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Meet the Team

The Benchmarking Public Procurement team consists of the following experts shown in alphabetical order below.

Nasser Alreshaid

Nasser Alreshaid joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in November 2015, where he works on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Procurement topic. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, he was a prosecutor in Kuwait facilitating international cooperation and investigating crimes concerning public funds, corruption, money laundering, securities fraud, and non-implementation of judicial decisions. He also worked as an associate at Abdullah Khaled Alayoub law firm in Kuwait and was a member of the interagency council for human rights. He has recent scholarly publications on investor-state dispute settlements and trade in the MENA region. Nasser is a doctoral candidate in law and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from NYU, an LL.M. in Public Law from Kuwait University, a law degree from the University of Sharjah, U.A.E., and a judicial and legal studies diploma from the Kuwait Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies. Nasser is a native Arabic speaker.


Natalia Del Valle Catoni

Natalia joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in May 2014, where she works under the Procurement Life Cycle topic, specializing procurement process,bid and performance guarantees and contract management of the procurement process. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked at the Department of Consumer Affairs of Puerto Rico where she conducted legal analysis regarding policy decisions made by the agency. Natalia holds a joint Bachelor degree in International Relations and European History from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business Law from the Washington College of Law at American University. Natalia speaks Spanish and is learning Portuguese.


Tania Ghossein

Tania joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in May 2013, where she acts as Project Coordinator. Prior to becoming Project Coordinator, Tania led the Filling a Complaint topic. Prior to that, she led the Starting a Foreign Investment indicators of the Foreign Direct Investment Regulations project. Before joining the World Bank Group in 2009, Tania worked as a corporate lawyer and a documentary credit analysis officer in Beirut, Lebanon. She then moved on to work at the Embassy of Jordan in Washington, D.C. Tania holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School and a law degree from the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon. Tania speaks Arabic and French and is learning Spanish.


Maria Paula Gutierrez Casadiego

Maria Paula joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in November 2014, where she leads the Procurement Life Cycle topic.  Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked as a consultant for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with regard to Latin America policy research and analysis.  Maria Paula holds a Bachelor in Political Science from the Universidad de los Andes, a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.  Maria Paula speaks Spanish and French and is learning German. 


Maureen Itepu

Maureen joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in January 2015 as a Program Assistant for the Development Economics – Special Initiatives Unit.  She provides assistance to the team and is the transaction specialist for the unit . Prior to joining the team, Maureen was selected for the Cardozo-Bell Internship Program, devoted to give students an opportunity to gain professional experience with local businesses, including the World Bank Group, to work for the Executive Vice President of the International Finance Corporation.   


Khasankhon Khamudkhanov

Khasan joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in October 2015, where he works on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Procurement indicator. Before joining the Benchmarking Public Procurement team, Khasan was an intern for the World Bank Group’s Doing Business project, where he worked on the Enforcing Contracts and the Protecting Minority Investors indicators. Khasan worked at Citibank Philippines prior to joining the World Bank Group, where he focused on improving and streamlining the credit and loan approval process within the Credit Payment Products Department. Khasan holds a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor in Commerce specializing in Finance and Business Technology Management (BTM) from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Khasan is fluent in Russian and Uzbek.


Helene Candice Larroque

Hélène joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in February 2016, where she works on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Procurement topic. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked for the French distributor of electricity and the Law firm François SERRES & Associates in Paris on a project of public-private partnerships regulation in West Africa. Hélène graduated from University ‘Paris Ouest Nanterre la Defense’ in Law and Economics in 2015. Hélène is a native French speaker.


Raquel Maria Mayer Cuesta

Raquel joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in July 2015, where she works under the Filling a Complaint topic. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Raquel worked at the Office of Institutional Integrity of the Inter-American Development Bank, where she mostly worked on prevention and investigation of fraud and corruption in IDB Group-financed projects. Before that, she worked as an advisor at ASAN Asesoría y Análisis, a strategy and government relations consultancy firm in Mexico City, Mexico. Raquel holds a Bachelor in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México, Mexico City, and a Master in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Raquel speaks Spanish and French, and is learning Portuguese.


Sophie Pouget

Sophie joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in July 2013, where she leads the Filling of a Complaint topic. Prior to this, she led the Arbitrating and Mediating Disputes indicators of the Foreign Direct Investment Regulations project, a joint World Bank/International Finance Corporation initiative. Before joining the World Bank Group, she practiced international arbitration and litigation as an associate with the law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier in Paris, France. Sophie is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Sophie speaks French and Russian and is learning Spanish.



Dima Rbeiz

Dima joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in February 2016, where she coordinates data collection mainly in the MENA region and conducts data analysis for the Filling a Complaint topic. Before joining the World Bank Group, Dima worked for five years as a financial examiner at the Banking Control Commission at the Central Bank of Lebanon. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University in Washington DC. Dima speaks French and Arabic and is learning Spanish.


Federica Saliola

Federica Saliola is the Program Manager of the World Bank Group's Special Initiatives Unit that comprises three global indicator sets: Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture, Benchmarking Public Procurement and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Regulations. Before leading the Special Initiatives Unit, she was the Program Coordinator of World Bank Group's Enterprise Surveys project, which provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data for emerging markets and developing economies. Her past work experiences include work at the World Bank Development Economics Research Group and the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa Region. Federica holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome III


Mikel Tejada Ibañez

Mikel joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in December 2014, where he leads the Public Private Partnership (PPP) topic. Before joining the World Bank Group, he worked on PPP at the Fiscal and Municipal Management Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to that, he practiced public and administrative law as an associate with the law firm Garrigues in Barcelona, Spain. Mikel holds a joint degree in Law and Business Administration from the Public University of Navarra and holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University Trachtenberg School.  He has been a member of the Barcelona Bar Association since 2007. Mikel speaks Spanish and some French.


Zeina Traboulsi

Zeina joined the Benchmarking Public Procurement team in March 2016, where she works on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Procurement topic. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked as a corporate attorney in Beirut, Lebanon, and later moved on to work as a consultant in law firms in the United States, where she mainly prepared legal memoranda and opinions for government agencies and private companies. Zeina holds a Master of Law (L.L.M) in Banking and Finance from Boston University, Boston, United States; a Masters (DEA) in National and International Business Law from the Filiere Francophone de Droit, Beirut, Lebanon (Lebanese University branch, in collaboration with Aix Marseille III University, France); and a Law Degree from Universite Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon. She was admitted to practice in Beirut, Lebanon since 2009, and in the State of New York, United States, since 2015. Zeina speaks Arabic and French.