The fallout from the 2008 global economic crisis continues to redefine international trade and financing arrangements. CIGI monitors issues of financial governance and securities regulation, tracks the response of central banks and examines improvements to frameworks to manage severe sovereign debt crises.

CIGI follows the rise of China on the global economic stage, the intersection of human rights and business and examines issues of relevancy and reform of investor-state arbitration. CIGI research considers how economic fora can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through greater inclusiveness, transparency and interagency collaboration.

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Bassem Awad

Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.

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Céline Bak

CIGI Senior Fellow

Céline Bak is a CIGI senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program. At CIGI, she serves as the  co-chair of the Think Tank 20 (T20) taskforce on climate policy and finance. This taskforce will feed into the G20 secretariat under the German presidency on carbon pricing, sustainable infrastructure and sustainable finance. To the T20 taskforce, she brings her expertise on barriers to scaling-up both solutions to climate change and firms that will enable the scale-up of the low carbon economy and sustainable growth.

In her capacity as an innovation practitioner, Céline sits as a director of Emissions Reduction Alberta, Green Centre Canada, and chairs the Core Evaluation Team for Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program all of which are focused on translating innovation into the private sector for environmental benefit and economic impact. Through her role as president of Analytica Advisors, Céline provides strategic vision for clean technology industry leaders.
 
As an expert on innovation and the low carbon economy, Céline has appeared on five occasions as a witness before parliament, and is frequently sought out by major Canadian media outlets to discuss sustainable finance, climate change and the low carbon economy in Canada. Within Global Affairs Canada, she was the chair of the Private Sector Advisory Group and served Senior Industry Advisory – Sustainable Technologies.
 
Prior to her role at Analytica Advisors, Céline advised investors in innovation-based firms and held executive roles at Bridgewater Systems, served as director of professional services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at AMDOCS, and was principal at the Toronto and Madrid offices of A.T. Kearney, a consulting firm. Céline holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Bath and a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Guelph. She has worked in 25 countries and travels extensively, speaking about sustainability and innovation at prestigious events around the world.

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Thomas A. Bernes

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Thomas A. Bernes is a CIGI Distinguished Fellow. After a distinguished career in the Canadian public service and at leading international economic institutions, Tom was CIGI’s executive director from 2009 to 2012. He has held high-level positions at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Government of Canada. He became a distinguished fellow in 2012.

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Andrea Bjorklund

CIGI Senior Fellow

Andrea Bjorklund is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective May 2015. She is full professor and holder of the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. At CIGI, Andrea is researching topics in investor-state arbitration.

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Joël Blit

CIGI Senior Fellow

Joël Blit is a CIGI senior fellow researching the topic of innovation, including exploring intellectual property rights, closing Canada’s innovation gap, and the link between Canadian immigration and innovation. Joël is assistant professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, with expertise in the economics of innovation, technology clusters, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, international trade and multinational corporations. 

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Paul Blustein

CIGI Senior Fellow

Paul Blustein is a CIGI Senior Fellow. An award-winning journalist and author, he has written extensively about international economics, trade and financial crises. Prior to joining CIGI in 2010, Paul was a staff writer for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and journalist-in-residence at The Brookings Institution. Laid Low is his fifth book. 

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Enrique Boone Barrera

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Enrique Boone Barrera is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.  He holds an LL.M. from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. (Civil Law) from McGill University. At CIGI, he will research international investment governance and how to make investment law more responsive to the rights and concerns of all interested parties.  

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James M. Boughton

CIGI Senior Fellow

James M. Boughton is a CIGI Senior Fellow. He is a former historian of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a role he held from 1992 to 2012. From 2001 to 2010, he also served as assistant director in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department at the IMF. At CIGI, James’s research focuses on the evolution of Canada’s role in international governance since the 1940s and the potential for further evolution in the near future.

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Jorge Braga de Macedo

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

CIGI Distinguished Fellow Jorge Braga de Macedo is a former minister of finance in Portugal and president of the OECD Development Centre. Having served on CIGI’s International Board of Governors, he is currently president of the Tropical Research Institute and professor and director of the Centre for Globalization and Governance at the Nova School of Business and Economics.

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Marc Bungenberg

CIGI Senior Fellow

Marc Bungenberg is a CIGI senior fellow currently researching investor state arbitration. He is director of the Europa-Institut and a professor of public law, European law and public international law at Saarland University, permanent visiting professor at the University of Lausanne and member of the scientific advisory board to the International Investment Law Centre in Cologne.

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