Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe is currently Chief Trade Negotiator for Nigeria and Director-General of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations. He is also, currently, the Chairman of the Negotiating Forum for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) being negotiated. Prior to his current positions, he was a senior official in the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization from 1998 to 2017. In this period, he held several posts, including Director Technical Cooperation Division; Director, Textiles Division; Head of the Integrated Working Group for Least-Developed Countries; and, most recently, Director of the WTO Accessions Division (2009–2016). Prior to the WTO he was a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer (1979–1998).