Inter-Cultural Pilot Program - Participants

November 2011, Singapore


Alvin Cheng - Singapore
Aloysius Goh - Singapore
Hisako Kobayashi-Levin - Japan
Lim Tat - Singapore
Denys T.W. Look - Hong Kong
Lum Kit-Wye - Singapore
Colin Millward - Singapore
Meilina Ong - Singapore
Prathamesh D Popat - India
B. Rengarajoo S/O Rengasamy Balasamy - Singapore     
Sim Khadijah Mohammed - Singapore
Ahmed Fahmi Shahab - Indonesia
Elsbeth D. Sneiders-Hardon - Singapore/Netherlands
Kamala Krishna Veerapeen - Singapore
Yap Gim Chuan (Michael) - Singapore
Norris H.C Yang - Hong Kong
Yong Eng Wah - Singapore
Christina Wei - Singapore



Alvin Cheng
Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution,Alvin Cheng photo
Chris Chong & CT Ho Partnership, Singapore

Alvin is an Associate Mediator with the Subordinate Courts of Singapore and the Singapore Mediation Centre. He is also a Teaching Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education, where he is a tutor and trainer for advocacy, drafting and mediation skills. 

Alvin has been called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister-at-Law and admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of London. He is a member of the Law Society of Singapore, the Singapore Academy of Law and the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. 


Aloysius Goh
Aloysius Goh photoMr Aloysius Goh is the Managing Director of Peacemakers Consulting, a private provider of mediation services.  “Peacemakers” is also the name of an ongoing annual series of mediation workshops and competitions for youth which was developed in 2010 by Aloysius together with other leaders in the Singapore mediation community. Through Peacemakers (both the company and the workshop) Aloysius has been an active advocate for increased collaboration between all stakeholders in the mediation community to raise awareness of mediation practice as well as the standards of mediation.

An alumni of the prestigious National University of Singapore, Aloysius received his Master of Law degree in 2009 on a NUS Research Scholarship. His research thesis advocated clear standards for the practice of Mediation Advocacy and for collaborative dispute resolution systems to be developed as part of a mature legal system. He has actively sought to realise his goals by training at the Singapore Mediation Centre and teaching at the NUS Law School. He is also an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Primary Dispute Resolution Centre.

As the legal counsel and company secretary of various public and private sector companies, Aloysius’ problem-solving and conflict management skills has facilitated numerous high-value and complex commercial deals in healthcare, education, information technology, and construction. He has also mediated family and social disputes through active non-profit engagements in human development and poverty alleviation projects in Asia. 


Hisako Kobayashi-Levin

Hisako Kobayashi-Levin photoHisako Kobayashi-Levin is a professor of Kyushu University where she teaches Conflict Management and Mediation in the Faculty of Law and the Graduate School of Law. As a leading authority of the American style mediation toward the Japanese society, in addition to her regular class lectures, she speaks at seminars/conferences and conducts mediation workshops.
She has authored five books on mediation and conflict management and her academic interest (and she is working towards) is to construct the whole system of various conflict resolution theories.


Lim Tat

Lim Tat is the managing partner of Aequitas Law LLP. Lim Tat photoLL.B (Hons), MBA/LLM, MSc (Construction Law & Arbitration)

He holds an LL.B (Hons), an MBA / LL.M and was the Davis Langdon & Seah (Singapore) Medallist (2009) when he was admitted to the degree of MSc (Construction Law & Arbitration) (King’s College London & National University of Singapore).  He was called to the Singapore Bar in

1989 and admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2004.  Tat is also a Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public. Tat practices as a litigator, arbitrator and mediator.  

As a litigator, Tat represents parties as legal counsel in matters commenced in the Subordinate Courts, High Court and Court of Appeal of Singapore.  His interests include matters relating to company, land, commercial, contract, construction and arbitration law. 

Tat is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He also sits on the arbitration panels of the Law Society of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.  He represents parties as legal counsel in arbitrations instituted under the ICC Rules of Arbitration and SIAC Rules of Arbitration and has been appointed as arbitrator in a dispute administered by the SIAC.

He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator.  He is also accredited as an associate mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Subordinate Courts of Singapore and a mediator of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.  As part of the Singapore Mediation Centre’s training faculty, Tat has assisted in training judges in mediation for the judiciaries of Thailand and Qatar and lawyers and professionals in Singapore.


Denys T.W. Look
Denys Look photo
(MBA, Hon Doctorate in Management)

Denys was accredited as a Mediator from the Hong Kong Mediation Centre (HKMC) since 2003, and joined the Council of HKMC the following year until 2011.  Since then Denys has been vigorously involved in the development of training and education programmes for HKMC, especially for training and accreditation assessment of Mediators. Denys is the Chairperson of Education and Professional Training committee of HKMC (2008-2010) and the Vice President of HKMC from 2010 to October 2011. 

From November 2011, Denys founded two new NGOs, viz., Hong Kong Professional Mediation Centre and Hong Kong Professional Mediators Association focusing on professional development, advanced training for existing accredited Mediators and accrediting new mediators. Denys is also appointed by Shenzhen Civil and Commercial Mediation Centre, PRC, as Mediator since September 2011.

Besides mediation, Denys has vast experience in training in credit and risk management, negotiation skills, communication and interpersonal skills, Enneagram and NLP programme.  He trains for banks and financial Institutions in Hong Kong and the Mainland, and civil servants in Hong Kong and the Mainland, and many listed and large corporations in the region. 

From 1995 to now, Denys is the Managing Director of Hong Kong City Credit Management Group, which is an ISO9002 awarded company, specialized in credit management, has 200 strong staff, and carries out business in Mainland, Taiwan, Macao, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  Before then, Denys has been working at a few major banks in Hong Kong in training, credit and risk management, and regional business development. Denys has gained solid management experience in his long years’ services in the financial field. 


Lum Kit-Wye
Assistant Professor, Nanyang Business School,Lum Kit Wye photo
Nanyang Technological University
Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre
Associate Mediator, Singapore Subordinate Courts



Colin Millward 
Colin Millward photoMIMIS MBA PMP is a professional management consultant and trainer with decades of experience in the UK and Europe, United States and the Asia Pacific region. Specialising in information technology and project management, he’s a seasoned negotiator and a fully accredited, practising mediator, appointed to the Principal Mediators Panel of the Singapore Mediation Centre. He regularly mediates, most often at the Subordinate Courts in Singapore.


Prathamesh D Popat

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B. Rengarajoo S/O Rengasamy Bala

Belasamy Rengarajoo photoLLB (Hons) London, LLM (National University of Singapore), FSIArb,  FCIArb, Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Mediator, has had 28 years of experience in Civil, Commercial, Criminal Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). He is on the Panel of Arbitrators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and the Singapore Law Society Arbitration Scheme as well. Besides acting as Counsel in both litigation and arbitration matters, he has acted as a sole arbitrator. Mr. Rengarajoo is also an accredited Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Primary Dispute Resolution Centre of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. He is also an accredited Mediator of the Community Mediation Centre of Singapore, Consumer Association of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers. As an accredited Mediator of these Mediation Centres, Rengarajoo has acted as a mediator in numerous civil, commercial and community disputes.

Rengarajoo has also successfully completed the 1st European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice (EMTPJ), a course recognised by 18 Mediation Centres in Europe including the Scientific & Methodological Center for Mediation and Law in Russia. He is on the approved faculty list of the CIArb as a tutor, examiner, moderator and assessor for  Arbitration, International Arbitration and Mediation Courses spanning from introductory stage to Module 4. He is also on the list of tutors of SIArb for arbitration courses. 


Sim Khadijah Mohammed
Khadijah graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Faculty of Law in 2007 and was the winner of the Faculty’s Advocacy Cup inSim Khadijah Photo 2005. She went on to represent Singapore in the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) Witness Examination Competition in Australia in 2005. In 2008, while taking the Singapore Bar Course, Khadijah was awarded the Singapore Law Society’s Prize for Best Student in Advocacy.

Khadijah currently practises with the Commercial Litigation Practice Group in Rajah & Tann LLP, the largest law firm in Singapore and South-East Asia [2], and has had experience in broad areas of practice including company and shareholder disputes, corporate insolvency, tenancy and land law disputes, employment law, defamation, professional negligence and other torts and contractual disputes.

While her primary passion lies in litigation and advocacy, Khadijah has also been accredited as an Associate Mediator by the Singapore Mediation Centre since 2008 and conducts mediations on a pro bono basis at the Primary Dispute Resolution Centre in the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. In 2009, Khadijah presented her paper ‘Do You Hear Me Clearly From Over There? (Communicating on Different Planes in Cross-Culture Mediations) at the inaugural Asian Mediation Association (AMA) Conference in Singapore. She has also been invited to conduct mediation workshops on cross-culture mediations for foreign delegates, organized by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010, Khadijah was formally appointed to the Panel of Associate Mediators of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore.

Since 2011, Khadijah has been actively involved in training, and is an instructor for the Legal Analysis, Writing and Research course conducted by the NUS Faculty of Law. She is also an advocacy trainer, as well as a mediation trainer for the Singapore Bar Course.

1. Information is accurate as at Nov 2011.
2. Asia Legal Business 2011 Report.


Ahmed Fahmi Shahab
Fahmi Shahab photoExecutive Director, The Indonesian Mediation Center (Pusat Mediasi Nasional: PMN)

He is responsible for the strategic moves of the Center and the main trainer on mediation for the public, judges and the Central Bank of Indonesia. He is a registered mediator at some first-instance district courts. He is also a member of Mediation Working Group at the Supreme Court of Indonesia. Apart from mediating business - commercial and banking disputes, he acquired some success cases on family disputes.

Fahmi was appointed as Executive Director in September 2004. He holds Master Business Law degree from the University of Sydney and Bachelor of Economics degree from Gadjah Mada University. His exposure to mediation has been started since Indonesian economic crises with the Jakarta Initiative Task Force that mediated small-medium enterprises as well as corporates debt restructuring deals with their onshore and offshore creditors. 


Elsbeth D. Snieders-HardonElsbeth Schneiders photo

Elsbeth Snieders conducts Mediations and Facilitations in various settings including at Singapore’s Small Claims Tribunal. She is a Registered Mediator with the Netherlands Mediation Institute (NMI) and an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). 

She has extensive experience working with different cultures. Often playing a distinctive role with respect to bridging the gap between cultures, whether national cultures or subcultures are concerned. 

Throughout her career Elsbeth has been a board member of various foundations and societies focusing on international understanding and cooperation. 


Kamala Krishna Veerapeen:
Krishna Veerapen photo






YAP Gim Chuan (Michael) Yap Gim Chuan (Michael)Graduated with LLB. (Hons.) from University of Singapore in 1979. He was called to the Bar in 1980. He is a partner in M/s Soh Wong & Yap with 30 years of experience in practice.

He is a Fellow of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). He has attended the Advanced Arbitrators Training Course & the International Special Fellowship Course for Arbitration.

He is an Accredited Principal Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). He has mediated numerous cases at the SMC with good track record of success.  He has conducted seminars on mediation and  alternative dispute resolution. He is an Accredited Mediator with International Mediation Institute.He is a member of the Toda International Advisory Council of the Toda Peace Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. 

He has a Master of Education (MEd ) on Educational Leadership and Management from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2002. 

He has trained in mediation / negotiation with Harvard Negotiation Project & LEADR & American Arbitration Association and in divorce & family mediation with The Mediation Centre, Oregon, USA.  He has trained in conflict resolution by Prof. Johan Galtung, a pioneer of peace studies & a member of TRANSCEND. 

He is a former Director of United Nations Association of Singapore.  He is involved in the activities and programs in Singapore Soka Association to promote   peace, education, culture and inter-faith dialogue. He was the former Chairman of Singapore Soka Association in 2009 and 2010 and currently sits in the Management Committee. He is the Vice-Chairman on the Jurong Junior College Student  Advisory Committee.

To advance peace, culture and education he has helped to organize a series of Peace Lectures at the Singapore Soka Association which has invited inter alia Prof. Tommy Koh, Prof. Wang GungWu, Prof. Howard Hunter (former President of SMU), Prof. Joergen Moeller, the late Prof. Hussein Alasta, Prof. Cham Tao Soon, Prof. Lim Chong Yu, Prof. Amita Archaya, Prof. Leo Tan, Mr Kesapavany (ISEAS),  Mr Arun Mahizhnan (Deputy Director of IPS) as the distinguished speakers. He has assisted to put together the peace lectures into a publication titled “New Thinking On Peace”. 


Norris H C Yang –

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Yong Eng WahYong Eng Wah Photo
Educational Qualifications
1. B.Sc (H.Hons) University of California, Berkeley, Double Major, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science
2. MBA, National University of Singapore
3. GCIA, Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration, National University of Singapore Law Faculty

Employment Detail
1. Managing Partner of  M/s Arbitration Associates
2. Managing Director of M/s Wonders Engineering Co P L, M/s Comfortably Yours P L, M/s YHK Reatly P L, M/s APEX Realty P L, M/s Rock Brothers Realty P L

1. Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
2. Fellow of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
3. Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
4. Associates Mediator of Singapore Mediation Centre
5. Appointed Adjudicator under Singapore Security of Payment Act
6. Mediator of Singapore Consumer Association
7. Council Member of Singapore Consumer Association




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