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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, a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and the Yeutter Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law - Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance. Professor Kuhlmann is a Senior Associate with the Global Food Security Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and also serves as a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). She has over twenty years of experience in international economic law, law and development, international trade law and policy, comparative economic law, trade corridors, and regional trade agreements.  She is published widely and frequently speaks on these topics, and she has testified before Congress on several occasions. 

Professor Kuhlmann sits on a number of non-profit boards and advisory boards, including the Advisory Boards of the Law and International Development Societies (LIDS) at Harvard and Georgetown Law Schools, the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Trade Policy Forum.  She is also a board member of the Washington International Trade Association, Listening for America, and Malaika Foundation. 

 

She was previously a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a trade negotiator at USTR, and she practiced international law at Skadden Arps and Dewey Ballantine. She has also held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations and think tanks, including positions 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 mail@newmarketslab.org

Senior Associate

 

Stephanie Camarillo is a Senior Associate with New Markets Lab based in Washington, DC. She holds a law degree from Universidad del Valle de Mexico with distinction, an LLM in International Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law, and an LLM in International Business and Economic Law and a certificate in World Trade Organization and International Trade Studies from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, she worked at Dechert LLP, a leading international firm, where she focused on international arbitration and was selected as a Lloyd N. Cutler Fellow for the 2021 Salzburg Global Seminar for her research on international trade and supply chain transparency. Prior to pursuing postgraduate degrees, she practiced for several years as an international trade attorney in international firms, such as Ernst & Young and Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa, representing governments, state-owned enterprises and private entities in complex legal disputes. Additionally, she is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

 

 

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 an 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.

Tara Francis, International Legal Specialist

Tara Francis is an International Legal Specialist at New Markets Lab based in Kerala, India. She is an Indian trained lawyer specialized in international trade, banking, and finance law. She is a 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 engaged in advising a tech start-up set up a social cryptocurrency platform and she also worked part-time as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Joost Pauwelyn at Georgetown Law. Prior to Georgetown, she worked at a banking and finance law firm in India, where she was part of the negotiation and advisory team.

Maria Florencia Abregu, International Legal Specialist 

Maria Florencia is an International Legal Specialist 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.

 

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. 

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. 

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.

Senior Legal Fellows

Indulekha Thomas, Senior Legal Fellow

Indulekha Thomas is a Senior Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab assisting in the coordination of NML’s ongoing trade and sustainable development program, in addition to authoring an essay on intellectual property rights. She is an Indian trained lawyer who obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center. During her LL.M. program, she participated in a TradeLab Clinic working on a project assessing non-tariff measures in Afghanistan and Central Asia. She was also an extern within the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund where she worked with the Financial Issues Working Group. Indulekha is a Fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a member of young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). Prior to her LL.M., she worked for a year as a corporate lawyer at L&L Partners (India) in the mergers and acquisitions and private equity team. She obtained her undergraduate degree in law from National Law University, Jodhpur (India) specializing in international trade and investment law. At National Law University, Jodhpur, she worked on the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law, serving as Editor-in-Chief from 2017-2018.

Mushfiqur Rahman, Senior Legal Fellow

Mushfiqur Rahman is a Senior Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is contributing to NML's ongoing trade and sustainable development project, examining the nexus between international trade law and sustainable development from the perspective of small and medium enterprises, as well as, supporting the development of NML's library of law and development tools. Mushfiqur graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law and a Certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. His academic work centered around international economic law and international investment law. Mushfiqur also holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration (Finance) from the National University of Singapore, and has been a keen advocate for the rights of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Singapore during his undergraduate years.

 

 

 

Legal and Digital Team

Shahana Basu, International Business & Economic Law Senior Legal Fellow

 

Shahana Basu is an International Business and Economic Law Senior Legal Fellow with the New Markets Lab. She is an accomplished international corporate lawyer with extensive global legal, regulatory, and compliance experience and has worked as Chief Legal Officer for top Indian corporates, including as Director of Legal & Regulatory of Max India Limited and Global General Counsel of Amira Nature Foods Ltd, an NYSE listed company. Before moving in-house, Shahana worked with leading international law firms such as Sullivan & Cromwell LLC and Linklaters LLC in the US and UK, respectively, and was a Partner in the Business Law Department and Chair of the South Asia Practice Group at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge in Boston.

 

Shahana is deeply interested in legal and policy issues related to international business, the digital economy, artificial intelligence entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption, governance, and accountability. She has served on the Executive Board of Yale Law School and is a member of the University of Chicago India Alumni Board. She has published several articles and has taught seminars and been a speaker on cross border transactions, mergers & acquisitions, regulatory, compliance and governance issues at Yale Law School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy, and Global Jindal University. She currently serves as an Independent, Non-Executive Director of two publicly listed companies in India, Voith Paper Fabrics India Limited and DCM Nouvelle Limited. She holds a JD from Yale Law School, an LLM in International Business & Economic Law with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center, an MA in Sociology with the Highest Honors from the University of Chicago, a Tripos in Social & Political Sciences with First Class Honors from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a BA in History with First Class Honors from Hindu College, Delhi University.

Justin Bryant, Economics, Law and Data Fellow

 

Justin Bryant is an Economics, Law, and Data Fellow at New Markets Lab and a third-year J.D. candidate at Stanford Law School. He focuses on the intersection of law, policy, and technology in a global context and was selected as a Salzburg-Cutler Fellow in International Law and Public Service for his research on digital rights and data protection in Africa. He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning cybersecurity, government relations, and civic uses of technology. He partnered with ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, an online portal that makes the data protection laws of African countries accessible and provides resources to citizens. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution, and most recently, the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). 

Rohit Pothukuchi, Economics, Law, and Data Senior Fellow

Rohit Pothukuchi established and leads Verdentum.org, a technology platform that helps leading international institutions, UN bodies and governments track impact on development-sector projects and policies in over 45 countries. Rohit's research interest lies in using economic models, data and technology to evaluate and drive better policies and laws globally. He started his career with White & Case LLP in New York City and served as a Research Assistant to the Hon. Justice J. Chelameswar at the Supreme Court of India. Rohit is an Affiliate Fellow at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School. Rohit was named in the Forbes 30 UNDER 30 list in 2017 for his legal research efforts. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law and NALSAR University.

Advisors & Experts

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 Yale Law 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.

 

 

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 honors 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. 

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.

Legal Fellows

Jason Jia-Xi Wu, Legal Fellow

Jason Jia-Xi Wu is a legal fellow at New Markets Lab and a rising second-year J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. His research interests lie at the intersection between international trade, sustainable development, business law, and intellectual property. At Harvard, Jason worked as a research assistant for the director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and participated in the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, where he provided pro bono legal service to local start-ups in Massachusetts. Jason had published on The Japan Times, The Business Times, and the Ash Center Occasional Paper Series at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jason holds a B.A. in History with distinction from the University of California at San Diego, and an M.A. in Regional Studies: East Asia from Harvard University, where he focused on East Asian legal history and public policy. His M.A. thesis examined the politics of compressed development and policy choice in China.

Jack Chen, Legal Fellow

Jack Chen is a legal fellow at New Markets Lab and a rising second-year JD candidate at Harvard Law School. He serves as an Executive Editor of the Harvard Business Law Review and is a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. He has experience working in plaintiff-side personal injury litigation as well as corporate banking at a large Canadian financial institution. Jack holds a Bachelor of Commerce with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. During his undergraduate studies, his involvements included acting as President of the Commerce Students’ Association, serving on a student-managed investment fund, and working as a Lab Assistant at a financial research and trading lab. Born in China and raised in Canada, Jack is interested in corporate governance, international trade, economic development, and financial law.

Heather Chidarara, Legal Fellow

Heather Chidarara is a South African trained attorney with experience in corporate law and commercial real estate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where she earned her Master of Laws in international studies and a certificate in Human Rights. At Georgetown, she was a Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellow. She attained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. Her LAWA paper focused on realizing South African disadvantaged women’s housing and land rights by improving their economic status through sustainable economic local development. She has spent most of her career using the law to advance marginalized women in her community. She is interested in sustainable economic development which upskills marginalized women through education, employment, and entrepreneurship to help them compete in a globalized landscape.

Jacquelene Mwangi, Legal Fellow

Jacquelene Mwangi is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School. Her interests lie at the intersection of law, technology and innovation theories, and political economy. Her doctoral work centers on the historical and current trends of technological change in Sub-Saharan African societies, and its evolving relationship with rules and institutions, the state, and society. Jacquelene holds a Master of Laws Degree from Harvard Law School, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Kenya School of Law, and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Kenyatta University, Kenya. 

Kaylee Morrison, Legal Fellow

Kaylee Morrison is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab. After completing her B.A. in International Affairs at Northeastern University, Kaylee moved to China, where she spent the next three and a half years living in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Hangzhou. She moved back to the U.S. to attend Georgetown Law in 2019. Last semester, she completed a practicum project on analyzing the customs law challenges of shipping apparel between Liberia and the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. She is a member of Global Law Scholars and is interested in international trade law and policy.

Brian Chen, Legal Fellow

Brian Chen is a recent J.D. graduate from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as a Senior Editor for Volume 52 of the Georgetown Journal of International Law and a Fellow for the Institute of International Economic Law.  At Georgetown, Brian consulted for TradeLab Statistics as part of a consortium of economists, lawyers, and policy specialists on Bangladesh trade facilitation matters and for the Harrison Institute for Public Law on counseling developing countries in mitigating exposure to investment arbitration claims during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Previously, Brian was a Chinese Taipei Staffer to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council, where he advised the CEOs of Acer, Inc., Taiwan Mobile, and AppWorks on leveraging international public policy to grow their businesses and to promote economic development in Taiwan.  He was also an International Trade Paralegal with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC, where he counseled States and Fortune 500 clients on cases including WTO and investor-state dispute settlement, export controls and sanctions compliance, and anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations.  Before law school, Brian earned his M.A. from King's College London and his B.A. from the University of Virginia. 

 

Akinyi Lisa Agutu, Legal Fellow

 

Akinyi Lisa Agutu is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab based in Washington, D.C. She is a Kenyan trained lawyer specialized in International trade, business and arbitration law. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya after which she pursued her Master of Laws (LL.M) at the Georgetown University Law Center in International Business and Economic Law with a certificate in International Trade Law and World Trade Organization studies. While at Georgetown, she was a research assistant to Professor Katrin Kuhlmann, a Visiting Professor of Law and the President and Founder of New Markets Lab. Akinyi took part in a project as part of the Trade Lab clinic where her team advised a Non-Governmental Organization on a wide array of trade and sustainable development issues. In addition, she was a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law and was the Founder of the Georgetown International Trade Law Society. Prior to her LL.M at Georgetown, she worked at a law firm in Nairobi, Kenya where she focused on Intellectual Property, Commercial, and Family Law.

Linda Gitonga, Legal Fellow

 

Linda Gitonga is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab, based in Washington, DC. Linda is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, where she earned her LL.M. in International Law. During her LL.M. Linda focused her studies on international business transactions, international trade, business law, and refugee and asylum law. After graduating, Linda interned at the Doing Business Project Department of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. Most recently, she has been practicing law in Washington D.C. with a specialization in anti-money laundering (AML) and financial integrity for the banking regulation team of a leading DC law firm. Linda is fluent in Swahili, French, and English languages. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from University of Warwick (Warwick Law School). 

Kuladeep Medasani, Legal Fellow

Kuladeep Medasani is a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab based in Washington, D.C. He is an Indian trained lawyer specializing in international trade law and international investment law. Kuladeep graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business and Economic Law with a certificate in International Trade Law and World Trade Organization Studies. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws (B.B.A., LL.B. Hons.) from Jindal Global Law School in Delhi, India. His academic work is focused on international economic and investment laws.

Afia Poku, Legal Fellow

Afia Poku is a Legal Fellow at the New Markets Lab and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) graduate of Harvard Law School. At Harvard, her courses focused on Law and Development, Finance, and Corporate Law which have deepened her knowledge of commercial law and trade issues globally. She also worked as a publication editor of the Harvard African Policy Journal. Her passion for private entrepreneurship is demonstrated in her volunteer work for the Harvard Law Entrepreneruship Project where she provided legal advice to technology start-ups. Afia earned her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with First Class Honors in Ghana and was called to the Ghana Bar in 2019. 

Gifany Ten-Ten L. Tongohan, Legal Fellow

 

Gifany Ten-Ten L. Tongohan is a licensed lawyer and professor in the Philippines and a Legal Fellow at New Markets Lab. She recently graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center, where, as a merit scholar, she earned her LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law and was a Fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law with double honors. She also obtained Degree Certificates in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution as well as in Legal English Communication. Prior to joining the NML team, Gifany assisted the American Branch of the International Law Association in drafting its Proceedings and externed with the Department of International Law, Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the Organization of American States where she researched international instruments and wrote about the role of private international law and competition law in achieving food security and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 2. 

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