Mentoring Programme

The CIArb “Each One, Teach One” Mentoring Program

The UAE Branch Committee is proud to launch its first ever mentoring program and we want our members to get involved!

Why Mentoring?

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner, a mid-level practitioner or a beginner practitioner, mentoring is a useful way to connect, collaborate and co-create with peers.  No man is an island. And we need the support of our industry peers to continue to grow not only in arbitration but in any field.  So, while our CIArb courses equip you with the academic knowledge our mentoring program is aimed to give you a platform to ask questions, to share knowledge and to broaden your skills to make you a successful dispute resolution practitioner.

How is the program structured?

The mentoring cycle will run on a yearly basis. The first cycle is aimed to start by in October. Deadline for applications is 30 September.

There will be 4-6 mentoring groups with each group consisting of 1 mentor, 1 facilitator and 4 mentees.

The Mentoring Program is geared to develop professionals in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.  The program will also encourage discussion around:

  • Career Planning
  • Registration with Arbitration Centres and getting formal recognition in the Arbitration Field
  • Networking And Profile Building
  • Work Life Balance
  • Time Management
  • Collaborative Working
  • Publication Advice
  • Managing Upwards
  • Promotion and Progression
  • Leadership and Leading Teams
  • Managing Challenging Situations and Conversations

The purpose of the Program is to develop skills necessary for participating in arbitration proceedings through knowledge sharing between mentees, mentors and facilitators.

Working in a group allows mentees to network as well as to support each other. We wish to encourage development of groups where the mentees are from different disciplines (e.g., engineers to be together with lawyers and quantity surveyors) as we think that perspectives brought from a different working environment can be of significant benefit to all participants.

Mentors will be senior practitioners and arbitrators, “seasoned” but not necessarily “salt and pepper.” They will be recognised and established practitioners and most importantly eager to impart their wisdom. The role of the mentor is to provide mentees with career guidance and arbitration/ alternative dispute resolution practical knowledge.

Mentees will usually be “young” practitioners, either starting out in arbitration or under the age of 40 or curious with many questions.


Facilitators will be mid-level practitioners enthusiastic to participate and to facilitate the discussions and activities between the mentees and the mentors. At the same time, facilitators can share their wisdom and advice with mentees and collaborate with them on projects such as writing articles.

Term: The mentoring program will run for one year. During this time we envisage that the mentoring group will learn and evolve and gain practical insights into arbitration/ alternative dispute resolution.

How can you join?

The mentoring program is open only to the CIArb UAE branch members. Members are requested to encourage their colleagues or others who are registered with the CIArb and who would benefit from this scheme.

If you are interested in taking part in this exciting program whether as a mentor, a facilitator or a mentee, please reach out to Sadaff Habib at s.habib@beale-law.com and Nebojsa Pavlovic nebojsa.pavlovic@adlitteramco.com  with your CV, explain why you are interested and what are your expectations and refer to your membership level.