DB Administration & Practice Workshop 
Wednesday-Friday, 26-28 January 2022 via Zoom Meeting
14:00-17:00 UTC Daily (View Your Local Time)

This workshop is focused on Dispute Boards (DBs) / International and multinational practice with binding decisions, and is designed for those new to the DB process, interested in serving on DBs, and those implementing DBs for the first time.

Explore the basic tenets of the Dispute Board (DB) process:

  • History and background of Dispute Boards and the DRBF
  • Introduction to DBs
  • Selection and appointment of DB members
  • Site visits and meetings
  • Informal Assistance and Advisory Opinions
  • Claims, Disputes, Referrals, Decisions, and Enforcement
  • Effectiveness of DBs

Workshop Trainers: 

Paul Battrick 

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.  

Yasemin Çetinel

Yasemin Çetinel is an attorney at law 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 has been involved in numerous ICSID arbitrations, including representation of Turkish contractors against the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Yemen (current mandate) and the Republic of Turkmenistan (current mandate). She has represented contractors of various nationalities against state entities and private entities of states including the Republic of Yemen, Romania and the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan (current mandate), at settlement of commercial arbitration disputes. 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, besides representing clients in several dispute settlement proceedings. She has an extensive experience at execution of FIDIC based contracts concluded with Turkish state entities as well as with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Iran. Her fields of expertise also include providing consultancy to and representation of international companies at public tenders in the Republic of Turkey. Yasemin serves as the DRBF Representative for Turkey and member of the DRBF Region 2 Board.

Simon Fegen

Simon Fegen is based near Bath, United Kingdom, and specialises in the dispute avoidance and dispute resolution arena in the construction industry. He is a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) and a CEDR Accredited Mediator. His professional experience spans over 30 years and a variety of projects, including energy, water treatment plants and pipelines, highways, OPRC and airport terminal buildings, in various locations in Africa, Asia and Europe. Simon is a strong proponent of dispute avoidance through sound contract administration and supports the use of Dispute Boards; he currently serves on 2 standing dispute boards in Africa. Simon is involved with various training programmes on dispute avoidance and contract administration; and is currently the Director of Training for the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) Region 2.

Paul Karakezi 

Eng. Paul Karekezi is the Executive Chairman of GIBB Africa Limited. He has over 40 years’ experience in infrastructure development (traditional contracting and PPP).  In addition, Eng. Karekezi is a director of the International Public-Private Partnerships Institute (IPPPI), which provides training on PPP, contract administration &, management as well as ADR. He is a CP 3 P® Approved Trainer by APMG International. He has provided training on PPP to more than 200 civil servants from various PPP Nodes in the East Africa region. Eng. Karekezi is a practicing adjudicator, arbitrator, and accredited mediator. He is the Kenya Country Representative of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Accredited Mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Registered Consulting Engineer by the Engineer’s Registration Board (Kenya), a Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council, UK) and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK). He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering, a Global MBA, and an LLM in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication. Mr Karekezi is a FIDIC Certified Adjudicator and is on the FIDIC President’s List of Approved Adjudicators.

Pablo Laordan

Pablo Laorden is the managing partner of Lámbal Abogados, a Spanish law firm and consultancy specialised in the engineering and construction industry. He holds a Master Degree in Construction Law from the Madrid’s Polytechnic University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), member of the Society of Construction Law (UK), and is listed as Arbitrator in various institutions including the Madrid Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. He is the Country Representative for Spain in the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) and is a trainer for the association. Pablo Laorden coordinated the Spanish translation of the FIDIC Books (1999 Edition), and speaks regularly on seminars about Construction Contracts (including FIDIC Contracts) Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. He is an Accredited Trainer recognised by FIDIC and is currently providing FIDIC training around Latin America. Mr. Laorden provides legal and contractual advice to the engineering and construction industry, drafting and negotiating contractual documents, advising during the construction process, and assisting and representing in claims and dispute resolution including Dispute Boards, ADR, litigation and arbitration. 

Suzanne Rattray

Eng. Suzanne Rattray is a senior engineer with more than 35 years professional experience. She has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University in Canada, specializing in structural engineering. She has had lead responsibilities on numerous infrastructure projects, in the transportation, building and energy sectors, in Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, DR Congo, Chad and Israel. She has been practising as an Adjudicator and Arbitrator since 2008 and was admitted as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2012, qualifying to Fellow Status in 2017. 



DRBF Members - US $325

Academic / Government Agency - US $350

Non-Members - US $425