Stavros Brekoulakis

Professor in International Arbitration and Commercial Law, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Stavros Brekoulakis is a Professor in International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London, as well as an attorney-at-law. He is the Co-Chair of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding, member of the International Law Association, member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings, Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, General Editor of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and Editor-in-Chief of the (CIArb’s) International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management.

Brekoulakis has been involved in international arbitration for more than 20 years as counsel, arbitrator and expert. Having practiced commercial law, arbitration and litigation as in-house counsel and private practitioner, he currently serves as arbitrator and expert. He is regularly listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration and in the Who’s Who Future Leaders: Arbitration 2017 as one of the ten most highly regarded future leaders, described as “very thorough and professional” and “held in the highest regard.” He was nominated as the “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator” Award of the Global Arbitration Review in 2016 and 2017. Brekoulakis has been appointed in more than 25 arbitrations, as chairman, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator under the rules of the ICC, LCIA SCC, DIA, CAS and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Petra Kiurunen

Chair, The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI), Finland

Mrs. Petra Kiurunen is specialized in domestic and international commercial arbitration and litigation. Petra has nearly two decades of experience in advising clients in business disputes relating to e.g. construction and engineering, distributorship and service contracts, investment disputes, telecommunications, and IPR rights. She regularly represents Finnish and foreign companies in international arbitrations conducted under the Finnish Arbitration Act and the Arbitration Rules of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, as well as under the rules of major international arbitration institutes such as the ICC, the SCC and ICSID.

Petra is also the Chair of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and member of the board of the Finnish Arbitration Association.

Mrs. Petra Kiurunen


Riikka Koulu

LL.D., research fellow at University of Helsinki; Director, Legal Tech Lab, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Riikka Koulu (LL.D. Trained on the bench) is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and the Director of the University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab, a research hub that focuses in digitalization of legal practice. She has received her PhD in procedural law at University of Helsinki in 2016 and explores technology-enabled privatisation of coercion in her doctoral thesis. In her post-doc projects, she examines the impact of increasing automation on the legal profession, e.g. legal AI, use of data analytics and autonomous ledger technologies.

Profile and Publications
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Robert Lambert

Partner, Clifford Chance, UK

Michael Lind

Solicitor, Director of Business Development, Tyler Technologies, Inc., UK

Clemens Heusch

Head of European litigation, Nokia, Germany

Dr Clemens-August Heusch LL.M. is head of European litigation at Nokia, responsible for litigation and arbitration throughout Europe, Near East and Africa, with a strong focus on multi-national IP litigation. Since 2008 Nokia has been involved in more than 200 patent cases worldwide. Before joining Nokia, Clemens was an attorney-at-law at the international law firm Bird & Bird LLP (2004–2008). He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Bonn, Germany; received an LLM degree from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, and a doctorate from the University of Cologne, Germany. During his traineeship, he worked inter alia in the competition law team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne and Brussels, Belgium.

Clemens is a registered lawyer at the Cologne Bar and is a certified IP lawyer. Fluent in German, English and French, he regularly presents and writes on a range of legal topics.

Markus Manninen

Specialist Partner, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Finland

Markus Manninen is an attorney-at-law at the dispute resolution department of Hannes Snellman, a leading Finnish law firm. He focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration. Markus regularly represents clients in domestic and international ad hoc arbitrations, as well as in arbitrations administered by various institutional rules (i.a. FAI, ICC, SCAI, SIAC). In addition, Markus serves as an arbitrator in different arbitration proceedings.

Markus has significant experience in sports law. He is a CAS member and was nominated to serve as an arbitrator for the Anti-Doping Division of the CAS for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Additionally, Markus is a member of the IRONMAN and the UFC Arbitration Panels and the IBU’s Anti-Doping Hearing Panel. He chairs the Disciplinary Committee of the Finnish FA and the FINADA Anti-Doping Supervisory Board. Markus is constantly ranked in the Best Lawyers lists (Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation and Sports Law).

LinkedIn: Markus Manninen


Richard McLaren

Professor of Law and Interim Dean, the University of Western Ontario; Counsel, McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP, Canada

O.C., D.D., H.BA., LL.B, LL.M, C.Arb

Founder of Innovative Dispute Resolution Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Global Sport Solutions Inc.

Featured in Icarus, the Oscar winning documentary that exposed state-sponsored athletic doping in Russia

Richard H. McLaren, Professor of Law at Western University, is a recipient of the Order of Canada by appointment of the Governor General of Canada. McLaren is an internationally recognized expert in sports law. He champions for integrity in sports and is President of the European Basketball Arbitral Tribunal and an Anticorruption Hearing Officer for the Tennis Integrity Unit. As a long standing member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Richard has served at five Olympic Games. McLaren has served with distinction in his dealings with salary arbitrations and Player/Agent disputes. He was a member of WADA’s 2015 Independent Commission who examined systemic doping and corruption in Russian Athletics and was recently appointed Independent Investigator to lead the investigation into allegations of sample tampering at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. McLaren has extensive experience as an arbitrator and mediator.

Michael McIlwrath

Global Chief Litigation Counsel, GE Oil & Gas, Italy

Michael McIlwrath is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Cornell Law School. He practiced in the litigation department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, and joined GE in 1999 in Florence, Italy, as the Global Lead Litigation Counsel for GE Oil & Gas, a world leading supplier of technology in the oil & gas industry (as of July 2017 part of Baker Hughes, a GE Company).

Michael is co-author of International Arbitration and Mediation:  A Practical Guide (Kluwer Law International 2010), a regular contributor to the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, and was the chair of the Global Pound Conference in 2016-17. Michael is a member of the Governing Body for Dispute Resolution of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the board of directors and past chairman of the International Mediation Institute (, the advisory boards of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, and Arbitrator Intelligence. He was recently recognized by Arbitral Women as the organization’s Champion of Change in 2017 for promoting diversity in international arbitration.

Heidi Merikalla-Teir

Secretary General, The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI), Finland

Heidi Merikalla-Teir (LL.M, Trained on the Bench, MBA) is a Director at the Finland Chamber of Commerce heading its Dispute Resolution Services. She is also the Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI).

Heidi has extensive and versatile experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration, litigation and mediation. She is a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Previously, Heidi worked for more than 12 years as attorney and Specialist Partner at one of the largest Finnish law firms where she specialized in commercial dispute resolution. She has represented parties in national and international commercial arbitrations under various arbitration rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings. She has also served as arbitrator and mediator.

As agreed with her employer, Finland Chamber of Commerce, besides her main job, she may at her discretion serve as mediator and arbitrator in domestic and international cases that are not governed by the Arbitration Rules, the Rules for Expedited Arbitration or the Mediation Rules of the Finland Chamber of Commerce.

Heidi regularly lectures and speaks at conferences especially on arbitration and mediation. She is an Approved Board Member.

LinkedIn: Heidi Merikalla-Teir
Twitter: @HMerikallaTeir

Patrizia Netal

Partner, KNOETZL, Austria

Patrizia Netal is co-founder and partner at KNOETZL, a leading Austrian firm specialized in arbitration, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, business crime and corporate crisis management. Before co-founding the firm KNOETZL in 2016, Patrizia was a partner and arbitration expert in a dispute resolution boutique in Vienna.

Patrizia practices both as counsel and arbitrator. She has extensive experience in institutional and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings under the ICC Rules, the Vienna Rules, the DIS Rules and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Her core practice is international commercial arbitration, focusing on construction and engineering, post M&A disputes, aviation, distributorship and international sales contracts.

Patrizia has been listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders in Arbitration 2018, described as “excellent lawyer and organizational talent” and “definitely one of the names to watch out for!”.

Patrizia is the Co-Director of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the world’s largest and most renowned law student competition in the field of arbitration. She is also co-chair of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and Austria’s steering committee member of the initiative Equal Representation in Arbitration.

Catherine A. Rogers

Professor of Law, Penn State Law, State College, Pennsylvania, US; Director, Institute for Ethics, Regulation & The Rule of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Meera Sivanathan

Lead Legal Designer, Dottir Attorneys, Finland

Meera Sivanathan is the Lead Legal Designer at Dottir Attorneys and Co-founder of Dot. a legal design and legal tech consultancy.
She combines her expertise in law, business and design to develop innovative, human-centric and legally sound solutions for organizations, markets and society. Meera regularly facilitates workshops and presents on legal design. Prior to moving to Helsinki, Meera worked as a lawyer for a leading international law firm in Sydney, Australia, where she focused on financial services and corporate law.

LinkedIn: Meera Sivanathan 


Eva Storskrubb

Dispute Resolution Counsel, Roschier; Associate Professor in Procedural Law, Uppsala University, Sweden

Eva Storskrubb is a Stockholm-based Dispute Resolution Counsel specialized in dispute resolution. Eva has extensive experience from international arbitration proceedings – both ad hoc and institutional – and in particular complex cross-border arbitration, as well as litigation in national courts. In addition, Eva is an internationally recognized specialist in EU procedural law, who holds an LL.L degree from the University of Helsinki and an LL.D. from the European University Institute in Florence. She is associate professor (docent) of procedural law at Uppsala University. She lectures and publishes regularly in the field. Eva acts as Board member of the Law Society of Finland.
LinkedIn: Eva Storskrubb


Galina Zukova

Partner, Bélot Malan & Associés; Associate Professor with the University of Versailles, France

Galina Zukova is a partner in a Paris-based boutique law firm and an Associate Professor at the University of Versailles and the Riga Graduate School of Law.

She is recognised as one of the leading arbitration specialists in Central and Eastern Europe. She acts as arbitrator and counsel in cases conducted in accordance with the rules of the ICC, CAM, LCIA, VIAC, DIS, SCC and UNCITRAL, pursuant to different procedural and substantive laws in a broad range of fields.

Galina is a member of the ICC Court; a Board Member of the Finland Arbitration Institute; a member of the Arbitration Council of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre; a member ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and of its Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator; a chair of the Arbitrators Nominating Committee of the Russian Arbitration Association; a member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Court Bulletin; and a member of ArbitralWomen.

LinkedIn: Galina Zukova


Juho Romakkaniemi

CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce

Mr Juho Romakkaniemi was appointed as the CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce in March 2018. Prior to his appointment, Romakkaniemi served as the Head of Cabinet for the EU Commission Vice President, Jyrki Katainen, since November 2014. Romakkaniemi’s work background covers also numerous other high-level advisor and cabinet positions, including but not limited to, being the Special Adviser in EU and International affairs for the Minister of Finance of Finland between 2007 and 2011, and serving as the Head of Cabinet for the Prime Minister of Finland in 2014.

Mr Romakkaniemi holds a Master’s Degree in Arts (Philosophy) from University of Tampere, Finland.

Harri Gustafsberg

Ph.D., Coaching Strategist and Director, Suomen Mentoritiimi, Finland

Harri Gustafsberg worked for more than 20 years in the Finnish National Special Intervention unit Karhu. Harri worked as a chief operating officer and coached physical and psychological skills throughout the 21st century. Training focused not only on personal skills, but also on teamwork and operational management. He has been working for more than 20 years in combat-sports training.

Work in the most demanding and dangerous police unit has taught how to prepare for both mentally and physically demanding situations. Through the assignments he has seen and experienced what the human mind can do at its most terrible. Preparing for difficult situations is, above all, the pursuit of mental endurance.

Harri’s first book ”Mind Preparation for Optimal Performance” provides instructions for preparing for demanding situations. Writing the book started with the need to clarify the coaching method to prevent stress and achieve optimal mental performance. His latest book ”Tilannetaju, päätä paremmin” (in English: ”Situational awareness, decide better”, 2017), is co-writed with work Psychologist and management team coach Helena Åhman. Harri’s dissertation  ”Do People Get Shot, because some cops Panic” was published in February 2018.