Global Institutional Governance
Danielle completed an LLM at Harvard in July 2005, focused on international law and human rights. She then took up a position as a legal counsel with the World Bank in Washington DC, where she worked first as a lawyer in the international and environmental law practice group. In June 2006, Danielle published an important analysis for the Global HIV/AIDS Program: Australia's Successful Response to AIDS and the Role of Law Reform. In 2010, Danielle was promoted to Senior Counsel. From 2007-2016, Danielle worked as an operational lawyer across five of the Bank's six regions (Europe/Central Asia, Middle East/North Africa, East Asia/Pacific, South Asia and Africa). As an operational lawyer, Danielle was solely responsible for drafting and negotiating international legal agreements with the Ministries of Finance of the countries in her portfolio and handling the Bank's legal portfolios in those countries. This included work in Egypt, Libya and Yemen during the Arab Spring, and a $2.125 billion loan to Kazakhstan (the largest ever Bank loan at the time) where she worked with three governments on a highly sensitive international stolen public assets case. In 2016, Danielle became the Bank's lawyer on institutional governance matters and now advises the Board of Executive Directors, the Board of Governors and the Corporate Secretariat on disparate governance issues from Bank membership and shareholding to internationally disputed areas. She also provides advice, on behalf of the General Counsel, on institutional matters affecting the President of the Bank. In 2010, Danielle was awarded a Wesley College (University of Sydney) Foundation Medal -a lifetime achievement medal and in 2012 was awarded a Vice President's award for her work on the Bank's re-engagement with Libya. Danielle has worked pro-bono as a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children in the Alexandria/Arlington county court system. She is married with five children.