Stefano Azzali

Secretary General, Milan Chamber of Arbitration, Italy

Stefano Azzali is a lawyer graduated at the Genoa University – School of Law, and is the Secretary General of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration (CAM) since 2001.

He also acts as Director of the Institute for the Promotion of Arbitration and Mediation in the Mediterranean (ISPRAMED) and as President of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).

Since 2005, he is Visiting Professor of Arbitration Law at Bocconi University – School of Law in Milan and, since 2012, he is Fellow at the Centre for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law, New York University – School of Law.

He is member of the Federal Court of Justice of the Disciplinary Commission of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), and of the Formula One International Contract Recognition Board.

Author of articles and publications on arbitration, he is member of the panel of arbitrators before various arbitral institutions (ICDR, VIAC, CIETAC etc.) and delegate for Italy for the Uncitral Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation); he acted as arbitrator in several ad hoc and institutional proceedings (ICC, ICDR, DIS, Swiss Chambers etc).

Alexander G. Fessas

Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services, France

Alexander G. Fessas is the Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

As Secretary General, he is responsible for the operational management and coordination of the ICC Court’s Secretariat and other dispute resolution services in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Sao Paolo and Singapore.

He joined the Secretariat in late 2011 and held consecutive positions in three case management teams, of which two as counsel. Prior to his appointment as Secretary General, he was the Secretariat’s Managing Counsel over a three-year term.

He read law at the University of Athens, Greece having specialized in international commercial transactions and conflict of laws.

Prior to joining the ICC Court, he practised as counsel out of Athens where he established a sole practice in 2008. He was previously an associate at an Athens-based law firm. During the same period, he was also the editor-in-chief of the Revue hellénique de droit international.

He is admitted to the Athens Bar and speaks English, French and Greek.

Carlos S. Forbes

President, Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil Canada (CAM-CCBC), Brazil

Carlos Forbes is the President of the Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil Canada CAM-CCBC ( Mr. Forbes ( acts as counsel and as arbitrator in several domestic and international arbitrations and recently founded a new law firm in Brazil, Forbes, Kozan and Gasparetti Advogados (

Alice Fremuth-Wolf

Secretary General, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), Austria

Alice Fremuth-Wolf is Secretary General of VIAC since 2018 and before has been the Deputy for 6 years. Having studied law at Vienna University (Mag. iur. 1995, Dr. iur. 2002), Utrecht University (1994) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M. 1998), she served as assistant professor at the Department of Civil Procedure Law at the Law Faculty of Vienna University. She worked with major Austrian law firms and acted as party representative and arbitrator in international commercial arbitration cases. Alice has authored articles and books on arbitration and regularly serves as lecturer for arbitration at the Law Faculty of Vienna University, where she was coach of the Vienna team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot from 2004-2009. She is also a qualified mediator and a co-organizer of the CDRC IBA-VIAC-Elsa Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna.

Gisela Knuts

Partner, Roschier Attorneys Ltd, Finland

Gisela Knuts is the head of Roschier’s Dispute Resolution team in Helsinki. As of 1 June 2019, Gisela will also take on the role as Head of Roschier’s Helsinki Office and join Roschier’s Management Team. She is specialized in commercial dispute resolution and boardroom advisory. Her practice includes counsel work in disputes relating to, e.g. construction, energy, distribution, M&A, insolvency and anti-trust damages. She also acts as counsel in white collar crime matters and frequently sits as arbitrator. In addition to her dispute resolution practice, Gisela provides strategic boardroom and C-level advice to corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

Gisela is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and a number of other arbitration organizations. She also chairs the Finnish Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion task force, and the Åbo Akademi Foundation.

Gisela is recognized as a leading expert in dispute resolution and arbitration in Finland by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal.

Karl Hennessee

Senior Vice-President Litigation, Investigations & Regulatory Affairs, Airbus, France; Chairman of the Governing Body, ICC International Court of Arbitration, France

Mr Hennessee is SVP Litigation, Investigations & Regulatory Affairs at Airbus, where he leads the Group’s global activities in these areas.  He also serves as Chairman of the Governing Body of the ICC Court of International Arbitration and as member of the Global Finance Committee. In a three year hiatus from Airbus, Mr. Hennessee was VP Public Law & Technology of Halliburton (2013-2016).  He gives guest lectures in law and public policy at Oxford, Cambridge, Paris Assas, Sciences Po, and Toulouse Business School.  Mr Hennessee has previously practiced law in Germany and in the United States on behalf of institutions including the German Government and private law firms. Educated at the University of Göttingen, Germany, the London School of Economics and SMU Law School, he holds degrees in history, economics/econometrics, and law.  He is a trustee of Houston Grand Opera, a cancer survivor-mentor, Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation and Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Hennessee is the winner of the ILO Award for Litigation “Individual of the Year” for 2009 and the 2018 winner of the Golden Quill award from the Business and Legal Forum for published article of the year. He has published over 100 articles on various legal subjects and is a frequent speaker on law, technology and public policy.

Marko Hentunen

Partner, Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd; Vice-Chair of the Board, the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland

Mr Hentunen is the co-head of Castrén & Snellman’s Dispute Resolution practice. He represents clients across various business sectors in both domestic and international arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Mr Hentunen has extensive experience of complex disputes relating to, e.g. construction and engineering, energy, antitrust damages, mergers and acquisitions, financing, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements, sale of goods as well as white collar crime. In addition to acting as counsel, he also frequently acts as an arbitrator under various arbitration rules as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings.

Mr Hentunen is a vice-chair of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Finnish Arbitration Association. He is also a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR acting as the chair of the Finnish National Committee. Furthermore, he is a member of the IBA Arbitration and Litigation Committees and an officer of the Litigation Committee.

Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Benchmark Litigation recognise Mr Hentunen as one of Finland’s leading legal experts in dispute resolution.

Daniel Hochstrasser

Partner, Bär & Karrer Ltd., Switzerland

Daniel Hochstrasser co-heads Bär & Karrer’s arbitration practice, concentrating on commercial litigation and international arbitration. He primarily focuses on representing parties in complex disputes arising from M&A transactions, industrial and infrastructure projects, banking and finance, as well as license, distribution and development agreements, particularly in the pharmaceutical field.

In addition, Daniel Hochstrasser is frequently chosen as a party-appointed arbitrator and chairman of international arbitrations. While many of these proceedings are conducted under the ICC or Swiss Rules, his experience also extends to the rules of all other major institutions and ad hoc arbitrations. He is a lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and St. Gallen, and has published and lectured on arbitration and litigation in Switzerland and abroad. Since July 2015, he is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, Paris.

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Marieke van Hooijdonk

Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, Netherlands

Marieke is a partner with Allen & Overy specialising in international arbitration. She heads the Litigation Department of Allen & Overy in
Amsterdam and is on the steering committee of the Firm’s Global Arbitration Practice.

Marieke van Hooijdonk is a renowned international arbitration counsel who also represents clients in litigation, typically handling corporate and commercial disputes involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and trade matters. Recent experience includes (i) an ICC arbitration on an off shore pipe line project with claims in excess of EUR 1.3 billion; (ii) successfully representing the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and three arbitrators in litigation regarding the challenge of arbitrators under the NAI Arbitration
Rules, (iii) successfully representing a listed global science-based company in two post M&A NAI arbitrations and (iv) successfully representing the ICC in litigation surrounding the appointment of an expert.

Marieke sits as the Dutch member on the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. She regularly sits as arbitrator herself, as chair, sole and co-arbitrator. Since 2010, Marieke is also a deputy judge at the Court of Appeal in Arnhem-Leeuwarden.

Marieke regularly speaks and writes on arbitration related issues. In 2012, the 2nd edition of her book Litigation in the Netherlands, Civil Procedure, Arbitration and Administrative Litigation was published with Kluwer.

Jennifer Kirby

Principal, Kirby, France

Jennifer Kirby is an internationally recognized arbitration expert, who acts as counsel and sits as arbitrator in a wide variety of arbitration matters.  Her experience covers a range of disputes, including those concerning construction and engineering projects, distribution agreements, shareholder agreements and mergers and acquisitions.  She has experience under all major institutional and ad hoc arbitral rules.  She also sits as an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Jennifer began her career with a multinational firm as a New York litigator, representing clients in both international arbitrations and complex commercial litigations, with a particular focus on securities, insurance, mergers and acquisitions and white-collar criminal cases.  From there, Jennifer went to the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where she served as both Counsel and Deputy Secretary General before leaving to join a multinational law firm as a partner in their arbitration group.  In 2010, Jennifer founded her own boutique arbitration practice – Kirby – in Paris.

While at the ICC, Global Arbitration Review named Jennifer one of the 45 top arbitration lawyers under the age of 45.  Since then, Jennifer has been recognized by Chambers Global as “a true expert in ICC-related disputes” and by The Who’s Who of International Arbitration as a “very sharp” global player in the field.


Ralf Lindbäck

Area Counsel, Asset, Dispute and Trade Management, Marine, Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland

Ralf Lindbäck has successfully followed a career specializing in legal matters relating to complex international transactions in the energy sector, and in particular the maritime and offshore industry.   Working with foreign administrations and global clients has further broadened Ralf’s understanding of different legal systems, while also enhancing his reputation and track record in international dispute resolution. He is a member of FAA (Helsinki), CIArb (London) and the European Advisory Board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (New York). Ralf Lindbäck is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a member of CEDR’s Collaboration Council (London). His curriculum includes postgraduate studies in maritime law as well as oil and gas law (University of Oslo), management (IMD) and international dispute resolution (University of Geneva). In 2013 Ralf was awarded the Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland by the President of Finland.
Ralf Lindbäck was a member of Wärtsilä’s award winning team in “Financial Times Innovative Lawyers – Europe 2018”.
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Emilia Lundberg

Advokatfirman Lundberg & Gleiss KB, Sweden

Emilia Lundberg is an independent arbitrator and mediator at the Stockholm based arbitration boutique Lundberg & Gleiss. She serves as sole, presiding and party-nominated arbitrator in Swedish and international commercial disputes.

Emilia has experience in arbitrating numerous cases across different business sectors such as construction, IT, insurance and corporate. Emilia handles both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under different arbitral rules.

Before founding Lundberg & Gleiss, Emilia was a judge and Head of Division at a District Court, deciding a large number of commercial disputes. Prior to becoming a judge, Emilia worked as a dispute resolution lawyer at a leading law firm in Stockholm.

Emilia is also a highly appreciated teacher and she regularly lectures on arbitration and litigation. She is the author of a large number of publications on arbitration.

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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). Besides her main job, she serves 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 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.

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

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Kathleen Paisley

Partner, Ambos NBGO, Belgium

Tiia-Maria Ripatti

Legal Trainee, the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce; LL.M. Candidate, Comparative and International Dispute Resolution, Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration; Finland

Juho Romakkaniemi

CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland

Juho Romakkaniemi was appointed as the CEO of the 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. Romakkaniemi holds a Master’s Degree in Arts (Philosophy) from the University of Tampere, Finland.

José Rosell

International Arbitrator, Denmark

José Rosell is an independent arbitrator based in Copenhagen. He is a member of the Paris and Barcelona Bars and is registered as a E.U. advocate in the Danish Bar. He has served as arbitrator and has acted as counsel in more than 140 arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. He is ranked as a leading arbitration practitioner by the most renowned professional legal guides and directories. José Rosell can conduct arbitrations in English, French and Spanish. He also has a good knowledge of Italian and Portuguese. José Rosell is a former professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Paris V and continues to lecture on international arbitration in various Universities. He has widely written on international arbitration and has participated as speaker and moderator in numerous seminars and conferences on international arbitration. He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR and is listed as arbitrator in the panels of the major arbitration institutions. José Rosell has actively participated in the review and drafting of several rules of arbitration, expertise, mediation and dispute boards. He was a member of the ICCA/Queen Mary University Task Force on Third Party Funding. José Rosell is also a Member of the ILA International Committee on International Commercial Arbitration and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Swedish Arbitration Association.

Maxi Scherer

Professor of Law, Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration; Special Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, UK

Professor Dr Maxi Scherer is a Professor of Law at Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration, where she holds the Chair for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Energy Law. She is also a Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London, admitted to the bar in Paris (France) and as solicitor (England and Wales)

Maxi has represented and advised clients in numerous international arbitrations proceedings and has served as arbitrator in more than 50 commercial and investor-state arbitrations, with amounts in disputes up to USD 3.5 billion. She has extensive experience with arbitral practice both in civil and common law systems, with a particular focus in the energy sector. She has been regularly ranked by Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500 etc. as leading arbitration practitioner: she was identified amongst the top 20 “Global Elite Thought Leaders” in 2019 and described by peers and clients as “a brilliant legal mind”, “one of the most prominent arbitration scholars in Europe”, “excellent academic and arbitrator” and “one of the very best in both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings”.

Ismail Selim

Director, The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Egypt

Dr. Ismail Selim is the Director of the CRCICA and Secretary Treasurer of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI). Dr. Selim is also a board member of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA), as well as Vice President of the Cairo Branch of the CIArb.

He graduated from Cairo University in 1997 with an LL.B., where he also obtained an LL.M in International Business Law from the I.D.A.I in 1999. He then earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the E.N.A, in Paris in 2001.

He also earned a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary University of London in 2005. In 2007, he accomplished an internship program at the ICC Court of International Arbitration. In 2009, he earned his PhD from Burgundy University (France).

Dr. Selim started off his career at the judiciary, until he joined Zulficar & Partners as Senior Associate in 2009 to December 2012, then promoted to Partner and leading member of the International Arbitration Group at Zulficar and Partners in January 2013 to April 2015.

In May 2015, Dr. Selim joined Nour and Selim in association with Al Tamimi and Company as Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution.

Dr Selim teaches Private International Law at the IDAI since 2011 and has taught Arbitration Law and Private International Law in several Universities in Egypt. He also teaches Comparative International Arbitration Law at the Sorbonne University Middle East Laws LLM in Paris since beginning of 2018 and is a full approved tutor in CIArb Approved Faculty List (AFL) since April 2018.

He has been constantly appointed as Presiding arbitrator, Sole Arbitrator and Co-Arbitrator and has acted as a Counsel in various ad hoc and institutional cases under various rules such as CRCICA, Swiss Rules, UNCITRAL, the ICC and the DIFC-LCIA. Dr. Selim provides Expert opinions on Egyptian and Libyan Laws in international proceedings.

He is enrolled on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) panel of arbitrators, December 2017 and Board Member of Francarbi as of 1st January 2018.

Dr. Selim was recognized as “Leading Individual” by Legal 500 and has published several articles in learned Egyptian and International journals and regularly speaks in international conferences in the field of arbitration and investment.

James South

Managing Director, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), UK

James South is CEDR’s Managing Director and has been mediating public and private sector disputes for 17 years. As one of the world’s most experienced dispute resolution trainers and consultants James is responsible for the development of CEDR’s leading courses in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Management for legal and business organisations, the public sector, universities and professional bodies.

A New Zealand trained barrister and solicitor, James has been involved in ADR for the past two decades, firstly as a government mediator for the New Zealand Ministries of Justice and Housing and the past 13 years with CEDR. Gaining a Masters in Laws (distinction) in Dispute Prevention and Resolution in 1999 and CEDR mediator accreditation in 2000, he now spends over half of his time on international training and consultancy projects. As a world-leading dispute resolution professional he regularly acts as trainer and consultant expert in jurisdictions around the world and has worked in over 20 jurisdictions including Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Brazil, Botswana, China, Croatia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Spain, South Africa, Ukraine, U.S.A.

In recent years, James has provided consultancy advice to IFC/World Bank, UNHCR, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Commercial Court of Zagreb, Croatia, Commonwealth Secretariat and the High Court of Sindh, Pakistan.

Anna-Maria Svinhufvud

LL.M. Candidate, University of Helsinki, Finland

Anna-Maria Tamminen

Partner, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Finland

Anna-Maria is Partner in Hannes Snellman’s Helsinki and Stockholm offices. She has experience as counsel in commercial and investment disputes in the fields of general commercial law, international sales, post M&A, competition law, telecoms and energy under various arbitral rules, and in the Finnish and Swedish state courts.
She acts as arbitrator in domestic and international disputes.

Fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and French, she is trained both in civil and common law systems, and is admitted as attorney in Finland and the State of New York.

Anna-Maria is a member of the ICC Court and co-chair of ASA below 40. She is a country reporter for Finland on the ITA Board of Reporters and a member of the Editorial Board of JOIA.

Consistently ranked at the top of her profession in Chambers, Who’s Who Legal and other legal publications, ‘Anna-Maria stands out for being “very well versed in international disputes and arbitration.” Clients also appreciate her “quick response times” and ability to “listen to the client.”

Tuuli Timonen

Senior associate in White & Case LLP’s International Arbitration Practice Group

She has represented a variety of clients from diverse industries at different stages of their disputes: from defining dispute resolution strategies and negotiating settlements to conducting arbitration proceedings until the enforcement of the award. Tuuli’s particular focus is international commercial arbitration and in complex international construction disputes. She has represented clients in proceedings conducted under the ICC Rules, the SCC Rules,the  ICSID Rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. Tuuli has also been advising clients over dispute avoidance and dispute management related issues at the contract negotiations stage.

Tuuli regularly lectures on international dispute resolution and conflict of laws in universities and conferences around Europe and she has written a number of articles around the same themes. She is also the co-editor of the book ”Arbitration in Finland” and member of the board of the Arbitration Institute of Finland Chamber of Commerce. Tuuli is the founder and former president of New York University School of Law’s International Arbitration Association.

Who’s Who Legal has voted her as a future leader in arbitration for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Joe Tirado

Partner and Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR, Garrigues UK LLP, UK

Joe Tirado is Global Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR at Garrigues and is based in London. Joe has occupied global leadership positions in the leading firms from four major jurisdictions, including the UK, US and Spain. He has over 25 years of dispute resolution experience representing sovereign governments, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals. Joe has handled hundreds of cases across a broad range of industry sectors as a litigator, counsel, arbitrator, mediator and expert determiner in over 50 jurisdictions.

Joe is recognized as a ranked individual for international arbitration and ADR in leading legal directories, where he is described as “first class”. He is “best known for his work on energy-related disputes, but is also recognized for his financial services and public international law expertise”.

Joe is a solicitor-advocate with full rights of audience before all civil courts, an accredited mediator, an ICSID conciliator and member of a number of leading arbitration and mediation panels.

Urs Weber-Stecher

Partner, Wenger Vieli AG, Switzerland

Urs Weber-Stecher is a partner with Wenger & Vieli Ltd. and heads the firm’s arbitration team. He has more than 20 years’ experience in international arbitration and acted in numerous cases as
arbitrator and counsel. In recent years he started to extend his dispute resolution practice to commercial mediation. His practice includes disputes concerning competition law, intellectual property, commercial contracts, agency, distribution and license agreements, corporate law, mergers & acquisitions in a wide range of industries incl. energy and natural resources (incl. gas price disputes), construction, engineering, machinery, information and communication technology, defense, telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, medical engineering, commodity trading, food production.

Urs Weber-Stecher has been teaching as lecturer for international arbitration at the Law School of the University of Zurich since 2001. He currently is the president of the Commission of Arbitration of ICC Switzerland and the president of the Swiss Arbitration Academy. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and member of a number of arbitration panels. He regularly gives lectures on topics in international arbitration.

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