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Shelby Quast

Shelby Quast has over 28 years' experience working internationally in a broad range of activities, including rule of law; gender equality and justice; legal assessments; justice sector reform; drafting and analyzing laws; commercial transactions; negotiating and interpreting treaties/agreements; program development; and teaching. Ms. Quast continues to work closely with judges, lawyers, government officials, and NGOs to advance human rights for women and girls and inform policy, both in the United States and abroad. She is based in Washington, D.C., and is the Senior Policy Advisor for Equality Now. Ms. Quast leads the working group on Advocacy, Education, and Media for the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, established by Nike and the UN Foundation. She cofounded the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) in 2001 where she worked on post-conflict legal reform for over 10 years; she currently serves on the board of directors for ILAC. She also founded the Partners for Gender Justice, a network of the UN, member states, NGOs, and civil society, which works to facilitate dialogue on gender justice among key stakeholders in conflict-affected societies as well as the UN Security Council. Ms. Quast has authored numerous reports and tool kits on rule of law and gender justice for the UN and OECD. In an earlier life, she practiced commercial transactions at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. Ms. Quast is the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright award and has taught courses at CUA Law, where she is currently a visiting professor, American University, School for International Service, Jagellonian University (Poland), and the Indian Institute of Management (Lucknow).