Guest of Honour
Mr Edwin Tong, SC
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Law & Ministry of Health
Mr Tong was educated at St Joseph’s Institution, Raffles Junior College and later read law at the National University of Singapore. Admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1995, Edwin practised extensively in corporate and commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency matters, and international arbitration. He was made partner at Allen & Gledhill in 2000 and later appointed Senior Counsel. At Allen & Gledhill, Edwin was concurrently Head of the Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and also a member of the firm’s Exco before he was appointed Senior Minister of State for Law and Health in July 2018.
Edwin was a leading lawyer at the Singapore Bar. He has been consistently cited and recommended for his expertise in dispute resolution and as a restructuring and insolvency practitioner in various leading legal publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has described Edwin as “an outstanding lawyer” and “a renowned name in the market” (2017), as well as “one of the pre-eminent practitioners” (2018) in Singapore. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific cites Edwin for his “excellent leadership, hands on approach and strategic outlook” of his practice and, in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000, he was ranked as a “Market Leader”, recognising him as a standout performer in the field of restructuring and insolvency.
Edwin was first elected into Parliament in 2011, and since 2015 has been the Member of Parliament for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC). Between 2011 and July 2018, he was the Deputy Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Law & Home Affairs. In March 2018, he was selected to be part of a 10-member Select Committee tasked to look into ways to combat deliberate online falsehoods. He was a member of both the Insolvency Law Review Committee as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring, which recommended significant changes to the insolvency and restructuring laws which aim to enhance Singapore’s effectiveness in facilitating international debt restructuring.
Edwin is married with three children. He has an active interest in football, and serves in a volunteer capacity with the Football Association of Singapore as the Vice-President.
Dr Noeleen Heyzer
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2015)
Member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation
Dr Heyzer, a social scientist is the highest ranking Singaporean in the UN system during her term. She is currently a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation.
Noeleen was the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since its founding in 1947. Under her leadership, the commission focused on regional co-operation for a more resilient Asia-Pacific, founded on shared prosperity, social equity, and sustainable development. She was at the forefront of many innovations including for regional disaster preparedness, inclusive socio-economic policies, sustainable agriculture and urbanisation, energy security and regional connectivity. She was also the United Nations Secretary General ’s Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peace-building, state-building, and sustainable development in fragile states.
Mrs Anna Joubin-Bret
Mrs Joubin-Bret is the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and Director of the Division on International Trade Law in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations. She has been appointed on 24 November 2017. Prior to her appointment, Anna was Attorney-at-law and practiced in Paris. She specialized in International Investment Law and Investment Dispute Resolution. She focused on serving as counsel, arbitrator, mediator and conciliator in international investment disputes. She served as arbitrator in several ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes. Prior to 2011 and for 15 years, Anna was the Senior Legal Adviser for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In this capacity, she managed the research and advisory work on international investment law issues as well as the technical assistance program on international investment agreements (IIAs). During her tenure, Anna assisted countries and governments in the formulation of investment policies and frameworks and the management of investor-State disputes.
Mr Rimsky Yuen, GBM, SC, JP
Former Secretary for Justice
Hong Kong SAR
Mr Yuen, in his capacity as Secretary for Justice, handled public law cases (such as judicial review applications involving constitutional, human rights and planning issues), commercial disputes involving the Government, regulatory matters relating to statutory bodies, international law matters (such as investment treaties, surrender of fugitives and assets recovery), as well as arbitration and mediation involving the Government.
After his resignation as Secretary for Justice on 5 January 2018, Rimsky resumed private practice in April 2018 at Temple Chambers as barrister, arbitrator and mediator specialising in commercial disputes. Since then, he has been appointed as arbitrator in various international arbitrations (both Hong Kong and overseas) and has also been retained as advising counsel or advocate in various commercial disputes.
Mr Akira Kawamura
Japanese Association of Arbitrators
Mr Akira Kawamura is the graduate of the Kyoto University, 1965, and of the Sydney University, LL.M.1979. He was admitted to the Japanese Bar in 1967, joined the firm of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (then, Anderson Mori & Rabinowitz), and had been once seconded to a law firm in Australia, Allens (then, Allen Allen & Hemsley). He has an extensive general corporate and litigation/arbitration practices with numerous large multinational domestic and foreign clients, specialising in corporate, M&A, international trade, entertainment, publication, energy and real estate law.
Mr Kawamura is the Immediate Past President of the International Bar Association (IBA) through 2012 and currently the President of the Japan Arbitrators Association. He is a registered arbitrator of the CIETAC and has also been active as a Councilor of the Japanese Society of International Law, a member of the Ethics Committee of the Japanese Cancer Association, and a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Association of Athletics Federation. He is a corporate auditor and a board member of number of Japanese companies such as McDonald's Holding Company (Japan), and is also an experienced arbitrator/mediator.
In 2012, Mr Kawamura was awarded with the decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan.
Professor Hi-Taek Shin
Korean Commercial Arbitration Board International
Professor Shin is the Chairman of the KCAB INTERNATIONAL, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s international division. He also serves as the Chairman of the Korea Trade Commission. He recently retired from Seoul National University School of Law where he taught international business transactions and resolution of commercial and investment disputes arising from cross-border transactions since 2007. Prior to moving to academia in 2007, he was a partner at Kim & Chang, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investments and the resolution of disputes arising from cross-border investment projects. He regularly sits as an arbitrator, both in international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations. He is on the panel of arbitrators for the HKIAC, ICDR, ICSID, KCAB and SIAC. He is a member of International Commercial Expert Committee, Supreme People’s Court of China.
Professor Shin authored the Korean chapter in ‘Commentaries on Selected Model Investment Treaties’ (C. Brown edited, 2013) and ‘UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the Investment Treaty Arbitration Practice’ (in Korean, 2013).
He chaired special commissions organized by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea for the enactment of the Arbitration Promotion Act. He also participated in the task force commissioned by the Ministry of Justice for the amendment of the Arbitration Act of Korea. He received LL.M. and J.S.D degrees from Yale Law School and LL.B. and LL.M degrees from Seoul National University.
Mr Jerry Zhang
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
Mr. Jerry Zhang graduated from Peking University with a BA in English and a LLB in law, and subsequently obtained his LLM and PhD from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Jerry learned arbitration and mediation (particularly Med-Arb) many years from many senior arbitrators (such as Professor Tang Houzhi) of CIETAC in the late 1980s in his first legal job in Beijing. As a lawyer, Jerry has over twenty years of experience in Intellectual property law, corporate law and dispute resolution, particularly with relevant practicing experience in foreign related civil/commercial law, intellectual property law, and international investment law.
As an arbitrator and a member of domain expert panel in China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), he has accepted appointments as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or presiding arbitrator in handling international commercial arbitration or domain name disputes with CIETAC or HKIAC. Jerry is also an arbitrator with Guangzhou Arbitration Commission and Shijiazhuang Arbitration Commission.
Mr George Lim, SC
Singapore International Mediation Centre
Mr George Lim is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SIMC.
George received his training in mediation at CEDR, UK and Harvard Law School. He is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute. In 1997, Mr Lim helped to set up the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). He conducts mediations regularly at the SMC, and has successfully mediated many complex commercial and cross-border disputes.
George served as the first Chairman of the Asian Mediation Association (2009-2010). In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of the IMI, and international body which promotes professionalism in mediation. He is the co-editor of Mediation in Singapore: A Practical Guide. In 2016, he was identified by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation as being among 341 of the world’s leading commercial mediators. In its Legal Market Place Analysis 2016, Who’s Who commented that George was “widely respected among peers for his ability to take the initiative and steer a mediation towards a successful outcome”.
Mr Tan Ken Hwee
Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer
Supreme Court Singapore
Mr Tan is in charge of the transformation, digitalisation, innovation and technology plans of the Judiciary. He is working to improve existing systems and to deploy new cutting-edge systems to keep the Courts, and the legal profession, at the forefront of legal technology.
Before this deployment, Ken Hwee was the Chief Prosecutor of the (then) Financial and Technology Crime Division (FTCD) of the Attorney-General's Chambers. FTCD handles white-collar cases in Singapore, including cheating, criminal breach of trust, corruption, cybercrime, money-laundering and terrorism financing, and Securities and Futures Act and Companies Act offences. FTCD also made use of AI-assisted evidence review technology.
Ken Hwee was also personally involved in major national initiatives including the introduction of video recorded interviews for certain offences, and deferred prosecution agreements. Ken Hwee has been heavily involved in technology initiatives in Singapore since the mid-1990s.
Ms Eunice Chua
Financial Industry Dispute Resolution Centre
Ms Eunice Chua is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FIDReC. She is qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Supreme Court and an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). A First-Class Honours law graduate from the National University of Singapore, Eunice served as a Justices' Law Clerk in the Singapore Supreme Court and later obtained a Masters of Law from Harvard. On her return, she was appointed Assistant Registrar of the Singapore Supreme Court, Magistrate of the Singapore State Courts and Assistant Director of the SMC.
Eunice later joined the Singapore International Mediation Centre as its first Deputy CEO before her next role as Assistant Professor at the Singapore Management University. Eunice has conducted mediation training both locally and internationally and continues to coach students for mediation competitions. Her articles on mediation, evidence, and procedure appear in leading publications and academic journals in her field.
Mr lu Ting-Kwok
Founder and Director
Asia Conflict Resolution Institute Limited
Mr Iu (“TK”) is a Hong Kong accredited mediator (general and family) and a family mediation supervisor. He is a panel mediator of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and the Japan International Mediation Center (JIMC–Kyoto). Between 2013 and 2017, TK assisted the Department of Justice on the enactment of the Apology Ordinance, which came into operation on 1 December 2017. In recognition of his contribution to promote mediation, the Hong Kong SAR Government awarded a Medal of Honour to TK in 2017. TK is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at City University of Hong Kong, and also in the Department of Law and Business at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. He recently founded Asia Conflict Resolution Institute Limited which provides premier training to mediators, mediators-to-be, and mediation advocates in the community.
Ms Ana Maria Maia Gonçalves
Founder and Director
Instituto de Certificação e Formação de Mediadores Lusófonos, Portugal
Ms Gonçalves is a listed panel mediator in several major international mediation institutes. She holds years of experience as a business leader in the international corporate world – lawyer, teacher, mediator, and organisational developer. Ana is a founder and president of ICFML, a member of the Portuguese Mediation Federation (FMC), and part of the Neuroawareness team. With at least 10 years of experience in learning, practicing, and teaching mediation worldwide, including an active interest in mediation courses, Ana is equipped to mediate in a unique way. She has worked with many international clients and is experienced in cross-border disputes namely in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Ana regularly speaks at international conferences, and lectures in major Portuguese Universities on ADR, Mediation, Negotiation, and ODR. Ana also delivers training in collaboration management, and coaching assistance to senior executives and lawyers to develop their conflict management and negotiation skills. Ana is a graduate from UAL Lisbon and has a Master of Laws (2008). She has two children and lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ms Asha Hemrajani
Ms Hemrajani is CEO of visioclara.tech, a tech consultancy with interests in legal tech and cybersecurity startups. Formerly a member of the Board of Directors at ICANN, a global organization that manages Internet resources for the public benefit, she spent over 20 years in the telecommunications industry in various roles, including Global Head of Sales for a US$1.5Billion network infrastructure business line.
Passionate about dispute resolution, Asha is a Court Appointed Volunteer Mediator at the State Courts, an Associate Mediator with the SMC, an International Accredited Professional Mediator at the IDRRMI Hong Kong and a Mediator at the Macao Mediation Centre. She has co-authored a paper on Online Dispute Resolution, due to be published in the Singapore Law Review. Asha coaches mediation regularly and has been a judge at several ICC Commercial Mediation Competitions.
Asha regularly speaks at technology, cybersecurity and mediation related conferences and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Professor Nadja Alexander
Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy
Professor Alexander is Academic Director of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy and Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University.
Nadja is an internationally recognised thought leader and a recognised name in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution. She is an award winning author and educator. She has advised international bodies, such as the World Bank Group, and national governments in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa on mediation policy. She also sits on international mediation panels in Singapore (SIMC), Hong Kong (HKMAAL) and Australia (MSB) and practises in the English and German languages. Nadja has been engaged in the field of conflict resolution in more than 30 countries.
Nadja is Vice Chair of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association and a board member and director of the Singapore International Mediation Institute. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, United States of America and Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Mr Viswa Sadavisan
Mr Sadavisan is regarded as one of Singapore’s influential thinkers; an opinion leader and advocate of its evolving socio-political space.
With over 30 years of media experience – as practitioner and policy maker - Viswa is best known to Singapore society as the face of the (then) Singapore Broadcasting Corporation’s breakthrough news and current affairs programmes such as Talking Point, Feedback and Today in Parliament. As Senior Controller, he planned and directed coverage of the nation’s Parliamentary reports and General Elections. He has interviewed Asia’s top business and political leaders, including Singapore’s first Prime Minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tungku Abdul Rahman and Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s longest serving premier.
Viswa is an expert moderator and a seasoned chair of panel discussions and regional forums on the economy, business, governance, leadership, strategy and innovation. He cuts through the clutter of abstracts with insight, incision and fresh perspectives on changing ground realities.
Professor Joel Lee
Singapore International Mediation Institute
Joel is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. Joel co-pioneered the teaching of Negotiation and Mediation in the Singapore Universities and has played a significant role in furthering the development of mediation in Singapore, not just in education but in practice.
A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law Schools, Joel is an associate partner with CMPartners (USA), Training Director of and principal mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. Joel was a member of the International Mediation Institute's Independent Standards Commission and Intercultural Taskforce. He was also a key member of the Ministry of Law’s Working Group on International Commercial Mediation. Joel is presently the founding Chair of the Board of the Singapore International Mediation Institute. Joel is the co-editor and co-author of the book "An Asian Perspective on Mediation", the General Editor for the Asian Journal on Mediation and co-author of the “Singapore Mediation Handbook”.
Mr Ban Jiun Ean
Singapore Mediation Centre
Mr Ban read law at the National University of Singapore before joining the Ministry of Law. Jiun Ean spent nine years doing legal policy work, with a focus on the development of Singapore’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) industry. He spearheaded the development of the world’s first integrated dispute resolution centre, Maxwell Chambers, which brought together arbitral institutions, service providers and legal practitioners under the same roof in a facility equipped with bespoke dispute resolution rooms and state-of-the-art supporting technology. In 2010, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Maxwell Chambers, helming the company for five years and establishing it as the foremost dispute resolution centre of its kind in the world. In June 2019, Jiun Ean was appointed as the Executive Director of Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). As a firm believer in the value of mediation, he looks forward to strengthening SMC’s position as a leading ADR centre in Asia.