Admin Team

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Pooja Parmar

Acting Director (until 30 June 2023)

Dr. Parmar is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law. She has been serving for four years on CAPI’s Steering Committee and was an outbound scholar in CAPI's "Regulating Globalization in South and Southeast Asia" project, traveling twice to Bhutan to work with our partners at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, and she has organized and participated in countless CAPI events and activities.

Pooja is known locally and internationally for her work on Indigeneity and legal pluralism in Asia (especially her book, Indigeneity and Legal Pluralism in India: Claims, Histories, Meanings, published by Cambridge University Press), as well as for her work on legal history, ethical lawyering, law and society, and international human rights law

Victor V. Ramraj

Victor V. Ramraj

Director (on sabbatical until 30 June 2023)

Dr Victor V. Ramraj was appointed as CAPI Director in September 2017 and has been a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations since 2014.

He draws upon his many years of research on the Asia-Pacific region, and his international leadership experience, including five years as Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs at the National University of Singapore Law School and a one-year secondment as Co-Director of the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London, England. His current research focuses on comparative constitutional law and transnational regulation, both with an emphasis on Asia. More

Helen Lansdowne

Helen Lansdowne

Associate Director

Helen Lansdowne has a BA and an MA in Pacific and Asian Studies from UVic and has been with CAPI since late 1998. She brings expertise in rural China state-society relations. Her most recent area of study includes mainland Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on development and gender.

Her work at CAPI includes assisting with the Centre's ongoing project work and is in charge of overall administration of CAPI's programs. Helen Lansdowne also teaches courses on Southeast Asia and Developmental Theory in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at UVic and in the Department of Social Sciences at Camosun College. More

Mike Abe

Mike Abe

Project Manager, Past Wrongs, Future Choices

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Mike is a Nikkei Sansei (third generation) and has been involved in the Japanese Canadian community in both Ontario and Victoria, maintaining close ties with Japan. He is past president of the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, serving as president for 8 terms. He has been involved with the National Association of Japanese Canadians' Victoria chapter and was the editor of the Victoria Nikkei Forum from 2001-16. He worked in the tourism industry for over 20 years, marketing and promoting Victoria and British Columbia as a world class tourist destination and holds a B.Sc. degree from McMaster University.

Mike was the project manager for Landscapes of Injustice (2014-2021), a multi-partner research project housed at CAPI exploring the forced dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

Katie Dey

Katie Dey

Office Administrator

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Katie emigrated to Canada from Scotland after graduating from DJCAD (Dundee, Scotland) with a BFA in Fine Art Printmaking. She worked as a Master Printer in Vancouver for many years before becoming a Printmaking technician and discovered the joys of working for Universities.

A recent transplant to Victoria, she is delighted to be working at CAPI. When she's not in the CAPI office she teaches printmaking and learns pottery.

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Robyn Fila

Internship Program Manager

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Since 2010, Robyn has facilitated over 100 international internship placements for UVic students and graduates from across Canada in more than 20 countries. She is responsible for program and partnership development across the Asia-Pacific region, selecting, training and mentoring interns, and program monitoring and evaluation. CAPI’s international internship programs have focused on governance, development, education and migrants’ and refugee rights.

Robyn has an extensive background in experiential learning and curriculum development as it pertains to global and international education. She started her career in Indonesia in her work with street entrenched youth and continued on with social change movements focusing on reproductive rights and justice in the Czech Republic. She has an undergraduate degree from UVic in Geography and a MA in Adult Education and Global Change from Linkoping University in Sweden.

Noelle

Noelle Hinrichs

Events and Program Coordinator

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Noelle joined CAPI in 2022 as the Events and Program Coordinator. She coordinates the Korean Program which brings visitors from Korea for professional development in Victoria where they engage in research collaboration and knowledge exchange with UVic staff and faculty.

Noelle has extensive experience in event and program planning and has enjoyed a career association with many cultural and academic institutions in BC, including a role in the establishment of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. She has lived and studied in both China and Taiwan and has travelled throughout Asia. Most recently, Noelle worked as a donor relations and events coordinator in Victoria’s cultural and performing arts community and as a volunteer conversation partner for international students in UVic’s Global Community program.

Noelle is an alumnus of UVic in Pacific and Asian Studies and completed her Masters’ degree in Modern Chinese Literature at UBC. A lifelong passion for culture, community and the Asia-Pacific region has guided Noelle to her role here, and she is delighted to be working at CAPI.

Dulma Karunarthna

Dulma Karunarthna

Program Coordinator

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Dulma joined CAPI in the fall of 2021 as a program coordinator. Dr. Karunarathna was a Lecturer with the Department of Archaeology at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka from 2002-2021. She was a Commonwealth Scholar and completed her PhD at Newcastle University (UK) in 2015 with a focus on the "social archaeology of gender as depicted in visual art forms in South Asia." Her current research project is a cultural examination of a Sri Lankan palm-leaf manuscript that unveils the hidden history of color and the shared cultures, cultural diversity and socio-cultural geography of South and Southeast Asia.