Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo is the Global Disability Advisor for the World Bank Group. Her work at the Bank focuses on disability-inclusive development under its twin goals to end poverty and promote shared prosperity. As Disability Advisor, she supports operational teams across the institution to ensure that Bank policies, programs, and projects are disability-inclusive. In 2011, as a well-respected human rights lawyer in disability and child rights, she was appointed by President Obama to lead USAID’s work on disability-inclusive development that included developing policies and country strategies to technical assistance for program implementation. Before this, she worked as a Senior Operations Officer at the World Bank in the East Asia Pacific and Africa. Earlier in her career, she was appointed by President Nelson Mandela as a Commissioner to the South African Human Rights Commission. She focused on social and economic rights, disability rights, and child rights. From 1996 to 1998, she worked for UNICEF as a Child Protection Officer. Charlotte holds multiple Law Degrees in International Law and Administration from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York. As part of her commitment to service, Charlotte sits on the board of several nonprofit organizations and is a member of the oldest Women’s Radio Collective WPFW 89.3.