Rekha Rangachari, Esq.

Rekha Rangachari is the Executive Director of the New York International Arbitration Center (“NYIAC”).  Founded in 2013, NYIAC is a non-profit organization that promotes and enhances the conduct of international arbitration in New York, offers educational programming, and operates world-class hearing facilities for rent in Midtown 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 at the city, state, national, and global levels. At the New York state and city levels, Rekha serves as Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section’s Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the International Disputes Resolution Committee, and Member of the NYSBA Planning Committee for the Judith Kaye Moot Court Competition; Member of the NYSBA International Section’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the International Contracts and Commercial Law Committee; and Member of the New York City Bar’s Women in the Legal Profession Standing Committee and Affiliate Member of the Arbitration Committee. Rekha is also Board Member of the New York Coalition of Women’s Initiatives and of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York. At the national level, at the American Society of International Law (ASIL), Rekha is Co-Chair of the Private International Law Interest Group (PILIG), and at the American Bar Association, Rekha is Member of the Executive Committee of the Section of Dispute Resolution and Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee. On the global level, Rekha is Member of ArbitralWomen and its Marketing Committee. Rekha also maintains an active connection to academics as Associate Editor of the Juris Investment Arbitration Conference Volumes, Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, and Peer Review Board Member of the American Review of International Arbitration (ARIA) at Columbia Law School.

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, E-Discovery in Arbitration vs. E-Discovery in Court, American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution, Webinar (25 October 2017).

Panelist, Mediation Settlement Day, ADR Inclusion Network, New York Law School (18 November 2017).

Moderator, Commercial Arbitration: Domestic vs. International – How Different Are They In Practice?, Discovery/Disclosure in Arbitration: The Great Divide, New York City Bar (14 November 2017).

Moderator, When Arbitration Goes to New York Courts: Recent Developments in the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) – Joint Collaboration of the International Commercial Disputes and Arbitration Committees, Webinar (29 November 2017).

Introductory Remarks, Y-ADR Annual Year-in-Review – New York, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (7 December 2017).

Speaker, Introduction to NYIAC, Young International Arbitration Practitioners of New York (YIAP-NY), Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (22 February 2018).

Panelist, International Arbitration: How it Differs from Domestic Arbitration, New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s (NYSBA DRS) Commercial Arbitration Training, Cardozo Law School (19 June 2018).

Panelist, 60 Years Since the New York Convention – How Has Arbitration Changed?, Association of Conflict Resolution for Greater New York (ACR-GNY) 17th Annual Conference Stepping Forward, Working Together, New York Law School (5 June 2018).

Moderator, Hot Topics in International Arbitration, South Asian Bar Association of North America Annual Conference Carrying the Torch, Grand Hyatt New York (28 June 2018).