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Professor Harold (Hal) Abramson - US

Professor of Law,  Touro Law Center, New York

Hal is an experienced trainer, teacher and commercial mediator of cross-cultural disputes, and also author of numerous articles and two books, Mediation Representation – Advocating as a Problem-Solver in Any Country or Culture (2nd edition, NITA 2010, Oxford University Press, 2011), and International Conflict Resolution-Consensual ADR Processes (West, 2005, co-author).


 Joanna Kalowski - Australia

Joanna is a mediator, mediation trainer and judicial educator with a longstanding involvement in cross-cultural aspects of dispute resolution, and has mediated commercial, industrial and academic disputes as well as Aboriginal land claims as a member of Australia's Native Title Tribunal.




Gigi de Groot - The Netherlands/Sweden

Managing Director itim international (culture & management consultancy), Stockholm.

As an intercultural management expert, Gigi supports her clients in creating cultural competence and increasing global effectiveness. She has worked with people from over 60 different cultures, both in NGOs and commercial organisations. She is Dutch but lives in Sweden.


Jeremy Lack - Switzerland/U.K/U.S/Israel

Jeremy Lack is an ADR Neutral specialized in international dispute prevention and resolution processes, as well as an independent lawyer specialised in new technologies, start-ups and intellectual property. He is a Vice-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute (IMI), the Chair of the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation (Section Romandie), and a panellist with AAA/ICDR, CMAP, CPR, FIMC, IBMS, ICC, INTA, IMI, JAMS, SKWM/CSMC/SCCM, SIMC and WIPO. He qualified as an English

barrister in 1989, as a US Attorney-at-Law in 1990/1 (NY State, CAFC & USPTO) and is admitted to the Geneva Bar since 2003 as a foreign lawyer. Jeremy is an associate Barrister with QUADRANT CHAMBERS in London, an advisor to CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS LLP in Geneva and London, and counsel to HELVETICA AVOCATS SARL in Switzerland, SCHONEWILLE & SCHONEWILLE LEGAL MEDIATION in the Netherlands, and NEGO-MEDIATIONS SARL in Switzerland. He has a MA (Oxon) degree in Physiological Sciences and in Jurisprudence from Lincoln College, Oxford University, is a registered US patent and trademark lawyer, and is a co-founder of He is an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Jeremy handles international negotiations, mediations, conciliations and arbitrations, and combined hybrid processes in a wide range of fields and industries. He is a certified IMI mediation advocate and has written and lectured extensively on Guided Choice dispute resolution. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Geneva, Switzerland. For his IMI mediation and mediation advocacy profiles, see:


Professor Joel Lee Tye Beng - Singapore

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

Joel has extensive experience as a teacher and trainer of negotiation and mediation and is a consultant with CMPartners (USA) and a principal mediator with and Training Director for the Singapore Mediation Centre. He is a member of the ADR Advisory Council of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore, the co-editor and co-author of the book "An Asian Perspective on Mediation" (Academy Publishing, Singapore, 2009) and an Associate Editor for the Asian Journal on Mediation. 


Professor Ian Macduff - Singapore/New Zealand/Malaysia

Director, Centre for Dispute Resolution, Singapore Management University.


Ian is an independent mediator and trainer in a number of fields of dispute resolution. He has been consultant and trainer for the World Health Organisation for a capacity building programme in Sri Lanka from 1999 to 2001 and again in 2004. He is co-editor of Ethnic Conflict and Secessionism in South and South East Asia (Sage, 2003); co-author of Dispute Resolution in New Zealand (OUP 1999), and of Guidelines for Family Mediation (Butterworths, 1995).


Hannah F. Tümpel - France/Germany

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Senior Counsel and Manager, International Centre for ADR, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris

Hannah is a qualified German lawyer and trained mediator. She heads the department of the International Chamber of Commerce in charge of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution. The Centre is also in charge of hosting and organizing the annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition and the ICC International Mediation Conference. Hannah was a member of the IBA Taskforce which drafted the IBA State Investor Mediation Rules and she is a member of the IMI International Standards Commission. She is a regular speaker on mediation at international conferences and teaches mediation and ADR courses in various universities in Europe.




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