Ashok Barat is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He graduated in Commerce from the Allahabad University in 1975 with the Chancellor’s Gold Medal and was a rank holder and winner of the A F Ferguson Award for the best paper in Auditing in the examinations conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in November 1978. He began his career with Hindustan Lever Limited (as it was then called) and worked in positions of increasing responsibility, both in India and overseas with Pepsi, Electrolux, Telstra and Heinz. He recently retired as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes & Company Limited. He is the Past President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trustee on various Public Trusts, and a Member of the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies. He was the fromer MD of Forbes and a trained mediator. He is currently a Chief Operating Officer of the leading law firm, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. He is passionate about the cause of promoting Mediation as the most favoured Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism of choice in the business community. He is working with the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry to set up a world-class Mediation Centre.
Justice Lokur Born on 31st December 1953.He studied at Modern School, Obtained LL.B. degree from Faculty of Law, Delhi University in 1977.Enrolled as an Advocate on 28th July 1977. Practiced in the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. Qualified the examination and enrolled as an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court in 1981. Has vast experience in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Revenue and Service laws. Central Government Standing Counsel from December 1990 to December 1996. Designated as Senior Advocate in February 1997. Appointed as Additional Solicitor General of India on 14th July 1998.Appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court on 4th June 2012. Member of the Mediation & Conciliation Project Committee of the Supreme Court of India since its inception in 2005. The judge in charge of the E-Committee of the Supreme Court of India. Appointed as one Man Committee to suggest improvements in the working of the Homes and organization under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection and Children) Act, 2000 and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules,2007.
Mr S.N. Sahu is a career bureaucrat and has served the Government of India in various positions in a career spanning multiple decades. He is a graduate of Jawaharlal university and has gone onto earn an MPhil in political science. He joined the secretariat in the year 1989, and has served the government of India in various positions of responsibility. He holds the distinction of working as a joint secretary in the Rajya Sabha secretariat, prime minister’s office, press secretary to the president and in a number of other posts in a career spanning more than 3 decades. During his tenure in the president’s office, he had been instrumental in establishing the media cell, which is now functioning as a fully-fledged unit of the secretariat.
He has a keen interest in academic writing, research, and has published articles in a number of journals such as Indian Institute of Public administration, Journal of Law, Gujarat national Law university. He has also written a book called ‘Essay’s on Gandhi’ in collaboration with the Rajarammohan library, Kolkata.He has travelled to a number of countries and has delivered lectures on political thought, Gandhian thought, electoral reforms, environmental crisis and climate change in a number of universities such as University of Illinois, Chicago, Osaka university, and George Washington University to name a few.
He was conferred with the Vocational Award for Excellence by the Rotary Club of Mumbai and Thane in 2007 for purposeful contributions to society through academic studies.
Mr Annurag Batra is an entrepreneur and a journalist. He is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. He is the chairman of BW Businessworld. Mr. Batra is also appointed 5 years back by Government of India as the Chairman of an industry committee formed to come up with a vocational training framework for the media, communication and entertainment industry. He is also a regular speaker on National and International Conferences on Media, Internet, Television, Media policy and Entrepreneurship He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of FMCC (Futuristic Media Communication Centre), a leading Media and Communication School in India. In m2006, the prestigious Management Development Institute (MDI) and Mr. Batra’s Alma mater awarded him the “Most Distinguished Alumni of the Decade Award”. Mr Batra is an author of books such as 8 days a week, Square Pegs in round holes, The Experiential Economy and India’s Spiritual Leaders.
Sriram Panchu is a Senior Advocate and Mediator. He is acknowledged as a pioneer of mediation in India. From the 1990s, he has been mediating cases and creating awareness about the concept of mediation through his writings and speeches. He was instrumental in creating India’s first court-annexed mediation centre, a model replicated by other Courts in the country with his help.. He mediated the Standard Motors case which recorded one of the highest settlements in court-annexed mediations..
Recently, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of India to mediate a 50- year-old boundary dispute between the States of Assam and Nagaland in Northeast India. He is also the author of Settle for More — The Why, How and When of Mediation, the first book of its kind to introduce mediation to the Indian audience.He is a founder member and vice-president of the Association of Indian Mediators launched in March 2013. He is also the founder of the Indian Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution and of immediate India, a member of the Advisory Panel of the Asian Journal of Mediation, and former editor of the newsletter of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association. Apart from his conventional law practice and mediation, he has done a number of public interest cases in the fields of good governance, curbing corruption, environmental protection and consumer rights. He serves on the boards of several charitable and public institutions.
Muhammad Mustaque He obtained Law Degree from V.B College of Law, Udupi and went on to earn an L.L.M from M.G. University in Labour Law. He has also earned a Masters in Space and Telecommunication Law, a funded programme of French Government from Paris XI University. He has undergone training as mediator a by European Team from U.K. and also by MCPC of Supreme Court of India. He has multiple international publications to his credit including papers presented at International Astronautical Congress held in Hyderabad, Daejeon in Korea and Naples in Italy.. Practised as Ligation Lawyer, Arbitrator and served as a Mediator of Kerala Mediation Centre. He has experience in a wide variety of laws such as telecommunications, IP and IT Laws. He is on the Panel Arbitrators of ICADR AND IIAM and Member of International Institute of Space Law and Indian Society of International Law. Worked as Managing Editor of online news legal news letter L.I.N.K. Published from Luxembourg, Charter Member and Treasurer of India International ADR Association and Secretary of Mediators’ Council of India.HE was Sworn in as Additional Judge of the High court of Kerala on 23rd January 2014 and appointed as Permanent Judge of the High Court of Kerala with effect from 10-03-2016.
Sameer Shah born on 17th April,1971, is an Advocate-India and an International Arbitrator. He is the Director,Chartered Institute of Arbitrators ( CIArb ) India Branch and the Chairman, India Branch Global Collaborative Law Council, USA. He completed his LL.B. in l994 from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, India, Standing Second in the University. In the year 1994, started the law practise in Ahmedabad, State of Gujarat, India and has 21 years of active legal practice and experience. In 2003 established my own proprietary full service law firm at Ahmedabad, State of Gujarat, India, under the name and style of S. U. SHAH & ASSOCIATES. He has been Accorded in-principle appointment as one of the first Panel Arbitrators on the panel of ACE Derivatives and Commodities Exchange Ltd. promoted by Kotak Mahindra group having its main centre in Mumbai, India. Regularly conducting training courses as Tutor for CIArb-India for training professionals as Arbitrators. Appointed as a Sole Arbitrator by a Petro-Chemical Trading Company in Mumbai for disputes relating to its customers for recovery of outstanding amounts. Regularly retained by clients to appear before the Arbitral Tribunal of the Stock Exchanges. Recently retained by an Indian Investor to represent the case before the Arbitral Tribunal at DUBAI in an Arbitration Case being conducted under the Rules of Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). In addition enrolled as a member of various organizations such as The International Bar Association, The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (appointed as VICE CHAIRMAN of the INSOLVENCY COMMITTEE – 2012-2013),International Chambers of Commerce – Young Arbitrator Forum (ICC YAF),Indo-Canada Business Centre and the Indo-China Cultural and Economic Council.
He completed his Master of Arts (Hons) in English, Panjab University and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English, Panjab University . He is a retired IAS officer, Rajasthan Cadre (1980 Batch). He has a rich leadership experience of over 35 years heading key departments, driving governance and policy reform initiatives, both at State and Government of India (GOI) level. He is currently the DG & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA). He has held various prestigious positions through his career in the past. He was Advisor, Prasar Bharti , Secretary to GOI, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Secretary to GOI, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Govt. of Rajasthan, Principal Secretary/Additional Chief Secretary, Industries, Govt. of Rajasthan, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Airlines, Joint Secretary to GOI, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Chairman, Task Force on Infrastructure, Planning Commission, Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Govt. of Rajasthan, Collector and District Magistrate, Govt. of Rajasthan – Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur. He has held the position of Board Member – National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Governing Council Member – National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), Board Member, Barmer Mining and Lignite Company, Chairman, Mahindra Special Economic Zone, Board Member, Indian Airlines, Board Member, Airport Authority of India Limited, Board Member, Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, Board Member, Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Limited.
Lalit Bhasin is currently the President of the Society of Indian Law Firms and also the Managing Partner of Bhasin & Co. He was awarded Honorary Membership of the IBA in Melbourne in 1994 for outstanding service to the legal profession. He is also the honorary Secretary General of The Bar Association of India. He was awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Prime Minister of India in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the Rule of Law. He is the Executive President of the India Law Foundation. According to Asia Law Profiles “the high-profile advocate and litigator Lalit Bhasin, Bhasin & Co., Advocates continues to be one of New Delhi’s leading litigation firms. Bhasin is well respected for his leadership abilities in the legal community. Apart from litigation, the firm also has a good reputation for its general corporate and commercial work and has recently joined the list of firms involved in privatization. Bhasin & Co. currently maintains offices in New Delhi and Mumbai and has 28 associates.
Ms Laila Ollapally is the founder of Centre For Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP) Bangalore, a pioneering private mediation initiative that seeks to promote mediation as a form of alternate dispute resolution. She was the founding Co-ordinator of the Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC) for 8 years and continues to be a senior mediator and master trainer at the BMC. She has practiced as an advocate for over 25 years in the High Court of Karnataka and Supreme Court of India. Ms. Ollapally has been a Mediator since 2007 and has mediated several hundred cases involving property disputes, contracts, matrimonial and family disputes, corporate and commercial disputes and other disputes with a very high rate of settlement. She has also co-mediated high profile cases with retired Supreme Court Judges. Ms. Ollapally is on the panel of Mediators of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC).
Prof. (Dr.) Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon
Prof. (Dr.) Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon, is an Indian legal educator, considered by many as the father of modern legal education in India. He is the founder Director of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and the founder Vice Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS). Menon was honored by the Government of India, in 2003, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri. He was the president of the Bar Council of India during the period, 1994–98, was conferred the Living Legend of Law Award by the International Bar Association in 1994.He is also a recipient of the Rotary Club Award for Vocational Excellence and the Plaque of Honour from the Bar Council of India. He is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and Columbia University.
Ashok R. Patil
Ashok R Patil completed his B.Sc. (Criminology & Forensic Science) (1993) , LL.B(1996), LL.M. (Mercantile Law) (1998) with First Rank, Ph.D (2006) in Consumer Law under UGC Fellowship, all from Karnataka University, Dharwad, Accredited Mediator (IIAM). He practised before High Court of Karnataka till 1999. He worked as a Lecturer at KLES B.V. Bellad Law College, Belgaum, from 1999 to 2007. Later he also worked as a Principal of the same college from 2007 to 2008. He joined NLSIU in August 2008 as an Associate Professor and administers the Chair on Consumer Law & Practice. He was promoted as a Professor in 2011. He has conducted many training programs for consumer club teachers, Non-Governmental Organization, consumer forum members. He has published more than 25 articles and three books. He is a chief editor of ‘International Journal of Consumer Law and Practice’ and Bi-Annual Newsletter ‘March of Consumer Law and Practice’. He is also the Reviewer-in-charge of International Journal on Global Science and Technology Forum Journal of Law and Social Sciences. His area of specialisation is Consumer Protection Laws, Law of Torts, Insurance Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is an Executive Council Member of ‘International Association for Consumer Law’. He has got ASIAN LAW INSTITUTE’S FELLOWSHIP in 2010 and visited the National University of Singapore for research in Consumer Protection Issues. He also got the prestigious National Award “LEGAL EDUCATION INNOVATION AWARD-2013” by a Jury appointed by Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and Menon Institute for Legal Advocacy and Training (MILAT). He is a member of Inter-ministerial Monitoring Committee on Issue of Misleading Advertisements and Review Committee on Consumer Protection Amendment Bill, 2011. He is also a member of Drafting Committee on Consumer protection Bill, 2015. He is also nominated as a member to the ‘Central Consumer Protection Council’ by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India for the period of 2015-2017.
Mr. Prathamesh D. Popat
Mr. Prathamesh D. Popat is LEADR Accredited & IMI Certified Mediator. Empanelled Mediator at the Bombay High Court and several institutions/organisations.He is a practicing lawyer (Counsel), Mediator and Conciliator, Basic & Advanced Mediation Trainer, ADR Consultant and Advisor. He started practice as a Counsel at the Bombay High Court in the Chambers of Senior Counsel Aspandiar P Chinoy. While initially appearing only in Courts and Tribunals, his practice is getting more focused on ADR mechanisms. He has been appointed as Arbitrator in Ad Hoc in Institutional Arbitrations, either as Sole Arbitrator or as a member of an Arbitral Tribunal. He has conducted several private as well as Court-Annexed Mediations. Besides doing private mediations, on being empanelled as a Mediator by the Bombay High Court, he is also appointed as a Mediator in Court-Annexed Mediation cases in India.
Mr. A.S. Chandhiok has a degree in Arts and in Law from the University of Delhi. He stood first in Law in the University and also won the gold medal. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the World Sikh University, U.K., and the Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India. He was designated a Senior Advocate and was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India in July 2009. Mr. Chandhiok has successfully represented many corporate bodies, government agencies and departments in many important matters. He was Counsel for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, for more than seven years. He successfully represented the Delhi Development Authority, various other government institutions, many nationalized banks and multinational banks and other corporates – Indian as well as multinational, before international forums – Arbitral Tribunals and Courts also. He was invited as an expert on Indian laws by various Courts/Tribunals and other institutions in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Mr. Chandhiok is currently the President of the Delhi High Court Bar Association. Amongst other things, Mr. Chandhiok was awarded “Outstanding Jurist – 2000” by J.N. Kaushal Jurisprudence Centre, New Delhi, awarded for rendering meritorious legal services from Delhi Citizens’ Forum for Civil Rights in 2002 and The National Law Day Award-2006, from the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, for the contribution made in the practice of Civil Law.
Vijay Srirangan became the Director General of Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry on February 9, 2016 having joined a few weeks earlier. Prior to this he had spent 36 years with the Tata Group as a part of the Tata Administrative Services (TAS) focused in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). During his career, he has had a wide spectrum of responsibilities which includes Training, Applied Technology Research, International Sales, Turnkey Engagements as well as Systems Integration. He was associated with Tata Accounts at TCS. He is a Gold Medallist from IIT Delhi as well as IIM Ahmedabad.
Prior to joining MCIA, Neeti has extensively worked in the field of International Commercial Arbitration, both as a private practitioner representing clients and as an administrator, facilitating the dispute resolution procedure. Neeti’s past professional experience includes working with some of the top Indian Law Firms like Trilegal and Economic Laws Practice. She has also worked at the International Arbitration Department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Paris Office, besides being judicial clerk for Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Muralidhar of Delhi High Court. Neeti has also worked with LCIA India as its First Deputy Registrar. She is also active in the academic circle and is an academic advisor at KIIT Law School, Orissa. Neeti is also a guest faculty at National Law University Delhi and at the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. She was also the Asia Pacific & Australasia Representative of YIAG, LCIA and a member of the steering committee of the Young ICCA Asia Pacific Desk. Ms Sachdeva has obtained a Masters in International Commercial Arbitration from Stockholm University, and has also undertaken a course in Private International Law from the Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague. She is regularly invited as a speaker at various conferences and conducts workshops in the field of arbitration.”
Mr. Ajay Mehta is an independent law practitioner practicing civil laws for more than three decades and specializing in civil, commercial and matrimonial/family litigation, and also specializing in marriage counselling (matrimonial reconciliation). He is also a Trained Mediator under the aegis of Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC), Supreme Court.He has imparted 40 hours’ trainings besides conducting various types of programmes on mediation formatted as “Awareness Programmes”, “Refresher Courses, “Advanced Courses” “Mentoring & Critiquing, all over India under the aegis of MCPC to groups comprising of judges, advocates, court managers, social workers, NGOs, beaurocrats, doctors, chartered accountants, law-students and the wives of the judges. Besides this he was appointed/required by the Mediation Monitoring Committees of the High Courts of many states like Hon’ble High Courts of Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to impart training to the judicial officers & advocates. In the process, almost fifty percent of the judges in the Districts Courts of Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh were imparted 40 hours extensive training by me as a sole-trainer.
Ms. Nandini Gore is the senior-most Partner at Karanjawala & Company – one of India’s leading dispute resolution firms. Practicing law for almost three decades now, Ms. Gore is an Advocate-on-Record at the Supreme Court of India making her part of a select group of advocates allowed to file matters in the Supreme Court of India. Highly regarded even within that select group of advocates, Ms. Gore is the elected Secretary of the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association since February, 2016 – the first full-time law firm partner to be so elected. Over the years, Ms. Gore has developed a strong expertise in all forms of dispute resolution – litigation and alternative forms. However, mediation remains a personal passion for Ms. Gore. She firmly believes that it is the way forward in most disputes – even if a successful resolution of the dispute is not achieved, the parties are able to cut through various surrounding and attendant issues and are able to arrive at a smaller, focused, core dispute. A celebrated lawyer, Ms. Gore has been ranked by Legal 500 and most recently by Chambers & Partners ‘Dispute Resolution: New Delhi’ as a “Band 2” Lawyer – a position she has held since 2012. Ms. Gore has also received the Lawyer Monthly Award for Women in Law “Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2016”. She also deserves rightful credit for driving Karanjawala & Company, which is consistently rated as a “Band 1” Dispute Resolution Firm in India by Chambers & Partners. Karanjawala & Company is also ranked as a “Tier 1” Dispute Resolution Firm by Legal 500. While Ms. Gore has enjoyed immense success in litigation before almost all forums – Supreme Court of India, High Courts across India, National Green Tribunal, the erstwhile Company Law Board, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Mines Tribunal, domestic and international arbitral tribunals – with clients such as Tata Motors, Adani Group, Tata Steel, Hongkong and Shanghai Commercial Bank Corporation, Hindustan Times, GVK EMRI, Noida Toll Bridge Co. Ltd., Merck; Kotak Mahindra Bank, and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd; her interest towards mediation has pushed her towards certification from the Supreme Court of India and she is a certified mediator on the panel of the Supreme Court Mediation Committee. In addition, she has also acted as a mediator in various matters at Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre.
Associate Professor & Head, School of Corporate Law, IICACourse Director, Training on Commercial Mediation & Negotiation. Evangelist of India International Mediation Center (IIMC) Certified trainer on “Managing Disputes and Difficult Conversations on the Board‟ by Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Trained Mediator, Insolvency Professional and Trainer Former faculty of National Law University (HNLU), Raipur and Deputy Director (Law) atCompetition Commission of India (CCI). Gold Medalist in LLB and LLM in Business Laws. Life Member of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), the Indian Society ofInternational Law (ISIL) and The International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution(ICADR).Participated and presented papers in a number of national and international seminars/conferences/workshops Areas of interests include competition law, corporate and securities law, international trade and economic law, comparative business laws including IPR and Competition, ADR and legislativepolicy and drafting.
Tarun Nangia is an award winning journalist and editor, and host of discussion shows “Business India” , ” Policy and Politics” “Current Issues” and the upcoming “Legally Speaking” . He has written on various beats and industries in his decade long career as a journalist, he has interviewed people from various walks of life like Ram Jethmalani, Harish Salve, Sarosh Zaiwalla, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohoria, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Spice Jet Chairman Ajay Singh, various Justices (Retd) of the Supreme and the High Court and Ambassadors and many others.He is the winner of Red Ink award for Excellence in Journalism for the year 2015 in the category “Financial Crimes” In his decade long career he has worked with The Indian Express, The Times of India Group, The New Indian Express, Zee Business and is Associate Editor (Special Projects), Legal, Business and Political Economy with the ITV Group.
Mrs. Puja Dewan has been associated with Delhi Dispute Resolution Society (DDRS), a society registered under the Department of Law, Justice and L.A since October 2010. She oversees the work of all 10 mediation centers of DDRS. During her tenure the total number of matters from 5800 in the year 2013 has surged to 37000 in 2017. She works in the capacity of a Director in DDRS. She completed her graduation in the year 1989 from the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College in Humanities and did her Masters from the Arts faculty North Campus in 1991. She has obtained her L.L.B and L.L.M from Kurukshetra and Maharishi Dayanand University respectively. She was associated with District Consumer Forum of Ludhiana in the capacity of a Member from 2002-2009. She is a professionally trained Mediator from the Department of Law and Justice, Delhi Government. Apart from overseeing administrative functions, spreading of mediation through and for DDRS, she also mediates various commercial, matrimonial, banking, real estate, consumer, service matters etc. She convenes the Governing Council meetings of DDRS along with the Secretary of Law and Hon’ble CM of Delhi. She speaks regularly at various forums and attends seminars and symposiums pertaining to Alternate Dispute Resolution. She has been interviewed for her exceptional contribution and promotion of Mediation at personal level and through DDRS by various media houses like AIR, Hindustan Times, and Doordarshan. She was invited as guest and speaker for the inauguration of Telecom Department and Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
Anil Xavier is a practising lawyer since 1991. He has been involved in multi-party complex civil / business/commercial / corporate mediations and arbitrations. He is the President of the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM), Vice President of the India International ADR Association (IIADRA) and Executive Committee member of the ADR Law Section of the Indian National Bar Association (INBA).He is the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee of the Asian Mediation Association, Hong Kong to prepare mediation guidelines for AMA Member countries. He is the first IMI Certified Mediator from India and empanelled as International Accredited Mediator of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), Singapore and the Florence International Mediation Chamber (FIMC) of the Chamber of Commerce, Italy. He is nominated as one of the world’s leading practitioner in the field of ADR by Who’s Who Legal 2016, London, UK. Was instrumental in developing Community Mediation Service by IIAM and is a member of the CMS Public Committee implementing Community Mediation Clinics in India. He is a member of the Editorial Board of “ADR World”, e-magazine of the India International ADR Association and a member of the Advisory Council of online law journal, “International Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Social Science” of the Lords Advocate, India.
Irena Vanenkova is Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI), The Hague.. Irena is a CEDR-Accredited mediator (1998) as well as holder of the MATA advanced mediation certificate. Irena holds the English Tutor Diploma of The Linguistic University in Moscow (1983), a Bachelor of Economics at the Moscow Institute of Business Studies (1997), and a Diploma in Public Relations Management at the Moscow State University (2001).. Irena’s prior career included positions as Commercial Projects Manager – Russia of International Distillers & Vintners Limited (1992-97), Deputy Chief Representative – Russia of CDR International (1997-98), and Public Relations Manager of IKEA Russia (1999-2006). Irena is a Russian citizen.
Anuroop Omkar is an advocate and mediator. He is the director and promoter of Bridge Mediation and Consulting Pvt. Ltd. India (BMCPL). He is a partner with AK & Partners (Law Firm). He holds a B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, India.He is a professional Mediator and Negotiator trained from U.S.A and Europe. He has co-authored the Indian legal best seller titled “The Art of Negotiation and Mediation- Wishbone, Funnybone & a backbone” published by LexisNexis in 2015. He is the youngest appointed mediator at Delhi Dispute Resolution Society, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of Delhi.He was instrumental in the drafting of the mediation rules under Indian Companies Act. He is the Trainer and course consultant to Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India for a training program on commercial mediation and negotiation. He is a life member of International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), Ministry of Law and Justice. He is an Expert Contributor for NCLT & NCLAT Member Induction Training Programme on Mergers and Acquisitions and Alternate Dispute Resolution. He is a visiting faculty to SIDBI MSME International Training Institute (SITI), Bhubaneswar, and National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA). He is an empanelled mediator with the National Company Law Tribunal.
After enrolled as an advocate with Punjab and Haryana bar Council in 1979 started his practice in Civil,Criminal and Constitutional side.Elected as Secretary of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association in 1990-91. Elected as the Vice President of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association in 1995-96. Elected as the President of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association in 2005-06. Designated as Senior Advocate by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2008. Appointed as Co-ordinator of mediation centre at Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2008. Appointed as Additional Advocate General in the year 2012-13. Appointed as Member of the Mediation and Conciliation Committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the year 2013. Has Attended International conferences on Environment,Human Rights& alternate dispute resolutions
Varuna Bhandari Gugnani
Varuna Bhandari Gugnani, a practising advocate at Supreme Court of India.A mediator in Supreme Court Mediation Centre, and a mediator Punjab & Haryana High Court Mediation Centre. A Mediator for Delhi Dispute Resolution Society, Department ofLaw, Justice and Legal Affairs, Government of NCT Delhi, and a distinguished trainer with MCPC (Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee)She has been involved in the practice of Mediation since 2010 and is an acting as Mediator at Supreme Court Mediation Centre, New Delhi. Acting as Mediator at Punjab and Haryana High Court Mediation Centre, Chandigarh acting as Mediator at Delhi Dispute Resolution Society (DDRS), Govt. of NCT Delhi. She has successfully conducted mediations as a Private Mediator and also hosting website. She has been involved in the practice of Mediation since 2010 and is an acting as Mediator at Supreme Court Mediation Centre, New Delhi. Acting as Mediator at Punjab and Haryana High Court Mediation Centre, Chandigarh acting as Mediator at Delhi Dispute Resolution Society (DDRS), Govt. of NCT Delhi. She has successfully conducted mediations as a Private Mediator and also hosting website. She has undergone training on concept and techniques of mediation conducted by Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee Supreme Court of India. She holds the distinction of solving more than 100 matters through Mediation while working as Mediator at Delhi, Dispute Resolution Society (DDRS).
Prof. Nadja Alexander
PROF. NADJA ALEXANDER is a Professor and Director of theInternational Institute for Conflict Engagement and Resolution (IICER) atHong Kong Shue Yan University.Previously Professor Alexander was Director of ADR at the AustralianCentre for Peace and Conflict Studies.She edits the Kluwer Mediation Blog and the book series Global Trends and Dispute Resolution. Her work on negotiation and mediation has appeared in English, German, French, Russian and Chinese languages. In 2011 her book, International Comparative Mediation, won the CPR Award for Outstanding ADR monograph. Professor Alexander is active as a practitioner, policy adviser, speaker practitioner, policy adviser, speaker and trainer in conflict resolution contexts throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and the Pacific. Policy appointments include the Hong KongMediation Taskforce, the Australian National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC), the Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute. She has been named one of Australia’s top five law academics by Business Woman Magazine.During 2012-2014 Professor Alexander lead a mediation initiative in Samoa for the World Bank Group.
Mr Jeremy Lack is an independent ADR neutral and deal facilitator specializing in the prevention and resolution of disputes and the facilitation of commercial transactions, especially in international or cross-cultural settings. He is familiar with common law and civil law proceedings. He is a former partner with Etude Altenburger in Geneva, Switzerland, a door tenant with Quadrant Chambers in London, and serves as counsel to Charles Russell LLP in Geneva. He has worked for Becton Dickinson and Co., Medabiotech and Novimmune in general counsel, director is accredited by and has provided services to several mediation institutions in various countries (including IMP, WIP, INTA, ICDR, JAMS, CSMC/SKWM, CMAP, CEDR, Result ACB, and the Swiss Chambers of Commerce). He was recently ranked as one of the ten most highly regarded mediators by the International who’s who of Commercial Mediation 2011 and was ranked again under the “Most Highly Regarded Firms” for mediation in 2012 and in 2013. Jeremy serves as a Vice Chair on IMI’s Independent Standards Commission, where he is responsible for all its taskforces, and on several ADR leadership committees for ABA, CPR (Europe), CCIG, IMI and GNII