This is the first in a short series of informal online careers events hosted by Kristin van Zwieten, the new Associate Dean for Equality and Diversity, designed to mark International Women’s Day 2021.

Career Conversations with Antonia Menezes

The Career conversations series will provide an opportunity for Oxford Law students to meet informally with women with law backgrounds working in senior roles in a range of careers.

The first speaker in the series is Antonia Menezes, Senior Financial Sector Specialist in the World Bank Group, who has worked on finance related law reform projects in more than 50 countries (full bio below). In the first part of the one hour event, Kristin will put some questions to the speaker regarding her work in financial sector development, and work in this field more generally at the World Bank and elsewhere, and then all students present will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.

The event will take place on Friday, 12 March, at 7 pm (GMT). You must register in advance. 


Antonia Menezes is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist with the Insolvency & Debt Resolution Team of the World Bank Group based in Washington D.C. The focus of her work is providing technical assistance and advice to governments on insolvency and debt resolution reforms, including legal aspects of NPL management, with a particular emphasis on work in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. 

Antonia has published widely in the field of insolvency and represents the World Bank Group at Working Group V (Insolvency) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).  She is also a Co-Chair of the World Bank Group Insolvency & Creditor/Debtor Regimes (ICR) Task Force, which is responsible for testing and evaluating the effectiveness of the World Bank Group ICR Principles.  She is one of the founders of the World Bank-INSOL International Judicial Insolvency Program.

Antonia is a Member of the International Insolvency Institute, a 2014 INSOL International Fellow and sits on the INSOL Fellow’s Cross-Border Insolvency Committee.  She also sits on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Insolvency, Restructuring, Entrepreneurship Law and Policy.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Antonia was a UK-qualified solicitor at two leading international law firms in Paris and London. She holds an LLM from McGill University and an LLB from the London School of Economics & Political Science.