Biography

Born on 13 March 1952

Schooled at St Johns, Bombay and the Hyderabad Public School 

  • 1973: Bachelors in Economics from Elphinstone College, Bombay
  • 1976: Bachelors in Law from the Government Law College, Bombay
  • 1976: Called to the Bar at the Madras High Court
  • 1985: Founder Trustee of the Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group
  • 1990: Trustee of the Worth Trust for the Handicapped
  • 1991: Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar (Session 291) – first training in mediation
  • 1996: Designated Senior Advocate  
  • 1996: Attended training course in mediation conducted by ICADR and Pepperdine University, USA
  • 2000–01: Taught public interest law at New York University’s School of Law and researched mediation
  • 2001: Founded the Indian Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • 2005: First honorary Organising Secretary of the Madras High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre, the first in India
  • 2007: Published Settle for More – The Why, How and When of Mediation
  • 2010: Founded Imediate India, a mediation service provider
  • 2010: Formulated the course curriculum on “Alternative Dispute Resolution and Access to Justice” for the Institute of Human Settlements, India, in association with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2010: Appointed as a mediator by the Supreme Court of India to resolve a long-standing boundary dispute between the States of Assam and Nagaland 
  • 2011: Published Mediation: Practice and Law, a comprehensive manual on mediation theory and practice 
  • 2011:  Appointed as a mediator by the Supreme Court of India to resolve a dispute involving performance of religious ceremonies in Parsi temples
  • 2012: Appointed by the Bombay High Court mediate a family business dispute involving a construction business
  • 2012: Invited by the World Bank to participate in a panel discussion on "Strengthening Formal and Informal Mechanisms of Access to Justice" as part of the India Day during the Law, Justice and Development Week