The Global Pound Conference is your opportunity to be part of history. Structured around four interactive sessions where Core Questions  will be voted and discussed, and  aimed at better understanding the demand for and supply of Dispute Resolution services, the Lagos conference a​ims to explore how litigation, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes can help consumers achieve greater access to justice.  It promises to be a unique event unlike any other both in terms of the diversity of stakeholders who will be participating and due to the way new voting and participative technologies will be used to gather data and different views. Come listen to and interact with eminent international and local speakers, who will share their perspectives on the future of Dispute Resolution.  Join in the conversation and help shape the future of dispute resolution and access to justice by attending this unique event!

Through a series of interactive voting and discussion sessions using new technologies and their smart phones, all participants will be able to express their views on a range of vital issues affecting how disputes are resolved – with results projected instantly and comparing priorities by stakeholder category. Each session will generate valuable and actionable data on what dispute resolution users actually need, and how others stakeholders can help meet those needs. The goal of the Series is to stimulate real impact and effective change.  Be part of a unique opportunity to make a real impact and shape the future of dispute resolution and access to justice around the world."

​​​                                               ​​​JUNE​ 30, THURSDAY, ​ 2016 

Registration (with coffee/pastries available to registrants) 


GPC Lagos Opening​

Welcome by Master of Ceremony

Opening remarks by Justice Ayo Philips (rtd), Country Chair of NCMG International and Lagos LOC (Adviser)

09:15-10:00​​Key Note Address by Chief Bayo Ojo SAN, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Adviser)

GPC Core Session – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 1

Access to Justice & Dispute Resolution Systems: What do parties want, need and expect?

This session explores the needs of commercial and civil disputants, the types of outcomes sought, the role of lawyers and different types of providers, and an understanding of what distinguishes inexperienced parties from experienced and sophisticated disputants.   It will cover which dispute resolution mechanisms are considered for resolving on-going disputes. Dispute resolution providers can also gain insights to the subtle differences in considerations and influences between different types of clients and types of disputes.


Olusola Adegbonmire                                                                         

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and CEDR Accredited Mediator


Ozim Obasi – Corporate Counsel, GE

Pricewaterhouse Coopers


Julius Ejikonye – Managing Counsel, Shell

Abiodun Adegboye – Pricewaterhouse Coopers

11:45-12:00MORNING BREAK

GPC Core Session – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 2

How is the market currently addressing parties' wants, needs and expectations?


On the supply side, providers and advisors will provide access to key information that will help shape the choice of dispute resolution processes. This session builds on the discussion from Session 1, and explores what outcomes providers tend to prioritize, what tends to influence outcomes, the benefits of participating in non-adjudicative processes, what makes a process efficient, and who is responsible for ensuring the parties are aware of their procedural choices.  This session also explores how services provided on the 'supply' side currently address the needs of disputants, and whether new and innovative approaches are required to complement the market's offerings today to meet or exceed parties' expectations.


Chinwe Odigboegwu                                                                                 Head, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Nigerian Bottling Company


Bunmi Oni – Former CEO, Cadbury Nigeria Plc; Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Chairman, Nigerian Export Promotion Council

Megha Joshi – Executive Secretary, Lagos Court of Arbitration

Justice Babatunde Adejumo OFR – President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria

Fayo Adeleye – Partner, Aina Blankson, LP


GPC Core Session – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 3

How can dispute resolution be improved? (Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges)


What are the main obstacles faced by parties when seeking to resolve disputes?   What processes and tools should be prioritized to improve dispute resolution and access to justice?  Which stakeholders are likely to be most resistant to change and which ones are likely to be most influential? This session will focus on the primary obstacles and challenges to dispute resolution and the solutions available to overcome them.  New solutions using technology and hybrid dispute resolution systems will also be discussed.


Adeyinka Aroyewun – Deputy Director, Lagos Multidoor Courthouse


Osarieme Ezekiel – Managing Partner, Oakwell Partners

Juwon Adenuga – Head, Faculty of Arbitration, Conciliation and Expert Witness at the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers

Dominic Roughton – Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills​


GPC Core Session – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 4

Promoting better access to justice: What action Items should be considered and by whom?


The last session includes thought-provoking questions about the responsibilities of each stakeholder group in shaping the future of dispute resolution.  What are effective ways of providing parties with more choice?  What is likely to have most impact? What innovations and trends should be taken into consideration? With a better understanding of the roles each stakeholder group has to play, stakeholders will be empowered to improve current and future dispute resolution processes and identify the changes to be focused on.


Adeyemi Akisanya                                                                                

CEDR Accredited Mediator and SCMA Mediation Advocate. Former Corporate Counsel, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPNU) and Mobil Oil Corporation E & P Division (Now ExxonMobil)


Emmanuel Dike – General Counsel, Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration

Kehinde Aina – Managing Partner, Aina Blankson LP

James Baily Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills UK​


​Wrap-up and final discussions​​



* Note that the above program is subject to further changes by the Conference organizers.