Changes to the IMI Board of Directors

Today IMI announces changes to its Board of Directors. Mr Kehinde Aina, Prof. Dr. Malik bin Rabea Dahlan and Dr. Karl Mackie, CBE have been appointed to the IMI Board of Directors. Stepping down from the IMI Board at the conclusion of their terms of office are Mr Patrick Deane and Mr James MacPherson.

Mr Kehinde (Kenny) Aina is one of Africa’s leading proponents of mediation. Kenny is the author of Commercial Mediation: Enhancing Economic Growth and the Courts in Africa (2012) and Dispute Resolution (2012). Kenny is the Founder of the Negotiation & Conflict Management Group International (NCMG International) and The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, the first court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre in Africa. He is the Managing Partner of Aina Blankson LLP in Lagos, and is an IMI Certified Mediator.

Prof. Dr. Malik bin Rabea Dahlan is a prominent Arabian multi-jurisdictional qualified lawyer with a longstanding career in mediation having facilitated commercial dispute resolution at MBR Legal. He has also focused his career on political and peacekeeping mediation through track-two diplomacy as well as being UN Constitutional expert. Dahlan is a leading promoter of mediation in the Arab World having pioneered in serving as the Founding Director of the Qatar International Dispute Resolution Centre established in the Qatar Financial Centre; and spearheading the framework for the King Abdullah Dispute Resolution Centre in Saudi Arabia. He is the Principal of Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ) and the International Chair of the Harvard Law School Association.

Dr. Karl Mackie CBE is CEO of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London. Karl is co-author of Commercial Dispute Resolution (1995), The EU Mediation Atlas (2004), International Mediation: the Art of Business Diplomacy (2006), and The ADR Practice Guide (2007) and is one of the best-known mediators in the UK. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Civil Mediation Council and is an IMI Certified Mediator. CEDR has become a funding Patron of IMI.

We are proud and grateful for the contributions to IMI made by Mr James MacPherson and Mr Patrick Deane (a former Chair of IMI). The IMI Board of Directors and staff thank them for their outstanding service and contributions to the Mission of IMI and are hopeful that they will continue to work with us on the many initiatives that IMI has underway.

The addition to the Board of Messrs. Aina, Dahlan and Mackie demonstrates IMI’s principle of inclusion and broadens the depth and breadth of the Board of Directors. Their background and expertise strengthens IMI’s efforts to collaborate across continents and, in conjunction with our current Board members, expand our impact globally. We welcome them to the Board of Directors and IMI’s family.

Deborah Masucci

International Mediation Institute 
13 August 2014

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