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Sylvana Quader Sinha

Founder, Managing Director, & CEO

I founded Praava because I saw a tremendous need for quality healthcare in Bangladesh. I believe positive, systemic change in Bangladesh's health care sector is as necessary as it is possible.

Ms. Sinha is an attorney and entrepreneur with a passion for innovative, impactful approaches to governance and international development. Ms. Sinha has over a decade of experience leading diverse, interdisciplinary teams in international law, business, development, and government relations at major international law firms, management consulting firms, the World Bank, and think tanks in the Middle East and South Asia. She has independently advised private and sovereign clients on investments, projects, and disputes in frontier markets in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. She has advised governments in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Asia on governance and legal reform, and counseled on investing to multinational and regional corporate clients; she has also moderated disputes in these and other markets on political, economic, and legal risk. Ms. Sinha also served as a foreign policy advisor to the 2008 Presidential campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama. Based out of New York City, Ms. Sinha's legal practice included Investor-State and commercial arbitrations and international litigation, including as part of the International Arbitration Group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Lovells LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP). Her clients consisted primarily of Fortune 500 companies and other multinational entities involved in disputes in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. She has particular expertise in business and human rights. She represented a Canadian oil company in litigation involving allegations of international law violations in Sudan. She also conducted research on business and human rights issues for the Special Representative to the UN Secretary General. Additionally, Ms. Sinha served as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she earned a certificate from the Parker School of Comparative and International Law. She also earned a master's degree in Public Administration / International Development from Harvard's Kennedy School and her Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in economics and philosophy from Wellesley College.