Regional Councils

The DBF feels strongly that the regional involvement of key local individuals and experts is the best way to attain consensus on key issues and to promote our potential involvement. In this regard the Dispute Board Federation maintains regional advisory councils. Our Regional Advisory Councils advise us on regional customs, differences and protocols in the construction industry. Based upon this information we can then formulate policy and procedures in dispute resolution and infrastructure development thus assisting both our members and governments who seek our assistance.

The regions covered by the Advisory Councils varies with each group. Currently we have two such advisory councils one for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region which encompasses the U.A.E., Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia and across North Africa. The other advisory council is for the Asia-Pacific region and encompasses Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Australia.

Mark TiggemanThe Global Chair of the DBF's Regional Advisory Councils is Mark Tiggeman. Mark is a senior partner of Kennedys, which is an international Solicitor firm based in London and he has been very active with the DBF over the years. He is a leader in the field of Dispute Boards and their use on major infrastructure projects. Additionally as a Solicitor he brings over 22 years of experience in dispute resolution of major international matters to this role within the DBF.


The Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Council

Chairing the Asia-Pacific Advisory Council is Yee Leong Chong. He is the Head of International Arbitration Practice Group, Rajah & Tann, Singapore. Yee Leong is an equity Partner with Rajah & Tann LLP, one of the leading law firms in Singapore and the region. He has been practicing for 20 years and is recognised as a leading international dispute resolution specialist in the Asia-Pacific region. He heads the International Arbitration Practice Group in Rajah & Tann LLP and is concurrently the principal partner of M/s Kamilah & Chong in Malaysia. Before joining Rajah & Tann he was a partner at Jones Day international law firm from 2003 to 2007 and headed their International Litigation and Arbitration Group in Singapore. Currently he is the Deputy Head of the Projects and Infrastructure Practice Group at Rajah & Tann. Yee Leong has extensive experience in international dispute resolution including arbitration, dispute boards and litigation covering all aspects of commercial, energy and building disputes, with a focus on disputes arising from heavy civil engineering contracts, power, oil and gas, marine engineering, and land transportation projects.  

Other members of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Council include:

  • Colin Roberts
    EurIng, Chartered Mining & Petroleum Engineer, Australia
  • Gordon Smith
    Partner, Construction & Engineering – International Arbitration, Kennedys, Singapore
  • Professor Grace Xavier
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Professor Ian Macduff
    Director Singapore Management University Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Ankit Goyal
    Assistant Counsel and Head of India Desk, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Emerson Holmes
    Partner, Construction & Engineering Group, Nabarro, London
  • Karen Fletcher
    Business Development Manager, Trett Consulting, Singapore
  • Michael Lee
    Director, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Singapore
  • Toru Arai
    Senior Aid Coordination Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency Hanoi

The Midde-East & North Africa Regional Council

Chairing the Middle-East & North Africa Regional Advisory Council is Waleed Hammad

He is the Vice President of Corporate Procurement and Corporate Support for Abu Dhabi Ports Company. Abu Dhabi Ports Company is a master developer and regulator of ports and industrial zones.   ADPC will develop and incubate new companies that service and operate in the ports and zones sector and is currently working on the development of the multi-billion dollar Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone in Taweelah.


Other members of the MENA Advisory Council include:

  • Dr Imad Al-Jamal,
    Vice Chairman of Higher Technical Consultative Committee, UAE Contractors Association, Dubai, UAE
  • Emhemmed Ghula,
    Executive Partner, Senwan for Engineering & Real Estate Consultancy, Tripoli, Libya
  • Dr Hassan Ali Radhi,
    Founder and Senior Partner, Hassan Radhi & Associates, Bahrain
  • Mark Tiggeman,
    Partner, Kennedys, London
  • Daniel Alcon,
    Regional Manager, Driver Consult Limited, Dubai, UAE
  • Andy Hewitt,
    Principal, Hewitt Construction Consultancy, United Arab Emirates