Interviews with Women Leaders in Dispute Resolution

9 July, 2019

ArbitralWomen has been conducting and publishing interviews of many amazing women in dispute resolution since 2013. These women are inspiring role models who have shared with us their experiences and insights. We take this opportunity to provide a recap of the many interviews that we have published in our Newsletters to date.

The interview series started with women leaders of dispute resolution institutions throughout the world. Newsletter n°7 issued in February 2013 featured interviews with India Johnson, President and CEO of the American Arbitration Association (USA), and Sarah Lancaster, Registrar of the London Court of Arbitration (UK).

The Newsletters that followed introduced women leaders from four distinct geographic regions:

  • Newsletter n°9 issued in October 2013 featured women leading dispute resolution centres in Europe: Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, President of the Lewiatan Court (Poland), Annette Magnusson, Director and Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (Sweden), and Sophie Henry, Secretary General, Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (France);
  • Newsletter n°10 issued in February 2014 featured women leaders in Latin America: Diana Droulers, Executive Director of the Arbitration Centre of the Caracas Chamber (Venezuela), Carolina Diab, General Director of CRECIG, Comisión de Resolución de Conflictos de la Cámara de Industria de Guatemala (Guatemala), and Karin Helmlinger Casanova, Executive Director and Secretary General of Arbitraje Internacional Santiago (Chile);
  • Newsletter n°11 issued in July 2014 featured women leaders in Asia, all three in Hong Kong: Chiann Bao, Secretary General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Wenying Wang, Secretary General of CIETAC Hong Kong and Cheng Yee Khong, Director and Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Asia Office;
  • Newsletter n°13 issued in March 2015 featured women leaders in Africa: Megha Joshi, Executive Secretary/CEO of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (Nigeria), Bernadette Uwicyeza, Secretary General of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (Rwanda), Bintou Djibo Boli, Secrétaire Permanent Centre d’Arbitrage et de Médiation (Burkina Faso) and Coumba Diatigui Diarra, Director of the Conciliation & Arbitration Centre of Mali (Mali).

Thereafter, in Newsletter n°14 issued in May 2015, the series of interviews featured women leaders in the Vis Moot and Vis East: Louise Barrington, Patrizia Netal and Ingeborg Schwenzer.

Since then, we have consistently published interviews of other prominent women leaders in dispute resolution:

ArbitralWomen is delighted to have shared with its readers interviews with 28 women leaders in dispute resolution. Stay tuned for the upcoming interviews with other role models.

Submitted by Mirèze Philippe, ArbitralWomen Co-Founder & Board Member, Special Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration