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IMI Team

Laura Skillen

Director of External Relations (Part-time)
Laura runs IMI's daily operations, engages external stakeholders for fundraising and communications, works on IMI projects and initiatives, and manages and develops IMI's IT infrastructure and websites. She brings a wealth of experience from the private and public sectors, where she has worked in corporate governance, project and portfolio management, and IT. Originally from Australia, Laura is presently based most of the year in Brussels, where she is undertaking a full-time PhD in International Relations. She holds degrees in management and in politics and international relations, and has a Masters degree in EU External Relations. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn or ResearchGate.

Angela Herberholz

Co-Founder and Leader of the Young Mediators' Initiative (Volunteer)
Angela is a passionate commercial mediator (MCIArb), trainer and co-founder of the Young Mediators' Initiative (YMI). Under the umbrella of IMI, she runs YMI on a voluntary basis, with the aim of inspiring and supporting newly trained mediators around the world to follow their mediation passion. Angela is as much a mediator as she is a member of the exhibition industry. She works as Programme Manager for the global association in the exhibition industry. Knowing both professions intimately, she strongly believes that mediation should be a fundamental tool used to address and solve conflicts within the exhibition industry. From 2010 - 2014 Angela worked at the ICC International Centre for ADR. German by birth, Angela is based in Paris, France.

Natasha Mellersh

Natasha Mellersh is the editor of the IMI blog and IMI's internship coordinator, as well as managing various communications-related activities. She recently completed an LLM in public international law at Leiden University in the Netherlands and is currently working as a visiting counsel in the global litigation department at Baker Hughes, a GE Company, in Florence, Italy. Originally from Germany, she studied politics, economics and law in the UK. Natasha has worked in courts, for international law firms, NGOs, international organisations (including UNODC) and start-ups in a several different countries. Her experience ranges from international public and private law to journalism, event management and communications. She was previously the online editor of CDR Magazine and African Law & Business Magazine, as well as a senior editor at LexisNexis in London.

Volunteers and Interns

Ruxandra Gheorghe

Contributing Editor and Fundraising Assistant
I am currently completing my Masters in International Migration and Human Rights Law at the Brussels School of International Studies, specializing in anti-human trafficking work. I have a background in conflict studies and conflict resolution, making the world of IMI fascinating, relevant and meaningful.

Ishana Tripathi

GPC India Correspondent
Ishana is the GPC India Correspondent and an Erasmus Young Entrepreneurs Fellow. She’s an India qualified lawyer who graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2011 and completed her LLM in Law and Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and the University of Hamburg. Ishana’s core area of practice and research is commercial dispute resolution and strategy. As work experience, she has worked with law firms and policy organisations in this field.

Emma Keir

Co-Founder of YMI
Emma (Ewart) Keir was Operations Manager of the International Mediation Institute from 2009 - 2017 and is a founding member of the YMI team. Previously she was Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Commercial Director, and General Office Manager of Resolex, a London-based dispute resolution institution. Prior to Resolex, Emma was the Personal Assistant to London-based Barrister Andrew Burr, at the time Chairman of the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Editor of the Construction Law Journal. Emma is based in New Zealand.

Nicklas Boehm

YMI Intern
As a ‘newcomer’ to the world of commercial CDR, I have been trained in and a have a huge passion for political mediation. The importance of practical application of mediation skills is apparent to me, as I have been running a monthly mediation and negotiation workshop at my university.

Past interns