International Women’s Day global campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity:
Ciarb is joining the global campaign and hosting virtual and in person events on 8 March.
8 March 2023 between 10 and 11.30am.
Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day. Our virtual event is free to attend. Register here
Leading voices in ADR will be joining us on 8 March to reflect on what equity means to them and share their experiences of equity in their professional and personal lives. The panel will also be discussing and exploring the adjustments we all need to make to truly embed and embrace gender equity.
Ciarb’s #EmbraceEquity video will debut on 8 March at 10am.
The video will feature:
This will be followed by a live panel discussion, moderated by Catherine Dixon MCIArb, LLB, MBA, Ciarb’s Director General.
Ciarb is delighted to be co-hosting an in-person event with Ciarb London Branch on 8 March between 6pm and 7.30pm at 12 Bloomsbury Square. Register now to hear our ADR community discuss the actions we need to take to further #EmbraceEquity. Ciarb members are eligible for discounted tickets.
Ciarb’s IWD panel will be moderated by Karina Albers FCIArb, Chair of Ciarb London Branch.
The panel will be followed by networking reception.
Places for in-person event are limited, register here to not miss out.
Please note, all times are listed in GMT.
International Women’s Day global campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity:
We can all truly embrace equity.
It's not just something we say.
It's not just something we write about.
It's something we need to think about, know, and embrace.
It's what we believe in, unconditionally.
Equity means creating a fair and equal world.
Karina Albers is a full-time commercial arbitrator and mediator based in the United Kingdom. She possesses both British and German Citizenship. Her profession as arbitrator and mediator has been built from her experience in derivative trading, the maritime industry and commodity trade.
Her career hitherto as derivative trader, chartering manager, broker, agent, expert and consultant enables her to service an ever-increasing complex and diverse world of disputes. She has received about 60 appointments so far, participated in hearings and has published 17 awards with claims amounting up to USD 15 million under LMAA, SIAC and GMAA rules.
The type of disputes she covers involve demurrage/despatch/laytime, liability/cost for cancelling of charter parties, speed and performance claims, allocation of port disbursements, insurance claims, bunker claims, freight and TCE, cargo claims both for dry and wet claims, Energy and Commodity disputes. Karina has acted as sole arbitrator, sole arbitrator by default and as part of a tribunal of three.
She passes on her passion for arbitration by volunteering regularly for Vis-Moot and IMLAM as well as mentoring a number of young legal professionals.
Karina is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London Branch; Aspiring Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association; Panel member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration; Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators; Member of the International Chamber of Commerce; Member of the German Maritime Arbitration Association; Member of the Baltic Exchange since 1993; Member of the Moot Alumni Association; NGO representative at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); An accredited Expert at the Federal Court of New York and acted as expert in leading cases in London, New York and Singapore.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Chan is a Senior Registered Foreign Lawyer at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong, specialising in international arbitration. She is committed to the goal of gender diversity and sits on the Board of Arbitral Women and serves as Director of Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners. She is also a founding Committee Member of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge Young Practitioners’ Subcommittee, and a co-founder of ARBinBRIEF, an initiative that promotes diverse arbitrator talent. Outside of arbitration, she is also on the Leadership Team of the Hong Kong registered charity, Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$, which is committed to promoting female empowerment in investing.
Fátima Cristina Bonassa is a lawyer and ADR practitioner. She holds a PhD in International Law and Master in Economic and Financial Law from the University of São Paulo, Faculty of Law. Specialist in complex negotiation and dispute resolution at Harvard Law School. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). Ciarb Brazil Branch Honorary Secretary. CPR - International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Neutral) and CDER - Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR Neutral) certified mediator.
Deborah is a Commercial Lawyer and Arbitrator, licensed and practicing for 20 years in Nigeria as a dispute resolution specialist, a transactional lawyer, an Insolvency Practitioner, and an Arbitrator. She advocates as Counsel for clients in commercial dispute resolution, before panels, arbitral tribunals, and superior courts of record. She is an experienced transactional lawyer in Corporate Restructuring/Internal Arrangements, Capital Market and Securities, Real Estate and Construction Contracts, advising clients in investing in and divesting from Investment transactions, and Insolvency.
Deborah is an experienced Arbitration practitioner having acted as Advocate, Tribunal Secretary, Co-Arbitrator and Sole Arbitrator in domestic ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations. She is also listed on the Panel of Neutrals of a few domestic arbitral institutions and regulatory bodies.
James Clanchy is a full-time arbitrator in independent practice and an associate member of Six Pump Court chambers in London.
As an arbitrator, he has taken more than 50 appointments in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, seated in London, Dubai, Singapore, and Copenhagen, as a sole arbitrator and as a member of two and three member tribunals. His cases largely arise from international commerce, including charterparties, commodities trading, ship sale and purchase, container leases, and loan agreements. He has been involved in more than 30 awards and drafted more than 25.
He is a solicitor in England & Wales (admitted 1990, non-practising since 2019) and was an avocat at the Paris bar from 1994 to 2008. He spent 20 years as a commercial disputes lawyer In London and Paris, with Withers, Holman Fenwick Willan, and Stephenson Harwood. He was Registrar and Deputy Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) for four years (2008-2012). He spent two years as a case assessor for third-party funders and After The Event (ATE) insurers (2012-2014).
He is an Aspiring Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and served as the association’s Honorary Secretary from September 2021 until September 2022. Since July 2022, he has been co-editor (arbitration) of Lloyd’s Maritime Law Newsletter, writing and editing anonymised summaries of London maritime arbitration awards.
James was Honorary Secretary of the CIArb London Branch (2020-2021) and has served on the CIArb’s Professional Conduct Committee (2018-2021). He has written articles for the CIArb’s journal, Arbitration, including ‘Ad hoc arbitration and its enemies’ (86, no 4 (2020)) and, with Cherine Foty, ‘Conflicting Perceptions of Ethics in International Arbitration’ (85, no 2 (2019), both of which call for a wider recognition of the diversity within and among international arbitration communities.
Catherine joined CIArb as Director General in May 2020 having set the world record for circumnavigation of the world on a tandem. Prior to setting her world record, Catherine spent time in Chief Executive Officer roles at the Law Society of England and Wales, a Higher and Further Education College and at NHS Resolution. Catherine has also held Senior Executive Director and General Counsel roles at the NSPCC and BUPA and in Canada at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Catherine started her professional career in private practice as a solicitor, at Eversheds Sutherland and was an Officer in the British Army. Catherine has served as a trustee and non-executive director on a number of boards, including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), Queens Counsel Appointments, LawWorks, National Pro Bono Centre, the PDSA, the Yorkshire and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, the Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Landex and was the Deputy Chair of the IBA LGBTQI Committee. Catherine is currently a trustee of Stonewall and a member of the Advisory Board of the Open University. Catherine is a solicitor and accredited mediator and has a MBA.
Tracey Fox is a mediator (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution; CEDR), executive coach (Henley Business School) and facilitator with close to 20 years' experience helping people develop and collaborate. With a BSc in Psychology ( Hons) and an MSC in Organisational Psychology, she has led programmes for investment banks, global social media giants, NHS Trusts, Regulatory bodies and UN agencies. Tracey brings a calm and compassionate approach, creating a safe space for people to reflect and grow. She is passionate about developing confidence in aspiring female leaders and is also a pro bono mentor and leadership coach.
Naimeh Masumy serves as a research fellow at Swiss International Law School and a PhD candidate at Maastricht. Naimeh has been advising and assisting clients on issue relating to international trade, regulatory compliance, and enforcement, as well as international arbitration under ICC and UNCITRAL rules on her capacity as an external counsel. Naimeh is on International Transnational Arbitration Advisory Board and member of editorial boards of ITA in Review.
Caroline has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial disputes including as Kings Counsel for 15 years, as a nationally accredited mediator and as an international arbitrator. She has practised in Australia, New York and London and is admitted to practise in all three jurisdictions.
Caroline specialises in complex commercial disputes particularly in the banking, finance, regulatory and insurance sectors. She is at present the only female Chartered Arbitrator in Australia. She is the past President of the Australian branch of Ciarb, a Fellow of Ciarb and a Fellow and Director of the Australian Centre For Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). sole arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in numerous international commercial arbitrations under the rules of major arbitral institutions, both ad hoc and institutional. She is on the London based Ciarb Approved Faculty Listing (AFL) and has taught the Ciarb pre-eminent Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and for three successive years at Oxford university. Caroline was the Course Director for the APAC Diploma Course in International Arbitration held in Perth in July 2018 and in Singapore in May 2019. She is also the Course Director for the Ciarb Accelerated Route to Fellowship course and for the Ciarb Award Writing course.
Caroline’s ruling as a sole arbitrator in a challenge to jurisdiction was upheld by the High Court of Singapore and led to new law on an arbitral tribunal’s discretion when a challenge to jurisdiction is made: Malini Ventura v Knight Capital Pte Ltd and others  SGHC 225.
Caroline is the Ciarb Trustee for Australasia; Director at Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA); and on the Advisory Board, Deakin University, Melbourne.
Olena Perepelynska is a Partner and Head of Arbitration at INTEGRITES law firm in Kyiv, Ukraine.
She has acted as counsel in about 90 international arbitrations under various rules, including ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIS, ICAC and MAC at UCCI, GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules. She has also served as arbitrator in more than 70 arbitrations seated in Almaty, Bishkek, Kyiv, London, Minsk, Paris, Vienna and Stockholm.
Olena serves as President of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association, Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Vice President of the ICC Ukraine, head of ADR committee of the Ukrainian National Bar Association and Member of the Global Steering Committee of the ERA-PLEDGE.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and member of its the Approved Faculty List. Olena is also editorial board member the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin.
More information at: https://www.integrites.com/team/olena-perepelynska/
Ms. Molly Rwigamba is a legal and private sector expert with 20 years of experience in Rwanda and across the region. She has vast experience and knowledge in corporate and commercial law. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration -London. She has served as an arbitrator or counsel in a number of construction and energy cases. She has an undergraduate law degree (LLB) and a Master’s Degree in International Comparative Law from Uppsala University, Sweden. She is also a member of the Rwanda Bar Association and the East African Law Society licensed to practice law.
Mrs Donna Parchment Brown was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 1981 and is a qualified Attorney-At-Law with over 30 years’ experience. She was also admitted as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 1991. As a leading alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioner in the Commonwealth Caribbean, she is a founding member of Jamaica’s leading national civil society organisation for ADR, the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) where she also served as its first Chief Executive Officer.
Mrs Parchment Brown has developed and delivered training programmes for community leaders and members, young men, Judges, the UWI Faculty of Law, Norman Manley Law School, the Jamaica Police Force, Lay Magistrates, adult correctional centres, UNESCO, and others. She has also worked as a dispute resolution expert in Barbados, Haiti, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, and other Caribbean countries. She has delivered papers on dispute resolution at conferences in Africa, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, UK, USA, Trinidad and Tobago and Netherlands Antilles. She headed the team for the Caribbean Conferences on Dispute Resolution (in conjunction with the Mona School of Business) in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011.
In 2004, the 10th Anniversary Year of the DRF, she was awarded the Order of Distinction with the Rank of Commander for her contribution to nation building in general but specifically in Dispute Resolution. In that year, she pioneered the efforts, leading to His Excellency the Governor General, declaring 2004 the National Year of Dispute Resolution. In 2009, for the 15th Anniversary of the DRF, she was instrumental in having the year proclaimed as the National Year of Dispute Resolution by His Excellency, the Governor General of Jamaica.
Mrs Parchment Brown has served as Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew and was a member on the Jamaica Reparations Commission for two terms. In addition, she served as former active member of the National Child Month Committee and is a founding board member of Violence Prevention Alliance. She has an avid interest in news and current affairs. A past student at the Hampton School for Girls, and other primary and secondary schools in St. Elizabeth and Clarendon, Mrs Parchment Brown continues to provide civic services to her alma mater.
An independent neutral and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Jo Colbert Stanley is a Florida Supreme Court qualified arbitrator and certified mediator. She holds a Diploma in International Maritime Arbitration from Ciarb and is a panellist on the International Yacht Brokers Arbitration Council. Jo also serves as a public arbitrator, hearing financial services-related matters for FINRA and is registered with Florida’s Department of Financial Services where she mediates residential property insurance claims. During her 20-plus years as a litigator in private practice, Jo focused on commercial litigation, employment, and insurance law. A past Fellow of the American Bar Association’s ADR Section, Jo is active in national and local volunteer Bar associations, currently serving as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s ADR Fellows Committee, and as chair-elect of the Federal Bar Association’s ADR Section. She is also chair of Broward County Bar Association’s Admiralty and Maritime Law Section and presides as a Traffic Hearing Officer for the 17th Judicial Circuit. In addition to presenting and writing articles on dispute resolution and maritime topics, Jo is currently working on her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. A self-described yachtie, Jo owns and operates a yacht management and maintenance company with her husband and business partner, Ben, in Fort Lauderdale, the “Yachting Capital of the World.”
Nikki Sharp completed her law degree at the University of Liverpool, following which she completed a Masters Degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution and the Bar Professional Training Course. Nikki has since become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Chartered Legal Executive and a Solicitor. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, member of the Law Society of England and Wales and member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. Nikki is the first female Chair of the Ciarb North West branch and is on the UK Adjudicators' adjudicator panel.
Nikki is the director at Halsall Sharp Limited and practices as a construction lawyer advising employers, contractors and subcontractors. She has participated as party representative in adjudication, mediation and arbitration proceedings in relation to disputes concerning interpretation of contracts, payment, breach of contract and professional negligence.
Deborah Tomkinson is the Secretary-General of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). Deborah is responsible for the overall management and operations of ACICA and overseas the ACICA Secretariat in the provision of case management services and project work. Deborah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, sits on the Council of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI), is a member of the ICCA Cross Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings, and a Member of the ERA Search Committee.
Claire's practice encompasses all aspects of crisis response and ensuing "wet" litigation arising from marine casualties, including jurisdiction, limitation and apportionment of liability, with a particular focus on collisions, groundings and salvage as well as personal injury and cyber.
Claire has supported ship owners and their insurers with large scale casualty management for a number of the firm's high profile cases. In 2022, Claire has been recognised as a 'Next Generation Partner' by Legal500 UK. In 2021 Claire was recognised in Lloyd's List 100 most influential people in the maritime industry as one of the global market's Top 10 maritime lawyers, and also received a Merchant Navy Medal - a state award within the British honours system - for services to women and diversity in the maritime industry throughout her careers at sea and ashore.
Ursula is a lawyer specializing in issues of Prevention and Dispute Resolution, National and International Arbitration, Civil Patrimonial and Non Patrimonial law, Insurance and Public Procurement.
She has more than 20 years of professional experience in the sponsorship of clients in civil, commercial, administrative litigation, insurance and public procurement proceedings and with more than 8 years of experience as an arbitrator in Ad Hoc and institutional arbitration in issues related to public, civil and commercial procurement. She belongs to the list of the most important centers in Perú: Chambers of Commerce of Lima, AMCHAM, PUCP, among others.
She is member of: The Chartered Institute of Arbitrator (CIARB), Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF), The Leadership Commission in WIP (Women in the profession) and Commission of the Center for Business Conciliation and arbitration (CCAE) of the Chambers of Commerce of Trujillo (CCLL)
She is a partner of the law firm Caro Tumba Abogados.
Wolf Von Kumberg is and independent Arbitrator and Mediator. He’s a member of Arbitra with offices in Washington DC and London, England. Wolf specializes in Investor/State Mediation and energy disputes arising from the energy transition, and consulting with energy and aerospace/aviation companies to implement dispute management programmes to mitigate dispute risks arising from the energy transition. Wolf is the former Chair of the Board of Management and a Fellow of Ciarb.