International Trade Council Chairpersons

Regional Chairpersons provide local support for Council members and represent their constituencies to improve the overall services provided by the ITC. Regional Chairs also provide support for local networking opportunities, lunch and learns, breakfast meetings and seminars.
Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Dr Akram Hamid

Chairperson - Canada

Dr. Hamid is the CEO and president of Dallata Trading Group Ltd Consulting and Trading firm with a head office in Canada and branch offices in New Zealand, Turkey, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Somaliland, Syria and Libya.

Dr. Hamid holds 2 Master Degrees in international finance and marketing & advertising and PhD.

Dr. Hamid been awarded over 57 national and international awards including Consultant of the Year (10 times), Business of the Year, OBAA (3 times) Global Trader Award, Market Expansion Award, Young Enterprise Award; and  the Innovation of the Year Award.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Alexander Derevyanko

Chairperson - Kazakhstan

Alexander is the CEO and founder of Vertical-NT. In his role as CEO, Alexander has worked closely with the National Economical Chamber of Atameken (Kazakhstan) and taken part in numerous business forums across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region.

In 2014 Alexander made his mark by representing the country of Kazakhstan in the Business Forum of Young Entrepreneurs at an event held in Moscow, Russia.

Alexander’s company is a partner to significant engineering equipment providers globally including CIAT, Alfa Laval and Honeywell.

Alexander graduated the Eurasian university in Astana with a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Bradley Rose

Chairperson - Los Angeles

Bradley Rose is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Kaye, Rose & Partners, LLP a California based boutique law firm specializing in international trade issues with an emphasis in the cruise and shipping, cargo logistics, travel, hospitality and entertainment industries. Brad has wide ranging litigation, legislative, regulatory and transactional experience.

Prior to establishing Kaye, Rose & Partners, LLP, Brad spent six years with the international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop in Los Angeles. Brad also previously served on the campaign staffs of two state Governors and also spent four years as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Representative Dave McCurdy.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

David Tong How Heng

Chairman - Singapore

David is a Chartered Accountant and owner of CPA Partnership (Singapore).  He has the unique distinction of working with most of Singapore’s largest accounting firms in different capacities from Audit Manager to Managing Partner

Over a period of over 50 years in business David has gained wide experience in assignments of a consulting nature (mainly in hospitality consulting) besides assurance work such as statutory & internal audits; tax compliance and advisory services, due diligence (in mergers and acquisitions) and related work.

David has served in various other charities and non-profit organizations, including Rotary International where he was the District Governor of Rotary International District 3310 which comprises of Singapore, Johor, Malacca, Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Efiong Ime Efiong

Chairperson - Nigeria

Efiong Ime Efiong is the CEO of Star of David, Nigeria, where is is invovled in the trading of precious / semi-precious stones and petroleum products. He has been in business since 1996 and is widely traveled.

Mr. Efiong studied chemical engineering at the University of Lagos and is married with children.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Kathy Roux

Chairperson - Texas

Kathy is the founder of the Law Office of Kathy Roux, based in Grapevine, Texas.

Kathy obtained her Texas license in June, 2006, and now has a solo practice in the areas of Elder Law, Guardianship, and Wills/Probate/Trusts. She also has a general civil practice that includes Consumer Protection, Family Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Immigration, and IRS Tax Controversies. For several years, she served as an ad litem representing mentally ill clients in Tarrant County while gaining valuable litigation experience.

She is currently a member of the U. S. Supreme Court, where she currently has a case on appeal. She is also a member of U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, All State Courts for Louisiana, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and All State Courts for Texas. She is a certified ad litem and certified mediator by the State Bar of Texas. She is a Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow and a Dallas Bar Foundation Fellow.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Sinan Bedir

Chairperson - Turkey

Sinan Bedir was born in 1969 and graduated from Ankara University Kırıkkale Vocational High School Electronical Department. His professional life started in 1987 with Turkish Telephone Inc and continued with PTT (now Turkish Telecom) in 1998, after which he joined Turksat Satellite.

In 2000 he left his job and established Simet Technologies Inc where he has been working as a board chairman and co-founder. His company is leading supplier of telecommunications and information technology related equipment and is TSE, ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 10002 and OHSAS 18001 accredited.

Sinan is married and a father of one son.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Michael Waechter

Chairman - United Arab Emirates

Michael Waechter has Master Degrees in Economics and Computers and an MBA in Media and Communication. He worked for two Swiss blue-chip companies in Switzerland and Asia before moving to the United Arab Emirates in 2002, where he started his own business (CRESCO Holding). This conglomerate is engage in various types of businesses, including, among others, a chartered accounting firm, a law firm, a corporate service firm, a general trading firm and a firm specialised in expansion consulting.

Michael was instrumental in helping several companies to start-up their business in the region and help them to acquire the first anchor business in this competitive market.

He relies on a strong network built up over years of living in the United Arab Emirates and is himself an experienced speaker and moderator at events and functions of which he has hosted and organized many over the years.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Neeraj Bhatia

Chairperson - Silicon Valley

Neeraj Bhatia is an accomplished accounting professional with 30+ years expertise in international and domestic tax planning and compliance for startups and multinational entities. He specializes in International tax, audit and review, accounting, compliance and reporting, immigration services, and corporate compliance with offices in California, New York and New Delhi, India. Current engagements in the US and India include cross border tax planning and transactions, M&A, corporate structuring, and complex Tax audits and representation including recent oversees disclosure programs (OVDP/OVDI/ Streamlined disclosure programs). His clientele include startups, multinational companies, government organizations, Public Sector Banks, and Auto dealerships. Neeraj Bhatia has presented extensively on US and India tax issues.

Neeraj is a Certified Public Accountant in California, Colorado, and New York, Chartered Accountant from India, holds an LL.M. in International Taxation from the US, Costs and Works (Management) Accountant and graduated with a Bachelor Honors degree in Commerce from India.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Orit Horn

Chairperson - New York

Orit has over 30 years’ experience in the international transportation and logistics industry and is the founder of International Logistics Express, Inc and ILE Global LLC.  While concentrating on air transportation, ocean freight forwarding and customs brokerage nationwide, Orit also provides consultation to her clients in the areas of security, compliance, trade agreements and quota issues.

Orit got involved with Customs C-TPAT programs at a very early stage and was promoting this to her clients in the form of seminars and via her participation in various international trade committees. She has many merit leadership and excellence based awards from various international networks and is well recognized by her peers worldwide.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Ranjani Rangan

Deputy Chairperson - Singapore

Ranjani is a MBA professional with over 17 years of International account management experience in the areas of Banking and Consulting. Her meticulous formula of 80% execution (do it), 15% Position (Stick to it) and 5% (Plan it) along with her natural instinct to cross-sell has led to steady growth at all of the organizations she has served. She is an expert closely committed to a solution based approach and has a reputation for Integrity, Satisfaction and Results.

Ranjani plays an integral role in heading a global team in developing and maintaining senior level partnerships across a diverse range of industries that include Financial Institutions, Consulting Companies, Government Agencies, Corporates and Individuals. She provides advisory services and feasibility studies in her areas of expertise in Banking, Financial Crime, HR and Government related licensing and grants. Ranjani sits on the board of well reputed companies as well being on the approved list of directors to be on the board of Financial Institutions with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

With over 17 years of proven experience in International Relationship Management, Product Sales and Compliance, as well as in applying a strong expertise in data-driven, long-term strategic planning, Ranjani is a welcome addition to the consulting services CPA-Partnership offers its clients.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Sameer Mittal

Chairman - India

Sameer is a fellow member of ICAI, a qualified Company Secretary and has over 10 years of experience in risk and business advisory services across wide range of sectors and industries. Sameer has previously worked with Deloitte and with Altran control solutions (Now Protiviti) in the same line. Sameer is a Co-opted member of Internal Audit Standards Board (IASB) of ICAI for 2017-18.

Sameer has advised clients across diverse sectors on all aspects pertaining to joint ventures, inbound investments and has been closely involved in transactional matters including structuring transactions, advising on entry strategies for foreign entities, advising on foreign equity participation, compliances, regulatory approvals pertaining to foreign investment and assisting clients during negotiations in the course of acquisitions and other business transactions.

Sameer has managed complex internal audits, IFC, fraud investigations at diverse corporate involved in automobile ancillary, water, project management, fertilizer, agri-trading, chemicals, IT/ITES, consumer products, engineering products, Shipping, real estate, hotels, food & beverages etc.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Senon Dorjee Lama

Chairperson - Nepal

Mr Senon Dorjee Lama is the Chairman and Managing Director of Senon Carpet Industries, Hotel Shahanshah International and System Holder Pvt Ltd.

Mr Lama is also the president of the Nepal German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nepal Bowling Association, Shahanshah Sport Center and is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Nagarjun.

Mr Lama is also the vice-president of the European Economic Chamber, Nepal Thailand Friendship Society and International Friendship Society as well as being an advisor to the Export Sector of FNCCI, Nepal Carpet Export Association, Nepal Sri Lanka Friendship Society, Paridhi Saarc Documentary and the Lalitpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Sherif Hassan

Chairperson - Maryland

Mr Hassan is a talented, multilingual, internationally trained physician (United Kingdom) critical care physician . Mr Hassan’s passion for Passion for travel started as a teenager and led him to an early career twist towards travel medicine and infectious diseased.

Currently Mr Hassan dedicates clinical time towards precision medicine, incorporating integrative medicine with genomic mapping, traditional as well as nutritional and lifestyle management geared to the individual patient.

Dr Hassan is an IT advocate in every possible aspect. He is a known blockchain enthusiast with a vision that it will improve healthcare delivery, administration, utilization and outcomes.

Employees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Solomon Addai

Chairperson - Ghana

Solomon Addai is the CEO/Managing Director of Modern World Logistics Ltd and responsible for the day – to – day running of the business; with a particular emphasis on sales and business development. He has immense experience in Freight forwarding and Logistics especially in the African Market spanning over a period of 15 years, having served in various capacities within the industry. Solomon currently serves as the Deputy Delegate of Customs Affairs Institute at International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), a Licentiate member of Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) and had served as a Vice Chairman and Assistant Secretary at K.I.A District of the Institute.

He holds FIATA Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management, FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding and Ghana Revenue Authority- Customs Proficiency Certificate.

loyees, Trade Commissioners and Chairpersons from the International Trade Council

Zaid Atif Ghanchi

Chairman - Pakistan

Zaid Atif Ghanchi is an entrepreneur and third generation CEO of a family-owned business in Pakistan, Ghanchi Technical.

In 2016, Ghanchi Technical formed a new sister concern, ZAG Holdings, dealing in wooden products including it’s own brand, Zag Laminations, for export. The group also owns ZAG Techoldings, a company focused on women entrepreneurs – something much needed in Pakistan for betterment of people, industry and economy. ZAG Techoldings donates two percent of share for this project.

Zaid Atif Ghanchi is an active member with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Pakistan and is also active with leading industry owners and Foreign Trade Missions in Pakistan.