Nicola advises governments, parliaments, civil society organizations and other key stakeholders on legal, policy and institutional reform in the extractive sector through technical assistance, capacity development trainings, research and analysis. She also provides strategic direction and plays a leadership role in the organization’s line of work on legislation, regulation and licensing in the extractive sector.

Prior to joining NRGI, Nicola worked as a consultant at the World Bank, where she contributed papers, presentations and legal analysis to advise countries in central and southeast Africa on governance and management of extractive industries. She also worked as an associate at the international law firm Hogan Lovells, where she advised clients on corporate and securities law. In her pro bono work there, she supported the International Senior Lawyers Project in advising African governments on mining and agricultural concession agreements.

Nicola has a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. At Harvard, she received a Chayes International Public Service Fellowship to work in the trial chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She also served as a legal intern for the deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda. She has been admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.