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2013 Seoul Scholars

The IPBA Scholarship Program welcomed ten Scholars to the 23rd Annual Meeting and Conference in Seoul, Korea. These Scholars stood out from a large group of applicants and will be able to attend the conference due to the generous financial support of a contingent of IPBA members from Japan (The Japan Fund) and the Seoul Host Committee. See more photos of the conference and Scholars on the Seoul 2013 page of this web site.

Lalotoa Mulitalo

Samoa (currently Queensland, Australia)
MS Lin Scholar

Lalotoa is in the final stages of a PhD in Law at the University of Queensland under an Australian Leadership Award (ALA). Before this she was Parliamentary Counsel for the Government of Samoa, and intends to return to "drafting laws" for Samoa and the Pacific Region after completing her PhD.

Darya Shkittina

Moscow, Russia
Young Lawyers

Darya graduated from Moscow State University with honors from the faculty of Law in 2006, and in 2011 took a degree of PhD in Law to research the "Constitutional Basis of Economic System of China". Currently Darya is a practicing lawyer in various fields of law including commercial and corporate law, M&A, real estate, intellectual property, compliance, etc. and works for one of the leading Russian law firms, ALRUD. Darya performs in musical theater and enjoys horseback riding.

Gmeleen Tomboc

Manila, Philippines (currently Tokyo, Japan)
Young Lawyers

Gmeleen worked for three years in Manila as a corporate lawyer specializing in M&A, business process outsourcing, and mining. After taking her LLM at Harvard and passing the New York Bar, she moved to Tokyo, where she is now involved in giving legal advice to Japanese clients in their acquisitions around Asia.

Ido Shomrony

Tel Aviv, Israel
Young Lawyers

Ido is a member of Shibolet & Co., one of Israel's leading and most recognized commercial & corporate law firms, in the high-tech and venture capital practice (ranked Top Tier by Legal500). He practices corporate law, M&A transactions, technology, venture capital and commercial law, with a strong emphasis on multi-national cross border transactions. He is a graduate (LL.B Cum Laude) of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliyah Law School.

James Jung

Auckland, New Zealand
Young Lawyers

James earned his BA, LLB, MA (Hons), and LLM (Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland. He is currently a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. As a Solicitor at the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) in New Zealand, he is involved in regulatory oversight and monitoring of trustees, financial qualifying entities, brokers, financial service providers, auditors, superannuation, fund managers, futures dealers, secondary markets, clearing houses, and registered exchanges. Other areas of interest and specialization include anti-money laundering supervision, regulation of low-ball offers and investors' education.

Jia "Meph" Gui

Beijing, China
Young Lawyers

Meph is an Of-Counsel at Global Law Office, and specializes in intellectual property law. He is admitted to practice in China and the State of California, USA. He is an arbitrator of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Rojina Thapa

Kathmandu, Nepal
Young Lawyers

Rojina is currently working as an associate lawyer at S.S. Legal Private Limited and also teaching Business Law at Nova International College, International American University, Nepal.

Thai Trung Kien

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Developing Countries

Kien has a PhD in Law from France and currently is an associate of BROSS & PARTNERS, one of the leading Vietnamese law firms. Kien has over nine years of experience in legal practice in the areas of civil and commercial contracts, real estate, construction, finance, insurance and dispute resolution and litigation. he is pleased to attend the activities of the Conference!

Ty Srinna

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Developing Countries

Srinna completed an LL.M at Pannasastra University in international law, criminal law, and business law. She was admitted to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia in 2007, and has since been working at Asia Pacific International Law Firm, Pana Asean Law Office, Legal Aid of Cambodia, Kelvin Chia Partnership - Phnom Penh Office (Singapore-owned law firm) and Khmer Law Office. Since 2009, she has also represented Civil Parties before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the courts of which are backed by the United Nations. She likes traveling both domestically and internationally, and socializing with others. As a Cambodian lawyer, Srinna speaks Khmer as her mother tongue and English as a second language.

Tin Thiri Aung

Yangon, Myanmar
Developing Countries

Specializing in Intellectual Property, Tin Thiri Aung has been practicing in the field of IP for over 5 years. She credits her mother, who has three decades of experience in the legal field, as having given her an advantage when she decided to take up Intellectual Property as her main practice. As an avid sailor, she likes to take her dinghy out on Inya Lake in Yangon for leisurely sails on weekends.