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.
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.
John Miller, Program Associate. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Miller worked at the Iraq Foundation, where he coordinated business development for international programs in Iraq. He previously interned at the Hollings Center for Middle East – Western Dialogue, and has spent time living in Jordan. Miller received a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and an additional B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature from the University of Oklahoma in May 2014.
Andrew Smith, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in August 2014. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, 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. 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. 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.