Y-ADR Spotlight Series – Interview Questions with Nawi Ukabiala

Y-ADR Spotlight Series,

Nawi Ukabiala

Litigation Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton

1. What has been a beneficial aspect of engaging with the CPR Institute for you personally or professionally?

CPR provides excellent opportunities to learn about developments in the ADR field and to develop programs and events on issues of particular interest to me. CPR also provides an excellent opportunity to build my network and meet talented and interesting ADR practitioners from all over the world.

2. What is one piece of advice you would give to somebody who wanted to pursue a career in ADR?

Try to develop advanced litigation skills. There is a significant overlap between advocacy skills in the litigation and ADR contexts and some form of litigation often accompanies ADR processes.

3. Is there a moment in your career that you are most proud of?

In 2019, I had the opportunity to give oral arguments before an ICSID tribunal for the first time. That was a particularly proud moment for me.

4. What personal characteristics are most beneficial to you in your career?

The importance of hard work and dedication cannot be overstated. I also think it is important to try to strike the right balance between practical and creative thinking in all aspects of an ADR practice.

5. What goal(s) do you hope to accomplish in the near future?

I would like to continue to build my profile as an effective ADR professional in the energy, extractive industries, financial sectors.

6. How can people with an interest in ADR get hands-on experience to further their career?

One great way to get hands-on experience is through CPR and other organizations that promote dispute resolution. There are so many opportunities to work on events and articles that will deepen your knowledge of important issues in the field of ADR and provide opportunities to develop your network.

7. (Fun one!) Describe your perfect Friday night in 5 words or less.

Good company and live music.