Governance Structure

The current membership of eBRAM’s Board of Directors is:

Dr Thomas So JP (Chairman)

Mr Thomas So is a partner of Mayer Brown. He advises on shareholders- and equity-related disputes, property-related litigation, libel litigation and media-related litigation work, and litigation and arbitration in the PRC. He represents banks and financial institutions, property developers and corporations as well as Mainland China enterprises on securities- and equity-related disputes.

Thomas has acted as Arbitrator and Mediator in shareholders and other disputes and is on a number of panel of arbitrators in Asia. He has also acted as Deputy Judge at the District Court (18/11/2002-13/12/2002) and Temporary Deputy Registrar at the High Court (8/12/2003-10/1/2004). He is a China-Appointed Attesting Officer (appointed by the Ministry of Justice of PRC). He was the President of the Law Society of Hong Kong (6/2016 – 6/2018) and is a solicitor-advocate with rights to appear in the higher courts in Hong Kong.

Thomas was praised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2010/2011 for providing "sound knowledge" and "practical solutions" to clients. Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 describes Thomas is "instrumental in many cross-border cases". Thomas speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Nicholas HF Chan MH JP (Vice Chairman)

Mr Nick Chan MH LLB BSc (Computer Science) MCIArb is an experienced and multi-awards winning lawyer with a computer science degree who is passionate about combining legal knowledge and technology to improve access to justice, advance the legal profession, and serve the wider community. Mr Chan understands the needs of the business community, having served in-house at two Fortune 100 technology companies where he had regional responsibilities, and being the Honorary Legal Advisor for many trade associations, and as Vice Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Chan is a Partner with regional responsibilities for a practice group at a top ten most global law firm with 45 offices in 20 countries. Mr Chan served on the Council of The Law Society of Hong Kong, and he serves on the Legal Aid Services Council, the Council of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and as chairman and committee member for several appeal boards and in various other academic and non-academic related roles supporting the advancement of education, innovation and technology.

Winnie Tam SBS, SC, JP

Ms Winnie Tam SC JP is a barrister, international arbitrator and mediator practising from Des Voeux Chambers in Hong Kong. Winnie served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar between 2015 to 2017. She is also an overseas member of the London barristers chambers 8 New Square, and holds qualification to practice in Singapore and Australian Capital Territory. Her practice area is commercial dispute resolution and international arbitration with an emphasis on intellectual property. She is a specialist panel arbitrator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and the South China International Arbitration Centre and a Fellow to the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. Ms Tam currently chairs the Hong Kong Bar’s Committee on Intellectual Property.

Ms Tam was appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of HKSAR in 2006 and later a Recorder of the Court of First Instance, High Court of HKSAR. Ms Tam currently chairs the Hong Kong Bar’s Intellectual Property Committee.

Her public appointments include the chairman of the Communications Authority, a member of the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development, and a member of the Law Reform Commission.

Ting-kwok Iu MH

Mr TK Iu is a consultant solicitor with Kwok, Ng & Chan, Solicitors & Notaries. He is also the founder/director of Asia Conflict Resolution Institute Limited.

As a Hong Kong leading mediation practitioner, TK is a panel mediator of the Hong Kong Mediation Council (part of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre) and the Mainland – Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center, both designated as mediation institutions under the Investment Agreement of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

Internationally, TK is a panel mediator of the Singapore International Mediation Centre and the Japan International Mediation Center (JIMC–Kyoto). He is also on the panel of Kluwer Mediation Blog as a regular contributor.

Between 2013 and 2017, he advised the Department of Justice on the enactment of the apology legislation. The Apology Ordinance came into effect on 1 December 2017. Currently, TK is a member of the Secretary for Justice’s Steering Committee on Mediation and the Chairman of the Special Committee on Evaluative Mediation.

Academically, TK holds a master’s degree in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution (with credit). He is an adjunct professor of the (1) School of Law of City University of Hong Kong; (2) Department of Law and Business of Hong Kong Shue Yan University; and (3) Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. He is also the first Hong Kong-based Visiting Professor of the University of Law, UK. 

Who’s Who Legal 2020 says that “Ting-kwok is praised as a ‘key player in mediation space’, performing in top-tier international mediations. Respondents further highlighted his ‘strong background in domestic mediations’ and ‘active work promoting mediation’ as an effective dispute resolution tool.” 

Adrian Lai

Mr Adrian Lai graduated from the Cambridge University and the China University of Political Science and Law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant of Hong Kong and holds the specialist qualification in insolvency matters.

Adrian maintains a predominantly civil practice and has been engaged as Counsel on matters relating to arbitration, banking, commercial, company, construction, professional accountants/auditors’ negligence and professional disciplinary proceedings.

Through practice Adrian has developed a wealth of experience and expertise on arbitration matters. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and has been appointed as sole or co-arbitrator on international commercial arbitrations. Apart from sitting as an arbitrator, Adrian has been engaged as Counsel to advise or appear in international or domestic commercial arbitration, investor-State arbitration and State-State arbitration. He is often invited to speak on topical issues of arbitration.

Adrian maintains an academic interest in international law. He graduated with a Master’s degree on Public International Law and also attended The Hague Academy of International Law. He also spoke on the topics of “Jurisdictional Immunities and Chinese State-Owned Enterprises” at the Colloquium on International Law and international investment dispute resolution etc. on other occasions.

Robert Rhoda

Mr Robert Rhoda is a partner with Dentons Hong Kong LLP and admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and in England & Wales.

He specialises in international arbitration and cross border litigation, as well as various forms of alternative dispute resolution, with particular experience in the financial services, technology and energy sectors.

As well as acting as counsel, Robert sits as an arbitrator and is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) List of Arbitrators.

Robert is ranked as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Chambers Asia Pacific and as a Recommended Lawyer for both Arbitration and Litigation by Legal 500 Hong Kong.

Among various appointments, Robert is Co-Chair of the Inter Pacific Bar Association's (IPBA) Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Committee, a member of the HKIAC's Belt and Road Advisory Committee, member of the Arbitration Committee of The Law Society of Hong Kong and former Council member of The Law Society of Hong Kong (2017-2020).

Kim Rooney

Ms Kim Rooney is an international arbitrator, barrister and accredited mediator. Before becoming a full time arbitrator and barrister, Kim was a partner of White & Case LLP heading its Hong Kong based Asian international dispute resolution practice.

Kim’s other roles include serving as:

- Member of the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration.
- Board Member of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited.
- Chair of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission’s Sub-committee on Third Party Funding for Arbitration, to the conclusion of its reference in 2016.
- Member of the Hong Kong Department of Justice’s Committee on Provision of Space in the Legal Hub.
- Member of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association and chair of its International Practice Committee.

Kim was a Senior ADR Expert in an EU funded project in the Indonesian public sector (2013-2016). She was a member of the ICCA/Queen Mary Taskforce on Third Party Funding for Arbitration.

Ronald Sum

Ronald Sum — FCIArb, FHKIArb, Accredited Mediator — is a Partner in the Hong Kong office and Head of Dispute Resolution in Asia of Addleshaw Goddard (Hong Kong) LLP. He concentrates his practice in all areas of dispute resolution, specializing in China related matters, cross border disputes, complex commercial disputes, restricting regulatory bodies investigations, transportation (maritime, aviation, road and rail), international trade, insurance and reinsurance including export credit insurance, product liability and product recall, including arbitration, litigation, mediation and investigations.

Ronald is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales and Australia. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the immediate past chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce: Arbitration and ADR Sub-Committee. He is also the council and appointments committee member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He is on the panel of arbitrators of various institutions and has acted both as counsel and arbitrator in administered arbitration proceedings including the ICC, HKIAC, LMAA, CIETAC, SCIA, SIAC, THAC, GAFTA/FOSFA etc. Ronald has conducted arbitration in Hong Kong, China, London, United States, Australia and Singapore. Ronald is also an accredited mediator of HKMAAL, CIETAC and the Law Society of Hong Kong. Ronald has recently be appointed as an Investor State Mediator under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Ronald is a council member of the Hong Kong Mediation Council. He is also on the Hong Kong Government Advisory Committee on the Promotion of Arbitration and the Hong Kong Steering Committee on Mediation. He is a member and chairman of the Public Education and Publicity Sub-committee.

Dr Jolly Wong CEng FIET CITP FBCS

Dr Wong is a technology consultant with over 30 years of experience working in public goods projects.  As Chief Telecommunications Engineer at the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF), he oversaw the rollout of its communications systems which won the Outstanding Contribution to TETRA (Critical Communications) Award in 2008.

He created the Finance-Operate-Own-Share (FOOS) business model, which successfully applied public and private partnerships to resolve major technological challenges in the HKPF. The model and its application have won awards like the Ken Goulding Prize for Professional Excellence 2015 and parts of the model has been replicated by organizations all over the world.

Between 2015 and 2017 Dr Wong was a member of the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology, the body that wrote the blueprint for innovation and technology development for the HKSAR Government. In January 2021 he became the Senior Adviser for Hong Kong Electric on technology policy and strategy related to innovation and cybersecurity.

Dr Wong is deeply involved with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and has served as its Vice President, Trustee, Council Chairman and Hong Kong Branch Chairman. He mentors STEM students as a Visiting Professor for Shanghai University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and is also a Policy Fellow for the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at University of Cambridge.

Dr. Gregg Li (Dr. G)

Dr. Gregg Li is a market technologist, a visiting professor in innovation and governance, an executive coach, a serial entrepreneur, a business angel, and a connector of smart cities and smart technologies.   In the recent past, Gregg has been a board advisor to Aon (insurance and risk), Fresco (venture capital), CUHK Centre of Entrepreneurship, the Lab for Space Research at HKU, and recently, with Protiviti, a global management consulting firm in Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). 

His areas of action research and teaching cover start-up governance, ERM, innovation, management consulting, and space entrepreneurship.  Gregg has held adjunct and visiting professorial appointments at HKU, CUHK, Polytechnics University of Hong Kong, HKUST, Tsinghua and Washington University where he has served on their Asia Advisory Board.  He is the founding Chair of the Orion Astropreneur Space Academy (OASA) headquartered in Hong Kong since 2020; and the founding Chair of Invotech from 2013 to 2018.  He holds relevant degrees and certification in EIS, MIS, and Cybersecurity from Warwick University (Information Governance Engineering), NYU (Cybersecurity), Penn (Regulatory Compliance), UCLA (MIS), and ISACA (CISA).  He has been a professional management consultant, FCMC, and is a member of the Global Academic Committee of ICMCI, which oversees the management consulting institutes throughout the world; and for Hong Kong in which he was their founding Chairman in 2000.

Peter Kung

Peter Kung is a National Committee Member of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He is the Chairman of Supreme Genius Consulting Company Limited. He was Vice Chairman of KPMG China. He is also a Past President of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of the HKICPA, and Adjunct Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Beijing Normal University.

He has over 30 years of professional experience. He started his professional career in the United Kingdom and returned to Hong Kong in 1992. Since then, he has specialised in China tax. He is one of the very few tax practitioners in Hong Kong who is qualified to practise tax in the mainland. He holds regular meetings with the governments in the mainland and Hong Kong to exchange ideas on tax and foreign exchange policies that affect the two jurisdictions.

He has been very active in advising the mainland and Hong Kong governments on policies concerning the Greater Bay Area.  He is currently Vice President of Guangdong’s Association For Promotion of Cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong & Macao and Guangdong-HK-Macao Bay Area Entrepreneurs Union.

Dr Frank C.H. Tong

Dr Frank C.H. Tong is the Director, Research and Technology Development of the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computing Science and is dedicated to a career for applied technology research.

Frank leads the LSCM research in the developments of Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. Over the years, Frank assumes the bridging position in R&D institution working with universities and industries. He takes on projects closely with university researchers, transferring technical results to government departments, public bodies and private companies, fostering the use of technology in operation. Deeply connected with industries, Frank actively engages with the logistics, supply chain, government services, smart city, elderly care and recently the law tech and Chinese medicine industry sectors.

Frank serves on committees of multiple organizations amongst academic, government and industries. He is the advisor to the Faculty of Science and the Computer Science Department of the Baptist University. Previously he served as the External Examiner for the Information Technologies for Logistics Program of the Institute of Vocational Education. Serving the government, Frank is the Member of the Hong Kong/Guangdong Expert Group on Co-operation in Informatisation. He currently sits on the government funding agencies as Assessor Panelist. Being connected with the industries, Frank is invited as the Honorary Advisor to the Hong Kong Electronics and Technologies Association, and served the Judge Panel for the Innovate for Future 2020 Competition.

eBRAM established two functional committees, five standing executive committees and an advisory committee, headed by Directors of the Board.

 

Functional committees -

Staff and Finance Committee - The Staff and Finance Committee is mandated to oversee matters regarding finance, human resources and general administration, as well as to advise the Board with regard to the eBRAM’s business, finance objectives.

Audit Committee – The Audit Committee is mandated to formulate policies relating to regulatory performance, corporate governance and risk management; and to report to the Board, identifying and making recommendations on any matters where action or improvement is needed.

 

Standing executive committees –  

Appointments Committee – The Appointment Committee is mandated to advise the Board in respect of the matters and procedures in the discharge and performance of functions by the eBRAM under any arbitration rules or procedures in relation to the appointment of neutrals, arbitrators and mediators, and the matters associated therewith.

Challenges Committee – The Challenge Committee is mandated to handle challenges arisen out of the arbitration and mediation appointments, processes and results; and to decide on the procedure and applicable rules for handling challenges to appointments of neutrals, arbitrators and mediators.

Rules Committee – The Rules Committee is mandated to formulate rules and procedures for online dispute resolution proceedings and deal making administered by eBRAM Centre; and to decide on the applicable schedules of fees under the rules and procedures adopted by eBRAM Centre, etc.

Panel Listing Committee – The Panel Listing Committee is mandated to handle vetting and listing of arbitrators and mediators onto the respective panels of the eBRAM Centre; to establish, keep under review and safeguard the professional standards of training for inclusion on the panels established and maintained by the Committee; and to assess the suitability of training courses for panel members in light of the standards established from time to time by the Committee for persons to be included on the panels established and maintained by the Committee.

Information Technology Committee – The Information Technology Committee is mandated to provide advice on internet security and other internet/software issues of the eBRAM system, the requirements and compliance in its continued development; advise on eBRAM’s technology roadmap; and make recommendations to the Board on eBRAM’s technology development projects and deals with technical matters in relation to eBRAM platform.

 

Advisory committee -

Technology Advisory Committee - The Technology Advisory Committee will provide advice to the Information Technology Committee (“ITC”) on eBRAM’s technology and LawTech matters; support ITC’s goals to enhance the quality and efficiency of eBRAM’s IT systems; provide guidance and oversight in planning, prioritizing, and implementing IT-enabled initiatives;  and raise awareness of technological breakthroughs and recommend opportunities to proactively incorporate advancements into our IT infrastructure.

Ms Pui-ki Emmanuelle Ta

Chief Executive Officer

With over 15 years of experience in international arbitration and case management, she has supervised hundreds of international arbitration cases in a wide range of jurisdictions and economic sectors.

As Counsel of the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, Asia Office in Hong Kong (2016-2021), she was responsible for managing the Hong Kong team, including administration of Asia-related arbitration cases. She was appointed as Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) from 2016 to 2019.

Prior to that, she worked as Deputy Counsel of the Secretariat of the ICC Court in Paris and was one of the founding members of the ICC Court Secretariat’s first overseas case management team based in Hong Kong (2008).

She holds a Masters degree in International Business Law from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a postgraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Marne-la-Vallee (France). She is qualified to practice at the Paris bar.

Mr Albert Leung

Chief Technology Officer

With over 25 years of experience in telecommunications, media, FSI, transportation and public projects, Mr Leung is one of the founding members of the Offshore Development Centre (ODC) at PCCW Solutions. During his tenure in PCCW, he led a team of more than 500 IT specialists and won the Grand ICT and Gold Award of Best Business Solution (Application) Award in 2014.

From 2014 to 2018, he was the Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in China (Guangdong) and the Vice Chairman (Guangzhou/Foshan/Zhaoqing Chapter) of Federation of Hong Kong Industries.

He holds a Masters degree in E-Commerce & Internet Computing from the University of Hong Kong, an engineering degree from University of Essex, and a number of certifications in cyber technologies. He is also a certified E-Commerce Consultant of CEC (US) and a Senior Certified Commercial E-Business Specialist of China General Chamber of Commerce (PRC).

Ms Erica Chan

Director of Case Management

Erica Chan was the former Assistant Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. She formulated, managed and implemented schemes and was actively involved in committee work for HKMAAL, HKIAC’s Mediator Accreditation Committee, Working Groups and International Conferences.

Her involvement in major dispute resolution projects included Lehman Brothers Med-Arb Dispute Scheme and the establishment of a regulatory & standards body for mediators Hong Kong Mediator Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL).

Ms Chan was the co-editor of Mediation in Hong Kong: The Way Forward in 2007 published by the University of Hong Kong.

Ms Rachel So

Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms Rachel So has over 25-year experience in corporate communications, branding and marketing, crisis management, government liaison and stakeholder relations. Ms So has been appointed as the secretary to the Board of Directors of eBRAM since 2018.

Prior to joining eBRAM, Rachel served two major professional bodies in Hong Kong as Head of Corporate Communications and Member Service of HKICPA and the Director of Communications and External Affairs at the Law Society of Hong Kong. She played a major role in the organisation of the first legal oriented Belt and Road Conference in Hong Kong and assisting in the drafting of the Hong Kong Manifesto which was signed by 39 lawyers’ associations in 24 jurisdictions.

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hong Kong and a law degree from the University of London.