Board of Directors

The IMI Board of Directors sets the overall direction of the IMI public service activities and ensures efficient operation and appropriate financial control. The Board also has an important responsibility to ensure that IMI is funded to meet its goals and properly staffed. All members of the IMI Board serve in a pro bono capacity.

Board Members

Deborah Masucci

Deborah Masucci is currently Chair and Board Member of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and was former Chair of the ABA Section for Dispute Resolution. Formerly Head of the Dispute Resolution Program at American International Group, Inc.

Kimberly Taylor

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Operating Officer of JAMS.

Karl Hennessee

​Karl Hennessee is Vice-President and Head of Litigation and Regulatory Affairs at Airbus SAS in Toulouse France and, with his team, handles all Airbus’s litigation/contentious and legal regulatory matters. He also leads the EADS Group’s Centre of Competence for Litigation and lectures at the Toulouse Business School in law and economics.

Michael McIlwrath

Mike McIlwrath is Global Chief Litigation Counsel, for the GE Oil & Gas division in Florence, Italy. A long-time Board member, he co-founded IMI’s ‘Global Pound Conference’ initiative.

Kehinde (Kenny) Aina

Mr Aina, founder of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse and Executive Director of Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG), is a nationally recognised ADR expert and Senior Expert of Aina Blankson LP—the foremost private ADR Law firm in Africa.

Andrea Carlevaris

Mr Carlevaris is a Partner at BonelliErede. His practice focuses on international arbitration, both commercial and investor-State, conflicts of law, public international law and international civil procedure. Prior to joining BonelliErede, Mr Carlevaris was Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC nternational Court of Arbitration.

Harold Coleman

Harold Coleman, Jr. is Principal of Harold Coleman Jr. Ltd. (2004 to date), a San Diego-based conflict management firm that delivers solution-focused and value-driven professional alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services. He also serves as Senior Vice President for mediation at the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Cyril Dumoulin

Cyril Dumoulin is Senior Legal Counsel at Shell’s Global Litigation Department (Europe and Middle East North Africa). He chairs the Global Litigation Mediation/ADR team and organizes training of internal counsel and business representatives in mediation advocacy skills.

Alexander G. Fessas

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

Pierrick Le Goff

Pierrick Le Goff is a partner at De Gaulle Fleurance and Associés in Paris where he focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution, infrastructure projects and compliance. Prior to joining De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, he was Group General Counsel of Alstom and a member of its Executive Committee.

George Lim

George is a Senior Counsel and former President of the Law Society of Singapore. He is a partner in the firm of Wee Tay and Lim LLP, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). George also serves on the Boards of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education, the Law Faculty’s Advisory Body (NUS) and the Singapore Land Authority.

László Molnár

Managing Director of B.M Consulting Ltd, Hungary, László Molnár served as a career diplomat with the Hungarian foreign service for nearly two decades. Assignments included being one of the state secretaries overseeing integration of Hungary into the EU, and consul general, ambassador and permanent representative of Hungary to the UN in New York. He is a consultant of the Paris-based Cybersecurity Advisors Network and a partner at the Technopolis Innovation Center in Budapest (partnered with the Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play Tech Center).

Sriram Panchu

Sriram Panchu is a Senior Advocate and Mediator. He is acknowledged as a pioneer of mediation in India. From the 1990s, he has been mediating cases and creating awareness about the concept of mediation through his writings and speeches. He was instrumental in creating India’s first court-annexed mediation centre, a model replicated by other Courts in the country with his help. He has trained over 500 mediators.

James South

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.

Honorary Directors

Mark Appel

Mark Appel is an independent international Arbitrator, Mediator, Consultant, Trainer and Principal at Appel Dispute Resolution. Mr. Appel has nearly 40 years of global arbitration and mediation experience, having served in both executive and senior executive positions at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), leaving ICDR/AAA as Senior Vice President, EMEA in December of 2015. He is Chair of the IMI Investor State Taskforce.

Annette van Riemsdijk

Mediator, and Director, Mediators Beyond Borders, The Netherlands Annette M. van Riemsdijk is a Certified Mediator with several bodies and has a distinguished record in ADR practice as a solicitor since 1988 and as a mediator since 1993. She is an arbitrator, trainer and director of The New Resolution Group.



The International Mediation Institute (IMI) is a user-driven public-interest charitable foundation registered in The Hague in 2007. It operates globally with a mission to promote mediation as a means of resolving disputes and forging deals. IMI continues to break new ground by establishing standards for mediators in mediation and driving that field of practice into an independent profession on an international scale. IMI is not an ADR provider and advocates the interests of users.

IMI Board and Executive team are located across the world and represent key stakeholders in the dispute resolution field including users, advisers, dispute resolution service providers. International thought leaders, adjudicators and policy-makers are represented in the IMI Independent Standards Commission.

IMI seeks proactive leaders to join the IMI spearheading its global mission in dispute resolution and deal making. Board members are positioned to:

  • lead 21st Century dispute management and resolution globally in all fields –
    business, Investor-State, inter-Governmental and Family/Community.
  • integrate dispute management and resolution best practices in developing markets.
  • shape dispute management and resolution policies and laws.
  • articulate the needs of users.
  • make a difference in and demonstrate commitment to the field.

Location of Board members is immaterial although IMI strives for diversity of voice and region. The term of office is 4 years with an opportunity to apply for one more term of 4 years. One IMI Annual face- to- face Board meeting is held in different locations usually at the end of May. Regular Board conference calls and selected group work happens during the year. Board members are not remunerated.

The Board role appeals to self-motivated, visionary, hands-on, inspiring leaders with an eclectic experience in managing negotiations and disputes successfully. The Board role is for passionate and conscientious leaders, skilled and seasoned negotiators and presenters, who have a strong user/dispute orientation and wide global experience in business, government or professional services.

Board members must be willing to invest their time and expertise in implementing the mission of IMI and building capacity for dispute resolution worldwide.

To apply, please contact [email protected], including your motivation and a full CV (a link to a professional page such as your LinkedIn or IMI profile are also acceptable).  As of August 2019, we are particularly interested in hearing from people who meet some or all of the following:

  1. From under-represented regions and particularly countries that have signed the Singapore Convention
  2. Fluent in English, to facilitate Board work and interaction
  3. Highly placed in government or with government officials associated with legislation that affects mediation
  4. Able to help IMI secure funding
  5. Willing and able to actively assist with ongoing Board work and as part of Board Committees, including providing support for operational matters
  6. Able to work easily with small groups
  7. Preferably C-suite level
  8. Female, from under-represented groups, LGBTQ, or otherwise enhance the diversity of IMI’s Board