M. Mercedes Stickler is a Senior Land Administration Specialist in the Africa Region of the World Bank, where she leads analytical work and supports Client governments to design and supervise investment operations that strengthen land governance. Previously, she led the Land Policy Reform for Agricultural Transformation in India Study and the World Bank’s agricultural land policy dialogue in India. Ms. Stickler has over 13 years of experience in the land sector, including seven years leading multi-sectoral teams to deliver investment operations, policy research, and advisory services at the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Resources Institute. Ms. Stickler has led the design and supervision of customary land registration operations leveraging low-cost, participatory technologies in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Myanmar, and Zambia and led land-related research in Cambodia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. She co-authored a World Bank book on land governance and responsible agricultural investment and has authored numerous papers on land governance, climate-smart agriculture, and resource management in India and sub-Saharan Africa.