Name change: "IMI Certified" for highly-experienced professionals remains the same; "IMI Accredited" for those who have completed initial training only becomes "IMI Qualified". Blog post here.

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

Editor
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.

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

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.

Myrto Pantelaki

Current Affairs Intern
A motivated legal advisor and adherent of peace building through mediation processes that bring armed conflicts to peaceful ends. During my LLM I delved into mediation for investment disputes, where I realised its flexibility and ability to adapt to the specific needs of the parties and the circumstances of each dispute.

Amee Dharamshi

YMI Intern
Amee is a qualified lawyer from India and holds a professional accreditation with the ICSI. She attained LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from the University of Hong Kong, and completed the 40-hour mediation training approved by the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited.

Rupa Suresh

YMI Intern
Rupa is currently completing her Masters in International Law specialising in Human Rights Law, with her undergraduate degree being in Computer Science and Japanese Studies. The range of fields involved in mediation as well as her past experience working with students and young professionals is what brought her to YMI, where she hopes she will be able to contribute to the future of new and upcoming mediators as much as she hopes to learn from the field.

Zoheb Mashiur

Editorial Intern
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I ended up in the more socially beneficial career of professional editing instead. I did that for several years in Bangladesh, working in the journalism and fiction publishing sectors. Currently I am pursuing an MA in International Migration in sunny Brussels. Growing up in a complex, post-war society, I’ve always been fascinated by conflict and its resolution. Through IMI I hope to gain my first insights into the world of mediation.

Victoria Sirois

Social Media/Communications Intern
Victoria Sirois is an intern at IMI working with both social media and communications. Originally from the United States, she currently lives in Brussels while completing her Masters in International Migration, with a specialisation in Conflict and Security. In the past, Victoria has worked with NGOs in the US focused on improving labor standards for migrants and increasing awareness of migrants’ rights in the work environment.

Past interns

  • Nicklas Boehm, intern Mar-Dec 2018.  Nicklas applied his WordPress skills to fix links to resources on the IMI and former GPC sites, reported on CDRC Vienna as part of the social media team, and provided some assistance to YMI.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicklasboehm/
  • Michael Valdivieso, IMI Intern Mar-Sept 2018.  Michael was chiefly responsible for updating events on the IMI website. https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-valdivieso-319996bb/
  • Erica Miller (Nov 2017-Apr 2018); Ampeire Petrina Bereije (Nov 2017-Apr 2018)