Dr Gordon Hughes
Gordon Hughes is a principal lawyer at Davies Collison Cave Law, based in Melbourne Australia. He became Secretary-General of LAWASIA in 2022 after serving as deputy Secretary-General of LAWASIA in an honorary capacity from 2020-2022.
Dr Hughes is a former president of LAWASIA (2001 - 2003), a former chair of the Business Law Section (2015 – 2021) and a former ExCo member (1997 – 2020). He is now a member of the Executive Advisory Committee. Dr Hughes is also a past president of the Law Council of Australia (1999 – 2000) and the Law Institute of Victoria (1992 – 1993), and he has been chair of the South Pacific Lawyers Association since 2017.
In 2017, Dr Hughes was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to the law, to professional organisations and to international affairs and legal practice in the Asia-Pacific region".
Conference & Events Manager
Ms Magda Imre
Magda Imre joined the Secretariat in 2014. Magda is responsible for the administration and coordination of LAWASIA’s conferences and other events. She liaises with organising committees and oversees all conference logistics.
Magda has an extensive background in international event management, working with a variety of multinational companies and external stakeholders to provide high-quality professional events.
With over 12 years of events experience and as a Senior Event Manager, she has successfully delivered more than 30 international business summits across Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific. Magda is dedicated to building strong business networks in the Asia Pacific and to providing relevant professional events to LAWASIA’s cross-cultural membership.
Your contact for: Any event-related inquiries, including those from conference venues, suppliers, and current or prospective conference attendees.
Membership & Administration Officer
Ms Kim Shazell
Kim Shazell has worked as the Membership & Administration Officer at LAWASIA since February 2016.
In her current role, Kim looks after LAWASIA members by responding to inquiries, assisting with conference registrations, processing membership applications, and managing all membership and subscription accounts.
Kim has broad international experience, with particular ties to the Philippines and Singapore, where she grew-up. Kim has worked in corporate administration and customer service for over 10 years, including roles in Barcelona, London and Sydney. Thanks to her international background, Kim is a native speaker of English with additional proficiencies in Spanish and Filipino.
Your contact for: LAWASIA memberships, accounts and general LAWASIA enquiries.
Conference & Events Coordinator
Ms Shanna Venter
Shanna joined the Secretariat in 2018 as the Conference & Events Coordinator.
In her role, Shanna assists Magda with the day to day administration, coordination and logistics of LAWASIA’s conferences and other events, to ensure the overall success and smooth running.
Shanna enjoys working with people, and has found her passion for Event Management through her experience in the Corporate Travel & Events, Hospitality and Entertainment Industries.
Your contact for: Any event-related enquiries, including those from conference venues, suppliers, and current or prospective conference attendees.
Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Secretariat
Ms Julie Do
Julie is French and comes from Paris. She has joined the LAWASIA Secretariat team as a Communication and Marketing Coordinator since January 2019. In her current role, Julie is responsible for the development and maintenance of LAWASIA communications, publications, and member resources, including the website, social media, e-newsletters, conference and events collateral, member marketing / promotional material.
After working six years for Deloitte in Paris within the Marketing and Communication department, Julie has decided to move overseas to diversify her experience working for international organisations where she can apply her extensive background in digital marketing.
Your contact for: any marketing-communication related enquiries (advertising, e-Newsletters, website etc).