Meet the Women, Business and the Law team
Women, Business and the Law reports are researched and written by a team of experienced lawyers and experts. The current team is listed in alphabetical order below.
Women, Business and the Law reports are researched and written by a team of experienced lawyers and experts. The current team is listed in alphabetical order below.
Norman Loayza is Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank. Previously, he was a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group and managed the Asia hub of the Research Group, based in Malaysia. He was director of the World Development Report 2014, Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development. His research has dealt with various areas of economic and social development, including macroeconomic management, economic growth, microeconomic flexibility, private and public saving, financial depth and stability, natural disasters, and crime and violence. His advisory experience at the World Bank has also ranged across different topics in various regions and countries. A few examples include business environment and economic performance in Latin America; informal and formal labor markets in the Middle East and Northern Africa; public infrastructure gaps in Pakistan and Egypt; savings for macroeconomic stability and growth in Sri Lanka, Georgia, and Egypt; and pro-poor growth in Indonesia and Peru. On external service from the World Bank, he was a Senior Economist at the Central Bank of Chile (1999-2000), where he advised on financial and monetary policy. Norman has edited 10 books and published dozens of papers in professional journals and edited volumes. A Peruvian national, he holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University (1994).
Tea Trumbic is the Program Manager of the Women, Business and the Law project in the World Bank’s Development Economics vice-presidency, where she leads a dynamic team to produce data and analysis on laws and regulations that impact women’s economic opportunities in 190 economies. She joined the World Bank in 2006, working on the Doing Business project on business taxation and credit information regulations. She has also developed indicators focusing on agribusiness regulations where her work focused on access to markets and how regulations affect rural women. Before joining the World Bank, Tea 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.
Nelsy Affoum joined the Women, 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.
Nisha Arekapudi leads research on access to justice for the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law project. Before joining the World Bank, 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 is a Private Sector Development Specialist with the Women, Business and the Law project. She leads the project’s family law research and manages the corresponding topics on women’s legal capacity, mobility, and property rights. Her work also covers financial inclusion and the rights of women with disabilities. Before joining the team in 2015, she taught international human rights courses and 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.
Mila Cantar joined the Women, Business, and the Law team in June 2021 and supports the Violence Against Women survey team. Before joining the team, she was a Fulbright Scholar, PEO Scholar, and DKG Scholar while working towards a Masters in Public Administration at Cornell University. She holds a MA in Human Rights from the National University of General San Martín and a degree in Law from the National University of the Center of Buenos Aires Province, both in Argentina. She has also worked in UNHCR in Costa Rica and Argentina as a protection intern and eligibility officer. Her areas of study are women's rights and refugee protection. She speaks Spanish.
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 and drafted, in collaboration with the Equality Lab, 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 focuses on childcare policies and indicator development. Previously, she drafted legal aid legislation for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and led 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. with distinction in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center.
Mahmoud Elsaman joined the Women, Business and the Law team in October 2020. Previously, he worked for the Egyptian judiciary, the International Development Law Organization in Italy, and Ibrachy and Dermarkar Law Firm in Egypt. Mahmoud holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (with honors degree) from Cairo University Faculty of Law in Egypt. He holds an LL.M degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in International and Comparative Law, and an LL.M degree in Rule of Law for Development from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Currently, Mahmoud is pursuing his SJD (Ph.D.) degree at Central European University in Austria. He is a native Arabic speaker.
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.
Emilia Galiano joined the Women, Business and the Law team as a Private Sector Development Specialist in January 2021. She has a background in International Relations and International Political Economy, with a Master's Degree from John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining, she led a team of community engagement and facilitation professionals at the World Bank Group, working on mainstreaming and strengthening the more than 300 Communities of Practice across the organization, as a way to connect development practitioners with the practical and localized knowledge they need to be most effective. She is fluent in Italian, German, and Spanish.
Aida Hammoud Watson joined Women, Business and the Law in 2018. She conducts research and analysis related to labor laws and reforms. She covers topics such as discrimination in employment, maternity and paternity leaves, and pension systems. She has also experience in violence against women and family laws topics as she is working in parallel on the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 5.1.1 which is co-custodied by the World Bank Group, the UN Women, and the OECD. Aida is a native Spanish speaker, and fluent in both English and 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.
Marie Hyland joined the Women, Business and the 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 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.
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.
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 an 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.
Claudia Lenny 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.
Pedro Magariño joined the Women, Business and the Law team in 2021 and conducts reseach and analysis within the Labor team. With a passion for women empowerment and private sector development, Pedro also collaborates with the WB Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice. Originally from Spain, Pedro counts with several years of experience in regulatory bodies and international development institutions. He holds an LLM in International and European Law from Tilburg University, a law degree and an economics degree from Carlos III University and speaks Spanish and French.
Natália Mazoni joined the World Bank Group in February 2016. She leads the dissemination of Women, Business and the Law. Her current research focuses on women's access to justice, the implementation of laws, and indicator development. Before joining the World Bank Group, she 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. Originally from Brazil, she speaks Portuguese and Spanish and is conversant in French.
Olena Mykhalchenko joined the Women, Business and the Law team in May 2020. She conducts research and analysis related to labor laws and reforms. 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 Portulans Institute, International Bar Association, International Law Commission, and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. 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.
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.
Alena Sakhonchik joined Women, Business and the Law in 2014. She leads research on childcare policies and supports the project's overall data and indicator development strategies. She holds a M.A. in International Economic Affairs from American University. Alena is originally from Belarus and speaks Russian.
Liang Shen joined Women, Business and the Law in 2020. She holds a M.S. in Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. She also holds a M.P.A. in Women and Public Policy and Global Affairs and a Fellowship on Women and Public Policy at Rockefeller College, University at Albany (SUNY). Originally from Xuzhou, China, Liang has experience in finance and management in China and Australia and is passionate about addressing gender disparity issues at the workplace and other socioeconomic problems facing women and the marginalized. Before joining the Women, Business and the Law team, Liang has conducted economic research and policy analysis at the Office of the New York State Comptroller and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. She speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and is learning Italian.
Nayantara Vohra joined the Women, Business and the Law team in June 2021. She conducts research relating to violence against women laws and reforms. Nayantara holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Delhi, India. Before joining WBL, Nayantara practiced law in India for over four years. She also worked for the World Bank’s Data and Evidence for Judicial Reform (DE JURE) program. She speaks Hindi and Bengali.
Lara Wanna joined the Women, Business and the Law team in January 2021 and supports the childcare indicator. Prior to WBL, she worked with the Subnational Doing Business project in the UAE and worked as an internal legal consultant in D.C. Lara is a Beirut Bar licensed attorney with over six years of experience working in corporate and civil law in the MENA region. She has advised and represented government and private sector stakeholders, worked on drafting legal policies and regulations for Expo Dubai 2020 and policy implementation for the UN Refugee Nations in Lebanon. Lara is a member of the New York State Bar. She holds a Master of Law Degree from The Lebanese University and an L.L.M Degree from The George Washington University specializing in business and finance Law. She is fluent in Arabic.
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.
Sanarya is currently a first year MPA candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) concentrating in Economic and Political Development and double specializing in Quantitative Analysis and the Middle East. Originally from Iraq, she worked as a consultant in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to reform and modernize the Ministry of Finance and Economy. She is interested in both women’s empowerment and inclusion and sustainable development to alleviate poverty in developing countries. Sanarya is also the president of the MENA Forum at SIPA and enjoys hiking and horse-riding. She speaks Arabic and Kurdish and is working on Farsi and French.
Sabrina Aziz Khan is currently a final year law student at the University of Kent. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan she has had the opportunity to carry out legal internships, take on the role of being the head of a social media program, a Kent Law Student Representative, Student Mentor and the Vice President of the Kent International Law society. She has a particular interest in finance law, alongside international law. Sabrina is passionate about researching gender disparity issues and socio-economic problems faced by women, particularly in South Asia. She speaks Urdu and English.
Alexis Cheney is currently a second year MA (International Affairs) candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is concentrating in human rights and humanitarian policy with a specialization in media. She is concurrently pursuing a MA (International Public Management) at Sciences Po in Paris, France. Alexis completed a Bachelor’s (English and French Literature, International Studies concentration) at Connecticut College. Originally from Massachusetts, Alexis worked in Paris between 2018 and 2020. She is interested in women’s economic empowerment in developed and developing countries alike. Alexis teaches English every week to a female entrepreneur living in Armenia. Alexis enjoys running on trails, singing, and baking. She speaks French and hopes to learn Spanish.
Rebecca is currently a Master of Laws (LLM) candidate in International and Comparative Law at The George Washington University Law School. She has previously completed her Bachelor of Law degree from La Sagesse University in Lebanon. Originally from Beirut, she is interested in advancing women’s economic and political participation in the MENA region. She served as a representative for George Washington’s Law, Justice and International Development Society, and conducted research on women’s participation in conflict resolution and mediation. Rebecca enjoys going on runs and trying new cuisines. She speaks English, Arabic and French.
Jungwon Kim is currently an M.A. candidate in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs. Her research interests lie in promoting financial inclusion in developing countries with a focus on women’s economic empowerment. Prior to joining the Women, Business and the Law team, she worked as a research intern at the Center for Transnational Migration and Social Inclusion in Seoul National University, where she investigated the impact of COVID-19 on childcare to provide policy analysis. Jungwon received her BA in Economics and Sociology from Sciences Po. She is a native Korean speaker, fluent in Japanese, and proficient in French.
Perrine Monnet is currently a second year MPP (Master in Public Policy) candidate at Georgetown University. Perrine previously completed her BA in International Affairs with a regional focus in Latin America with a certificate in Peace, Conflict, and Security from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, she is interested in gender equality and social policy. She is an active member of the university’s Women in Public Policy Initiative and enjoys running, climbing and skiing. She speaks French and Spanish.
Ankita Panda is currently a first-year Master’s in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. Originally from New Jersey, she is interested in gender policy, with a focus on issues of women’s economic empowerment and gender-based violence. Ankita has helped lead and co-author several gender-focused research projects and studies across the Kennedy School, the Harvard Business School, and MIT D-Lab. She has also previously lived and worked in Mumbai, where she provided capacity building support to help small- to mid-sized social enterprises scale their organizations and interventions. Outside of school, Ankita is an avid baker and Francophile. She speaks English and Oriya and is conversational in French.
Florentina Pruteanu is a graduate student at Columbia - SIPA, pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree, concentrating in Economic and Political Development, with a double specialization in Data Analytics and Gender Public Policy. She was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, where she earned a Bachelor in Communications and Public Relations, from the University of Bucharest. Florentina has more than 7 years of professional experience and prior to SIPA she worked in the Romanian Parliament, as chief of staff to an independent woman MP. She has contributed to the design of 14 bills on issues such as equal opportunities, fighting gender based violence, improper child institutionalization, human trafficking and equal access to education. Florentina is interested in economic development, focusing on gender inclusion in emerging markets. She is also the Vice President of the Gender Policy Working Group and a student representative in the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee at SIPA. She speaks Romanian and Spanish.
Ali is currently a second year MIA (Master of International Affairs) candidate at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She has previously completed her Bachelor of Art degree (International Relations) at the College of Saint Benedict. Originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota she is interested in human rights and gender and specifically studies the intersection between social capital and women’s empowerment. Prior to Columbia University, she launched a nonprofit research organization, the Crescendo Project, and explored female sport participation as an indicator of empowerment in Valparaíso, Chile. In Chile, she also taught English at DUOC University. Ali is an active member of Columbia University’s Gender Policy Working Group and enjoys playing soccer and working on her arts and crafts small business. She speaks Spanish.