Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, has been invited to join The Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution as a Council Member and attended its launch at Ashurst in London on Thursday.
The Alliance is a not for profit organisation formed to advocate for increased diversity in the international dispute resolution community. As an association it promotes inclusivity in all aspects of the dispute resolution world, striving for equality of opportunity regardless of sex, location, nationality, ethnicity or age. It was co-founded by Lucy Greenwood, an international arbitrator qualified in the US and in England and Wales, and Rashda Rana SC, who has extensive experience in international commercial litigation and arbitration gained across E&W, Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Rashda is also immediate past-president of ArbitralWomen.
The Alliance offers “The Forum” where practitioners can meet to discuss topics such as career progression, harassment, ethical dilemmas and arbitration practice and procedure, “The List”, an extensive database of practicing international arbitrators to identify the most suitable arbitrator for your dispute and “The Workshop”, a bespoke one day training programme for international dispute resolution practitioners addressing the challenges faced by practitioners in developing a more diverse community.
Other Council Members are Funke Adekoya, Partner, AELEX, Nigeria (and a member of the Scottish Arbitration Centre’s Arbitral Appointments Committee); Iryna Akulenka, Consultant, HKA, Dubai; Trinidad Alonso, Associate, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft, Germany; Paul Cohen, Barrister, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, E&W and USA; Mauricio Gomm, Partner, GST LLP, Brazil and USA; Andrea Hulbert, Partner, Hulbert Volio Abogados, Costa Rica; Stephen Jagusch QC, Chair of Global International Arbitration Practice, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, E&W; Trinh Nguyen, Founding Partner, Trinh Nguyen & Partners (TNP Law), Vietnam; Sameer Shah, International Arbitrator, India; Kirindeep Singh, Senior Partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, Singapore.
Commenting on Andrew’s appointment, Rashda said:
“One of the first steps necessary to establish The Alliance has been getting the constitution of the Council right. The Council Members were selected especially as those active individuals who we believe have the drive and vision to promote the Alliance’s core message locally and globally and to push for the change that this industry is ready for. We believe that the work the Council Members have done, the values they hold and the support they have shown in the past in campaigning for equality makes each one an ideal candidate for the Council. We are delighted and honoured, therefore, that Andrew Mackenzie, as one such person, has accepted our invitation to join the Council. He joins a diverse Council based around the world and able to promote our work internationally”.
Andrew, who is a solicitor on secondment from the Scottish Government Justice Directorate to the Centre, said:
“I am honoured to be a Council Member of The Alliance and delighted that Scotland is actively involved. Since the establishment of the Centre, I have been keen to ensure we promote diversity and inclusivity. We have gender balance on the Board and on our Arbitral Appointments Committee, and only host balanced tables at industry dinners. I congratulate Lucy and Rashda on this initiative and its successful launch, which fittingly coincided with the anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns allowing the international audience to enjoy Rashda reciting his poem The Rights of Woman.”