Angela Conway, Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division, has 18 years of experience in international development and has worked on rule of law programming in 27 countries. Ms. Conway has led assessments and authored reports on legal system development throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe. The MENA Division currently implements programs in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, and has previously supported programs in Algeria, Iraq, Oman, Syria and Yemen. Prior to helping to establish the MENA Division in 2003, Ms. Conway worked with the ABA Central and Eastern Europe Law Initiative, an ABA ROLI predecessor organization, serving as the program director for Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia, and as director of research. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and of the Kansas Bar.
Maha Shomali, Deputy Director for the Middle East and
North Africa Division, joined ABA ROLI in 2004 and served as the country director in Jordan starting in 2007, leading programs focusing on legal education reform, trafficking in persons, human rights and gender equality. Most recently, she has been managing a project supporting consensus building for national dialogue and constitution drafting in Libya. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she worked as a prosecutor for the Office of the State’s Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, and taught legal English at the Judicial Institution of Jordan in Amman. Ms. Shomali holds a B.A. in international relations from the Notre Dame of Maryland University and a J.D. from the University of Maryland. She is fluent in French and Arabic.
Elizabeth Barnes, Program Associate, Operations. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Ms. Barnes worked at the Urban Institute, where she provided operational support for international programs in the Center for International Development and Governance. She previously interned in the MENA division of Vital Voices Global Partnerships, and has spent time living in Egypt and the West Bank. Elizabeth received a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in May 2013.
Niki Dasarathy, Senior Advisor, joined ABA ROLI in October 2012. Ms. Dasarathy currently manages programming in Jordan, Turkey and the Gulf region. Ms. Dasarathy was most recently an associate attorney representing labor unions in New York City on labor and employment-related matters. She has also served as a United Nations Development Program researcher in democratic governance and as an international human rights fellow for the Center for Constitutional Rights. Ms. Dasarathy’s international law experience includes working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights and as an extern in the Office of the Co-Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She holds a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a B.A. degree in journalism from the George Washington University.
Susan Goldman, Senior Advisor, has previously worked for ABA ROLI including as deputy country director for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and as a country director for Vietnam. She was recently the disaster preparedness coordinator for the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she lived from August 2012 to May 2015. Ms. Goldman holds graduate degrees in Russian and East European studies, from Stanford University, and in political science, from the University of California–Berkeley. She holds an undergraduate degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado–Boulder.
Rachel Myers, Program Associate. Ms. Myers was most recently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at Udmurt State University in Russia during the 2014-2015 academic year. She previously spent a semester studying Russian at Moscow State University. Ms. Myers has held various positions related to political science research, university-level teaching and advising, and office administration. She earned a B.A. in political science from The College of Wooster.
Milena Sanchez de Boado, Senior Advisor. Before joining ABA ROLI in 2012, she was a U.S. Supreme Court fellow at the Federal Judicial Center. She was one of four Supreme Court fellows selected competitively in a nation-wide competition. Prior to her fellowship, Ms. Sanchez de Boado worked at the World Bank for nearly ten years focusing on justice sector reform. This included working on lending and non-lending projects in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa. While at the World Bank, she worked with ministries of justice, judicial councils, judicial training institutes, bar associations and academia. Ms. Sanchez de Boado has a J.D degree and a master in public administration degree from Syracuse University’s College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, respectively. Following law school, she worked for the United Nations Staff College in Turin, Italy; she also worked for the United Nations Development Program in Zimbabwe and the United Nations in New York.
Andrew Smith, Program Associate, joined ABA ROLI in August 2014. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Mr. Smith worked on a variety of complex civil and criminal matters as a paralegal. He previously taught English and history in Amman, Jordan, and was an intern at the Hudson Institute and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Mary Washington.
Olivera Stojanovic, Operations Manager, joined ABA ROLI in 2014 after a number of years in development, most recently with University Research, LLC—a global company engaged in programs related to improving the quality of health care, social services and education—in Bethesda, MD. Ms. Stojanovic’s areas of expertise are program effectiveness, administration, performance monitoring, and financial and resource management. During her career, she has successfully managed several multi-million dollar programs supported by U.S. government and other donors in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, supporting implementation through management of sub-grants to local partner organizations, assisting with capacity building efforts, identifying compliance and operational risks as well as opportunities for improvement. Her previous experience includes working as a senior manager in global consulting, where she supervised, developed and mentored staff engaged in complex projects for Fortune 500 companies, developing quality assurance systems for monitoring and measuring success, as well as setting up organizational processes and systems for effective management. Ms. Stojanovic has a master of public policy and management degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Laila Tawfique, Legal Fellow. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Ms. Tawfique obtained her master’s degree in international law from Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University and her bachelor of laws degree from Alexandria University, Egypt. She was a fellow at the inaugural Women Initiative Fellowship Program at the George W. Bush Institute in 2012. As a civil society activist back in Egypt, she cofounded youth initiatives and worked in the youth development field with international organizations. In 2011, her attention was focused on working on legal education through cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Johns Hopkins University and Alexandria University on a series of workshops that aim at developing law students with legal skills.