Senior Regulatory Specialist, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Michael Tarazi is a Senior Regulatory Specialist at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a resource centre for microfinance that provides advisory services and information to a wide range of governments, practitioners and other stakeholders. Housed at the World Bank and funded by 33 public and private organizations, CGAP is committed to expanding poor people's access to financial services. Prior to this position, Tarazi was a Member and Legal Adviser to the Palestinian Authority Negotiation Affairs Department, providing legal advice on a wide range of permanent status issues such as refugees, Israeli settlements and Jerusalem. He regularly made appearances on CNN, NBC, ABC and the BBC. Before that, he practiced securities law in New York, Helsinki, Paris, Istanbul and Budapest. He is a Member of the New York State Bar. Tarazi earned degrees at Harvard College and Harvard Law School.