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Kezia Paladina, Legal Associate - Legal Department - AIIB

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank focused on developing Asia, but with members from all over the world. Our investments in infrastructure and other productive sectors seek to foster sustainable economic development, create wealth and improve infrastructure connectivity. 

Kezia works in the Legal Department of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) which provides, among others, legal services related to AIIB's lending and equity investment operations. Before joining AIIB, Kezia was a Consultant at the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency. While in Jakarta, Kezia was an associate at Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono, working on land, investment, and general corporate matters. Kezia holds an LLB from Universitas Indonesia and an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law. She is from Indonesia.

Kezia Paladina, Legal Associate - Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

  1. What is your background prior to joining AIIB?

 I worked at a law firm in Jakarta for approximately a year before moving to New York to pursue my LLM in International Legal Studies. I’ve always been passionate about international law and development, so throughout my law school days, I engaged in different research projects and activities that enabled me to enhance my knowledge of these fields. While at NYU, I had the opportunity to join the World Bank as an International Finance and Development Fellow. After the fellowship ended, I continued to work as a consultant with their Legal Vice Presidency, working primarily on initiatives on gender equality and access to justice. 

  1. How did you find out about AIIB and what motivated you to apply?

While working at the World Bank, I became more familiar with the work of other multilateral development banks (MDBs), including AIIB. I was particularly interested in working with the AIIB due to its regional character, how new it is compared to other MDBs and its location in China. I was excited to learn from and with an MDB that is in its early stages of growth and for the chance to witness and be a part of its development. Last but not least, I was intrigued by the Legal Associates Program. The rotation program it offers means I would have the unique opportunity to experience and learn from the work being carried out by different teams at the Legal Department.

  1. Describe your typical workday. What projects are you working on right now?

 My first rotation was with the Sovereign-Backed Financing team where we reviewed and analyzed project documents, identified legal issues, drafted agreements, and attended negotiations. We also did research and discussed with LEG colleagues and mentors how to address unique legal matters. Currently, I am working with the Non-Sovereign-Backed Financing and Finance team, where I work more with projects involving the private sector. In both units, learning is a key part of my day-to-day activities. Aside from reviewing the Bank’s policies to understand how they are applied and how they link to each other, we also learn from the training provided by LEG and the Bank. Working with both teams has undoubtedly enriched my knowledge of the operational work of MDBs.

  1. From your perspective, what set of skills do you find valuable for your current work at the Bank? Any tips you can share with potential applicants who are considering joining AIIB?

I think the ability to identify legal issues and risks is a valuable skill to have in the Legal Department. An equally essential skill is the ability to communicate, both through writing and orally, in a way that is clear and addresses the concerns of our counterparts. I also think it’s important to be open to different ideas, approaches, and experiences, especially in a new and diverse environment.

 

  1. How has your Beijing experience been so far? (e.g., challenges, interesting finds, cultural experiences, food, etc.) 

I’ve found Beijing fascinating. There are so many things and places to explore. It can be a bit challenging as I don’t speak the language, but the Bank’s free Chinese classes have provided a helpful primer and some guidance. One of the loveliest things I’ve rediscovered here is my passion for creative writing and poetry, and it’s been a lot of fun participating in the poetry events and such that have been held here in Beijing. 

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