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Syed Akbar Hussain

Syed Akbar Hussain

Founding Partner

Akbar is the Founder of The ADR Initative & the former Resident Representative of ADR-ODR International in Pakistan. He is an Accredited Mediator [CMC & SIMI] & Certified Negotiator with ADR-ODR International. He is also the CEO of The International Arbitration Center, Pakistan and an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan. His pedigree runs deep in the legal family of Pakistan and he hopes to use his privilege to lift Pakistan out of the dark ages of Dispute Resolution. He founded ADR Initiative to bring ADR into Pakistan as a startup harnessing the disruptive ethos of the modern business world.

During his tenure as Founder of The ADR Initiative, Akbar has been honuored with a nomination by the National Mediation Awards, UK [2020] for Innovation in Mediation. He had the pleasure of training judges in the Punjab Judicial Academy, along with the Lahore High Court. He is amongst the few empaneled as an Arbitrator at the Shanghai Arbitration Commission, as of 2022. He has represented clients as counsel on the Singapore International Arbitration Center, been nominated as an arbitrator in various disputes, been involved in various expert mediation and has been at the forefront of encouraging ADR practice in Pakistan. He has judged international mediation, negotiation competition in Dubai, Brunei and various other jurisdictions. He has spoken and trained at the High Court Bar Associations. He has advised and worked with various development projects, most recently, with The Asia Foundation for establishing Pakistan's first Roster of Mediators.

He has been guiding his students to ADR and his peers towards a diversity of conflict management tools, and is confident that his generation will pave the way to better peace building tools for the future.

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