Among other things, the Secretariat is responsible for providing administrative support to the Management Committee, coordinating the activities of INCU members and affiliates, organising events, and liaising with the WCO and other stakeholders.

The INCU Secretariat is located in Canberra, Australia, in the heart of Australia’s political scene, approximately 500 metres from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 700 metres from the Australian Parliament House and just over 1 km from the Australian Prime Minister’s residence.

Our Team

Dr Mikhail Kashubsky

Head of Secretariat

Mikhail Kashubsky is an Associate Professor and Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Coordinator at the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), Charles Sturt University and a qualified Australian lawyer. Mikhail holds Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Master of Laws and a PhD in law. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Customs Scientific Journal (CSJ), a member of the Board of Advisors of the Journal of Customs and Economics Review (JCER) and a member of the Advisory Council of the Global Trade Development Week (GTDW).

His areas of specialisation and research interests include international trade law, customs law, supply chain security, offshore oil and gas security, maritime security and law of the sea. In 2015, Mikhail was awarded the title of an Honorary Customs Officer of the Republic of Azerbaijan for cooperation with and contribution to Azerbaijan Customs Service.

Mr Jia-Yuan Yao


Mr Jia-Yuan Yao is a Customs Officer at Hangzhou Customs, China. Yao works at the Mail Inspection Section and is in charge of media and public relations work in his section. From 2012 to 2016, Yao studied Customs Management at Shanghai Customs College and he has been working at the INCU Secretariat since 2015.

In late 2017, Yao proposed the initiative to establish INCU Media Studio with the aim of promoting the INCU and its activities and improving the organisation’s communications and delivery of services and products to its membership base.

Ms Jia-Chen Zhou

Membership Affairs Officer

Ms Jia-Chen Zhou is a junior student at Shanghai Customs College (SCC) majoring in Customs Administration. Ms Zhou recently participated in INCU Summer Internship Program. She has a good command of writing and copyediting. Ms Zhou is also good at using Microsoft Office and managing LinkedIn and WeChat public accounts. She treats her work with patience as well as responsibility.

Mr Zouheir Dalati

Membership Affairs Officer

Zouheir holds a Bachelor of Laws from Damascus University and a Master’s degree in International Customs Law and Administration from the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES).  He is currently studying for his Juris Doctor at the Australian National University and is about to start his doctorate in customs and excise studies. Zouheir is currently working for the Legal Aid Commission in Canberra as a Migration Clinic Coordinator. Prior to Legal Aid, Zouheir worked with the Australian Red Cross as a Human Trafficking Officer and International Tracing Case Manager. He is passionate about international trade law, customs law and capacity building initiatives during or immediately following periods of civil war or international conflict.

Ms Sara Abdullazada

Baku Regional Office Manager

Ms Sara Abdullazada has graduated from Azerbaijan University of Languages with honours and completed the four-month Customs course at the Academy of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She worked as an English instructor at several prestigious universities in Azerbaijan such as Baku State University, Azerbaijan University of Languages and Baku Slavic University, and has been working as a Senior Inspector at the Bilateral Customs Cooperation Division of the External Relations Department of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan since 2013.

Sara had an opportunity to work in the WCO Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) for the Europe Region as well and logistically arranged a number of training programs curated by the WCO. For her high achievements in the Customs service Sara received the Letter of Commendation issued by the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Besides, two manuals: A Media Relations Handbook for Non-Governmental Organizations by Sarah Silver (MDI, 2003) and Reporting Diversity Manual by David Tuller (MDI, 2002), which were considered to be the first manuals written by foreign journalists for their Caucasian colleagues, were translated from English to Azerbaijani by Sara.

Mr Cornelius Herschbach

Research Officer

Mr. Cornelius Herschbach is a research assistant at the Institute of Customs and International Trade Law at the University of Münster. He has been at the Institute since 2016, where he is currently working on his doctorate in customs law. From 2013 to 2018 he studied law at the University of Münster. During his studies he focused on tax law. He graduated in 2018 with a law degree.

Ms En-Jia Hu

Assistant News Editor

Ms En-Jia Hu is a senior student majoring in Customs Management from University of International Business Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. She has already received postgraduate recommendation for master degree of same major for another two years’s study. She has great interest in customs affairs and cares about customs capacity-building and development. In school, Ms Hu participated in several Ministry/school-level research projects and co-authored several papers that have been published. She appreciates the opportunity to join an international customs organisation and make contribution to assisting Customs professionals around the world.

Ms Yi-Tong Xian

Media content developer

Ms Yi-Tong Xian is a student at Shanghai Customs College majoring in Customs Management. Striving for perfection, she treats her daily work with patience as well as responsibility, aiming to integrate creativity into new media to make it more attractive and extraordinary.