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Legal Associates Program - Class of 2009


Legal Associates 2009



Luiz Henrique Vasconcelos Alcoforado

Luiz Henrique Vasconcelos Alcoforado, a Brazilian national, has been assigned to LEGEN and LEGPS.  He worked for three years as a counsel to the national treasury in the Ministry of Finance of Brazil, and has advised on financial, administrative and contract law matters.  Prior thereto, he investigated mismanagement of public funds as a legal assistant at the Federal District Public Prosecutor's Office in Brasilia.  Luiz holds an LL.B. from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil (2004) and an LL.M. in international law from New York University (2009).  He has also worked as a clerk at two full-service Brazilian firms in civil and tax law matters.

Legal Associates 2009

Mekonnen Firew Ayano

Mekonnen Firew Ayano, an Ethiopian national, has been assigned to LEGJR.   Mekonnen obtained his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School (2009).  Prior thereto, he received an LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law from the American University in Cairo (2008) and his LL.B. degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia (2003).  Mekonnen worked for the judiciary of Ethiopia as a High Court judge of Oromia, a State in Ethiopia.  In addition, he taught at Addis Ababa University Faculty of Law and College of Commerce.  His research interest includes Administrative law, Constitutional law and legal theory in relation to property rights in the context of the Third World development process. 

Legal Associates 2009

Said Hanafy

Said Hanafy, an Egyptian national and has been assigned to LEGAF. He has an LLB in law from Cairo University Law School, where he also held a lectureship (2001).  He obtained an LLM from the University of London (2004) and is the second Ibrahim Shihata PhD Scholar at the University of London Centre for Commercial Law Studies.  Prior to joining the Legal VPU, Said worked as a lawyer at Amereller Legal Consultants in Egypt, Dubai, and Munich dealing with a wide range of business and corporate law issues across the Middle East region.  He edited legal guides on Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, and Libya.  He has also worked as an in house lawyer for the Middle East's largest steel producers.  Said has further completed internships with the International Court of Justice, the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation, and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.


Akiko Ogawa

Akiko Ogawa obtained her LL.B. degree from the University of Tokyo in Japan (2005) and LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School (2009). Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked for a judge in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. where she dealt with various cases including international trade, intellectual property and administrative law issues, and drafted opinions. She also worked for the Bank of Japan, Japanese Central Bank, giving legal advice, conducting legal research and serving as a delegate to international conferences. In addition, she has interned for the Office of Legal Affairs in the United Nations. Her current research interest includes International Investment Law and Arbitration, and Development and Intellectual Property Rights.

Legal Associates 2009

Ranjini Ramakrishnan

Ranjini Ramakrishnan is a national from Singapore and has been assigned to LEGIA.  She received her LL.B. from the National University of Singapore in 2001 and her LL.M. in international legal studies from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.  Ranjini has been working as a State Counsel in the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore where she advised the Singapore government and its agencies on a diverse range of international law matters including issues relating to trade and World Trade Organization (WTO), investment, civil aviation, environmental protection, human rights, international humanitarian law as well as diplomatic and consular relations.  She also worked in the Legal Aid Bureau of the Ministry of Law, Singapore as an Assistant Director where she provided legal aid and advice to clients of limited financial means.  Ranjini is admitted to the Singapore Bar and is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Legal Associates 2009

Anjum Rosha

Anjum Rosha is a national of India and has been assigned to LEGFI.  Anjum obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Law School, in 2009.  She graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2006.  Prior to joining the World Bank, Anjum worked for the law firm of Amarchand & Mangaldas, Suresh A. Shroff & Co. in Mumbai, India where she advised on foreign direct investment in India, foreign outbound investment from India overseas, corporate mergers and acquisitions and government disinvestment. Anjum is fluent in English and Hindi.

Legal Associates 2009

Omar Martinez Sierra

Omar, a Colombian national, has been assigned to LEGPS.  He holds a law degree from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia; 2000), an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Business and Law Certificate from the Wharton School (2009).  He is admitted to practice in Colombia.  Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as an Associate at Duran & Osorio Abogados, a law firm based in Bogotá D.C. (Colombia).  He worked in infrastructure development, litigation and arbitration in infrastructure matters and project financing.  Prior thereto, he worked for the Legal Vice-presidency of the General Comptroller’s Office of Colombia and as an Assistant for the General Counsel of the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia, positions based in Bogotá D.C. (Colombia).  He was an Assistant Professor of Civil law at the Universidad de Los Andes.

Legal Associates 2009

Solongo Zulbaatar

Solongo Zulbaatar is a national from Mongolia and has been assigned to LEGEM.  She obtained her LL.B from the National University of Mongolia, Mongolia (2001) and LL.M in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick, UK (2004).  Solongo has over five years of combined experience in the private and non-profit sectors in diverse capacities.  She worked as an associate lawyer in a law firm in Mongolia specialized in litigation and as a contract lawyer in Ivanhoe Mining Mongolia Inc, a mining company.  Following her interest in international development and humanitarian sectors, she obtained an International Organizations MBA-degree from the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2008).  She worked on United Nations Development Programme and Asian Development Bank projects in Mongolia.  After her MBA study, she did internships at the United Nations Chief Executives Board Secretariat and at the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor of the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  She is admitted to practice law in Mongolia.



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