Paula Tavares is a senior legal and gender specialist at the World Bank, where her work focuses on promoting gender-informed laws and policies and advising member countries on implementing regulatory reforms in support of gender equality, women’s economic inclusion, and private sector development. She currently leads regional and country-level programs covering Africa and Latin America toward improving the enabling environment with a cross-cutting equity and inclusion lens. She is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and an Adjunct Professor of Gender, International and Comparative Law at the American University Washington College of Law. Paula is a licensed Brazilian attorney and holds an LL.M. in International Law from Georgetown University and a specialization in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. She is regional lead with the Women Inside Trade (WIT) organization and member of the Gender Equality Initiative (GEIA) Advisory Group at GW, among others. Her experience prior to joining the World Bank in 2010 includes working with government multilateral trade agreements, private sector initiatives and non-governmental organizations.