Speakers of the Program
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.
Adv. Mihir R. Govilkar, in addition to his LL.B., holds an MBA from Johnson & Wales University, USA and an M.Sc. in Finance from EDHEC Business School, France. He is a Certified Mediator and Founder of Mediation Initiative. He writes on law and mediation and works extensively towards creating awareness and promoting mediation as the favoured dispute resolution method. He runs a YouTube channel called Mediation Initiative. He deals with commercial, civil, family, and matrimonial disputes. Mihir is passionate about Dispute System Design and the overall Mediation process. He hopes to create a culture of mediation throughout India over the coming years.
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.
Jo Colbert Stanley
Jo is a Florida Supreme Court qualified arbitrator, certified circuit civil and county mediator, and a FINRA public arbitrator. A proud Penn State undergrad (summa cum laude), she received her J.D. with high honors from Widener Law Commonwealth in Harrisburg, PA. Jo was recently awarded the prestige of membership in The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at NSU’s renowned Halmos College of Arts & Sciences. She is also a past Fellow of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section.
Eden Schneider is a trained mediator and conflict resolution specialist. She holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. Her focus is primarily on trauma, juvenile justice, peacemaking in public school systems, collaborative volunteer organizations, and marginalized groups. She is currently a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Conflict, emphasizing the intersection of trauma, creative arts, addiction, and criminality. She holds certificates in Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Advanced Mediation, Divorce Mediation, and Negotiation, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.
Sal offers training in Active Bystander Intervention, Restorative Justice, Unarmed Civilian Protection, and conflict mediation. He worked for 15 years in academia as a Psychology Professor before transitioning to nonprofit work. He has done Workforce Development training and program management and is a Training Coordinator for the Maryland Harm Reduction Institute. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict transformation as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.
Sulekha is a qualified transactions and disputes lawyer with diverse domestic and international experience. Skilled in representing and advising businesses on highstakes law matters and representing clients before Supreme Court, high courts, tribunals and government authorities. Invested in developing a career that approaches contemporary social and environmental challenges through the business lens.
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).