Conference Speakers & Moderators

Ms. Athita Komindr Head
UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific

Athita manages UNCITRAL’s technical assistance and capacity building programming available to over 50 States in Asia and the Pacific, namely least developed, landlocked developing and small islands developing States. In that capacity, she coordinates with Governments and international and regional organizations with respect to trade law reform activities. She also manages programmes to promote the rule of law in commerce in the context of UN Partnership Framework Agreements with Lao PDR and Papua New Guinea, aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Athita has over a decade of experience in the fields of international trade and economic law, arbitration, multilateral dispute resolution, negotiations and diplomacy, and the rule of law and development.  Prior to joining the United Nations, Athita mainly advised and worked with numerous Thai agencies, including the Thailand Institute of Justice, the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Thailand Arbitration Center where she managed the Arbitration and Legal Affairs Divisions. She also worked for the Thai Ministry of Commerce in Bangkok (2002-2005) and Geneva (2005-2010), representing Thailand in bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations, WTO dispute settlement, and treaty drafting. Admitted to the New York Bar since 2002, Athita has experience in both common and civil law traditions in the public and private sectors, and holds degrees from Harvard College, Georgetown University Law Center, and Harvard Law School.

Mr. Erik Andersen Partner, Dentons
Papua New Guinea

Erik has been a partner for more than 25 years and leads one of the most experienced, highly regarded litigation teams in Papua New Guinea. He is repeatedly recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific as a leading practitioner, most recently in the 2016 edition.

Erik practices in all areas of commercial and corporate dispute resolution, including litigation, with a focus on major commercial matters involving large companies and statutory authorities and competition issues. He has extensive experience with advice and litigation in all major relationships in the corporate matrix of PNG. This includes relationships between companies and shareholders, directors, employees, customers, regulatory bodies, contractors, financiers, the state and landowners.

Erik has acted for numerous government bodies in relation to their powers and functions, including the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission, the Independent Public Business Corporation, the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority, the Auditor General of Papua New Guinea, the Coffee Industry Corporation, the Investment Promotion Authority and others. Erik has substantial experience with landowner disputes in both rural and urban Papua New Guinea and extensive experience with statutory authorities.

Ms. Fiona Anne Connell Principal Counsel at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Office of the General Counsel,
a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a trained mediator.

Is a principal counsel at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Office of the General Counsel, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a trained mediator.  Currently based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Resident Mission in Beijing, Ms. Connell has been practicing law in Asia for over 25 years and has extensive experience in both commercial and sovereign transactions in the PRC and throughout Asia, with a specialty in infrastructure development and limited recourse project financing. Prior to her ADB career, she was chief Asia counsel for a global power plant developer, and she has acted as external and in-house legal counsel for developers and investors in companies and projects in many Asian countries. Since joining ADB in 2010, and particularly since moving to ADB’s PRC Resident Mission in 2013, she has supported ADB’s sustainable infrastructure projects and social sector projects in the PRC, and she leads ADB’s PRC Law and Policy Reform work, working with government agencies on legislative improvements and capacity development.

Ms. Catherine Green LLB, BA, GradDipBusStuds (Dispute Resolution) |
PGDipBusAdmin (Dispute Resolution) PRI | A.AMINZ

Catherine has her own private practice as an arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator taking appointments with respect to both commercial and construction disputes. She is also the Executive Director of the New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (NZIAC) as well as its related domestic registry services which cover a full spectrum of commercial, building and construction, and family and relationship disputes.

Prior to specialising in the design and delivery of private dispute resolution processes, Catherine practiced as a commercial litigator both onshore and offshore in New Zealand, London, and the Cayman Islands, gaining extensive experience in a wide range of matters, involving fraud, insolvency, contractual, financial services, tax avoidance and regulatory issues. These matters have included, among others, acting for liquidators of a Madoff-affected investment fund in relation to its investment and related large-scale litigation claims arising from the Madoff fraud, advising in relation to Royal Commission, Serious Fraud Office, and Securities Commission Inquiries, and acting for clients on a variety of commercial disputes across the globe covering the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Catherine writes and presents frequently on a wide range of matters relating to private dispute resolution practice.

Ms. Bronwyn Lincoln Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Melbourne Australia

Is a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. She practices international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation, with a focus on cross border and multi-jurisdictional disputes. She is also an international arbitrator.

Ms. Lincoln has advised and acted for national and global clients across a range of industries, including telecommunications, resources and mining, infrastructure, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and real property. She has recent experience in assisting clients with high end disputes arising out of a range of commercial transactions, including joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, distribution and licensing agreements.

Ms. Lincoln also works with clients to develop strategies to manage risks in offshore contracting and investments, including effective and enforceable dispute resolution processes, enforcement of contractual rights across jurisdictions and complex conflict of laws.