International Trade, Investment & Corporate Governance

Think Tank Programme
International Trade, Investment & Corporate Governance

Our Programme

Our focus is to shed the light on the importance of Corporate Governance and the role of Corporate Social Responsibility in the business world. We aim to demonstrate latest trends and research in the field of international trade, investment and governance and to produce research and industry led policies that help improve the overall business and trade environments internationally.

Building on our diverse team, we look to create and support researchers in the field of trade, investment and corporate governance internationally and to lead the way in creating a more diverse, inclusive and supportive environment.

Our mission, broadly-speaking, is to promote research-based corporate social responsibility. Specifically, we:
– Promote better corporate governance by improving diversity at all levels
– Publicise and comment on best-practice corporate whistleblowing protection
– Work with corporations to be more mindful of, and mitigate, digital poverty

Fellows

Prof Peter Muchlinski

Fellow

SOAS University of London

Peter Muchlinski is Emeritus Professor in International Commercial Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Prior to joining SOAS, he was Professor of Law and International Business at Kent Law School, University of Kent (2001-5). He was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics (1983-1998), and Drapers’ Professor of Law in the Law Department of Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, from 1998 to 2001. He specialises in international business and economic law, comparative corporate law and international investment law in which fields he has authored numerous papers and articles. His more recent published work concentrates on business and human rights. In 1990 he qualified as a barrister in the field of commercial and European law and is a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers, London. He has also acted as a legal adviser to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on investment law and policy issues between 1997 and 2012.

Dr Angus Young

Fellow

Hong Kong Baptist University

Junior Fellows

Dr. Wael Saghir

Junior Fellow

LLB, BSc, LLM, PhD
Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in International Trade, Investment & Corporate Governance

Wael is an International Business Consultant, Visiting Lecturer and Consulting Professor to leading US and UK institutions. He is an expert in investment risks and protection, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and in international business and financial law. Wael is actively presenting his findings at international conferences and has published monographs and articles archived at the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the US Export Import Bank on international financial law and investment regulations. He is an Associate Editor at the ISLRev Journal and active member at international organisations including SLS, LCIA and ASA.

Ibukun Iyiola-Omisore

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in International Trade, Investment & Corporate Governance

Ibukun is a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Business Law and Practice, University of Leeds. She is interested in the role of corporate governance and sustainability in emerging economies. Her PhD research is on the link between corporate governance and corporate social responsibility in West Africa, with focus on multinational companies.

Dimitrios Kafteranis

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in International Trade, Investment & Corporate Governance

Mr Dimitrios Kafteranis is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Luxembourg. He was a junior academic visitor at the University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Antwerp. Prior starting his PhD, Dimitrios was working at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Associate

Carolina Fabara

Associate

Nancy Carolina Fabara Verdezoto-. lawyer of the Courts of Justice of the Republic of Ecuador by the University of the Americas. Specialist in Business Law from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. Currently studying in China her Master of Laws (LLM) with a focus on commercial and economic law at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She has a diploma in International Defense of Human Rights from the University of Zaragoza – Spain; a Diploma in Defense of Women’s Human Rights at Universidad Austral – Argentina.
Her research area covers business law, international investment law in particular Chinese foreign investment law, and comparative law.
Author in various legal journals in Latin America on issues of business law, gender equality, and entrepreneurship. Her area of interest is the internationalization of companies, as well as a digital business. Her career is committed to defending women and supporting women’s economic empowerment.

Blog Posts

Saghir, Wael

Relationship between Going Cashless and Social Marginalisation

As we are becoming more reliant on technology, particularly following the COVID19 pandemic, our societies have moved ever closer to becoming cashless. Those who are struck by poverty, without disposable funds, or who live in rural areas are often affected, having limited access to credit, smart devices and secure internet connections.

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Fabara, Carolina

Can Digital Payments Replace Cash Payments?

Technology has revolutionized the way people shop, sell, and save, and people are increasingly moving away from using cash. Even though, the rise of these digital payment systems and electronic banking has led to debates among economists, business experts, and the public about the future of cash. Recent studies states show cashless transaction volumes will increase by over 80% to 1.9 trillion by 2025 and that digital payments per person will triple by 2030.

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Saghir, Wael

The Move to Cashless Societies

The evolution of money as a payment method goes back to 5th century B.C. where what we know as coins today were first used. This transition from the old form of payment through bartering to the use of a universal payment method was industrialised in the ancient European continent in a region called Lydia where coinage manufacturing (minting) first took place.

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Fabara, Carolina

Corporate Governance Digitization Strategy

Good governance encompasses the processes, practices, and policies that form the cornerstone of companies enabling leaders to responsibly manage their companies. Consequently, technology is mission-critical and crucial to the survival of a business.

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Fabara, Carolina

Can technology play a bigger role in enhancing CSR?

Information technology (IT) is an effective enabler for all sorts of business strategies, so it comes as no surprise that IT is useful for implementing a firm’s CSR initiative. There are many technological practices available that are targeted at improving the impact of CSR. Technology remains the basic driver of societal development, but growing social expectations place new demands on technology developers of responsible and sustainable technologies that could adequately support the solution of social issues in modern society.   Technology can help businesses to adopt a more coherent and integrated reporting framework. Through technology, companies are better placed to include detailed data on their supply chains and regional operations, providing a more comprehensive picture of their corporate sustainability and compliance. Consequently, technology allows businesses to explore and benefit from the interconnections between organizational strategy, governance, and economic performance. For example, Google is using its technology to tackle education inequality worldwide. The company has supported the creation of an open-source platform that translates books into local languages spoken in smaller communities around the world (Rico). Therefore, investors want to be associated with companies that have a long-term strategy to sustainably operate and maintain harmonious relationships with their stakeholders.   There is a huge potential for technology in strategizing, planning, managing, and reporting CSR programs. It has the potential to impose great impact. For companies looking to break away from the traditional way of doing and managing CSR, technology is regarded as a game-changer in the long run. These plans and strategies have the rationale for choosing the causes to support, beneficiaries, and locations to focus on and modalities of monitoring and reporting based on their previous learning and data analytics.   Technology could play a bigger role in enhancing CSR since tech platforms can bring greater transparency by bringing all the relevant stakeholders on one plane. Technology can help in prioritizing CSR expenditure by aligning them with the needs on the ground and helping choose the right partners at the planning stage. Additionally, CSR strong planning is a very important step that can be done by introducing various tech platforms. Tech based monitoring of CSR programs provides eyes on the ground and direct access to beneficiaries which paper-based monitoring cannot. CSR and Innovation are the foundation of business competencies. These two elements help companies to create value and new ways of operations that may be more efficient in resource utilization and will benefit the company in the long term.   References: John Riccio, How big tech is giving back to society, https://www.pwc.com.au/digitalpulse/tech-philanthropy-industry-giving-back-society.html. María I. González-Ramos* , Mario J. Donate , Fátima Guadamillas, “Technological Posture And Corporate Social Responsibility: Effects On Innovation Performance”, http://www.eemj.icpm.tuiasi.ro/pdfs/vol13/no10/Full/9_665_Gonzalez-Ramos_14.pdf. Goodera, “Technology as a game-changer for CSR”, https://goodera.com/blog/csr/technology-as-a-game-changer-for-csr/. Author Fabara, Carolina

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