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Emre Aykar earned his BSc. degree in Engineering from Robert College Engineering School and then his MSc Civil Engineering degree from Bosphorus University in Istanbul. He was President of the Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA) during both the periods of 2014 – 2016 and 2018-2020 and is now Honorary President of the organization.


Paul Battrick has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry and is from a quantity surveying background. In addition to providing training, acting as expert witness, and mediator; Paul has mostly supported international clients’ throughout the dispute process, especially during arbitration and litigation. Projects have been relative to all sectors of the industry, and geographical locations have been throughout Europe, Americas, Canada, the West Indies, Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East; contract types have varied from standard forms such as FIDIC and various bespoke forms. Paul’s background has provided him with an understanding of clients; the scope of works they undertake, their methods of operation and the locations and cultures in which they work. In addition, he is experienced in methods of avoiding disputes and the causes and remedies.

     Hjordis Birna Hjartardottir

Hjordis Birna Hjartardottir is an Icelandic qualified lawyer (admitted in 2010). She worked as a law firm associate in Reykjavik (Iceland) for first six years of her career, during which time she was heavily involved in a number of cases arising out of the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting collapse of the Icelandic banking system. Hjordis left Iceland in fall of 2015 to do the MIDS LLM program in Geneva. After graduation in 2016, she worked briefly with the SCAI Secretariat in Geneva, before moving on to the ICC Court in early 2017.  She started as Deputy Counsel in the German team and, since mid-December 2019, she has been the Counsel in charge of the Eastern European Team.        

 David Brown

David Brown is an English Solicitor and French Avocat with over 25 years’ experience in construction dispute resolution. He works across five continents, with a particular focus recently on projects in Romania and Algeria. His experience in dispute resolution ranges from infrastructure to hydro-electric and nuclear projects. Active in dispute board proceedings and a regular conference speaker, David is on both the FIDIC President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators and its French List. He is listed in Who’s Who Legal as one of the leading construction lawyers in France. He lectures at Stuttgart University on international construction law, is a council member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, and a founding member of the International Construction Law Association.




Prof. Dr. Nael Bunni is a Chartered Engineer, Registered Chartered Arbitrator, Conciliator/Mediator, Adjudicator and Visiting Professor in Construction Law and Contract Administration at Trinity College Dublin.  He is Past President of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (1987/1988); of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, world wide (2000/2001), and Past Chairman of its Irish Branch (1986/1989); Past Chairman of FIDIC’s Standing Committee on Professional Liability and its Task Committee on Construction, Insurance and Law. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the LCIA (1994 – 2007); and of the DIAC Board of Trustees, and Chairman of its Executive Committee (2004 – 2012). Presently, he is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR, Paris. He was Elected Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering in 1999; in 2000 elected member of ICCA (now "Advisory Member" to the Governing Board); and in July 2015, was appointed Chairman of the Irish Ministerial Panel of Adjudicators. He has won a number of professional awards for his work in engineering design and also in dispute resolution; in 2018, he was awarded the FIDIC Prangey Award for very significant services to FIDIC and the consulting engineering industry over the previous 25 years. Since 1972, Dr. Bunni has acted as arbitrator, conciliator/mediator or DAB member on cases involving parties from over 50 jurisdictions. He is author of: “Construction Insurance and the Irish Conditions of Contract”; “Risk and Insurance in Construction”; “The FIDIC Forms of Contract”; and numerous technical papers.  
César Bueno
Júlio Bueno has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts, and public procurement, as well on arbitration and mediation proceedings, and dispute boards. He is the president of the Brazilian Society of Construction Law and immediate past-president of Region 2 of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM, 1995) and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD, 2001). Júlio is also the only Brazilian that is a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.

     Yasemin Cetinel
Yasemin Çetinel is an attorney specialized in international investment and commercial arbitration, with a specific focus on settlement of construction disputes. She holds a postgraduate degree in international commercial arbitration from the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. She is the founding partner of Cetinel Law Firm in Istanbul, Turkey, currently advising Turkish contractors on the disputes arisen out of the unrest in Libya and representing clients in several dispute settlement proceedings. She has an extensive experience at execution of FIDIC-based contracts with Turkish state entities as well as with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Iran. She also provides consultancy to and representation of international companies at public tenders in the Republic of Turkey. Ms. Cetinel serves as a member of the DRBF Region 2 Board of Directors.


Mandana Cont is a consulting engineer and chairman of the board of directors of Cont & Associates, Iran. She has a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry and is skilled in AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max, Management, and Construction Supervision. She is a strong business development professional with a master's degree focused in Architecture from Azad University (IAU). 

     Giovanni Di Folco

Giovanni Di Folco, BSc, Dipl CE, FDBF, MDRBF Civil Engineer, is the President and Senior Partner of Techno Engineering & Associates Group, an international consulting engineering firm specializing in integrated contract management, claims and dispute avoidance and resolution. He is a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience managing multi-disciplinary civil engineering projects around the world, including Italy, Iran, Libya, South Africa, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Latin America and Romania. Giovanni is a FIDIC Accredited Adjudicator and an expert in project and contract management, contract administration, claims preparation and defence. He is a Claim and FIDIC Expert and Trainer, training regularly on FIDIC and the workings of Dispute Boards internationally.


After an early career in chemical and plastic manufacturing industries, François Doré joined Bouygues  Bâtiment International in 1995. He has acquired over the years a comprehensive experience of large construction projects, gradually specializing in the administration of contracts and of commercial disputes (negotiations, ADR, arbitration, litigation). He holds the position of Risk Manager of BBI. François Doré is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and has graduated from the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Public Administration) and King’s College London. He is fluent in French, English and Russian


Julie Forsyth is an English solicitor, an arbitrator and an adjudicator with over 30 years as a specialist construction lawyer. Her practice focuses on the construction, engineering and energy sectors. In her role as counsel, she has worked with Dispute Boards on a variety of projects and is a strong advocate of their use. In the UK, Julie is a partner at Gunnercooke LLP and acts as solicitor for a variety of construction-related clients, and for banks providing development funding. Julie is a qualified arbitrator and has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for 24 years and is also an Alternative Dispute Resolution Official at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London. She is Honorary Secretary of the Society of Construction Arbitrators. Julie is fluent in French and is Of Counsel at an established international arbitration law firm in Paris. She previously lived in South-West France for 10 years where she ran her own consultancy business, providing legal and business advice to international companies in the oil and energy, aeronautic and engineering sectors. Julie is based in the UK with her office in London.

Jeremy Glover

President-Elect of DRBF Region 2, Jeremy Glover is a partner at Fenwick Elliott LLP, the UK’s largest construction law firm and is listed as a leader in his field in Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2020. An accredited adjudicator and member of the CIArb Adjudication Sub-Committee, he advises on all aspects of projects from initial procurement and strategic project advice to dispute avoidance and resolution. Jeremy is co-author, Understanding the FIDIC Red and Yellow Book: A Clause by Clause Commentary (3rd ed, 2018) and lead editor of Building Contract Disputes: Practice and Precedents. Jeremy is a member of the Board of Examiners on the Construction Law MSc programme at King’s College, and teaches on a MSc Building Information Modelling Management, Middlesex University.


Karen Gough is a barrister in practice at 39 Essex Chambers, London. She is also an Attorney-at-Law with full rights of audience in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. She is a past president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a Chartered Arbitrator, an accredited adjudicator, and is a member of a number of arbitral institution panels. She is an acknowledged expert on the resolution of disputes arising under the FIDIC forms of contract.  She is an expert “Friendly Reviewer” of the FIDIC 2017 Forms, a member of the AIAC Expert Advisory Committee contributing to the drafting of the KLRCA/AIAC Standard Form Contracts in Malaysia and a member of the expert advisory panel of the JAIAC. She is a Council member of the Society for Construction Law in London and a Vice Chairman of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s International Construction Projects Committee. 


Jaime Gray is a founding partner of the Peruvian law firm Navarro Sologuren, Paredes, Gray Abogados (aka NPG Abogados). He is a lawyer specialised in engineering and construction law, and DAB member and arbitrator in both private and public major infrastructure projects. He lectures construction law at Universidad del Pacifico and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. Currently, Gray is the Co-Vice Chair of the Project Establishment Sub Committee of the International Construction Projects Committee (ICP) of the International Bar Association (IBA). He is a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers and is the DRBF Representative for Peru. He was the first President of the Peruvian Society of Construction Law (sponsored by the SCL UK). 


Leo Grutters is a Civil Engineer and a Dispute Resolution Expert with over 30 years of professional experience. As a Member of FIDIC's President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators, he has been involved as an independent neutral expert and forensic analyst in many large prestigious international engineering projects. These include such wide-ranging sectors as roads, power generation & distribution, off-shore, marine, renewable energies, etc. He is a project-focused expert who understands the interaction between complex engineering methodologies and the unavoidable legal and commercial implications when seen in a contractual environment. Leo regularly lectures on dispute resolution topics and conducts training on the entire FIDIC Rainbow Suite of Contracts and related topics. He is President of the DRBF's Region 2 Board of Directors.

Calvin Hamilton

Calvin A. Hamilton is a dual national of Guyana and Spain. He is admitted to practice in New York and Spain, as well as before the United States Court of International Trade and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Calvin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and also serves as Vice-chair to the Barbados chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. His practice deals primarily with alternative dispute resolution: arbitration, litigation and mediation. He is specialized in mergers and acquisitions; cross-border transactions, including distribution, agency, franchise and transfer agreements, acquisition of assets and/or shares, transfer of technology; contract negotiations; formation of corporate vehicles, including drafting related to these transactions, corporate law. He has extensive experience in the following sectors: technology, automotive, manufacturing, real estate, construction, energy, including oil and gas and renewable energy. 

Alastair Henderson

Alastair Henderson has more than 20 years' experience handling major disputes across many sectors and industries, concerning a wide variety of trade, commercial and financial activities, with particular experience of oil, gas and power, construction and engineering, infrastructure and projects, and major foreign investment. He is very familiar with disputes in or concerning the countries of Southeast Asia, as well as international cases outside the region. His clients include governments and public bodies, state-owned and independent companies, international banks, and other multinational and leading regional companies. Alastair has served numerous times as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and presiding arbitrator and has handled many cases as counsel under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, KLRCA, SIArb, CIETAC, Thai Arbitration Institute and Indonesian National Arbitration Institute (BANI) as well as UNCITRAL rules and pure ad hoc cases. 

     Roberto Hernandez

Roberto Hernandez is a lawyer with a Master’s Degree in Administrative Law from the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico Campus. He is a specialist in National / International Construction Law and Public Procurement; Dispute Resolution; and Corporate Integrity. He has worked as a Dispute Board member for nearly a dozen projects under FIDIC and ICC rules. He has also served as chair of the "International Construction Projects Committee" of the IBA and as President of the Committee on Dispute Resolution in Construction of ICC Mexico. Roberto has completed specialized studies in infrastructure and negotiation at the universities of Harvard, California and Florida. He is editor of several books in the field.

Clive Horridge

Clive Horridge has a career in Civil Engineering spanning almost 50 years. Most of his experience in the industry has been gained with Corderoy on numerous major Motorway projects in the United Kingdom under the ICE 4th and 5th Editions and the various CESSM Conditions of Contract, and further experience on major projects in the Middle East while with Parsons Group working in Romania and in Middle East. Since joining Techno Engineering & Associates in 2006, Clive has, over the last 11 years, become specifically involved with Dispute Resolution procedures on Motorway, Road and Rail Rehabilitation projects under the FIDIC Conditions of Contract in its various forms. Over the years, Clive has developed an in-depth knowledge of Construction Contract generally, not only under the Forms of Contract above, but an understanding of working practice, interpretation and of course, project specific application of contract.

Levent Irmak

Levent Irmak is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years of experience. He has a MSc degree in construction management from Northeastern University in Boston, USA. He is an independent consulting engineer and Managing Director of MC2 MODERN International Construction Consultancy Corporation. He has been appointed as Dispute Board member (both sole and 3-member and as DB chair) in various construction projects such as wastewater treatment plants, transportation projects (railway construction and modernization and road construction and rehabilitation) and power plant construction and also served as Expert Witness in international arbitration cases (both as tribunal-appointed and party-appointed) and as Contract Advisor in various construction projects in various countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa, the Caucasus, and Asia. He is Past-President of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) Region 2 Board of Directors and member of DRBF, FIDIC, EFCA, ATCEA (Association of Turkish Consulting Engineers and Architects) and ISTAC (Istanbul Arbitration Center) Construction Committee. He previously served as DRBF Representative for Turkey and is currently serving as Chair of the DRBF Region 2 Pupillage and Mentoring Committee.

Nabeel Khokhar

Nabeel Khokhar has 28 years’ experience in the construction industry, in contract management and legal management, claims, dispute prevention and avoidance, dispute resolution, mediation, dispute boards and arbitration. He has worked internationally as a Quantity Surveyor, Contracts Manager, then as Managing Director of Construction Legal Services GmbH (the in house international legal department of the Strabag Group) in Vienna Austria. Afterward, he worked as an Operations Director in the London office of. He is currently working with Contract Management and Legal Construction Services GmbH, the newly combined in-house department of the Strabag Group which manages the entire Group’s contract management and legal services. There, he advises on contractual and contract management issues, dispute avoidance and resolution and arbitration. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators at Member Level, a founding member of the International Construction Law Association and a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF). 

Margarita Kotzamani

 Margarita Kotzamani has been a practicing lawyer for over 30 years. In 2007 she founded M.N.KOTZAMANI - PH.C. VASSILOYΙANNIS Law Firm with Professor of Law and attorney Philippos Vassiloyiannis, offering full legal services including corporate, commercial, real estate law, IP law and litigation. As a member of the Single Public Procurement Authority she contributed in the formation of the authority and its first operation in implementing EU legal framework as transposed into Greek Law and national provisions. She received her LL.B. from University of Athens Law School and LL.M. from University of Cambridge. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is a CIArb and Ministry of Justice, Greece accredited mediator. She holds the CIArb Diploma in International Arbitration. She is founding member of the Single Public Procurement Authority (Greece) and is a member of Interty, an international association of IP law firms. She is admitted to the Athens Bar Association and the Supreme Court. 

Alina Leoveanu

Alina Leoveanu is a senior legal consultant in the International Arbitration practice of the Paris office and is a CEDR Accredited Mediator (since 2016) and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Alina was the Manager of the ICC International Centre for ADR (“Centre”) and was responsible for the ICC’s ADR services, which include mediation, expert appraisal and dispute board proceedings, in addition to banking related disputes. Alina also served as Global Co-Chair of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum from September 2016 to July 2019. She regularly represented the ICC at conferences across the world. Prior to being the Manager of the Centre, Alina was a part of the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration as a Deputy Counsel for the Central and Eastern European Team. At any given moment, Alina oversaw hundreds of arbitration proceedings, assisted the ICC Court, scrutinized arbitral awards and acted as a liaison between parties, counsel and arbitral tribunals. Before joining the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Alina worked as a case processing lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Luis M. Martinez is Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, (ICDR) the international division of the American Arbitration Association, (AAA) and is an Honorary President of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, (IACAC). As  the Vice President of the ICDR located in New York, he serves as an integral part of the ICDR's international strategy team and is responsible for international arbitration and mediation business development for the East Coast of the United States (from Maine to Florida), Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. Mr. Martinez is also responsible for case administration of international cases that focus on Latin America out of the ICDR-AAA’s Miami office. Mr. Martinez received a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgian Court College and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law. He has had numerous articles published on international arbitration and has appeared as a speaker in programs throughout the world. Mr. Martinez is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. He is a dual citizen of Spain and the United States.

     Aisha Nadar

For over 30 years, Aisha Nadar has been actively involved in all phases of the negotiation and implementation of large-scale cross-border infrastructure and defence programs. Her procurement and international contract management experience includes holding senior level positions in the US, the Middle East and Europe. She regularly advises clients on strategic procurement planning, contract drafting, contract management and dispute resolution and acts as arbitrator, mediator and dispute board member and has experience of ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, AAA, UNCITRAL and FIDIC rules. Aisha has carried out assignments related to dispute resolution for organizations such as the World Bank, USAID and US DoD and is a regularly invited speaker at universities and specialized conferences on construction contracts and dispute resolution. Aisha is a member of FIDIC’s Executive Committee, the Chair of FIDIC’s Procurement Policy Sub-Committee, is listed on FIDIC President’s List of Accredited Adjudicators and served as one of the principal drafters of the updates of the FIDIC 1999 Suite.

Florin Niculescu

Florin Niculescu has over 25 years of experience in the field of civil engineering, having worked in the field of design, works supervision, works execution, International Financing Institution and procurement. He now also works in the field of contracts administration and particularly, in the field of construction dispute adjudication, resolution and arbitration. He has dealt with several types of construction projects, such as roads, railways, ports, airports, industrial and civil buildings, wastewater treatment plants, sewage and water supply and sewage networks, irrigation networks and solid waste. He works as a freelance consultant, running his own enterprise, SC Ab Initio SRL (www.abinitio.ro), and collaborating with numerous world recognised companies, both in the country and abroad. Florin is also an excellent trainer in procurement, Conditions of Contract, Works Contracts implementation and Works Contracts Disputes Resolution. He specialises in dealing with contentious issues and particularly, avoidance and resolution of disputes. He is a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.  

Sorina Olaru

Sorina Olaru is a highly experienced litigator with over 21 years of experience in representing clients before the Romanian courts of all levels and specializations (civil, commercial, labor, or administrative), including the High Court of Cassation and Justice and the Constitutional Court of Romania. Sorina often sits as an arbitrator in domestic arbitration proceedings (CCIR rules and ICC arbitration). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and a member of the ICC Romania National Committee. Sorina is a member of the team involved in drafting of the new set of arbitration rules of the Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. Her expertise also includes the representation of clients before domestic and international arbitration panels, in cases solved under various rules of arbitration (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, Swiss Arbitration Act).



Irina Pongracz

Irina Pongracz has a solid civil-law and common-law background after accomplishing legal studies both in France and the United States. Originally trained as a mechanical and aerospace engineer, she presently develops her practice in international (commercial and investment) arbitration with a particular emphasis on engineering and construction disputes. Irina’s arbitration practice covers matters conducted under the rules of numerous arbitration centres (notably ICC, LCIA, DIAC, ICSID, CRCICA, AFA, French-Arab Chamber of Commerce, the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc.) and on ad hoc international arbitration proceedings (usually applying the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules). Irina acts as Counsel and legal advisor in complex arbitration proceedings with high-value claims involving both international corporate clients and State entities. Her arbitration experience includes various business sectors (in particular project development, infrastructure, technology - water treatment and power plants, telecommunications, aeronautics, banking, oil and gas) with a focus on construction and industry arbitration in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the MENA region). 

  Ann Russo

Ann Russo is Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, a non-profit association dedicated to the use of Dispute Review Boards worldwide. She is co-editor of the "Dispute Board Manual: A Guide to Best Practices and Procedures," and editor of the DRBF's quarterly journal, Forum. Prior to joining the DRBF, she served as Public Relations Manager for J.A. Jones, Inc., an international construction and engineering firm based in Charlotte, NC, USA. She received the DRBF President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

Patricia Shaughnessy


Patricia Shaughnessy specializes in international disputes and commercial law at Stockholm University, where she created the Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law Program. Until 2019, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of the SCC Arbitration Institute, having been a Board member since 2005 and been a member of the drafting committees for the SCC Rules in 2007, 2010 and 2017. She served a government-appointed expert on the legislative committee for the revisions to the Swedish Arbitration Act. Patricia acts as an arbitrator, expert, and consultant, and leads projects related to commercial law and dispute resolution in many countries. She has served as a fellow to the US Supreme Court and practiced law for ten years in the US, specialized in commercial law and litigation. She publishes extensively and is a frequent speaker at leading universities and international conferences.  

Panagiotis Skouris

Panagiotis Skouris is a legal counsel focusing mainly on European procurement law and dispute resolution connected thereto. Currently and for the last five years he is extensively active in the Middle East Area and the Balkans, where he is advising a major European construction company. Given his focus on the  construction area he has significant experience in the FIDIC contracts’ model and arbitration, which is the usual dispute resolution mechanism I such agreements. Apart from the practical part of his activity as legal counsel, he is devoted writer and researcher in the areas of public procurement law, administrative law, constitutional law and European law. 

Evgeny Smirnov

Evgeny Smirnov, is an associate director, policy advisor, working at the EBRD Procurement Policy and Advisory Department. He coordinates the policy dialogue with the governments of the Bank's countries of operation in respect of public procurement. He also provides policy and specific project implementation and risk management advice to the Bank's operational teams and clients across all sectors and countries of the Bank’s operations. He is a member of EBRD-UNICTRAL Taskforce, OECD/DAC MAPS Working group as well as OECD/ACN monitoring teams for selected countries. He was a reviewer of the Second Edition of FIDIC standard forms of contract.  Prior to joining EBRD, Evgeny was a procurement consultant on a number of World Bank funded projects in Russia in different sectors, including transport, environmental protection, agriculture and health sector, working closely with different Federal Ministries and Agencies of the Russian Federation. 

Oana Soimulescu

Oana Soimulescu is a Romanian construction lawyer and the founder of Soimulescu & Partners, established in 2005 as the first Romanian law practice focusing exclusively on construction projects. Oana deals regularly with public infrastructure projects such as road, railway, airport and water/environmental projects, in Romania and in the South Eastern Europe. She has extensive experience in dealing with various forms of construction contracts with specific focus on FIDIC forms of contract. She has been regularly involved as counsel since 2005 in complex construction arbitrations under the ICC and CCIR Rules. Oana lectured between 2008 and 2011 as an associate professor of the Technical Construction University of Bucharest, teaching FIDIC Contract Management and Construction Legislation to graduates from the Roads and Railways Construction Department in a MSC programme. She is an alumna of the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 

Cătălin Şomode

Cătălin Şomode was the Romanian Deputy General Director at Municipal Company for Streets, Bridges and Passages. He has over 10 years' experience in the rehabilitation of roads and construction of highways and over 9 years' experience in FIDIC Red Book contracts ed. 1987 rev. 92 FIDIC Red Book Yellow Book 1999 and 1999. He is also expert in financing by the European Investment Bank and the preparation and evaluation of claims / disputes. He is a member of the Romanian Society of Construction Law, the Romanian Society of Consulting Engineers and Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF).

Paul Taggart

Paul Taggart is a Past President of the DRBF Executive Board of Directors. He has some 40 years experience in contract management and disputes settlement in construction. He is a FIDIC Presidents List of Approved Adjudicators member. Paul has acted as DB member, a disputes settlement manager, a Contractual Manager, and as advisor for a number of reputable major international companies effectively managing complex contract cases on a broad range major infrastructure and building works. In this regard he has been actively involved in the submission and successful settlement of some US$ 4.7 billion worth of disputes to Dispute Adjudication and Recommendation Boards globally per FIDIC, ad hoc and ICC DB rules. His project experience includes Mosul Dam (Iraq), Second Bosphoros Bridge (Turkey), The Channel Tunnel (UK - France), The Panama Canal expansion, Copenhagen, Qatar and Riyadh Metros, Xiaolangdi MPD China, and Bujagali HPP the first PPP hydro project in Africa. Mr. Taggart holds a BSc, MRICS, FCIArb and Post Graduate Diplomas in International Commercial Arbitration (QMUL) and Business Administration (SGBS). He a sustaining member of the DRBF.

     Giorgiana Tecuci

Giorgiana Tecuci is an international lawyer with over 20 years' experience in construction law and procurement. She is actively involved in FIDIC contracts, with particular emphasis on dispute resolution in both the public and private sectors. As an adjudicator, arbitrator and trainer, Giorgiana regularly contributes to the organization and running of both FIDIC related activities and those of DRBF, where she is a board member for Region 2, representing Europe, and the DRBF Representative for Romania. 

Victoria Tyson

Victoria Tyson is a Director of Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd. A contentious construction lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in international construction law disputes. Exposure to many high profile and often politically sensitive international construction and engineering projects. Acts for governments and ministries, international contractors, and consultants. Particular expertise in complex international arbitration and specialist knowledge of the FIDIC forms of construction contract. In Legal 500 2017/2018 Victoria is recommended as a lawyer ‘…with great experience and very good time management’. In Legal 500 2018/2019 Victoria is recommended for her ‘…diligent and considered approach’. Victoria is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is in the Executive Group of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) UK.  

Marcello Viglino

Marcello Viglino is the Area Contract Manager at Webuild S.p.A. (one of the largest European Contractors) and he has been involved in construction projects overseas since 1998, working on large civil engineering projects in several countries around the world. His professional activity is mainly concerned with the management of international construction contracts and the settlement of any associated dispute through negotiation, Dispute Board and Arbitration. He studied civil engineering both in Italy and the UK where he also obtained an MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution from the King’s College London. He is a visiting lecturer in Contract Management at the Milan Polytechnic, a chartered member of the Institution of Engineers (Italy), a member of the DRBF and a board member of the Italian Society of Construction Law.