Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Bassem provides strategic guidance and operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Bassem, a specialist in intellectual property (IP) law, has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He works as a Head Tutor for the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization and teaches the advanced courses on IP rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario. He has also been working for several years as a consultant for the African Union on IP topics.