IMI Structure

From its early beginnings in 2007, IMI has progressively refined its governance, and consequently its strategy.

Key Organisational Timeline


The initial Board of Directors, comprising people affiliated with the Founding Institutions, quickly expanded to include a number of in – house corporate counsel and others. The Advisory Council was convened, and an Independent Standards Commission was established.

Board of Directors

It was decided by the Founding Institutions that the Chair of IMI s hould always be someone with a background as a leading corporate user of mediation. Wolf von Kumberg of Northrop Grumman was appointed as the first Chair in 2007, followed by Michael McIlwrath of General Electric in 2008, Patrick Deane of Nestlé; in 2010 , Ute Joas Quinn of Shell, and later Hess Corp, in 2011 and Deborah Masucci of AIG in 2013. All remain members of the IMI Board.

Advisory Council

The IMI Advisory Council has review, advisory and enabling functions. The members of the Advisory Council are:

  • Lord Woolf of Barnes, Former Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales
  • Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, Chair of the Board of ICC Bahrain
  • Professor Tommy Koh, Singapore Ambassador at Large
  • William K. Slate III, Former President , American Arbitration Association
  • William Ury, Co-founder, Harvard Program on Negotiation
  • Jay Welsh, General Counsel, JAMS
  • Aleš Zalar, Former Minister of Justice, Slovenia

Independent Standards Commission

In 2007 IMI created a non-statutory group called the Independent Standards Commission (I SC) with the aim of:

  • providing advanced thought leadership
  • establishing high competency standards for mediators
  • reviewing and approving programs to qualify mediators for IMI Certification
  • ensuring continuing quality control of approved programs
  • monitoring and improving the IMI Code of Professional Conduct
  • appointing assessors to review Code of Professional Conduct complaints

The ISC has established a number of Task Forces and Committees to carry out its work. Already-completed Task Forces have developed standards and criteria for Intercultural Certification and Mediation Advocacy Certification. Current Task Forces and Committees deal with:

  • Mediation Ethics
  • Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)
  • Mediation in Investor – State Dispute Settlement
  • Appraisal of Qualifying Assessment Programs
  • Mediation of disputes under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


IMI strategy is based on 12 core principles:

  1. Quality and Information are the two main focus areas of the IMI Mission.
  2. Quality certification is experienced based, and set at a high standard.
  3. The Independent Standards Commission sets the standards .
    All materials generated by IMI are copyright-free to encourage their use.
  4. The IMI portal will include a search engine to find IMI Certified mediators.
  5. All IMI Certified mediators are required to have an online Profile.
    Summaries of user feedback on mediator performance are part of all IMI Profiles.
  6. IMI is user-led, and the Chair of the Board is always a user.
  7. IMI is donor – funded and does not compete in the market for mediation services.
  8. The organisation is genuinely global, non-partisan and multi-stakeholder.
  9. All members of the Board provide their time and exp ertise on a pro bono basis.
  10. All stakeholders are welcome to actively support IMI.