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Stakeholder Response

IMI has undertaken a task of immense importance, not merely in developing uniform standards of practice for conflict resolution, but in creating the foundation for an enormous increase in international conflict resolution capacity. If we are to solve global problems we will require not only global solutions, but global processes, methods and techniques. This will necessitate the development of a collaborative approach to diversity and uniformity in conflict resolution practices, and the creation of a global forum where our differences can be discussed, analyzed, learned from, and synergistically combined. IMI has taken the first step in bringing conflict resolution into the 21st century, by inviting us and the cultures and nations we represent to come together and learn from each other. Only in this way can we hope to overcome the obstacles we have created through conflict. 

Kenneth Cloke

Kenneth Cloke


Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, coach, consultant, and trainer, specializing in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party disputes, including marital, divorce, family, community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment, discrimination, and public policy disputes; and designing preventative conflict resolution systems.

Of all the efforts at making mediation mainstream, of all the mammoth initiatives and giant strides by leading proponents, of all our success stories, nothing compares with the IMI vision of standard setting and Industry watch, for without such, mediation remains an endangered specie. 

Kehinde Aina,

Kehinde Aina


Partner, Aina Blankson LP; Honorary President, NCMG International

A partner in the law firm of Aina Blankson, LP, Kenny Aina founded the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, in 2002 and remains the Honorary President of NCMG International, a leading organisation in the promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Techniques in Africa.

Kenny Aina is also the Regional Mediator to the World Bank Group covering ten African countries. He played a key role in a number of strategic initiatives, notably, the establishment of the first court connected ADR Centre in Africa; the introduction of the Court of Appeal Mediation Programme; and the University of Lagos-NCMG College of Negotiation.

I sincerely welcome the recent incorporation of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) in The Netherlands. As the first global, non-governmental organisation that will enable certification of the competency of mediators worldwide, it will certainly be of great benefit and value to all users of dispute settlement services. 

Ali Alatas

Ali Alatas


Former Minister of Foreign Affaires, Republic of Indonesia

He was Indonesia's Minister for Foreign Affairs from March 1988, serving three terms under the former Suharto administration and once under the Habibie administration in May 1998,. He advocated regional cooperation and played a crucial role in drafting the ASEAN Charter and the Constitution of the 10-member grouping the Eminent Persons Group. He also brokered peace negotiations in several hot spots in Southeast Asia.

His most famous success was his role in helping to broker peace in Cambodia, in 1991, which ended the war with the Khmer Rouge. "Alatas brokered the historic 1991 peace settlement at the Paris International Conference to end the war with the Khmer Rouge, though he had to share some of the glory with France," The Guardian wrote, calling the settlement his "greatest triumph."

His obituary by Reuters said Alatas "was a widely respected figure in the region tipped at one stage to be a possible United Nations secretary-general" but that his later career was "haunted by the Suharto era and the turmoil in East Timor," the former Portuguese colony that voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999. Alatas recounted his role in the diplomatic controversy over Indonesia's annexation of East Timor in 1975 and the events leading to independence in The pebble in the shoe: The diplomatic struggle for East Timor. His obituary in The Guardian argued that a 1991 massacre of anti-Indonesian demonstrators at Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, East Timor's capital, probably prevented Alatas from taking charge of the UN. "International outrage over the deaths may have cost Alatas the top UN job, for which he was in the running in the late 1990s," The Guardian wrote. "Suharto reportedly vetoed his candidacy as he believed the role would have highlighted such abuses." Alatas later termed the Santa Cruz massacre a "turning point" for Indonesia in East Timor.

On 30 March 1995 he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, for service to Australian-Indonesian relations.

In 2003, Alatas was appointed as the United Nations special envoy to Burma. He arrived in Burma on 18 August 2005 for a three-day visit and sought the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Alatas served as chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council (Dewan Pertimbangan Presiden) in the Yudhoyono Administration.

On 11 December 2008, Alatas died at 7.30am, at the age of 76 of a heart attack at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, with his wife and his three daughters at his bedside.

In an age of globalisation, IMI offers local mediators a global voice, national bodies an international benchmark, and users of mediation confidence in the mediation profession worldwide.

Professor Nadja Alexander

Professor Nadja Alexander


Director of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy
Senior ADR Consultant,
World Bank Group;
Global Trends in Mediation

Nadja Alexander is a multi-award winning author and educator, a mediator and an independent adviser to international bodies and national governments in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. She has been engaged in dispute resolution settings in more than 30 countries. Described as a practical thinker and a thinking practitioner, Nadja is known for the passion, energy and creativity she brings to her various roles.

IMI holds the promise of delivering real value to disputants and their professional advisers, to mediation providers and trainers, to judges and arbitrators and to teachers and governments. There is advantage in it for everyone.

Thierry Garby

Thierry Garby


Partner, Lerins Avocats
President, World Forum of Mediation Centres
Vice President, Litigation Commission, Union Internationale des Avocats
Vice President, Mediation Committee, International Bar Association

He is a mediator with most international mediation centres and particularly with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is also a judge and a mediator in the ICC annual mediation competition.

He trains mediators all around the world through Bars and Law Societies, Universities, International Organizations, Chambers of commerce, mediation institutions etc. and through the Resolvers company that he owns (resolvers-adr.blogspot.com).

He is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute and with the French Institute for the Certification of Mediators.

He is a mediator with the World Bank Group and the United Nations.