George Lim SC
George Lim was called to the Bar in Singapore in 1981, and has practised law for more than 40 years. He was appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice in 2010, and was President of the Law Society of Singapore between 1998-1999. In January 2017, George was appointed Chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC).
George has mediated more than 700 disputes, and has extensive experience in mediating cross-cultural, cross-border disputes in Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Maldives, South Korea, Australia and Fiji. George has also conducted mediation training for judges and lawyers in Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Dubai, Bahrain, Maldives, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Fiji.
George is on the panel of arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He is the Dispute Resolution Counsellor of the National Electricity Market of Singapore, and manages the dispute management process of the energy market.
Between 2009 – 2010, George served as the first chairman of the Asian Mediation Association. In 2013, he co-chaired a working group, appointed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and the Ministry of Law, to make recommendations on developing Singapore into a centre for international commercial mediation.
George was Singapore’s mediation consultant to UNCITRAL Working Group II, which led to the adoption of the Singapore Convention on Mediation in 2019. In October 2019, he was appointed to the Roster of Panel Chairs of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on Dispute Settlement. In 2020, George was awarded the Public Service Star by the President of Singapore for his contributions to mediation.
In 2022, George was named by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation as a global thought leader in mediation. He is the co-editor of Mediation in Singapore: A Practical Guide.
Lok Vi Ming SC
Mr Lok Vi Ming SC is the Managing Director of LVM Law Chambers LLC.
He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2005 and was President of the Law Society of Singapore in 2013 and 2014.
Vi Ming is recognised as one of the leading aviation and insurance lawyers in Singapore. He is cited in numerous leading legal directories including Chambers, The Legal 500, The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and Insurance Lawyers, and in Euromoney Legal Media’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation and the World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers. In its 2017 Edition, Chambers listed him as a leading litigation with a ‘solid reputation’ in aviation and insurance litigation with “very sound understanding of legal complexities”.
He is active as arbitrator and mediator for both international as well as domestic disputes. Vi Ming is listed as arbitrator on the panels of numerous arbitration centres and is a mediator on the panels of both the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Singapore International Mediation Centre. He is presently, amongst other appointments, the Vice Chairman of SIMC and is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Social Sciences.
In 2021, Vi Ming received the prestigious CC Tan Award from the Law Society, honouring the values of honesty, fair play and personal integrity, which exemplify his practice.
Calvin is Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Law.
Prior to this, Calvin was Deputy Secretary (Hub Strategy) at the Ministry of Transport, where he drove efforts to strengthen the competitiveness of Singapore’s aviation and maritime hubs.
Calvin previously served in various positions in the Public Service. He championed Singapore sport at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Sport Singapore. He also served at the Ministry of Education, and was an educator at two secondary schools. Outside the Public Service, he worked in financial services consulting in New York, USA.
Calvin sits on the board of Singapore Pools, Singapore Land Authority, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and several arbitration and mediation organisations.
Chow Kok Fong
CHOW KOK FONG is a Chartered Arbitrator and currently practises as a mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator. He was previously CEO of Changi Airports International and of the Construction Industry Development Board and has held many other senior appointments with several large real estate and construction companies.
During his career in the real estate sector, his projects garnered 17 awards, including the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence; while during his tenure at Changi Airports International, his team was conferred the accolade Airport Investor of the Year 2008.
He has authored 18 books including the two-volume work Law and Practice of Construction Contracts (now in its 5th edition 2018) and Security of Payments and Construction Adjudication (1st and 2nd editions).
On 1 November 2013, he was awarded the quinquennial Singapore Academy of Law Award 2013 for contributions in promoting and advancing the development of Singapore law. In 2018, he was conferred a National Day Award for services to the Singapore Academy of Law.
Davinder Singh SC
Mr Davinder Singh SC is the Executive Chairman of Davinder Singh Chambers LLC.
Mr Singh’s legal experience spans almost four decades. He was in the first batch of Senior Counsel appointed by the Singapore Supreme Court in 1997.
Mr Singh has litigated cases in almost every area of the law, including numerous landmark cases. He is highly regarded as a dispute resolution specialist in Singapore and Asia, having been recognized time and time again as a top litigator and arbitration counsel by various local and international legal publications.
In 2014, Mr Singh received the prestigious “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession” award from Chambers & Partners. This award was given to only two individuals in 2014 for their exceptional achievements and significant impact on their market, across the region and internationally.
Mr Singh has also been ranked by Chambers & Partners as the only “Star Individual” in Dispute Resolution (Singapore), a category above Band 1, for 11 consecutive years (from 2011 to 2021).
Mr Singh was named “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” by Asian Legal Business as part of its SE Asia Law Awards 2018.
Mr Singh was also named “Disputes Lawyer of the Year” for Southeast Asia and India at the inaugural The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2014 and clinched the “Disputes Star of the Year – Singapore” award at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2015.
Mr Singh is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and also sits on the Board of Directors of Delfi Limited.
Elaine Yew is a Senior Partner in Egon Zehnder and a founding leader of our Global Leadership Advisory Practice. She serves private and public companies on succession planning for CEO, other C-level positions and Non-Executive positions. She advises clients on CEO development, top team effectiveness, organizational culture and board effectiveness and has particular expertise in working with companies that require leadership change while going through high growth or radical transformation. Elaine is a trained Coach and Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, McLean – an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, and works with CEOs and their teams to support their development. She is also a certified Mediator and uses some of the principles in helping people work better together.
Elaine joined the firm in 2000 and spent the first nine years in the London office developing the Private Equity Practice in Europe. She moved to Singapore to lead the office there as Managing Partner until 2016. She was also a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee for eight years.
Before joining the firm, Elaine helped to lead an industry change program while at Global Freight Exchange, the world’s first Internet-based global marketplace for air cargo. Prior to that, she was Executive Director with Goldman Sachs in the European Equities Division, based in London. Earlier, she was a Consultant with Monitor Company, working across Europe with clients in diverse sectors. She started her career with the Singapore Economic Development Board, where she was at the center of early regionalization work, helping Singapore companies develop their presence in Indochina and Myanmar in the early 1990s.
Elaine’s first passion was the Theatre, and she has a BA with Honours in English and Drama from the University of Kent and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Education is a big area of interest for Elaine and where most of her community work is centered. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore and chairs the Industry Advisory Board of NUS’s Centre for Future-Ready Graduates. She is also a member of the Industry Advisory Board of NUS’s School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE). Elaine also serves on the Board of Governors of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus group of schools in Singapore.
Elaine’s other focus in her community work is in the area of leadership and workforce development in Singapore. She sits on the Board of Workforce Singapore, and on the Advisory Board of Women’s Forum Singapore. In addition, Elaine is on the independent Nominating Committee of BW Offshore, BW Energy, BW LPG and Hafnia, listed on the Norwegian Stock Exchange; and is a member of the Asia Advisory Board of Allianz. She also sits on the board of The Majurity Trust and chairs the Tangent Initiative. Elaine was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Singapore in 2020.
As the Chief Executive Officer, Gloria works closely with the Chairman and the Board in formulating and fulfilling the vision and strategies for SIAC, and is responsible for the overall management and operations of the institution.
Gloria was previously the Director of the Legal Industry Division in Singapore’s Ministry of Law and concurrently held the statutory appointment of Director of Legal Services, heading its Legal Services Regulatory Authority. As Director of the Legal Industry Division, she oversaw the development of Singapore’s legal sector, as well as the development and promotion of the international dispute resolution regime in Singapore. Gloria also heads the Singapore delegation involved in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) discussions. Gloria brings with her cross-sector experience in legal policy, alternative dispute resolution and community mediation in MinLaw.
She graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is called to the Singapore Bar. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from NUS and an LL.M from Harvard University.
Gregory Vijayendran SC
Mr Gregory Vijayendran SC’s present practice focusses on litigation, arbitration and mediation of civil commercial and chancery disputes. He has also been recognized as an expert in corporate insolvency and charities governance. He has also given expert witness testimony for overseas court proceedings.
Gregory graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1992, was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1993 and is practising at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. Gregory was appointed Senior Counsel in 2019.
He presently serves as President of the Law Society and Vice President of the Singapore Academy of Law. He has also been appointed as a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Gregory is on SIMC’s panel of Specialist Mediators and has been involved in numerous high value cross-border disputes under the auspices of SIMC.
Jeff Bullwinkel serves as Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel and Regional Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs for Europe. He is based in Amsterdam and oversees the company’s legal and corporate affairs teams across the region, providing support for commercial transactions and regulatory counsel on public policy issues such as IPR, cybersecurity, competition, and international trade. Mr Bullwinkel joined Microsoft in 2000 and previously held a number of senior roles with the company across the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr Bullwinkel was with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, an international law firm based in New York. Mr Bullwinkel also served as a federal prosecutor with the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, where he was responsible for a wide range of matters relating to international law.
Mr. Bullwinkel is originally from the New York area. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his law degree from New York University. He is a member of the New York State Bar.
Kap – You (Kevin) Kim
Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is a senior partner at Peter & Kim in Seoul. He was previously a senior partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, where he worked for the past three decades in various roles, including as the co-founder and head of the International Arbitration Practice and the head of the Domestic and International Disputes Group.
Over the past 30 years, Kevin has acted as counsel, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator in more than 300 cases of international arbitrations under various arbitration rules. Presently, he is involved in several investment and commercial arbitrations.
Among other positions that he holds, Kevin is an Advisory Board Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and Chairman of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s (KCAB) International Arbitration Committee.
In the past, Kevin has served as the Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2014 – 2021), Secretary General of ICCA (2010 – 2014), member of the LCIA Court (2007 – 2012) and Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2008 – 2010).
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).
Lim Seok Hui
Seok Hui was the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). She formerly practised in Singapore and Hong Kong SAR as a corporate and M&A lawyer with international as well as Singapore law firms, and has also held General Counsel Positions in Various multinational corporations.
She is called to the Singapore Bar and the Bar of England & Wales, and is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and Hong Kong SAR. Seok Hui previously held a concurrent role as the first Chief Executive of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), and currently sits on the Board of Directors of SIMC.
Ng Chai Ngee
Ms Ng Chai Ngee is a member of the Board of Directors of the Singapore International Mediation Centre. Chai is an Accredited Mediator of CEDR, HKMAAL and Regent’s University London, a Principal Mediator and a Family Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre.
Chai holds a law degree from the National University of Singapore and was admitted as Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore in 1984, and as Solicitor in England & Wales and Hong Kong in 1994. After several years in practice, and serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Law Society, Chai headed to Hong Kong in 1991 to join the Kuok Group.
Chai’s career with the Kuok Group spanned more than 30 years where she served in various roles, including as corporate counsel, director of various companies within the Group and most recently in a business advisory role, supporting the Group’s businesses in the People’s Republic of China with primary focus on the real estate and hospitality sectors.
Chai is effectively bilingual and has experience conducting mediations in both the English and Chinese languages in the Singapore International Mediation Centre and Singapore Mediation Centre.