How IMI Grows with Your Support

The IMI Board held its annual general meeting on May 28, 2015 in Florence, Italy. The event marked a time to celebrate the past and look forward to IMI’s future.

Board members Michael Leathes and Jason Fry retired. As many in the IMI community know, Michael has been a driving force for many of our accomplishments since IMI’s inception eight years ago. Michael’s vision and drive is responsible for the global support of high standards of mediation practice and raising the field’s professionalism. We thank him for his devotion and commitment. We hope to carry on the Mission that Michael was so devoted to.

Jason Fry, a partner at Clifford Chance, was first involved with IMI as a nominee of the ICC. We are grateful for Jason’s guidance and support helping us make difficult decisions whenever a critical eye or objective view was needed.

The IMI Board now consists of persons who have been involved in user corporations or are nominees of major mediation organization.

Collectively, we hope to contribute perspective, vision, and leadership to the global mediation movement, which is in great need in today’s changing world.

I would like to take this opportunity to report some major activities related to IMI and how actions of our Board members and the greater IMI community have impacted the ADR profession globally. Please read some more here.


The Global Pound Conference (GPC) chaired by Board member Michael McIlwrath, is gaining recognition and support globally. The goal of the GPC is to understand what users of dispute resolution need and what the future practice will look like. The events will mark a global conversation about shared issues that will be supplemented by questions of local interest. Expressions of interest to host a GPC event have been received from over 30 locations globally. Look for more information soon as the calendar is finalized.


In 2014, the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) and the Singapore International Mediation Center (SIMC) were launched, with the support of IMI. SIMI was formed to set professional national mediation standards in Singapore and SIMC was established to provide top quality international mediation services. SIMC is the first institution to require mediators on their panel to be certified by both IMI and SIMI.

On May 27, 2015, the