Board of Directors

Andre Barlow, Treasurer

Andre Barlow, a Partner at Doyle, Barlow & Mazard LLP, focuses on all aspects of Antitrust, International Trade and Hospitality Law.

A seasoned antitrust attorney, Mr. Barlow has extensive experience in antitrust enforcement matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and state enforcement agencies, as well as in complex commercial litigation involving the federal and state antitrust laws and other commercial matters, and represents clients in investigations by federal and state antitrust regulatory agencies. Mr. Barlow represents clients in investigations by federal and state antitrust regulatory agencies and advises clients on issues related to mergers, and premerger notifications both inside and outside the United States. Mr. Barlow also counsels clients in complex white collar criminal cases relating to antitrust conspiracies. He has extensive experience in internal investigations and advising on compliance programs.

In addition to his antitrust practice, Mr. Barlow represents domestic and international clients with respect to anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations. Mr. Barlow also addresses the legal needs of a number of businesses in the hospitality industry, such as retail stores, restaurants and similar establishments.

Mr. Barlow was formerly a trial attorney with Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and previously an economist with the Foreign Agricultural Service of the Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Barlow received his J.D. from George Washington University, his MA from George Mason University and his BA from West Virginia University. He and his wife, Christina, live in Northern Virginia with their three daughters. They are dedicated to the well-being of their children as well as that of youth in general and have volunteered their time to mentor adolescent girls improve life and academic skills. Mr. Barlow has coached youth and middle school girls’ basketball in the Northern Virginia area and has provided administrative support to various girls’ soccer teams.

Soham Banerji, Secretary

Soham Banerji is an experienced international development and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) professional at Dexis Consulting in Washington DC. He provides innovative analytical M&E support to project teams and clients such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State (DOS), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), on the impact of development assistance programs worldwide.

Prior to Dexis, Mr. Banerji served as the Project Manager and Research Analyst for USAID’s Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP) for the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment (E3). He has assisted with inclusive growth diagnostics and evaluations in Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Macedonia and has implemented an electronic real-time tablet based population survey in Liberia.

Additionally, Mr. Banerji has significant experience in communication and social media strategy and implementation, efforts he leads in Anka Rising. He holds a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Macalester College in Minnesota.

Banu Demiralp, Chair

Banu Demiralp is the Co-Founder and President of Anka Rising (“Anka”). In her capacity as Chair of the Board of Directors and the President of Anka, Ms. Demiralp leads the organization’s programmatic work and its strategic operations. Ms. Demiralp’s research in modern-day slavery includes the effects of clear and concise anti-modern-day slavery corporate policy and practices on the reduction of slavery; and the impacts of shuttle trading in developing and post-conflict economies on human trafficking.

Ms. Demiralp is the Vice President of Operations and Global Membership Liaison at the World Future Society (“WFS”). She is responsible for all aspects of daily and strategic operations of the WFS as well as supporting relationships, outreach and development of the organization’s global membership. Prior to joining WFS, she served in the development department of a global nonprofit, assisting in member-relations of high-level donors, and as an international trade and development consultant. An analyst with over 10 years of experience, her selective work includes assistance in anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, U.S. customs matters, as well as monitoring and evaluation of foreign investment and international development projects, particularly in developing economies. Ms. Demiralp is also the founder and CEO of a consulting company offering research analysis services to public and private enterprises.

Ms. Demiralp received her M.S. in Peace Operations Policy from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy and her B.A. in History from Hope College, and is a member of the Women in International Trade. Contact at bdemiralp@ankarising.org.

Berna Demiralp

Berna Demiralp is the Executive President and Director of Research at BD2, LLC, a small policy research and analysis firm. She leads the BD2’s research portfolio focused on program evaluation and data analysis services for the public and private sector. Dr. Demiralpis an applied micro-economist with expertise in labor and demographic economics. Her research interests include entrepreneurship and small business growth, regional economic development, occupational choice and asymmetric information in the labor market. She has led evaluations of initiatives and projects by state and federal agencies, including the Small Business Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Demiralp is also a lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University’s Masters in Applied Economics Program. Dr. Demiralphas previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Old Dominion University, where her research received funding from the Old Dominion University Summer Research Fellowship and Michigan Retirement and Research Center. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including European Economic Review, Journal of Macroeconomics, Eastern Economic Review and Journal of Economics and Finance. Dr. Demiralp is a staunch advocate of human and animal rights. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. from Davidson College.