OUR TEAM

Katrin Kuhlmann, President and Founder​

 

Katrin Kuhlmann is President and Founder of the New Markets Lab and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She is also a Fellow with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) at the Aspen Institute, through which she chairs the ANDE Legal Working Group, and a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law and International Development Society and was a 2012-13 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. She also serves on the boards of the Washington International Trade Association and the Malaika Foundation.

 

 

 

Katrin Kuhlmann, President and Founder​

Katrin Kuhlmann is the President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, a non-profit law and development center.  She is also a  Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and she serves as a Senior Associate with the Global Food Security Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has over twenty years of experience in trade and development, comparative economic law (agricultural value chains and inputs, standards and non-tariff measures, services, energy, and trade corridors), international and regional trade policy, and economic legal and regulatory reform. She is published widely and frequently speaks on these topics, and she has testified before Congress on several occasions.

Professor Kuhlmann serves on the Advisory Boards of the Law and International Development Society (LIDS) at Harvard and Georgetown Law Schools and the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She is also a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the Trade Policy Forum, and the Trade, Finance, and Development Experts Group of the E15 Initiative led by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum.  She is also a board member for Listening for America, the Washington International Trade Association, and the Malaika Foundation. 

Kuhlmann has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and, a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa.  Earlier in her career, she was a trade negotiator at USTR and practiced international law at Skadden Arps and Dewey Ballantine. Before founding the New Markets Lab, she held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations and think tanks, including as a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund.  She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study international economics.

To get in contact with Katrin Kuhlmann, email her Executive Assistant at kcarlson@newmarketslab.org

Kasey Carlson, Executive Assistant/Research Assistant

Kasey serves as an Executive and Research Assistant at the New Markets Lab and supports NML’s President with a variety of administrative, logistics, and research assignments. Prior to NML, she gained a wide range of experience managing the career development office at the University of California Davis Graduate School of Management and also assisted refugees with citizenship applications at the International Rescue Committee. Kasey graduated from the University of California, Davis with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Political Science. At NML, Kasey’s research is specifically focused on women's rights, environmental policy, and economic inequalities.

Ana María Garcés Escobar, Associate Counsel

Ana is an Associate Counsel at the New Markets Lab, based in New York. She currently focuses on digital trade and technology issues and intellectual property and has assisted with projects on impact investing and seed and fertilizer regulation. Previously, Ana served as an advisor to the Colombian government in international trade matters. She was part of the legal team defending Colombia in trade disputes both at the WTO and under several FTAs. Her responsibilities included drafting Colombia’s submissions and assisting with evidence gathering and analysis, as well as providing the government with legal advice regarding international trade matters, including legal assessments of trade measures to be adopted by Colombia and other countries.  In her role as Junior Counsel with the Advisory Centre on WTO Law in Geneva, Switzerland, Ana assisted several developing countries on dispute settlement and capacity building on the WTO Agreement. She earned her LLM as a Harlan Fiske Scholar at Columbia University in New York. She also holds Economics, Law, and Business Law degrees from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá Colombia. Ana is a member of the New York Bar.

Maria Florencia Abregu, Senior Legal Fellow

Maria Florencia is a Senior Legal Fellow at the New Markets Lab, based in New York. She currently focuses on issues related to harmonization of regional regulations linked to trade, agriculture and development in Southern Africa. Her interests include trade facilitation, digital trade and e-commerce, development, dispute settlement and trade remedies. Her prior experience includes working as a legal advisor to the Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of Argentina, where she focused on the Argentine import and export regimes, compliance with WTO legislation, trade remedies cases, and trade in services. She also worked as a legal intern at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization, where she focused on dispute settlement matters.

Maria Florencia is fluent in Spanish, English and French. She obtained her LL.M. in International Legal Studies and WTO Certificate from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated with distinction. While at Georgetown, she worked at the TradeLab clinic in a project focused on digital trade. She also holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She is a fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University, and is admitted to the Buenos Aires Bar.

Legal Fellows

Ashley Smith-Roberts, Legal Fellow

Ashley Smith-Roberts is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab based in Washington, DC. Ashley is a recent graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned both her LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law and a certificate in World Trade Organization and International Trade Studies. Ashley’s work has focused on international trade and labor law; European Union law; global supply chains; international trade and human rights; corporate social responsibility; international environmental law; and sustainable development. While at Georgetown, Ashley conducted research and helped develop an international trade casebook on transnational labor law. She also held a position at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Human Rights Initiative, where she engaged in a comparative analysis of international trade and human rights law across different trade regimes. She has been a member of the Editorial Board for the American Bar Association’s International Law News. She has researched and edited articles for the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas, the American Journal of International Law Unbound, and various international publications. Ashley earned her J.D. from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, where she worked as a research assistant for the International Bar Association’s Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Folashade Oladipo, Legal Fellow

Folashade Oladipo is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab, based in Washington, DC. Folashade is a recent graduate of American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), where she earned her JD. While at AUWCL, she was a senior staff on the International Law Review, where she conducted legal research and analysis of hundreds of international legal articles and agreements. Also, as a member of the law review, she wrote a comment on the bilateral trade agreements between China and African countries (Sino-African BITs) and its impact on globalization. Additionally, Folashade was the chair of the Africa Legal Conference, which is the first and currently the only conference in law schools on the East Coast that promotes an intellectual dialogue on Africa’s legal systems. Folashade is a member of the American Society of International Law, where she was a 2017 Awardee of the Blacks of the American Society of International Law scholarship, for her role in the advancement of international law in minority communities.

 

Folashade’s academic experience focuses on international trade law, development economics, laws of the European Union, international economic law, international business transactions, and intellectual property law. Similarly, her professional experience focuses on regulatory compliance, bilateral trade agreements, mediation, and diversity initiatives. Prior to law school, Folashade garnered almost a decade’s work experience in various sectors including banking and finance, media and editorial, customer relations, and brand development. She is fluent in English and the Nigerian languages (Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba). She holds a degree in Biology (major) and Education from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She sat for the District of Columbia Bar exam in July 2019.

Tara Francis, Legal Fellow

Tara Francis is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab based in Washington, DC. She is an Indian trained lawyer specialized in international trade, banking, and finance law. She is a recent graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned both her LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law and a certificate in World Trade Organization. At Georgetown, she worked at TradeLab Clinic where she was engaged in advising a tech start-up set up a social cryptocurrency platform. She was also part of the Law and International Development Society Projects where she worked for Justice Ventures Internationals on an impact investing project. Currently, she also works part-time as a Teaching Assistant to Joost Pauwelyn at Georgetown Law and for the TradeLab Clinic to be conducted in the Spring semester. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she worked at a banking and finance law firm in India. She was part of the negotiation and advisory team in the law firm.

Sanvid Tuljapurkar, Legal Fellow

Sanvid Tuljapurkar is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab based in Washington D.C. She is an Indian trained lawyer specialized in international trade. She has recently completed the International Business and Economic Law LL.M. and the WTO and International Trade Studies Certificate with honors. During the LL.M. she was a part of the TradeLab clinic where she was engaged in a project to draft a post-Brexit trade agreement making procedure for a beneficiary. Sanvid has served as an adviser to the Georgetown Journal of International Law and was awarded the Institute of International Economic Law Fellowship. She has interned at the International Trade Center, Geneva (a WTO and UN joint initiative). At the International Trade Center, Sanvid worked on the Pakistan Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress Project to develop the horticulture and livestock sectors of the Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan.

Olena Botshteyn, Legal Fellow

Olena Botshteyn is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab, based in Washington, DC. Olena is a recent graduate of New York University School of Law (NYU Law), where she earned her LL.M. in International Legal Studies. During her LL.M. she participated in a Mediation Clinic, working as a mediator at New York City Small Claims Court in Brooklyn and the Bronx and at the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She was also a blogger for Life at NYU Law Blog. At NYU, Olena focused her studies on environmental law, international trade, investment arbitration, energy law, and human rights. Before going to NYU, Olena interned in the Sustainable Energy department of the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, Switzerland. She also worked as a junior associate in the corporate law practice at Everlegal law firm in Kyiv, Ukraine. Olena is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English languages. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Law from Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine).

Devashree Parekh, Legal Fellow

Devashree is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab based in Washington, DC. She is an India-trained attorney with diverse experience in business, real estate, and investment law. She recently graduated from Georgetown University Law Center as a Dean’s List Honoree. At Georgetown, she pursued a Master of Laws in international legal studies with a certificate in international arbitration and dispute resolution. Her research focus at New Markets Lab is rethinking transport and trade logistics to streamline the current framework towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals. She is also interested in the interplay between industrial policy and international investment agreements. Her previous experience as a lawyer in India has informed her perspective on the links between business and development and its potential to be instrument of sustainability.

Oksana Melnyk, Legal Fellow

Oksana is a non-resident Legal Fellow at the New Markets Lab. As a Legal Fellow, Oksana is focused on issues related to rule of law, business registration, land tenure, and trade. Oksana has a long-standing interest in using legal and regulatory reform to bring about the benefits of globalization to all people. Oksana is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English. She graduated from Georgetown Law Center with an LL.M. in International Legal Studies in 2017. Previously, she received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Law from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine. She will sit for the New York Bar exam in summer 2018.

 

International Legal Specialists 

Adron Naggayi Nalinya, International Legal Specialist

 

Adron is a Non-Resident International Legal Specialist with the New Markets Lab based in Uganda. Her prior legal experience includes intellectual property, environment, energy, human rights, and health. Her work at NML is focused on a number of aspects of international law and development, including agricultural law and regulation, land tenure, financial services, and legal issues impacting emerging businesses. She is a Ugandan lawyer who holds a Master's in Law (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Chikondi Mandala, International Legal Specialist

Chikondi is a career judicial officer with over five years of experience at the Malawi judiciary. While at New Markets Lab, she has been involved in projects on land tenure, the African Continental Free Trade Area, gender, trade, and sustainable development. She has spent most of her career focused on women's access to justice with the Women Judges Association of Malawi; advancing rights of incarcerated persons with the Centre for Human Rights, Education Advice and Assistance; and land tenure and environmental protection with the Environmental Affairs Department. She is interested in the advancement of women and economic development through trade and entrepreneurship. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with Honors from the University of Malawi and is admitted to the Malawi Bar. 

Mengyi Wang, International Legal Specialist

Mengyi is a Non-Resident International Legal Specialist for the New Markets Lab. Her work focuses on food safety, intellectual property, and economic integration in the Middle East. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a JD from Harvard Law School. After law school, she worked as a patent litigator in Silicon Valley and at the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization. She is currently the TradeLab Coordinator & Clinical Instructor at Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

Karen Bosman, International Legal Specialist

Karen is a Non-Resident International Legal Specialist and consultant based in Southern Africa and Europe for the New Markets Lab. Her research focus includes regional market harmonization and trade facilitation in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular attention to agriculture and entrepreneurship. She is especially interested in linkages between international legal frameworks, regulatory systems, and economic development. Her previous experience includes providing legislative and regulatory advice on trade, finance, and agriculture matters in South Africa, as well as commercial legal practice in Cape Town. Karen holds a Master in International Business and Economic Law and a Certificate in WTO Studies from Georgetown University, and from Stellenbosch University in South Africa she holds a Bachelor of Law and a BA in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics. She was a fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University and is an admitted attorney in South Africa.

Elsie Hayford, International Legal Specialist 

Elsie Hayford is Non-Resident International Legal Specialist with the New Markets Lab and is lawyer with varied experience in contract negotiation, policy and legislative drafting and analysis, business development and project management. She has a keen interest in matters of international trade and agriculture law and regulation and participated in Legislative Analysis & Coding of Health, Environmental, Agricultural, International Trade and Veterinary Laws from various developing countries in furtherance of the Global Health Security Agenda. In her research, she has also assessed the impacts of genetically modified foods in African markets on development. Elsie holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Liverpool, an Executive Certificate in NGO Management from the Africa Centre for Capacity Building, Ghana and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Global Health Law from Georgetown University. 

Mario Osorio Hernandez, International Legal Specialist

Mario is a Non-Resident International Legal Specialist with the New Markets Lab and is currently pursuing an SJD at Georgetown University Law Center. He has been involved in the design of economic policy both domestically, in his home country of Colombia, and internationally, as a delegate at the OECD, UN, WTO and other fora. His previous experience includes negotiating international treaties and teaching international economic law as an adjunct professor. Mario received his AB in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and earned his LLM as a Fulbright Scholar from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, Mario has been a Salzburg Cutler Fellow and a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law. He is also currently the Inaugural Fellow at Georgetown Law’s Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA). 

Carolina Jatene, International Legal Specialist

Carolina is a Non-Resident International Legal Specialist for the New Markets Lab with a particular interest in issues of development. Having obtained early legal experience working in corporate law firms, she worked as an attorney at the Inter-American Development Bank, and most recently, a member of the core team conducting legal research for the World Bank Women, Business and the Law project. Aside from her contributions to New Markets Lab, she acts as an electoral observer in international missions for the Organization of the American States and is president of the International Relations committee for the Brazilian Institute of International Business Relations Development (IBREI). She is fluent in English and Portuguese and proficient in French and Spanish, and she holds a law degree from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (SP/Brazil), and an LLM in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University.

Vikram Naik, International Legal Specialist

Vikram is a Non-Resident International Legal Specialist with the New Markets Lab. His previous experience includes providing legal consultancy to varied clients including governments, industry associations and large corporations on all aspects of international trade and investment, customs, and dispute resolution, with a focus on trade remedies, market access issues, and non-tariff barriers. Vikram holds a Masters in International Business and Economic Law and a Certificate in WTO Studies from Georgetown University, and is an admitted attorney in India. While at Georgetown, he was awarded the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Plaque for his  academic distinction and was a fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University. He has also been an adjunct professor teaching intellectual property in India. 

Olamide Omolaja, International Legal Specialist

Olamide is a Non-Resident International Legal Specialist and consultant based in West Africa for the New Markets Lab. He previously worked as a Public Policy Advisor at the International law firm Dentons and was an associate at two of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firms. Olamide’s work experience includes advising a state government in Nigeria on its partnership with an international energy company for the construction and development of an independent power plant. He has conducted extensive legal research and issued opinions on diverse areas of law including Land and Property Law, Corporate Law and Finance, Labor and Employment Law and Diplomatic Immunity and Privileges. Olamide holds an LLB from Lagos State University and an LLM in Financial Services from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Funbi Salami, International Legal Specialist

Funbi is a Non-Resident International Legal Specialist and consultant based in West Africa for the New Markets Lab. Her research experience includes a review of international anti-corruption regulations and principles of business and human rights to assess their impact on foreign investments in emerging markets. Previously, she has worked with commercial law firms in Lagos, Nigeria providing legal, tax, and investment advisory services across different industries. She has been involved in business start-ups, due diligence reviews, corporate restructuring, and private equity funds' advisory services. Funbi holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and a Masters degree in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center.

Advisors & Experts

Fred Kasalirwe, Economist

Fred Kasalirwe is an economist with over seven years’ experience in social and economic development research and economic policy analysis.  Mr. Kasalirwe is currently an Assistant Lecturer of Economics and Researcher at the Makerere University School of Economics where he conducts research and undergraduate training in environmental agricultural and development economics. In addition, Mr. Kasalirwe is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at Makerere University and a Research Fellow at the Policy Analysis and Development Research Institute (PADRI) in Kampala. Mr. Kasalirwe graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Economics from Makerere University and holds a Masters’ degree in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam. 

Fikremarkos Merso Birhanu, Senior Counsel

Fikremarkos is a Senior Counsel at the New Markets Lab. His areas of interest include WTO law, legal and regulatory reform, trade and development, intellectual property, trade capacity building, WTO accession and compliance, trade policy reform, and regional trade integration. Previously, Mr. Birhanu worked as an Associate Professor of Law at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia where he also served as the Dean of the Law School from 2006-2009. He was a regular visiting professor at the University of Martin-Luther in Germany, a visiting scholar at YalLaw School, and a scholar-in-residence at Northwestern Law School. Mr. Birhanu has been a member of the National Technical Committee for Ethiopia’s WTO accession, and he participated in the accession negotiations both at the multilateral and bilateral levels. He has advised governments, international organizations, and the private sector on WTO and regional trade integration, legal and regulatory reform, business regulatory compliance, intellectual property, and competition policy and law. He is a member of the Trade and Innovation Experts Group of the E15 Initiative and a member of the Advisory Board on Competition and Law at Loyola University. Mr. Birhanu holds degrees from Harvard Law School, Osaka University, Pretoria University, and Addis Ababa University, and he is published widely.

Susan Sechler, Senior Advisor 

Susan is a Senior Advisor to the New Markets Lab. She has over 40 years of experience working on issues related to agriculture, food security, and international development.  She has served as Managing Director of TransFarm Africa and a Senior Advisor for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to working with the Hewlett Foundation, Susan was a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aspen Institute.  Susan has also held posts in government, including as the leader of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team for Agriculture in 1992 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economics, Policy Analysis and Budget at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Susan serves on the boards of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Island Press and the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). Susan’s articles and interviews have been published in many newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Issues of Science and Technology, and others.

Dr. Eugene Terry, Senior Technical Advisor

Eugene is a Senior Technical Advisor to TransFarm Africa/New Markets Lab. He has held leadership positions in international institutions including that of the first Director General of the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA-now the Africa Rice Center (ARC), Land and Crops Advisor in the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Department of The World Bank, and Founding Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Nairobi, Kenya.

Eugene is currently a Trustee on the boards of several organizations/institutions, which include the World Vegetable Centre (The Asian Vegetable Research Centre (AVRDC) Taiwan), the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Development (SFSA), and he chairs the Advisory Board of the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Accra. Eugene was awarded the 2010 Presidential (Republic of Mali President) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Rice Research and Development in Africa, and the Medal Officier de L’Ordre, Du Merit, Ivoirien, Cote d’ Ivoire, 1993.

Eugene was born in Sierra Leone, and holds a BSc in agriculture, an MSc in plant pathology from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign, Illinois, USA.

 

Serge Pustelnik, Strategic Advisor

Serge is a Strategic Advisor to New Markets Lab and a graduate of Harvard Law School. He brings significant experience in the financial services sector and expertise in technology to NML and works with NML to design technological solutions to help approach and evaluate the challenges, improvements, and potential risks of regulatory regimes and advises on approaches to build capacity in markets with underdeveloped financial services industries. Serge is the Co-Founder and President of the Harvard Tax Law and Financial Regulation Students Association. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Algo Design, LP which is a technology development and consultancy firm that works with global clients.

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