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ICC commissions are specialised working bodies composed of business experts who examine major issues of interest to the business world. They prepare policy products, including statements to contribute to intergovernmental discussions, as well as rules and codes to facilitate international business transactions. Commission leaders are appointed by the ICC Chair for a three-year period, renewable for a second term at the Chair’s discretion.

Arbitration and ADR

Celebrating 100 years of dispute resolution expertise

The commission is a unique think tank and rule-making body for ICC Dispute Resolution Services. In its research capacity, the commission proposes new policies and tools by producing reports, guidelines or best practices to innovate and promote efficient and cost-effective dispute resolution in view of current developments. Together with the ICC Court and the ICC Centre for ADR it also drafts and revises the ICC’s range of rules for dispute resolution, including the ICC Rules of Arbitration and the ICC Rules of Mediation.

Get in touch with the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR:

  • Babatunde Ajibade, SAN
    S. P. A. Ajibade & Co. (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • José Ricardo Feris
    Squire Patton Boggs (Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Spain; based in Paris)
  • Susanne Gropp-Stadler 
    Siemens AG (Germany; based in Munich)
  • Vladimir Khvalei
    Baker & MckenzieCIS (Russia; based in Moscow)
  • Caline Mouawad 
    Chaffetz Lindsey (Lebanon, United States; based in New York)
  • Sharif Ali Zu’bi
    Ali Sharif Zu’bi Advocates & Legal Consultants (Jordan; based in Amman)
Task Force on ADR and Arbitration

This Task Force aims to assist in the efficient resolution of disputes for ICC users through the study and analysis of how different ICC ADR services are currently being used and The Task Force purpose is to find solutions in a post-COVID-19 world, including technology options when (1) assessing the most appropriate procedures when a dispute arises and (2) assisting users in building ADR procedures into their internal systems.

The Task Force is structured into four areas of work:

  • Disputes resolution protocols
  • ADR services
  • Settlements in arbitration
  • National Courts and ADR

The Task Force benefits from a consultative Advisory Board, which includes Gabrielle Kaufmann Kohler, Christopher Newmark, Michael McIlwrath, Cyril Dumoulin, Edna Sussman and Hannah Tümpel.

  • Chiann Bao
    Independent Arbitrator (United States/Hong Kong)
Task Force Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration

This Task Force aims to explore existing approaches to allegations or signs of corruption in disputes and articulate guidance for arbitral tribunals on how to deal with such occurrences. The Task Force benefits from close collaboration with the ICC Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Commission, as well as the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

  • José Ricardo Feris
    Squire Patton Boggs (France/Dominican Republic)
  • Vladimir Khvalei
    Baker & Mckenzie CIS (Russia)
  • Sophie Nappert
    3 Verulam Buildings Chambers (United Kingdom/Canada)
Task Force on National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards Pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958

This Task Force aims to continue its work by building a guide with practical resources for international arbitration practitioners and users.  First launched in 2008, it is designed to be consulted as a first step when considering recognition and enforcement of foreign awards in one or more countries. The guide today currently covers 79 countries and is being updated for a third edition.

Working Group on Information Technology in International Arbitration 

This Working Group aims to update the 2017 edition of the report on Information Technology (IT) in International Arbitration given the current use of digital solutions and processes in conducting arbitration and ADR proceedings due to COVID-19 crisis. This timely update will provide an overview of today’s most recent experiences in dealing with the use of IT; identify and consider new areas of work, including cybersecurity, data protection and the use of online dispute resolution platforms; and align the previous report with modifications from the forthcoming 2020-2021 ICC Rules of Arbitration and ICC Court’s note on mitigating the risks of COVID-19.

Group Lead
  • Stephanie Cohen
    Independent Arbitrator (Canada, United States)


Commission mandate
To serve as a global forum and rule-making body for banks worldwide, with particular focus on the financing of international trade; and to help policymakers and standard setters create a regulatory framework that facilitates trade finance throughout the world.

Get in touch with the ICC Banking Commission:

Commission Chair 
  • Lynn Ng, Global Head of Commodities, Food and Agri, ING (Netherlands)
Commission Vice-Chairs
  • Mencia Bobo, Global Head of Trade & Working Capital Solutions, Santander Corporate & Investment Banking (Spain)
  • Marilyn Blattner-Hoyle, Global Head Trade Finance, Director, Corporate Solutions Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd (Switzerland)
  • Merlin Dowse, Global Trade Product Manager, J.P. Morgan (US)
  • Yina Fu, Head of Financial Ecology Solutions, Alibaba B-To-B Business Group (China)
  • Andrew Kigira, Group Head of Trade Products, Equity Bank Ltd (Kenya)
  • Maria Jose Llabot, Head of International, Banco de la Provincial de Córdoba (Argentina)
  • Samuel-John Mathew, Global Head of Flow & FI Trade, Standard Chartered (Singapore)
  • Caryn Pace-Messenger, Director, Bank of America (United States)
  • Surath Sengupta, Managing Director & Global Head – FI, Portfolio & Distribution, HSBC (UK)
  • Louise Taylor Digby, Head of Global Trade Strategy, SWIFT (Singapore)
  • Florian Witt, Managing Director, Divisional Head, International Banking and Corporate Banking; Member of the Group Business Executive Committee, ODDO BHF (Germany)
  • Xu Jun, Deputy General Manager, Global Transaction Banking, Bank of China (China)
 Technical Advisers
  • Dave Meynell
    TradeLC Advisory (United Kingdom)
  • Glenn Ransier
    Global Standby Letters of Credit and Demand Guarantee Product Manager
    Wells Fargo Bank (United States)
  • Kim Sindberg
    Trade Finance Consultant
    Sindberg Consult (Denmark)

Commercial Law and Practice

Commission mandate
To set global business standards for international B2B transactions and provide world business input on commercial rules developed by intergovernmental organisations.

Get in touch with the ICC Commercial Law and Practice Commission

International Working Groups
Incoterms® Drafting Group Co-Chairs
Public Procurement Co-Chairs
  • Lauri Railas
    Railas Attorneys (Finland)
  • Goncalo Mota Nogueira
    Nobre Guedes, Mota Soares & Associados (Portugal)
European Digital Agenda/Contract Law Chair
Turnkey + Joint Venture/Consortium Chair
  • Eric Eggink
    Technip Ships, Ab Zoetermeer (The Netherlands)
Turnkey + Joint Venture/Consortium Vice-Chair
B2C Online Sale Conditions Chair
  • Mariaelena Giorcelli
    Buffa, Bortolotti & Mathis (Italy)
Model Contracts for Start-ups Chair 
Force Majeure & Hardship Chair 


Commission mandate
To ensure that business needs and markets are taken into account in the formulation and implementation of competition laws and policies.

Get in touch with the ICC Competition Commission:

Task Forces
Court Proceedings in Antitrust Damage Claims Chair
Compliance and Advocacy Chair
  • Anne Riley
    Antitrust Ethics and Compliance Consultant
    (United Kingdom)
Compliance and Advocacy Co-Vice Chairs
  • Boris Kasten
    Head of Competition Law and General Counsel for Europe
    Schindler Management (Switzerland)
  • Simone Pieri 
    Head of Regulatory Relations and Compliance Retail and Head of Wealth Advisory
    Barclays (Italy)
Merger Control Regimes Chair
Merger Control Regimes Vice-Chair
Cartels and Leniency Co-Chairs
Due Process Co-Chair
International Competition Network Co-Chairs

Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption

Commission mandate
To develop policy recommendations and practical tools from a global business perspective on corporate responsibility and fighting corruption.

Get in touch with the ICC Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Commission

  • Viviane Schiavi, Deputy Director of Green Inclusive Growth, tel: 33 (0)1 49 53 28 09
  • Denis Simonneau   
    Director of European and International Relations
    Engie (France)
  • Iohann Le Frapper     
    Group General Counsel
    Laboratoires Pierre Fabre (France)
  • Davinder Singh
    Chief Executive Officer
    Drew & Napier (Singapore)
  • Francois Vincke 
    Independent Lawyer (Belgium)

Customs and Trade Facilitation

Commission mandate
To promote simplified customs and transport policies and procedures as well as other measures to facilitate international trade.

Get in touch with the ICC Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission


John Bescec, Director of Customs and Trade Affairs, Microsoft

  • Irina Kitiashvili, former Chief Operating Officer, IDS Borjomi Beverages (Georgia)
  • Dr. Mahmut Kobal, Group Head of Customs and International Trade, Beiersdorf (Germany)
  • Dr. Segun Olugboyegun, CEO and Founder, JOF Nigeria Limited  (Nigeria)
  • Karen Poujade, Group Head of Customs and International Trade, Beiersdorf (Germany)
  • Anil Rajput, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, ITC Ltd (India)
  • Alejandro Terzián, Head of the Center of Excellence for International Trade and Customs Compliance, Bayer LATAM (Argentina)

Digital Economy

Commission mandate
To promote the global development of the digital economy and continued growth of its underlying information and communication technologies (ICTs) and related business models, through private sector policy leadership, regulatory advocacy and the promotion of best practice.

Get in touch with the ICC Digital Economy Commission:

  • Charly Gordon, Deputy Director of Innovation for All, tel: 33 (0)1 49 53 29 70
  • Timea Suto, Knowledge Manager of Innovation for All, tel: 33 (0)1 49 53 28 07
  • Carlos Lopez Blanco
    Former ICT Minister of Spain and current member of the Board of Directors of Telefónica Argentina
  • Carolyn Nguyen  
    Director of Technology Policy
    Microsoft (United States)
  • Christoph Steck  
    Director of Public Policy and Internet
    Telefonica (Spain)
  • Christiaan van der Valk  
    Vice-President of Strategy
    Sovos (United States)
Strategy Council Members
  • Flavia Alves  
    Global Public Policy Manager Facebook (United States)
  • Gonzalo Lopez-Barajas     
    Manager of Public Policy and Internet
    Telefonica (Spain)
  • Sajda Ouachtouki
    Senior Manager, Engagement, Global Public Policy
    The Walt Disney Company (United States)
  • Ben Wallis
    Director of Technology Policy
    Microsoft (United States)

Environment and Energy

Commission mandate
To develop policy recommendations and tools to address major global environmental and energy issues, including climate change and green economy within the framework of sustainable development, and make a substantive contribution to key intergovernmental discussions in these areas.

Get in touch with the ICC Environment and Energy Commission:

  • Majda Dabaghi, Director of Inclusive Green Growth, tel: 33 (0)1 49 53 28 48
  • Sandra Hanni, Assistant, tel: 33 (0)1 49 53 30 62
  • Justin Perrettson
    Head of Global Engagements
  • Pamela Mar
    Executive Vice-President of Supply Chain Futures, Fung Academy
    Director of Sustainability, Fung Group
  • Gilles Vermot Desroches  
    Senior Vice-President of Sustainability
    Schneider Electric (France)

Marketing and Advertising

Commission mandate
To promote high ethical standards in marketing by business self-regulation through the Consolidated ICC Code of Advertising and Marketing Communications Practice and formulate world business positions and initiatives to address government actions that affect marketing and consumer protection.

Get in touch with the ICC Marketing and Advertising Commission:

  • Brent Sanders
    Associate General Counsel
    Microsoft Corporation (United States)
  • Eve Magnant
    Vice-President and Corporate Social Responsibility Director
    Publicis Groupe (France)
  • Sheila Millar
    Keller and Heckman (United States)
  • Anders Stenlund
    Director of Legal Affairs, Competition and Consumer Policy
    Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Sweden)
  • Ximena Tapias Delporte
    President of the Commission of Advertising Self-Regulation
    CONARP (Colombia)

Intellectual Property

Commission mandate
The commission serves as a global forum on all aspects of intellectual property and innovation policies, helping ICC represent the voice of business before policymakers and key institutions. The commission has a particular focus on promoting IP as a positive force for society, and helping businesses make better use of IP systems.

The commission’s flagship publication, the ICC intellectual Property Roadmap, is updated periodically and translated into several languages.

Get in touch with the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property

  • Ingrid Baele
    Director, Extended enterprise risk management
    Deloitte Consulting & Advisory (Belgium)
  • Axel Braun
    Head International Developments (Group Patents), F. Hoffmann – La Roche (Switzerland)
Issue Rapporteurs


  • Richard Pfohl
    Copyright Rapporteur
    General Counsel
    Music Canada (Canada)
  • Elisabeth Logeais
    Designs Rapporteur
    UGGC Avocats (France)
  • Mathias Karlhuber
    Patents Rapporteur
    Patent Attorney and Partner
    Cohausz & Florack (Germany)
  • Ana De Sampaio
    Trademarks Rapporteur
    Industrial Property Attorney
    J. E. Dias Costa, LDA (Portugal)
Regional Ambassadors
  • Sergio M. Ellmann
    Ambassador for Latin America
    Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal (Argentina)
  • Oliver Hu
    Ambassador for China
    Chief IP Counsel
    ZTE Corporation (China)
  • Ganapathy Narayanan
    Ambassador for India
    IP Business Partner
    Tata Consultancy Services (India)
Working Group on Artificial Intelligence

This working group aims to participate in current debates about artificial intelligence, and specifically about the intellectual property implications of AI. Launched in 2019, the working group participates in consultations, holds panel discussions, and keeps the commission updated on this area of work.



Commission mandate
To promote transparent and non-discriminatory treatment of foreign investments and earnings that eliminates tax obstacles to cross-border trade and investment.

Get in touch with the ICC Taxation Commission:

Chair Christian Kaeser
Vice-Chairs Rocío Bermúdez
Mukesh Butani
Matthew Herrington
Tom Roesser

Trade and Investment Policy

Commission mandate
To promote cross-border trade and investment by business and an open global economy to foster job creation, sustainable development, and improve living standards.

Get in touch with the ICC Trade and Investment Commission:

  • Damien Bruckard, Deputy Director of Trade and Investment, tel: 33 (0)1 49 53 28 06
  • Ute John
    Head of Trade and Sustainability
    Daimler AG (Germany)
  • Sahra English
    Vice President
    Global Public Policy, Mastercard (US)
  • Eunice Huang
    Head of APAC Trade Policy
    Google (Singapore)
  • Pamela Mar
    Executive Vice President
    Knowledge and Applications, Fung Group (Hong Kong/Singapore)
  • Ricardo Ramirez Hernández  
    Founder & Partner RRH Consultores, S.C.; former WTO Appellate Body member (Mexico)
  • Sophie Rice
    Director of Corporate Government Affairs
    Global Trade Policy & Advocacy, GSK (UK/Australia)
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