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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. 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, 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.

 

Gregory Altman, Program Associate, received his B.A. in international relations, concentrating on conflict resolution, from George Washington University in May 2017. He has spent time studying development and governance studies in Brussels, gaining an important European Union centered perspective on conflict resolution initiatives. Altman previously interned at Plan International USA, Inc., working with the Business Development Unit on proposals and budgeting. He has a professional proficiency in French.

 

Michelle Brady, Senior Advisor, is an experienced lawyer and development practitioner with over 13 years of experience in the practice of law, management of human rights, rule of law technical assistance and capacity building programs overseas. Brady currently manages programming in Egypt and Morocco. Prior to joining ABA ROLI’s Washington, D.C. office, she served as deputy chief of the Rule of Law Unit at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw, Poland. She has also served as an international training advisor with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Afghanistan and as program director for ABA ROLI in Azerbaijan. Prior to her development experience, Brady served as an assistant defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, a J.D. cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a LL.M. in international and comparative law with first degree honors from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She is a member of the Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations.

 

Niki Dasarathy, Senior Advisor, joined ABA ROLI in October 2012. Dasarathy currently manages programming in Jordan, Turkey and the Gulf region. 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. 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. 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. 

 

Hayley Rose, Program Associate,  joined ABA ROLI in January 2016, initially recruiting for ABA ROLI’s international and domestic positions as a member of the International Support Division. Prior to joining the ABA, she held internship and volunteer positions with the Middle East Institute, the International Rescue Committee, BlueLaw International LLP, and the University of Virginia. Rose is a 2015 graduate with distinction from the University of Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in foreign affairs with a concentration in the Middle East and North Africa.

 

Olivera Stojanovic, Operations Manager, joined ABA ROLI in 2014, after a number of years in organizations implementing development programs in education and public health, as well as private sector and academia. During her career, Stojanovic has successfully managed multi-million dollar U.S. government and other donor funded programs in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, supporting implementation through management of substantial sub-grants to local partner organizations, assisting with local partner capacity building, and identifying compliance and operational risks and opportunities for improvement. Her previous experience also includes management work in global consulting organizations where she mentored staff engaged in complex projects for Fortune 500 companies, developed quality assurance systems for monitoring and measuring success, as well as set up organizational processes and systems for effective management. Stojanovic has a master of public policy and management degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Gregory Taylor, Program Associate, Operations. Before joining the MENA Division, Taylor began his tenure at ABA ROLI in the International Support department working primarily on new staff recruitment. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador from 2013-2015 where he worked on grassroots youth and community development projects.  He has held internships or volunteer positions at the Tucson, Arizona Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S.-Africa Chamber of Commerce and Legal Aid Justice Center, Virginia. He is fluent in Spanish and received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona.

Egypt


Raymond Paul Micklewright, Country Director, joined ABA ROLI in July 2016. He has led several other international development programs focused on judicial development. Micklewright has more than 30 years’ experience in trial practice. He has significant experience trying both commercial and criminal cases as well as helping clients understand and work within foreign legal systems. He has evaluated college education programs in the U.S. as well as legal and judicial education institutes internationally. He has focused over the last 10 years on improving the quality of institutionalized legal and judicial education in the Middle East & North Africa. Micklewright is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. He has a master's degree in agency counseling psychology from the University of Colorado and has served in senior management positions in numerous multi-million dollar organizations in developing-economy settings.


Awsam Essam Mitwally, Program Associate, has been with ABA ROLI’s Egypt office since 2011. Mitwally was raised between Egypt and the United States, and later attended Kaisar University, Daytona State College and University of Central Florida, where he earned a B.A. For eight years, he worked with the Darden Corporation for eight years.



Ghada Samir Sorial, Office and Financial Manager, has been with ABA ROLI since since January 2009. Prior, she worked as a training specialist for two USAID-funded projects. She also worked for USAID-Egypt and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the latter for seven years. She holds a B.A. from the American University in Cairo.


Roger Nassif, Legal Consultant, Egypt, joined ABA ROLI in June 2016 to assist the Strengthening Egyptian Prosecutors to Investigate and Prosecute Crime project. Previously, he worked as a legal consultant at the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crimes where he was handling case files on sexual and gender based violence. Nassif gained experience working at “Collectif pour l'accueil des solliciteurs d'asile de Strasbourg” (CASAS) Refugee Center, helping asylum seekers applying for refugee status in France and interning at the Council of Europe in the Committee of Ministers while obtaining his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from Strasbourg University in France. He is a graduate of Cairo University Faculty of Law in partnership with Paris One Pantheon-Sorbonne University. He speaks Arabic, English and French.

Jordan


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. 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.

Libya


Omar Badawi, Country Director, Libya and Tunisia, is an experienced development practitioner and lawyer with over 10 years of international development and legal experience. Before leading the Libya and Tunisia programs, Badawi served as country director in ABA ROLI’s Morocco office, where he managed a team of expatriate and local staff implementing programs in justice sector development, anti-corruption, human rights promotion, legal profession reform, access to justice, gender equality, public legal education and civil society capacity building. He also served as ABA ROLI senior advisor and program manager in Washington, D.C. Badawi holds a J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, an M.A. in political science from McGill University and a B.S. in biology from Concordia University. Before joining ABA ROLI, Badawi practiced law representing clients in labor and employment matters before administrative agencies, and in state and federal courts. Badawi is fluent in French and has basic Arabic proficiency.

Morocco


Elizabeth Givens, Country Director, Morocco joined ABA ROLI in September 2011. Givens is a litigator who has practiced in both criminal and civil courts in California. She tried criminal cases for five years as a public defender before switching to civil litigation. Givens was a member of a Los Angeles firm that specialized in business torts, real estate and products liability cases. She also has experience working in the area of legal reform. Before becoming a litigator, she staffed a committee commissioned by the California Chief Justice to rewrite criminal jury instructions for use across the state. Givens graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Economics (B.S., Wharton) and History (B.A., College of Arts and Sciences). She was awarded her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Givens is a member of the California bar and is admitted to practice in the Central and Eastern districts in California. She makes her permanent home in Los Angeles. 

Syria


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. 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.

Tunisia


Omar Badawi, Country Director, Libya and Tunisia, is an experienced development practitioner and lawyer with over 10 years of international development and legal experience. Before leading the Libya and Tunisia programs, Badawi served as country director in ABA ROLI’s Morocco office, where he managed a team of expatriate and local staff implementing programs in justice sector development, anti-corruption, human rights promotion, legal profession reform, access to justice, gender equality, public legal education and civil society capacity building. He also served as ABA ROLI senior advisor and program manager in Washington, D.C. Badawi holds a J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, an M.A. in political science from McGill University and a B.S. in biology from Concordia University. Before joining ABA ROLI, Badawi practiced law representing clients in labor and employment matters before administrative agencies, and in state and federal courts. Badawi is fluent in French and has basic Arabic proficiency.

MENA Regional


Lisa Tilney, Program Director, prior to joining ABA ROLI, Tilney managed the Rule of Law Program for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Skopje and served as a legal advisor to the Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2009-2013, she developed and led legal reform projects in the Republic of Macedonia focused on human rights, criminal justice reform, judicial independence, anti-discrimination and lawmaking. Over the last decade, Tilney has also advised international organizations and committees about natural resource management and environmental security issues in the former Yugoslavia. Tilney’s first overseas post was as a legal specialist for ABA CEELI (a predecessor organization to ABA ROLI) in Sarajevo, BiH in 2002. In the United States, her practice focus has been environmental law. She holds a J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School.


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