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EuroCham proudly launched a second policy discussion series regarding the challenges of illicit trade, taking place on the 13th October 2015.

This session followed on the successful event held on April 15th where brand owners and government officials from the region gathered to exchange opinions, best practices and challenges their organisations face in fighting against illicit trade.

This time, the roundtable discussion emphasized the importance of strong ties between the government and the private sector for the purpose of fighting illegal business practices while enforcing intellectual property rights.

Illicit trade is an ever-growing phenomenon impacting and hurting a lot of different industries and nations. While industries suffer due to counterfeit goods, governments may observe a decrease of trade efficiency and be hurt by reputational damage. In line with the above, EuroCham praises Singaporean authorities for their commitment to protecting brand owners and laws in place allowing for enhanced border measures in relation to IP-infringing goods.

This closed-door event sought to foster awareness among today’s industry leaders regarding the harmful impact of illicit trade and its consequences on innovation and business in general.

The attendees combined both customs officials as well as senior industry representatives. This mix of participants shall have enabled learning and understanding among both groups.

About the speakers:

Speaker - Simon Jim

Simon Jim, Chairman of EuroCham IPR Committee and Vice President regarding Brand Protection in the Asia Pacific Region for Burberry.

Speaker - Peter Price
Peter Price OAM, 51, resides in Sydney, Australia and is an advertising and communications professional with over 25 years experience in multi-national as agencies in Johannesburg, London and Sydney. He is currently the Managing Director of First Light, an advertising agency he founded in 1994.

His experiences as a victim of multiple crimes in South Africa helped steer him in the direction of violence prevention and law enforcement advocacy.  Peter has been closely involved with the development of Crime Stoppers, a community based initiative assisting in the collection of crime related information from the public. Peter has been a Director of Crime Stoppers in Australia since 1999 and has served as Chairman for five years and as Deputy Chairman for six years. He has also served as CEO of Crime Stoppers Sydney since 2008 and is Vice President of Crime Stoppers International since 2012.

In 2009, Peter was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to community safety through executive roles with Crime Stoppers.

Peter was also a Board Director of the Internet Industry Association from 2011 to 2014. He holds a diploma in marketing management and is a graduate and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Speaker - Oliver Salmon
Oliver Salmon is a Senior Economist working within the Asia-Pacific macro and consultancy team based in Oxford’s Singapore office. Oliver has a duel role in Asia. He not only produces macroeconomic forecasts and research on Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia and Malaysia, but also takes a leading role in Oxford’s consultancy business in the region.

Oliver has worked on a diverse range of consultancy projects since joining Oxford Economics over 5-years ago, spanning clients in both the public and private sectors. Examples of his work include a recent assessment of the scale of non-tariff measures in the automobile sector in ASEAN, estimating the size of illicit trade in tobacco across 14 Asian markets, and identifying the implications of a cap on income tax relief for charitable donations in the UK. He has also undertaken extensive analysis on impact of tax policy on economic output, such as the implications of an increase in tourism related taxes on the economy of Jordan, and the impact of an increase in APD in the UK, the results of which were presented to HM Treasury. More recently, Oliver presented at the 11th APTF meeting in Hanoi on important policy considerations in tax policy design.

Oliver has a first-class undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham, and an MSc in Economics from University College London.

David James is a fully trained Tax Inspector with 14 years of experience in investigating serious tax fraud and avoidance in the UK.  He has led teams dealing with all types of fraud from individuals through to the largest corporates.  David also led HMRC’s strategic response to Stamp Duty Land Tax avoidance which identified and recovered hundreds of millions of pounds of hitherto unknown avoided tax.

David is currently HMRC’s Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer in Singapore, with responsibility for combating Tax Evasion and Money Laundering across Asia Pacific.  He works with Government authorities and financial institutions seeking to create an environment that minimises fiscal crime.






John P. Leonard has been with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since 1989 where he began his career as an Import Specialist with the former U.S. Customs Service in Boston, Massachusetts.

John has served in a variety of leadership positions in the field and CBP’s Washington DC Headquarters during his 25+ years of customs experience. These positions ranged from trade policy oversight, cargo automation and information systems deployment, and trade enforcement.

From 2008 to 2011 he served as Area Port Director of San Francisco, responsible for all CBP operations in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah. As Area Port Director, he oversaw the CBP clearance of nearly 5 million passengers per year at San Francisco International Airport and over 400,000 cargo containers per year at the Oakland Seaport.

In 2012, during his second tour at CBP Headquarters, he was selected as the Acting Executive Director of Trade Policy and Programs. In this capacity, John oversaw all policy decisions involving CBP’s enforcement and facilitation of international trade. In 2013, he was selected as CBP Attaché, Singapore. His current Area of Responsibility spans 8 countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Mr. Leonard holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. He is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School Senior Executive Fellows program. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).


Speaker - Christian Karam

Christian Karam is a Lead Cyber Threat Researcher at the Cyber Research Lab at INTERPOL. Mr.Karam develops the activities in the fields of global cyber threat research, future trends analysis,cyber intelligence and R&D within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI).

Prior to joining INTERPOL, Mr. Karam was an independent security researcher, penetration tester, and security consultant for several firms in the private sector. Mr. Karam’s subjects of expertise fallunder different fields: Cryptography, Darknets, Future threats, Blockchain technology andCryptocurrencies.

Mr. Karam is a Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator, LicensedPenetration Tester, CISSP, and holds degrees in Information Security Engineering, Cybersecurity and is currently pursuing advanced research in the areas of trend analysis and threat models.


 Speaker - Stanislas Barro

Stanislas Barro joined Kering Asia Pacific in 2012 as Group Senior Brand Protection manager. He is based in Hong Kong and oversees the intellectual property and brand protection activities of the Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle divisions of the Kering group in the Asia Pacific region.  Kering has a portfolio of over 20 brands such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Puma.

Previously, Stanislas worked as a Senior Associate in the Dubai and Ho Chi Minh offices of a Global IP consultancy. Stanislas studied IP Law in France, where he graduated and started his career in the Luxury industry.

Throughout the years Stanislas represented several industries including luxury, sport, pharmaceuticals, software and tobacco on a vast array of IP matters ranging from commercial, portfolio, enforcement to litigation in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East

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