ICCA announces new Office Holders and Governing Board Members

ICCA announces the election of a new President-Elect and Vice President, as well as the appointment of nine new Governing Board Members who will take office on 1 April 2022.


Dr. Stanimir Alexandrov has been elected ICCA President-Elect to succeed current ICCA President Lucy Reed in 2023. With over 25 years’ professional and academic experience in international dispute resolution, Dr. Alexandrov was appointed to the ICCA Governing Board in 2016 and currently serves as ICCA Vice-President, a role he will continue to fulfil until April 2023.


Asked about his new appointment, Dr. Alexandrov said, “It will be a great honour, as President-Elect, to contribute to the work of ICCA and to harness the knowledge and experience of the best practitioners, academics, and visionaries in the field of international arbitration as ICCA explores new challenges.”


ICCA also welcomes a new Vice-President, Loretta Malintoppi, to the ICCA Executive Body for a two-year term. In response to her election, Ms. Malintoppi says: “I am delighted to have been appointed as a Vice-President of the ICCA Executive Body and grateful for the opportunity to take a closer look at ICCA’s projects and activities. I look forward to this new challenge and will do my very best to provide an effective contribution to ICCA’s overall strategy.”


Ms. Malintoppi replaces Judith Gill, who has come to the end of her two-year term on the Executive Body.


ICCA has also elected nine new Governing Board Members: Abby Cohen Smutny (US), Nayla Comair-Obeid (Lebanon), Eduardo Damião Gonçalves (Brazil), Samaa Haridi (Egypt; US), Karl Hennessee (US;France), James Hosking (New Zealand; US), Dyalá Jimenez (Costa Rica), Maxi Scherer (Germany) and Claus von Wobeser (Mexico). The new Board Members will replace Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Makhdoom Ali Khan, Doak Bishop, Andrew Clarke, Meg Kinnear, Vera van Houtte, Carolyn Lamm, Anke Sessler and Eduardo Zuleta, all of whom who are retiring from the Governing Board or have now served two terms on the Board (the maximum permitted under ICCA’s Bylaws). The new Members will now take office on 1 April for an initial four-year term.


Speaking on behalf of the Executive Body, ICCA President Lucy Reed commented, “I could not be more pleased with the new ICCA leaders. The 9 new Members of the Governing Board, like the outgoing GB Members – whom I thank profusely for their commitment and work – will bring a wealth of international arbitration experience and wisdom to ICCA. And, with the election of Stanimir Alexandrov as ICCA President-Elect, there is no doubt that ICCA will be in expert and safe hands when his term starts in 2023.”


The election process for the ICCA Governing Board begins with nominations by Governing Board Members and the identification of a shortlist by ICCA’s Nominations and Membership Committee. This Committee comprises Meg Kinnear (Chair), Olufunke Adekoya, Stanimir Alexandrov, Judith Gill, Makhdoom Ali Khan, Sylvia Noury, Guido Tawil and Lise Bosman (ex officio). The candidates are then recommended to and approved by ICCA’s Executive Body. (In this process, it goes without saying that Dr Alexandrov recused himself from all discussions in the Nominations Committee and Executive Body regarding the nomination of a President-Elect.) Thereafter, the candidates are elected by two-thirds majority of the full ICCA Governing Board.


The following current Members have been re-elected to the Governing Board for a second and final four-year term: John Beechey, Cavinder Bull, Carole Malinvaud and Yoshimi Ohara.


The new Governing Board Members will join the Governing Board at ICCA’s 25th biennial Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, this September. Entitled ‘Arbitration’s Age of Enlightenment?’, ICCA 2022 Edinburgh will provide leading arbitration practitioners and academics with three days of stimulating discussion on arbitration’s growth and success as a major form of international dispute resolution. To register for ICCA 2022 Edinburgh, please visit: icca2020.scot.