GPC Organisers

The following is a list of organisers who were involved in the 2016-2017 GPC Series.

Executive Committee

The GPC Series was organised by a Central Organising Group (COG). The COG is led by an ​Executive Committee of six people.

The Executive Committee was appointed by the Board of IMI and was responsible for leading, supporting and overseeing the implementation of the GPC Series.

It met on a weekly basis and is run by a Chairman, a Coordinator, the head of an Academic Committee, and a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO): ​

Chair: Michael McIlwrath (IT​)
Global Chief Litigation Counsel, LitigationGE Oil & Gas
​​Director of IMI
Click here for his IMI director profile. ​

Coordinator: Jeremy Lack (CH, GB & US)
ADR Neutral & Attorney-at-Law,
Vice President of IMI’s Independent Standards Commission
Click here for his IMI ​profile.

Chair of Academic Committee: Prof. Barney Jordaan (BE, NL, CH)
Professor of Management Practice, Vlerick Business School
Director of Association for the Promotion of Mediation as an Academic Discipline, NCMG Int.
Click here​ for his IMI profile​
Influencer (Academic)

Professional Conference Organiser
Representative: Dan Rivlin (CH, IL)

CEO, Kenes Group International
Miscellaneous (PCO)

Sponsor Representative: Alexander Oddy (GB)
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, London
Vice President of IMI’s
Independent Standards Commission

​Professor Nadja Alexander
Academic Director, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy

Kenes Group

Advisory Board

The COG Executive Committee was assisted by a COG Advisory Board of more than 60 people that met on a monthly basis via Internet and is run by the Coordinator of the COG Executive Committee (Jeremy Lack). It consisted of:

  • One representative appointed by each Local Organising Committee (LOC)
  • One representative appointed by each General Partner
  • One representative appointed by each Sponsor, and
  • The COG’s Academic Committee.​

The COG Advisory Board’s provided input to the COG Executive Committee, enabled all LOCs to be in contact with one-another on a regular basis, and shared information with other LOCs and General Partners. It also provided feedback and raised issues for the COG Executive Committee that required decisions at a global level. It is consulted on all core questions and documents prepared by the LOC Executive Committee.

Academic Committee
The COG Advisory Board formed a committee of academic experts on all traditional forms of dispute resolutions. The Academic Committee was asked to oversee the quality of the data gathered and verify its statistical relevance. This Committee was headed by Prof. Barney Jordaan and included the following ADR experts:  ​
  • Prof. Barney Jordaan (Belgium)
  • Dr. Amel Abdallah (Oman)
  • Dr. Dalma R. Demeter (Australia)​
  • Prof Ann-Sophie De Pauw (Belgium, France)
  • Dr. Remy Gerbay (UK & USA)​
  • Dr. Geneviève Helleringer (France & UK)
  • Ms. Daniel​le Hutchinson​ (Australia)
  • Prof. Joel Lee/Lee Tye Beng (Singapore)
  • Ms. ​Emma-May Litchfield (Australia)
  • Prof. Amel Kamel (Oman)
  • Prof. Lela Love (USA)
  • Prof. Ian MacDuff (Ne​w Zealand)
  • Prof. Peter Phillips (USA)
  • Prof. Alan Rycroft (South Africa)
  • Prof. Donna Shestowsky (USA)
  • Prof. Alain Laurent Verbeke (Belgium)
Ex-Officio and Support

IMI Chair: Deborah Masucci (US)
Formerly Head of the Dispute Resolution Program at American International Group, Inc.
User & Provider

IMI Executive Director: Irena Vanenkova (RU)
Formerly Public Relations Manager of IKEA Russia (1999-2006)
Miscellaneous (NGO)

IMI Operations Manager: Emma Ewart (NZ)
Formerly Executive Assistant to the CEO of Resolex (UK)
Miscellaneous (NGO)

Kenes Accounts Manager, GPC Series: Eric Ben-Harrous (IL)
Kenes International Group
Miscellaneous (PCO)

COG Advisory Board Coordinator: Bryan Branon (US)
Research Fellow at ADR Center Spa
Provider & Miscellaneous (Academic)

COG Advisory Board Coordinator: Jory Canfield (US)
Attorney & Dispute Resolution Practitioner
ABA ADR Fellow
Former consultant to High Court of Uganda
​Provider, Advisor & Miscella​neous (Trainer)

Local Organising Committees

Each event was organised by a Local Organising Committee (LOC). Each LOC appoints its own Chair, Coordinator, Treasurer and Representative to the COG Advisory Board.

Below is a the list of the 2016-2017 GPC Series LOCs and their primary contact people. For questions relating to a particular LOC or local GPC Series event, please use the corresponding email address indicated in the table below.​

Country​ City Contact / COG Coordinator
Australia Sydney Ms. Fiona Hollier
[email protected]​
Brasil Sao Paulo Ms. Fernanda Levy
[email protected]
Canada Toronto Mr. Thierry Bériault
[email protected]
France Paris Ms. Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo
[email protected]
Germany Berlin Mr. Felix Wendenburg
[email protected]
​Republic of Guatemala ​Guatemala Ms. ​María Andrea Yon
[email protected]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Ms. Anita Phillips
[email protected]
​India ​Chandigarh Mr. Anil Xavier​​
[email protected]​​​​​​​​​
Italy Florence Ms. Tondini Chiara​​
[email protected]
Mexico Mexico City Mr. Fernando Navarro
[email protected]
Netherlands Amsterdam Ms. ​​​Karin Merkx​
[email protected]
New Zealand Auckland Ms. Catherine Cooper
[email protected]
Nigeria Lagos Mr. Andi Daze
[email protected]
Poland Warsaw Ms. Ewa Gmurzynska
[email protected]
​Russia ​Moscow Ms. Ekaterina Smolyannikova
[email protected]
Singapore Singapore Mr. Seng Onn Loong
[email protected]
​South Africa ​Johannesburg ​Ms. Marion Shaer
[email protected]
Spain Barcelona Mr. Juan Antonio Ruiz Garcia
[email protected]
Spain Madrid Mr. Antonio Sanchez-Pedreno
[email protected]
Switzerland Geneva Mrs. Stephanie Heurtier​
[email protected]
​Thailand ​Bangkok ​Ms. Nattinee Netraumpai
[email protected]
UAE Dubai Mr. Craig Shepherd
[email protected]
UK London Mr. Andy Rogers
[email protected]
USA Austin (Texas) Ms. Kimberlee Kovach
[email protected]
​USA ​Mid-Atlantic Mr. Emmett Ward
[email protected]
USA Los Angeles (CA) Ms. Kathleen Pierz
[email protected]
USA Miami (Florida) Ms. Kathleen Pierz
[email protected]
USA New York City Ms. Kathleen Pierz
[email protected]
USA San Francisco (CA) Ms. Kathleen Pierz
[email protected]