The event will focus on discussing why a directory of women arbitrators is a useful tool to increase gender diversity in arbitration and what other tools can we use to achieve this objective.


  1. Lucy Reed, arbitrator based in New York specializing in investor-State and complex international commercial disputes. She is President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and a Vice President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Court.
  2. Dana MacGrath, Investment Manager and Legal Counsel at Omni Bridgeway with expertise in international arbitration third-party financing and she is President of Arbitral Women.
  3. Lucia Olavarría, ICC YAF Latin America representative, Partner at Quiñonez Alayza Abogados.
  4. Marianella Ventura, Secretary of the Lima Chambers of Commerce.


Natalia Mori.

We will explore the topics described below:

  1. Welcome / Introduction by Moderator
  2. Topic 1 – Acknowledging the Problem
    1. Why is gender diversity a problem in international arbitration – what are the disadvantages of having a non-diverse panel? why is diversity important?
    2. Discuss the main initiatives taken globally like the Pledge, Arbitrator Intelligence, among others.
    3. What are the biggest obstacles to getting female appointed as arbitrators? implicit bias, lack of experience, etc.
  3. Topic 2 – Importance of Having a Database
    1. Do you think having a database of female arbitrators may help to promote diversity in arbitration?
    2. What is the role of arbitration institutions in helping to update and promote this database?
    3. What other information you think may be useful to include in the database?
  4. Topic 3 –  Other successful initiatives  
    1. What are the main factors that have proven to help to increase diversity in arbitration?
    2. How can we replicate those initiatives both in domestic and international arbitration?
  5. Q&A
  • Event Details
  • Location: EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
  • Start Date: 25/06/2020 6:00 pm
  • End Date: 25/06/2020 7:00 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Dana MacGrath, Natalia Moro, Lucy Reed