Allow me to introduce Vancouver International Trade Institute (VITI). 

Established September 2015, our core focus is academic in nature. Launched January 2017, the first issue of Vancouver Journal of International Business and Law (VJIBL), a mock, is out. The next issue is set for January 2018 as we consider a conference for September 2018. Professional services are the next target as we build out a marketplace and online forum!

Below you will find our esteemed advisors, editors and partners who have established themselves in industry and academia around the world. They bring years of accumulated knowledge and wisdom, only in search of more. We appreciate the complexities of an ever more connected world and are here to provide a platform for its recording. Mighty is the pen.

We are positioned to ride on Pacific trade discussions, and tackle some of the most difficult topics in international trade relations. Vancouver’s diversity and talent base give us a true edge over many other places. Browse our platform and join us for the ride!


Anowar Zahid

Vancouver International Trade Institute (VITI)
Dr Zahid is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - UKM (National University of Malaysia).  He received his PhD from the University of Manchester, LLM (with business law concentration) from Dalhousie University, LLB (Honours) and LLM degrees from the University of Dhaka. He also obtained a Certificate in International Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace University, New York. His area of interest in teaching and research is International Business and Islamic Law. He has widely published in various internationally acclaimed journals. At the Faculty of Law, Dr Zahid is the head of the International Trade and Development Unit, the Centre for International Law and Siyar (Islamic International Law) - CILAS. He is an advisor to the following organisations: FOCAL Research Consultants Ltd, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Loyal Law Firm, Beijing, China; and Green i Financial Technology Ltd, Malaysia.

VITI Advisory Board

Abdul Ghafur HamidProfessor Ghafur obtained his LL.B. and LL.M. in International Law Degrees from the University of Yangon, Myanmar, and his Ph.D. in Law from the International Islamic University Malaysia. He started his teaching career at the Department of Law, University of Yangon in 1972. He founded the Department of Law of the University of Mandalay in 1988 and in 1992 he returned to his alma mater, the University of Yangon. Again in 1994 he founded the Department of Law of the University of Dagon and worked there as an Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Law until 1997 when he migrated to Malaysia. He is currently Professor of Law and Coordinator of International Law and Maritime Affairs (ILMA) Research Unit of the International Islamic University Malaysia.

He is an expert in international law of the sea, maritime law and international trade law and has special research interests in carriage of goods by sea, private international law, law of international institutions, and international human rights and humanitarian law. He has completed a research project on “Reforming Laws relating to the Protection of Marine Environment in Malaysia”, granted by the Law Reform Committee of the Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia. His on-going research project is entitled: “Formulating a Legal Framework for sustaining Maritime Security in Malaysia”, a Fundamental Research Grant (FRGS) funded by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. With his more than 40 years of teaching and research experience, he has authored or edited 17 books and published numerous articles in international and refereed journals.

Professor Ghafur is a Life Member of the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), a Member of the Asian Society of International Law, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of East Asia and International Law and the Editor of the IIUM Law Journal of the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws.
Andrew McGeeAcademic since 1984 (previously practising solicitor). Professor of Law at Lancaster and then Leeds before present appointment. Barrister (Lincoln 's Inn) 1998. Member of editorial board of Professional Negligence since 1995 (case notes editor since 2010). Editor of Insurance Law and Practice 1991-94. Editor of Encyclopaedia of Insurance Law 1992-96. Legal Consultant to Insurance Ombudsman 1990-94. Member, Council of Personal Investment Authority Ombudsman Bureau 1994-2000. He was also the Law Commission Consultant for their Working Paper on Limitation of Actions (No 151). Has also taught at the Universities of Maastricht, Nancy, Trier and Uppsala.

He is also a part-time practising barrister at Kings Chambers in Manchester and Leeds specializing in Chancery Commercial work. 
Asif QureshiAsif H Qureshi is Professor of International Economic Law at the School of Law, Korea University, Korea since 2012. Prior to that, he was a Professor at the Law School, University of Manchester, UK since 1985. He is a barrister attached to Quadrant Chambers in London, UK since 1998. In 2008 he was admitted also as an Advocate member of the Sindh High Court Bar Association, Pakistan. In 2002 he was appointed by the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to be a member of the Roster of WTO Non-Governmental Panellists eligible for Panel service. He has acted as a consultant to and for various governments and international organizations in particular on WTO law including Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, Cambodia, Korea, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission, UNCTAD and the WTO.

Professor Qureshi is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law established in 2004. He has held various Visiting Professorships including at Osaka University, Japan; University of Malaya, Malaysia; University Kebangsaan, Malaysia; Fudan Law School, Fudan University, Shanghai, China; China-EU School of Law, Beijing, China; and Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing, China; and University of Lausanne in Switzerland.  In addition, he has been invited to give guest lectures in various universities globally including in Poland, US, Pakistan, Netherlands, and South Africa. He is a member of the International Law Association Committee on Sustainable Development & the Green Economy in
International Trade Law.

He has published over sixty articles/chapters in international journals, and ten books including Interpreting WTO agreements (Cambridge University Press: 2006 and 2015) and International Economic Law (Sweet and Maxwell: 1999, 2007, 2011). His work has been used and cited variously including in the work of international economic organisations and the WTO Appellate Body.

Asif Qureshi graduated from the University of London, with an LL.M and PhD from the London School of Economics, UK. In 1992 he was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School, Yale University, US.
Beth TrentBeth Trent is responsible for advancing CPR’s innovative programs and initiatives in the United States and abroad and oversees planning of CPR's Annual Meeting, regional meetings, custom programs for CPR members and development of resources and tools designed to meet members' needs to enhance their dispute resolution capabilities. In addition to her role within CPR, Beth is a member of the United States Delegation to Working Group III of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), which addresses Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), and an Observer for UNCITRAL's Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation). Beth is also a member of the United States Delegation to the UNCITRAL Commission overseeing all UNCITRAL work.

Beth comes to CPR with a broad range of experience as inside and outside counsel. She spent the first 11 years of her career as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where her work was largely focused on complex multijurisdictional matters. She was litigation counsel at both GE Capital and Schering-Plough, where she pioneered early case assessment and ran complex litigation. In her roles at both companies, Beth helped to develop and implement processes for early resolution of disputes and led teams that used ADR strategies to resolve complex disputes with federal and state entities, including DOJ, FTC and the Attorney’s General of all U.S. states and territories. Beth was also a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Corporate Governance and Compliance Risk Management practice. She has a JD from the University of Virginia and a BA from Oberlin College.

Beth has been an active member of CPR for many years and prior to joining CPR, she was a member of CPR’s Executive Advisory Committee. She is a frequent speaker and writer on systems design and complex settlements in multi-district litigations. She brings a deep knowledge and understanding of how to lower cost and improve dispute resolution through alternative processes.
Chandri NavarroA partner of Hogan Lovells US LLP,  Ms Chandri Navarro provides strategic advice on international trade and customs law matters, and foreign trade regulations to U.S. and foreign companies, trade associations, and foreign governments. She advises clients on trade and customs matters, including tariff classification, country of origin determinations and marking requirements, labeling rules, tariff preference programs, free trade agreements, compliance, and documentation for imports into the United States and other countries. Chandri also provides legislative advice and lobbying assistance on trade and customs matters. Chandri has been involved in the negotiation, drafting, lobbying, and implementation for every trade preference program and Free Trade Agreement put in place in the last 20 years, including NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, U.S.-Colombia FTA, U.S.-Peru FTA, U.S.-Chile FTA, U.S.-Australia FTA, the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), and the Andean Trade Preference and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA). 

She has served as Executive Director of a trade association composed of major United States companies with offshore production. Previously, she was Assistant Economist for the American Apparel Manufacturers Association, where she was an advisor to the U.S. government during the NAFTA negotiations as well as the negotiation of numerous bilateral textile agreements. 

Chandri is a frequent lecturer on U.S. trade policy, free trade agreements, and trade preference programs. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. 
Eric Leehttp://yijuninstitute.blogspot.kr/

Eric Yong Joong Lee is the President of YIJUN Institute of International Law as well as Professor of International Law at Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea. He is also serving as Secretary & Treasurer for the Korean branch of the International Law Association (“ILA”). Dr. Lee obtained his A.B.(political science) and M.P.A.(public policy) from the University of Washington and Seoul National University, respectively. Then, he continued to study international law at Leiden University for LL.M. and completed his Ph.D. in that field under the supervision of Professor Peter Malanczuk at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Since coming back home, he has taught international law at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Dr. Lee, an analyst of international law based on international relations, is an expert of international organization, international dispute settlement, and inter-Korean relations. He is the author of Legal Issues of Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation under the Armistice System (Kluwer, 2002) and many academic articles including Military Rescue Operation for the Hostages Taken by Somali Pirates: Was the Korean Navy’s “Daybreak in the Gulf of Aden” Legitimate?, 5 Journal of East Asia & International L.aw(2012). Dr. Lee is married and has two sons. He may be contacted at: grotian@hotmail.com.
Giovanni G MataGiovanni Mata is an associate lawyer at Equity Law Group and was called to the British Columbia Bar in November 2016. Prior to joining the firm as an Articling student, he headed his immigration consulting office as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) with specialization in immigration litigation and appeals, inadmissibility proceedings, business immigration, LMIA applications, work permit for NAFTA professionals, temporary and permanent residency applications.

Giovanni is also a lawyer in the Philippines and still a member of good standing of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Before coming to Canada in 2012, he was into private law practice for over ten (10) years specializing in litigation, appeals, immigration and business law in the Philippines. He is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®|FIBP®). The CITP®|FIBP® designation is the world’s leading professional designation for global business practitioners in Canada, USA, and Europe, and endorsed by the World Trade Centers Association and the Canadian government.
Hasnat DewanDr. Hasnat Dewan has over 20 years of experience teaching Economics at universities in the USA, Canada, China, and Bangladesh, and he is currently the Chair of Economics at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Canada. Recently, he served as the Coordinator of International Programs for the School of Business and Economics at TRU. Dr. Dewan previously worked as a partner/researcher in three economic consulting firms. He earned his MA in International & Development Economics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Dewan was awarded the highest university-wide academic honour, the Asadul Kabir Gold Medal, for his outstanding results in the B.Sc. (Honours) Exam at Jahangirnagar University. He also ranked first among over 32 thousand students in the Secondary School Certificate Exam in Bangladesh.

Dr. Dewan specializes in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Urban and Regional Economics, and Sustainable Development, and has received over 20 awards from government agencies, universities, and institutes in four countries for academic, teaching, research, and service excellence. He has published articles in a number of respected journals in his field, and contributed chapters to several books. Dr. Dewan has presented his work at numerous conferences and seminars in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.
Kamal Halili HassanProf Kamal was the dean of the Faculty (2002-2009) and was the member of the Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board (2005-2009). He currently heads the Research Cluster at the Faculty of Law. He specialises in labour law, industrial safety law, e-commerce law, gender studies, human trafficking and migration laws. He writes extensively on Labour Law and E-Commerce Law issues and has 13 books, 21 chapters in book and 98 articles and many proceeding papers to his credit. Prof Kamal presents key note papers in several invited international seminars and has also obtained many research grants from Malaysia and abroad including the Sumitomo grant from Japan. His articles appear in Journal of Gender Studies (ISI), European Journal of Law and Economics (ISI), Computer Law & Security Review (ISI), Human Rights Review (Scopus), International Journal of Business and Society (Scopus), Asian Journal of Comparative Law (Scopus), Arab Law Quarterly (Scopus), Australian Journal of Asian Law (ERA), among others. He is the editor-in-chief of journal Kanun (DBP, Malaysia).
Manie EagarManie Eagar is the CEO of IDAEON | DIGIFIN – The Future of Money – an initiative to advance digital identity and finance, and distributed ledger (blockchain) technology innovation, transparency and inclusion. Manie is an experienced global investment, mergers and acquisitions executive with over 30 years of experience driving new wealth creation, business growth and strategic innovation. He brings international experience and deep skills in the startup, investment management and venture capital space.  Manie contributed to the first crowdsourced Fintech Book publication on global Fintech trends: Fintech + Digital Currency — Convergence or Collision? He addressed the Canadian Senate Trade and Banking Commission in 2015 and a number of his proposals for a sound regulatory environment to promote digital currency and blockchain technology innovation were substantially incorporated in the Committee’s final report recommendations: Digital Currency – You Can’t Flip This Coin!
Mylan SavjordMylan Savjord is Project Consultant with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) BC. He is an international business professional focused on public relations and community engagement. His primary focus lies in the intersection of interests between communities, private industry, and governments, revolving around Corporate Social Responsibility. Mylan has worked with government and industry and has experience in China, the ASEAN and a stint in Mexico with Foreign Affairs too.
Raja KrishnanMr. Krishnan hails from Glasgow, Scotland and is the former Director of the Financial Services Institute (FSI) of the British Virgin Islands. Mr. Krishnan serves on the Financial Services Capacity Building Plenary Committee, McKinsey Initiative set up under the Premier’s Office of the British Virgin Island Government, and as a Subject Specialist on the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

Mr. Krishnan was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1995. Mr. Krishnan is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and a member of the Malaysian Bar. Mr. Krishnan advises on personal and corporate ownership structures, business and personal succession planning and asset protection. Mr. Krishnan holds a Bachelor of Economics from the National University of Malaysia, a Bachelor of Law and Masters in Law in Advance Company Law with Merit from the University of London. He has completed the Certificate of Legal Practice from the Legal Qualifying Board Malaysia and holds a Diploma in Education.

He achieved distinction in the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management. Mr. Krishnan is a full member of STEP Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. Krishnan achieved a distinction in STEP Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising and a credit in STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.
Rodzman Abdul RahimMr Rodzman is the Managing Director and founder member of Green i Financial Technology Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, providing Business and Personal financial advisory solutions in Business Continuity (BCP), Legacy and Financial Engineering, to SME’s and High Net-worth Individuals. He also holds directorship position in Grantest IFT Berhad, an investment holding entity, and NSA Consultancy, an Advisory Firm providing CFO outsourcing services and business solutions focusing on small business. In addition, Mr Rodzman is a founder member of F1RST Independent Planner Sdn Bhd, a company regulated by Bank Negara Malaysia (National Bank of Malaysia).

Mr Rodzman is a qualified Financial Planning Practitioner with degrees/designations of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Registered Financial Planner (RFP) (Malaysia) and Syariah Registered Financial Planner(SRFP) (Malaysia). He is a Fellow member of the Life Underwriting Training Council LUTCF-MII and holds Diploma in Financial Planning ( Dip FP ), Diploma in Life Insurance Marketing( Dip LIM ), and a Certificate in Contract Management,(CCM) from Darwin University, Northern Territory Australia.

Since he started practicing in 1989, he has been a platform speaker on and a trainer in re-engineering of financial planning plans and special customized plans to suit retail and corporate clients incorporating Business Continuity, Legacy Structures with financial advisory solutions as a core.
Rowland LorimerRowland Lorimer (lorimer@sfu.ca) was the founding director of the Master of Publishing program and the Canadian Centre (now Institute) for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. He served in that role for 19 years. He is now Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser and continues to work as an active researcher and consultant. Rowland is past editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication and currently, as the Director of CISP Journal Services, is publisher of eight journals including the CJC. He served two terms as president of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals and has recently returned to its executive committee.

For the last ten years his research has had a triple focus: the Canadian publishing industry, journal publishing, and the mass media. Lorimer has carried out more than 30 commissioned studies on book, magazine, and scholarly journal publishing in Canada. His current work is oriented to facilitating the transition of journal, book, and magazine publishers into online publishing. He has authored a wide variety of published books, scholarly articles, and major reports, some of which have resulted in substantial program and policy changes. His two major books are Mass Communication in Canada (all editions to the 8th) and Ultra Libris: Policy, Technology and the Creative Economy of Book Publishing in Canada. 
Vikki RogersVikki Rogers is the Director of the Institute of International Commercial Law (IICL), and Assistant Dean of Online Programs at Pace Law School.  Her interest/work focuses on the promotion of the commercial rule of law and access to justice by leveraging technological innovation to (1) provide high-quality educational opportunities and online legal resources in international commercial law and dispute resolution; and (2) facilitate the development of online dispute prevention, management and resolution systems.

She is responsible for maintaining the online CISG Database (www.cisg.law.pace.edu). She also co-chairs the technology committee of the dispute resolution section at the ABA and is part of the US delegation at UNCITRAL for WG III on ODR. She is the editor of the UNCITRAL CISG Digest and sits on the editorial boards for the Journal of Online Dispute Resolution, the Journal of Technology in International Arbitration and the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation. She is also a fellow at the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution.

Over the last few years she has developed and now manages several online certificate programs on ADR and ICL including the IICL online Certificate Programs on International Commercial Law, International Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Mediation Advocacy (http://law.pace.edu/IICL-certificate-program). These programs annually draw professionals from over 20 countries.  In 2013, she launched the first global online Vis pre-moot to help prepare students for the Vis Moot competition. It now runs annually, attracting over 80 teams from over 30 countries.

Vikki has practiced law in NY and Germany, focusing on construction law arbitration and litigation. She was also an international case manager at the ICDR at the AAA in New York, and has worked as a research fellow at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cologne in Germany.
Wali MondalDr. Wali Mondal is a Professor of Economics and the Program Lead of Economics at National University, USA (www.nu.edu).
He obtained his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, Master's degree in Development Economics from Boston University and a Master's and Bachelor's degree with honors in Economics from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. Professor Mondal has worked and consulted for many national and international organizations including the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the State of Ohio and Duke Energy. He has taught in a number of universities in the United States, Bangladesh and New Zealand. During 1993-96, he was Chair of the Accounting, Economics and Business Education Department at Henderson State University in Arkansas. He served as the Interim Dean of the School of Business and Management of National University during 2007 and 2008 academic years.

Professor Mondal's research areas include entrepreneurship, microentrepreneurship and economic development. He has published and presented approximately 100 papers in many national and international conferences and journals. In 2002, Professor Mondal published a book titled Microcredit and Microentrepreneurship - Collateral Free Loan at Work in Bangladesh. Professor Mondal is the editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Business and Accounting and the Journal of Business and Educational Leadership. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of a number
of journals. He is the Founder-President of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (www.asbbs.org) one
of the largest interdisciplinary professional societies.
Zuhaira AriffDr. Zuhairah started her academic career as a lecturer at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyah of Laws International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1992. She taught Law of Contract, Company Law and Building Contracts at the Faculty of Law and Malaysian Business Laws at the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, IIUM. In 2014, she was appointed as a Professor at UniSZA and became the Dean of the Faculty Of Law, Accountancy And International Relations, UniSZA. She is also the Legal Adviser for UniSZA.