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Empowering Women by Balancing the Law

April 10, 2019

World Bank, Washington DC



Watch the Replay | Spring Meetings 2019 Event on Empowering Women by Balancing the Law

  • Empowering Women by Balancing the Law is an initiative that seeks to provide analytical and technical know-how to pilot countries in assessing and reforming laws that impede women’s economic and social progress. Pilot countries are selected per their request and commitment to reform. This discussion will present positive reforms and best practices to effectively eliminate legal barriers to women’s empowerment and increase greater gender equality.

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    Sandie Okoro

    Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel

    Ms. Okoro (@SandieOkoro), a British Solicitor, was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group in February 2017, joining from HSBC where she was General Counsel of Global Asset Management. Ms. Okoro has received numerous accolades and lifetime achievement awards in the United Kingdom for her career and volunteer efforts on diversity, women’s empowerment and leadership. In July 2017, Ms. Okoro was made an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.


    The Honorable Abubacarr M. Tambadou

    Attorney General and Minister of Justice, The Gambia

    Mr. Tambadou is the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia. Prior to his appointment in February 2017, he had been the Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UNMICT) for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Previously, he had served as State Counsel at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia and a private legal practitioner in The Gambia with a particular interest in human rights law and practice between 1998 and 2003. Mr. Tambadou is a member of Lincoln’s Inn in the United Kingdom and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of The Gambia.


    Pierre Heilbronn

    Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    Mr. Heilbronn has 20 years of experience in policy-making in domestic, European and broader global context. Before joining EBRD in November 2016, he had been deputy chief of staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Previously, he had served as the European advisor of the French Prime Minister and managed the department in charge of European coordination under the Prime Minister’s authority. Earlier in his career, Mr. Heilbronn assisted in the creation of the European External Action Service. Acting as head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations and Management of Development Aid, he worked directly on the EU Neighborhood policy and was responsible for the management of EU development aid at all stages of the programming cycle.


    Priya Basu

    Head, Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative Secretariat, World Bank

    Ms. Basu currently heads the We-Fi Secretariat at the World Bank. Since joining the Bank Group in 1998 through the Young Professionals Program, she has held various positions, most recently, Manager in the Development Finance Vice-Presidency, Lead Economist in the Bank’s South Asia Region, economist in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region and the Finance and Private Sector Vice-Presidency. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Basu had worked for an investment bank in London, as economist at the IMF and ADB, and economic affairs officer at UNCTAD and ILO in Geneva. She is the author of three books: Creating Resilient Financial Regimes in Asia: Challenges and Policy Options, India’s Financial Sector: Recent Reforms, Future Challenges, and Improving Access to Finance in India.


    Sarah Iqbal

    Program Manager, Indicator Development, World Bank

    Ms. Iqbal is the Program Manager of the World Bank Group’s Indicator Development Unit, in the Global Indicators Group of the Development Economics Vice-Presidency. In this capacity, she manages Women, Business and the Law, Enabling the Business of Agriculture, and a new pilot indicator set on Digital Business. 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 indicators. Ms. Iqbal also provides guidance on the interaction of the law and women’s economic activities in areas such as entrepreneurship and employment.


    Monica Teresa Restrepo (Moderator)

    Chief Counsel, Structured Finance and Guarantees, World Bank

    Monica T. Restrepo is Chief Legal Counsel at the Structured Finance and Guarantees Unit (LEGSG) of the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency. At LEGSG, Monica provides expert advice on project and structured finances for public and private World Bank operations, including guarantee instruments and other credit enhancement structures that leverage the World Bank’s resources by mobilizing private capital. Monica has over 20 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors, having worked for various companies in Washington D.C. and Colombia on cross-border financing, and major infrastructure projects in the energy, water, infrastructure, and telecommunication sectors.


  • DATE: April 10, 2019
  • TIME: 10:30-11:30 AM
  • WHERE: Room MC 2-800, World Bank MC Building, 700 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20433
  • CONTACT: balancingthelaw@worldbank.org
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