Middle East & North Africa Staff

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Washington, D.C.

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. You can contact Ms. Conway at angela.conway@americanbar.org.

Niki Dasarathy, Senior Program Manager, 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. You can contact Niki Dasarathy at Nikila.Dasarathy@americanbar.org.

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.

Katherine Seifert, Senior Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI’s Middle East & North Africa Division in December 2011.  Ms. Seifert works on ABA ROLI’s Libya and Gulf Regional programs. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she was an intern in the Languages and Regional Studies Department of the Middle East Institute and a mentor for the Georgetown University Center for Intercultural Exchange and Development’s MEPI student leaders program.  She earned her B.A. in Arabic and Middle East Studies from Bryn Mawr College. 

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. You can contact Andrew Smith at andrew.smith@americanbar.org.

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.

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