Senior Counsel Nnamdi Kalu Ezera is a Senior Counsel for the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel. From Europe and Eurasia to Sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Ezera has worked extensively with developing countries to reform their legal infrastructure in order to create an enabling environment for improved trade and investment, and thereby economic growth. His work encompasses a broad scope of commercial law reform issues and capacity building programs – including, inter alia, intellectual property, procurement, judicial capacity, standards, SPS, trade remedies, ADR, investment, competition, project finance, and WTO accession. From the advent of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to the Power Africa and Prosper Africa initiatives, Mr. Ezera has worked with individual countries (Angola to Zimbabwe) and regional economic communities (EAC, ECOWAS, SADC, AU) to reform laws and develop capacity to achieve the standard of international best practices, throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. An integral part of his engagement with African governments, stakeholders, and lawyers, has been to foster the protection and utilization of intellectual property rights. Born in Nigeria, Mr. Ezera hold a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations/Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.