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National Executive Committee Members 2018-2019

Kingsley Liu President
Molina Asthana
Vice President
Barton Wu Secretary
Divesh Patel
Treasurer
Wai Kaey Soon
NSW Branch President
Marija Yelavich
NSW Branch Secretary
Daniel Nguyen
Victoria Branch President
Kerry Truong Victoria Branch Secretary
Belinda Wong WA Branch President
Lori Lim
WA Branch Secretary
Anand Shah Queensland Branch President
Catherine Chiang Queensland Branch Secretary
Adelyn Koh
Executive Committee Member
John K Arthur Executive Committee Member
Sining Wang Executive Committee Member
Tim Wong
Executive Committee Member
Zubair Mian Executive Committee Member
Tuanh Nguyen
Ex-Officio, Immediate Past President


Kingsley Liu, President

He is the managing principal of Peoples Solicitors Pty Ltd, that was founded in 2006 in partnership with late Jeff Shaw QC, former NSW Attorney General & Supreme Court Judge. His firm specializes in litigation across all sectors including human rights. Its business model contains a social enterprise element, and acts for both corporate clients as well as the more disadvantaged.

Kingsley’s former career was in engineering and then trading conglomerates and investment banking in Asia, North America and UK with senior management and directorship positions. When he returned to Australia, he setup and managed ASX’s first Asian stock-broking firm by syndicated purchase. 

Kingsley has been involved as community spokesperson and political figure in areas of racial discrimination, equality and cultural diversity for the past 5 years.  He upholds diversity objectives through public advocacy, professional development, mentoring, fostering of empowerment and bringing career and business opportunities to members. 


Molina Asthana, Vice-President

Molina is a Principal Solicitor with the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO). Molina's areas of expertise include commercial law, tendering and procurement and contract management. Her previous experience includes working in Mergers & Acquisitions at Minter Ellison and in Banking & Finance at Clayton Utz. Prior to this, Molina practiced law in India for seven years. She is also a director on the board of three Australian NGOs working on significant community issues.

Molina is on the board of four NGOs working mostly on issues affecting the South Asian Communities in Australia. Molina also speaks on SBS Hindi radio regularly on legal issues of interest to Indians living in Australia and also writes in Indian newspapers on these issues. Further she has contributing to the development of laws in India. She has been consulted on the drafting of the privacy laws in India and has been acknowledged as an expert in the report accompanying the draft Indian Financial Consumer Protection Code, for her assistance in the drafting of the legislation.

She is also the President of the Victorian Chapter of the International Law Association and the Deputy Chair of the International Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. She received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence - Service Delivery for Community Services 2014. She also received the Young Executive of the Year Award Female and the Person of the Year Award which was given to her by Hon. John Howard at the Indian Executive Awards 2013. Molina has profiled in the Top 50 of the Indian community in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013. She is also an AFL Multicultural Ambassador.


Barton Wu, Secretary

Barton is a Lawyer in the Legal Policy Department of the Law Institute of Victoria. In his current role, he coordinates submissions to government bodies, manages various LIV Practice Sections and Committees, assists in developing practice support materials and education programs for legal practitioners, and advises the LIV Executive on property, environmental, international and government law and law reform.


Divesh Patel, Treasurer

Divesh is a Senior Associate in the Sydney office of Johnson Winter & Slattery in its Corporate group, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, capital raisings, private equity, restructurings, joint ventures and commercial transactions.

He advises a wide variety of clients including local and international listed and private companies and private equity sponsors across a broad range of industries on domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate transactions and listings on ASX.

Divesh is dual qualified in Australia and South Africa. Prior to joining Johnson Winter & Slattery, Divesh practised in the Sydney office of a global law firm for a number of years and in South Africa at a top-tier law firm for four years.

He mentors lawyers under the AALA Mentoring Program and also mentors and coaches a number of lawyers at Johnson Winter & Slattery.


Daniel Nguyen, Victoria Branch President

Daniel Nguyen is the President of the Victorian Branch and a founding committee member of the AALA. He is also a member of the Victorian Bar Council. Daniel has a broad practice in personal injury, commercial and property matters.

He was previously the Class Actions Coordinator at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He worked with the Hon. Jack Forrest QC in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire proceedings and other judges in a number of class actions.

Daniel began his legal career as Associate to the Hon. Tony Pagone QC, who was then head of the Commercial Court at the Supreme Court. He completed his legal internship at criminal defence firm Galbally Rolfe.

Daniel read with his Honour Coroner Simon McGregor and his senior mentor is Justice Andrew Keogh.

Memberships:

  • Australian Advocacy Institute Advocacy Instructor - he has taught advocacy at the Legal Institute in Papau New Guinea and the Victorian Bar Readers Course.
  • Secretary General - International Commission of Jurists (Vic) (Past)
  • Board Member - Flemington-Kensington CLC (Past)


Kerry Truong, Victoria Branch Secretary

Kerry is a lawyer at McManus & Co and has been with the firm since 2007, initially supporting the practice in all types of matters, most notably in property law/conveyancing and family law.  In 2013, she completed her Juris Doctor (JD) degree.


Kerry practises in property law/conveyancing, family law and commercial/business law.  She particularly enjoys the challenge of resolving complex administrative disputes in which she can apply her research skills and eye for detail. Kerry comes from a family of restaurateurs and uses her understanding of business to ensure no important aspect of a commercial transaction is overlooked.


Zubair Mian, Committee Member

Admitted in 1986 after graduating from Melbourne University in 1985, Zubair Mian is the Principal and owner of Mian Phillips & Co, a boutique suburban practice established in 1988, currently in Surrey Hills and practicing in commercial litigation, Property, Wills, Probate and estate Planning. Zubair is the President of the Eastern Suburbs Law Association (ESLA) which represents solicitors working or living East of Melbourne CBD. The northern boundaries are the Eastern Freeway, Thompson's Road, Warrandyte Road and Kangaroo Ground – St Andrews Road. It has over (1700) one thousand seven hundred members. 

Zubair previously served on the ESLA committee for a number of years as committee member, assistant treasurer and Vice President. Zubair is registered mentor with the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and AALA mentoring programs and has been informally mentoring young lawyers in private practice since 1995. Zubair is a Councillor and Board member of Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) having been re-elected in 2015 for a further term of three (3) years, commencing 1 January 2016.


Sining Wang, Committee Member

Sining Wang is a solicitor with Tisher Liner FC Law, practicing primarily in commercial litigation and commercial dispute resolution. Sining handles a broad range of litigious matters including insolvency matters, shareholder disputes, employment disputes, and general commercial disputes.

Sining is one of the youngest people to have been admitted to practice law in Victoria, having commenced his law degree at the University of Melbourne at the age of fifteen. Sining speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.


Tim Wong, Committee Member

Tim Wong is one of the most senior Asian-Australian General Counsels working in Australia.  He is currently General Counsel & Company Secretary - Australia & New Zealand for Luxottica Group, the largest global eyewear company and was previously Group General Counsel Asia Pacific with George Weston Foods/Associated British Foods, a big global food company.  He started his career at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia's biggest law firms where he was a corporate advisory partner for four years.  He was included in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Australia 2018 and his Luxottica Legal Team was named in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Australia and New Zealand Teams 2017.  He was a Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards 2018 - FMCG Lawyer of the Year and his team was a Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards 2018 - FMCG Team of the Year.

Tim was part of the founding team that set up the AALA NSW Branch in 2015 resulting in him being appointed as an Ordinary Committee Member and Chair, Membership and Recruitment Sub-Committee of the NSW Branch in 2015-16 and subsequently joining the National Executive Committee in 2016.  He has been an AALA mentor since 2015.  


Tuanh Nguyen, Immediate Past President

Tuanh is immediate past president of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. Tuanh is also a Director in PwC Legal's Melbourne office. She specialises in advising Australian and international clients on initial and secondary equity capital raisings (acting as counsel for issuers and underwriters/lead managers), ASX listings, securities regulation (including ASX listing rule and corporate governance matters).

She also has over a decade of experience advising and assisting Australian and off-shore clients on private and public mergers and acquisitions, including public company takeovers, schemes and defences, private equity transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring.

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