Welcome to the Young Global Ambassadors of 2017-18!

Anastasia Zhemchugova is a second year Master student in International Law at Wuhan University, P.R. China. Previously she participated at the 10th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, 23rd Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and also competed as a mediator in the 1st edition of the CDRC Vienna IBA-VIAC Mediation & Negotiation Competition, she used to be an active member of many organizations, such as Ukrainian Law Students association, AIESEC, the EYP. Currently, Anastasia is working as an intern in Fujian branch of the leading law firm in China.


Greg Hoffman is a third-year law student in the evening program at Rutgers Law School.  He is the sitting vice president of the school’s Student Bar Association as well as the social media chair for the ADR Society.  Greg has competed in several ADR competitions including the Judith S. Kaye Arbitration competition, organized by the New York State Bar Association, and the St. John’s School of Law FINRA Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon.  He competed as a negotiator in CDRC Vienna, 2017.  In addition to his studies, Greg works as an investigator for the Office of the Public Defender, NJ.

Ivy is a law student studying at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently in her final year of pursuing her LLB mainly focusing on public international law. After having started her mediation and negotiation journey while interning at the Strathmore Dispute Resolution Centre, Ivy participated in the 2nd CDRC Vienna as a mediator. Since then, Ivy’s passion and interest in mediation have grown immensely and she looks forward to engaging more with the field of mediation and arbitration.


Mariam Malidze is doing her LLM in Comparative Private and International Law at New Vision University and works full time for a local law firm. Prior to her LLM, she obtained bachelor’s degree in law from Tbilisi State University. Having a passion for ADR, Mariam has participated in the 24th Vis Moot Competition and in the 3rd edition of IBA-VIAC CDRC, where she, together with her teammate, won the special award for a mediator. Mariam is currently involved in a UNDP funded research preparing a study on Arbitration in Georgia. She is very excited to have become the part of CDRC family and YGAP.


Salman Shaheen is currently doing his LL.B at King’s College London in the UK. After interning in the Commercial Litigation department at Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association, Salman sought to expand his experiences other fields such as ADR. He participated in the IBA-VIAC Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition, Vienna in 2017 where he and his team won the 3rd Place Prize. In addition to his studies, Salman is the current head of the UNICEF on Campus Society at King’s College and is the 2nd year departmental representative of the Law department at the Student’s Union. Salman joined YGAP to help promote ADR and its practices in forming a culture of understanding to a multicultural and international community all around the world.


Melanie Koch is a law student at the University of Bonn, Germany. In addition to her studies, she works at a leading international law firm where she focuses on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, and energy law. Melanie represented the University of Bonn in the first CDRC Competition in 2015. The Team won the Awards for “Best Mediator” and “Best Team“. She also participated in the 56th Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court 2015 and the 11th ICC Mediation Competition in 2016. Melanie has worked with Faleck & Associados, an ADR specialised firm in São Paulo, Brazil and was an international law scholar at Xiamen University, China. Melanie is a member and former President of the student initiative “Bonn Negotiators” which regularly hosts lectures on negotiation and mediation.


Thomas Adams is in his final year of Law/Commerce (Economics) at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. During his studies, he has excelled in the fields of academics and in the practice of alternative dispute resolution. Thomas looks forward to undertaking an internship with the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris in the Arbitration and ADR Promotional Department from September to March 2018.



Tomasz Murzyn is a 4th-year student of Law at Jagiellonian University, Poland. In 2016 he obtained a bachelor degree in Asian studies at Jagiellonian University. Before that, he participated in one-year language scholarship in Kunming, Yunnan province. In his bachelor thesis, he discussed regionally specific features of arbitration in China. Currently, he is writing a master thesis about mediation in China. In the meantime, he finished the INADR Mediation Certification Programme. Tomasz also participated in the IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna 2017 competition as a mediator. He is sharing his knowledge about ADR and Asia on nationwide conferences and workshops. Tomasz was also volunteer worker in Amnesty International and AIESEC Hyderabad in India, and he held the office of vice-chair of marketing in ELSA Krakow. Besides being mediation zealot, he is passionate climber and traveller.


Pavan Srinivas is a penultimate year law student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Pavan aims to build a career in public international law, diplomatic negotiation, dispute mitigation and public service. An avid sportsman, he has won many trophies for his University and his State in tennis and basketball. He has participated in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition and the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in the past. His crowning glory as a negotiator was in the Warsaw Negotiation Rounds 2016, where his team emerged victorious in the final that was held in the Polish Government Senate. At CDRC 2017, he was part of the runner-up mediator team of the tournament.  In 2014, Pavan was awarded the Aditya Birla Scholarship, a full undergraduate scholarship awarded to only the top few law students in the country. Besides the law, Pavan has invented an eco-friendly pesticide, for which he received 2 national innovations awards from the Government of India. He has been a member of the Legal Services Clinic at his University for over 3 years now to improve legal literacy across India. His desire to be a mediator arose from his experiences working for the clinic.


Gráinne graduated from Trinity College Dublin having studied Law and German during which she undertook an Erasmus year at the University of Mainz. Thereafter she completed her Masters of Law at the University College London with a special focus on dispute resolution. Gráinne is currently working in a specialist dispute resolution law firm in London whilst she undertakes entrance exams to the Law Society of Ireland, before commencing her Training Contract in Dublin. Gráinne participated in the first edition of the CDRC Vienna 2015 with her team having reached the second rounds of the competition. Additional experience of dispute resolution includes participating in the Willem C Vis Moot in 2013 representing the University of Mainz and in 2015 representing University College London (UCL). In 2016 she also coached the UCL Willem C Vis Moot team. Gráinne looks forward to contributing to the CDRC Vienna 2017 competition and engaging with the Young Global Ambassador Programme.

published September 1, 2017