(Official Conference Portal)

DEC 1, 2020



Emeka J.P. Obegolu, FICMC, FCIArb (UK)
President, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC)

Greetings from the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).


We are pleased to present to you our African Mediation Conference! 


This year, we are partnering with numerous stakeholders across the African continent to deliver a conference that will interrogate the developments and issues surrounding the business of Mediation and International Commercial Mediation in Africa. 


We have assembled a lineup of highly-experienced ADR practitioners to contribute to the discourse on “Transnational Commercial Mediation: Leveraging Options and Intersections in Africa.”

Our conference this year will be completely virtual, and the Institute has decided to make her conference free for all conference delegates. 


On behalf of the Governing Council of the Institute, I welcome you to register for this conference which promises to be engaging and enlightening.

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Keynote Speaker


Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN

Promoter and Director, International Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, Abuja (ICAMA)

Regarded as one of the leading lights in arbitration, Chief Bayo Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978 after graduating from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. He obtained LL.M from the London School of Economics, University of London and later got admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Since then he has been in active Commercial law, International Law, Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. He has acted as sole Arbitrator, member of arbitration panels, and as Counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitrations both at the ICC, ICSID and the LCIA over the last thirty five years. He has also acted as expert witness in international arbitrations including ICSID. He has mediated on several disputes as well.

Featured Speakers

Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch

Board Member, Mediator Beyond Boarders International

Hon.  Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch, EBS, CBS, (Retired) is a former Judge and   First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands. Prior to that, she was a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal in Kenya, having been appointed the second woman Judge in Kenya. 

She holds an LLB Degree from the University of Nairobi, and Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. She has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (GMAP), from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston, which granted her the Distinguished Achievement Award in April 2015, and in September 2018, the same University awarded her its top Award, ”The Class of 1947 Award” (honoris causa ), making her the first black person to receive  such an honour to only bestowed on one who has embodied the school’s mission and its founding ideals throughout their career.

President and CEO, Mediate.com

Colin Rule

Colin Rule is CEO of Mediate.com.  In 2011 Colin co-founded Modria.com, an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) provider based in Silicon Valley, which was acquired by Tyler Technologies in 2017.  From 2017 to 2020 Colin served as Vice President of ODR at Tyler.  From 2003 to 2011 Colin was Director of ODR for eBay and PayPal. Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business and co-author of The New Handshake: ODR and the Future of Consumer Protection.


He serves on the boards of the Consensus Building Institute and the PeaceTech Lab at the United States Institute of Peace.  He is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and a Fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law SchoolColin co-founded Online Resolution, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, in 1999 and served as its CEO and President. Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, DC and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.

President, African Ombudsman Mediators Association (AOMA)

Adv. Busisiwe Mkhebwane

Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane holds B. Proc and LLB degrees from the University of Limpopo, 1989-1992. She also possesses a Diploma in Corporate Law as well as a Higher Diploma in Tax Law, both from the University of Johannesburg. 

She started working full time as Public Prosecutor in December 1994 to 1996. She moved from Mkobolo Magistrates court to Kwa Mhlanga Magistrates Court working as Public Prosecutor.

She then moved to Department of Justice; Head office, in 1996 to work as Legal Administration Officer within International Relations division. Her area of responsibility was extradition law and mutual legal assistance. She was also trained in Siracusa, Italy on Extradition Law.

She also participated in various human rights law projects and was part of the team that drafted South Africa’s Country Report on Human and People’s Rights which was deposited to the African Union and was further a member of the Coordinating Committee that drafted the National Action Plan on Human Rights, which was deposited to the United Nations High Commissioner on 10 December 1998.

Madeline Kimei

Founder and Principal Director, iResolve

Madeline is the Founder of iResolve Limited, a boutique corporate, arbitration and dispute resolution firm coupled with offering of alternative legal support services. She is a practicing commercial and corporate lawyer and has acted as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, commercial mediator and arbitral secretary in both domestic & international arbitrations.
She is the current President of Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators (TIArb) and Chairperson of the Africa-Asia Mediation Association (AAMA). She serves as a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for Tanzania, the ICC Africa Commission, the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR; a newly appointed member of the IBA Africa Arbitration Network, a member of the Pledge Africa Sub-Committee, a member of the Caspian Arbitration Society and also a faculty member of the Bangladesh International Mediation Society, and is a Regional Director of the Centre for International Alternative Dispute Resolution (CIADr). Madeline is also a Fellow of the World Mediation Organization and Representative of ADR Point for Tanzania.

Olufunmilayo Ajike Roberts 

Member, Governing Board, Oyo State Multi-Door Courthouse

An astute leader with outstanding track record in mobilizing for corporate and public sector reform, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, recognized and respected both within and outside the legal profession for her legal, administrative and organizational skills, Funmi Roberts has the profound ability to utilize her excellent analytical skills to achieve defined impactful objectives and develop novel strategically designed solutions to challenges.

She became a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria having graduated top of her class both at the University of Ife, Ile Ife in 1981 and at the Nigerian Law School in 1982. It was also in the University of Ife, Ile Ife that she earned her Masters of Laws Degree, during which she was awarded the University of Ife Alumni Fellowship.

Dr. Fidèle Masengo 

Secretary General, Kigali International Arbitration Centre

Dr. Fidele Masengo is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and since July 2015 up to now, he is the Secretary General of the Kigali International Arbitration Center.  

He has a PhD in Law from University of Antwerp in Belgium (2010), a Master Degree in Economic law (DESS) from the University of Louvain in Belgium (2003).

His background in both arbitration and law in general, includes, serving as Arbitrator, Mediator, lecturer of International arbitration law, International Competition Law at various universities in Rwanda and East Africa. A member of the Rwanda Bar Association since 2006. 

He has served to the First Board of Directors of Kigali International Arbitration Center since its establishment in January 2012 up to September 2017. He serves on the Board of The African Arbitration Association.

Steven M. Richman

Vice Chair, American Bar Association Sub-Committee on International Law

Steven M. Richman holds a law degree from  New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1980, Order of the Coif, and a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Drew University.  He is a member of Clark Hill PLC, based in Princeton and New York, with a national and international litigation and arbitration practice including representation of foreign and domestic companies in dispute resolution and contract matters.  

He is the author of the ABA book, Photography Law Handbook, and has written and spoken extensively in the areas of international law, business and human rights, contracts, litigation and arbitration, and professional responsibility. He is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, serves as one of its delegates to the ABA House of Delegates, and is a board member of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative.  

Sameer Shah

Director, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) India Branch

• Director-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) - CIArb-India Branch
• Chairman-International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute (IDRRMI Hong Kong)-India Branch
• Associate Member – Brooke Chambers, London
• Head – India – Shanghai Chu Tun Consulting Co. Ltd.– Shanghai, China
• Director – Hong Kong Zhiqing Trading Co. Ltd, Hong Kong
• Mediator – Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center, Hong Kong
                 -  The Mediation Center, Dubai
• Panel Arbitrator – Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA), Netherland
• Senior Partner – Trust Legal, New Delhi

James Mang'erere

Patron, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (East Africa)

President, Mediation Training Institute (East Africa)

Mr. Mang’erere is a Senior Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, the President, Mediation Training Institute (East Africa), and Patron of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (East Africa). He is a member of the following bodies: Professional Trainers Association of Kenya, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), Law Society of Kenya, Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, Kenya Institute of Management, and the East Africa Law Society.

He is a Chartered Mediator (ICMC East Africa), an accredited Master Professional Mediation Trainer, a Certified Conflicts Dynamics Profile User, Patron, Society of Mediators of East and Central Africa, Certified Public Secretary (CPS (K), a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary public.



Executive Director, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)

Dr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze is the Executive Director of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). Prior to this position, he was the Program Director for five (5) years, National Network Coordinator and Program Manager for WANEP- Nigeria for seven (7) and three (3) years respectively. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, and master's and Doctorate Degrees in Peace and Strategic Studies with specialization in Conflict Early Warning Systems.


Dr. Eze has been a peacebuilding practitioner for  21 years and holds significant experience in the Africa peace and security sector. He manages the strategic partnership between African Union, ECOWAS and WANEP through which WANEP provides early warning data, analyses, assessments and recommendations for action to AU, ECOWAS and its member states. He  also leads semi-annual high-level dialogues between ECOWAS leadership and WANEP to examine conflict situations in West Africa and agree on remedial actions. In addition, he supports political transitions, as well as citizens' and government dialogues in West Africa and beyond. 


Member, ICMC Training Committee

Chinyere Angela Onyemenam, a legal practitioner, accredited mediator and arbitrator, graduated in 1987 from the University of Nigeria. 
Chinyere started her career in the banking industry. After a period in legal practice, she joined National Oil and Chemical Marketing PLC as the Assistant Company Secretary in 1991.
She was elected as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, London in 1999 and acquired a Masters in Business Administration in the same year. 



DEC 1ST, 2020

8:00am - 9:30am (WAT)

ICMC Young Mediators Forum Breakfast Meeting

The ICMC Young Mediators Forum is a community of ICMC Mediators under the age of thirty-five (35). It was established in 2019 to foster a community for young thriving Mediators, provide a platform for communication and networking among members, and build bonds of mentorship between our more experienced Mediators, and our young Mediators with little or no Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice experience.

This event is organized for the sole purpose of encouraging professional development and networking among our Young Mediators. The event will feature contributions from ADR Practitioners who have established themselves in the field.

This event is open to all conference delegates.

10:00am - 4:00pm (WAT)

African Mediation Conference

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference has been an annual event of the Institute. This year, the Institute will be going a step further by partnering with numerous notable Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) organizations across the continent to interrogate the development and issues surrounding the business of Mediation and International Commercial Mediation in Africa. 

To achieve this, we have brought together highly-qualified Mediators from across the globe to contribute to the discourse on the theme; "Transnational Commercial Mediation: Leveraging Options and Intersections in Africa" and the sub-themes; "Cultural and Practical Dilemmas in Transnational Mediation" and "The African Business Environment and the Singapore Convention: Prospects and Ideals."

5:00pm - 8:00pm (WAT)

Annual General Meeting and Induction Ceremony

The Induction Ceremony of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators will bring together all successful participants of the Institute’s Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training programmes, who have been assessed by the Institute and considered worthy in character and learning, to be inducted into the Institute as Associate Members (AICMC), Members (MICMC) and Fellows (FICMC).

This Ceremony will be held during the Annual General Meeting of the Institute, which is open to all members of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators.




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