Garam Al Kastalani-Dexter
Garam Al Kastalani-Dexter joined the Women Business and the Law project in 2012. She conducts legal research of laws and regulations on countries worldwide, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, she provides cross support to other units in the form of legal analysis on investment, tax and corporate laws of the Middle East. Garam earned a law degree from Damascus University, Syria in 2010. She also holds an LL.M. degree from American University Washington College of Law, specializing in international law and human rights. She is a native Arabic speaker.
Nayda L. Almodóvar-Reteguis
Nayda L. Almodóvar-Reteguis joined the Women, Business and the Law project in 2010. Her work involves historical legal research focused on the evolution of labor and family law reforms, and analyzing issues on women’s entrepreneurship and the business environment. Her previous experience includes serving as Deputy Advisor for the Governor of Puerto Rico, presiding over the Board of Appeals of the Department of Family Affairs of Puerto Rico and working as an attorney focusing her private practice in Family and Inheritance Law. Nayda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, a Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and an LL.M. from The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is fluent in Spanish.
Yasmin Bin-Humam joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit in 2010 after doing legal research for CGAP's Financial Inclusion Regulation Center. She is currently working on the Women, Business and the Law project and conducting research into the historical evolution of labor and family law reform in countries around the world. Her prior work experience spans the public, private and non-governmental sectors. Yasmin holds JD and MSFS degrees from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Maia D’Anna joined the Women, Business and the Law project in 2013 to work on the protecting women from violence indicator. Her work focuses on conducting research and analysis of the legal and regulatory frameworks affecting women’s economic capacity to work around the world. Prior to joining the team, she worked for various civil rights and international law firms and she holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA in Public Policy and International Law from the American University of Paris and a professional certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University. She is currently completing her JD at American University Washington College of Law, with a special focus in international law.
Sarah Iqbal coordinates the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law project. She joined the World Bank Group in 2008, where she worked with the Doing Business Project before moving to the Women, Business and the Law project. The Women, Business and the Law report and dataset examines how the legal and regulatory environment affects women's ability to get jobs and start businesses. Ms. Iqbal also provides guidance on the interaction of the law and women’s economic activities in areas such as financial inclusion. She is a member of the California Bar, and prior to joining the World Bank Group she practiced civil litigation and criminal defense law. Her primary interests lie in the realm of law and development and comparative law. Ms. Iqbal holds a BA in English and History from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a JD concentrating in International Law from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She speaks Hindi and Urdu.
Khrystyna Kushnir joined the Women, Business and the Law team in August 2010. Prior, she worked on the global database on micro, small and medium size enterprises within the Enterprise Analysis Unit. Ms. Kushnir worked as a Research Assistant for Central and Eastern Europe at the Heritage Foundation, where she updated the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom. Ms. Kushnir also worked, as a Research Analyst, for the Japanese consultancy Washington CORE on Russian and Asian markets. Ms. Kushnir holds MA in International Economic Relations from the American University and is a Fulbright scholar.
Thibault Meilland joined the Women, Business and the Law team in 2010. He currently works on the Building Credit, Going to Court and Tax and Incentives indicators. Prior to joining Women, Business and the Law, Thibault worked for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Thibault holds a M.A. in Comparative Politics from Sciences Po, and a M.A. in International Economics and Conflict Management from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Katrin Schulz joined the Women, Business and the Law project in 2013 where she primarily researches and analyzes legal restrictions on women’s work across the globe. She previously worked for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and for a labor and employment law firm in Washington, DC. She also worked on women’s rights issues while at Legal Momentum’s Immigrant Women Program and at American University Washington College of Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic. Katrin holds a JD concentrating in labor and international law from American University Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Studies in Women and Gender from the University of Virginia. She is fluent in Spanish.
Paula Tavares joined the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law team in 2010 after working on the Investment Climate Department’s Health in Africa Initiative. Ms. Tavares currently focuses on conducting research and analysis of the legal and regulatory framework affecting women’s economic capacity and entrepreneurship. Her prior legal experience includes working with government multilateral trade agreements, private sector initiatives and non-governmental organizations. Ms. Tavares is a Brazilian lawyer and holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center with a concentration in trade and development and a specialization in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, Brazil.