OPIA’s Exploring Diverse Legal Careers at the World Bank and IMF


Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


WCC 2004 Classroom, Harvard Law School

Interested in a career in international development but unsure how your background fits into that path? Not sure what types of positions are available to you? Come learn about how you can leverage a diverse range of skills and knowledge at two of the world’s top intergovernmental organizations! Panel discussion will be hosted by Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence Adejoké Babington-Ashaye. Sponsored by OPIA, the Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs (CISGA), and the Women’s Law Association.

Non-pizza lunch will be served.

Panelists include:

Duncan Kiara
Chief Counsel, World Bank Legal Vice Presidency – Development Finance
Duncan Kiara leads a team of dedicated legal professionals at the World Bank who provide legal, policy and operational advice and support to internal and external clients and other stakeholders on a wide ranging variety of resource mobilization and innovative financing platforms. He joined the World Bank in 2005 after working for several years for regional international financial institutions headquartered in Africa, a securities exchange and a law practice in Nairobi, Kenya. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, derivatives, securities regulation and tax law. Duncan is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi, the University of Cambridge and the Columbia University Law School. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the New York Bar.

Maree Newson
Environmental and Social Standards Specialist, World Bank Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman
Maree Newson advises the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) on strategic and governance issues and conducts reviews of the environmental and social performance of World Bank private sector projects. Prior to her work with CAO, Maree advised on foreign investment policy with the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Maree is qualified to practice law in New York and in New Zealand, where she advised public and private sector clients on corporate and regulatory issues including state-owned enterprises, banking and financial services, insurance, climate change, and natural resource management. Maree received her LLM in international economic law, human rights, and development from Columbia University. She also holds Honors degrees in Law and Classical Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.

Gomiluk Otokwala
Senior Counsel, International Monetary Fund
Gomiluk is a Senior Counsel in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). His work involves advising on various aspects of the IMF legal framework, including lending and other financing operations, exchange system, governance and corruption, as well as the policies on transparency and technical assistance. He has dealt with complex questions of public international law ranging from recognition of governments to dissolution of states. The Legal Department, under the supervision of the General Counsel, advises the IMF Executive Board, the Managing Director, staff and the institution’s 189 members on all legal matters. Gomiluk handles a portfolio of about 15 countries as the IMF country lawyer. Prior to joining the IMF in early 2013, Gomiluk worked in the office of the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria, providing legal and policy advice. Before the SEC, he was an attorney at law firms in Washington, DC and in Lagos, Nigeria. Gomiluk holds an LLM degree from Harvard Law School and an LLB degree from the University of Nigeria. He is a licensed attorney in Nigeria and in the State of New York.

Tazeen Hasan
Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Gender Group, World Bank
Tazeen Hasan is with the Gender Department at the World Bank. Prior to this, she was with the Women, Business and the Law program. She was the legal specialist for the World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development and the World Bank report Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa. She is a coauthor of various World Bank publications, including Empowering Women: Legal Rights and Economic Opportunities in Africa and Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she practiced as a barrister in the UK specializing in civil and commercial law, and subsequently worked in Kenya as a legal adviser to NGOs. She obtained a Masters in International Law from the London School of Economics and a BA in Law from Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

ORGANIZER: Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, Harvard Law School

WEBSITE: https://hls.harvard.edu/event/opias-exploring-diverse-legal-careers-at-the-world-bank-and-imf/