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Svati Kania Shashank

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Svati Kania Shashank is the Women's Refugee Commission's Chief Legal Officer. She provides legal advice on issues that include review of documents and policies, compliance, corporate relations, and governance. Svati has extensive experience working with international organizations, and has been committed to working with the not-for-profit sector throughout her legal career.

Before joining the Women's Refugee Commission in 2014, Svati worked with the legal department at the International Rescue Committee. She started her legal career in the United States with the New York law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP, where her work included cross-border public and private financings, debt restructurings and project development and financings. She also represented various corporations and individuals in connection with matters relating to executive compensation and employee benefits. She worked with the International Crisis Group as a consulting attorney, where she supported the General Counsel with a variety of in-house legal work, including transactional, compliance and employee benefits-related work.

Svati received her Master’s degree in Law from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her M.A. (Law) from Trinity College, Cambridge, England. Prior to studying law, Svati obtained her Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.