Master of International Customs Law & Administration – 2009
Current Job Position:
CEO of Asmara USA Inc., a Los Angeles-based trade compliance consulting company
Instructor, International Trade, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension
Visiting Professor, International Business Program, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
I discovered that the discipline and focus in research that CCES provided during the course has helped more than anything else while I go about my business of consulting, teaching and training in International Trade and Customs. I was always familiar with import regulations such as product classification, trade security and rules of origin issues specifically in the US which after attending MICLA classes, I came to realize were not that much different than in other countries either. But it did give me a razor-sharp focus when speaking on these topics with my students and peers.
Australia was a great place to visit and do the Masters program. Canberra was quiet so I could concentrate on the research and writing. The rest of the course I finished online from Los Angeles and during my various worldwide travels. Learnt a lot by interacting with the instructors.
My background has been international trade since I was 19, more the practice of it than theory. Having run import export businesses in Japan, Singapore, Egypt, India and the US, the time came for me to buttress this experience and practical knowledge with some structured learning! Obtained a US customs broker license, began to teach subjects in international trade and customs and worked with various US companies helping set up their import export procedures.
Currently I still manage regulatory trade operations for US-based clients, provide training in customs procedures and teach the subject. This gets me to travel a lot which I love. I have been clocking in 100k air miles for the last 10 years and will stop only when I drop down exhausted.
My personal interests of writing, reading, playing badminton, studying wine, good cuisine, computer design, animation, comic strips, drones, Arduino, 3D printing lead the pack of many more. If I could draw, paint and craft, I’d be spending more time doing just that!