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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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.
Nelsy Affoum joined the Woman, Business and the Law team in May 2020 and supports the Violence Against Women survey team. Prior to WBL, she worked as a Project Associate at MSI, where she managed and coordinated USAID projects in Mali and the DRC. She also worked for the UNESCO Senegal office where she developed Gender Equity Capacity Statements summarizing causes of gender disparities in SMT classes. She holds a M.A. in International Economic Policy with a focus on Development Economics from the George Washington University and a B.A. in International Relations/Pre-Law from Queens University of Charlotte. She is a native French speaker from Côte d'Ivoire.
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 affect economic development and competitiveness, particularly through the inclusion of human capital. Nayda oversees the interactions with governments as part of the stakeholders engagement component of Women, Business and the Law. With a 16-years career 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 and is conversant in French.
Nisha Arekapudi leads research on family law for the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law project. Before 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 gained 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. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international political economy at Peking University. He speaks Chinese.
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 studied human rights law and sex discrimination at Harvard Law School. She worked as an intern for a labor law firm 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.
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 drafted 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.
Nadine Elshokeiry joined the Women, Business and the Law team in May 2020 supporting the Family Law survey team. Previously, she was the Head of Mission Assistant at the Doctors Without Borders mission in Cairo, Egypt. She also worked as a program assistant at the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid operations in the EU Delegation in Egypt. Before that, she was a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Nadine holds an MPA degree from the American University in Cairo and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cairo University. She speaks Arabic and French.
Xiao Fu joined the Women, Business and the Law project in September 2019. Her focus area is labor and employment law. She holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. Previously, she completed a double degree at Sichuan University, majoring in Social Work and Financial Management. She has experience in data analysis, policy research, and management consulting with several organizations including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, City of Chicago, Ernst & Young, etc. She speaks Chinese.
Marie joined the Women, Business and Law team as an economist in October 2019. She joined the World Bank in 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.
Viktoria Khaitina joined Women, Business and the Law in January 2017. She researches and analyzes data related to property laws and laws protecting women from violence. She previously worked with the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development team at the Legal Vice Presidency. Before joining the World Bank, Viktoria worked at a 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 the Swedish Institute of Public Administration and American University Washington College of Law (H.H. Fellowship Program). She is a native Belarusian and Russian speaker.
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.
Olga has been supporting the WBL team since June 2018 on contributor relations, data management and IT systems. She holds an M.A. in Political Science from the Central European University in Austria. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Olga worked for a grassroots non-profit DC SCORES, conducted research for the UN DESA and led a youth development non-profit in Russia. She speaks Russian and is conversant in French.
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 a member of the New York State and speaks Korean.
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. Before 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. She 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.
Olena Mykhalchenko joined the Women, Business and the Law team in May 2020. She has done extensive work in the field of labor law, gender equality and non-discrimination in new technologies, and has more than eight years of experience in nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Her prior experiences include working with the International Bar Association, International Law Commission, and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, where she served as a graduate fellow. She earned her B.A. and LL.M in Law at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine), and an LL.M at the George Washington University Law School as a Fulbright and Thomas Buergenthal scholarships awardee. She speaks English, Ukrainian, and Russian.
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. 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. She 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.
Isabel Santagostino is a Private Sector Development Specialist with the Women, Business and the Law project. She currently leads research on violence against women and the indicators on domestic violence and sexual harassment. Before 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.
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.
Friederike Strub joined the Women, Business and the Law team in June and supports the Family Law and Violence Against Women survey teams. She has a background in strategy, research, policy, and advocacy on women's economic empowerment. As a Research Associate with MarketShare Associates (MSA), she worked on women's economic empowerment and market systems development. Her previous experience also includes work with the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, UN Women Nepal, Oxfam America, and local women's rights organizations. Friederike is a trained political scientist with a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz. She speaks German and Spanish.
Consuelo J. Tan is a World Bank retiree and has been a part of the Women, Business and the Law team since October 2019. She supports the team with administrative as well as budget matters. She also provides logistical support to the entire team. She was formerly an Executive Assistant at the IFC, supporting the office of the EVP and Managing Director from 1999-2005. She also worked as a Program Analyst for the IFC’s Access to Finance unit from 2005-2010.
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.
Siyi Wang joined the Women, Business and the Law team in June 2019. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked for the Financial Institutions Group of the International Finance Corporation and worked on China’s financial inclusion program. Siyi holds a 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.
Yasmin Zand is the Contributor Manager for the Global Indicators Group, which includes Women Business and the Law and Doing Business. She joined the World Bank Group in 2009, first working on media and communications for the Doing Business report and subsequently researching credit information. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she was the Deputy Field Director at The Mellman Group, a research-based strategy firm in Washington DC. She also worked on the 2004 United States presidential political campaign. She holds bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from INSEAD. She speaks Farsi and is conversant in French.
Dania is currently a second-year master’s Public Policy candidate at the University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Relations. Dania has previously completed a master’s degree in International Relations at Saint Joseph University of Beirut and further holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the American University of Science and Technology. Originally from Lebanon, she is interested in economic development and gender equality in least developed countries. Dania is also an active member of the International Association for Political Science Students, and the American Political Science Association (APSS) and enjoys exercising and reading. She speaks French, English, and Arabic.
Mila J. Cantar joined the Women, Business and the Law team in May 2020 to support the Family Law survey team. Mila is a second year Master in Public Administration candidate with a concentration in International Development at the Cornell University. Mila has previously completed a Master in Human Rights in Democratization at the National University of General San Martín (UNSAM) and further holds a Law Degree (JD equivalent) from the National University of the Center of the Buenos Aires Province (UNICEN), both in Argentina. Originally from Argentina, she is interested in human rights, public administration, and international development. Currently, Mila is also the vice-president of the Cornell Public Affairs Society as well as an active member of the Cornell Policy Review and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly at Cornell University.
Katya is currently a first-year JD candidate at The University of Chicago Law School interested in labor and employment law as well as international trade law. Originally from Sudan and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Katya graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Katya is also an active member of her law school’s International Law Society and enjoys yoga and photography. She is a native speaker of Arabic and English, conversant in Chinese, and learning French.
Jessica Maeda Jeri is currently a first year Master of International Development Policy candidate at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Jessica has previously completed an LLM (Public International Law) at Leiden University in the Netherlands and further holds an LLB degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Originally from Peru, she has worked for the Government of her country on how to strengthen and coordinate anti-discriminatory policies. She is deeply interested in human rights law and social policy. Jessica was a Lecturer of Public International Law at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and enjoys reading, running, and cooking. She speaks Spanish, English, and French.