The Arbitrator Intelligence Board of Directors is headed by Founder and Executive Director, Catherine Rogers. Remaining Directors are: Christopher R. Drahozal, Johannes Wolfgang Fedderke, Scott Sigmund Gartner, C. Lee Giles, Alexander Wiker, Christopher Zorn. Our Director of Media is Giorgio Sassine.
Catherine A. Rogers is a professor of law at Penn State Law and Queen Mary, University of London, where she also co-chairs, together with Stavros Brekoulakis, the Institute for Ethics and Regulation. The original idea for Arbitrator Intelligence was first proposed by Professor Rogers in an article published in 2005, and has been further developed in subsequent scholarship and commentary, most recently her book, Ethics in International Arbitration. In all her scholarly work and professional endeavors, Professor Rogers seeks to promote transparency, fairness, and professional integrity in international arbitration.
Christopher R. Drahozal is the Rounds Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law, and served as a Special Advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on its empirical study of consumer financial services arbitration. His research has provided empirical insights into a wide range of issues in domestic and international arbitration, including the use of arbitration clauses, the outcomes of arbitration proceedings, and the effect of arbitration laws on party choice of the seat of arbitration.
Johannes Wolfgang Fedderke is an economist and Professor in the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University and the Wits Business School. His research uses mathematical and econometric modeling to examine the dynamics of economic activity and strategic behavior, with particular reference to the impact of institutions. He is the author of more than 70 peer reviewed journal publications, and over 100 peer reviewed publications. He has served as the Director of several research institutes and was the Founding President of the African Econometrics Society. Extensive policy work has been for the World Bank, the African Union, the League of Arab States, the South African Reserve Bank, the South African National Treasury, the Departments of Trade & Industry and Arts, Science & Technology, and South African Parliament. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University.
Scott Sigmund Gartner is Professor of International Affairs at Penn State’s School of International Affairs and Affiliate Faculty member in Penn State’s School of Law, and he is a Senior Advisor for Net Assessment of Violent Non-state Actors supporting a federal government agency. A multidisciplinarian, Professor Gartner’s has published over fifty articles and books on international affairs and international dispute management, history, intelligence, negotiation, political science, sociology, and communications. Professor Gartner teaches the world’s first class on experimental approaches to international dispute resolution.
C. Lee Giles is Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory, the David Reese Professor for Information Sciences and Technology, and a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Supply Chain and Information Systems at Penn State University. His research interests are in intelligent information processing systems such as intelligent cyberinfrastructure and portals; novel web tools, search engines, scientometrics, web search and measurement; scholarly big data; automated extraction, mining and integration of data and text and tools; novel applications and architectures of intelligent information systems for big data; and business and economic models for search and search engines.
Chris Zorn is a professor of political science and law at Penn State, and a co-founder and managing partner of Lawyer Metrics LLC. His academic work focuses on judicial politics and statistics for social and behavioral sciences; with Lawyer Metrics, he provides data-driven strategic advice to the legal services industry.
Director of Media
Giorgio Sassine is an Associate of Stein Ray LLP, one of the premiere international construction arbitration law firms in the States. Giorgio’s passion is international arbitration. Prior to joining Stein Ray, he was an Associate of Obeid Law Firm in Beirut and a Trainee within Dentons’ international arbitration group in Paris. While training with Dentons, Giorgio concurrently received an LL.M. in international commercial arbitration from Stockholm University. He also twice participated on The University of San Diego School of Law Willem C. Vis team and earned his J.D. from there with an emphasis in international law. Besides being the Director of Media for Arbitrator Intelligence, he is the Blog Coordinator for the YICCA Blog and co-founder of Yoga Arbitration (YogArb). His passion in international arbitration all started during a summer course on the subject at the Sorbonne.
Founding Director and Special Consultant
Alexander Wiker is an Associate at the law firm Kelly, Parker & Cohen LLP. He specializes in alternative dispute resolution, and has experience with problem-solving and developing organizational methods that integrate stakeholder views in complex policy decisionmaking. Mr. Wiker has published on international arbitration, dispute resolution, international affairs, and renewable energy.