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2018 Manila Scholars

Welcome to the IPBA Scholars for 2018!

Out of dozens of applications, seven Scholars have been chosen to attend the Annual Meeting and Conference in Manila. We look forward to their participation in this and other upcoming IPBA events!

Thit Thit Kyaw

MS Lin Scholar
Lawyers from Developing Countries Category

Thit Thit has experience advising clients on Intellectual Property matters including trademark infringement and trademark registration process in Myanmar and local Myanmar laws in a range of corporate and commercial matters such as company law, investment law, telecommunication issues, construction, competition issues, land issues and the service sector. She also regulatory advises on employment matters particularly for compliance with Myanmar labor laws.  Her experience includes contract drafting and providing legal advisory on relating to foreign direct investment into Myanmar.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Commercial
  • Intellectual Property

She qualified for the degrees of Bachelor of Laws from Yangon University of Myanmar in 2005 (L.L.B), Diploma in Business Law from Yangon University in 2008, and Master of Business Law from also Yangon University in 2010. She got a High Grade Pleader License in 2012.


  • English
  • Myanmar

Akira Nishimura

Young Lawyers Category

Akira Nishimura is a lawyer of Hideaki Kinomura Law Office. Based in Hokkaido Akira has represented variety of leading local businesses. Akira practices all level of litigation, M&A, trademark infringements, bankruptcy and restructure, labor law, criminal charges, private practices, and cross-border issues.

In addition to representing business entities, Akira acts for juvenile law cases as probono. Akira defended many juvenile clients against criminal charges including various landmark cases and had a critical role for those cases.

With Akira’s role for the fields of Juvenile law cases, he was nominated a member of Juvenile Law committee of Japanese Federation of Bar Association (JFBA). 

Amardeep Singh

Young Lawyers Category

Amardeep earned a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from the National University of Singapore in 2010. He then enrolled in New York University where he specialised in criminal justice and graduated with a Master of Laws in 2015. He subsequently obtained his Master of Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice) from the University of Oxford in 2017. In addition to these qualifications, Amardeep was admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor in 2014.

Amardeep possesses significant experience in criminal law, global anti-corruption laws, international anti-money laundering laws and regulatory compliance. He started his career as a Deputy Public Prosecutor / State Counsel in Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers (“AGC”) in 2010. At AGC, Amardeep became adept at processing all aspects of criminal litigation such as negotiating plea bargains, conducting courtroom trials as well as handling appeals at the appellate courts. During his career at the AGC, Amardeep acquired advanced abilities for prosecuting commercial and corruption cases. His entry into private practice started at Trident Law Corporation where he pursued criminal defence, specialising in white-collar crime. In addition to this, his current professional interests have broadened to include crypto-currency regulation, cyber-crime and sentencing issues.

Anaknong (Bridget) Chaiyasri

Young Lawyers Category

Bridget is a Senior Associate 1 at ZICOlaw (Thailand) Limited. She has been in private practice since 2010. Her practice focuses on corporate & commercial, mergers and acquisitions, and foreign investment area. She has extensive experience in advising international and local clients regarding business incorporation and foreign investment in Thailand and CLMV region. She has been involved in a number of cross-border mergers and acquisitions for the companies operating in telecommunication, manufacture, property and other service sectors. Bridget drafts and reviews various types of agreements including general commercial and industry-specific agreements. She also advises international and local clients on a number of labour compliance issues under Thai labour laws.

Bridget holds European Master in Law & Economics (LL.M.) from Erasmus University Rotterdam, European Master in Law & Economics (LL.M.) from University of Hamburg and Master of Arts in Law and Economics from Warsaw School of Economics. For her undergraduate study, she attended Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and obtained Bachelor of Laws (2nd Class Honors).

Elham Zareie

Young Lawyers Category

Elham was admitted to the Iranian Central Bar Association in 2014. She managed to get qualified with the most competitive provincial bar association, Central Bar in the capital - Tehran.  She obtained an LL.B from University of Tehran in 2013 where she graduated as a distinguished student. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Dutch Wim Deetman scholarship (WDS) from the former mayor of The Hague to pursue an LL.M. in Public International Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Being an enthusiastic and young professional, Elham is specialized in Iranian Law as much as international law. She has been widely exposed to litigation before Iranian courts, arbitration, and international dispute settlements. She has been active in advising multinational companies on corporate issues and foreign investments. She has also been involved in performing due diligences and setting up joint ventures in Iran.

With a track record of working for international organizations, arbitral institutions, and international tribunals in The Hague such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), Elham has proved her top level intellectual capacity, solid judgement, and an ability to work in fast-paced international environments and practices.

Language proficiency listed in the order of fluency: Farsi, English and French.

Monika Singh

Young Lawyers Category

Monika Singh is a first generation lawyer and is currently associated with August Legal, a law firm based in New Delhi, India. Her principal area of practice involves dispute resolution with specific focus on arbitrations arising out of EPC contracts. She has the experience of handling high stake arbitrations involving multinational corporations and public sector undertakings.  Her interest to practice alternate disputes resolution draws its roots from sessions with the internationally acclaimed Professor (Emeritus) Martin Hunter. She has also rendered multiple corporate and commercial advisories to both international and domestic entities on various aspects of the Indian law.

Monika has authored numerous articles in acclaimed journals on wide ranging aspects of corporate laws. Since her enrolment with IPBA in 2016, she has been a regular contributor to the 'Eye on IPBA' which is the monthly newsletter of IPBA.

Apart from her professional sphere, she is passionate about contributing towards the upliftment of her community and is presently engaged with the Teach for India Foundation that works towards imparting education to the underprivileged section of the society. Every weekend,  she dedicates a few hours to take on the role of a teacher for the underprivileged children.


Usha Pandey

Young Lawyers Category

Usha works in the area of Corporate, Commercial, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Work Permits, Visas and Immigration, etc., at Pradhan, Ghimire and Associates, a top-tier full-service commercial law firm in Nepal. The scope of her work includes conducting legal research, drafting corporate and commercial documents such as legal memo, legal opinions, contracts, reports, etc.


  • Participated in 7th National Law School International Arbitration Moot and Conference 2014, Banglore
  • Participated in 2015 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition organised by International Institute of Space Law, Bandung, Indonesia

Participated in 10 days 16th Human Rights Summer School (HRSS) on “Human Rights and Terrorism”, 2015 held in Manikganj, Bangladesh


  • Admitted to Nepal Bar Council on 2017
  • Worked as an editor in the Journal of Legal Studies and Research (NJLSR), Nepal Law Campus, Tribhuvan University