The LIDS Advisory Board is a group of accomplished scholars and development practitioners that provides continuity and strategic guidance to the organization.
Noah Feldman: Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA)
Noah Feldman is the Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard University as well as a Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows. He is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the Bloomberg View. Before joining the Harvard faculty, Feldman was Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2005. In 2004 he was a visiting professor at Yale Law School and a fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. In 2003 he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution. He served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (1998 – 1999). Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D. Phil. in Islamic Thought from Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, serving as Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1992, finishing first in his class. He is the author of six books including: Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (Random House, May 21, 2013), the award winning and acclaimed Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Justices(Twelve, 2010), The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Princeton University Press, 2008); Divided By God: America’s Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2005); What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building (Princeton University Press 2004); andAfter Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2003).
Katrin A. Kuhlmann: President, New Markets Lab
Katrin Kuhlmann is President and Founder of the New Markets Lab and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Her areas of expertise include international trade and development, regional trade, legal reform, and international economic law, and she frequently writes and speaks on these issues. She is a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa and a fellow with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Ms. Kuhlmann worked in collaboration with Harvard LIDS to create the Trade Innovation Initiative, a program she continues to direct. In addition to serving as a member of the Advisory Board of both the Harvard LIDS and Georgetown University Law Center LIDS, she also serves on the boards of the Washington International Trade Association and the Malaika Foundation. She is a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Bretton Woods Committee, the Trade Policy Forum, and the Trade, Finance, and Development Experts Group of the E15 Initiative led by ICTSD and the World Economic Forum.
Ms. Kuhlmann was a 2012-13 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. She was Co-Founder and President of TransFarm Africa, a fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute. Ms. Kuhlmann also served as the Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia at USTR from 1999-2005 and practiced international law at Skadden and Dewey Ballantine. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University, and she was a Fulbright scholar in 1992. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three daughters.
Rene Kathawala: Pro Bono Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP (New York)
Rene Kathawala serves as Orrick’s firmwide pro bono coordinator and counsel, responsible for managing and initiating the firm’s pro bono activities, including administrative and legal aspects. Mr. Kathawala works with other pro bono coordinators and nonprofit organizations to increase the quantity and quality of pro bono representation that is being provided to indigent clients in each of the cities where Orrick has a presence.
Immediately prior to joining Orrick in this position, Mr. Kathawala served as a law clerk to the Honorable I. Leo Glasser, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, between September 2004 and August 2005. Mr. Kathawala was an associate in Orrick’s employment law department between October 1996 and July 2004 where he focused his practice on general labor and employment counseling and litigation. During that time, Mr. Kathawala initiated a formal pro bono program in the New York office and served as the pro bono coordinator for the office. Mr. Kathawala has received recognition for his significant contributions to pro bono clients in the areas of matrimonial and family law and employment law counseling, through receipt of Network For Women’s Services (now inMotion) First Annual Commitment to Justice Award (March 1999), the Cornerstone Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York (May 2001), and the New York City Bar Association Justice Center Public Service honoree (September 2006).
Mr. Kathawala has been a LIDS Advisory Board member since 2009. He works with the LIDS Co-Vice-Presidents of Projects to assign and oversee Orrick attorneys who supervise LIDS projects on a pro bono basis each semester.
April Rinne: Independent Advisor on the Global Sharing Economy
April Rinne is an independent advisor on the sharing economy (or collaborative economy), with expertise in using it to transform everything from value creation to public policy, urban planning and employment. Her career has a global focus, dedicated to building markets that work better and for more people. Rinne advises companies, start-ups, local governments, investors and think tanks around the world on a range of issues.
Most recently, Rinne was the Chief Strategy Officer of Collaborative Lab, where she built and led Lab’s Shareable Cities practice, designed to help public leaders apply the power of collaborative models to catalyze sustainable growth, boost local economies, increase resilience, and build community. Previously, Rinne was Director of WaterCredit at Water.org where she led innovative initiatives focused on sustainable marketplace creation throughout the developing world. She has also worked as a private lawyer focusing on international finance at Allen & Overy, taught for the International Development Law Organization, and advised numerous social enterprises and investors including Kiva, Grameen and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rinne’s ground-breaking work in microfinance focused on the role of reputation and social capital as key success drivers, and she was part of the team that was the first to create microfinance vehicles for the poor and unbanked to promote equitable financial inclusion.
Rinne is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, where she heads the Sharing Economy Working Group. She is a board member of both the Sharing Economy Advisory Board for Seoul, South Korea and the World Wide Web Foundation, and she is a member of REX (the Relationship Economy eXpedition). Rinne holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Finance and Business Relations from the Fletcher School, and a B.A. in International Studies and Italian from Emory University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at the European University Institute and a visiting student of politics and economics at Oxford University.
William Alford: Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law
Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program
Chair, Harvard Law School Project on Disability (Cambridge, MA)
William P. Alford is a scholar of Chinese law and legal history. His books include To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (Stanford University Press 1995), Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia (Harvard East Asian Legal Studies 2007), 残疾人法律保障机制研究 (A Study of Legal Mechanisms to Protect Persons with Disabilities) (Huaxia Press 2008, with Wang Liming and Ma Yu’er), Prospects for the Professions in China (Routledge 2011, with William Kirby and Kenneth Winston) and Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation (forthcoming Springer 2018, with Jerome Cohen and Lo Chang-fa).
Professor Alford is the founding Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability which provides pro bono services on issues of disability in China, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vietnam and several other nations. He is Lead Director and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International (which serves individuals with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 jurisdictions around the world). In 2008, Special Olympics honored him for his work for persons with intellectual disabilities in China. Professor Alford is also the Senior Advisor for Graduate and International Legal Studies at HLS.
Professor Alford was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by the University of Geneva in 2010 and has been an honorary professor or fellow at Renmin University of China, Zhejiang University, the National College of Administration, and the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. Among other honors are the inaugural O’Melveny & Myers Centennial Award, the Kluwer China Prize, the Qatar Pearls of Praise Award, an Abe (Japan) Fellowship, and the Harvard Law School Alumni Association Award. In 2008, he was a finalist for Harvard Law School’s Sacks-Freund Teaching Award.
Professor Alford has delivered endowed lectureships at leading universities around the world and serves on university advisory boards and the editorial boards of learned journals in several jurisdictions. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on US-China relations, Professor Alford has been a dispute resolution panelist under the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement. He has served as a consultant or advisor to multilateral organizations, various offices of the United States government, members of Congress, foreign governments, foundations, companies and not-for-profit organizations.
Professor Alford is a graduate of Amherst College (B.A.), the University of Cambridge (LL.B.), Yale University (graduate degrees in History and in East Asian Studies) and Harvard Law School (J.D.).
Professor Alford has been a LIDS Advisory Board member since 2009. He has provided significant guidance and support to LIDS since its founding and has been particularly instrumental in working with the HLS administration to support this year’s LIDS-MCC independent clinical project.
Kala Mulqueeny: Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Asian Development Bank (Manila, Philippines)
Dr. Kala Mulqueeny is currently Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a Professorial Lecturer at the University of the Philippines. Her work and research has covered a variety of topics, including carbon trading, infrastructure investment, environmental courts, electricity and water regulation — while focusing on Southeast Asia. At ADB, Dr. Mulqueeny is the primary counsel responsible for regulatory work relating to the environment, and energy and climate change. She leads ADB’s Asia Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation, amongst energy policy-makers and regulators in the region. She was recently chosen as one of only 15 Yale World Fellows for 2010 and will be spending four months this fall at Yale University (see more at: http://opa.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=7504). Dr. Mulqueeny completed her LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees at HLS where she was a recipient of a graduate fellowship from the Program on Justice, Welfare and Economics. Dr. Mulqueeny is originally from Australia.
Dr. Mulqueeny has been a LIDS Advisory Board member since 2009. In November 2010, she gave a talk at HLS, organized by LIDS, on her work on international law, climate change, and economic development. During her visit, she also advised students interested in careers on law and development. She also spoke at the 2010 LIDS Symposium on a panel on rule of law in post-natural disaster contexts.
Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She teaches contracts, courses in Christian Legal Studies, copyright, and advanced courses in intellectual property. Professor Okediji has written widely on a range of matters related to technology, innovation policy, global knowledge governance, and sustainable economic development. Her current research focuses on the regulation and ownership of publicly funded technologies, the protection of traditional knowledge, and the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and copyright law.
Professor Okediji served as a member of the United States National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology and Policy Committee on the Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era. In 2015-2016, she was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the High-Level Panel on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines. She was recognized in that same year by Managing IP as one of the world’s 50 influential leaders in the field of intellectual property.
Professor Okediji is a recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research and mentoring, including the 2018 Harvard Women’s Law Association’s Shatter Award. She currently serves as National President of the Order of the Coif. Professor Okediji is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and an Editor of the Journal of World Intellectual Property Law. She is a co-author of the leading casebook, Copyright Law in a Global Information Economy (Aspen, 4th Edition 2015) and of The World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty: Facilitating Access to Books for Print-Disabled Individuals (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her most recent book, Copyright Law in an Age of Limitations and Exceptions, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
Professor Okediji is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Jeswald W. Salacuse is Henry J. Braker Professor of Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, the senior graduate professional school of international relations in the United States. Salacuse served as The Fletcher School’s Dean for nine years. With broad experience in higher education, international development, and legal practice, he specializes in international investment law, international negotiation, international business transactions, and law and development. Professor Salacuse holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an A.B. from Hamilton College, and a diploma from the University of Paris. He has been a lecturer in law at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, a lawyer with a Wall Street law firm, a professor of law and director of research at the National School of Administration in the Congo, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East advisor on law and development based in Beirut, Lebanon, and later the Foundation’s representative in the Sudan. For six years, he served as Dean of the School of Law of Southern Methodist University. Professor Salacuse has traveled and lectured widely. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of London, the University of Bristol, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, and the Instituto de Empresa, Madrid. In the spring of 2000, he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Comparative Law in Italy. Salacuse has written numerous books and articles, a full list of which is available on his Tufts University profile. His most recent book is Seven Secrets for Negotiating with Government (2008). Salacuse has served as the Chairman of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, Chairman of the Board of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, President of the International Third World Legal Studies Association, and the founding President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). A consultant to multinational companies, government agencies, international organizations, universities, foundations and foreign governments, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the executive committee and faculty of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He is the lead independent director of several mutual funds managed by Legg Mason, chairman of the India Fund and Asia Tigers Fund, and president of an international arbitration tribunal under the auspices of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Jorge H Kamine: Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure Projects, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Washington, DC)
Jorge Kamine is currently a counsel in the Energy and Infrastructure Projects Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He focuses his global practice on all aspects of structuring, developing, acquiring and divesting, and financing international energy and infrastructure projects and assets involving private sector companies, international commercial banks, international financial institutions, and governments. Jorge’s pro bono work has included representing a bilateral donor in structuring and making grants for housing, health, and education projects in Haiti, advising a nonprofit promoting renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean, and advising a nonprofit developing a proposal for an international “green” bank.
Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Kamine served as a counsel at The World Bank, where he represented the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association in structuring, developing, and financing Latin American and Caribbean projects involving sovereign and sub-sovereign governments and international and regional organizations. He advised borrower and recipient governments on projects for water supply and sanitation infrastructure, road and transport infrastructure, urban infrastructure, land administration, carbon mitigation, and macroeconomic and sectoral policy reforms.
Mr. Kamine holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Rice University. He is active in a number of think-tanks and organizations focused on international law, development, and policy issues, including as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Associate of the Inter-American Dialogue and member of the Board of Advisors for its Latin America Energy Advisor, and an active member of the American Society of International Law and Corresponding Editor of its International Legal Materials. Mr. Kamine has extensive personal and professional experience with Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as experience working on projects and transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Southeast Asia. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Mr. Kamine has been a LIDS Advisory Board member since 2015.
Anne Healy: Alumni Representative, LIDS Advisory Board (Washington, DC)
Anne Healy works at the U.S. State Department as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources. Previously, she worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Washington, DC, assisting clients across the private, public, and social sectors. Before joining McKinsey, Anne completed her JD at Harvard Law School and her Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Harvard Kennedy School. While a student at HLS, Anne was a founding board member of LIDS, serving as the VP of Collaborations and later as Co-President. Anne has worked with a variety of international development organizations in Africa, including the MIT Poverty Action Lab / Innovations for Poverty Action, the International Rescue Committee, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Lisa Taylor serves as one of two Alumni Representatives on the Advisory Board, from 2011-2013. Lisa was a founding member of LIDS and worked to grow membership and organize the first LIDS clinical project in Lesotho with the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Lisa’s development work has focused on global heath. She has worked for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 2008. She is now working as an Associate in Sidley Austin’s DC office in the health care group.
Scott Vessel: Partner, Three Crowns LLP (London, England)
Scott Vesel is a Partner in the London office of Three Crowns LLP, a specialist law firm whose practice focuses exclusively on international disputes. His practice include international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in a broad range of sectors, including oil & gas, energy, technology, construction, transport, and agribusiness, and involving disputes arising across the globe, from Latin America to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the CIS. Who’s Who Legal has recognized Scott as a future leader in international arbitration noting that clients singled him out as “one of the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with” and praised his “impressive pre-hearing preparation and his advocacy”.
Prior to joining Three Crowns, Scott served as an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he handled issues relating to laws of war, defense exports, and national-security related litigation, and in the Human Rights department at the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. He has organised and delivered human rights training courses for judges, prosecutors, police, and/or defense lawyers in Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and the Palestinian Authority. He also spent a brief secondment with the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
Prior to studying law, Scott earned an MPA degree at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and spent three years at EastWest Institute, an NGO focusing on democratic and economic development in Central and Eastern Europe. He holds BA, JD, and MA (political science) degrees from Yale. He speaks French, German and Russian and has working knowledge of Latvian and Spanish.