Diana Wallis joins the Board of Directors of IMI

The International Mediation Institute has appointed Diana Wallis as a full member of the IMI Board with effect from 11th April 2012.

For five years until January 2012, Diana Wallis was a Vice President of the European Parliament.  She was one of the driving forces behind the EU Mediation Directive of May 2008 among many other distinctions in her 12-year period as a Member of the European Parliament representing the British constituency of Yorkshire and the Humber (1999-2012), following a successful career as a solicitor in commercial litigation.  Diana has served throughout her parliamentary career as Coordinator of the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market, and in that role has been a powerful champion of better access to justice across civil society.

Diana Wallis gave the following comment on joining the IMI Board:

“Mediation has always played a central role in my vision of an ideal system of justice, and indeed democracy.  I sincerely believe it is a process whose time has come in terms of delivery of modern transnational justice and inclusion across the globe.  I am enthusiastic to be joining an international organization that promotes the potential and the professionalization of what is such a pertinent occupation and tool in our contemporary world.”

Ute Joas Quinn, Associate General Counsel of Shell International and Chair of the IMI Board commented:

“IMI is delighted to welcome Diana Wallis to the IMI Board.  Diana’s leadership in shaping legislative efforts to promote mediation as “an alternative form of justice better suited to our modern day systems” is exemplary.  Her devotion and heart-felt passion for professional mediation as the next conflict management evolution is visionary and thus a natural fit with the IMI Vision and Mission as we move forward.  We look forward to working with Diana and I personally wish Diana all the best in her new role with the IMI Board.”

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