Women, Business and the Law

Meet the Team

Women, Business and the Law is researched and written by a team of experienced lawyers and experts. The current team is listed in alphabetical order below.

 

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Nayda Almodovar-Reteguis

Nayda Almodóvar-Reteguis is a Private Sector Development Specialist for The World Bank’s Development Economic Unit, working on the Women, Business and the Law project since 2010. Her work focuses on the design of indicators to measure legal barriers for women’s economic inclusion. She has also done historical legal research focused on the evolution of labor and family law reforms, to understand how legal frameworks impact economic development and competitiveness, particularly through the inclusion of human capital. In addition, Nayda oversees the interactions with governments as part of the stakeholders engagement component of Women, Business and the Law. With a career of 16 years in law, policy and international development, her previous experience spans the public and private sector and includes serving as Deputy Advisor for the Governor of Puerto Rico on public policy and economic development. Nayda holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from The George Washington University School of Law. She speaks Spanish, English and is conversant in French.

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Nisha Arekapudi

Nisha Arekapudi leads research on family law for the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law project. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2014, Nisha worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group, and as a law clerk at the US Departments of State and Justice. Nisha is a member of the New York State Bar and graduated cum laude with a JD/MA from American University’s Washington College of Law and School of International Service. She speaks Spanish.

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Julia Braunmiller

Julia Constanze Braunmiller joined the Women, Business and the Law project in 2015. She leads the project’s family law survey and manages the corresponding topics on women’s legal capacity, mobility and access to finance. Previously, she directed legal reform programs at the Johns Hopkins University on combating human trafficking and promoting clinical legal education throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Julia holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a law degree from Germany. She speaks German, Italian, French, and Dutch.

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Nour Chamseddine

Nour Chamseddine joined the Women, Business and the Law project in October 2019. She primarily works on labor and employment laws and on data analysis. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked as a research analyst at the International Monetary Fund in the Fiscal Affairs Department. She holds a BSc in Economics from Trinity College and is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

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Claudia L. Corminales

Claudia L. Corminales joined Women, Business and the Law in 2016. She conducts research and analysis on laws and regulations constraining women’s legal capacity, freedom of movement and access to finance. She previously worked as staff member of the Permanent Mission of Bolivia to the Organization of American States (OAS) and as a staff member of the Embassy of Costa Rica. Claudia holds an LL.M in International Legal Studies and Certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from Georgetown University Law Center and a law degree from Universidad Católica, Bolivia. She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English, and proficient in Portuguese and French.

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Sheng Cui

Sheng Cui joined the Women, Business and the Law team in April 2019, and his current research focuses on labor and employment issues and data analysis of reforms. Previously, he had experience in development policy research and reform advisory work in social and energy related fields, with multiple international organizations and government agencies, including UNDP Eswatini, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, etc. He holds an MPA degree in international development from New York University. Prior to that, he received a bachelor’s degree in international political economy at Peking University. He speaks Chinese.

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Marie Dry

Marie Dry joined Women, Business and the Law in January 2020. She is a graduate law student from Sciences Po Paris Law School, focusing on gender equality issues. As part of her Master in Economic Law, she has spent time at Harvard Law School studying human rights law and sex discrimination. Previously, she worked as an intern for a labor law firm and has worked on drafting recommendations to improve gender equality in the 2019 French pension reform. She holds a BA in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris. She is a native French speaker.

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Marina Elefante

Marina Elefante joined the Women, Business and the Law project in 2015. Her current research covers women's legal capacity, access to identification, women’s financial inclusion, and childcare. Previously, she has worked on drafting legal aid legislation for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and human trafficking legal reform programs at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She graduated cum laude from the University of Naples Law School and holds an M.A. in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from the University of Siena, Italy and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Marie Hyland

Marie joined the Women, Business and Law team as an economist in October 2019. She has been working at the World Bank since 2016. Marie holds a PhD in economics from Trinity College Dublin; as part of her PhD studies Marie also spent time at the University of Maryland as a Fulbright scholar. As a member of the Women, Business and the Law team, Marie’s work focuses on the economic impacts of legal gender reform.

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Viktoria Khaitina

Viktoria Khaitina joined Women, Business and the Law in January 2017. She researches and analyzes data related to laws protecting women from violence and property laws. Before joining the team, she worked with Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development team at the Legal Vice Presidency. Prior to joining the World Bank, Viktoria worked at the international law firm, where she advised businesses on investment, finance and trade matters. Viktoria holds degrees from the Belarusian State University (LL.B (Hons), LL.M (Hons) in International Business Law), Certificate in Public Administration from Swedish Institute of Public Administration and American University Washington College of Law (H.H. Fellowship Program). She is a native Belarusian and Russian speaker.

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Gloria Kuoh

Gloria Kuoh joined Women, Business and the Law in March 2016. She analyzes legislation worldwide, for all topics. Her prior experience includes assisting women involved in domestic violence and child custody cases, and conducting research on issues related to women’s empowerment in Africa. Previously, she worked for a healthcare law firm in Washington, DC. Gloria is the author of various scholarly commentaries published in the Oxford University Press International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) database. She studied European and International Economic Law at Universität Augsburg in Germany. Gloria holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She obtained a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where she serves as Adjunct Professor. She is a native French speaker.

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Kook Hee Lee

Kook Hee Lee joined the Women, Business and the Law team in August 2019, and her current research focuses on the dynamics between childcare policy and female employment. Previously, she has worked for the Customs and Taxation Bureau and the Economic Structure Reform Bureau of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of South Korea, the Human Capital Development Research Department of the Korea Women’s Development Institute and the Vice Commissioner’s Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She holds an LLB from Seoul National University, an LLM and SJD from Georgetown University Law Center. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the comparative analysis of the maternity and parental leave system. She is barred in New York State and speaks Korean.

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Natália Mazoni Silva Martins

Natália Mazoni joined the World Bank Group in February 2016. She leads research on retirement and aging for Women, Business and the Law and her work focuses on the design of indicators to measure legal barriers for women’s economic inclusion. Previously, she worked on assessing bureaucratic complexity in citizen-government interactions in the Living Life project. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she conducted legal research, tax advisory and developed business strategies at EY Brazil and practiced at a law firm in Belo Horizonte. Ms. Mazoni holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, and a law degree from Faculdades Milton Campos in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She is a member of the Brazilian Bar. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish and is conversant in French.

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Rita Ramalho

Rita Ramalho is the Senior Manager for the Global Indicators Group which houses Doing Business, Subnational Doing Business, Enterprise Surveys, Women Business and the Law, Enabling the Business of Agriculture, as well as other pilot indicator projects. Previously Rita Ramalho was the Manager of the joint World Bank-IFC Doing Business Report which provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational level. Prior to that she was the program manager of World Bank-IFC Enterprise Surveys and Women, Business and the Law project. Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data for emerging markets and developing economies. Enterprise Surveys data are available on more than 131,000 firms in over 139 countries. Rita Ramalho holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the impact of regulation on economic variables such as growth, where she found that better business regulations can lead to more growth; the impact of regulations on female labor force participation, tax policy and entrepreneurship, labor regulations, and the size of the informal sector. She speaks Portuguese and is conversant in Spanish.

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Isabel Santagostino Recavarren

Isabel Santagostino is a Private Sector Development Specialist with the Women, Business and the Law project. She currently leads the work of WBL from the Research and Development Center in Chile and the violence against women survey and indicators on domestic violence and sexual harassment. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked at the Inter-American Commission of Women and at the Office of the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States. Ms. Santagostino is a member of the New York State Bar, holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law and a law degree from Bocconi University, Italy. Isabel is fluent in Italian, French and Spanish.

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Katrin Schulz

Katrin Schulz joined the Women, Business and the Law team in January 2013 and leads research on labor and employment law. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she conducted legal analysis for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a labor law firm and several nonprofit organizations focused on human rights and gender equality. She graduated from American University Washington College of Law and from the University of Virginia’s Studies in Women and Gender program. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Tea Trumbic

Tea Trumbic is the Program Manager for the Women, Business and the Law project in the World Bank’s Development Economics vice-presidency. She has more than 12 years of experience helping governments reform laws and regulations to help create jobs and contribute to economic growth. She joined the World Bank in 2006, working on the Doing Business project on tax and credit information regulations. She has also developed indicators focusing on agribusiness regulations. Her work has focused on regulatory framework analysis of the business environment in several countries globally, including extensive work on Eastern European and Central Asian countries. Tea also worked at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia and the International Monetary Fund. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.

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Siyi Wang

Siyi Wang joined the Women, Business and the Law team in June 2019. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked for Financial Institutions Group of International Finance Corporation and worked on China’s financial inclusion program. Siyi holds one Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and another Master in Simultaneous Interpretation from Beijing Foreign Studies University’s Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation. She speaks Chinese.