Advisory Board

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, TransFarm Africa

Katrin Kuhlmann is the President of TransFarm Africa, a fellow with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs at the Aspen Institute, Senior Advisor to the Corporate Council on Africa and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  She was previously a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Her work focuses on a demand-driven market-led approach to trade, development, investment and food security policies and on addressing policy and legal barriers faced by entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Ms. Kuhlmann served for six years as the Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where she was responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy with Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. She has also practiced law in New York and Washington, DC.

Ms. Kuhlmann holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University, and she was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to study international economics in Halle, Germany in 1992.  She currently lives with her family in Bethesda, Maryland.

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: Director, WaterCredit (San Francisco)

April Rinne currently serves as the director of WaterPartners’ WaterCredit initiative. In this capacity, Ms. Rinne leads the evolution, execution and expansion of WaterCredit, which aims to make access to clean water and basic sanitation available and affordable for everyone by applying microfinance tools to the water and sanitation needs of the world’s poor. Ms. Rinne brings a wealth of microfinance experience, including serving as director of venture development at Unitus Investment Group and as a member of the Corporate Finance and M&A practice groups at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Ms. Rinne also currently trains policy makers, attorneys and microfinance executives throughout the developing world for the International Development Law Organization. A Fulbright Scholar, Ms. Rinne received her B.A. in International Relations from Emory University; M.A. from the Fletcher School with concentrations in International Finance and Development Economics; and J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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Ms. Rinne has been a LIDS Advisory Board member since 2009. In March 2010, she gave a talk at HLS, organized by LIDS, on her work on social investment, microfinance, and water. During her visit, she also advised students on careers in law and development.

William Alford: Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA)

Professor Alford plays many leadership roles at Harvard: he is the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Director of East Asian Legal Studies and Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. Among other topics, he writes about, works in, and frequently travels to China, where he is actively involved with the country’s rapidly-changing legal profession. He is an HLS graduate. For more information about Professor Alford’s work, visit: and

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: 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.

SalacuseJeswald W. Salacuse: Henry J. Braker Professor of Law, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

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.

ElCidEl Cid Butuyan: Senior Litigator, World Bank (Washington, DC)

El Cid Butuyan is a Senior Litigation Specialist at the World Bank, Integrity Vice-Presidency (INT), based in Washington DC where he is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of sanctions cases against firms and individuals involved in fraud and corruption in World Bank projects globally. He also heads the INT East Asia and Pacific Regional Team. Prior to joining INT, El Cid worked as Counsel in the Legal Department and played a key role in the World Bank’s early sanctions reform and anti-corruption efforts. El Cid  also serves as the Co-Chair of the ABA International Committee-Criminal Justice Section and is a Lecturer on Law at  Harvard Law School and  the University of Hawaii Law School. He previously  served as a member of the Prosecution Panel in the historic impeachment of the former Philippine President for grand corruption. In 2007, former Harvard Law Dean Elena Kagan named him as Harvard Wasserstein Fellow “in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedication to public interest law.”  El Cid directs  with LIDS several anti-corruption initiatives including the  International Anti-Corruption Clinical.

Mr. Butuyan has been a LIDS Advisory Board member since 2009.

Anne Healy: Alumni Representative, LIDS Advisory Board (Washington, DC)

Anne Healy is a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Washington, DC where she works with clients across the private, public, and social sectors. Before joining McKinsey, she completed her JD at Harvard Law School and her Master 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: Alumni Representative, LIDS Advisory Board (Washington, DC)

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.