(Argentina and the United States
Analía Marsella is a specialist in international and comparative law, fundamental rights, democracy, and sustainable development, as well as a professional linguist, with over 25 years of legal, linguistic, and business experience. She held positions in both the public and private sectors, including intergovernmental organizations and multinational Fortune 500 corporations and taught at prestigious academic institutions, such as Columbia University. Analía is experienced in providing creative legal solutions, designing complex diplomatic missions, developing technical proposals and funding requests for public interest projects, launching and managing multi-million dollar projects and business lines, recruiting and training human resources, planning and implementing marketing campaigns, designing and conducting capacity building activities, and in providing prime quality language services.
Currently serving as IESD’s CEO and Director of Rule of Law, Fundamental Rights, and Global Governance, Analía had joined Transcarbon International, Architects of Sustainability, in 2011 as the Advisor on Public Interest initiatives and on the Latin American and the Caribbean region and later undertook the role of General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. In that position, she redesigned Transcarbon’s original concept and corporate identity as a traditional for-profit company, radically transforming its organizational strategy and structure and turning it into a gender-balanced private organization serving public interest that operates in the capacity of institutional representative of an international association of highly qualified affiliated consultants.
In time, Analia built a diverse team of experts who share the same values and are strongly committed to human development by addressing poverty, climate change and environmental impact. Considering the indivisibility of human rights and the fact that all fundamental rights are interdependent and interrelated, it became necessary to expand the scope of work to cover projects that primarily involve issues such as discrimination, inequality, injustice, corruption, democracy and the management of natural resources. Now she coordinates and supervises the work of IESD’s global team of over thirty-five affiliated consultants.
Among some professional highlights, Analía served as Project Manager, Lead Legal Expert, and Spanish-English Linguist, managing all aspects of Transcarbon-IESD’s Assignment for the World Bank Group (WBG)’s global project “Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE)” in 2015-2018. Also, she designed and implemented Transcarbon’s Corporate Social Responsibility policies and action plan, as well as its global communication strategy and project development plan for 2012-2018, while broadening the scope of available expertise through recruitment processes worldwide. Additionally, she identified suitable partners among private sector, public sector, voluntary sector, and civil society entities with presence in strategic locations, and drafted, negotiated, and concluded collaboration agreements necessary to enhance Transcarbon’s geographical coverage. Furthermore, she planned several international missions to explore energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy access project opportunities worldwide, in the context of climate change mitigation efforts and initiatives for the promotion of sustainable development practices.
In parallel, as an Independent Consultant, Analía contributes to specific projects involving comparative legal and policy analysis and those requiring special communication skills, issuing recommendations on legal matters and policy design, and developing communication strategies. She carried out several projects that required strong research and analytical skills, conducting in-person interviews for data collection and fact-finding purposes, as well as the drafting of high quality reports. She has rendered services to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Office of the Permanent Observer for The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) to the United Nations (UN), International IDEA’s Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, and private sector entities. Among other assignments, she has provided legal support to the negotiation, implementation, and execution of collaboration agreements with the UN, its programs and agencies, the Organization of American States (OAS), and other partner institutions, produced reports and project evaluations, and managed the launching of International IDEA’s project Supporting Democratic Transition and Consolidation in Haiti. Also, she wrote a report with Recommendations to Strengthen the Quality Control and Monitoring of Fortified Foods in Bolivia, in the framework of the Multisectoral Zero Malnutrition Program. Previously, she worked for the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the United States of America and, as a Legislative Analyst and International Law Adviser at the National Congress in Argentina, she authored a Bill of Rights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People and issued Recommendations on the Domestic Implementation of the Rome Statute.
Among other awards and distinctions received in recognition of academic excellence, Analía is a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, holding a Master of Laws’ (LL.M.) degree and The Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law from Columbia University (United States of America), a Professional degree as a Lawyer (J.D., Abogada) summa cum laude, a Certificate of Specialization in Public International Law, a Professional Degree in Legal Translation German-Spanish (Traductora Pública), and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Buenos Aires Law School (Argentina), and a Certificate of Completion of the Munich University Summer Training in European and German Law from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, LMU Munich (Germany) for which she was awarded a study grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She is a Member of the Federal District Bar Association (CPACF) and the Federal District Professional Association of Sworn Translators (CPTCBA) of Argentina, as well as of the American Translators Association (ATA) in the United States.
A national of Argentina and the United States of America, she is a Spanish native speaker, fluent in English, proficient in German, with an intermediate knowledge of French, and a basic working knowledge of Portuguese.