Regional Senior Principal - Economic Growth
Arlington, Virginia, United States
What is your greatest professional achievement?
As Chief of Party (COP) of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project in Egypt, I led a team that worked with the government of Egypt to develop and enact a comprehensive WTO-TRIPS consistent Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Law. The program provided technical assistance to develop regulations, automate patent and trademark search procedures and files, and built capacity of personnel in the IPR offices. Initially, there was strong opposition from the public, but through teaming with the Egyptian government, IPR holders and the media, we educated journalists and the public on the benefits for the Egyptian economy as a whole, and for local inventors, businesses, researchers, copyright holders.
How is it making a difference?
Improvements to the intellectual property rights protection system, helped Egypt, and are continuing to help Egypt attract foreign investment, encourage domestic innovation and create jobs.
What is your Service Line and why are you passionate about it?
Economic growth. Economic growth is the most powerful tool for reducing poverty in a developing country. When done properly, with a holistic view, it has the greatest impact in the poorest countries.
I am passionate about economic development, and Cardno has been working and making a lasting impact in development for over 50 years. Cardno programs in developing countries cover a wide range of disciplines and services, including - economic growth, health, education, agriculture and rural development, public financial management, infrastructure, market linkages and trade, climate change and environment, and gender and inclusive growth.