Virtual event with in-person hubs across the globe.
Sustainability is at the heart of mediation. Mediation practice needs to be sustainable and practitioners need to have the tools and skills to enable parties to achieve long-term, workable outcomes that make sense environmentally, socially, politically and commercially. Outcomes that are critical to resolving and progressing local and global issues including climate change and conflict. Join us at the Mediation Symposium 2022 (virtual and in London, Singapore and Miami), as we explore what sustainability means for mediation practice and practitioners.
Register now for Early Bird discounted registration fees. Early bird closes on 5 September 2022 at 23:59 (GMT+1).
Registration for Virtual Mediation Symposium and all in-person hubs closes on 3 October at 17:00 (GMT+1).
A hybrid Mediation Symposium in 2022
This year’s Mediation Symposium will be a hybrid event. The virtual symposium will take place between 4 and 6 October 2022 with staggered start and end times to ensure you can join us for live sessions anywhere in the world. Click here for the full programme.
We will also be hosting three in-person hubs:
Sustainability is at the heart of mediation. Mediation practice needs to be sustainable and practitioners need to have the tools and skills to enable parties to achieve long-term, workable outcomes that make sense environmentally, socially, politically and commercially. Outcomes that are critical to resolving and progressing local and global issues including climate change and conflict.
Join us at the Mediation Symposium 2022 (virtual and in London, Singapore and Miami), as we explore what sustainability means for mediation practice and practitioners. You will hear from a range of international speakers on topics including:
This truly global event will be held virtually across three days, with staggered start and end times to ensure live sessions are available wherever you are in the world. There are also three in-person hubs in Singapore on 4 October, London on 5 October and Miami on 6 October. However you join us, there are plenty of opportunities to network and connect with peers locally and globally.
Three days of panel sessions, keynotes, peer-to-peer learning and networking breaks. A truly global event for global audience. Join us from anywhere in the world for live or on-demand sessions.
4 October: 8:00 to 13:00 GMT+1
5 October: 14:00 to 19:00 GMT+1
6 October: 16:00 to 20:30 GMT+1
Singapore hub details
Meet us in-person in Singapore and network with your peers: 4 October 15:00-18:30 SGT (GMT+8). Register now.
Purchasing a ticket to the Singapore Hub will give you access to an afternoon of engaging content at WongPartnership offices.
Registration for Singapore in-person hub excludes access to virtual symposium. You will be able to purchase an add on during the registration process.
5.00 SGT (GMT+8)
Stream of Welcome to the Mediation Symposium
8:15 GMT / 15:15 SGT (GMT+8) / 3:15 EST
Workability and sustainability: Mediator responsibilities?
This “Fireside Chat” with leading international mediators will focus on the future of mediation both in Singapore and internationally: Where do we need to get to? How will we get there? And is the mediation process itself sustainable for the future?
Moderated by: Eunice Chua, CEO of Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre, and Sapna Jhangiani QC FCIArb,CIArb Singapore Branch Chair
Speakers: Professor Joel Lee, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, and Geoff Sharp, Commercial Mediator, Maxwell Mediators
16.15 SGT (GMT+8)
Mediation and Sustainability
This diverse panel brings together experienced practitioners from the local to the international level, with contributions and discussion on what workability and sustainability mean at all levels and what practitioners can learn from each other.
Moderated by: Aloysius Goh, Sage Mediation
Speakers: Josephine Choo, WongPartnership, Francis Goh, Harry Elias Partnership, Antony Lee, HSBC, and Ye-Min Wu, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
17.15 SGT (GMT+8)
Drinks reception, hosted by WongPartnership
London hub details
Meet us in-person in London and network with your peers: 5 October 13:00-19:00 BST (GMT+1). Register now.
Purchasing a ticket to the London Hub will give you access to an afternoon of talks and workshops at CIArb’s headquarters at 12 Bloomsbury Square. It will also give you automatic access to the three days of virtual symposium content, which will all be recorded and available on demand.
13:00 BST (GMT+1)
14:00 BST (GMT+1)
Keynote with Jane Gunn: Sustainability in practice - developing your skills to manage complex disputes
To facilitate outcomes that are workable in the long-term, mediators must integrate consideration of personal, commercial, legal and social impacts. Jane will outline how this can be achieved through the three Es:
15:30 BST (GMT+1)
16:00 BST (GMT+1)
Mediation, sustainability and the delivery of sustainable conflict and dispute resolution
This last year has been dominated by the issue of whether mandating mediation is an effective and sustainable way to deal with the dispute resolution deficit of courts across the world. After a brief overview of sustainability and mandatory mediation, in-person attendees will be invited to join working groups, moderated by experienced mediators. These will focus on mediation issues including the mandatory mediation consultation in England and Wales (which closes on 4 October), technology and sustainable mediation delivery, and mediator skills relating to issues of sustainability and sustainable development.
18:00 BST (GMT+1)
Miami hub details
Meet us in-person in Miami and network with your peers: 6 October 10:00- 17:00 EST (GMT-4). Register now.
Purchasing a ticket to the Miami Hub will give you access to a full day of talks and networking at Bilzin Sumberg. It will also give you automatic access to the three days of virtual symposium content, which will all be recorded and available on demand.
10:00 EST (GMT-4)
10:30 EST (GMT-4)
11:00 EST (GMT-4)
Hybrid ADR processes: What does it mean in practice for mediators?
There is lots of talk about how different ADR processes can be sequenced and/or nested to achieve the best outcomes for users, and there have been discussions about hybrid processes such as Med-Arb-Med for at least 20 years. But what do these combinations or hybrids actually mean for mediators in practice? Do they offer more sustainable options and solutions for parties? Do they change what mediators need to know or do? Or is it all just a lot of hot air?
This panel will have an open discussion about their own experience in different regions of the Americas, looking at what hybrid processes mean now and what they might mean for the future.
12:30 EST (GMT-4)
14:00 EST (GMT-4)
How do we leverage our CIArb membership and elevate our mediation practice? There are many CIArb members across the Americas who are actively involved in mediation. These in-person discussions will provide a forum for CIArb members involved in mediation to engage with each other, exchange information and plan for the future.
17:00 EST (GMT-4)
Cocktail reception, hosted by CIArb New York Branch
The Miami hub of Mediation Symposium 2022 will be followed by the Americas Conference on 7 October. Join CIArb and our seven Americas Branches (Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, New York and North America) to discuss Arbitration in the Americas – Views from the Profession, the Practice, Providers and the Parties We Serve.
Niki Borofsky is a Senior Global Practice Manager at JAMS Local Solutions. She is based out of New York, and responsible for business development, panel relations, thought leadership, and strategic marketing in regions including Europe, North America and the Middle East. She works to help promote Mediation, Arbitration, and other Alternative Dispute Resolution services, increase global understanding and use of JAMS’ International Arbitration and Mediation Rules and Procedures, and build business for JAMS panellists who have global practices. She is the Chair of JAMS’ In-House Counsel Committee dedicated to providing effective dispute mitigation and resolution solutions to corporate counsel worldwide. Prior to joining JAMS, Ms. Borofsky worked as an international attorney in academia, business, and law firms including positions at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, ALSTOM, Latham & Watkins, and with Proskauer's International Arbitration group where she focused on complex international commercial arbitration and counselled multinational corporate clients on cross-border disputes. She also worked as Vice President of Membership Services at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) where she was responsible for planning and executing the organization’s Annual Meetings. A member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, and with an LLM in French and European Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Ms. Borofsky has authored several articles on global dispute resolution. She is also New York Peace Institute trained mediator, and has participated in training members of the NYPD in peaceful conflict resolution. Dedicated to improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in ADR, Ms. Borofsky is a Founding Member of the ADR Inclusion Network. She is a Board Member of the Latino Judges Association Foundation and a convener of the monthly ACR-GNY and CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College Breakfast Roundtable.
Eunice is Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre and Research Fellow at the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy. She is a Principal Mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre and regularly mediates civil and commercial disputes. She was formerly an Assistant Registrar in the Supreme Court of Singapore and Assistant Professor of Law at the SMU School of Law. She has published actively in the field of alternative dispute resolution and civil procedure. Eunice has also previously taken on various mediation-related roles, including serving as Assistant Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre and Deputy CEO of the Singapore international Mediation Centre.
Catherine joined CIArb as Director General in May 2020 having set the world record for circumnavigation of the world on a tandem. Prior to setting her world record, Catherine spent time in Chief Executive Officer roles at the Law Society of England and Wales, a Higher and Further Education College and at NHS Resolution. Catherine has also held Senior Executive Director and General Counsel roles at the NSPCC and BUPA and in Canada at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Catherine started her professional career in private practice as a solicitor, at Eversheds Sutherland and was an Officer in the British Army. Catherine has served as a trustee and non-executive director on a number of boards, including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), Queens Counsel Appointments, LawWorks, National Pro Bono Centre, the PDSA, the Yorkshire and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, the Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Landex and was the Deputy Chair of the IBA LGBTQI Committee. Catherine is currently a trustee of Stonewall and a member of the Advisory Board of the Open University. Catherine is a solicitor and accredited mediator and has a MBA.
Mr Aloysius Goh is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sage Mediation. Certified as an international mediator, Aloysius has a strong track record of achieving practical solutions to complex commercial disputes. His mediation clients include listed companies, as well as charities, non-government organisations, and public sector entities. In addition to having served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore International Mediation Centre, Aloysius was the General Counsel of the Singapore Institute of Technology and had set up and led the Mediation Unit of the Ministry of Health. Aloysius currently serves as a member of the International Mediation Institute’s Appraisal Committee and the Madrid International Arbitration Centre Mediator Appointment Committee. A National University of Singapore (NUS) Law School Research Scholar and a Public Service Commission Humanities Scholar, Aloysius has a Master’s degree in Law from the NUS, and a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Boston College Lynch Education School.
Francis graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1990 and was called to the Singapore Bar in April 1991. Since then, he has been in active legal practice to-date. He is a Partner with Harry Elias Partnership LLP, where he is Head of International Arbitration and Mediation as well as Private Client Advisory.
An accredited Mediator since 2001, Francis is an early adopter of mediation, both as counsel and mediator. Francis pioneered the art of mediation advocacy and brings a problem-solving mindset to dispute resolution. Francis is adept at the mediation process to help parties negotiate win-win outcomes for their disputes.
As Counsel and Mediator, Francis has handled litigation and arbitration cases with complex disputes, involving relational and contractual, multi-party, and multi-jurisdictional issues in the fields of private client, healthcare and medical, employment, joint-venture and shareholder relations, company and director liability, franchise, construction, real estate, insurance and financial products, technology and intellectual property, shipping and logistics industries.
He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and serves on the SIArb Council as the Honorary Secretary. He is on the mediation panels of AAA-ICDR, SIMC and SMC.
As an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, Francis won the B.A Mallal Mooting Competition in 1987. Today he continues his passion for advocacy, serving as senior trainer as well as co-vice chair of the Singapore Law Society’s Advocacy Committee.
Francis serves as an Adjudicator with the Financial Industry Dispute Resolution Centre Ltd (FIDReC), and is an Assessor with the Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief (PACT and URA Registry). Francis strongly believes in legal empowerment and regularly volunteers through speaking engagements to charities such as Law Society Pro Bono Services together with NTUC (LawWorks), Special Needs Trust Company (SNTC), Movement for the Intellectually Disabled Singapore (MINDS) and others.
Jane Gunn is a highly sought after consultant, facilitator and speaker. She specializes in collaboration, cross-cultural communication and transforming business relationships and has helped open the eyes, hearts and minds of numerous companies to transform and secure the future of their organisation and the commitment and collaboration of their people.
As a trained mediator and facilitator she brings a diverse mix of skills, experience and insight that enable her to get people and groups with different priorities, incentives and ways of doing things, to work together successfully. She has a powerful message supported by practical tools and techniques that applies to organizations of all sizes across all sectors.
Jane is the President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and is a former director and board member of the Civil Mediation Council of England and Wales (CMC). She is a past president of the Professional Speaking Association of the UK and Ireland (PSA UKI). She is also a member of the Advisory Committee to QUADRA in Italy.
She has been invited to speak at the United Nations, the White House, the European Commission and the International Energy Agency and has fulfilled a number of other international speaking engagements. She has worked with organisations large and small including Cable & Wireless, The NHS, BAA, Bacardi-Martini, McLaren Racing, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and many more.
She is also the author of two popular books on conflict management “How to Beat Bedlam in the Boardroom and Boredom in the Bedroom” and “The Authority Guide to Conflict Resolution”.
Sapna has over 20 years’ experience in appearing before courts and tribunals, and sitting as a neutral, in complex, high-stakes commercial disputes seated in diverse jurisdictions such as London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. She has practised in London, New York, Dubai and Singapore and is dual-qualified as an English barrister, and an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Sapna is consistently ranked in the leading legal directories, and was recognised by Asian Legal Business as one of Asia’s top 15 female lawyers. She was named in “Best Lawyers 2021” and “Best Lawyers 2022” for arbitration and mediation in Singapore, and was also included in the inaugural list of "Asia's top 100 Lawyers" published by the Asia Law Business Journal. Sapna is currently International Legal Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Singapore, during which period she maintains a practice as arbitrator and mediator. She is currently Chair of the Singapore Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Joel Lee is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, the National University of Singapore. Joel co-pioneered the teaching of Negotiation and Mediation in the Singapore Universities and has played a significant role in furthering the development of mediation in Singapore, not just in education but in practice. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law Schools, Joel is a partner with CMP-Cambridge (USA) and a principal mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.
Joel was a member of the International Mediation Institute's Independent Standards Commission and Intercultural Taskforce and was also a key member of the Ministry of Law's Working Group on International Commercial Mediation. Joel is presently the founding Chair of the Board of the Singapore International Mediation Institute. He is also a Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Joel has taught overseas at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Law, Economics and Science of Aix-Marseille (Aix‐en‐Provence France) and Anglia Law School (UK) and is the co-editor and co- author of the book 'An Asian Perspective on Mediation' and the 'Singapore Mediation Handbook', and the General Editor for the Asian Journal on Mediation. In 2011, Joel was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award which is the National University of Singapore's highest teaching award.
Antony Lee is the General Counsel for HSBC Singapore and has held that appointment since Feb 2006. He also has a regional role as Deputy General Counsel, Asia Pacific for HSBC. He manages a department of 30 that is responsible for the management of legal matters for all HSBC entities in Singapore. Before HSBC, Antony has worked in various capacities in the banking sector and in private legal practice as a financial services and commercial lawyer. Antony has been active in various professional and community bodies including the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Banking and Finance Chapter. Antony is also an accredited mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Singapore International Mediation Centre. He has mediated a range of commercial and civil disputes.
Michael is based in Singapore. He acts as an expert, and arbitrator, on a range of matters including accounting and quantum issues in a wide range of industries with over 25 years’ experience. Michael specialises in cross border disputes involving arbitration and has acted as an expert in proceedings brought under various forums. He supports clients in arriving at negotiated settlements of disputes. Michael has been involved in disputes arising from breaches of contract, share purchase agreements and claims arising out of investment treaties in mining, oil & gas, power generation, transport, construction, financial services, telecoms and manufacturing.
Isabel Phillips is Director of ADR and Mediation Development at CIArb. Isabel is a conflict specialist and mediator with 25 years of experience. This experience includes mediating a wide range of commercial disputes and several years mediating and delivering dialogue programmes in fragile and post-conflict environments internationally. She has consulted on, and designed, dispute and conflict management systems, mediation, negotiation and conflict training solutions for governments, IGOs, NGOs and commercial businesses. She is a German-qualified conflict specialist (FFK), a CEDR accredited mediator and was awarded a PhD for her work on the practice and theory of commercial and socio-political mediation.
Olufunmilayo Roberts is an astute leader with outstanding track record in mobilizing for corporate and public sector reform, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. She became a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria haven graduated top of her class both at the University of Ife, Ile Ife in 1981 and at the Nigerian Law School in 1982 It was also in the University of Ife, Ile Ife that she earned her Masters of laws Degree, during which she was awarded the University of Ife Alumni Fellowship. Funmi’s tenacity and refusal to be defined or limited by her environment, have enabled her to build of one of the leading value-driven legal and ADR law firms in Nigeria, Funmi Roberts & Co. She is also the founder of Funmi Roberts & Co. Nominees Limited, a company that offers cutting edge company secretarial services to several blue-chip companies in Nigeria. Funmi Roberts belongs to several professional organizations such as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), where she served in various capacities including being a member of the National Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ of the NBA. Funmi, a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K), Fellow of the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (NICArb) and of the Institute of Construction Industry Arbitrators (ICIArb), is also a member of the Global Panel of Mediators of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution CEDR, (U.K) and tutor and assessor of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution CEDR, (U.K). In recognition of her dispute resolution expertise, Funmi Roberts serves on several dispute resolution committees and platforms: Regional Mediator for the World Bank Group; Member of the Global Mediation Panel of Ombudsman for UN Funds and Programmes United Nations, and member of the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission. She is a member of Arbitral Women the Arbitration Committee of International Bar Association, London Court of International Arbitration, Guild of Adjudicators of Nigeria, Co-Chairman of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre. Funmi recently completed her term as member of the Board of Directors of Lagos Court of Arbitration, and continues to serve on the Governing Board of the Oyo State Multidoor Courthouse. Apart from all these, Funmi serves as a member of the Dispute Resolution Panel of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and also is a member of the panel of neutrals of several multidoor courthouses, and the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. Funmi Roberts is the co-visioner of the Covid-19 ADR Initiative (CADR), an initiative that promotes the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms for the settlement of COVID-19 related disputes outside of litigation at low cost without compromising quality. She has acted as arbitrator or mediator in several corporate commercial, real estate, investments, construction, banking and finance-related, transport and security, insurance disputes including an ICC administered international oil and gas dispute. She acted as sole adjudicator in one of the largest construction disputes in Nigeria. Additionally, she has also been listed as a leading individual by several leading industry publications. After undergoing trainings on several platforms, Funmi can competently teach and also undertake online/virtual dispute resolution (ODR) using different platforms including CREK, Zoom, Big Blue Button, and GoToMeeting. Funmi Roberts is well published and has delivered presentations at both local and international conferences, received global recognition for her dispute resolution expertise when, she was appointed as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and ADR Commission.
A Who's Who Legal “mediation megastar” and 'a gem of a mediator' - Geoff possesses “vast experience mediating in Asia and the Middle East”. He has a focus on Asia and is APAC Insider's “Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia-Pacific”. He is a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers, London; and a founding member of Maxwell Mediators, Singapore. He is a ranked mediator in Chambers UK Bar. Geoff has recently mediated in London, Sydney, Auckland, Seoul, Singapore, and Zürich. These matters include insurance, financial sector, country-to-country commercial disputes, contract supply, military, oil and gas, aviation, energy infrastructure, and construction disputes. Geoff is appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes where he joins a small group of global mediators and academics having oversight of the UN’s Global Mediation Panel. Active in Asia, Geoff is a member of the Singapore International Mediation Centre’s international panel of mediators, and an appointed SIMC ambassador. He is also a panel member of the Japan International Mediation Center in Kyoto, as well as a senior mediator at the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center. Also mediating in the Middle East, Geoff is an invited member of both the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre and the Abu Dhabi Global Market Arbitration Centre panels of mediators. Previously, Geoff was a litigation partner at New Zealand firm Bell Gully. He began his legal career at King & Wood Mallesons. He is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand and Australia.
Independent Arbitrator and Mediator. Member of Arbitra with offices in Washington DC and London, England. Specializing in Investor/State Mediation and energy disputes arising from the energy transition. Consulting with energy and aerospace/aviation companies to implement dispute management programmes to mitigate dispute risks arising from the energy transition.
Ye-Min Wu is Regional Director at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, where she oversees a team of mediators based in South Asia and Southeast Asia who work on conflict in various hot spots from Myanmar to the South China Sea.
She has more than 15 years of experience as a diplomat, having represented Singapore at the United Nations (UN), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and World Trade Organization (WTO). She has chaired UN negotiations, and represented the Group of 77 and China in negotiations on sustainable development issues. She was also Singapore's Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO and WIPO.
Ye-Min co-authored 'Negotiating at the United Nations: A Practitioner's Guide' (Routledge 2019), which is used as a textbook at various institutions. She conducts workshops and lectures on negotiation and leadership in diplomacy for governments, universities, and other training programs. She has a Masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.