Biography of Ann McAllister Olivarius
The British-American lawyer Ann McAllister Olivarius, was born in 1955 in Brooklyn, New York. During 1972, she studied at Piura, Peru as an AFS exchange student and became conversant in Spanish.
Ann Olivarius continued to attend Yale College, graduating summa cum laude in 1977 and during her years at Yale, established an Undergraduate Women’s Caucus involving activism for human rights, in particular equalising the position of women at Yale. During her junior year, Olivarius gained work experience by acting as an intern for the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States. In 1978 Olivarius was awarded one of only 32 American Rhodes Scholarships available.
At Oxford, Ann Olivarius completed a doctorate in Economics, analysing worker-owned high technology firms and was awarded the Nuffield prize. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) honoured her for this outstanding research. Olivarius served as a Governor of Manchester College and, while on assignment to the International law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, was instrumental in drafting the early arbitration rules which later outlined London as the main centre for international dispute resolution. Ann Olivarius became the first person to complete the Yale Law School joint JD-MBA Five year programme in only three years, with honours.
In March 1977, Ann Olivarius drafted a report on the Status of Women at Yale at the request of the Yale Corporation. She presented detailed accounts of sexual assault and rape, seeking a system through which complaints of this magnitude could be lodged and dealt with.
Ann Olivarius held several senior positions, including head of Shearman & Sterling’s corporate practice in Washington D.C. and CEO, General Council and Executive Director of Scientific Programs at the Sarnoff Endowment