Meet the Team

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Marwa Abdou

Specialty: Finance

Marwa joined the team in July 2018 where she works on the Finance indicator. Prior to joining, she worked as a Consultant for the Commonwealth Secretariat, APEC, OECD, as well as ADB where she co-authored a number of trade facilitation publications. As a Trade Advisor for USAID’s US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity, she was responsible for designing, leading the technical direction and providing management oversight for project activities spanning several initiatives across US-ATAARI’s work streams. Earlier in her career, Marwa was a Senior Consultant for performance improvement for Ernst & Young. She received her master’s degree in international relations and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Queens University Smith School of Business in Canada. She speaks fluent English and Arabic, and proficient French.

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Maereg Alemayehu

Specialty: Livestock

Maereg joined the World Bank Group in September 2016. Prior to joining the EBA livestock topic team, Maereg worked on another World Bank Group project - Women, Business and the Law. She also worked for the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. She also has experience working as a Judge and Assistant Judge in Ethiopia. She received her LLB from Unity University in Ethiopia and holds an LLM in International Legal Studies with Human Rights certificate from Georgetown University and an MA in Peace and Security studies from Addis Ababa University. She is the recipient of Women's Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Maria Balcazar Tellez

Specialty: Finance

Maria joined the team in May 2018, where she works with the finance indicator. Before joining the team, Maria worked as an analyst for the Colombian National Planning Department where she supported the development of an Evidence Gap Map in the environmental sector across Latin America. Maria’s work has focused on the intersections of food security, policy analysis, renewable energy, and technology. Maria obtained her M.Sc. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the North Carolina State University, and a dual bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Agricultural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently completing an MPP degree in Food and Agricultural Policy from UC Berkeley. Her native language is Spanish and she is conversant in Italian.

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Valeria Balza

Specialty: Transport

Valeria joined the team in January 2018 and currently works on the Transport indicator. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Valeria worked at Endeavor Global where she analyzed the effects of high-impact entrepreneurship on economic growth in emerging markets. She also interned at the Inter-American Dialogue researching remittance and migration trends in Latin America and for Costa Rica’s former Vice Minister of Foreign Trade evaluating the country’s trade competitiveness strategy. Valeria holds a degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in International Political Economy with a concentration in International Development. She is fluent in Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese and French.

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Daniela Behr

Specialty: Land

Daniela joined the team in March 2018, where she works on the land indicator. Prior to joining, Daniela was a research fellow at the University of Konstanz, Germany and a visiting scholar at George Washington University. Also, she worked as a specialist for human rights and gender with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Tanzania. Daniela studied political science and public administration in Konstanz, Madrid, and Toronto and obtained her PhD in early 2018 from the University of Konstanz. With a regional emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, Daniela’s research focuses on customary institutions, (good) land governance, rural development, and the effectiveness of legal regulations. She is fluent in German and conversant in Spanish and French.

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Julia Constanze Braunmiller

Team Lead - Finance

Julia joined the Enabling the Business of Agriculture team in April 2018 where she leads the indicator on access to financial services. Julia also leads the building credit topic for the Women, Business and the Law project. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Julia directed legal reform programs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies on combating human trafficking in Egypt, enhancing the role of civil society in Kuwait and Jordan, and establishing clinical legal education throughout the Middle East and North Africa. She studied law in Germany, Spain, and Italy and holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Vanessa Cervelló

Specialty: Livestock

Vanessa joined the team in November 2017. Previously, Vanessa worked for the World Bank Group’s projects Women, Business and the Law and Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships Procurement. Before joining the World Bank Group, she worked for the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, as international trade advisor, and for the international law firm Uría Menéndez. As an associate she provided legal advice in corporate and commercial law on transactions of a very varied nature, including international trade and investment transactions, financing and debt restructuring agreements, corporate acquisitions and joint ventures, mergers and the restructuring of corporate groups, among others. Vanessa graduated with Honors in Law and Business Management and Administration from the University of Valencia. She also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University, where she graduated with Honors and Distinction. She is a Fulbright alumni.

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Federico Cardenas Chacon

Specialty: ICT

Federico joined the team in August 2017. Before joining the World Bank Group, Federico worked as a lawyer at a Colombian law firm in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity and corporate law. He also worked for a consultant firm in Berlin, Germany, focused on the study of markets and market research for different types of investments. Federico holds an MPP degree from the Hertie School of Governance with a focus on policy analysis and a JD from the University of los Andes. His native language is Spanish, he is fluent in Italian, and is conversant in German.

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Rong Chen

Specialty: Finance

Rong joined the team in February 2014. Previously, Rong worked in the Doing Business project (2013 and 2014 reports) on debt enforcement and investment climate in fragile and conflict affected countries. Rong holds a Master of Public Administration degree with concentration on Economic Policy and Sustainable Finance from Cornell University and a Bachelor's degree on Liberal Arts from Renmin University of China. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked as an investment consultant for a US Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and as a research analyst at International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Switzerland. She speaks Chinese.


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Raian Divanbeigi

Program Coordinator

Mr. Divanbeigi joined the team in October 2013. He currently leads the work on land regulation and conducts research on structural change. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Divanbeigi focused on business regulation at the World Bank’s Doing Business unit. Before joining the World Bank Group he worked as an economist for ActionAid International and the Italian government where he advised on policy coherence and aid effectiveness. Mr. Divanbeigi holds a master's degree in Development Economics and a bachelor's degree in Economic Development and International Cooperation from the University of Florence. He also holds a diploma in multidimensional poverty and inequality measurement from Oxford University.

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Isabela F. Emerick Albergaria

Specialty: Markets

Isabela joined the team in September 2018, where she currently works for the Markets indicators, as well as assists in the coordination of data collection and analysis for Portuguese speaking economies across all indicators. Previously, Isabela worked for the World Bank Group’s Migration and the Law project and provided cross-support for the Global Indicators of Regulatory Governance. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law. As a Brazilian attorney, Isabela had the opportunity to work with public and private sector in Brazil, as well as with international organizations such as the Organization of American States and the International Chamber of Commerce. She is native in Portuguese and fluent in Spanish.

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Soha Eshraghi

Specialty: Fertilizer

Soha joined the team in September 2014, where she currently works on the Fertilizer indicator and on contributors' relations. Prior to joining the World Bank, Soha worked with public health development organizations such as Microclinic International, where she analyzed programs and health curriculum. Previous to that, she worked at Uganda Village Project where she was in charge of monitoring and evaluating health and sanitation programs. She holds a degree in Political Science, with a focus on comparative politics and International Development, from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Arnau Gallard-Agusti

Team Lead - Fertilizer

Arnau joined the Enabling the Business of Agriculture team in February 2013. He currently leads the Fertilizer indicator, and has worked in the Seeds and Machinery topics. Prior to joining the team, Arnau worked at the IFC’s Investment Climate Department, and was head of Venair’s Middle East office in Dubai. He also worked for the Catalan Government’s trade office in Cairo, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Albright Stonebridge Group. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, and an M.Sc. in International Relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Arnau speaks Spanish and Catalan, and is conversant in French and Arabic.

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Bill Garthwaite

Team Lead - Water Law

Bill leads comparative research on water law under the EBA project. He also represents the EBA project in Asia while based at the World Bank Global Research and Knowledge Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before joining the World Bank, Bill worked as an international legal consultant for FAO, AU-IBAR, UNIDROIT, and UNITAR, among others. His areas of specialization include water resources management and comparative water law. Bill's research focuses on how countries can better learn from each other's experiences in designing their water laws and regulations, and how water law can better serve as a tool to support sustainable water resources management practices. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from MIT, and a J.D. and LL.M in International and Comparative Law from Cornell University.

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Graham Hamley

Specialty: Water Law

Graham joined the team in December 2015, where he works on the water indicator. Before joining the World Bank, Graham worked as a legal consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the University of Edinburgh, and as a project manager at CDP. Graham’s areas of specialization include water and environmental law, corporate climate change policy and veterinary legislation, with a primary focus upon animal health. He holds an LL.B. in law from the University of Dundee, and an LL.M. in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh.


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Amani Abou Harb

Specialty: Land

Amani joined the team in March 2018. She works for the Doing Business and Enabling the Business of Agriculture teams on the Land indicator. Ms. Abou Harb holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in English Literature from the American University of Beirut, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Political Sciences from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Abou Harb worked with the Social Protection and Labor office of the World Bank Group where she provided support on job training intervention projects in Lebanon. In 2016, Ms. Abou Harb was an intern at Injustice Watch, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization, where she was part of a research team that explored bail bond trends in the United States. She speaks Arabic and is conversant in French.

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Amina Idris

Specialty: Machinery

Amina joined the team in September 2017, where she works on the Machinery indicator. Before joining the World Bank Amina worked at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international non-profit organization in Washington DC, where she provided support in designing and implementing enterprise-based agricultural development initiatives. Prior to that, she worked at the Presidency-Bureau of Public Enterprises in Nigeria under the Development Finance Institutions Unit of the National Facilities and Agricultural Resources department during her national youth service. She holds a BSc in Banking and Finance from the University of Abuja, and an MSc in International Relations with a concentration on International Economics from Northeastern University. She is fluent in English, Hausa and is a beginner in Spanish.

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Sarah Iqbal

Program Manager

Sarah Iqbal is the Program Manager of the World Bank Group’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture project. She joined the World Bank Group in 2008, where she first worked with Doing Business before moving to develop the Women, Business and the Law indicator set. She provides guidance on how to develop and scale legal and regulatory indicator sets, and how the legal environment influences economic outcomes. Sarah is interested in the intersection of law and development issues. Prior to joining the World Bank Group she practiced civil litigation and criminal defense, and is a member of the California Bar. She holds a BA in English Literature 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.

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New-Doe Kaledzi

Specialty: Water Law

New-Doe joined the team in August 2018, where she works on the water indicator. Prior to joining the team, she served as a consultant with the War Crimes Research Office at the American University Washington College of Law, where she worked on a project on “strengthening government ability to hold perpetrators accountable for conflict-related sexual and gender based violence in Central African Republic”. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French from the University of Ghana, Legon, a law degree from Université de Paris, Nanterre and an LL.M. from the American University Washington College of Law. She is fluent in French and Ewe.

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Edna Massay Kallon

Team Lead - Livestock

Edna joined the team in August 2013 where she leads the livestock topic. Prior to joining the team, Edna worked with the Corporate Executive Board, a best practices research firm for Fortune 500 and 100 business companies, the World Bank Group’s Independent Evaluation Group on private sector project evaluations and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization with the Iraq country office. Edna holds a master's degree in International Relations and Economics with a degree focusing on finance and development from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Marina Kayumova

Team Lead - ICT

Marina joined the team in February 2015. She leads the development of indicators for information and communication technology topic. Prior to joining the team, Marina was a Research Fellow at George Washington University. Previously she worked for GSM Association in London and European Parliament in Brussels. Marina has experience in research and emerging economies. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Innovation, Strategy and Organization from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Master in Advanced European Studies and International Relations from the European Institute, France. Marina is fluent in French and Russian.

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Alona Kazantseva

Specialty: Livestock

Alona joined the team in July 2018, where she works on the Livestock indicator. Previously, Alona worked for the Energy and Extractives Global Practice at the World Bank Group and provided support to energy sector reforms in Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked as a legal and regulatory affairs specialist and coordinated capacity building projects in Ukraine. Alona has a combination of extensive professional experience and academic research in law and public policy. She holds Master’s degree in law from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. She is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian.


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Sana Khan

Specialty: Seed

Sana joined the Enabling of Business of Agriculture project in March 2017 and is currently working for the Seed topic. Prior to joining the World Bank, Sana was an Innovation Analyst at the Ministry of Agriculture in British Columbia, Canada. In this role she was able to produce deliverables outlining the impact of government funding in agribusinesses, which is currently being used by Economists at the Central Government of Canada. She has a MBA degree from University of Victoria in Canada and almost five years of agribusiness experience in both private and public sector. Sana comes from a diverse background as she has previously worked in Dubai, London, China and Canada in various consulting capacities. She is also an online volunteer with the United Nations (UN) and has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a research volunteer. Sana is fluent in Urdu and Hindi, with basic knowledge of Arabic.

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Maksat Korooluev

Team Lead - Machinery

Maksat joined the team in May 2016 where he leads the Agricultural Mechanization topic. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Maksat worked with the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) as a team leader for regional trade facilitation program in the Kyrgyz Republic. He advised public sector institutions and focused on building foreign trade Single Windows, support to national quality infrastructure and quality management systems for SMEs. Maksat also has experience with retail banking sector in Kazakhstan. Maksat holds Master’s degree in Public Policy from University of Maryland (USA) and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from American University in Central Asia. He is fluent in Russian and Kyrgyz.

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Loïc Lanci

Specialty: Markets

Loïc joined the team in November 2017, where he works on the Markets topic. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the WTO on the Trade Policy Review Mechanism, for which he analyzed trade policies, export practices and commodity markets in West Africa. Loïc was also an associate at PSA International, where he contributed to FX derivatives and metals hedging operations. He also interned at Sucafina, a multinational coffee merchant company, where he supported coffee trading activities. Loïc has experience in economic research, emerging markets, agribusiness activities and private sector development. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Economics from the University of Geneva and a Master’s degree in International Economics from The Graduate Institute. He also studied at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs during his Master. Loïc is fluent in English, French and Italian, is conversant in German and speaks basic Spanish and Dutch.

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Mingqi Liu

Specialty: Data Management

Mingqi joined the team in September 2018. Currently, she works on providing support to the EBA team on processes for global data collection and management of data extracted from received questionnaires and desk research. Before joining the EBA team, she worked in a consulting firm focusing on fraud examination and risk identification using data management and data analysis. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Analytics at George Washington University. She holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Law from Jilin University, China. She is fluent in English as well as Chinese and conversant in Japanese.

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Jean-Philippe Lodugnon-Harding

Team Lead - Seed

Jean-Philippe joined the team in December 2014. He currently leads the work on Seed regulations. Prior to joining the team, Jean-Philippe worked on business regulations for the World Bank’s Doing Business report and its regional editions. Before joining the World Bank Group, he worked as an attorney in several global law firms in Paris, focusing on the financing of infrastructure and energy projects in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a LL.B (hons) from Sheffield Hallam University, a master's degree in business and competition law from Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University and a master's degree in banking and finance law from Paris Panthéon-Assas University. Jean-Philippe is admitted to the Paris bar. He is fluent in French.

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Jeremy Marand

Specialty: ICT

Jeremy joined the team in January 2018, where he works on the information and communication technology indicators. Before joining the World Bank, he was a consultant at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok. He also interned at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome. Jeremy holds an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Economics from University College London, UK. His native language is French and he is fluent in English and Spanish.


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Rumbidzai Maweni

Specialty: Land

Rumbidzai Maweni joined the team in February 2018, where she works on the Land indicator. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she practiced international arbitration at leading law firms in London and Paris and served as an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration where she provided legal support to arbitrators in inter-State, investor-State, and State contract disputes, including arbitrations related to natural resources, infrastructure, and maritime and land boundaries. She also clerked at the UN Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Columbia Law School, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law from the University of Amsterdam, a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Development Economics and International Development from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of Durham. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York. She speaks Shona and is conversant in French.

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Mariya Myroshnychenko

Specialty: Markets

Mariya joined the team in November 2017, where she works on the Markets indicator. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked for ten years as a lawyer with several large manufacturing companies in Ukraine, overseeing the companies’ legal apparatus and providing them with legal compliance monitoring, contracts, and court support. Mariya has extensive experience in commercial transactions, banking, trade, taxation, and bankruptcy. She holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law. Mariya is admitted to the Ukrainian bar. She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and conversant in Spanish.

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Kristina Nedelkova

Specialty: Land

Kristina joined the EBA team in June 2018 where she works on the land indicator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in both International Affairs and Economics from the George Washington University. Kristina has studied in Santiago, Chile and Shanghai, China and has a particular interest in the Latin American region. Prior to the World Bank, Kristina has had volunteer and intern experience with the U.S. Embassy in Chile, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the non-profit organization Atlas Corps. She speaks Macedonian and Spanish, with basic knowledge of Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian.

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Elaine Panter

Specialty: Gender

Elaine joined the team in March 2017, and currently leads the gender indicator. Before joining the team, Elaine led a World Bank project on equality legislation and economic inclusion of minorities. Previously, Elaine worked as project manager of a human rights research institute at the Johns Hopkins University. Elaine has expertise in international human rights law, development economics, women’s rights, access to justice, discrimination law, trafficking in persons and corporate social responsibility. She worked as teaching assistant at Beirut Arab University in Lebanon and interned with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade Section. Elaine holds an LL.B. and LPC degrees from the University of Law in London, a MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS and a degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna. Her native languages are English and Italian and she is conversant in French and Spanish.

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Nina Paustian

Team Lead - Land

Nina Paustian joined the team in February 2014. She was detached to the Malaysia Country Office to lead the data collection efforts in the region as well as to advance the research agenda. Previously, Nina worked on the Paying Taxes indicator of the Doing Business project. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2012, she worked with the German Development Cooperation as an advisor on public finance to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany and Tanzania, with a focus on regional tax harmonization and trade facilitation. She has also worked with the International Trade Center in Geneva on trade competitiveness and non-tariff measures.

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Greta Polo

Specialty: Markets

Greta joined the team in June 2018, where she works on the markets indicator. Prior to joining, Greta worked as an Advisor for the Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations and had professional experience with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She holds an MIA in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the Florida Institute of Technology. Greta is fluent in Italian, Spanish and English, and speaks basic Arabic, Portuguese and Romanian.

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Patricia L. Quijano Vallejos

Specialty: Water Law

Patricia joined the team in September 2018, where she works on the development of indicators on water law. Prior to joining the World Bank, Patricia worked as a research analyst for the World Resources Institute on sustainable climate affairs. She also worked as a legal consultant on a project commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization, for which she conducted research and analysis into water-related laws, regulations, and policies for a series of countries. In her home country, Peru, she worked for the National Environmental Protection Agency and the National Energy Agency. She is a lawyer and holds a LL.M. in International Legal Studies and a specialization in Environmental Law from American University Washington College of Law.

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Mariyam Raziyeva

Specialty: Fertilizer

Mariyam joined the team in May 2018, and she currently works on the Fertilizer indicator. Before joining the World Bank Group, Mariyam worked as an auditor for the Missouri state government and participated in audits of Missouri Medicaid and several local government agencies. She is currently a candidate for a Master's degree in Public Policy from American University in Washington D.C. Previously, she obtained a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance from Columbia College of Missouri. Mariyam is fluent in English and Russian, and is conversant in Kazakh.

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Martin Ruiz-Cantu

Specialty: Machinery

Martin joined the team in April 2018 and works on the Mechanization Indicator. Prior to that he worked at HSBC Mexico, where he helped formulate the Strategy Update 2018 to plan the bank’s market growth and product penetration for 2020. He also worked at the World Bank’s South Asia Regional Integration Initiative to foster trade as a development catalyst in that region. Martin’s areas of expertise include finance for agriculture and trade facilitation, as well as foreign investment promotion. He holds a Master’s Degree in Global Business and Finance from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico. Martin speaks Spanish, French, German and is conversant in Portuguese.

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Mariana Sans

Specialty: Seed

Mariana joined the Enabling of Business of Agriculture project in 2018. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mariana worked in economic research and in an agribusiness firm. Her areas of expertise include private sector development, economic research, agribusinesses, and emerging markets. She holds a master’s degree in Economics from Yale University with a focus on development finance, impact evaluation, and international and development economics, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Mariana is fluent in Spanish and English, with basic knowledge of Portuguese and French.

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Louise Scura

Practice Manager

Lou is the Practice Manager of the Global Engagements Unit of the Agricultural and Food Global Practice, where she is responsible for Strategy and Operations as well as overseeing the Agriculture global practice’s engagements in key global partnerships, including the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and the Enabling the Business of Agriculture project. Lou has a PhD in Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics. She joined the World Bank in 1994, and has spent more than half of her career in World Bank Country Office-based positions in Africa and East Asia, including as Country Sector Coordinator for Agriculture/Rural Development and Natural Resources in Jakarta, and cross-GP integrative positions as SD Sector Leader in Addis Ababa and SD Program Leader for Southeast Asia in Bangkok.

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Rim Seffar

Specialty: Livestock

Rim joined the EBA livestock topic in July 2018. Prior to joining the team, she previously worked on another world bank group project, doing a review of conflicts of interest of World bank group employees with the Ethics and Business conduct department. Before joining the World bank, she had prior experience in the private financial sector, working for the Compliance department of BNP Paribas London branch ; where she was involved with the regulatory team in implementing and advising on policies and regulations. As a native French and Moroccan Arabic speaker, Rim is in charge of covering the relevant countries in the African region. She received a Master’s degree from The University of Edinburgh Business School in Scotland.


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Sophia Sunderji

Specialty: Fertilizer

Sophia joined the EBA team in January 2018. Prior to joining the team, Sophia worked at the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance bank in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. She focused on research and product development activities, leading research projects to measure the quality of life and impact of loan products on clients. Sophia also has experience working with community savings groups in Tanzania and on a cash-based intervention project with UNHCR, in the MENA region. She holds an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on economic and political development. Sophia completed her bachelor’s degree in commerce at McGill University.

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Samjhana Thapa

Specialty: Operations and Dissemination

Samjhana Thapa joined the team in January 2013 and currently works on the operationalization of EBA indicators into World Bank’s projects and policy dialogues. She used to lead the EBA water topic. Prior to EBA, Samjhana worked on the Agribusiness Indicators Program, a precursor of EBA which was a research project focused in Africa that generated indicators and produced country studies that assessed the enabling environment for agribusiness. Previously, Samjhana worked as a consultant in the Bank and with UN agencies, where she undertook policy and operational reviews of agriculture projects. She has also worked in the World Bank’s country office in Nepal. Samjhana holds an MBA from the University of Bridgeport, CT and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, MD, USA.

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Tea Trumbic

Program Coordinator

Tea joined the team in November 2012. She serves as project coordinator and used to lead the development of the regulatory indicators for access to markets topic. Prior to joining the EBA team, Tea worked for the Doing Business project leading the work for the Paying Taxes and Getting Credit indicators. Tea's 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. Tea is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and is conversant in French.

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Aliaksandra V. Tyhrytskaya

Specialty: Finance

Aliaksandra joined the team in October 2017, where she currently works on the Finance indicators. Prior to joining the team Aliaksandra worked for Women, Business and the Law, and analyzed legal and policy barriers affecting women’s labor rights. Before joining the World Bank Group her prior experience included legal practice in the area of health care, education, refugee protection and human rights. Aliaksandra holds a law degree from the Belarusian State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She is fluent in Belarusian and Russian.

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Ahmed Younes

Specialty: Finance

Ahmed joined the team January 2018. He works on the Finance indicator. Before he joined the team, he interned at Abraaj, a private equity focusing on emerging markets. He also worked at the Hudson Institute, a Washington D.C. based think tank, researching MENA geopolitics and Islamist extremism. He has always been involved in his family agribusiness venture in Egypt. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Affairs. He is fluent in Arabic and English and is conversant in French.

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Farbod Youssefi

Program Coordinator, Global Engagements Unit in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice

Farbod is Program Coordinator with the Global Engagements Unit in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice. Before joining the World Bank, he spent the last decade working with several organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Food Logistics Organization, The Postharvest Education Foundation, with international assignments in Cape Verde, Kenya, India, Ghana, Egypt, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, among others, mainly on post-harvest processes and small farmer market linkages with agricultural businesses. Farbod worked with the horticultural export industry in Chile advising transnational companies, primarily on postharvest management and the introduction of best practices. He has worked in the private sector, specifically as a senior manager of a Latin American based company on ICT and learning. Farbod obtained his M.Sc. in International Agricultural Development and his Ph.D. in Integrated Crop Physiology at the University of California at Davis. He went on to direct the University’s international development programs in agriculture, food systems and nutrition for 7 years. He is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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Yucheng Zheng

Team Lead - Markets

Yucheng Zheng joined Enabling the Business of Agriculture in November 2012, where she leads the Markets topic. From October 2017 to 2018, Yucheng was a core team member of World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work. Prior to EBA, she had professional experience with the World Bank Doing Business Project, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York, and an investment management company in Beijing. She holds an MPA degree in Finance and Economic Policy from Cornell University, and a bachelor's degree in Economics and Korean Studies from Peking University. She speaks Chinese.

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Qunrui “Tim” Zhou

Specialty: Markets

Tim joined the team in January 2018. He is currently a Master student at American University, majoring in International Economic Relations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies from American University. Originally from Beijing, China, he is interested in development in East Asia and he is fluent in Chinese. Tim is also the co-founder of the American University Chinese Alumni Association.

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Muchen Zhu

Specialty: Data Management

Muchen joined the team in May 2018, and she works for the team as an IT and data management consultant. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked as a business analyst in a real estate investment firm. She holds an MS degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her MS degree in Business Analytics at the George Washington University.

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Marwane Zouaidi

Specialty: Transport

Marwane joined the team in April 2018 and works on the Transport indicator. Before joining the World Bank, Marwane worked as a Program Assistant with the MENA Team at the National Democratic Institute, providing programmatic support to projects addressing issues of government transparency and democratic governance. Prior to that, Marwane was a consultant with Creative Associates’ Economic Growth Department where he worked on projects focusing on opium replacement and professional development of disenfranchised youth and women in rural regions of Afghanistan. Marwane holds a master’s degree from Penn State with a dual concentration in Security Studies and International Development and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Clark University. Born and raised in Morocco, Marwane is fluent in Arabic and French.