Wednesday, 01 May
 8:00 - 17:00 Optional Workshops
18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Reception sponsored by 
Thursday, 02 May
8:30 - 9:00 Welcome from DRBF Leadership
9:00 - 9:30

The World Bank Perspective on Dispute Boards

Enzo de Laurentiis, former Head of Procurement, World Bank

9:30 - 10:15

US Department of Transportation Perspective on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution

Moderator: Ginger Evans, Strategic Advisor and former Director of Aviation, Denver International Airport and O'Hare/Midway International Airport

Jim Burnley, Former US Secretary of Transportation
Ray LaHood, Former US Secretary of Transportation

10:15 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45

The Importance of Dispute Boards for Megaprojects and Gigaprojects

Moderator: Kenneth M. Roberts, Chair, Construction Law Group and Managing Partner of the Chicago Office, Venable LLP

Gerrard Bushell, Chair of CAG, Past President & CEO, JFK New Terminal One
James Weier, Chief Legal Officer, Soudah Development Company 
Charlie Zelle, Chair, Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities

11:45 - 12:45


12:45 - 13:30


Project Profile: Hudson Tunnel Project: Moving the Northeast Corridor into the 21st Century (A US Megaproject)

Moderator: Joe Allegro, Owner, Allegro Construction Services and President of DRBF Region 1 Board of Directors

Jim Morrison, Chief Technical Officer, The Gateway Commission

 13:30 - 14:15

Global Expansion: The Power of Informal Recommendations

Moderator: James Perry, PS Consulting

Sir Vivian Ramsey, FREng, International Judge and Arbitrator
Yasemin Cetinel, Founding Partner, Cetinel Law Firm and DRBF Region 2 President

14:15 - 15:15

The Global State of Disputes

Moderator: Joe Seibold, Executive Vice President, Arcadis 

Livia Badaró Mubarak, Mediation and Arbitration for Recovery and Business (MedArbRB)
Alya Ladjimi, Manager, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution 
Luis Martinez, Vice President, American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR)

15:15 - 15:45


15:45 - 16:30

2024 International Dispute Boards Report from King's College, London

Moderator: Jeremy Glover, Partner, Fenwick Elliott

Professor Renato Nazzini, Director, Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, King's College, London

16:30 - 17:15






17:15 - 17:30

Creative Solutions for Dispute Boards

Moderator: Julio César Bueno, Partner, Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Dispute Boards for Insolvency Cases Dr. Andrea Galhardo Palma, Sao Paulo State Court

A Seven-Person DAB Panel for South African Transshipment Hub Ismail Essa, Manager of Special Projects, South African National Roads Authority, Limited and DRBF Representative for South Africa

Presentation of the Al Mathews Award for Dispute Board Excellence
Summary and Close of Day 1

18:00 - 20:00 Conference Reception
Friday, 03 May
8:30 - 9:00

DRBF Annual Meeting

Julio César Bueno, DRBF Executive Board President
Jeremy Glover, DRBF Executive Board President-Elect

9:00 - 9:30

Breakfast Break 

9:30 - 10:00

CERN: The Big Bang and Beyond Inside Look at CERN High Luminosity Project

Nicholas Gould, Partner, Fenwick Elliott
Murray Armes, Dispute Board Member, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator, Architect Expert

10:00 - 11:15

Harmonization Among MDBs and Development Agencies - Fact or Fiction?

Moderator: Geoff Smith, PS Consulting

Douglas Fraser, Head of Procurement, Caribbean Development Bank
Chiyo Haoka, Director, Loan Procurement Policy and Supervision Division, Infrastructure Engineering Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency
David Kassebaum, Assistant General Counsel, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Roberto Laguado, Regional Procurement Manager VOC/CEC, Inter-American Development Bank
Frank Mvula, Director Fiduciary and Inspection Department, African Development Bank Group

11:15 - 12:00

Dispute Boards in the Caribbean

Moderator: DeAndra Roaché, FCIArb., Cynergis Dispute Resolution Services

Shan Greer, International Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Dispute Board member, and Counsel
Douglas Fraser, Head of Procurement, Caribbean Development Bank

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:45

Implementation of DBs Under Collaborative and PPP Contracts

Moderator: Marcela Radovic, Lawyer, Dispute Board Member, Arbitrator, Mediator, DRBF Region 4 Board of Directors Member and Training Director, and DRBF Representative for Chile

Andrea Chao, Partner, Bird & Bird
Leonardo Toledo da Silva, Partner, Toledo Marchetti Advogados

 13:45 - 14:30

Disputes Under Progressive Design-Build Project Delivery

Moderator: Karen Layng, CEO, M.A.I.T. Co.

William Elledge, Director of Engineering and Technical Services, DC Water
Randall J. Essex, P.E., Principle, R J Essex LLC
Diana Levy, Senior Director, New Construction, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

14:30 - 15:15

Futuristic DBs: A Look at the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Dispute Boards

Co-Moderators: Jeremy Glover, Partner, Fenwick Elliott and President-Elect, DRBF Executive Board of Directors and Ann Russo, Executive Director, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

Oskar Ljungqvist, Founding Partner, AL Contract Services
Denis Serkin, Partner, Peckar & Abramson P.C.

15:15 - 15:45


15:45 - 16:30

Dispute Avoidance: The Promise of a Dispute-free Project

Moderator: Ron Finlay, Finlay Consulting

Andy Griffiths, Dispute Resolution Services
Moussa Wone, Vice President, DC Water
Marcello Viglino, VP Contract Management, Webuild S.p.A.

16:30 - 17:00

The Future and DBs

Julio César Bueno, Partner, Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Sir Vivian Ramsey, FREng, International Judge and Arbitrator


Close of Conference

Saturday, 04 May

 10:00 - 12:00

DRBF Training Meeting

See the Workshop page for details.