IMI Executive Team


Irena Vanenkova

Irena Vanenkova is Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). 

Irena is a CEDR-Accredited mediator (1998) as well as holder of the MATA advanced mediation certificate.  Irena holds the English Tutor Diploma of The Linguistic University in Moscow (1983), a Bachelor of Economics at the Moscow Institute of Business Studies  (1997), and a Diploma in Public Relations Management at the Moscow State University (2001). 

Irena’s prior career included positions as Commercial Projects Manager – Russia of International Distillers & Vintners Limited (1992-97), Deputy Chief Representative – Russia of CDR International (1997-98), and Public Relations Manager of IKEA Russia (1999-2006).  Irena is a Russian citizen.

Irena serves as a Board Member of the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) and as a member of the international Advisory Board of Conflict Studies Quarterly.


Emma Ewart 

Emma Ewart is Operations Manager of IMI. Emma came to IMI having been Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Commercial Director, and General Office Manager of Resolex, a London-based dispute resolution institution. Prior to Resolex, Emma was the Personal Assistant to London-based Barrister Andrew Burr, at the time Chairman of the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Editor of the Construction Law Journal.

Emma is based in New Zealand.




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