Edward J. Blakely

Emeritus Professor

University of California at Berkeley & Univ of Sydney

PhD UCLA

LLM Pritzker, School of Law Northwestern Univ (USA)

Graduate Diploma Public and Corporate Finance/Real Estate (IE Univ Spain)

Graduate Certificate in Global Law (Griffith Univ, Aus int’l private law & arbitration)

Certificate Mediation, Australian Disputes Centre

Acting Commissioner New South Wales Land & Environment Court

Mediator New South Wales Commissioner Small Business

Mediator Office of the Franchising Mediation Adviser—national panel all States & Territories, Australian Government

Dr. Edward J. Blakely is an Acting Commissioner on the New South Wales Land and Environment Court where he is involved in alternate dispute resolution services. Previously, he served as a Commissioner for the Central District (Greater Parramatta, the Hills, Blacktown and Cumberland) Greater Sydney Commission. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and formerly with the United States Studies. He is the founder and principal of the Cities Leadership Institute in Australia.

He was named by Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans in 2007 as the Mayor’s Executive Director for Recovery. His post includes coordinating all aspects of the City and Parish’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He reported directly to the Mayor and had coordinating responsibilities for the use of all City resources to accomplish this task. He was formerly Dean of the Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University.

Ed is an internationally recognized leader in urban community development and has been directly involved in strategic planning, financing and real estate development and project management for more than thirty years. He serves on several corporate boards including a several multi-million-dollar real estate development firm. He also served on several US stock exchange board and officer on the Board of ESA one of the largest environmental firms in the United States. He was a principal with Humboldt Realty of Oakland, California. He served on the Advisory Board of Bendigo Bank. Ed served in the Nixon era Dept of State that opened China among other noteworthy accomplishment of that President on the international front. Post Nixon, Ed served in a variety of diplomatic and international aide roles in negotiation and conflict resolution. He has a strong background in international private and public international law. He was named by President Clinton to serve as Vice Chairman of the Presidio Trust and served in the Nixon Administration as well as advisory roles for three other White Houses. He has been engaged in both urban and rural research. His rural research gained him the Community Development Research award in 2002. His urban research led Samuel Guggenheim Fellowship 1995. He has been a named lecturer or visiting faculty member at University of Venice (Current) Oxford, Cambridge, Rutgers, and Harvard, MIT, University of Wisconsin, Penn, UCLA, Sydney University, Melbourne University, and several internationally prestigious forums. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Development and Transportation. He currently holds visiting professorships at the University of the Vaal n South Africa and the University of Venice in Italy as well as Emeritus Dean and Professorships at UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California and the New School, New York.

Ed is a mediator and dispute resolution specialists, in complex cases for the land and environment court regarding land use, planning, design, construction and related matters. He has been a court appointed mediator and conciliator for major infrastructure, insurance and related business disputes. He has worked on First Peoples’ issue regarding and land commercial disputes in the United States and Australia. He serves on the New South Wales Small Business Commissioner and the Australian National Franchise Mediation Panel.

International Council Commercial Arbitrators

International Mediation Network

CERTIFIED AUSTRALIA & INTERNATIONAL Alternate Dispute Resolution and

Arbitration

New South Wales and International Bar Associations

Njeri Kariuki

Njeri is an advocate who has specialised in resolving disputes through arbitration and ADR. During the course of her career, she has delivered awards as a sole arbitrator spanning the petroleum, insurance, banking, industry & corporate sectors, mainly in the domestic arena. Njeri has also sat on several three panel tribunals, as co-arbitrator, determining disputes in similar sectors. Besides being an arbitrator, Njeri is also an accredited mediator and is listed as a trainer & a tutor of several courses with the AFL of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In addition, Njeri currently chairs a Dispute Ajudication Board set-up to midwife an international geothermal project to fruition. In her primary profession as an advocate, Njeri takes on, in the main, non-contentious matters in the realm of real estate (conveyancing) law, probate & succession, commercial contracts, company/business formations & company secretarial matters.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

·         Nomination by the Government of the Republic of Kenya to the Panel of Arbitrators at ICSID

·         Attaining Chartered Arbitrator status in 2008

·         2014, 2015 & 2016 Citations in Chambers Global as a Leading Individual

·         A Citation in the 2015 Edition of Euromoney’s Expert Guide on Commercial Arbitration

·         Appointment in 2015 as a Recommended Attorney by Global Experts

CAREER

Trained with Kaplan & Stratton, Advocates (1987/88) and was admitted to the Kenyan Bar in December 1988. Associate with Walker Kontos, Advocates 1988-1990; Partner, Walker Kontos, Advocates 1990- 1992. Proprietor of Njeri Kariuki Advocate since 1993 and a Chartered Arbitrator since August 2008.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Committee Member of the Kenya Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of the Law Society of Kenya & East Africa Law Society, FIDA; Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member, LCIA African Users Council, Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation; Member, ICCA.

PUBLICATIONS

Njeri has published on international commercial arbitration, commercial mediation and litigation.

EXPERT IN THESE JURISDICTIONS

World-wide as an arbitrator and adr practitioner; Republic of Kenya.

PERSONAL

After a two year stint at the University of Nairobi, Njeri completed her BA at York University, Toronto, then went on to study Law at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Njeri holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (CIArbn., Keble College, Oxford) and lives in Nairobi all year round where she thoroughly enjoys the company of her 3 children. She is a travel, kick-boxing & power-walking enthusiast.

Gary E. Davidson

Gary Davidson represents clients all over the world from his office at Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP, Miami. Throughout  his distinguished career, he has obtained favorable judgments on behalf of clients in complex international litigation, arbitration and commercial disputes, and he has served as an arbitrator and mediator in several high- profile cases. Gary has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Gary has published numerous articles in law journals and periodicals, including the Emory International Law Review, the International Travel Law Journal and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. His rich career includes positions as an adjunct law professor at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, as a visiting lecturer in international and comparative law at both the University of Tartu, Estonia and Comenius University, Slovakia, and as the ABA’s liaison to the Slovak government after the country gained its independence.

He is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., Arizona and Florida, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Duke University; an M.A. from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications; a J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law; and an LL.M., with distinction, in international and comparative law, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Practice:

Diaz Reus’ extensive international legal experience spans the globe—from the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean, from Europe to the Middle East and Asia. Our multicultural, multilingual attorneys provide deft international legal representation in high-stakes litigation and precedent-setting legal matters. An international legal powerhouse, Diaz Reus employs skilled international attorneys to help our corporate, public and private clients conduct international business successfully, cost effectively and efficiently.