M.A., Economics, Georgetown University, 1985
B.S.F.S., International Economics, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1979
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An economist with Nathan for 27 years, Jaleen Moroney has spent the last 21 working in Egypt on USAID and World Bank projects. Her current and previous two projects were devoted to improving Egypt’s system of intellectual property protection: Intellectual Property Rights Assistance (IPRA), Technical Assistance for Intellectual Property Rights in Egypt (TIPRE), and Strengthen Intellectual Property Rights in Egypt (SIPRE).
Through these projects, Ms. Moroney has helped the Government of Egypt improve the legal and regulatory framework for IPR, adopt and implement a new IPR Law, modernize industrial property offices, and train Egyptians working in industrial property offices. These projects also heightened public awareness, greatly reduced that amount of time it takes to register a mark or design, and installed trademark search software that has since been adopted by the World Intellectual Property Organization for use in other Arabic-speaking countries.
Ms. Moroney believes that the biggest accomplishment of these projects was turning around media coverage of intellectual property from highly negative to almost uniformly positive. Public opinion changed from viewing intellectual property rights as an evil forced on Egypt to recognizing them as useful tools from which Egyptians can benefit. This change in opinion is evident among not only IPR stakeholders, but also university students and the average person on the street.
When Ms. Moroney came to Cairo in 1984, she advised the Ministry for Public Works and Water Resources on economic issues and computer-assisted analysis of irrigation projects. She worked almost continuously on related ministry projects for many years. Her work enabled the ministry to conduct independent feasibility studies for irrigation projects, and established farmers’ associations to speak for small Egyptian farmers and provide access to loans for community activities. Before moving to Egypt, Ms. Moroney worked with copyright licensing organizations in the United States.
Much of Ms. Moroney’s early work for Nathan Associates involved designing, conducting, and analyzing surveys; conducting cost-benefit and impact analysis; developing macroeconomic models; and designing and implementing formal and on-the-job training programs.
Consumer Protection, Development Economics, Economic Policy, Institutional Development and Capacity Building, Intellectual Property Rights
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