Speakers of the Program
Vic Schachter is the founder and president of The Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (FSRI), an NGO dedicated to establishing sustainable mediation centers globally to achieve timely, fair and peaceful conflict resolution in countries with backlogged court systems. He has served extensively as a mediator, and as an advocate representing clients in numerous mediations and arbitrations over his fifty year career. In addition, he has led rule of law and related educational initiatives promoting judicial reform, alternative dispute resolution and judicial case management in India, Brazil, Liberia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Republic of Georgia, Turkey, Vietnam and Malaysia, among other countries. Mr. Schachter has been honored as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his service in judicial reform, rule of law and mediation building. In October, 2020, he received the Mediator of the Year Award from The Mediation Society of San Francisco for "outstanding contributions to the field of mediation."
Gerry has 35 years’ experience in conflict and mediation work, training design and delivery and facilitation. She has published a book titled: ‘The Mediator’s Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes’ and developed online training materials to accompany it, including many filmed roleplay demonstrations. Gerry delivers Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII) accredited Certified Mediation Training. She holds a Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education and has provided training and mediation services for industry, public and semi-state bodies, inter-agency groups, organisational and workplace settings and in the local development and community sector. Internationally, she has delivered InPerson training in Palestine, Cuba, Germany and the U.K., as well as online training to other international areas.
A.J Jawad is an Accredited Digital Dispute Resolution Specialist with ADR ODR International, UK. He is a Partner and Head of ADR Services, KD Lex Chambers LLP, Gurugram and a Senior Mediator-trainer for the Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC) of the Supreme Court of India and the Tamil Nadu Mediation and Conciliation Centre (TNMCC) with an experience of more than 15 years. He conducts basic and advanced mediation training and Training of Trainers (ToTs) for MCPC and TNMCC and civil-commercial Mediation training courses in universities in the UK and India. He is empanelled as Indiaspecialist mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Centre and the Bombay Chamber of Commerce.
Barry is an SA & Internationally Accredited certified Mediator and a Training Facilitator with the South African Association of Mediators. Till May 2020, he served as the Vice Chairman of the Board to South African Association of Mediators. 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 Department of Social Development, South Africa. He holds certificate in Family Law, Psychology, Teaching Methodology, Language and Learning Styles.
Victor Baba Emmanuel Aligo
Victor Baba is a JAMS Weinstein Fellow and an ordained minister, a visiting lecturer at Global University Somalia and affiliated with the Institute of Paralegal Studies and Leadership, Ghana. He is an international mediator by training and trade, with over 5 years of experience, with emphasis on the intersectionality of conflict resolution, mediation, and indigenous dispute resolution mechanisms. He is an adviser to multiple community organizations and charitable institutions as a member of the board. He is a leading advocate for third-party financing mediation as a strategic tool for closing the access to justice gap, particularly in the Global South.
Johnny Tan Cheng
Johnny was a founding partner of LT&T Architects. He practises as an independent arbitrator and has served as President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) for two terms. He is an accredited mediator with SIMI and a Principal Mediator with several mediation centres including the SMC, JIMC (Kyoto), and SCMC. He is an accredited adjudicator with the SMC, and sits on the SMC’s Construction Adjudicator Accreditation Committee (CAAC) and the Singapore Infrastructure Dispute Protocol Advisory Committee.
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.
Upasana Singh is a conflict resolution professional, IMI certified mediator from the London School of Mediation, UK and High Court of Delhi, a practicing advocate, Supreme Court of India, and a learning enhancement specialist. She advises businesses, individuals, and educational institutes on methods of conflict resolution. She is the Founder and CEO of Accords International (AcIn). She holds the position of Reviewer with Indian Law Institute Law Review and Executive Editor of DME Journal of Law. She is also a Fellow with Global Policy Insights, a centralist policy institute based in India, the USA, and the UK. She is a member of Insights Collaboration International, Canada.
Akanksha Marwah, Co-founder and COO, Accords International is a doctoral candidate at Jamia Millia Islamia researching in restorative justice for children in conflict with law. She was engaged as a Faculty at GGSIPU and Jamia Millia Islamia from 2019 to 2022. She is a trained mediator by Samadhan, the Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre. She is a learning enhancement specialist and restorative justice public speaker. She is a member of the Training Committee of DC Peace Team, USA. She is a reviewer of reputed national and international journals and had been Managing and Executive Editor of the DME Journal of Law and the DME Journal of Management.
Reema Bhandari is empanelled as a certified mediator with the Supreme Court of India, P&H High Court, Karkardooma District Court, Delhi, and DDR commission. She has mediated & settled matters related to matrimonial disputes, commercial disputes, real estate disputes, and tenancy. She has been certified to impart mediation training by the MCPC, Supreme Court of India. She is an Advocacy trainer under the IndoBritish Advocacy Project at London on Advocacy skills training. She is a Visiting Faculty in various reputed law Colleges & Institutes, State Judicial Academies, and State Legal Authorities (Meghalaya).
Tara is an international lawyer of 20 years who started her career in human rights law in the United States. Since 2015 she has been actively involved in building the mediation movement in India. She is the co-founder of CAMP Arbitration and Mediation Practice Pvt Ltd., one of India’s leading and pioneering private mediation institutions.
To raise awareness to mediation, she regularly speaks on mediation and holds awareness sessions for law firms, businesses, in-house legal teams. She trains lawyers and mediators as part of the CAMP - Edwards Mediation Academy partnership. Tara also serves as Coordinator for the Mediating Disputes course at Harvard University. Tara also leads multiple collaborations with the government, international institutions and domestic partners to make mediation a part of the dispute resolution landscape in India.
Tara has mediated a wide variety of disputes including inheritance, family, construction, real estate, educational and consumer disputes. Her style of mediation is largely facilitative - she places importance on parties making informed decisions from a place of understanding, empathy, and connection
TEJASWI MALLIPEDDI is a Mediator certified by IICA (Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs), School of Finance and Program on Negotiation (PON), Harvard Law School; and an Accredited and Qualified Mediator with the Phoenix Disputes Solution (PDSL) and International Mediation Institute (IMI). Ze also has a law degree (B.A. LLB.) and is an Advocate enrolled with Delhi Bar Council. Ze had previously worked as a Law Clerk and Research Assistant at the Telangana High Court and also at the Supreme Court of India. Hir years of experience in legal research and assistance in both judicial and administrative side have made hir privy to disputes of varied nature including civil, commercial, family, property, industrial and also criminal disputes. Ze is currently working as an Associate at the office of a retired Supreme Court Judge practicing Arbitration and Mediation. Hir areas of work and interest include- alternate dispute resolution, restorative justice, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace building. Ze is passionate about spiritual empowerment and unlearning social conditioning on a daily basis. Hir hobbies and other interests include disruptive technologies, poetry writing and classical dance art forms like Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi.
Dr Clare Fowler
Dr. Clare Fowler received her Doctorate on designing dispute resolution systems for small businesses from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education/Organizational Leadership and her Master’s of Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. Dr. Fowler serves as Managing Editor at Mediate.com and as Director of Caseload Manager. She also teaches at Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Department and University of Oregon Law. Clare has mediated and trains, focusing on workplace disputes. Dr. Fowler’s dissertation was a phenomenological study of Workplace disputes. Her current book project is a guidebook for HR directors dealing with high conflict employees.