Dr. Cheryl Picard
Dr. Cheryl Picard, Emeritus Professor, is an educator, author, mediator, and conflict specialist in interpersonal, workplace, restorative justice, and community-based conflicts. Her strengths lie in being a “pracademic”, which means she skillfully facilitates theoretically informed experiential, reflexive, and adult learning. Cheryl retired from full-time academic life at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada to advance the “Insight approach to conflict and Insight mediation”, which she co-founded in 2001. She has authored two books on this innovative method, Transforming Conflict through Insight (2008) and Practicing Insight Mediation (2016). Dr. Picard founded the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution, the Centre for Conflict Education and Research, and the Mediation Centre at Carleton University.
Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, coach, consultant and trainer, specializing in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party disputes, including marital, divorce, family, community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment, discrimination, and public policy disputes; and designing preventative conflict resolution systems. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author. He served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board, a Factfinder for the Public Employment Relations Board, and a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of Los Angeles.
Michael D. Lang
For more than 40 years Michael has mediated family, workplace, and organizational disputes. He created and was the founding director of one of the first graduate programs in conflict resolution in the US at Antioch University and served in a similar role at Royal Roads University in Canada.
Michael served for 6 years as Editor-in-Chief of Mediation Quarterly (now Conflict Resolution Quarterly) and currently is Special Advisor and member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis in Ireland.
In the area of reflective practice, he has authored The Practitioners Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution (2019) and co-authored The Making of a Mediator: Developing Artistry in Practice, (2000).
Dr. Aman Hingorani
Dr. Aman Hingorani is a practising lawyer and mediator at the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court, and acts as an arbitrator at the PHDCCI.
He has been engaged in teaching law since 1998 as adjunct faculty, and is an International Advocacy and Mediation Skills Trainer. He has prepared the ADR preparatory material for the All-India Bar Examination conducted by the Bar Council of India; the ADR Manual for FICCI as its National Consultant; and the Mediation Rules for the PHDCCI, apart from curriculum for law courses and other activities, such as the modules for the Indo-British Project on Advocacy Skills Training, British Council, New Delhi. He has authored the SAGE bestseller, Unravelling the Kashmir Knot and has another 80 publications, national and international.
Mr. Barry Greyvenstein is Co-Founder and CTO of South African Mediation Academy. He is a SA and Internationally accredited mediator. He completed his mediation training from North-West University, South Africa in 2014. He specializes in Family mediation and works in the area of psychology in mediation. He gives mediation coaching at South African Mediation Academy, North-West University, and Dept. of Social Development, South Africa.
Founder and Managing Director, Immediation
Laura Keily (BSc, LLB (Hons), MCommrclLaw, GDipDisRes, GAICD, FCIArb, PRI) has spent the last two decades as an advocate, top-tier corporate lawyer, company director, business adviser and in-house counsel for listed corporates. A qualified arbitrator, specialist in corporations law and complex commercial litigation, Laura was recently awarded Innovator of the Year (Individual) at the Australian Law Awards for her work in pioneering online mediation, and was recognised as one of the most influential lawyers of 2021 by Australasian Lawyer.
Reema Bhandari is a dispute resolution consultant, advocate & mediator at Supreme Court of India, and a certified trainer to impart mediation training by the Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC) of the Supreme Court of India since 2016. She has litigation experience, including advising, drafting, and handling matters in Delhi courts and forums such as the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts of Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana . She has handled matrimonial and women-centric matters as well as civil and commercial matters. She has actively participated in awareness programmes on victim compensation law, legalities for start-ups, commercial law, cyber law, etc.
Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Temple University, USA
Ajima Olaghere, Ph.D. with her research advances the understanding of the interrelated nature of communities, place, policing and reentry. Dr. Olaghere approaches Criminology with a strong belief that the act of research – the way researchers conduct themselves and their studies – is critical to producing meaningful impact on policies, practices, and affected communities. She has published quantitative studies on restorative justice for youth and learning opportunities for incarcerated individuals, alongside qualitative and mixed-method studies on youth diversion, police-community relations, and street-level drug transactions. Recently, she has been laser-focused on a persistent gap in her field of Criminology – A lack of intentional, meaningful and upfront community engagement on studies which will invariably affect the implementation of policies at the place level.
Arpit Chaturvedi is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Policy Insights, a Centrist Thinktank based out of India, USA, and the United Kingdom. He is an advisor at the Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts (Ukraine) and a Co-Chair of the GPI Quad Forum, a public Diplomacy Forum for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Countries (India, USA, Japan, and Australia). Arpit holds an MPA degree from Cornell University, an MBA degree from Symbiosis International University, and a bachelor with honours in History from the University of Delhi.
Mrs. Sangeeta Mehrotra is a Mediator, Pre-marriage Counsellor, Divorce Negotiator. She is a confident professional putting forth an experience of more than 36 years in the Law/Legal sector - presently practising as a successful mediator at the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court, and also as an online ADR practitioner with SAMA, CORD.
Dr. Seema Singh
Dr. Seema Singh is LL.B. and LL.M. from Lucknow University and Ph.D. from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Her doctoral research is on “The Scope of Scientific Techniques in Criminal Investigation in India”. She has experience of teaching LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D. students and her special area of interest is Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Economic Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Jurisprudence.
She has authored and edited three books “Law & Spirituality-Exploring the Bond”, “Reflections on Ancient Indian Jurisprudence in the Current Social & Judicial Set Up” and “Nagrikta Sanshodhan Adhiniyam-Tathya avm Satya-Ek Baudhik Vimarsh”. She has a number of Research articles and News Papers articles in Journals, News Papers and magazines of national and international repute.
As a Co-Director she has submitted her report on “Agrarian Issues and Plight of Farmers” in Aug. 2021 to ICSSR. She has been awarded by Smt. Kamal Sharma Award for Academic Excellence -2021, by the Lexican Group of Institutes, Pune.
She is also Nominated by Hon’ble Governor and Chancellor of Raj Rishi Bhartrihari Matsya University, Alwar, Rajasthan, as Member of Academic Council.
Eli S. McCarthy
Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D. (he/him) has led numerous trainings in nonviolent communication, unarmed civilian protection, and bystander intervention. He also helps facilitate the deployments of DCPT’s unarmed civilian protection units. In addition, he teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. Eli’s most recent book is called A Just Peace Ethic: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (2020) and has another book called Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy (2012). He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti working with people living in poverty, working with people who are homeless in Boston and DC, monitoring the Palestinian Elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce, and leading strategic nonviolent resistance campaigns.
Jo is a Florida Supreme Court qualified arbitrator, certified circuit civil and county mediator, a FINRA public arbitrator, a certified arbitrator on the International Yacht Arbitration council roster, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. A proud Penn State undergrad (summa cum laude), she received her J.D. with high honors from Widener Law Commonwealth in Harrisburg, PA, and her LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law in Davie, FL. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at NSU’s renowned Halmos College of Arts & Sciences. Nominated by her peers, Jo was recently awarded the prestige of membership in The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She is also a past Fellow of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section. A published author and sought-after presenter, Jo regularly delivers training seminars to attorneys and other professionals. She also leads panels on topics such as ADR, employment law, and maritime-related themes
John Sturrock QC
John Sturrock QC is founder and senior mediator at Core Solutions and also acts as a mediator with Brick Court Chambers in London. As a pioneer of mediation throughout the UK, with an international reputation, his work extends to the commercial, professional, sports, public sector, policy and political fields. He is identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader in mediation by Who’s Who Legal, is a Distinguished Fellow of the international Academy of Mediators and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He recently published a book entitled “A Mediator’s Musings.” John is a regular commentator on policy, politics and conflict resolution – see his blog posts here. He is founder of Collaborative Scotland, which promotes non-partisan respectful dialogue about difficult issues. He was a member of the Stewarding Group for Scotland’s first Citizens’ Assembly.
Louisa is an experienced mediator and trainer with a background in Corporate and Private Equity Law, Public Sector Consultancy and Social Enterprise. She started her mediation career in 2003 specialising in corporate, property, commercial and employment disputes before setting up The Conflict Resolution Centre delivering mediation, training and early conflict resolution across the public and private sectors. Louisa draws on skills and experience acquired as lawyer and subsequent Board Directorships and management consultancy work. She combines a commercial approach with an acute sensitivity and empathy for individuals involved.
Alan Sharland has been a Mediator since 1994, starting as a volunteer neighbour dispute mediator in Camden in North London and soon after started working in the field professionally as a Case Worker, freelance mediator and for 11 years he was Director of a Community Mediation Service in West London where he and colleagues set up the first publicly available conflict coaching service in the UK in 2008, He also helped Brunel University set up the first conflict coaching service in a UK university in 2011. Alan has also provided mediation in workplace disputes, family conflict, group disputes, health service primary care complaints, university student complaints and special educational needs disagreements. He trains many mediators, predominantly people who work with families but also those providing mediation in workplace disputes and complaints. He set up CAOS Conflict Management in 2011 and trains people in the CAOS models of mediation and conflict coaching. He has written a book on resolving workplace bullying allegations and one on effective communication for promoting creative responses to conflict. Alan also has a YouTube channel ‘Communication and Conflict’.
Ekta Bahl is a Partner with Samvad Partners and is the Partner-in-Charge of the Hyderabad office of the Firm. She is a corporate commercial lawyer who has significant experience in corporate restructuring, insolvency, private equity and M&A.
Ekta is also passionate about mediation and is also a qualified mediator. She was part of the team that was invited to give comments to the parliamentary committee, authorized by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha to submit a report on the Mediation Bill, 2021.
She has completed 40 hours of mediation and negotiation training from both the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and the International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR). She has also completed the Specialist Mediator Workshop conducted by SIMC and is a member of the Specialist Mediator Panel (India) of the SIMC.