Meet the Subnational Doing Business Team

Subnational and regional Doing Business reports are prepared by a diverse team of experts at the World Bank Group.

  • Frédéric Bustelo, Doing Business Database, World Bank Group

    Frédéric Bustelo

    Frédéric Bustelo is deputy product specialist for subnational and regional Doing Business. He joined the global Doing Business team in September 2006. He led the Getting Credit indicator (Information Index) for two years, and then the Registering Property indicator for two years. Mr. Bustelo holds an industrial engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology and a master's degree in public administration in international development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he was a Fulbright scholar. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, he worked to improve efficiency and transparency in the Argentine public sector. He also worked with the Grameen Foundation in Buenos Aires and with the multinational steel group Techint. He speaks French and Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese and Italian.

  • Mierta Capaul, The World Bank Group

    Mierta Capaul

    Mierta Capaul is the product leader for subnational and regional Doing Business. Previously, she worked on enterprise restructuring and corporate governance. Before joining the World Bank, Mierta was an investment banker with a global financial institution, focusing on emerging markets. She holds a MBA from Deusto University in Spain, a masters in economics from the New School of Social Research in New York, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Mierta is a Swiss and Spanish national.

  • Cécile Ferro, Doing Business Database, World Bank Group

    Cécile Ferro

    Cécile Ferro, a French and Polish national joined the Subnational Doing Business team in July 2013. She holds a Master's Degree in Finance and Strategy from Sciences Po in Paris (France) and an Msc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (UK). Prior to joining the team she worked as a business consultant specialized in risk management in Paris. She has also worked on structured finance and microfinance projects for the European Investment Fund (EIB Group) in Luxembourg as well as in microfinance and project investment for Proparco (AFD). She speaks French, Polish and is conversant in Spanish.

  • Julio Fuster, Doing Business Database, World Bank Group

    Julio Fuster

    Julio Fuster, a Spanish national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in January 2012. He holds a master’s degree in International Business from Centro de Estudios Económicos y Comerciales (C.E.C.O.) in Spain and a B.A. in Business Administration with concentration in finance from Universidad San Pablo CEU de Madrid. Previously, he worked at the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in the United Arab Emirates and the Investment Climate Advisory Services Department of the World Bank Group.

  • Farah Hussein, The World Bank Group

    Farah Hussein

    Farah Hussein joined the Subnational Doing Business team in March 2011. Previously, Farah worked as a Senior Consultant with Booz & Co. in the United Arab Emirates focusing on public sector governance. She has also held other assignments at the World Bank Group including with the Development Impact Department and WBI's Evaluation Group. She holds a BA in Economics and Middle East Studies from the University of Virginia and an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She is fluent in Arabic and French.

  • Katerina Leris, The World Bank Group

    Katerina Leris

    Katerina Leris, a Greek national, joined the Subnational Doing Business and regional team in November 2007. She holds a law degree from Kent University in the UK, an LPC from the Inns of Court School of Law, and an LLM in international trade and commercial law from University College London. She is a member of the New York Bar. Previously Katerina worked in commercial law in London and Athens and with the Economic Policy and Debt Department of the World Bank. She speaks Greek and French.

  • Trimor Mici, The World Bank Group

    Trimor Mici

    Trimor Mici, a Kosovan national, joined the World Bank in 2008. He holds an MBA in finance and investments from the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC, and a BA in business and finance from the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG). Previously, he worked for the press office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission in Kosovo. Trimor has led and co-authored several Doing Business studies in Africa, Europe and South Asia. Trimor speaks Albanian, Bulgarian and some Serbian.

  • Mario Nascimento, The World Bank Group

    Mario Nascimento

    Mario Nascimento, a Brazilian national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in February 2013. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Brasilia – UnB (Brazil) and an MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, where he was a Lemann Fellow. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, he worked for the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations and Transparency International. Mario specialized in the promotion of economic and political development, with an emphasis on fragile States. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish and intermediate French.

  • Madalina Papahagi, The World Bank Group

    Madalina Papahagi

    Madalina Papahagi joined the Subnational Doing Business team in April 2008. Madalina has led and co-authored Subnational Doing Business studies in Africa, Southern Europe and South East Asia. Previously, she worked in the Investment Climate Advisory Services office for Southern Europe. She also held other assignments at the World Bank Group including in the Africa region working on operational quality and portfolio management for the Infrastructure and Private Sector Development department. Before joining the World Bank, she worked in the banking sector in Romania. Madalina holds an MBA from American University in Washington DC, where she was a granted a Fulbright scholarship, and a BA from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Madalina is a Romanian and Greek national.

  • Maria Camila Roberts, The World Bank Group

    Maria Camila Roberts

    Maria Camila Roberts, a Colombian national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in August 2009. She holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, a diploma in Insurance law from the same university and an LLM from Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law where she was granted a merit scholarship. Ms. Camila has practiced law in Colombia since 1999, focusing on insurance and banking law. Most recently she worked as a lawyer with a global financial institution in Colombia, particularly on regulations pertaining to promotion activities of banking and investment products offered by foreign financial institutions.

  • Pilar Salgado-Otónel, The World Bank Group

    Pilar Salgado-Otónel

    Pilar Salgado-Otónel, a Chilean national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in 2012. Previously, Pilar worked in the global Doing Business team on the Employing Workers indicator for two years, and then led the Enforcing Contracts indicator for another two years. Pilar holds a law degree from Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile, and master's degree in international legal studies from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Fulbright scholar. Prior to joining the Doing Business team, she served as a law clerk to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Pilar has also worked as in-house counsel at Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores and as an assistant professor in Public International Law at Universidad de Valparaiso. She speaks Spanish and is conversant in French.

  • Pilar Bella, The World Bank Group

    Pilar Sánchez-Bella

    Pilar Sánchez-Bella, a Spanish national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in January 2010. She holds a Law degree with a Business diploma from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, a Philosophy degree from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, and a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Pilar has specialized regionally in the Middle East and has previously worked in different NGOs on conflict resolution, analysis, and human rights. She speaks Spanish, French, Italian and intermediate Modern Standard Arabic.

  • Moussa Traore, Doing Business Database, World Bank Group

    Moussa Traoré

    Moussa Traoré joined the Subnational Doing Business team in February 2013, after a year with the global Doing Business team, where he worked on the Registering Property indicator. He holds a J.D. from Penn State Dickinson School of Law, with a concentration in comparative and international law, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in government and politics, focusing on international relations. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, he worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and the US Department of State. He speaks French.

  • Mariline Vieira, The World Bank Group

    Mariline Vieira

    Mariline Vieira, a French and Portuguese national joined the Subnational Doing Business team in March 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and International Affairs from the Institute of Technology of Tralee (Ireland) and the University of Paris-Sud (France), and a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Versailles (France). Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked in microfinance and micro-business development, sustainable development, and international cross-cutting issues for PlaNet Finance and The Global Fund among others.

  • Alessio Zanelli, The World Bank Group

    Alessio Zanelli

    Alessio Zanelli joined the Subnational Doing Business team in June 2009. Since then, he co-authored several reports in Africa, Europe, and Asia, and led the subnational projects in Egypt and Italy. Alessio holds a degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Law from the University of Trieste and a MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as an analyst at the Research Center of the Association of Veneto's Chambers of Commerce, where he focused on Small and Medium Enterprise development and industrial cluster analysis. Alessio is an Italian national, he is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish.