Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) has a committed but small team of full time staff 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
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.
Head of Administration & Special Projects
Jessica provides operational support to and manages administrative procedures and systems of the SIMI team. Jessica graduated from the University of Sheffield (UK) with a Bachelor of Laws and a MA in International Criminology. During her studies, she was also active in frontline work for legal pro bono schemes and the nonprofit community in England. Jessica is called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
Jessica’s experiences have given her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits can improve the quality of life for society; one program at a time. Additionally, it also shaped her interest in alternative dispute resolution namely, mediation and negotiation.