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ICCA announces new office-holders and Governing Board Members

We're pleased to announce the election of a new President-Elect, Vice-President and Treasurer as well as the appointment of five new Governing Board Members who will take office on 1 April 2019.

Prof. Lucy Reed has been elected ICCA President-Elect. Prof. Reed will formally take over the role of ICCA President at the 25th ICCA Congress in Edinburgh in May 2020. Currently, Prof. Reed serves as ICCA Vice-President, a role she will continue to fulfil until April 2020. Asked about her election, Prof. Reed said I am honoured and grateful to have the opportunity to serve ICCA and ICCA members as President-Elect. It will be a challenge indeed to try to fill the shoes of Gabrielle, and those who went before her. But I look forward to that challenge with enthusiasm and energy.”

ICCA will also welcome a new Vice-President, Juan Fernández-Armesto, and a new Treasurer, Eduardo Siqueiros to the ICCA Governing Board in April 2019. Mr. Fernández-Armesto will replace current ICCA Vice-President Olufunke Adekoya and Mr. Siqueiros will replace current Treasurer Michael Pryles. 

ICCA has also elected five new Governing Board Members: Catherine Amirfar (New York), Judith Gill QC (London/Singapore), Andrés Jana (Santiago de Chile), Constantine Partasides QC (London) and Hi-Taek Shin (Seoul), will replace Emmanuel Gaillard, Kevin Kim, William “Rusty” Park, Guido Tawil and V V Veeder QC, who are all retiring from the ICCA Governing Board in 2019. The new members will take office for an initial four-year term that can be extended for a further four-year term.

Speaking on behalf of the Executive Body, Prof. Kaufmann-Kohler noted that: “ICCA is pleased to welcome these five prominent lawyers to the Governing Board, who represent a range of profiles and regions. I trust they will contribute new insights and innovative ideas to the debates within the Board.”

The election process for the ICCA Governing Board begins with nominations by Governing Board members and the identification of a shortlist by ICCA’s Nomination and Membership Committee (comprising Meg Kinnear (chair), Stanimir Alexandrov, Makhdoom Ali Khan, Loretta Malintoppi, Guido Tawil and Lise Bosman ex officio). The candidates are then recommended to and approved by ICCA’s Executive Body. Thereafter, the candidates are elected by two-thirds majority of the full ICCA Governing Board.

This election process continues to execute ICCA’s 2013 Transition Plan by which up to five Governing Board members are replaced annually until such time as all those who had been members before 2012 have been replaced. The Transition Plan was part of changes made to ICCA’s governance structure in 2012 that also saw the introduction of ICCA General Membership, the creation of an ICCA Bureau in The Hague (under leadership of Executive Director Lise Bosman) and the expansion of ICCA’s traditional publications- and Congress-related activities to include research and outreach projects, such as its New York Convention Roadshow.

The following Members have been re-elected to the Governing Board for a second and final term: Adriana Braghetta, Ellen Gracie Northfleet, Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Eduardo Siqueiros, Jianlong Yu, and Abdulqawi Yusuf.

The new Governing Board Members will join the Governing Board for their 2019 annual meeting, which will be held in March in Mexico City. ICCA will also co-host a conference on The Role of the Judiciary in Arbitration with ICC Mexico and the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Mexico City in March 2019. For more information on this event, please visit:  https://bit.ly/2SwSKQv.