Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) has a committed but small team working across Policy, Research, Outreach, Communications, Membership, and Administration to ensure SIMI achieves the goals set out in our vision to be the vanguard of mediation in Asia.
Our Board of Directors are made up of committed individuals and we are extremely grateful to them for their time, expertise and support.
We are also very fortunate to have both the support of the Ministry of Law, as well as the National University of Singapore for this organisation.
Alvin graduated from the National University of Singapore and was called to the Singapore Bar. He started his vocational life as a general practitioner (which included involvement in Court-facilitated mediation and a couple of cases at the then newly established Singapore Mediation Centre), and was also a corporate real estate lawyer.
Thereafter, Alvin entered the Singapore Public Service as an in-house legal counsel. Across the years, he has trained and gained experience in the intellectual property (IP) field, undertaken policy analysis, international negotiations and cooperation activities, and legislative and systems reviews. The latter included IP enforcement/dispute resolution issues.
Alvin last worked on engaging a wide range of businesses and public agencies in advocating for pro-enterprise regulations for businesses, as the team lead at the Ministry of Trade & Industry’s Pro-Enterprise Panel Secretariat. He also worked with his team and relevant consumer protection agencies/bodies (including Enterprise Singapore and the Consumers’ Association of Singapore) to address consumer protection issues, including (amongst others) safety standards in consumer products.
In returning to the administration of justice, Alvin hopes to contribute to the development of mediation in Singapore as a important and viable tool in the dispute resolution toolbox, which can be deployed confidently and efficiently across a range of domestic and cross-border disputes.
Merlinder manages the operational and administrative aspects of SIMI's initiatives for appointed Partners and the credentialling scheme for its mediators. She will also support research work, and outreach initiatives to promote and uphold high mediation standards.
As a driven individual, Merlinder brings to SIMI her experience managing projects and processes and undertaking substantive legal support as a paralegal in both a law firm and a large in-house legal department. She is currently in the final year of her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) with the University of London. Throughout her studies, she was a part of Singapore's fight against the Covid-19 crisis and has received an award from the National University Hospital Singapore for her bravery, a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication, and compassion for providing medical care to the community.
During her time here, Merlinder aims to use her skills to add value, and improve SIMI's initiatives and systems, and contribute to the dispute resolution scene in Singapore and internationally.
Phang Kien Yip
SENIOR CONSULTANT (PART TIME)
After undertaking various research projects for SIMI as a Senior Consultant on an adhoc basis since 2020, Kien Yip joined SIMI permanently on a part time basis in September 2021. He will continue working with the team primarily to review, and develop SIMI's processes and tools to enhance and uphold its mediation standards.
Kien Yip holds a Bachelor of Mechanical and Production Engineering (Nanyang Technological University) and a MSc (Management of Technology) from NUS. His early career after graduation was in engineering and film-making. He subsequently moved on to be a peacemaker and also founded his own media development business. Across the years, he has therefore acquired vast experience in mediation and technology management.
Kien Yip is a SIMI and IMI Certified Mediator and holds various mediation qualifications/accreditations. He is on the Associate Mediator panel at the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), and the mediator panel of the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE). He is also a Court Volunteer Mediator for the Singapore State Courts and was previously a full time mediator for 2.5 years with the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM).