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2016 Kuala Lumpur Scholars

Get to know the scholars who were selected to attend the IPBA's 26th Annual Meeting and Conference in Kuala Lumpur in 2016!

Pratyush Upreti

Young Lawyer

Pratyush Nath Upreti is a lawyer at Upreti & Associates, a law firm based in Kathmandu. His practice focuses on general corporate matters and specializes in the field of Intellectual Property Law. He holds BSc.LLB (Hons) Degree from India.  He was admitted to Nepal Bar Council in 2013. He has earned LL.M. (2015) Degree from Maastricht University, Netherlands as UM High Potential Scholar. He was part of a team that contributed in Amicus Curiae Brief in Eli Lilly & Company v. Government of Canada (ICSID Case No. UNCT/14/12). He is also leading “New IP Lawyers Network”, a wing of school of law and its research centre SCule (Science, Culture and the Law) under University of Exeter, United Kingdom, as an Executive Committee member. He also teaches Intellectual Property Law at Chakrabarti Habi Education Academy, College of Law. He has published articles in peer reviewed International Journals such as The Journal of World Intellectual Property, among others.

Email: upretipratyush@gmail.com

Maria Pozza

Young Lawyer

Dr. Maria A. Pozza gained her PhD in Law and Politics at the University of Otago, specialising in space law and international relations, in 2013, and accordingly graduated in May 2014. In 2013, she was awarded a visiting Lauterpacht Fellowship from the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at University of Cambridge UK, and also awarded a visiting research fellowship at the London institute of Space Law and Policy.    She has been recipient of the Inter-Pacific bar Association Award (2016) and has been noted by AI Global Lawyer Magazine as the Women in law to Watch 2016.  Her expertise has been called upon by a number of institutions, and she has been the recipient of the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust of New Zealand Award, the Claude McCarthy Fellowship, an Otago Postgraduate Scholarship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Historical Research Grant, the Kennedy Grant (University of Otago), the New Zealand Political Studies Association Projects Grant, and a number of travel awards to present as a guest speaker at various public lectures, academic lectures, and international conferences.  Dr. Pozza is a member of the following committees:

  • Otago Foreign Policy School;
  • Canterbury Womens’ Legal Association;
  • New Zealand Law Society – Canterbury and Westland branch committee on Wills and Trusts;
  • Young Lawyers Canterbury;
  • Spatial Engineering Research Centre UAV Forum, University of Canterbury ;
  • The Official Space Law Adviser to (and a member of) the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand; and,
  • Member of the International Institute of Space Law

Dr. Maria A. Pozza works at Helmore Ayers Lawyers as a Consultant Lawyer.  She deals with the Laws of New Zealand ranging from public law, commercial and company law, construction law, tort law, contract law, foreign direct investment into New Zealand, establishment and registration of foreign companies in New Zealand, international space law, cyber law, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and aviation law. She is presently working on book publications relating to: Space Governance, International Law Pertaining to Arms Control in Outer Space, and New Zealand and Space Law. .  Other areas of law and project topics of which Dr Pozza is presently involved in include: construction law in New Zealand, insurance law in New Zealand and public law.

Dr. Maria A Pozza is often referred to by Media outlets as one of Australasia’s foremost experts in Space Law.  She is at present the only lawyer in New Zealand offering dedicated space law regulated legal services.  As a practitioner and an academic, Dr Pozza’s areas of legal enquiry have expanded to include the laws of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), Cyber Law, Aviation and general international law.  She is focused on developing her career within the fields of New Zealand aviation and space law, UAVs, cyber law, public law, foreign direct investment into New Zealand, international tax law, and overseas compliance. 

Other interesting projects that Dr Pozza has been involved with include working as an intern with Attorneys in Huntsville, Texas (USA) on death row cases.  In this context she interviewed clients and witnesses, and drafted appeal applications. Dr. Pozza has also worked in Kenya on a voluntary service basis with an Italian mission, has worked within a number of Community projects, and is involved with the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, Wellington through the New Zealand Feminist Judgements project as a judgement reviewer.  Dr Pozza has been both an external and sitting Moot Court Judge for 4 years on the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competitions with the International Institute of Space Law, and was also a Moot Court Judge whilst reading for her PhD at the University of Otago Faculty of Law.  Dr Pozza has gained valuable experience over five years whilst tutoring in all core fields of the Laws of New Zealand, Politics, History and Media Film and Communications whilst at the University of Otago.  She has a keen interest in social justice, the feminist critique of liberalism, New Zealand Art, and global technological development of space and UAV assets.  Dr Pozza enjoys hiking, swimming, travelling, watching sports especially cricket and rugby, and touring on her motorbike.

K.M. Chetana Rukshani Karunatilaka

Young Lawyer

I graduated from the University of Colombo with Second Class Honours (Upper Division). I was enrolled to the Bar in 2012 by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. I completed my Master of Laws in Global Business Law at La Trobe University, Australia. Currently I am practicing in the civil litigation area in Kandy, Sri Lanka. I am also a member of the Visiting Lecturers panel of University of Peradeniya and Open University of Sri Lanka. 


Ganesan Nethiganantarajah

Young Lawyer

I am in my 7th year as a commercial litigator, and have had the privilege of acting as Counsel and junior in a variety of commercial, securities, construction, Islamic finance, admiralty and constitutional matters. I am available to accept instructions as Counsel.

I have acted as Counsel and as junior in a variety of civil enforcement proceedings undertaken for the Securities Commission of Malaysia, to seek disgorgement of profits and/or punitive damages arising from breaches of securities legislation, such as Ponzi schemes, insider trading, market manipulation, perpetrating fraudulent/misleading investment schemes, making false representations to the investing public, issuing fraudulent accounts for public listed companies and a multi-stage “pump and dump” share manipulation scheme. I have been involved in 6 such matters and keenly anticipate many more.

I have also acted as junior for Malaysia’s national asset management company in several proceedings concerning non-performing loans acquired during financial crises, for Malaysia's leading Islamic bank in a USD56 million commercial recovery action and for a consortium of financial institutions in a bond dispute brought against the issuer, underwriter and trustee to recover RM156 million in outstanding principal sums. Most recently, I acted as Counsel for the first Malaysian company to be listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Open Market), in a suit arising from allegations of misrepresentation and fraud brought by the dissatisfied vendors of certain subsidiaries acquired by the company prior to its listing by way of reverse takeover.

I have just returned to the firm after completing an LLM in Securities and Financial Regulation at Georgetown University, Washington DC in June 2015, where I was awarded a Distinction and entered on the Dean’s Honours List for academic achievement.

The primary focus of my LLM was on US laws and the SEC/CFTC’s regulation of the securities and futures industries, including the development and nature of regulations governing funds and options products, commodities and derivatives trading and exchanges. I was also privileged to take courses on the identification and management of systemic risk in the international financial architecture and the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act from Professors Chris Brummer (current nominee for Commissioner of the SEC), Elizabeth Ritter (Chief Counsel to the CFTC for more than 20 years, until 2005) and Barry Barbash/Ken Berman (former Directors of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management). I also took courses in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and forensic accounting, and Islamic finance. 


Odsuren Nominchimeg

Lawyers in Developing Countries

Nominchimeg is an associate at the Ulaanbaatar Office of Hogan Lovells International LLP, a global law firm. She focuses her practice on projects, government regulatory, and international arbitration. She advises both international and domestic clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, construction, financial services and mining. Having received her first law degree from the University of Tokyo, Nominchimeg obtained her LLM degree from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. Nominchimeg is qualified to practice in Mongolia and the State of New York (from June 2016).



Arush Khanna

Young Lawyer

Arush Khanna is an Advocate & Legal Consultant enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi. He is the fifth generation lawyer in a family of highly respected lawyers. His grandfather, Dr. Lalit Bhasin is one of India’s most revered lawyers of international acclaim with a career spanning over 53 years. His mother has been actively practicing corporate law over past 15 years with one of the most renowned law firms of the country.

After having worked in the chambers of legal luminaries like Mr. Raian Karanjawala and Mr. Sanjeev Anand, Arush started his independent practice in the capital. His principal areas of practice are Civil and Property Litigation and Commercial Arbitration. Arush has been providing dispute resolution and consultancy services to number of private and public sector undertakings in India. He has extensive experience of representing his clients before the Courts and other Quasi-Judicial forums in Delhi.

Arush was selected to be a part of an esteemed delegation that represented India at the BRICS Legal Forum held in Shanghai in October 2015. The delegation was instrumental in negotiating the Shanghai Declaration and in the establishment of the BRICS Centre for Dispute Resolution in Shanghai.

Arush is a member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA), Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and the BRICS (India Chapter). He has also authored several articles that have been published in various reputed law journals.


Ngo Nhat Minh

Lawyers in Developing Countries

I am a qualified lawyer currently working for KPMG Legal Limited, an international law firm located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prior to that, I worked at Phuoc & Partners Law Co., Ltd., a local law firm for a period of around 5 years. I earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Ho Chi Minh City University of Laws in Vietnam.

My practicing area focuses on providing legal advices (regarding corporation, foreign investment, labour, real estate and dispute settlement), advising on M&A deals and contracts. I also represent and advise the clients on the civil matters and support them working with the State authorities in Vietnam (e.g., courts, arbitration centers, administrative agencies, etc.).

Being proficient in English, I usually work together with the professional lawyers from Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and UK on cross-border deals of the international clients.

Md.Imam Hossain

Lawyers in Developing Countries

Md. Imam Hossain is a CEO of the Investment & Development-Consultancy/Litigation/Arbitration (IDCLA) and specialized in International Development Law and public international law.

Mr. Hossain has worked on cases representing both government and private clients in litigation and arbitration matters. He also advises clients on investment structuring for treaty protection, as well as on the development issues.

Before developing the firm, Mr. Hossain was an Assistant Attorney General of Bangladesh Attorney General Office. Furthermore, Mr. Hossain was the former Course Director of Bangladesh and British Law School, and he was also the former Chief Editor of Counsel, A monthly Law Report.

Mr. Hossain has a publication on: "Pursuing Sustainable Economic Development through "Right to Development," Chevening Journal Volume 1 2012, Bangladesh.
He also hosted and anchored two Talk Shows, "Law and Development" and "With guest" On Baishakhi T.V. Bangladesh.

Mr. Hossain has attended numerous International Congress and conference as a speaker & received many awards.

You can view Mr. Hossain's CV by clicking here,