Rekha Rangachari, Esq.

Rekha Rangachari is the Executive Director of the New York International Arbitration Center (“NYIAC”) since 2017.  In her role at NYIAC, Rekha collaborates with stakeholders and thought leaders in the space to advance global scholarship and best practices; offers educational programming, events, and trainings; and operates world-class hearing facilities in Manhattan.

Prior to joining NYIAC, Ms. Rangachari was Director of ADR Services for the New York Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR). Therein, she led the New York Corporate InnovAAAtion Team, and served on the Diversity Committee (spearheading initiatives for greater cross-cultural representation and collaboration) and the AAA-ICDR Foundation Committee (which has funded over 35 projects since its launch in 2015).  She is a 2017 Recipient of the AAA-ICDR President’s Award for Service.  Ms. Rangachari also served as Case Counsel for the ICDR, focusing her efforts on the European and Sub-Saharan Africa Regions.

Rekha is actively engaged with the arbitration community.  Rekha serves as Member of the New York City Bar’s Inter-American Affairs Committee and Chair of its Arbitration Subcommittee, Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of its International Contracts and Commercial Law Committee, Member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution and interlocuter for its Podcast Series, and Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF).  In addition, Rekha is Board Member of ArbitralWomen (AW) and leads its Cooperation and Global Events Committees, Co-Chair of Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers (REAL), Member of the Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge Arbitrator Search and Young Professionals Committees, and Member of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations North America.  In parallel, Rekha maintains an active connection to academics as Associate Editor of the Juris Investment Arbitration Conference Volumes, Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, Cardozo School of Law, and Peer Review Board Member of the American Review of International Arbitration (ARIA) at Columbia Law School.