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Rekha Rangachari, Esq.

Rekha Rangachari is the second 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.

Beyond the AAA-ICDR, Ms. Rangachari serves as Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section’s (DRS’) Executive and Diversity Committees, Co-Chair of the NYSBA DRS’ International Disputes Resolution Committee (IDRC), Member of the NYSBA Planning Committee for the Judith Kaye Moot Court Competition, Board Member of the New York Coalition of Women’s Initiatives, Organizing Committee Co-Chair of the 2018 ArbitralWomen Diversity Toolkit Conference and Gala, and Member of the New York City Bar’s Standing Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, among other professional and personal affiliations.  Ms. Rangachari is also the Associate Editor of the Juris Investment Arbitration Conference Volumes and serves as an adjunct professor at St. John’s School of Law and Seton Hall Law School teaching commercial arbitration.  Ms. Rangachari was educated at New York University and the University of Miami School of Law.  She is admitted to practice law in the U.S. (New York) and is trilingual in English/Tamil/Spanish.

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).