CPR Adds Three Leaders In International Dispute Management To Board Of Directors

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New York, NY, March 20, 2024 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that helps others manage conflict so that they might better pursue their purpose, is pleased to announce that three leaders in international dispute management have joined the CPR Board of Directors.

They are:

-Suzana Blades, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel – Litigation, Regulatory and Preventive Law, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
-Rafael Francisco Alves, Partner, MAMG Advogados
-Mônica Mendonça Costa, Partner, TozziniFreire Advogados

CPR’s Board of Directors comprises thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds with a shared goal of preventing disputes and finding ways to resolve them more effectively and efficiently when they do arise.

Suzana Blades is an experienced in-house counsel. She currently leads a team responsible for managing Kimberly-Clark’s global litigation docket, including litigation, arbitration and government investigations in North America, Latin America, EMEA and APAC. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark in 2022, she was Managing Counsel – Commercial Litigation and Arbitration at ConocoPhillips for over 11 years. Her experience includes Hess Corporation, where she was Senior International Negotiator, and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, where she was an associate in the International Arbitration group.


As a partner at MAMG Advogados, Rafael Francisco Alves represents clients in domestic and international arbitration, mediation, and negotiation proceedings on complex disputes regarding construction contracts, M&A transactions, commercial partnerships, real estate, banking, oil & gas, energy, among others. He regularly sits as an arbitrator in Brazil. Alves is former Deputy Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. He is also a professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo (FGV DIREITO SP) and the author of several books on arbitration.


Mônica Mendonça Costa has more than 20 years of practice at TozziniFreire in the Litigation and Arbitration practice groups. She counsels on civil court cases deriving from bidding procedures, contracts with public entities and investigations in alliance with the teams of the Administrative Law, and Compliance & Investigations practice groups. She has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings administrated by domestic and international institutions and has had ample practice in commercial mediation, both ad hoc and institutional, representing clients during all phases of the proceedings. Her practice comprises disputes related to corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, distribution and sales representation contracts, real estate and timberland investments.


“We are excited and looking forward to having Rafael and Monica bring to the CPR Board their experience and learning from their service on CPR’s Brazilian Advisory Board and also look forward to the contributions of Suzana from her deep in-house experience at a variety of US based companies,” said Helena Tavares Erickson, Acting CEO and Senior Vice President, CPR Institute. 


About CPR
Established in 1977, CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes the prevention and resolution of conflict to better enable the pursuit of purpose through the CPR Institute and its subsidiary, CPR Dispute Resolution Services LLC.

The CPR Institute builds capacity for dispute prevention and resolution through the thought leadership of its diverse members – companies, leading mediators and arbitrators, law firms, individual practitioners, and academics – who share best practices and develop innovative tools for dispute management through committee discussions and projects, publications, education and training, and hosting events.

CPR Dispute Resolution is a boutique-style provider of leading-edge dispute management services – mediation, arbitration, custom appointing services, a panel of dispute prevention specialists, and more - that leverages resources generated by the CPR Institute. The case administrators have extensive backgrounds in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The Panel of Distinguished Neutrals is a carefully curated, diverse group of prominent, experienced subject matter and ADR professionals based in 35 countries. And CPR Dispute Resolution’s Complete Case platform, a holistic end-to-end digital environment designed for ADR, handles matters efficiently and securely. To learn more about CPR Dispute Resolution, visit drs.cpradr.org.

To learn more about CPR, visit cpradr.org.

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