IMI in 2018: Year in Review

It has been a productive year for IMI, with our team, Board, and Task force members working on a wide range of initiatives designed to raise the standards of mediation and improve access to justice worldwide.  Read below for a wrap-up of what has been achieved, and a glimpse of what you can expect in 2019.  And, as always, thank you for your ongoing support of the International Mediation Institute.

New in 2018


  1. UNCITRAL’s Working Group II finalised drafts for a Convention on the Enforceability of Mediated Settlements (the ‘Singapore Convention‘) and associated Model Law.  IMI is working with its partners to promote signing of the Convention in August of 2019.  (Read IMI’s Briefing Paper here.)
  2. IMI worked with the Council of Europe‘s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) to develop a Mediation Toolkit that incorporates IMI’s Training Standards and Competency Criteria.
  3. Content and data from the Global Pound Conference Series, later Global Pound Conversation, was integrated into the main IMI website.  All GPC data and reports can now be found under ‘Research’ on the IMI site, with all blog posts, opinions, and expert interviews also available (remember to update your links!).
  4. New Qualifying Assessment Programs were launched in Turkey and in Kenya.

Personnel updates

  1. 2018 saw significant personnel changes, with long-time Executive Director Irena Vanenkova departing in January.  Laura Skillen joined as part-time Director of External Relations in March.  Angela Herberholz continues to run the Young Mediators’ Initiative on a voluntary basis, with former-GPC Editor Natasha Mellersh now news editor on the IMI website.  (Meet the IMI Team here.)
  2. At IMI’s annual face-to-face Board meeting in Paris in June, Wolf von Kumberg departed the IMI Board after 12 years, with Malik Dahlan also farewelled. Michael McIlwrath was elected Board Treasurer, and Karl Hennessee Board Secretary. IMI continues to consider new Board members with an eye to increasing diversity.

Updates for organisations

  1. All Qualifying Assessment Program profiles were overhauled, to simply search and upkeep
  2. A new ‘QAP Dashboard’ was developed to enable QAPs to more easily submit mediators and mediation advocates as newly-certified (available upon QAP login)
  3. Additional QAP branches were added to the ‘Find a Qualifying Assessment Program‘ tool on the IMI website
  4. The early phases of auditing QAPs has commenced

New for individuals

  1. All IMI profiles were re-created this year, from our Certified Mediators through to our Young Mediators.
  2. Searching via expertise was re-launched in November, with IMI Certified Mediators and Mediation Advocates able to select and display key areas of expertise on their profiles.
  3. A new online feedback form was created to enable mediation professionals to more easily collect feedback from conflict parties (you must log in to access this page)
  4. Certified Mediators were promoted as part of an IMI campaign on Google and via social media
  5. Payment of listing contributions was simplified through implementing automatically renewing subscriptions
  6. Contribution options were made available for US dollars and Pounds Sterling, as well as in Euro

Events and Collaborations

  1. IMI supported