World Mediation Summit – Madrid, July 1-4, 2014 – schedule and speakers
We are continually updating our schedule as new speakers sign up for the World Mediation Summit-Madrid 2014. We have begun to solicit speakers and have already been overwhelmed by the number of highly qualified speakers interested in participating. Currently we have International organizations, International Ambassadors, Embassy Dignitaries and internationally acclaimed Mediators scheduled to speak at the Summit. Note that changes regarding speakers and panel members are possible. Please keep checking our website for updates and don’t forget, you can still save money if you register now!
Speakers and panel members
John Allen, LL.M., Canadian Ambassador to Spain – Madrid (participant) …
Mario Appiano, Ph.D., Founder of AEQUITAS Italy – Turin …
Mediator and trainer, lawyer admitted to plead in front of Italian Supreme Court, Ph.D. in European Law, master on China Law, NLP Master Trainer (NLP- University, Santa Crux, California, USA), founder of one of the oldest private mediation institute in Italy, author of many publications on mediation.
‘Lack of coherence in promoting mediation for civil and commercial disputes: the Italian case’
For about two yers (2010-2012), mandatory mediation has existed in Italy. The reactions arised, the mistakes made, the misinformation given and the successes obtained offer interesting insights on how to promote mediation in a concrete way, so testing „in the field” the suggestions given by the Council of Europe. The way in which Italian law was finally transformed, ending that experiment, brings to reflect if there is a lobby against mediation. Is an Ec directive sufficient to develop mediation in the continent or more concrete action is required?
Relevance to Conference:
Accordingly to U.N. Guidelines, “Effective mediation requires a supportive external environment … The actions of other States can help to reinforce a mediated solution or detract from it … a mediator must be accepted, credible and well supported (p.5) … However, support from civil society and other stakeholders cannot be taken for granted, as some of these actors may have hard-line positions and oppose the mediation (p.11)”.
Evi Avlogiari, LL.M., Founder and President of ADR Hellenic Centre – Thessaloniki …
Evi Avlogiari, LL.M. – Thessaloniki, has many educational and professional positions: Lawyer (Bar Association of Thessasloniki), Accredited Mediator (CiArb London), Accredited Trainer (The Toolkit Company & CEDR), LLB & LLM in “Medical Law and Bioethics” (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Basic trainer in Mediation Training Institute of Thessaloniki and ADR Group (UK), Member of Thessaloniki’s Bar Mediation Committee, Representative and member of the Executive Committee of Hellenic Mediators’ Association, Founder and President of ADR Hellenic Centre, Member in International Association of Sports Law.
Ayo Ayoola-Amale, LLM, Senior Lecturer Ghana Technology University – Accra …
Ayo Ayoola-Amale, LLM – Accra is an educator, lawyer, peace builder, etc. She is the founder / president Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation (Nigeria & Ghana). She looks for innovative ways to promote peace through poetry and art. A senior lecturer Ghana Technology University, she has more than eighteen years’ legal experience as law tutor and legal practitioner handling a diverse civil litigation caseload and over a decade practice as a peace builder. She was a senior lecturer and head of law at Kings University, Ghana. A Columnist and a skilled communicator who is able to combine and deliver complex information to different audience, Ayo is continuously striving to help the youth realize their potential as agents of positive social change.
She is known for an interactive teaching style that encourages, inspires and develop rigorous and critical thinking in students while facilitating learning. Constantly focused on mediation and peace-building, she believes that peace is a culture that we build by educating young people. She is the president of Women International League for Peace and Freedom, Ghana section, President -Africa of Global Harmony Association, Vice- President Global Harmony Association and the Muse of Poetic Harmony in Africa.
Francis Belle, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court – Counsel at Attorney General’s Chambers – British Virgin Islands …
Guillermo Bendicho Gonzalez, Secretary of ADYPAM – Madrid …
Antonio Berlanga Sanchez / Jose Herrera Arrando – Jefatura Policia Local Valencia – Valencia …
Licenciado en Criminología y diplomado en Trabajo social Universidad de Valencia, Master Mediación Penal y Justicia restaurativa Universidad de Valencia, Coordinador operativo servicio de Mediación Policial (Policia Local de Valencia), Ilustre Colegio Profesional de Criminólogos C.V. Diputado Junta Provincial Valencia. Coordinador de la sección de Seguridad Pública. European Project Consultant (Experto seguridad urbana, programas de prevención, community policing & police mediation) , ha participado en diversos proyectos europeos entre ellos:
EU Projects. Expert- Coordinator:
• “Safeland” Safe Neighbourhoods and Schools across Europe.
• “Falprev” Innovative strategies to prevente re-offending.
• “Selpe” SharingExperienceinlocal PolicinginEurope
• “ICP” Improving Community Policing. Police Proximity & Policemediation
EU Projects. Assistant:
• Pol- Primett II : Partnership Aimed at tackling metal theft
- Conferenciante y ponente en diversas universidades y congresos internacionales, así como formador y capacitador a Fuerzas y Cuerpos de Seguridad .
Kevin Brown, Ph.D.c., Mediation International – Madrid …
Anca Ciuca, CEO Romanian Mediation Council 2007 – 2012 – Bucharest …
Oscar Conforti, Ph.D.c., Acuredo Justo – Alicante …
Director of community Mediation Service of Alicante City-hall.
Lawyer, specialized in negotiation, arbitration and mediation.
University Professor at Universidad Oberta de Cataluña.
Main director of Acuerdo Justo developer of Mediar On-Line, e-mediation software.
Daniel Erdmann, Ph.D., World Mediation Organization – Berlin …
Daniel Erdmann, Ph.D., World Mediation Organization – Berlin, during his educational path, from Foundation to Conflict Management, he discovered the fascinating and challenging context of Intercultural Communication and Conflict Negotiation. This made him study Mediation in Germany, Spain, Austria and Gambia. On receiving his Master’s Degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, he completed, as first person worldwide, a Ph.D. Program dedicated to Mediation only.
Today, he is the Director General of the World Mediation Organization (WMO), and a Professor and Director of the School of Mediation at EUCLID University, where he created the proper Faculty of Mediation and Conflict Resolution and designed the corresponding curricula. By acting as a COTIPSO Training Partner and Thesis Advisor at the Peace Operations Training Institute, he built a direct linkage to the field of peace making and peace support. He published several books and training manuals on Mediation and Conflict Negotiation. All professional skills are provided in English, Spanish and German language.
Dr. Michael Gottlob, Amnesty International – Berlin …
Dr. Michael Gottlob, Amnesty International – Berlin, born 1950, studied history, philosophy and German literature at the universities of Berlin (FU), Edinburgh, Bochum. Dr. phil. at the University of Heidelberg in 1988. Professional activity as German language teacher for migrants and as visiting lecturer in German language and literature at universities in Italy (Catania, Bergamo) and India (Karnatak University, Dharwad), many years with the German AcademicExchange Service. Research fellow at theCentre for Interdisciplinary Researchat Bielefeld University 1994-96. Numerous publications on the history ofhistoriography, intercultural comparisonof historical thinking and the politicaluse of the past (last: History and Politics in Post-colonial India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011). Member of Amnesty International since 1969, currently spokesperson of the India Co-group of the German section.
Jo Holland, CEO Small Claims Mediation – Leicester …
Jo Holland, CEO Small Claims Mediation – Leicester, is a CEDR trained and accredited mediator specializing in small claim disputes. Her experience extends to in excess of 800 mediations. Jo was a civil servant who went through a tough assessment process to determine if she had natural skills to become a mediator, she was successful and promoted to senior manager level and undertook her training by CEDR. Unlike most mediators fresh out of training, Jo took over the East Midlands Court Circuit and set up the HMCTS Small Claims Mediation Service. Immediately mediating 4 cases every day along with fully managing the service, its’ administration and liaison with the Judiciary and stakeholders. Jo achieved a settlement rate of 90% and 100% client satisfaction.
Having spent 20 years in the Civil Service, and looking for a new challenge, Jo made the decision to leave to realise her dream of setting up her own private mediation practice. Using her knowledge of the HMCTS model she has developed a service offering proportionate dispute resolution using telephone and has extended that model to include ODR in light of the EU Directive on ADR/ODR Consumer Redress. Jo’s aim was to create an affordable accessible service for users and steady work for mediators and has established herself as the market leader in small claims mediation. Jo has a large panel of mediators working across the UK and has developed links in other European countries to establish her type of mediation service for small claim disputes. Jo has challenged the way disputes are resolved and has raised the profile of mediation, demonstrating to large organisations the huge benefits of using mediation rather than adjudication.
She convinced the largest UK Government backed tenancy deposit scheme to run a mediation pilot alongside their adjudication scheme, the pilot has already demonstrated faster dispute resolution, reduction in complaints, higher customer satisfaction and significant cost savings for the not for profit organisation. Her proposal to the largest UK law firm franchise was accepted and the launch for a joint small claims service is expected January 2014. Whilst sounding like a cliche, Jo has the kind of passion and determination that will ensure she continues to bring small claims under the spotlight, and as a result reduces the burden on the courts that the high volume of these disputes creates.
C.V. H.E. Mr. Masood KHALILI – Kabul …
C.V. H.E. Mr. Masood KHALILI – Kabul, is the current Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the Kingdom of Spain. He earlier served in the corresponding way in Turkey, India, Pakistan. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and offers a broad expertise regarding international negotiation and supporting international NGOs. Participated in bilateral and multilateral meetings on behalf of the Afghan Government, with President Carter, President Bush (Senior), President Mubarek, President Khatami, President Zia-ul-Haq, King Fahd, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
He was invited to offer lectures at different universities such as George Town, Columbia, Princeton, Achan (Germany), Azhar (Egipt), Bilkent, Baskent, Ankara, Intanbul University (Turkey), Vienna (Austria), Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamic University (India), Beijin (China), University of Leon (Spain) etc.
Jennifer Kresge, M.A., Napa Valley Leadership Council – St. Helena / USA …
Juan Jose de Lanuza Torres, Executive Management of Clinical-Forensic Psychology Office EASO – Madrid …
Juan Jose de Lanuza Torres. Graduate in Psychology by (UNED-Spain), Clinical Specialty. Further training with several master’s degrees in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, as well as other studies and university qualifications, Expert in Criminal Mediation, among others.
Professionally, combining the Executive Management of Clinical-Forensic Psychology Office EASO, located in Madrid, and expertise activity in Justice Administration of Valencian Generalitat. Working for eight years as Psychologist for the Criminal Victims Service and Judge Advice in Madrid Preliminary Investigation and Summary Courts. Nowdays, working as Mediator for the Criminal Mediation Service in Alcalá de Henares, Courts 1 and 4. Member of executive council of Adypam.org (Mediation and Arbitration).
Co-author of some books in the sphere of communication:
“Interrogatorio, tecnología de la comunicación en el ámbito jurídico” (editorial Difusión jurídica, año 2011); y “Despropósitos de la comunicación humana” (editorial Crealite, año 2012).Spain.
“Interrogation, procedures for communication in the legal framework” (Published by Difusión Jurídica, 2011) and “Human communication failures” (Published by Crealite, 2012).
Ioana Adina Marin, LL.M., Romanian Mediation Council – Bucharest …
Musa Amer Odeh, M.Sc., Ambassador of Palestine to Spain – Madrid …
Ambassador – Head of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Spain. Represented Palestine at numerous conferences and international seminars regarding politics, human rights, international law and environmental issues taking place in Russia, the United States, Poland, Chile, the Check Republic, Hungary, Cyprus, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela , Salvador, Costa Rica, Ireland, the Philippines and Brazil.
In 1993, he successfully participated in the negotiation (volunteer) for the release of two Spanish nuns Julia and Fatima Foraster Uribarren kidnapped in Southern Philippines. He received gratitude and acknowledgements from His Holiness Pope John Paul II, from the President of the Government of Spain, from the President and Interior and Exterior ministers of the Government of the Philippines, as well as other Spanish and Philippines authorities.
Also participated (volunteer) in negotiations for the liberation of the Spanish priest Father Bernardo Blanco.
His presentation is called: ‘Peace and justice – transforming the future, for the sake of our children.’
Miguel Olías de Lima Pancorbo, Founder of Ejustic Soluciones S.L. – Madrid …
Paul Randolph, Barrister – London …
Lorraine Schaffer, LL.M. – London …
Lorraine Schaffer, LL.M. was the Director of the Centre for Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the Institute of Family Therapy in London from July 2001 to August 2010 and Chair of a Postgraduate programme of courses in Conflict Resolution and Mediation studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Lorraine was a practising family mediator for 15 years, beginning as a trainee at Eye to Eye in South London in 1995. Before that she worked as a social worker with adolescents and families, taught on the Brunel social work course and also specialised in social group work. Lorraine co-taught the family mediation module on the LLM at Westminster School of Law for several years. She was a group presenter for the mediation information meetings pilot for the Family Law Act and was an elected Governor of the UK College of Family Mediators for six years.
Still all about the process or is theory important? Is mediation a profession in its own right?
Mediation and dispute resolution processes in all realms require skilled interventions. Conflicts vary in intensity, but are by nature complex and if left unaddressed, the consequences can be very serious. I contend that we have a duty to consider the training and support mediators and other CR practitioners receive, if they are to meet these challenges. It takes between 2- 6 years to train in most professions; is it acceptable that in the UK and many other countries people can be trained as mediators in as few as 5 days?
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Although my field of practice was family mediation, when teaching the postgraduate programme at Birkbeck College we included lectures on international conflict resolution, community, educational, and other forms of mediation as well as a broad range of theories of conflict and approaches to managing conflict. I think that the issue of whether theory is taught in all areas of mediation practice is relevant to the themes of this conference. Unless we have a more unified and coherent body of knowledge underpinning mediation training I do not believe we can be seen or trusted as professionals in our own right; until mediators and conflict specialists in all areas join together in promoting mediation to the public, we will not achieve our potential in addressing conflicts experienced by individuals, couples, families, workplaces as well as the prevention and management of conflicts facing international communities.
Ruth Sirman, B.Sc. – Kanata …
Ruth Sirman, B.Sc. – Kanata – is a veteran Workplace Conflict Management Specialist with extensive experience in leadership, mediation, training, intervening in complex multi-party disputes, workplace assessments, arbitration, conflict coaching and critical incident stress debriefing. She has proven her ability to relate constructively to senior leadership groups, people of diverse backgrounds, ages, and skill levels. Ruth is well known for her exceptional presentation, training and communication skills and her ability to help participants overcome their fear and engage in difficult conversations. Her professionalism and integrity pervade all aspects of her work with individuals and organizations.
Dr. Ralph Steele, Mediation Worlds – Dallas …
Dr. Ralph Steele has been a mediator since 1992 and has conducted over 8000 hours of mediation, including more than ten years experience in the mediation of business and family issues. He has received two doctorate degrees – one in Civil Law and Mediation and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Oxford University. He is both a TMCA Credentialed Distinguished Mediator and a Board Certified Professional Counselor (by the American Psychotherapy Association and the Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors). His undergraduate degree is from Concordia University, and he holds a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Steele honorably served as a United States naval officer and is devoted to developing our youth as future leaders who make a positive impact on society.
In addition to being a mediator and a counselor, Dr. Steele also teaches mediation skills to others. In 1992 he conducted peer mediation and peer mediation training and wrote a book entitled the School Conflict Resolution Mediation Program. He also developed the Mediation Certificate Program at the University of Texas at Arlington and is on the faculty of that program. His Irving-based business, Mediation Worlds, PLLC, not only provides mediation services, but also offers basic and advanced mediation training and a Mediation Fellows Program for current mediators. This fellowship gives mediators opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills to the highest competency level. It is the intent of the fellowship program to assist mediators in being able to mediate in any setting. Dr. Steele has recently written two books on the mediation profession, entitled Save Millions with Conflict Coaching: A Cross-Cultural Conflict Coaching Methodology and Model (February, 2011) and Facts, Issues, Options, and Solutions (May, 2013).
Dr. Steele has a contractual partnership with the World Mediation Organization as an Affiliate and a District Manager and Lecturer of Mediation and Conflict Resolution. He is a frequent mediation speaker, panelist, and judge.
Dr. Zeno Daniel Sustac – Romanian Mediation Council – Timis County …
Beverly Tarr, LLB, Founder of Certified Divorce Mediation, LLC – Chicago …
BEVERLY TARR, LLB – Chicago / London – is a specialist divorce mediator, a Member of the Illinois Bar Association (USA), a Member of the Bar of England and Wales (UK-Barrister), Founder of Certified Divorce Mediation LLC., and is CEDR (UK) and CCR (USA) trained. Ms. Tarr has conducted over 1100 mediations with 97% of cases reaching agreement.
Her practice covers every aspect of divorce and/or separation including child custody, parenting time and all financial matters. She has transformed divorce mediation in Chicago by introducing the two-day Attorney Assisted Mediation Model.
Ms. Tarr is recognized as an expert in her field and regularly appears on radio, in publications, speaks at National Conferences, Universities/seminars and judges both National and International mediation competitions.
Carlos Terrones, MPA – New York …
Carlos Terrones, MPA – New York, is a Strategic thinker and leader with experience restructuring complex programs in war zone environments and local governments. Expert executing economic and political policy reforms in post-conflict, conflict, and non-conflict countries. He holds an MPA from Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs and an Executive Education in Government Performance from Harvard University – John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He is the author of the book” THE OTHER FRONT IN AFGHANISTAN – Stories of Maiwand Building Governance and Development. Civilian and military practitioners have praised the book as it shows stabilization, development, and governance best practices and challenges.
He served as a civil society/governance advisor to the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Albanian Government, managed and coordinated the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Food Aid Development programs in Latin America and Asia, and collaborated with the mobilization of USAID’s anticorruption program in El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Dominican Republic.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, he served as the Special Governance Advisor to Senior U.S. Military Officers and its units, Local Government Officials, and Senior U.S. Federal Government Officials. Carlos received the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Award for turning around the Maiwand District – known as the birthplace of the Taliban, was awarded the U.S. Army Task Force 1st Battalion 2nd Infantry Regiment Service Award, and was recognized by the Iraqi and Afghan government for his commitment to public service.
He has conducted studies on Democracy and Religion in Pakistan and the Constitutional Indigenous Movement in Bolivia. Currently, he writes and lectures on stability operations and transition in Afghanistan.
Thomas P. Valenti, P.C., Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator – Chicago …
Thomas P. Valenti, P.C., Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator, Facilitator – Chicago – is a lawyer, mediator, chartered arbitrator (CIArb) and facilitator. He is available to assist in all types of disputes including personal injury; family; business; employment; elder care; community as well as group facilitations. He has been a litigator throughout his legal career on behalf of plaintiffs involved with personal injury claims or on behalf of commercial and insurance defendants. He has been involved in many jury trials as well as a number of bench trials, arbitration hearings, and mediations. Mr. Valenti has had the most ongoing involvement with the areas of personal injury and tort claims, business disputes and insurance coverage issues. He offers arbitration and mediation services.
Maria Claudia Solarte Vasquez, Ph.D.c, Tallinn University – Tallinn …
Maria Claudia Solarte Vasquez, Ph.D.c, Tallinn University – Tallinn, is lawyer, international mediator and a learning facilitator who has been involved in the dissemination of conflict management and dispute prevention culture for almost two decades. She is currently conducting advanced research on the impact of digital technologies onto formal and informal social institutions, in particular self-regulatory aspects applicable to dispute resolution and their catalyzing effect on conflict management competence building. Among her most important proposals is to assist the task of contracting using alternative transactional languages, such as sound, gestures or graphics. Her professional activity in the field of international business and contractual risk counseling initiated her into the field of conflict management and legal negotiations.
From 1996 she has mainly been devoted to academic development of courses that incorporate preventive and proactive law approaches, training for transferable competences on collaborative legal practices for the global affairs context. She has lectured in the area of negotiation, introduction to law, governance and public administration, comparative legal traditions, conflict management and innovative legislative policy, particularly on what relates to the evolution of legal systems and their consistency with technological paradigms. The main concerns addressed by her courses and writings focus on the limits of the state capacity, the doctrine of the rule of law and the legitimacy of legal standards to resolve fundamental human conflicts.