Board of Directors
Mr George Lim is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SIMC.
Mr Lim received his training in mediation at CEDR, UK and Harvard Law School. He is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute. In 1997, Mr Lim helped to set up the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). He conducts mediations regularly at the SMC, and has successfully mediated many complex commercial and cross-border disputes.
Mr Lim served as the first Chairman of the Asian Mediation Association (2009-10). In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of the IMI, an international body which promotes professionalism in mediation.
Mr Lim is the co-editor of Mediation in Singapore: A Practical Guide. In 2016, he was identified by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation as being among 341 of the world’s leading commercial mediators. In its Legal Market Place Analysis 2016, Who’s Who commented that George was “widely respected among peers for his ability to take the initiative and steer a mediation towards a successful outcome”.
Mr Edwin Glasgow CBE QC sits on the Board of Directors of the SIMC.
Mr Glasgow was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1969, took Silk in 1987 and is Bencher of Grays Inn. He has extensive experience in commercial law, including international arbitration and mediation in many jurisdictions. In addition to his UK practice, he has been involved in commercial cases and dispute resolutions in Hong Kong, USA, Africa, France, Mauritius, New Zealand, South America, the Caribbean and Australia; professional negligence in Singapore, Italy and USA; and Human Rights cases in many jurisdictions including Malaysia, India and a number of African countries. He is also known for his public inquiry work, including Piper Alpha, the Guinness DTI Enquiry, and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
With over 50 years’ experience in the law; 45 as a barrister; and more than 25 as Queen’s Counsel, Mr Glasgow has served as a judge on several prestigious panels and lectured on law and advocacy around the world. He is renowned for his advocacy and forensic skills, but now concentrates on his work as a popular and approachable arbitrator and as an outstanding mediator.
Mr Chow Kok Fong is Managing Director of Equitas Chambers Pte Ltd. He has been appointed as mediator in numerous domestic and international matters relating to construction, real estate and commercial disputes. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Principal Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) and is accredited as an arbitrator with several other bodies.
Mr Chow has had a distinguished corporate career spanning three decades, much of which was spent at the helm of corporate and public entities in real estate, construction and civil aviation, including Changi Airports International Pte Ltd, the Construction Industry Development Board (now the Building and Construction Authority), Capitaland Commercial Ltd, City Developments Ltd and Guthrie GTS Ltd. He has extensive experience with business in both Asia and Europe, having participated in some of the widely reported transactions in these markets.
Concurrently, Mr Chow has devoted considerable time to support the development of ADR programs in Singapore and abroad. He serves on the Board of Directors of the SMC and is the Honorary Editorial Consultant of the Asian Journal on Mediation. Mr Chow has also taught at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University and has over 75 contributions and presentations to journals, magazines, public forums, conferences and meetings of professional bodies on the subjects of aviation, construction law, business strategies and human resources. He has also published 13 books on selected aspects of the construction industry, construction law and construction adjudication.
Mr Han Kok Juan was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Law on 1 November 2015.
Prior to this, Mr Han was Senior Director (Housing) in the Ministry of National Development from 2011. He had previously also held appointments in various organisations across the Public Service, including in the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Mr Han graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, and a Master in Public Administration from the Beijing University.
Mr Han is married with a son.
Mr John Pyall has an MBA and a Post Graduate degree in Business Administration. He has worked for Munich Reinsurance for more than 20 years. Originally in the legal section of their Claims Department in London, he has since returned there to be responsible for claims arising from their Great Lakes operation. In the meantime, he spent 5 years as Regional Head of Claims and Underwriting Services in the Munich Reinsurance Singapore Office, as coordinator of the international claims departments in Asia Pacific and Africa in the Munich Reinsurance head office, and as head of the regional claims unit in the Munich Reinsurance Hong Kong Office. Mr Pyall has also continued in his role as International Claims Co-ordinator for Munich Reinsurance.
Among other articles, Mr Pyall is author and technical editor of the Chartered Insurance Institute book on Reinsurance and author of the Claims section of the Chartered Insurance Institute book on Practice of Reinsurance. He is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He has lectured for the Chartered Insurance Institute, Singapore College of Insurance, Asia Insurance Review, London Guildhall University and for a number of other clients and societies on different aspects of, claims, wordings and reinsurance.
Professor Lawrence Boo heads The Arbitration Chambers and has done so since its founding in 1996. Formerly the Deputy Chairman and first Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Prof Boo is well recognised as Singapore’s leading international arbitrator, having sat as arbitrator in more than 200 cases and written numerous awards. Prof Boo is also a well-regarded mediator and has mediated over 75 disputes. He is a principal mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and is certified by the International Mediation Institute.
Prof Boo sits on the Panel of International Arbitrators and Mediators of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) New York, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).
The Chairman of the International Commission for Investment Disputes (ICSID) had in September 2011 nominated Prof Boo to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators for a term of 6 years.
Prof Boo has written extensively on alternative dispute resolution and is the author of Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore Volume 2 – Arbitration (Lexis-Nexis 1998, 2003 and 2007 Re-issue) and the chapter on Singapore in the book International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer 1996, 2002 and 2011 Supplements).
Viswa Sadasivan is Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Moves, a strategic and crisis communications consulting practice with a special interest in policy issues. Over the last two decades, he has coached thousands of top executives from Fortune 500 companies to government and quasi-government agencies on corporate strategy, issues management and engagement.
A veteran current affairs and news anchor, Viswa has directed coverage of Parliamentary reports and General Elections in Singapore. He served a full term as a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore (2009 – 2011). A thought leader, seasoned speaker and expert moderator on the subject of crisis management and communication, Viswa continues to consult for multinationals and government. He has a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Kennedy School of Government and Administration, Harvard University, winning top honours in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
Viswa is presently a principal mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre, having served as mediator since its inception in 1997. He holds several board appointments in the public sector (SPRING Singapore, Media Development Authority, Feedback Unit’s Supervisory Panel, SINDA) and has actively served on major national committees on economic and policy matters. Viswa is Deputy Director, Joint Operations, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in his National Service capacity, and holds the rank of Colonel.
He is the founder of IQ (Inconvenient Questions), a sociopolitical site that strives to be the conduit for honest engagement between stakeholders and the government in Singapore.
Mr Lok Vi Ming, SC is a partner in Rodyk & Davidson LLP’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group and heads the firm’s Aviation Practice. He was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2005.
Mr Lok is an internationally recognised aviation and insurance lawyer. He is recognised in international publications as a leading international insurance lawyer and has distinguished himself by pioneering what is widely recognised as the leading aviation insurance practice in Singapore.
A Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, he has been appointed to the Regional Panel of Arbitrators with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Mr Lok has also been appointed to the Panel of Arbitrators of several regional arbitral institutes such as KCAB, KL International Arbitration Centre and CIETAC. He currently sits as arbitrator and is also involved in a number of international arbitration matters as Lead Counsel.
Mr Lok is a Director of the Board of the Singapore International Mediation Centre and also a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. He is also active in community outreach and social institutions. He is also chairman of an Institute of Public Character in Singapore.
Mr Lok is also the immediate past President of the Law Society of Singapore. He currently chairs the International Relations Committee and the Professional Indemnity Committee of the Law Society, and is a member of the Promotion of Singapore Law Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law.
Ms Bonnie Hobbs is currently Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Accenture, where she serves as the Director of Litigation & Dispute Management for the Asia Pacific. Bonnie graduated from the University of Virginia and the Washington and Lee University School of Law before being admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1992, and is also admitted in New York and California. Prior to her work with Accenture, Bonnie served for ten years with an international law firm in New York, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles, and for ten years with the US Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. She is also the President of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Singapore Chapter.