ArbitralWomen News


ArbitralWomen is pleased to announce the results of the elections of its incoming Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 Term, which includes nine new members.

The incoming Board of Directors selected Dana MacGrath, counsel in the international arbitration group at Sidley Austin LLP, as President of the Board, and Asoid García-Márquez, in-house counsel at UNESCO, as Vice President.

“I am honoured to have been selected to serve as President of the Board of ArbitralWomen and look forward to working with such a talented and dedicated group of women to promote diversity in international dispute resolution and advance our many projects, including the launch of the Diversity Toolkit at the end of this year,” said Ms. MacGrath. “Asoid García-Márquez is an ideal choice for Vice President. She brings years of experience on the Executive Committee of ArbitralWomen and has been leading the effort to modernize our corporate governance procedures. I am delighted to continue working with her.”

Dana MacGrath

The incoming Board members are from many countries and include arbitrators, in-house counsel, experts, practitioners and academics.

“It is amazing to see how we grew from a small group often meeting in Paris to a large network of female dispute resolution practitioners from around the world,” said Mirèze Philippe, ArbitralWomen co-founder and special counsel at the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC. “We have succeeded in raising awareness about the inclusion of female practitioners and opening doors for talented women. We are proud of our many achievements over the last two decades and are delighted to continue many projects and new programs with the incoming Board.”

Mirèze Philippe, ArbitralWomen co-founder and special counsel at the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC

“This is going to be a terrific Board, with some excellent energetic new members with great ideas for our future,” said Louise Barrington, ArbitralWomen co-founder and independent arbitrator. “I want to thank the fine women who did not get board seats this time for their commitment to ArbitralWomen and its work and I hope they will continue working with us and run again next term. I also want to thank those Board members who are leaving the Board for their dedication and service and look forward to their continued involvement in ArbitralWomen.”

Louise Barrington, ArbitralWomen co-founder and independent arbitrator

ArbitralWomen is an international non-governmental organisation for the promotion of women in dispute resolution. Over the past 25 years, ArbitralWomen has developed a number of programs to support the promotion of women in international dispute resolution as well serving as a leader in the efforts to recognise and overcome gender bias in the legal profession. Throughout 2018, ArbitralWomen has been celebrating its Jubilee with a series of events honouring its achievements and laying the groundwork for its work going forward.

Full Board of Directors for 2018-2020 Term:
(new members indicated by an asterisk)

Name Nationality Country of Residence
Barrington, Louise Canada Hong Kong, Canada
Ben Mansour, Affef * Tunisia, France France
Burger, Laurence * Switzerland Switzerland
Burghetto, Maria Beatriz * Argentina, Spain France
Chessa, Valentine Italy France
Droulers, Diana * Venezuela, France Venezuela
Fortin, Juliette France France
Filhol, Gaëlle * France France
García Márquez, Asoid Mexico France
Gutierrez, Elena Spain, France Spain, France
Johnson, Alexandra * Jamaica, Switzerland Switzerland
Koleilat-Aranjo, Sara * Lebanon, France Dubai (UAE)
Lee, Amanda * UK UK
MacGrath, Dana USA USA
Mills, Karen USA Indonesia
Paralika, Marily Greece France
Pearsall, Alison USA France
Philippe, Mirèze Lebanon, France France
Smeureanu, Ileana Romania, USA France
Sucharitkul, Vanina * Thailand, USA, France Hong Kong
Williams, Erika Australia Australia
Woods, Louise UK UK