Participant BiosNews from the Executive Director
Frank Sander, Advisory Board Member, is the creator of the multi-door courthouse model and an expert in alternative methods of dispute resolution. He is a Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School. Click here for complete bio.
Lawrence Susskind, Advisory Board Member, is the director of The Public Disputes Program at
Harvard Law School, and the founder and senior advisor of The Consensus
Building Institute. He teaches at Harvard University and MIT. Click here for complete bio.
Mariana Hernández Crespo, Executive Director, is a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she teaches international alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and community-based advocacy. Click here for complete bio.
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo, Academic Consultant, teaches about and researches chief executive leadership, public sector
institutions, and public policy. He is a head teaching Fellow at Harvard
University (PhD ABD) and a visiting professor at Florida International University. He holds undergraduate
degrees in International Relations (BA) and Civil Engineering (BS) from Tufts University, as well as
graduate degrees in Public Policy (MPP) and Government (AM) from Harvard
University.He is a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard.
Maria Florencia Tischler, Associate Regional Administrative Coordinator, holds a degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Northeastern University. She is currently working on her thesis to receive her master’s degree in International Administration (MAIA) from the University of Miami. Tischler’s work experience began when she conducted legal research involving low- and moderate-income families in the Venezuelan courts while she was a student of Law at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Her work in Boston included student leadership at the college level, housing issues for low-income families, and the participation in the creation of the first Hispanic after school program in Lynn, Massachusetts at La Vida, Inc. Tischler taught ESL classes for Latino janitors as part of a Clinical Study in Community Based Advocacy at Harvard Law School. In Miami, she worked with Cuban rafters as Program Manager for the Cuban/Haitian Refugee Resettlement Program.
Germán R. Eiras,
Technology Consultant, received his degree in Administrative Sciences,
with a concentration in Management, from the Metropolitan University.
He was the Vice President of Finance and the Committee Organizer of the
Employee Fair "Contacto Empresarial" from September 2001 to April 2002.
At present, Eiras functions as Coordinator of the Career Center of the
Metropolitan University, and will soon receive his degree of
Specialization in Integrated Communications.
Carlos A. Morales,
Regional Technology Advisor, is Senior Programmer and Technical Lead at
Quilogy, Inc., a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Certified Gold
Partner. He has over six years of IT, networking, and software
development experience, helping companies across the U.S. to solve
complex business problems. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Morales holds a
Computer Sciences degree (BS), as well as Microsoft Technology
certifications. The companies he has worked for include Pella
Corporation, Northshore Long Island Jewish Hospital, Microsoft
Corporation, Florida Department of Agriculture, and Darden Restaurants,
Angela Francis, Communications Consultant, is currently a bilingual personal banker at Wells Fargo, where she has provided financial services to the public for the last four years. She holds Series 7 and Series 66 NASD licenses to work as an Investment Consultant. She is an active member of HOLA ("Heritage of Latino Americans"), a nonprofit organization for the local community at Wells Fargo. She earned her BA in Architecture from "La Universidad del Zulia" (LUZ) in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Ada Pellegrini Grinover, National Project Representative, is a Professor of Procedural Criminal Law at the University of São Paulo. A retired State Attorney, Professor Grinover is the Chairwoman of the Brazilian Institute of Procedural Law and an academic of the Brazilian Academy of Legal Culture and of Paulista Law Academy. She has been a Council on the Bar Association of Brazil and a member of the Committees on Access to Justice as well as of Diffuse and Collective Rights. Prof. Grinover is a former Chairwoman of the Superior School of Advocacy of the Bar Association of São Paulo (OAB-SP). She has participated in and coordinated several international and national Congresses. Prof. Grinover is the author of numerous essays, published in Brazil, Europe, and Latin America. She has written or co-authored 25 books, including Liberdades Públicas e o Processo Penal: As Interceptações Telefonocas, Os Recursos no Processo Penal, and As Nulidades do Processo Penal. Prof. Grinover has been awarded the Labor Judicial Merit Order. The Brazilian Institute of Consumer’s Defense and Politics instituted the Ada Pellegrini Grinover award in 1998, for the best yearly monograph on consumer’s rights.
Kazuo Watanabe, National Project Representative, is a lawyer, professor, and retired judge of Tribunal de Justiça de São Paulo. He graduated from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo in 1959, holds master's and doctorate degrees in procedural law, and teaches at the post-graduate level. He is Doctor Honoris at Keio University, Tokyo-Japão. Watanabe is also founder and president of Centro Brasileiro de Estudos e Pesquisas Judiciais (CEBEPEJ) and of Instituto de Direito Comparado Brasil Japão. He has participated in many legal projects, a few of which include: federal law about small claims (lei 7.244/84); revision of procedure code (1985); and elaborations of Código de Defesa do Consumidor and of Anteprojeto da lei de Mediação Paraprocessual. He has published many legal works, including Juizado Especial de Pequenas Causas, Da Cognição no Processo Civil, Participação e Processo, Comentários ao Código de Defesa do Consumidor, and Mediação e Gerenciamento do Processo.
Tania Almeida, Facilitator for the Academic Sector, is a senior partner of MEDIARE (CeQUEquipenter of Conflict Management), where she works as a consultant, supervisor and teacher in conflict mediation and dialogue facilitation. She is also a guest professor at Getúlio Vargas Foundation Law School–RJ, where she teaches mediation and conciliation. She earned her M.D. in neuropsychiatry from Universidade Gama Filho. She has a graduate degree in sociology from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC/RJ), in psychoanalysis and family therapy from the Instituto de Terapia de Família do Rio de Janeiro, and an MBA. in business management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She earned her Master Latino Americano Europeu in Mediation from the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (Switzerland) / Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) / Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Almeida is a member of the Code of Ethics and Model Bylaws Writing Committee of Conselho Nacional das Instituições de Mediação e Arbitragem (CONIMA) and a member of the World Mediation Forum Board of Directors (99-00). She works as an Inter-American Development Bank Researcher on alternative dispute resolution methods. Almeida is a member of the Coordination and Control Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank's Brazilian Project for the Development of Mediation and Arbitration in Small and Medium Firms.
Vânia Izzo de Abreu, Facilitator for the Nonprofit Sector, is a psychologist and family therapist with extensive experience in NGOs, dealing with domestic violence and gender violence prevention. She received her graduate degree in domestic violence and child abuse prevention from the University of São Paulo. Abreu works as a therapist for the Family Therapy Institute of Rio de Janeiro, as a mediator and teacher at Mediare–Center for Conflict Management, and as a mediation and arbitration trainer for the CACB/BID/SEBRAE program, a confederation of the Chambers of Commerce and Business of Brazil (CACB), the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), and the Brazilian Association of Support to the Small and Medium Business Sector (SEBRAE). Also a community therapist, Abreu is a member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Systemic Research and Social Net Development–Noos Institute (an NGO).
Gabriela Assmar, Facilitator for the Business Sector, is a lawyer with extensive domestic and international experience in business law and several different areas of negotiation. She earned her master's degree in comparative jurisprudence (LLM) from New York University. She earned her MBA in general management from the Fundação Dom Cabral, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and her Máster Latino Americano Europeu in Mediation from La Universidad de Buenos Aires. Assmar worked as a mediator for the Harlem Justice Center in New York City. She belongs to Mediadores en Red, a Latin American mediators' association, and the Arbitration Council of the Brazilian Bar Association.
Facilitator for the Judicial Sector, is a legal expert and mediator
with extensive experience in family, labor, and business mediation. He
works as an arbitrator in a Brazilian arbitral institution, and
coordinates mediation training in the Legal Assistance Office of the
Pantifia Universidade Católica in São Paulo. His degree
is in economics. He is fluent in both Portuguese and Italian.
Ronan Ramos de Oliveira Júnior, Facilitator for the Favela Sector, is a lawyer. He received his BA from the Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2005. Ronan is also a social technician and works as a mediator for the Program of Mediation of Conflicts at Minas Gerais State, a governmental mediation project at the “Vila Cemig” favela. He participated in a mediation workshop at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School in 2007.
SECTOR EXECUTIVE COORDINATORS (Brazil)
Leslie Shérida Ferraz, Executive Coordinator for the Judicial Sector, is also the Executive Coordinator of CEBEPEJ (Brazilian Center for Judicial Studies and Research), where she oversees research about the Brazilian judicial system. She is a lawyer, and received her graduate and undergraduate degrees (PhD in progress) from University of São Paulo (USP). Her thesis is about Small Claims Courts and access to justice. She was a visiting scholar at University of Florence (Italy), in 2001, and at Columbia University (New York), in 2007. Ferraz has coordinated several research projects, on subjects such as Small Claims Courts, Tax Execution and Class Actions.
Marco Antônio Garcia Lopes Lorencini,
Executive Coordinator for the Legal Sector, is a lawyer with experience
in civil and commercial law. He teaches at Superior School of Lawyers
(ESA – Escola Superior de Advocacia) in Belém-PA, Brazil.
He earned his master's degree in Civil Procedure Law from the
University of São Paulo, Brazil, where his thesis was "Small
Claim Courts: The Civil Procedure Law Revisited." He also earned his
PhD in Civil Procedure Law from the University of São Paulo,
Brazil, where his thesis was “Alternative Dispute Resolution
Methods and State Dispute Resolution." Lorencini is member and
treasurer of the Brazilian Center of Judicial Studies and Research
(Cebepej - Centro Brasileiro de Estudos e Pesquisas Judiciais).
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