Special Announcement

About—Who We Are

The World Bank Family Network (WBFN) is a volunteer-driven organization of the spouses and partners of WBG staff with headquarters in Washington DC and a presence in more than 50 country office locations. WBFN encourages all spouses/partners of WBG staff members (and single staff members with young children) to register as members of WBFN. Membership is free of charge.

The Family Network recognizes that families in transition are best helped by other families who have gone through similar experiences. WBFN shares helpful relocation information with members in both the Washington DC area and abroad, and establishes a supportive network through social, cultural, educational and advocacy programs. The video below highlights how WBFN has helped our members during their transition.

The Family Network has more than 6,000 members and 200 volunteers in DC and country office locations. An Executive Committee (EC) of about 10-12 volunteers govern the organization and provide leadership to ensure that WBFN objectives, services and programs reflect the changing needs and interests of its membership. Three Bank staff (one Coordinator and two Program Assistants) and short-term consultants as needed support the EC to realize the mission of WBFN.

The work we do at the Family Network could not be possible without the continuous and valuable help of our dedicated volunteers, staff and supporters. We are grateful for your generous contribution of time, talents and efforts. We would also like to acknowledge and thank our partners within the World Bank Group and externally who make it possible to fulfill our mission. Through your collaboration and support, we are helping WBG families thrive in our communities all over the world.

 

Marie-Noelle

Marie-Noelle Sinou Taillandier

  • WBFN President for FY20
  • French native. Fluent in English 
  • Engineer, M.S., Founder and CEO of Amakima, LLC. PMP (Project Management Professional) certified. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programation) certified.
  • Draws from her 19+ years of experience in complex project and contract management 
  • Has an active lifestyle, likes hiking, travel and meeting new people and considers relocation to the US a new life adventure
  • To function, needs a regular shot of expresso, some cheese, dancing, and laughing with friends
Padmini Mahurkar

Padmini Mahurkar

  • WBFN President of Operations FY20
  • With extensive relocation experiences in London, Tokyo, New York, Manila and Mumbai, she believes strongly in WBFN’s mission 
  • Acquired Certification in Cultural training recently to aid her in the task of welcoming new families into DC 
  • Holds a Masters in Economics and a Masters in Finance 
  • Has taught Economics and Finance in Mumbai, Tokyo and New York; worked as an Economist in Manila. 
  • Runs a free school for young children in India 
Suzana Barroso

Suzana Barroso

  • WBFN Secretary for FY20
  • Ph.D. engineer with much experience in conducting independent and data-driven research in petroleum engineering and managing projects and teams 
  • Brazilian 
  • WBFN volunteer with the Knowledge Management Team 
  • Creative, tech-savvy, dynamic, problem solver with excellent organizational skills 
  • Interests include Knowledge Management, Data Science, wine, food, kids and travel 
Priscil Tscouk Ibounda

Priscil Tscouk Ibounda

  • WBFN Member at Large for FY20
  • Gabon and France Nationalities, fluent in French and with good English skills.
  • Hold a MA in Economics with a major in International Financial Relations and a Postgraduate degree in International Business Law.
  • 20 years work experience in a French International banking group includes Credit Risk Control and monitoring, Financial analysis and working on business improvement processes.
  • Involved in a local community outreach program taking care of homeless women in the US.
Regina Toth

Regina Toth

  • WBFN Member at Large FY20
  • Joined the World Bank Family Network shortly after arriving in Washington D.C. in March 2017. Since then, has been actively participating in the work of the Welcoming Team, and acting as its administrator since January 2018Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary and a solid financial background
  • Has 20 years experience in business planning, budgeting, financial analysis and management reporting in an international environment, in life insurance and pension fund industries
  • Native language is Hungarian, and also speaks English fluently 
ASHIKUR RAHMAN

Ashikur Rahman

  • WBFN Member at Large for FY20
  • An experienced marketing and communications professional, working in communications and brand management for almost all his 13+ year career. He has worked in senior management positions in multinationals such as Unilever, Telenor/Grameenphone and Marico – with top and bottom-line responsibility for businesses, brands and projects. 
  • At WBFN, he has volunteered for the Social Media and Marketing Teams, and in coordinating the Communication Program 
  • Has an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business and is a Beta Gamma Sigma honor society member
MAHFUZA HAI

Mahfuza Hai

  • WBFN Member at Large for FY20
  • Co-leader of the WBFN Health Professional Group: 2017 - 2018 
  • Reviewed, edited and prepared content for publication on WBFN Facebook and LinkedIn as part of the WBFN Social Media Team from 2016 to date 
  • MMEG Selection Committee member: 2017 - 2018 
  • Licensed Physician from Bangladesh. Specialized as a general internist during residency 
  • Extensive relocation knowledge and diverse experience having lived in 4 countries and 3 regions 
  • Currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya and enjoys exploring nature through photography and travel ​
DOMINIQUE BRULE

Dominique Brule

  • WBFN Member at Large for FY20
  • Over 20 years of professional experience as an economist. Before arriving in the US, was working for 3 French State Agencies dedicated to the development and improvement of agriculture in France, providing economic analysis and implementing European Union programs 
  • Particularly appreciates teamwork and working on projects 
  • Also generates value in data management, bridging data with analysis, presenting information in a clear and transparent manner ​
JULIEN MOREL

Julien Morel

  • WBFN Member at Large for FY20
  • French native. Fluent in English, Proficient in Spanish and some notions of German 
  • Engineer, M.Sc. In Project Finance and Structured Finance, Ph.D. in Applied Physics 
  • 10 years experience in the French Public Sector and more recently in International Development 
  • Has professional interests in transport infrastructure and service development and financing as well as Public-Private Partnerships 
  • Outside of work, enjoys family time, friends, climbing and playing music 
BEVERLY BRAR

Beverly Brar

  • WBFN Member at Large for FY20
  • Beverly Brar grew up in Kent, UK, but, New Delhi, India has been home since 1985. 
  • Holds a degree in History and French from Oxford University, UK; an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Boston, USA
  • Over 20 years development experience working with the UN in South Asia and Africa 
  • Has three adult children 
  • Has accompanied her husband on WB postings in DC, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
  • Active in WBFN since her first stay in DC in 2004 – 2006, particularly in the Teen Program, from which the TSP grew, and on the MMEG Selection Committee.​
Ujwal Chatrath

Ujwal Chatrath

  • WBFN Member at Large for FY20
  • CPA (US), CMA(US), Chartered Accountant (India) and a Bachelors in Commerce, with 15 years experience across 3 continents with large Multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Nokia, Capgemini, Honda in areas of Business Planning & Analysis, Project Management, Product Pricing & Rebate Strategy and Business Process Improvement.
  • Enjoys partnering with business managers to drive strategic objectives and mentoring colleagues within multicultural settings​
Aline Maluhy

Aline Maluhy

  • WBFN Nominating Chair FY20
  • WBFN Volunteer with Social Media, Health and Volunteer Engagement Teams and special events like Children’s Holiday Party, Picnics, Get Together, Teen Summer Program and Open House 
  • Physiotherapist and acupuncturist for more than 10 years, working in public hospitals and a health insurance company.
  • Brazilian native, fluent in Portuguese and English 
  • Experience in spine rehabilitation, posture alignment, back pain, individual and group sessions and health scientific research 
  • Ehrenfried Method (Holistic Gymnastics) certified 
  • Very communicative, loves people and to help others, likes to be in nature and any kind of art and expression 
  • Nowadays, learning the ability to be a mom for the first time ​

 

VICTORIA VISHNIAKOVA

Victoria Vishniakova

  • WBFN Nominating Committee FY20
  • Russian national who has been participating in many volunteer projects in the WBFN 
  • Pharmacist with extensive pharmaceutical sales experience 
  • Helped lead the Health Professional Group for the last 2 years 
ADITI SADIA RAHMAN

Aditi Sadia Rahman

  • WBFN Nominating Committee FY20
  • Bangladeshi, relocated in Washington D.C. in 2011, active volunteer in WBFN. 
  • Engaged with the Evaluation Team in the preparation of survey questionnaires, analyses and writing reports on findings to evaluate WBFN activities. 
  • Statistical and Research analyst professional. Masters in Statistical Science with Graduate Data Analytics Certificate from George Mason University. 
  • Understands systems, data flows, and architecture to assist with the creation and/or standardization of technology solutions. Skilled in data-driven, results-oriented investigation, with the ability to quickly analyze data and make decisions that drive performance. Proficient with data mining tools such as SAS, STATA, R, Python. Utilizes statistical techniques to develop analytic insights and informed recommendations. 
  • 8 years’ experience teaching Mathematics and Statistics​

 

Marie-Noelle

Marie-Noelle Sinou Taillandier

  • WBFN President for FY19
  • French native. Fluent in English 
  • Engineer, M.S., Founder and CEO of Amakima, LLC. PMP (Project Management Professional) certified. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programation) certified.
  • Draws from her 19+ years of experience in complex project and contract management 
  • Has an active lifestyle, likes hiking, travel and meeting new people and considers relocation to the US a new life adventure
  • To function, needs a regular shot of expresso, some cheese, dancing, and laughing with friends
Loubna Djemame

Loubna Djemame

  • President Operations FY19, and WBFN Professional Development group coordinator FY16
  • Algerian-Canadian, Fluent in French and English 
  • Master’s Degree in Drug Development
  • 8 Years experience in regulatory affairs, clinical research and R&D (Biotechnology)
  • Consistent team player, strong client orientation and leadership
Lorenzo Alia

Lorenzo Alia

  • WBFN Volunteer in Project Management for CHP, TSP, PDP Thematic Sessions
  • Italian national, fluent in Italian and English
  • Masters Degree in Engineering and Masters in Business Administration
  • Program and Project Manager, PMP certified, with 14 years experience in the provision of consultancy and IT solutions to worldwide clients in the naval and air navigation industries 
  • Expert on business development in international markets and Customer Relationship Management
Shobhana Verghese

Shobhana Verghese

  • WBFN Secretary for FY19, TSP Volunteer, Volunteer Engagement Team
  • Indian citizen, fluent in English and Hindi
  • Masters in English Literature, Fellowship at University of Cambridge, UK, Bachelor’s in Education
  • Extensive experience and strategic leadership skills in the education space and Founder Principal of multinational, multi-cultural, dual curricula K-12 school in the UAE
  • Consultant in quality assurance practices, school improvement and leadership development
Georgine Ahmad

Georgine Ahmad

  • WBFN Longtime Volunteer since 1987 of Welcoming Team, Children Holiday Party, Teen Summer Program, Nominating Chair, Vice President of Margaret McNamara Educational Grant, Co-Chair of Arts & Crafts Fair
  • Dutch National, fluent in English, Dutch, French
  • Attended University of Amsterdam with work experience in the Netherlands, UK, France and Australia 
  • Business Owner and Realtor
Sury Suryati

Sury Suryati​

  • WBFN Volunteer Coordinator 2015, Executive Committee FY16, Nominating Chair FY17, CHP FY15 & FY16 Coordinator, TSP Volunteer
  • Singaporean national, fluent in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia. 
  • Holds a BSc in Economics and an MA in International Business
  • Experienced Wealth Manager of High Net-worth clients; Business Owner of a client /event based industry with excellent organizational skills

 

 

Gisele Youmbi

Giselle Youmbi

  • WBFN: Professional Development Program Coordinator, Nominating Committee Member, Book Project and MMEG Volunteer
  • National of Cameroon, fluent in English, French and Italian
  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology
  • Areas of expertise: health care systems, pharmacy operations, pharmaceutical regulations and management of medical research projects with international experience
  • Active in community development projects with an emphasis on public health, gender-based violence prevention, and education
Youmna Badr

Youmna Badr

  • WBFN Youth and Special Events Volunteer since 2014 for Children Holiday Party, Open House, Welcoming Team and other major successful events
  • Egyptian national, fluent in English and Arabic
  • B.Sc. in Economics and Political Science
  • Dedicated, full time mother and very active volunteer in charities and sponsorship of orphanages 
  • Team worker with excellent organizational skills
Alexandra Alba

Alexandra Alba

  • WBFN Editor since 2014
  • Canadian national fluent in English and Spanish
  • BA Honors English Literature and MS in Sociolinguistics
  • Areas of work experience: advertising, teaching English as a second language, librarianship and editing
  • 30+ years of extensive and rich experience as a WBG spouse who has relocated three times
Priscil Tscouk Ibounda

Priscil Tscouk Ibounda

  • Gabon and France Nationalities, fluent in French and with good English skills.
  • Hold a MA in Economics with a major in International Financial Relations and a Postgraduate degree in International Business Law.
  • 20 years work experience in a French International banking group includes Credit Risk Control and monitoring, Financial analysis and working on business improvement processes.
  • Involved in a local community outreach program taking care of homeless women in the US.
Claudia Alvarez

Claudia Alvarez

  • WBFN member since 2003, Worldwide Team member
  • National of Columbia, fluent in English, French and Spanish
  • Industrial Engineer with Masters in Agribusiness Administration
  • Work experience includes a nonprofit organization where she took charge of all financial, administrative, marketing and fundraising work; volunteers in different organizations and is also a French and Spanish Tutor
  • Relocated several times as WBG spouse, y posted in India since 2012
Padmini Mahurkar

Padmini Mahurkar

  • ​WBFN Welcoming Committee since 2015, MMEG selection committee
  • Indian national, fluent in English and Hindi
  • Holds a Masters in Economics and a Masters in Finance. Certification in Cultural training 
  • Taught Economics and Finance in Mumbai, Tokyo and New York and worked as an Economist in Manila, during her several relocations
  • Runs a free school for young children in India

 

GULIRA ALIEVA

Gulira Alieva

  • Kyrgyz national and healthcare professional with diverse experience in public & private sectors and extensive knowledge in the healthcare sector, primarily in developing countries, in policy development and implementation and analytical research.
  • Project management, leadership, and training skills. Holds a healthcare MBA from the George Washington University.
  • As a WBFN volunteer, Gulira has been an instrumental in setting up a Health Professionals Group in 2012 within the Family Network Professional Development Program, where she remains an active member.
  • Currently, she serves as a Senior Advisor to the Family Network’s EC.
  • She is looking forward to substantially contributing towards further and successful development of the WBFN.
Laila Azoor

Laila Azoor

  • WBFN volunteer since 2015 in the Welcoming Team, Children Holiday Party, and other Office events
  • Sri Lankan national fluent in English
  • Holding a bachelor’s in Business Management
  • Interests include editing and writing, reading and playing table tennis

 

Loubna Djemame

Loubna Djemame

  • President Operations FY19, and WBFN Professional Development group coordinator FY16
  • Algerian-Canadian, Fluent in French and English 
  • Master’s Degree in Drug Development
  • 8 Years experience in regulatory affairs, clinical research and R&D (Biotechnology)
  • Consistent team player, strong client orientation and leadership
Lorenzo Alia

Lorenzo Alba

  • WBFN Volunteer in Project Management for CHP, TSP, PDP Thematic Sessions
  • Italian national, fluent in Italian and English
  • Masters Degree in Engineering and Masters in Business Administration
  • Program and Project Manager, PMP certified, with 14 years experience in the provision of consultancy and IT solutions to worldwide clients in the naval and air navigation industries
  • Expert on business development in international markets and Customer Relationship Management
Shobhana Verghese

Shobhana Verghese

  • WBFN Secretary for FY18, TSP Volunteer, Volunteer Engagement Team
  • Indian citizen, fluent in English and Hindi
  • Masters in English Literature, Fellowship at University of Cambridge, UK, Bachelor’s in Education
  • Extensive experience and strategic leadership skills in the education space and Founder Principal of multinational, multi-cultural, dual curricula K-12 school in the UAE
  • Consultant in quality assurance practices, school improvement and leadership development
Georgine Ahmad

Georgine Ahmad

  • WBFN Longtime Volunteer since 1987 of Welcoming Team, Children Holiday Party, Teen Summer Program, Nominating Chair, Vice President of Margaret McNamara Educational Grant, Co-Chair of Arts & Crafts Fair
  • Dutch National, fluent in English, Dutch, French
  • Attended University of Amsterdam with work experience in the Netherlands, UK, France and Australia
  • Business Owner and Realtor
Sury Suryati

Sury Suryati

  • WBFN Volunteer Coordinator 2015, Executive Committee FY16, Nominating Chair FY17, CHP FY15 & FY16 Coordinator, TSP Volunteer
  • Singaporean national, fluent in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia.
  • Holds a BSc in Economics and an MA in International Business
  • Experienced Wealth Manager of High Net-worth clients; Business Owner of a client /event based industry with excellent organizational skills

 

 

Gisele Youmbi

Gisele Youmbi

  • WBFN: Professional Development Program Coordinator, Nominating Committee Member, Book Project and MMEG Volunteer
  • National of Cameroon, fluent in English, French and Italian
  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology
  • Areas of expertise: health care systems, pharmacy operations, pharmaceutical regulations and management of medical research projects with international experience
  • Active in community development projects with an emphasis on public health, gender-based violence prevention, and education
Youmna Badr

Youmna Badr

  • WBFN Youth and Special Events Volunteer since 2014 for Children Holiday Party, Open House, Welcoming Team and other major successful events
  • Egyptian national, fluent in English and Arabic
  • B.Sc. in Economics and Political Science
  • Dedicated, full time mother and very active volunteer in charities and sponsorship of orphanages
  • Team worker with excellent organizational skills
Alexandra Alba

Alexandra Alba

  • WBFN Editor since 2014
  • Canadian national fluent in English and Spanish
  • BA Honors English Literature and MS in Sociolinguistics
  • Areas of work experience: advertising, teaching English as a second language, librarianship and editing
  • 30+ years of extensive and rich experience as a WBG spouse who has relocated three times
Philippe Ruellan

Philippe Ruellan

  • WBFN Volunteer since 2015 in the Social Media Team and IT Professional Group
  • French national, fluent in French and English
  • Master's degree in International Marketing
  • 15 years' experience as digital marketing professional who worked at the interface of customer relations, business sales and digital services
  • Experience in modernizing company customer service functions through web platforms, smart TV applications and other digital services
Marie-Noelle Sinou Taillandier

Marie-Noelle Sinou Taillandier

  • French native. Fluent in English
  • Engineer, M.S., Founder and CEO of Amakima, LLC. PMP (Project Management Professional) certified. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programation) certified.
  • Draws from her 19+ years of experience in complex project and contract management
  • Has an active lifestyle, likes hiking, travel and meeting new people and considers relocation to the US a new life adventure
  • To function, needs a regular shot of expresso, some cheese, dancing, and laughing with friends
Claudia Alvarez

Claudia Alvarez

  • WBFN member since 2003, Worldwide Team member
  • National of Columbia, fluent in English, French and Spanish
  • Industrial Engineer with Masters in Agribusiness Administration
  • Work experience includes a nonprofit organization where she took charge of all financial, administrative, marketing and fundraising work; volunteers in different organizations and is also a French and Spanish Tutor
  • Relocated several times as WBG spouse, y posted in India since 2012
Padmini Mahurkar

Padmini Makurkar

  • ​WBFN Welcoming Committee since 2015, MMEG selection committee
  • Indian national, fluent in English and Hindi
  • Holds a Masters in Economics and a Masters in Finance. Certification in Cultural training
  • Taught Economics and Finance in Mumbai, Tokyo and New York and worked as an Economist in Manila, during her several relocations
  • Runs a free school for young children in India
Lorraine Fremond

Lorraine Fremond

  • WBFN long time volunteer since 1996, Welcoming Team, International Cuisine Team Lead, Nominating Committee FY17
  • UK National, fluent in English and French
  • Worked in Washington at Georgetown Hospital in the Patient Relations Department, organizing volunteers, translations and dealing with patient inquiries
  • Vice President of the International Group of Libreville, and worked as an ESL teacher in Benin at the French School
  • Relocated several times as a WBG spouse
Laila Azoor

Laila Azoor

  • WBFN volunteer since 2015 in the Welcoming Team, Children Holiday Party, and other Office events
  • Sri Lankan national fluent in English
  • Holding a bachelor’s in Business Management
  • Interests include editing and writing, reading and playing table tennis