Saturday, 07 May Sunday, 08 May Monday, 09 May



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Saturday, 07 May Hybrid

 8:30 - 9:00 Welcome Address
Nicholas Gould, President, DRBF Executive Board of Directors
 9:00 - 10:15

How Dispute Board Can Help Shape a Sustainable Future The construction environment is rapidly changing, and construction and engineering firms are leading the way with sustainable innovations. Governments are introducing rules and regulations. This session will explore some of the new features in construction projects and contracts, and highlight some of the ideas that everyone in the Dispute Board community needs to be aware of. As you will learn, holding a virtual site visit with an eye on everyone’s carbon footprint is just a start.

Jeremy Glover, Partner, Fenwick Elliott LLP

Ekrem Kaya, Partner, HKA
Beatriz Rosa, Founding Partner of Tarobá Engenharia e Negócios Ltda
Evgeny Smirnov, Associate Director and Policy Advisor, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

 10:15 - 10:45  Comfort Break
 10:45 - 12:00

The Front Line: Ensuring Success Once the DB Is Established  Practitioners are experiencing parties who 'tick the box' and appoint a DB, but then don't use the board properly for optimum benefit to the project. Also, some DB appointees may have little training or experience in the process. Hear from experienced Dispute Board practitioners about their experiences and ideas for convincing key stakeholders about DBs for a robust and successful outcome.

Volker Jurowich

Murray Armes
Mark Entwistle
Paul Taggart

 12:00 - 13:00  Lunch
 13:00 - 13:15 Al Mathews Award for Dispute Board Excellence Presentation
Learn more about this prestigious award and previous recipients at our website.
 13:15 - 14:30

Dispute Avoidance and the FIDIC Emerald Book Experts discuss dispute avoidance in the context of underground works. 

Giovanni Di Folco

Husni Madi FCIArb, FCA, PMP, PMI-SP
Matthias Neuenschwander

 14:30 - 15:30

Dispute Review Boards Outside the US Use of DRBs with nonbinding recommendations in Iceland, Ethiopia, Israel, and Norway. 

Sarah B. Biser, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP and DRBF Co-Representative for Israel

Geir Frøholm, Attorney, Consto AS
Björn Stefánsson, Sr. Consultant, Landsvirkjun Power, Iceland 
Micha Tollman, Partner, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz and DRBF Co-Representative for Israel

 15:30 - 15:45 Comfort Break
15:45 - 17:00

Development of Dispute Boards in Latin America, from El Cajon to Today The first international DB was on El Cajon Dam in Honduras in 1981, and the process has been steadily gaining use as a dispute avoidance and resolution mechanism for a wide variety of projects in the region. Learn from their experiences and hear how DRBF is adapting to meet the needs of this important region.

Jaime Gray, President, DRBF Region 4 Board of Directors

Christian Diaz, DRBF Representative for Costa Rica
Daniel Glenn, Senior Project Manager – Healthcare Lead at Mace Peru
Fernando Marcondes, DRBF Representative for Brazil

17:00 - 17:30

End of Day Summary

Jeremy Glover, DRBF Region 2 Board President and Chair, DRBF International Conference

19:00 - 22:00

Saturday Evening Social (sponsored by Sense Studio, a JS Held Company)

A reception for speakers, delegates, and their guests for a social evening in the Ladies Smoking Room and Terrace of the Renaissance St. Pancras Hotel. Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be offered as you mix and mingle. 

Sunday, 08 May In-Person Only

 9:00 - 9:15 A Look Ahead at DRBF Developments 
Steven Goldstein, Incoming President, DRBF Executive Board
Giovanni Di Folco, Incoming President, DRBF Region 2 Board of Directors
 9:15 - 10:45

Expert Roundtables Experienced DB practitioners will guide interactive discussions on a variety of issues facing DB practice today, such as dealing with corruption issues, pandemic-related claims, and finding the line in proactive dispute avoidance.

Discussion Leaders:
Dick Appuhn
Nicholas Gould
Lindy Patterson QC

 10:45 - 11:00 Comfort Break
 11:00 - 12:00

Strengthening the Use of Dispute Boards for Public Private Partnership Projects: Case Studies and DRBF Model Recommendations DBs have been used on such notable PPP projects as the Channel Tunnel and Bujagali Hydropower, and their results help inform the DRBF's recommendations for adapting the DB process for the distinct challenges of these complex contracts. 

Giovanni Di Folco

Mark Moseley, Principle at Moseley Infrastructure Advisory Services
Marcello Viglino, Area Contract Manager, WeBuild

 12:00 - 13:00  Lunch
 13:00 - 14:30

Expert Roundtables Interactive discussions continue with lessons learned from virtual DBs, and the role of a DB during unexpected jobsite crises. 

Discussion Leaders:
Leo Grutters
Ken Roberts

 14:30 - 15:00  Comfort Break
15:00 - 16:30

The Mock Dispute Board Understanding the DB's role implementing procedures for Conditions of Particular Application (COPA) introduced by the World Bank and FIDIC 2017 form of contract in January 2021

Yasemin Cetinel
Maria Fisentzou
Pamela Jack
Gerard P. Monaghan
Aisha Nadar
Ann Russo

16:30 - 17:00 End of Day Summary, Close of Conference
Jeremy Glover

Monday, 09 May In-Person Only, Separate Registration Required

 9:00 - 12:00 Workshop 1: Getting the Best Results from Dispute Boards: What Every Construction Lawyer Needs to Know
 9:00 - 12:00 Workshop 2: Writing Effective Advisory Opinions and Decisions