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.


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Laura Diniz

Laura Diniz joined the Doing Business team in January 2013. She is the team leader of the Registering Property indicator. Prior to that she was the acting topic team leader of the Starting a Business indicator. During her first few years with the team, she worked on the Registering Property indicator. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Insper-São Paulo (Brazil). Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ms. Diniz worked as a research analyst at Funcesp, a pension fund and as a risk analyst in IronHouse fund, a private wealth management fund in São Paulo. She speaks Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish.

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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.

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Joyce Antone Ibrahim

Joyce Antone Ibrahim, a Jordanian national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in March 2016. Previously, Joyce worked with the global Doing Business team on the Resolving Insolvency and Enforcing Contracts indicator for two years, and then led the Dealing with Construction Permits and Starting a Business indicator for another three years. Prior to joining the Doing Business team, she worked on transparency and financial inclusion issues within the World Bank. Joyce holds a Master's of Arts in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor's of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She speaks Arabic and is conversant in French.

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Carlos Mejía

Carlos Mejía, a Dominican national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in December 2016. He holds a Master in Business and Management degree from École Supérieur de Commerce de Montpellier (Montpellier Business School), where he was a Fondation de France scholar, a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo and a Bachelor in Economics degree from the same university. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, he worked as a Private Sector Development Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and as a Market Intelligence Analyst and Intern for microfinance institutions in the Dominican Republic and Paris, respectively. He speaks Spanish and French.

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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.

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Eugene Bempong Nyantakyi

Eugene Bempong Nyantakyi is a Private Sector Development Specialist. He joined the Subnational Doing Business Team in July 2016. Prior to joining the group he worked as an Economist and Development Impact Analyst at the African Development Bank and as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.   He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University and a BA in Economics and Geography from KNUST, Ghana.

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Madalina Papahagi

Madalina Papahagi has led and co-authored Subnational Doing Business studies in Europe, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South and East Asia. She is supporting the Program Manager in overseeing the Subnational Doing Business indicator set and work program. Previously, she worked on investment climate advisory projects for Southern Europe—at the World Bank office in Belgrade—and on operational quality and portfolio management in Africa region. Before joining the World Bank, she worked in the banking sector in Romania. Madalina holds an MBA from the American University in Washington DC, where she was a Fulbright scholar, and a BA from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Madalina is a Romanian and Greek national.

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Monique Pelloux

Monique Pelloux, a Mexican national, joined Subnational Doing Business in 2013. She started her Bank career over a decade ago, as a Program Assistant in the Mexico Country Office, where she provided support to the Environment Team. She subsequently moved to headquarters to work with the Development Effectiveness (Safeguards Team) and regional IT Teams, where she provided operational support and project monitoring, prepared dashboard reports, and served as a transaction specialist, among other things. She holds a degree in chemical engineering, speaks Spanish, and is conversant in French.

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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. Prior to joining the World Bank she practiced law, focusing on insurance and banking law, for nine years. With the subnational team she has specialized in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

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Tommaso Rooms

Tommaso Rooms, an Italian national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in July 2011. He holds a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics. He has also studied International Relations (M.A.) and Political Science (B.A.) at the University of Florence, Italy. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, he interned at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked at the Global Governance Program of the European University Institute for 2 years. Tommaso speaks Italian, Spanish and intermediate French.

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Pilar Salgado-Otónel

Pilar Salgado-Otónel is the Program Manager of the Subnational Doing Business Unit. Pilar, 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.

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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.

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Ana Santillana

Ana Santillana, a Spanish national, joined the SubnationalDoing Business project in September 2017. Previously, Ana worked with the World Bank’s education global practice in the Europe and Central Asia region and with the Enabling the Business of Agriculture and the global Doing Business teams. Before joining the World Bank, she worked as a research associate at the OECD Development Center in Paris and as an economic and trade analyst at the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in Ottawa. She holds a Master's Degree in Global Development Economics from Boston University, a Master's Degree in International Business Management from the Center for Economic and Commercial Studies (CECO) in Madrid and a Licentiate Degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She speaks Spanish.

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Moussa Traoré

Moussa Traoré, an American national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in 2013. Previously, Moussa worked with the global Doing Business team. He holds a JD from Penn State Law, with a concentration in international comparative law, and a BA 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, US Department of State, and Center for International Development and Conflict Management. He speaks French.

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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.

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Julien Vilquin

Julien Vilquin, a French national, joined the Subnational Doing Business team in 2015. Previously, Julien worked in the global Doing Business team where he led the Employing Workers indicator for two years, and the Enforcing Contracts indicator for another two years. Julien holds law degrees from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), the University of Lille 2 (France), and the Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.). Mr. Vilquin also received a master's degree in Management from EDHEC Business School (France). Prior to joining the World Bank Group, he practiced European and antitrust law at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris. Julien is admitted to the NY bar, and is qualified in Paris. He speaks French.