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BIOGRAPHIES of public and private sector organizations around the world to help build capacity to combat IP crime. He is considered one of UL’s subject matter experts on product counterfeiting. He has given presentations at a large number of events, has led numerous anti-counterfeiting workshops and has taught at various law enforcement training academies. He is also involved with and supports a number of different anti-counterfeiting initiatives and groups on a global basis. Monica Mena is the Senior Manager in UL’s Global Security and Brand Protection department responsible for outreach and capacity building initiatives. She is the global program manager for the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) which is an INTERPOL initiative in cooperation with UL. She has responsibility for managing the global operations and content development of the online college. She also sits on the IIPCIC Advisory Group and on the board of the Brand Protection Professional; a professional journal developed specifically for Brand Protection Managers. Prior to this role, Monica was Instructional Design Manager at UL and managed the development of learning solutions for both internal and external customers including GE and Allstate. She has over 15 years of experience facilitating and developing online and instructor-led adult learning in corporate and higher education settings. Monica has a B.A from Amherst College and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Christopher Mhike is a Zimbabwean lawyer currently enrolled for an LL.M in Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law at the MSU College of Law. His ongoing academic pursuits are centered on Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law, with particular emphasis on Trademark Protection, Federal Unfair Competition and Domain Name Resolution. Mhike previously worked as a journalist at daily newspapers, and as an attorney at Harare-based (Zimbabwe) law firm, Atherstone & Cook Legal Practitioners. As an attorney, he focused on a wide range of fields, especially human rights, media law & policy, criminal law, and constitutional law. Once a Councilor of the Law Society of Zimbabwe (the country’s Bar Association), and a Chevening Fellow trained at Bradford University and Oxford University (UK), Mhike is a member of the International Media Lawyers Association (IMLA), and he served as a Commissioner at the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) since February 2010 before his enrollment at the MSU College of Law. At the ZMC, an independent constitutional regulatory authority, he chaired the Legal Affairs and Procedures Committee. He will be serving as a legal extern with the A-CAPP Center for the summer of 2016 and will focus on the legislative history of federal and state intellectual property statutes as they relate to counterfeiting of consumer goods and packaging and secondary liability of trademark law violations. Vernon Miller received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication from The University of Texas at Austin. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication and Management at Michigan State University. His research focuses on the communicative aspects of the employment interview, organizational socialization, newcomer information seeking, and role negotiation as well as the role of communication in large-scale organizational change processes. His work appears in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Managerial Issues. Dr. Miller is a member of the Academy of Management, International Communication Association, and National Communication Association. He serves as an Associate Editor to Management Communication Quarterly. Brian Monks is the Vice President and Chief Security Officer of Global Security and Brand Protection at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Mr. Monks has been with UL for 30 years and has worked in the intellectual property enforcement area for over 18 years. He works closely with national and international law enforcement agencies to identify and seize counterfeit products, such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of 22