Dr. Katia Yannaca-Small is a independent consultant advising on investment policy, dispute prevention and settlement and ESG matters. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, teaching International Investment Law and Arbitration and Business and Human Rights.
Previously, she practiced law with Shearman and Sterling LLP in Washington DC. She was also Senior Legal Advisor with the OECD where she held several high-profile roles on investment and trade policy, corporate social responsibility and anti-corruption. In this context, she led investment policy reviews of several Central and Easter European countries and made recommendations for the improvement of their investment climate; led the work on the main OECD instrument on CSR —the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises –and on the OECD anti-Bribery Convention. Dr. Yannaca-Small also served as Senior Counsel with the World Bank where she was a member of the World Bank’s expert consultative group of the project Investing Across Borders.
She is a graduate of the University of Athens with two master’s degrees from the University of Paris I-Pantheon Sorbonne, a diploma in Public Administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in France and a diploma on ESG and Sustainable Capitalism from Berkeley Law School.