GPC Organisers

The following is a list of organisers who were involved in the 2016-2017 GPC Series.

Executive Committee

The GPC Series was organised by a Central Organising Group (COG). The COG is led by an ​Executive Committee of six people.

The Executive Committee was appointed by the Board of IMI and was responsible for leading, supporting and overseeing the implementation of the GPC Series.

It met on a weekly basis and is run by a Chairman, a Coordinator, the head of an Academic Committee, and a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO): ​

Chair: Michael McIlwrath (IT​)
Global Chief Litigation Counsel, LitigationGE Oil & Gas
​​Board Member IMI
Coordinator: Jeremy Lack (CH, GB & US)
ADR Neutral & Attorney-at-Law,
Vice President of IMI’s Independent Standards Commission
Click here for his IMI ​profile.
Chair of Academic Committee: Prof. Barney Jordaan (BE, NL, CH)
Professor of Management Practice, Vlerick Business School
Director of Association for the Promotion of Mediation as an Academic Discipline, NCMG Int.
Click here​ for his IMI profile​
Influencer (Academic)
Professional Conference Organiser
Representative: Dan Rivlin (CH, IL)

CEO, Kenes Group International
Miscellaneous (PCO)
Sponsor Representative: Alexander Oddy (GB)
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, London
Vice President of IMI’s Independent Standards Commission
Professor Nadja Alexander
Academic Director, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy
Kenes Group

Advisory Board

The COG Executive Committee was assisted by a COG Advisory Board of more than 60 people that met on a monthly basis via Internet and is run by the Coordinator of the COG Executive Committee (Jeremy Lack). It consisted of:

  • One representative appointed by each Local Organising Committee (LOC)
  • One representative appointed by each General Partner
  • One representative appointed by each Sponsor, and
  • The COG’s Academic Committee.​

The COG Advisory Board’s provided input to the COG Executive Committee, enabled all LOCs to be in contact with one-another on a regular basis, and shared information with other LOCs and General Partners. It also provided feedback and raised issues for the COG Executive Committee that required decisions at a global level. It is consulted on all core questions and documents prepared by the LOC Executive Committee.Academic CommitteeThe COG Advisory Board formed a committee of academic experts on all traditional forms of dispute resolutions. The Academic Committee was asked to oversee the quality of the data gathered and verify its statistical relevance. This Committee was headed by Prof. Barney Jordaan and included the following ADR experts:  ​

  • Prof. Barney Jordaan (Belgium)
  • Dr. Amel Abdallah (Oman)
  • Dr. Dalma R. Demeter (Australia)​
  • Prof Ann-Sophie De Pauw (Belgium, France)
  • Dr. Remy Gerbay (UK & USA)​
  • Dr. Geneviève Helleringer (France & UK)
  • Ms. Daniel​le Hutchinson​ (Australia)
  • Prof. Joel Lee/Lee Tye Beng (Singapore)
  • Ms. ​Emma-May Litchfield (Australia)
  • Prof. Amel Kamel (Oman)
  • Prof. Lela Love (USA)
  • Prof. Ian MacDuff (Ne​w Zealand)
  • Prof. Peter Phillips (USA)
  • Prof. Alan Rycroft (South Africa)
  • Prof. Donna Shestowsky (USA)
  • Prof. Alain Laurent Verbeke (Belgium)

Ex-Officio and Support

IMI Chair: Deborah Masucci (US)
Formerly Head of the Dispute Resolution Program at American International Group, Inc.
User & Provider

IMI (Former) Executive Director: Irena Vanenkova (RU)
Formerly Public Relations Manager of IKEA Russia (1999-2006)
Miscellaneous (NGO)

IMI (Former) Operations Manager: Emma Ewart (NZ)
Formerly Executive Assistant to the CEO of Resolex (UK)
Miscellaneous (NGO)

Kenes Accounts Manager, GPC Series: Eric Ben-Harrous (IL)
Kenes International Group
Miscellaneous (PCO)

COG Advisory Board Coordinator: Bryan Branon (US)
Research Fellow at ADR Center Spa
Provider & Miscellaneous (Academic)

COG Advisory Board Coordinator: Jory Canfield (US)
Attorney & Dispute Resolution Practitioner
ABA ADR Fellow
Former consultant to High Court of Uganda
​Provider, Advisor & Miscella​neous (Trainer)

Local Organising Committees

Each event was organised by a Local Organising Committee (LOC). Each LOC appoints its own Chair, Coordinator, Treasurer and Representative to the COG Advisory Board.

Below is a the list of the 2016-2017 GPC Series LOCs and their primary contact people.

Country​CityContact / COG Coordinator
AustraliaSydneyMs. Fiona Hollier
BrasilSao PauloMs. Fernanda Levy
CanadaTorontoMr. Thierry Bériault
FranceParisMs. Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo
GermanyBerlinMr. Felix Wendenburg
​Republic of Guatemala​GuatemalaMs. ​María Andrea Yon
Hong KongHong KongMs. Anita Phillips
​India​ChandigarhMr. Anil Xavier​​
ItalyFlorenceMs. Tondini Chiara​​
MexicoMexico CityMr. Fernando Navarro
NetherlandsAmsterdamMs. ​​​Karin Merkx​
New ZealandAucklandMs. Catherine Cooper
NigeriaLagosMr. Andi Daze
PolandWarsawMs. Ewa Gmurzynska
​Russia (note: this event did not proceed)​MoscowMs. Ekaterina Smolyannikova
SingaporeSingaporeMr. Seng Onn Loong
​South Africa​Johannesburg​Ms. Marion Shaer
SpainBarcelonaMr. Juan Antonio Ruiz Garcia
SpainMadridMr. Antonio Sanchez-Pedreno
SwitzerlandGenevaMrs. Stephanie Heurtier​
​Thailand​Bangkok​Ms. Nattinee Netraumpai
UAEDubaiMr. Craig Shepherd
UKLondonMr. Andy Rogers
USAAustin (Texas)Ms. Kimberlee Kovach
​USA​Mid-AtlanticMr. Emmett Ward
USALos Angeles (CA)Ms. Kathleen Pierz
USAMiami (Florida)Ms. Kathleen Pierz
USANew York CityMs. Kathleen Pierz
USASan Francisco (CA)Ms. Kathleen Pierz
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