Mary Susan Lavender is research intern at UNU-CRIS. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, She recently graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Regional Integration from the Institute for Regional Integration and Development (IRID). During this master programme she comparatively studied the East African Community and the EU, and her thesis focused on the African Continental Free Trade Area.
During her virtual internship, she will work for the Regions and Cities Governance Lab (Re-LAB) while looking into the EAC, AFCFTA as well as into security and mediation processes. During this internship Mary Susan will be working under the supervision of Frank Mattheis.