Governing body additions set to strengthen ICC Dispute Resolution Services

  • 20 May 2022
ICC Court of Arbitration

Updates to the Governing Body of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Dispute Resolution Services, announced today, aim to further strengthen ICC’s strategic leadership on dispute resolution.

Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab (Egypt) has been elected Vice-Chair of the ICC Dispute Resolution Services Governing Body. A professor of private international law and English contract law at Cairo University, Mr Abdel Wahab is founding partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy Groups at Zulficar and Partners Law Firm (Egypt) and a former Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2015 – 2021). He became a member and the Vice-President of the Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services on 30 March 2022.

Two new members to the 16-member Governing Body, hailing from the United States and Germany, were also announced during a virtual meeting of the Governing Body today. Heather Grenier and Inka Hanefeld will begin their respective terms in September 2022, replacing outgoing members Laureanne Delmas and Vera van Houtte, each of whom has completed two consecutive terms on the Governing Body.

Heather Grenier is Senior Director of Commercial Litigation and Head of Operations for Legal and Global Security at Apple, overseeing antitrust litigation matters worldwide. Prior to joining Apple in 2011, Ms Greiner was a partner at Morrison and Foerster having obtained a bilingual post-graduate degree in international law from The Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Inka Hanefeld primarily acts as arbitrator and counsel in international arbitration proceedings in the fields of international trade, industrial plant and machine building, energy, banking and finance, as well as in post-merger and acquisition and investor-state disputes. From 2015 to 2021, Ms Hanefeld served as Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and her expertise has been recognised in a number of international rankings.

By maintaining a minimum representation of 40% women on the ICC Dispute Resolution Governing Body, the election of the new members by the ICC Executive Board not only ensures leadership of the highest calibre but also meets ICC commitments to gender diversity.

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