BOARD OF ADVISORS
The Delos Board of Advisors is composed of global leaders in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution.
Experienced, diverse, pragmatic and user-focused, they advise Delos on the full range of its activities, endeavours and initiatives, and further support the institution through shared values of excellence, integrity and independence. In this manner, they also act as an ethics committee, with whom we validate our Rules and key processes.
From left to right and top to bottom, Delos is privileged to be advised by Aisha Abdallah, Jose Daniel Amado, Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS (President), Dr. Hassan Arab, Valeria Galíndez, Toby Landau QC, Ank Santens, Professor Maxi Scherer, May Tai, Paul Werné and Roland Ziadé. Their short bios are available below.
Delos is also grateful to Professor Pierre Mayer (Honorary President of the Board) and the late Professor David D Caron (Inaugural ROAP Dedicatee), for their support as Founding Advisors.
Aisha Abdallah heads the Disputes Resolution department at Anjarwalla & Khanna. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on fraud, economic crime and disputes over land, the environment and natural resources. Aisha is dual qualified as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Solicitor of England and Wales. Aisha was appointed to the MARC Court in 2017, the ADR arm of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is the lead author of the Kenyan chapter of the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th editions of the International Arbitration Review. She is also a member of the Africa Users Group for the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Aisha is part of an expert team that has drafted Anti-Money Laundering, Remittances and Mobile Money Bills for Somaliland and is the lead author of the Kenya chapter of the 2018 Chambers Anti-Corruption Global Practice Guide. She is also the lead author of the ALN Anti-Corruption Guide 2019. Aisha provides training and writes and speaks on a wide range of contentious issues, including international arbitration, corruption, economic crime and pro bono work. Aisha is rated and recognised by both Chambers Global and Legal 500 for her work.
Jose Daniel Amado
Jose Daniel Amado is the founding partner of Miranda & Amado in Lima, Peru. Mr Amado graduated with greatest honors from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, where he has taught domestic and international arbitration for the last two decades. He holds an LLM from Harvard University, where was awarded the Laylin Prize of international law. As counsel, Mr Amado has participated in many of the largest business transactions and commercial and investment disputes involving Peru in the last few decades. In 2009, Latin Lawyer magazine named Mr Amado as its Law Firm Leader of the Year. Mr Amado has also served in various capacities within the Government of Peru, including as deputy to the prime minister and chief of advisors to the council of ministers. Mr Amado regularly sits as an arbitrator in Peru and other venues, and has been a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Lima Chamber of Commerce. In recent years, Mr Amado has been a Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre of International Law and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Latin American studies. His recent publications include Arbitrating the Conduct of International Investors (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Dr. Hassan Arab
Dr. Hassan Arab is the deputy managing partner and Co-Head of Litigation in Al Tamimi & Company. He is a leading expert in all aspects of civil, commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Dr. Arab regularly sits as an arbitrator and advises on arbitration-related issues. He has extensive experience in providing expert opinions on the UAE laws before arbitration tribunals and foreign courts. He is on the panel of arbitrators for ICSID, ICC, SIAC, DIFC-LCIA, CRCICA, AIAC, DIAC and TAHKEEM. Dr Arab is a Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the ICC-UAE Commission on Arbitration and a member of the future Arbitration Court of the Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre. He is also a member to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and a member of the DIFC Court User’s Committee. He is the author and co-author of a number of publications on arbitration and dispute resolution. In addition, Dr. Arab has authored several books including two volumes of the Civil Procedures Law in the UAE, Criminal Procedures Law in the UAE and has co-authored Summaries of UAE Courts’ Decisions on Arbitration (ICC publication).
Valeria Galíndez, a dual national of Brazil and Argentina, has focused her practice on arbitration since 2001. She founded Galíndez Arb in 2019, after having worked in some of the most prestigious Brazilian and international firms in Paris, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Valeria has acted as counsel in more than 50 cases and as arbitrator in over 65 proceedings. She has been particularly active in commercial cases involving construction, energy (including eolic and solar energy), joint ventures and corporate acquisition matters. Valeria has also been acting as arbitrator in investment cases administered by ICSID and the PCA. Since 2009, Valeria has been consistently recognized as one of the most notable practitioners in Latin America (Chambers Global and Who’s Who Legal). In 2021, she was the sole Latin American female ranked as “Most in Demand Arbitrators” in the region by Chambers Global. Valeria is the current Senior Vice-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association. She is also a member of the ICC Latin American Arbitration Group; the Board of Editors of the ICC Bulletin in Dispute Resolution; and the ICC Task Force on “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration”. Valeria speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.
Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS _ President of the Board
Neil Kaplan has been a full-time practising arbitrator since 1995. He has been involved in several hundred arbitrations as arbitrator. Called to the Bar of England in 1965, Mr. Kaplan has practiced as a barrister, Principal Crown Counsel at the Hong Kong Attorney General’s Chambers, and served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong in charge of the Arbitration List. He was Chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) for 13 years and President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in 1999/2000. Since 2017 he has been the President of the Court of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration and Mediation Centre (MARC).
Toby Landau QC
Toby Landau QC is a barrister and arbitrator, and a member of the Bars of England & Wales, Singapore, New York, the BVI and Northern Ireland, and is registered in the DIFC. He was the first QC to be admitted as a full member of the Singapore Bar, and practices from Duxton Hill Chambers in Singapore and as a Sole Practitioner in London. As Counsel, he has argued hundreds of major international commercial and investor-State arbitrations, as well as many ground-breaking arbitration cases in the Courts of England, Singapore, Pakistan and the Caribbean. As Arbitrator, he has extensive experience sitting in commercial and investor-State disputes worldwide. He is Visiting Professor at Kings College London; Vice President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Court Member of the LCIA and the SIAC; Fellow of the CIArb; UK delegate to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration (1994-2013); and a draftsman of the English Arbitration Act 1996; the Pakistan Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Ordinance, 2006; the Mauritius International Arbitration Act 2008, as well as many institutional rules. He holds a first-class law degree and a first class BCL from Oxford University (Eldon Scholar), and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (Kennedy Scholar).
Ank Santens is a partner in White & Case LLP’s international arbitration group, based in New York. She serves as counsel or arbitrator in commercial, investment, and construction arbitrations around the world. She has been named a Thought Leader (Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders 2018), Most Highly Regarded Individual (Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders 2017), Best in Commercial Arbitration (Euromoney’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2016), and Global Rising Star of the Year (Euromoney’s Global Arbitration Awards 2014). She is a Vice Chair of the IBA’s Arbitration Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of CPR and on the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). She was a member of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding. She frequently lectures and publishes on international arbitration topics. During her tenure as Chair, the CPR Arbitration Committee published “The CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution” (2017). Ms. Santens holds law degrees from Columbia University (NY) and Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and studied one year at the law faculty of the University of Granada (Spain). She is a member of the New York bar and a Solicitor of England and Wales. Her working languages are English, French, Spanish and Flemish/Dutch.
Professor Maxi Scherer
Prof. Maxi Scherer is Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and regularly sits as arbitrator. She also holds the Chair for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Energy Law at Queen Mary, University of London, and is Queen Mary’s Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies in Paris and of the LLM in Paris programme. Prof. Scherer further acts as the General Editor of the Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration. In addition, Prof. Scherer chairs the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP). She was previously Global Professor of Law at NYU Law School, Visiting Professor at SciencesPo Law School Paris and Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Centre of Transnational Legal Studies.
May Tai is the Managing Partner, Asia, at Herbert Smith Freehills. She specialises in cross-border China-related and regional Asian disputes, as well as contentious regulatory matters. She regularly advises governments, government-owned entities and commercial clients (including financial institutions and energy companies) in Asia, Europe and the United States, including acting as counsel and advocate in arbitrations under various rules and court proceedings. She has acted as arbitrator in SIAC and HKIAC proceedings, and has also sat as an Emergency Arbitrator under the ICC Rules. May speaks five languages fluently, including Bahasa (Malaysian and Indonesian), Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and English. She is a CEDR accredited mediator and an arbitrator in the HKIAC List of Arbitrators, and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and Hong Kong. May is based in Hong Kong but divides her time between Herbert Smith Freehills' nine Asia offices in her role as managing partner for the region.
Paul Werné is an independent business consultant focussing on business developments in Africa and the Middle East. Paul has been working as Legal or General Counsel for major international groups, mainly in the field of telecommunications. After spending many years in the Orange - France Telecom group, successively as General Counsel for its Directory and Advertising, then its Satellite Transmission and Broadcast line of business, and finally as General Counsel for the group’s non-European operations, he moved to the Middle East where he held the position of Group General Counsel of the United Arab Emirates’ national telecommunications operator, Etisalat, for 8 years, during which Etisalat substantially updated and enhanced its strategy, increased its global reach and ambitiously developed new technologies and activities. Paul has extensive experience in creating, reorganising and managing international legal teams, in mergers and acquisitions, company law, corporate governance and dispute resolution.
Roland Ziadé is the Global Co-Head of International Arbitration at Linklaters and a member of the Paris, New York and Beirut Bars. He acts as counsel in both commercial and investment arbitration cases and has acted as arbitrator in over 50 arbitral proceedings. Roland is the current President of ICC-France Committee on the selection and appointment of arbitrators and was a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for 9 years (2009-2018). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), the Bureau of the French Arbitration Committee (CFA), the Executive Committee of the Harvard Club of France, as well as various arbitral organizations and working groups. Roland teaches arbitration at Paris Saclay University, Paris II (Assas) University, as well as at Sciences Po. He is the author of numerous publications and articles on international arbitration. Roland holds an LLM from Harvard Law School (Fulbright Scholar), as well as postgraduate degrees from Assas and Sorbonne Universities. In 2017, GAR ranked Roland in the top three worldwide on the list of partners below 45 and in 2018 he was selected by Who’s Who Legal among the 10 leading and most highly regarded arbitration counsels and arbitrators in France. He is also consistently recognized as one of the most active dispute resolution lawyers in the Middle East and in Africa (Chambers Global and Jeune Afrique), as well as a Global Elite Thought Leader for international arbitration (Who’s Who Legal 2019 and 2020). His working languages are English, French and Arabic.
Professor David D. Caron _ Inaugural ROAP Dedicatee
Prof. David D. Caron served as a Member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, until his passing in February 2018; he also served as a Judge ad hoc on the International Court of Justice. He was previously the Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law of King’s College London and, until his passing, was a member of the faculty. Prof. Caron was a member of the court of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Institut de Droit International and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. He was further a member of Chambers at 20 Essex Street and a Bencher of Inner Temple. He was formerly the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, at Berkeley, and had served as the President of the American Society of International Law from 2010 to 2012. Prof. Caron received his Doctorate in Law from the University of Leiden. Prof. Caron was the dedicatee of the inaugural edition of Delos's Remote Oral Advocacy Programme (ROAP), which took place in 2020 (see, further, here and here). A panel was held in his honour to celebrate his work and legacy, which you can watch here. Find out more about his life here and contribute to the David D. Caron Fund here.
Professor Pierre Mayer _ Honorary President of the Board
Prof. Pierre Mayer is a founding partner of Mayer Greenberg. He acts as an independent arbitrator and occasionally as counsel. He was previously a partner at Dechert, after having spent many years as counsel at Coudert Brothers and Clifford Chance. He was formerly the President of the International Academy for Arbitration Law, the President of the French Committee on International Private Law, the President of the Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the International Law Association (ILA) and the President of the Committee on Private International Law of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). Prof. Mayer also taught arbitration, international law and contract law for close to 30 years at the University Paris-I Panthéon Sorbonne. Prof. Mayer is a Council Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law and an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International. Find out more here.