including the East African Community. Some of her work involves developing training curricula on gender and trade.  She recently coordinated a study on the Gender Analysis of Regulatory Frameworks and Trade Policies in the East African Community to provide evidence for more gender sensitive trade policies in the East African Community Integration Process.

She is currently the executive director at the Kampala based East African Sub regional Strategic Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI. Since 2010, Marren has successfully led EASSI’s team in an initiative to promote the economic empowerment and livelihoods of women in East Africa through participation in regional cross border trade and fight for recognition by governments of informal women cross border traders in the East African Community. EASSI has supported the formation of 7 Women’s Cross Border Traders Associations across the various borders in East Africa, enabling the women to directly negotiate their demands with border officials.


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