Meet the Arbitrators

David Adcroft

David Adcroft

UK

David Adcroft

David Adcroft

UK

davcroft@yahoo.com

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Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2017.

Q: Experience:

A: David has over 35 years' experience in cotton merchanting , having started his career with Bunge Ltd Liverpool in 1975. David then moved to Bunge N.V. Antwerp for 4 years and then worked for 10 years with Allenberg Cotton Co. in Memphis TN. David has served 15 years as Director of Louis Dreyfus Cotton International N.V. in Antwerp Belgium and 8 years as a Director with Louis Dreyfus Suisse S.A.in Geneva Switzerland .

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience:

A: David is a Past President of ICA (2008/09) and has served on Board of Directors for 10 years as well as various committees.

Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson

UK

Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson

UK

handerson65@outlook.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: ICA Qualified arbitrator since 1992, with extensive experience of technical arbitration and appeals, drafting same, and also quality arbitration experience since 1995

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: 25 years of arbitration experience in both technical and quality areas, including sole arbitrator role. B. A Hons in Modern Languages, Diploma in Law, London, Called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, London 1989. Languages: French, German, Spanish

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: Anderson Kingsmead Consulting

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details

A: Extensive experience with, and membership of, both Arbitration and Rules Committees for over 20 years, including preparation of papers on relevant Arbitration Law changes under English Law. Ordinary Director of the ICA for 11 years during the period 1998 to 2010.

Bill Ballenden

Bill Ballenden

England, UK

Bill Ballenden

Bill Ballenden

England, UK

bill@dragontree.co

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2000.

Q: Experience

A: 18 years’ experience of technical arbitration. Bill started his career as a trainee trader with Cargill. He has lived and traded cotton in Africa, India and China and headed Asia and the European and Black Sea regions for Louis Dreyfus, before starting his own company in 2018. Fully fluent in French, Bill is an English native language speaker.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: Dragontree.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details

A: Former Board member of the International Cotton Association Ltd 2003 to 2007. Current ICA Board member 2015 - present.

Josep Barderi

Josep Barderi

Greece

Josep Barderi

Josep Barderi

Greece

jbarderit@gmail.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2010.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality and Technical.

Q: Experience:

A: 25 years’ experience in cotton trade. Current Vice-President of the Centro Algodonero Nacional – Spain.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: VIOLAR S.A.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience:

A: Member of ICA Rules Committee and Arbitration Strategy Committee.

James Beard

James Beard

United Kingdom

James Beard

James Beard

United Kingdom

James_beard@cargill.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 10 years.

Q: Experience:

A: James has been involved in the cotton industry for 21 years . The first 9 years with Wakefield Inspection Services Ltd and then with Cargill Cotton Ltd for the past 12 years . James has been an ICA member for 20 years

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality arbitrator

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating).

A: Cargill Cotton Ltd

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details:

A: James has been a member of the ICA Quality committees for 18 years and Chairman for the last 5. James has been a member of the ICA Value Differences committee for the last 10 years and is a current member of the ICA Quality Arbitration Strategy Committee.

Pierre Chehab

Pierre Chehab

Switzerland

Pierre Chehab

Pierre Chehab

Switzerland

pierre.chehab@ldc.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2003.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating).

A: Dunavant SA.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details

A: Former Board Member of ICA Rules Committee and Values differentials.

Jean-Marc Derossis

Jean-Marc Derossis

United Kingdom

Jean-Marc Derossis

Jean-Marc Derossis

United Kingdom

Jeanmarc.Derossis@ectp.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2006.

Q: Qualifications and experience:

A: Jean-Marc holds ICA arbitration qualifications Level 3 and has been a cotton trader for 21 years, becoming Managing Director of a Liverpool firm in 2009, and Global Head of Cotton Trading at Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners in 2014.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners (ECTP).

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details:

A: Former ICA Board member and past ICA President.

Jonathan Dickinson

Jonathan Dickinson

Switzerland

Jonathan Dickinson

Jonathan Dickinson

Switzerland

JONATHAN.DICKINSON@ldc.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2005.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality and Technical.

Q: Experience:

A: Jonathan is a Level 3 qualified ICA Arbitrator and has 34 years’ experience working in the cotton trading industry for Baumann Hinde, Central Cotton in UK and currently Louis Dreyfus Company based in Geneva.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse SA.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience:

A: Current Chairman of ICA Value Differences Committee.

Du Feng

Du Feng

Canada

Du Feng

Du Feng

Canada

qdcotton@gmail.com

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Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2009.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical Arbitrator.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Changzhou Keteng Textile Co Ltd, China

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience:

A: Former member of ICA Rules Committee. Current member of China Country Focus Group.

Bruce Friedman

Bruce Friedman

USA

Bruce Friedman

Bruce Friedman

USA

ssfriedman@aol.com

Q: Experience:

A: Bruce has both ICA and other international trade arbitration experience and has a law practice specialising in international trade.

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: Bruce has been an ICA arbitrator for over five years.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical Arbitrator.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Southern States Forwarding, Inc., and the Law office of Bruce V. Friedman.

Q: Professional qualifications:

A: ICA accredited mediator.

Fritz Grobien

Fritz Grobien

Germany

Fritz Grobien

Fritz Grobien

Germany

fritz@amp-bremen.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: Over 20 years.

Q: Experience

A: 30 years’ experience in cotton trading.
President of the Bremen Cotton Association.
Chairman CICCA.
Member of EU Cotton Advisory Group.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality and Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: Albrecht, Mueller-Pearse & Co. Trade.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience

A: President of ICA, 10 years LCA/ICA Board experience, various committees.

Alex Hsu

Alex Hsu

Taiwan (Probationary Arbitrator)

Alex Hsu

Alex Hsu

Taiwan (Probationary Arbitrator)

alex@formosacotton.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: Probationary arbitrator since 2017.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating).

A: Formosa Trading Co., Ltd.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details:

A: Alex has been an ICA Board Director since 2016.

Nick Hungate

Nick Hungate

England, UK

Nick Hungate

Nick Hungate

England, UK

nick.hungate@rcma.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 30 years.

Q: Qualifications

A: BA (Hons).

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: RCMA.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details

A: Member of ICA Rules committee, member of Arbitration Strategy Committee, member of ICA Board of Directors, member of the Finance and Governance Committee.

Francisco J. Villazon

Francisco J. Villazon

Dallas,Tx USA (Probationary Arbitrator)

Francisco J. Villazon

Francisco J. Villazon

Dallas,Tx USA (Probationary Arbitrator)

fcovillazon@ecomtrading.com

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Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2012

Q: Qualifications/professional memberships/published papers:

A: Industrial Engineer with a Masters in Business Administration. 23 years experience in the Cotton business and ICA Individual Member

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done:

A: Technical

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating);

A: ECOM Cotton Group: ECOM USA, LLC, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Kelley

Andrew Kelley

UK

Andrew Kelley

Andrew Kelley

UK

Q: TBA

A: TBA

Jordan Lea

Jordan Lea

USA

Jordan Lea

Jordan Lea

USA

jlea@easterntrading.net

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Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2005.

Q: Experience

A: Jordan completed arbitrator’s coursework and passed necessary ICA exams. Jordan has presented on ICA arbitration at various conferences and programs like ICA Bremen, ACSA Cotton School and ICA Complete Cotton. Jordan is also an ACSA Arbitrator and Memphis Cotton Exchange Arbitrator.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality and Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: DECA Global.

Andrew Macdonald

Andrew Macdonald

Brazil

Andrew Macdonald

Andrew Macdonald

Brazil

macdonald@amcon.com.br

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: Andrew Macdonald worked for the Bunge Group for 43 years in England, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil and the United States. Andrew has spent 33 years in Brazil and the world-wide cotton business covering growing, ginning, trading, financing, hedging, cotton spinning, textile management and also international consulting. Retired in 2002, Andrew today owns AMCON Consulting, a cotton and textile consulting company.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Amcon Consultaria Textil Ltda.

Q: Committee/Board experience details

A: Past ICA President, Chairman of the Spinners Committee of the International Textile Manufacturing Federation (ITMF). Chairman of the Task Force for Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC). ICAC Director and Member of the Board. Board member of the International Textile Manufacturing Federation (ITMF). Official Delegate of the Brazilian Government at Plenary Meetings of ICAC. Member of the Steering Committee for the International Cotton Committee for Testing Methods (ICCTM). Past member of the Advisory Committee of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).

Q: Awards

A: Decorated by Her Majesty the Queen for services to the British Community in Sao Paulo (OBE). Awarded Brazil’s ABRAPA “Cotton Personality of the Year” in 2003.

Tim North

Tim North

USA

Tim North

Tim North

USA

TNorth@ecomtrading.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: Tim began his cotton career in 1978 with Weil Brothers-Cotton Inc and joined ECOM Cotton Group in 2009 where he is currently Co-CEO of ECOM USA. Tim is a past President of the Western Cotton Shippers Association and is Vice Chairman of the American Cotton Shippers Association. Tim also serves on the board of the National Cotton Council of America.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: ECOM USA.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details

A: Member of ICA Board. Member of ICA Pool of Chairmen. Tim serves on both the Arbitration Strategy Committee and ICA Rules Committee.

Leon Picon

Leon Picon

Turkey

Leon Picon

Leon Picon

Turkey

lpicon@ortaanadolu.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2014

Q: Experience:

A: Leon has worked for Orta Anadolu since 1999, responsible for cotton buying. Leon is Founder and current Chairman of IPUD (Good Cotton Practices Association - Strategic Partner of BCI in Turkey) and is a Board member of National Cotton Council of Turkey.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details:

A: Leon is a current board member of ICA Ltd since 2016, a member of ICA Rules Committee and a member of ICA Cotton Consumers Committee.

Richard Pollard FCIArb

Richard Pollard FCIArb

Singapore

Richard Pollard FCIArb

Richard Pollard FCIArb

Singapore

richardhpollard@gmail.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 25 years.

Q: Professional Qualifications

A: Fellow SIArb - Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality and Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: ECOM Cotton Group, Singapore.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience

A: Former member of Board of Directors ICA. Former Chairman ICA Rules Committee. Member of Arbitration Strategy Committee.

Guo Rongmin

Guo Rongmin

Beijing, China

Guo Rongmin

Guo Rongmin

Beijing, China

guorongmin@foxmail.com

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Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2014.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Nigel Scott

Nigel Scott

UK

Nigel Scott

Nigel Scott

UK

NigelRScott@gmail.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: Nigel started conducting arbitrations in 1994 and mediations in 1998 before moving on to chairing arbitrations in 2001.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical Arbitrator.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Eastgate Trading Limited.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience:

A: Served as ICA Director for two terms (2001-2007 and 2008-2014). Founding Member of Arbitration Strategy Committee 2001-2016. Founding Member of Training Committee 2001-2010. Member of Board Strategy Subcommittee 2011-2014.

Q: Professional qualifications:

A: Co-edited both ICA Arbitration Examination papers for Beginner and Advanced Examinations and past examiner for the ICA Arbitration Examinations.

Q: Professional Memberships:

A: Nigel is a past Member of GAFTA, FOSFA, RSPO and CMA – all commodity organisations serving the grain, animal feed, palm oil and carbon markets.

Q: Publications:

A: 1. Agribusiness and Commodity Risk - 1 Sep 2003, Risk Books
2.Commodity Price Risk Management - Case Study -2004, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
3. Agribusiness Price Risk Management for African Cotton Producers - A presentation to the European Commission Paris 5-6th July 2004
4. Farm sector targets $500bn funding gap, $1.7 trillion bonanza at stake, 26 April, 2013 The Australian

Johnny Shen

Johnny Shen

Xhangjiajang, China

Johnny Shen

Johnny Shen

Xhangjiajang, China

Q: When did you start arbitrating/length of career?

A: 2016.

Q: Type of arbitrations you've done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality.

Q: Experience:

A: 10 years' experience in cotton inspection.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for when not arbitrating):

A: Zhangjiagang Academy of Inspection and Detection

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience:

A: Member of ICA Quality Arbitration Committee.

Derek Tanner

Derek Tanner

England, UK

Derek Tanner

Derek Tanner

England, UK

dtanner@datcotton.co.uk

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 30 years acting as Quality and Technical sole arbitrator, member and Chairman of First Tier and Appeal Arbitration Tribunals.

Q: Experience

A: 40 years’ experience in the raw cotton trade as director of brokerage and trading companies.
Conducting international cotton workshops on behalf of ICA in Vietnam, Brazil, Turkey, Bangladesh and India.
Presenter at ICA’s annual Complete Cotton course. Consultancy services including advising on technical and quality disputes, case preparation and ICA Bylaws and Rules.
Project work in Central Asia and West Africa including assisting in the establishment of a cotton processing factory, site inspections, bale inspections, reporting on best practice for take up, classing, and cotton management systems in various countries.
International raw cotton consultant.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Quality and Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: D.A.T Arbitration & Consultancy.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details

A: Former President and Board member of the Liverpool Cotton Association Ltd.
Chairman and member of various quality and technical advisory committees.
Current chairman of ICA Quality Arbitration Strategy committee.

Axel Trede

Axel Trede

Germany

Axel Trede

Axel Trede

Germany

axel@csi-bremen.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2005.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Cotton Service International GmbH.

Arnie Waters

Arnie Waters

England, UK

Arnie Waters

Arnie Waters

England, UK

arnwaters@gmail.com

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Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2000.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience

A: Former member of ICA Board of Directors, member of Arbitration Strategy Committee.

Jamie Welsh

Jamie Welsh

England, UK

Jamie Welsh

Jamie Welsh

England, UK

djwelsh@live.co.uk

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Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 1999.

Q: Experience

A: Jamie has acted as arbitrator and Chairman at First-Tier and Appeal level in a wide range of disputes. Jamie has extensive award drafting experience.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical Arbitrator.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: DJW Cotton Consulting Limited/ International Cotton Agency (ical) Limited.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience

A: ICA Board member, Chairman of Arbitration Strategy Committee (ASC), Rules Committee member, Chairman of Consumers Board Working Group, Quality ASC member.

Q: Professional qualifications

A: ICA/ CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

England, UK

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

England, UK

chris_I_williams@cargill.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2015.

Q: Qualifications and experience

A: ICA arbitration qualifications Level 3.
Member of ICA.
15 years’ experience in the cotton industry working for Plexus and Cargill including a five-year spell in Shanghai.
Currently based in Liverpool with Cargill Cotton.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: Cargill Cotton.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details

A: Former Board member of ICA Rules Committee.
Current member of ICA Arbitration Strategy Committee.

David Wookey MCI Arb

David Wookey MCI Arb

UK

David Wookey MCI Arb

David Wookey MCI Arb

UK

dglwconsult@gmail.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 20 years’ experience of technical arbitration.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical Arbitrator.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Sterling Cotton Ltd, DGLW Consultancy Ltd.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience:

A: Chairman of the ICA Rules Committee, member of ICA's
 Arbitration Strategy Committee.

Q: Experience:

A: David started his career as a trainee trader with A. Meredith Jones
& Co. Ltd. before starting his own trading company in 2000. Fluent in French, David is an English native language speaker.
David is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a consultant at The International Dispute Resolution Centre (The IDR Group) and holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary’s University, London.

Kevin Xue

Kevin Xue

Beijing China (Probationary Arbitrator)

Kevin Xue

Kevin Xue

Beijing China (Probationary Arbitrator)

kevinxue111@126.com

Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: I did arbitrations during 2012-2014 on module 1 and 2 qualifies.

Q: What type of arbitrations you have done

A: Technical

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating)

A: Hebei Xingyu Textile Raw Material Co Ltd.

Q: ICA Committee/Board experience details

A: Non-Executive member of ASC

Maggie Zhai

Maggie Zhai

Switzerland (Probationary Arbitrator)

Maggie Zhai

Maggie Zhai

Switzerland (Probationary Arbitrator)

Maggie.Zhai@ldc.com

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Q: When did you start arbitrating or length of arbitration career?

A: 2016.

Q: Type of arbitrations you’ve done and do i.e. are you a quality and/or technical arbitrator?

A: Technical Arbitrator.

Q: Company name (name of company you work for during the day when not arbitrating):

A: Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse SA.

Q: Experience:

A: ICA probation arbitrator since 2016. 10 years’ experience in cotton trading platform with Louis Dreyfus Company, including 5 years in Louis Dreyfus China.

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