Garam Al Kastalani-Dexter
Garam Al Kastalani-Dexter joined the Women Business and the Law team in 2012. She conducts legal research of laws and regulations on countries worldwide, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She leads the Going to Court and Providing Incentives to work indicators. 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 a Masters of Law (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.
Nisha Arekapudi joined the Women, Business and the Law team in 2014, and primarily researches and analyzes women's economic development and entrepreneurship. She previously served as a Senior Research Associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group, focusing on constitution drafting and transitional justice. Nisha has also worked at the U.S. Department of State and Department of Justice, and with the United Nations Committee Against Torture Project. She holds a BS in Social Policy from Northwestern University and a JD from American University Washington College of Law. Nisha is proficient in Spanish.
Yasmin Bin-Humam joined the Women Business and the law team in 2010 after doing legal research for CGAP's Financial Inclusion Regulation Center. She has conducted research into the historical evolution of labor and family law reform in countries around the world and has worked with all of the Women Business and the Law indicators. 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.
Morgane Lucia Gruet
Morgane Lucia Gruet joined the Women, Business and the Law team in 2014. She researches laws and regulations affecting women's economic opportunities worldwide, with a focus on Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the project, she worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank Group's Africa Region, focusing on women’s rights in Niger. Morgane holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne Law School in Paris, specializing in international law. She is a native French speaker and is fluent in Spanish.
Tazeen Hasan joined the Women Business and the Law team in 2014. Prior to this, she was the legal specialist for the World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development and the World Bank report Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa. She is a coauthor of various World Bank publications including a 2013 book on Empowering Women: Legal Rights and Economic Opportunities in Africa and a 2014 book on Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity. She worked with the Women Business and the Law program at the World Bank on a multiregional study analyzing legal rights impacting on women's economic empowerment over the last 50 years. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she practiced as a barrister in the UK specializing in civil and commercial law, and subsequently worked in Kenya as a legal adviser to NGOs. She obtained a Masters in International Law from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Law from Pembroke College, University of Oxford. She is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and French.
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.
Alena Sakhonchik joined the Women, Business and the Law team in 2014. She currently conducts research on labor laws worldwide, with an emphasis on legal restrictions imposed on female workers. Alena also provides statistical analysis support to the WBL team and assists with data development strategy. Her prior experience includes working with a number of non-governmental organizations and consulting companies. Alena holds a B.A. in International Studies and a M.A in International Economic Affairs from American University School of International Service. She is fluent in Russian.
Katrin Schulz joined the Women, Business and the Law team in 2013 and currently leads the Getting a Job indicator. She previously worked for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a labor and employment law firm in Washington, DC and Legal Momentum’s Immigrant Women Program. 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 a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the D.C. Regional Board of Directors of Indego Africa. She is fluent in Spanish.
Paula Tavares joined the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law team in 2010. She conducts research and analysis of the legal and regulatory framework affecting women’s economic inclusion worldwide, with a focus on violence against women legislation. 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.