Imrana Jalal

Board Member

United States

Imrana Jalal is the World Bank Inspection Panel’s Chair, one of 3 members. A New Zealand educated lawyer, and an Australian educated gender specialist and development practitioner, Jalal joined the IPN in 2018. Jalal is a Fiji national. Immediately prior to becoming a Panel Member, Jalal was a principal social development and gender specialist for the Asian Development Bank, Manila, where she gained an intimate knowledge of multilateral development bank operations in various sectors. Jalal was a commissioner from 1999-2001 on the initial Fiji Human Rights Commission, the first of its kind in the Pacific Island countries. She is a jurist commissioner on the Geneva based International Commission of Jurists and served on the Commission’s Executive Board from 2011 to 2017. Jalal was the Chief Technical Human Rights Adviser at the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team Office from 1995-2010. She is the author of the “Law for Pacific Women: A Legal Rights Handbook,” architect of the Fiji Family Law Act 2003, and a founding member of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Jalal is also a founding member of the global Muslim feminist organization, Women Living Under Muslim Law. Jalal earned a Master of Arts (Gender and Development) from the University of Sydney, Auckland, an LLB, and an LLM (Hons.) in International Law from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Imrana Jalal

Imrana Jalal is the World Bank Inspection Panel’s Chair, one of 3 members. A New Zealand educated lawyer, and an Australian educated gender specialist and development practitioner, Jalal joined the IPN in 2018. Jalal is a Fiji national. Immediately prior to becoming a Panel Member, Jalal was a principal social development and gender specialist for the Asian Development Bank, Manila, where she gained an intimate knowledge of multilateral development bank operations in various sectors. Jalal was a commissioner from 1999-2001 on the initial Fiji Human Rights Commission, the first of its kind in the Pacific Island countries. She is a jurist commissioner on the Geneva based International Commission of Jurists and served on the Commission’s Executive Board from 2011 to 2017. Jalal was the Chief Technical Human Rights Adviser at the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team Office from 1995-2010. She is the author of the “Law for Pacific Women: A Legal Rights Handbook,” architect of the Fiji Family Law Act 2003, and a founding member of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Jalal is also a founding member of the global Muslim feminist organization, Women Living Under Muslim Law. Jalal earned a Master of Arts (Gender and Development) from the University of Sydney, Auckland, an LLB, and an LLM (Hons.) in International Law from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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