YMI Interview: Cécile Maitre-Ferri

Photo of IMI Executive Director Laura Skillen, YMI member and IMI Certified Mediator Iram, and Cecile.

Cécile Maitre-Ferri is a member of IMI’s Young Mediators’ Initiative. She is currently undertaking a mentorship with IMI Certified Mediator Claude Amar in Paris, arranged via the Worldwide Mediation Mentorship Program, for which all YMI members are eligible. In the below interview, Cécile shares her thoughts on the value of YMI and why mediation makes for an interesting and relevant career.

Featured image, left-to-right: IMI Executive Director Laura Skillen, YMI Member and IMI Certified Mediator Iram Majid, and Cécile at the signing of the Singapore Convention on Mediation.

What has been the value of YMI to you?

“Well, YMI has been very useful for me, because when I first discovered mediation, I had many questions I was asking myself—I needed to understand how to become a mediator, what it meant to be a mediator, many questions that are not easy to find answers to. YMI was very good at getting me to understand what were the options and what I could be doing, and especially was very good at allowing me to find mentors. I will be starting my mentorship soon, but I think it was very useful in getting clarification on the whole situation.”

YMI was very good at getting me to understand what were the options and what I could be doing

That’s great. And regarding the signing of the Singapore Convention, from your perspective as someone who’s at the beginning of a mediation career, how do you think this will affect you?

“Well, hopefully positively. I did study some arbitration. And as soon as you start studying arbitrat