Our People

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 Sim


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 Kaur


Merlinder manages the operational and administrative aspects of SIMI's initiatives for appointed Partners and the credentialling scheme for its mediators. She also supports 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


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).



Nur Rafidah Rosdi



Rafidah supports the team in managing the operational and administrative aspects of SIMI's appointed Partners and Mediators credentialing schemes.  Rafidah will also support various industry communications initiatives and help address organisational excellence issues. 

Prior to joining SIMI, Rafidah was an experienced Marketer and Business Partner with a demonstrated history of working in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) industry. She is a strong support professional skilled in event management, labour relations, corporate branding, and project management amongst others. In her leisure time, Rafidah aims to engage in various activities which help in her personal growth.  She also loves to travel and explore other countries. 

Rafidah holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Marketing (National University of Ireland, Dublin) and Diploma in Employment Relations from SIM - Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute. Her 15 years of experience in employment relations included monitoring the adherence of employers and employees to labour agreements. She was also involved in mediating and resolving labour disputes amongst various stakeholders. She was conferred the Comrade of Labour Award in 2015.