7th ICC YAF Global Conference

London, United Kingdom, • English

Join us for the 7th edition of the ICC YAF Global Conference to share experiences on hot topics in international arbitration.


Don’t miss this biennial conference: unique gathering of young arbitration practitioners from all over the world! Get involved in the kind of top level debates that are often reserved for the most experienced practitioners. Panels include representatives from all regions of the world, making the event a truly global conference.

Set in a prestigious setting, yet in a casual and fun atmosphere, participants will be given numerous opportunities to network and strengthen links within the young arbitration community and to interact with peers from all over the world. The programme includes an academic part as well as a social one including cocktails, dinner and lunch.


Who should attend?

This conference is aimed at young arbitration practitioners of approximately 40 years or under: counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel or academics. The ICC YAF Conference is an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration and to enrich their network in the region.


Thursday 6 June
18:00-21:00Welcome cocktail

Kindly hosted by Dechert LLP

Friday 7 June
9:00-9:30Registration and welcome coffee
9:30-9:45Welcome remarks

Stephanie Goubelle

Renato Nazzini

9:45-10:30Keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Introduction and questions led by Salma El Baz

10:30-11:00Coffee/tea break
11:00-12:00Oxford Style Debate

The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the ‘Singapore Convention’, will be open for signature on 7 August 2019 in Singapore.

Join us for an Oxford style debate to discuss whether this new instrument will deliver a clear framework for the enforcement and recognition of mediated settlement agreements.  Will the Singapore Convention become as popular and efficient as the New York Convention is for arbitration?


Geneviève Helleringer

Cezary Rogula

Moderator: Alina Leoveanu

12:00-13:00Diversity 360° – Defining Diversity in International Arbitration

Diversity isn’t only about identifying differences, but also accepting them, appreciating their perspectives, their challenges and accommodating them to resolve disputes. It is a melange of multilateralism with multiculturalism which rests on the lens of dispute resolution mechanisms. This panel will debate and attempt to bring in ideas to gauge opportunities in arbitration while considering gender -where we have seen a concerted effort to bridge the gap, but also discuss diversity with respect to age, understanding and appreciating the need for diversity, geography and experience of stakeholders involved.


Inji Fathallah

Nayara Ferreira Araujo Alves

Ben Jolley

Shivani Sanghi

Moderator: Abhinav Bhushan 

13:00-14:00Lunch break
14:00-14:45Fire side chat

Ana Serra e Moura interviewing José Ricardo Feris

14:45-16:15“Expedited and not so expedited networking” session 
16:15-16:45Coffee/tea break
16:45-17:45Arbitration’s Got Talent!

Rana Kahwagi

Alexandra Mitretodis

Jay Patrick Santiago

Tan Hui Wen

Presented by Alexandra Akerly and Laetitia de Montalivet

From 19:00Dinner Party at R.S. Hispaniola
Saturday 8 June
9:30-11:15Battle of the Seats

Debate on the advantages and considerations of seating your arbitration in different cities of the world

Moderators: Dania Fahs and Andrea Santacoloma

Paris vs London

Marie Isabelle Delleur

Alina Sartogo

NYC vs Miami

Meredith Craven

Katharine Menendez de la Cuesta

Mexico vs São Paulo

Héctor Anaya Mondragón

Gustavo Kulesza

Singapore vs Hong Kong

Vivekananda Neelakantan

Vee Vian Thien

Sidney vs New Dehli

Carmel Proudfoot

Sameer Jain

Lagos vs Dubai

Laura Alakija

John Lewis

11:15-13:00Simultaneous Workshops

Choose among the three following workshops:

1.     How to draft a memo for TPF

Ania Farren

Iain C. McKenny

Leonardo Viveiros de Castro

2.     Mock case on the conduct of the proceedings

Eva Kalnina

Matei Purice

3.     Revisiting the Redfern Schedule 

Mélanie Riofrio Piché

Sofía de Sampaio Jalles

13:00-13:15Closing remarks

Ana Serra e Moura


Alexandra AkerlyActing Deputy Director, ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York
Laura AlakijaICC YAF Representative; Partner, Primera Africa Legal, Lagos
Héctor Anaya MondragónICC YAF Representative; Counsel, Creel García-Cuellar Aiza y Enríquez
Abhinav BhushanRegional Director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, South and East Asia, Singapore
Meredith CravenICC YAF Representative; White & Case LLP, New York
Laetitia de MontalivetDirector, Arbitration & ADR, Europe, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Marie Isabelle DelleurICC YAF Representative; Senior Associate, Clifford Chance, Paris
Salma El BazSenior Associate, Rizkana & Partners, Cairo
Dania FahsDeputy Director for Middle East and North Africa, International Chamber of Commerce, Abu Dhabi
Ania FarrenManaging Director, Vannin Capital, London
Inji FathallahICC YAF Representative; Senior Associate, Shahid Law Firm, Cairo
José Ricardo FerisPartner, Squire Patton Boggs, Paris;
Nayara Ferreira Araujo AlvesAssociate, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
Stephanie GoubelleSenior Manager, Arbitration and ADR Promotion, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
Geneviève HelleringerESSEC Business School, Paris; Oxford University, Institute of European and Comparative Law, London
Sameer JainICC YAF Representative; Founder & Managing Partner, PSL Advocates and Solicitors, Delhi
Ben JolleyICC YAF Representative; Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills, Tokyo
Rana KahwagiICC YAF Representative; Senior Associate, Alem & Partners, Beirut
Eva KalninaAlternate Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva
Gustavo KuleszaICC YAF Representative; Senior Associate, BMA Advogados, São Paulo
Alina LeoveanuManager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris
John LewisICC YAF Representative; Senior Associate, Clyde & Co, Dubai
Iain C. McKennyDirector & Co-Founder, Profile Investment, Paris
Katharine Menendez de la CuestaICC YAF Representative; Senior Associate, Holland & Knight LLP, Miami
Alexandra MitretodisAssociate, Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, Vancouver
Renato NazziniProfessor of Law and Director of Research of the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, King’s College London
Vivekananda NeelakantanPartner (Foreign Law), Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore
Carmel ProudfootICC YAF Representative; Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Perth
Matei PuriceAssociate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai
Mélanie Riofrio PichéLawyer, Armesto & Asociados, Madrid
Cezary RogulaLawyer, Mediator, Rogula Law & Mediation Office, Krakow
Sofía de Sampaio JallesArmesto & Asociados, Madrid
Shivani SanghiAssociate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, London
Andrea SantacolomaDeputy Director for Latin America, International Chamber of Commerce, Panama City
Jay Patrick SantiagoICC YAF Representative; Senior Associate, Quisumbing Torres (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), Manila
Alina SartogoICC YAF Representative; Associate, White & Case LLP, London
Ana Serra e MouraDeputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Vee Vian ThienAssociate, White & Case LLP, London
Leonardo Viveiros de CastroManaging Partner, Leste, Rio de Janeiro/São Paulo
Mohamed Abdel WahabProfessor of Law and Founding Partner and Head of Arbitration at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Cairo; Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
Tan Hui WenICC YAF Representative; Associate, Skrine, Kuala Lumpur

Logistical notes

The event will kick off with a Welcome cocktail kindly hosted and generously sponsored by Dechert LLP

Venue Welcome cocktail – 6 June

Dechert LLP

160 Queen Victoria Street

London EC4V 4QQ

United Kingdom

Venue Conference – 7-8 June

King’s College London


London WC2R 2LS

United Kingdom

Venue Dinner Party – 7 June

R.S. Hispaniola

Victoria Embankment

London WC2N 5DJ

United Kingdom

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

Please find below a list of recommended hotels near the conference venue:

The Lancaster (Grange)3
Strand Palace Hotel4
Kingsway Hotel4
Wesley Euston4
Radisson Blu Kenilworth Road4
Grange White Hall4
The Beauchamp (Grange)4
Grange Blooms4
The Buckingham (Grange)4
The Portland (Grange)4
The Clarendon (Grange)4
Apex Temple Court4
One Aldwych5
Hoxton Holborn4
Grange Holborn5



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Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 20 May 2019. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Please be informed that any cancellation will incur a n fee of €6 + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant. Subject to agreement from the Organising Committee prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required.

Please note that ICC YAF reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC and ICC YAF will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.


Registration fees include :
Registration to the Conference including a light lunch, coffee breaks, a cocktail reception and dinner.


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