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Young ICCA Co-chair elections underway

As Damien Nyer steps down from his role as Young ICCA Co-chair, the search for a replacement has begun. We have two outstanding candidates, Ms Rubin Mukkam-Owuor and Ms Nhu-Hoang Tran Thang, ready and rearing to take over from Damien. The only question left: who will succeed him?

The answer lies in the hands of you, our Young ICCA Members. All Young ICCA Members are invited to cast their vote for the next Young ICCA co-chair over the next three weeks. Voting is being conducted via email: all members will have received an email informing them of the two candidates and giving them access to vote. We advise all members to check their spam folders for this mail and encourage members to carefully consider their decision before voting.

If you are a Young ICCA Member and you have not received an email, please contact lvoges@pca-cpa.org. Interested in getting to know the candidates better? Please find their profiles below.


Name: Rubin Mukkam-Owuor     

Age: 30                                                                 
                                                                                 
Hometown: Singapore                                                   

Current City: Nairobi, Kenya                             

Current Employer: JMiles & Co.

Education: University of Warwick, UK                                       

How did you get involved in international arbitration?
My first arbitration was a SIAC arbitration in which our client had clearly defaulted on its contractual obligations, but wanted to buy some time whilst they sold the company. Although it seemed like we would surely lose on the merits of the case, we managed to run an argument which centred on the fact that the debt which our client owed, had been factored, and the Claimant was not the proper party to the arbitration. The challenge of running this argument, and seeing how the tribunal struck a balance between the technical legal argument and the fairness of the case, intrigued me, because a Court may not have been able to achieve that balance so finely. The rest, as they say, is history.

What is your favourite virtue? Integrity

What are your favourite qualities in another person? A sense of humour and a willingness to let me try their food.

What is your chief characteristic? I am sincere and a straight-talker.

What is your main fault? I can be impatient.

What is your favourite occupation? Queen

What is your idea of happiness? Strong, sweet, milky Indian tea, good shortbread, floor to ceiling windows, and rain. Preferably together in real life, but a Pinterest board will do.

What is your idea of misery? Standing in a long queue; we don’t have those in Singapore, except when a good Prawn Mee is involved.

If not yourself, who would you be? A matatu (Kenyan public bus) driver. My inherent road rage is a prerequisite for the job.
 
Where would you like to live? Sydney, Australia

Who is your favourite prose author? Harper Lee

Who is your favourite hero/heroine in fiction? Captain Jack Sparrow

Who is your hero in real life? This one is a tie. Nelson Mandela, tied with Jonathon Doerty, inventor of the word “cliché”.

What historical person do you most dislike? Colonel Sanders - thanks to him, I never achieve my New Year’s Resolutions.

What is your favourite name? Kiran - my son’s name.

What do you hate the most? Intolerance

What is your natural talent? I have an uncanny ability to spontaneously summon an Indian accent.

What is your favourite arbitration-related decision? The recent April 2016 decision of the Hague District Court in the Yukos arbitration. They were basically like: “I know you guys have just been through a 9-year long arbitration in multiple jurisdictions, and were finally given the most high profile award in the history of international arbitration, but… we’re not sure it’s enforceable.” *drops the mic*

Who is your favourite arbitrator? Funke Adekoya SAN - she is one of the top arbitrators on the continent, but does not make a big deal of the fact that achieving that status as an African and a woman must have been a tough feat.

Who is your mentor? I have yet to find one, so this position is currently vacant. Please apply within.

What is your motto? In the immortal words of Dory, “Just keep swimming.”


Name: Nhu-Hoang Tran Thang  

Age: 34

Hometown: Lausanne, Switzerland

Current City: Geneva, Switzerland

Current Employer: LALIVE

Education: LL.M, Northwestern University (2009); Master 2 in Litigation, Arbitration and ADR, Paris II Assas University (2008); Master 2 in International and European Economic Law, Paris X Nanterre University (2007); Master in International Business Law, Paris I Sorbonne University (2006); Master in International Relations, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2005)

How did you get involved in international arbitration? In the last year of my undergraduate studies in international relations, I took the classes of inspiring Professors Brigitte Stern and Jean-Michel Jacquet on the resolution of international economic disputes and State contracts, respectively - definitely a turning point. All of a sudden, I had discovered what my dream career was. International arbitration appeared to me to be a wonderful mix of all the fields I had previously studied: law, economics, and politics. This is probably why I love it so much.

What is your favourite virtue? Self-awareness

What are your favourite qualities in another person? Positivity and open-mindedness

What is your chief characteristic? High energy

What is your main fault? Over-enthusiasm paired with an incapacity to hide it

What is your favourite occupation? Working on my food pictures Instagram account, as it implies either cooking and eating, going out and eating, traveling and eating or just having a good time at home and…eating.

What is your idea of happiness? Family time

What is your idea of misery? Lack of the rule of law (and all that this entails)

If not yourself, who would you be? I would love to be an indoor cat
 
Where would you like to live? Orange County, California, unfortunately not a major arbitration hub yet, but stay tuned for the first Young ICCA event to be held in Los Angeles in the near future.

Who is your favourite prose author? Franz Kafka

Who is your favourite hero/heroine in fiction? Edmond Dantès aka the Count of Monte Cristo

Who is your hero in real life? Bill Gates, for using his talent and success to carry out an impressive philanthropic mission with Melinda Gates

What historical person do you most dislike? The many untried criminals responsible for massive civilian killings, and I would probably start with Pol Pot

What is your favourite name? Phương (female) or Phúc (male) as Vietnamese names, Jennifer and Nicolas for Western style.

What do you hate the most? Terrorism

What is your natural talent? Connecting people

What is your favourite arbitration-related decision? The decision of the tribunal in the Delagoa Bay arbitration (US and UK v Portugal) of 29 March 1900, an old case but a useful scale to measure the “goingness” of your concern.

Who is your favourite arbitrator? Pierre Tercier

Who is your mentor? I cannot decide between my grandfather and my older sister. They have equally always been my greatest supporters and advisers, both at times of failure and success.

What is your motto? “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have” (Thomas Jefferson)