CPR Welcomes New Y-ADR Steering Committee Members For 2023-2026 Term

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New York, NY – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that helps others manage conflict in order to better pursue their purpose, welcomed 15 new members to its Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR) Steering Committee for the new 2023-2026 term.

CPR’s Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR) program educates the next generation of leaders on the full spectrum of dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms and offers unique networking and professional development benefits to participants.

Y-ADR convenes the next generation of leaders from corporations, law firms, academia, and other institutions in dispute management. The group provides unique networking and professional development opportunities as well as an insider’s view into how to manage disputes to resolve them more effectively and efficiently, if not to prevent them altogether. The leadership of Y-ADR, the Steering Committee members, are selected after a rigorous application process and serve staggered three-year terms.

The group is open to attorneys, neutrals, other professionals, academics, and students who are 45 years old and younger, or those with less than eight years of professional experience in international or domestic alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or other areas of conflict prevention and resolution.

“CPR’s mission is to build capacity for more effective dispute management around the world. Y-ADR, led by the Y-ADR Steering Committee, is an important component of that goal. We are looking forward to the thought-leadership and best practices that will be generated by this next cohort of leaders,” said Allen Waxman, CPR President and CEO.

The Y-ADR Steering Committee is led by new co-chairs Kate Gonzalez, Senior Legal Counsel, Airbus Americas; and Sam Zimmerman, Partner, at Hogan Lovells; and secretary Brigitte Kiu, Associate, at Hogan Lovells.

“The Y-ADR Steering Committee is a vibrant group of professionals from around the world who excel in their fields and are committed to the ideals of dispute prevention and resolution. We are excited to welcome the members of the incoming class who, along with Y-ADR’s newly appointed leadership team, will certainly continue a strong tradition of cutting-edge programming and innovative approaches to conflict resolution,” said Knar A. Nahikian, CPR Director and staff liaison to the Y-ADR Steering Committee.

The new Y-ADR Steering Committee members that joined in August 2023 are:

  • Jhale Ali of Visa in Foster City, California
  • Velislava Hristova, independent arbitrator in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sara Naomi Little of Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe in Paris
  • Dylan Lynch of Raytheon Systems Limited in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Rutger Metsch of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London
  • Elena Neidhart of Philip Morris International in Geneva
  • Denton Nichols of Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston
  • Juarez de Oliveira of Amgen Biotecnologia in São Paulo
  • Ricardo Cruzat Reyes of White & Case LLP in New York
  • Carmela Romeo of Arnold & Porter in New York
  • Lindsay Rowell of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Calgary
  • Dr. Mohamed Sweify of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, arbitrator/mediator, and adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, in New York
  • Haley Wasserman of Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC
  • Adam Weiss of Paul Hastings LLP in Washington, DC
  • Natalia Zibibbo of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP in New York

Y-ADR is participating in a number of upcoming CPR programs. In collaboration with CPR Dispute Resolution, it is offering a mediation training program that will guide counsel through best practices, tips and tools needed to make the most of mediation.

Y-ADR will host CPR’s Global Conference on December 7, which will feature program panels by Y-ADR as well as by each of CPR’s advisory boards in Europe, Canada, and Brazil.

Y-ADR also plays a critical role in organizing CPR’s annual International Mediation Competition, providing an invaluable opportunity for law students to gain practical mediation experience while they network with seasoned professionals and other highly qualified students who will be the next up-and-coming practitioners.

For more information about Y-ADR and the Steering Committee, visit cpradr.org.

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 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 are responsive, efficient, and detail oriented, and 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.

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