IfAD Development Economics Workshops are often co-organized with the leading international development institutions (e.g., UN institutions), aimed at focused discussion on specific economic development issues. The participants include researchers, thinkers, and practitioners who are at the forefront of national and international economic development policy debates,their formulation and implementation.

Women, Business and the Law

Marie Hyland is an economist at the World Bank. She joined the Women, Business and the Law team in 2019. As an economist with the team, Marie’s work focuses on the economic impacts of reforming gender discriminatory laws. Marie joined the World Bank in 2016 and has worked on the economics of water scarcity, private sector development and gender. Marie holds a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin and is a former Fulbright scholar at the University of Maryland.

Alena Sakhonchik is a Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law team. Her current research focuses on regulatory and policy gaps around availability, affordability, and quality of childcare services. Alena’s work also covers overall data and indicator development strategies. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2014, Alena worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Hudson Institute and the PBN Company – one of the leading international strategic communications firms specializing in Russia, Ukraine, and broader post-Soviet space. Alena holds a B.A. and a M.A. in International Economic Relations from American University.

Amy Jerrett is a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). She joined the BMGF in 2012. Prior to joining the BMGF, Amy worked at the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, United States Chamber of Commerce. Amy holds a BS in international relations from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.A. in international affairs from the Catholic University of America.


Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Time:11:00 AM -1:00 PM (AZ)|2:00-4:00 PM (EST)

Zohra Khan is UN Women’s Senior Policy Advisor on Governance, leading the entity’s work on gender budgeting and financing for gender equality. In this role, she has provided technical assistance to over 80 countries on national gender equality plans and strategies. Zohra has 20 years of experience on gender equality and development in international and non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining UN Women, she was Senior Policy Officer at One World Action, where she worked on the impact of UK and EU aid and trade agreements on women’s livelihoods.

Jane Bambauer is a professor of law at the University of Arizona. She is Co-director of IfAD and also serves as the co-deputy director of the Center for Quantum Network. Jane’s research assesses the social costs and benefits of Big Data, and how new information technologies affect free speech, privacy, and competitive markets. Her work has also been featured in media outlets including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fox News, and Lawfare. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Yale College and a JD from Yale Law School.

Tauhidur Rahman is an associate professor of development economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Department of Economics (Courtesy), and an affiliated faculty member of Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona. He is the Founding Director of IfAD. His current research is on the issues of women’s agency, behavioral impacts of development programs, decision-making under climate uncertainty, and political economy of development. He is the author of two-volume book (in progress), Empowering the Poor.

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