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Alpita Shah

544 Raintree Drive, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 202-549-8313 PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Accomplished international and community development professional with expertise in sustainability and governance standards in the public and private sectors. Chicago area native who served in senior counsel and advisory positions in the U.S. government and the World Bank and now practices law with an international law firm and serves local communities in the Midwest. Well positioned to leverage experience in law, government policy, social investments and stakeholder engagement to guide and implement priorities of a public sector organization. Passionate about the intersection of public health, environmental policy and wellness practices.
WORK HISTORY MAYER BROWN LLP, Chicago, Illinois Counsel (Finance and Emerging Markets Practice) WORLD BANK GROUP, Washington, DC Senior Counsel for International Finance Corporation (IFC) (private sector arm of the World Bank) Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director (U.S. Presidential Appointee), World Bank Board of Directors U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, Washington, DC Director, Office of the Middle East & North Africa Senior Advisor/Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for International Affairs (John B. Taylor) Attorney-Advisor in Office of Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs) Honors Attorney in Chief Counsels Office for the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) MAYER, BROWN & PLATT, Chicago, IL Corporate Finance Associate UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Robert Gettleman JEROME FRANK LEGAL SERVICES, New Haven, CT Clinical Intern (represented Spanish-speaking clients in HIV/AIDS clinic at Yale Law School) LAWYERS COLLECTIVE, Mumbai, India Intern for public interest law firm (set up advocacy center for people with HIV/AIDS in South Asia) RELEVANT EXPERIENCE October 2011-Present

2005-2011 May 2007-July 2011 April 2005-April 2007

2000-2005 January 2005April 2005 January 2004-December 2004 April 2001-January 2004 October 2000-April 2001 1997-2000




Governance & Sustainability (Standards/Compliance).

Developed framework for integrity screening of IFCs potential clients and their related parties (as Senior Counsel, IFC). Developed metrics for a gap analysis of IFCs environmental and social governance (ESG) standards against international human rights, collaborating with human rights experts at the Danish Center for Human Rights and engaging private sector consultants to synthesize data. Delivered results of the analysis to the World Bank board (as Senior Counsel, IFC). Advised business risk unit and investment staff on compliance by IFC clients on anti-corruption and AML/CFT protocols, as well as United Nations sanctions (as Senior Counsel, IFC). As Audit Committee representative, advised World Bank management on confidential staff anticorruption cases. Served as facilitator for U.S. staff with grievances against World Bank management (as Advisor to U.S. Executive Director, World Bank). Drafted regulations and licenses for U.S. companies and persons on U.S. sanctions law (as Honors Attorney, OFAC). Represent ACCION Chicago, a non-profit microfinance organization, in increasing its loan size through guarantees from the U.S. Small Business Administration and expanding its geographic reach through agreements with rural lending partners in IL and IN. Represent Chicago Community Loan Fund in increasing loans to businesses investing in low-income neighborhoods. Through the Solution Station organized by The Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, Inc. and the City of Chicagos division of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, provide guidance to individuals starting small businesses. Through Heartland Alliances National Immigrant Justice Center, represent young immigrants with undocumented status to receive deferred action under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

Local Community Development. As Counsel at Mayer Brown LLP, recognized by firm for outstanding pro-bono service.

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International Social Impact Investments. Transactional counsel for private and public sector investments in several industries to provide sustainable benefits to economically under developed regions and low-income communities.
Environmental Conservation/Agribusiness Negotiated, on behalf of the U.S., multi-million dollar contributions to the Global Environmental Facility, a World Bank-managed trust fund providing grants and concessional financing to cover the additional costs associated with transforming a project with national benefits to one with global environmental benefits (as Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Treasury). Negotiated, on behalf the U.S., the first debt for nature swap with the Government of Belize, providing debt relief in exchange for the Governments transfer of forest land and grant of management rights to environmental non -for-profit organizations (as Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Treasury). Negotiated, on behalf of the U.S., with the Government of Mexico a revised charter for the North American Development Bank, an organization established under NAFTA to fund environmentally sustainable projects along the U.S.- Mexico border (as Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Treasury). Represented Case Corporation, a U.S. agricultural company, as borrower, in the negotiation of a $10 million loan from IFC for the companys expansion into the cotton sector in Uzbekistan (as Associate, Mayer Brown & Platt). Banking/Energy Represented World Banks private sector arm, International Finance Corporation (IFC), as lender, in a $100 million credit lin e to Central American banks to increase small and medium-sized enterprise financing in the region (as Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP). Negotiated a multi-billion dollar bridge loan to the Government of Uruguay to prevent a run on the Uruguayan banks during the Argentine financial crisis (as Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury (U.S. Treasury)). Negotiated the first World Bank investment in Kosovo after its independence, a loan to a company manufacturing rubber conveyor belts for equipment used in converting lignite into energy for commercial use (as Senior Counsel, IFC). Represented Export-Import Bank of the United States, as lender, in the restructuring the supply chain of Paiton, a multi-million project financing in the power sector in Indonesia (as Associate, Mayer Brown & Platt). Telecommunications/Global Manufacturing Represented IFC, as lender, in an 8 million loan to a Spanish company to expand its call center operations to Nicaragua (as Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP). Negotiated an investment in a publicly traded Turkish textile company specializing in high-end mens clothing relocating its manufacturing base to a village near Mumbai, India (as Senior Counsel, IFC).

Outreach/Stakeholder Engagement.

Advocated, on behalf of IFC, in negotiations with external stakeholders including non-profit organizations on key corporate initiatives such as the harmonization across international financial institutions of debarment systems for companies found to have engaged in corrupt practices (as Senior Counsel, IFC). Negotiated with U.S. agencies and external stakeholders in preparation of U.S. position statements on World Bank projects in the Middle East and Eastern Europe and strategies in governance and health (as Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director, World Bank). Served as chief of staff to lead U.S. official on international finance/economic policy in a division with over 250 staff and a multimillion dollar budget (As Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary (International Affairs), U.S. Treasury) . Led foreign outreach missions with Undersecretary, including supervision visits for health/agribusiness projects funded by the World Bank and meetings with heads of state in African countries receiving U.S. assistance under the MCA program (As Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary (International Affairs), U.S. Treasury). Drafted speeches and prepared communications strategies, collaborating with senior staff. Prepared internal briefings for Undersecretary with to top-secret information. (As Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary (International Affairs), U.S. Treasury) . Served on the U.S. negotiating team to establish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria as a Swiss not-for-profit organization with international privileges and immunities and public (i.e. donor and recipient governments) and private (i.e. Gates Foundation; Coca-Cola) sector board members (as Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Treasury). Organized conference co-sponsored by the World Health Organization on legal issues related to HIV/AIDS in South Asia leading to European Commission funding to establish the first HIV/AIDS advocacy center in South Asia (as Intern, Lawyers Collective). Mentored by Indian lawyer Anand Grover, current UN special representative on Right to Health (as Intern, Lawyers Collective).

Management/ Diplomacy/Public Affairs.

Global Health Initiatives.

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Development Impact/Reporting for Donors.

Prepared draft legislation and negotiated with U.S. congressional staff on U.S. Administration proposals for funding of a new assistance program for developing nations, the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), using free market and democracy metrics to assess country eligibility (as Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Treasury). Drafted written statements (with proposals for development impact reporting) and delivered oral remarks on behalf of the U.S. Director at Board and Audit committee meetings (as Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director, World Bank). Negotiated U.S. financial contributions to World Bank programs in the Middle East, including donor-reporting requirements (as Director, Office of Middle East & North Africa, U.S. Treasury). ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ HONORS

World Bank Group: Promoted to Senior Counsel in October 2010. IFC departmental awards for (1) negotiating the anticorruption
provisions for in IFC and Inter-American Development Bank investments in the Panama Canal and (2) negotiating the structure of IFC quasi-equity investments to SME funds in Sub-Sahara Africa & South Asia.

U.S. Government: U.S. Treasury honors for successful completion of first U.S. Government debt-for-nature swap. Department of the
State honors for successful representation of U.S. interests in establishing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria. EDUCATION YALE LAW SCHOOL, New Haven, CT J.D., May 1996 Articles Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review. Research Assistant to Professor Borris Bittker. Authored Business Necessity under the 1991 Civil Rights Act, in inaugural issue of Yale Journal of Legal Issues, a publication synthesizing law reviews articles for practitioners started by Prof. Bittker. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, Urbana-Champaign, IL Major in Economics, summa cum laude, with departmental and university honors. Minor in Spanish. SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS B.A., May 1992

Women and Success: How to Lean In to Success. Dale Carnegie Training, Chicago, IL (July 2013). IFCs Approach to Business and Human Rights, Lecturer in Law, Georgetown Law School, Washington, DC (2010/11). Lawyers in the Government, Women Lawyers Roundtable, South Asian Bar Association, Washington, DC (2009/10). Rule of Law and Anticorruption, International Law Section, American Bar Association, Miami, FL (2009). Business, Governance & Intl Development Banks, U.S. Department of Commerce Symposium, New Orleans, LA (2008).

Proficiency in Spanish and Gujarati Board member, Zen Life & Meditation Center (Oak Park, IL) Board member and Investor, Stonehouse Farm Eco-Retreat and Sanctuary (Dekalb County, IL) Trainee, Teacher Training and In-depth Studies Program, Moksha Yoga Studio (Chicago, IL)