Prof. Nadja Alexander

Nadja Alexander is Professor of Law and Director of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA) at the Singapore Management University. She is a pioneer the field of international mediation and author of authoritative texts including Global Trends in Mediation, the award-winning International and Comparative Mediation, and Singapore Convention on Mediation: A Commentary. Described as a practical thinker and thinking practitioner, Nadja has been consistently recognized as a global thought leader by International Who’s Who Legal. She has been engaged in dispute resolution settings in more than 30 countries and sits on international mediation panels in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Her work has been published in English,  German, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.  

 Nadja has been long-engaged as a policy adviser, trainer and conflict intervener in diverse legal, corporate and development settings. She has advised on mediation policy for international bodies, such as the World Bank Group, and national governments in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. In 2018 she joined the Singaporean delegation to UNCITRAL WG II on the enforceability of international mediated settlement agreements.

Anil Changaroth

Anil an accredited Mediator, an Arbitrator and trained and practices as an Adjudicator and trained in International Treaty Arbitration, is an Advocate & Solicitor, a Solicitor of England and Wales, qualified as Barrister at Law (Middle Temple of England & Wales, and hold a Master of Science in Construction Law & Arbitration. Conversant in Mandarin, Malay, Malayalam and Tamil besides English, ChangAroth Chamber LLC Chambers represents parties in the Asia Pacific region, focusing on Appropriate Dispute Resolution involving Infrastructure, Building, and Construction projects and most aspects of Commercial, Civil, Criminal and Corporate Front End Advisory services and ChangAroth InterNational Consultancy primarily Consulting & Administering International Infrastructure & Construction, Trade & Investment Treaty projects, Appropriate Dispute Resolution Services, and developing legal technology including Online Dispute Resolution.

Dr. Kabir Duggal

Dr. Kabir Duggal is an attorney in Arnold and Porter’s New York office focusing on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and public international law matters, serving both as counsel and arbitrator. 

Dr. Duggal is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, teaching “International Investment Law and Arbitration.” He is also a Course Director and Faculty Member for the Columbia Law School-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration. 

He also acts as a Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on the creation of a novel “Investment Support Program.”  He has published over 40 articles and has spoken at over 300 arbitration events all over the world. He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai, University of Oxford (DHL-Times of India Scholar), NYU School of Law (Hauser Global Scholar), Leiden Law School (2019 CEPANI Academic Prize), and is currently pursuing an SJD Degree from Harvard Law School.  

Wolf von Kumberg

Wolf is a leading internationally recognized arbitrator and mediator with over 30 years’ experience in International legal business. Before establishing his ADR practice he served as Legal Director and Assistant General Counsel to Northrop Grumman Corporation and before that to Litton Industries Inc. During his international career being located in their Toronto, Zurich and London offices. Wolf is particularly knowledgeable in disputes related to the Aviation & Aerospace, Defence, Compliance, IP, Cyber Security and High Tech Industries. His practice involved most regions of the world and includes commercial, government and state entities.

He has been involved in a variety of domestic and international arbitrations and mediations particularly concerning Aviation, Aerospace Defense, Cyber, Technology, Licensing, IP, Maritime, Company Boards, Government Procurements, Corporate Governance, Compliance (FCPA, Bribery Act, OECD), Regulatory Investigations, Insurance and Reinsurance, International Corporate and Commercial Law, Corporate Restructuring, International M&A, Global Banking, Financing, Taxation, Export Regulations, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Competition, Environmental and Employment.

Dr. René A. Pfromm

René is a specialist for strategic and legal negotiations. He advises on complex and difficult negotiation challenges and optimizes the individual skills of negotiators. He also works with partners and their teams on pricing & fee negotiations as well as legal pitching & legal business development. His clients comprise national & international leading law firms, companies, and institutions.

René combines practical negotiation experience as a lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Europe and China, with years of experience in strategic negotiation consulting, skills development and coaching. He regularly teaches and speaks at leading universities, conferences, and in several executive education programs. René is a clinical professor at the University of Bonn.

René studied at the University of Bonn (Dr. iur.) and Geneva, Harvard Law School (LL.M.) and King‘s College London (M.A. econ.). He is an alumnus of various leading negotiation programs, including Saïd Business School (Oxford University) and Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania). He also acts as a business mediator.

Iain Potter

Iain is a forensic accountant based in Singapore specialising in disputed business valuations and complex loss of profit claims.  In addition to serving as an expert witness before courts and tribunals across Asia, he is also frequently appointed as an independent expert to determine disputes and sits on the expert determination panel of the President’s Appointment Scheme of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

He is currently pursuing a number of areas of research, including a PhD with the University of Leicester where he is investigating the extent to which the time value of money as well as risk and uncertainty are reflected in awards of damages.  He also oversees research projects with teams from the National University of Singapore’s Business School, focussing on the quantification of losses in shareholder claims and on the cost of capital applicable to listed companies in South East Asia.

Donna Ross

Donna Ross LL.M. FCIArb is an international ADR practitioner admitted to practice in New York and Australia, with a French civil law degree.

Ms. Ross is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member or the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, an IAMA/Resolution Institute Graded Arbitrator, an NMAS Accredited Mediator, an IMI (International Mediation Institute) Certified Mediator and a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Mediation Law. She has been ranked by Doyle’s Guide as one of Victoria’s Leading Mediators and sits on the panels of a number of international and domestic arbitral institutes.

In addition to serving as a neutral, Donna advises and acts for clients from civil and common law jurisdictions, particularly in cross-border deals and disputes, having lived and worked in the U.S., Europe and Australia. She teaches mediation, arbitration and principled negotiation: she is on the faculty of CIArb and the Australian Disputes Centre and is a lecturer at La Trobe Law School. Ms Ross chairs Resolution Institute’s Victorian Arbitration Committee and is sits on the National Determinative Committee and is a member AFIA and ArbitralWomen among other associations.

Dr. Harald Sippel

Dr Harald Sippel, MBA SFBiam FCIArb acts as the BIAMC’s Academic Director, is a Partner at Putilin Sippel and a Senior Legal Advisor at Schinder Law Firm.

Originally from Austria, Harald has been practicing law for well over ten years in Austria, China, Germany, Indonesia, Korea and Malaysia, predominantly in the field of international dispute resolution. He has been involved in over 70 international arbitration proceedings as counsel, arbitrator, in-house counsel and tribunal secretary. In 2018/2019, he was the Asian International Arbitration Centre’s Head of Legal Services and in that capacity was in charge of supervising the administration of well over 1,000 adjudication, arbitration, mediation and expert determination matters.

In addition to his counsel work, Harald regularly sits as a neutral in international disputes. He is a Specialist Mediator with the SIMC and a member of the editorial board of the Asia Pacific Mediation Journal. He also frequently speaks and publishes on matters of international dispute resolution.