WIA Committee Members

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The WIA Committee aim to be at the forefront of promoting gender diversity in the field of arbitration, empowering women by developing their skills and supporting their journey through events, networking opportunities, and mentorship. The members are based in a variety of locations to extend the reach of WIA’s work.

WIA Committee’s Role and Responsibilities

  • Connect, support and advance women in arbitration and promote gender diversity within the dispute resolution community in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and globally;
  • Contribute to shaping policies and activities to develop the next generation of young professionals;
  • Organise events addressing topical issues and provide opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange;
  • Proactively build and lead a working group to run innovative programmes (research, education and/ or advocacy) to drive measurable change;
  • Develop sector-specific activities to promote WIA; and
  • Attend regular meetings.

The incoming WIA Committee members for the 2020 – 2022 term are:

WIA Committee Members (2020 - 2022)

Winnie Tam SBS, SC, JP (Des Voeux Chambers) Co-Chair 

WINNIE TAM SBS, SC, JP practices from Des Voeux Chambers in Hong Kong as a barrister-advocate, independent arbitrator and mediator in civil and commercial law with an emphasis on intellectual property.  She was also admitted to practise as a barrister in England and Wales, and as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and the Australian Capital Territory. Winnie was awarded the title of Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of HKSAR in 2006. She served as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association between January 2015 to January 2017, and currently as the Chairman of the Committee on Intellectual Property. In her capacity as a Deputy High Court Judge and then Recorder, she has adjudicated on a wide range of civil and commercial matters.  


Lixia Zhang (Beijing Huamao & Guigu Law Firm) Co-Chair

Ms. Lixia ZHANG is the director and founding partner of Beijing Huamao & Guigu Law Firm. She serves as vice-chair of the China Academy of Arbitration Law, director of the Arbitration and Lawyer Mediation Committee of the All China Lawyers Association, director of Women Lawyers Sorority of Beijing Lawyers Association, representative of the Beijing Municipal People's Congress, chairperson of the Haidian Lawyers Association. She also serves as arbitrator of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, China Maritime Arbitration Commission, and the arbitration commissions in Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hainan and other institutions and has arbitration experience for 26 years.


Shahla Ali (Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong)

Dr. Shahla Ali’s research centers on questions of governance, development and cross-border dispute resolution in East Asia. Before joining HKU, she worked as an attorney in the international trade and compliance group with Baker & McKenzie in its San Francisco office. She has consulted with USAID, IFC/World Bank and the United Nations on issues pertaining to access to justice, peace process negotiation training and land use conflict resolution. She serves as a bilingual arbitrator (English/Chinese) with CIETAC, HKIAC (ADNDRC), SIAC and is a member of the IBA Drafting Committee for Investor-State Mediation Rules, the DOJ Mediation Regulatory Framework Sub-Committee, and the FDRC Appointments Committee.


Chiann Bao (Arbitration Chambers)

Ms. Chiann Bao currently serves as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration, and from 2010 to 2016 she served as the secretary general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. With almost 20 years of experience working in Hong Kong, New York and London, Chiann Bao practices exclusively as an arbitrator and is a member of Arbitration Chambers. Chiann is listed on the panel of the major arbitration institutions and has served as tribunal chair, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC and KCAB rules. She has also served as an emergency arbitrator under the SIAC Rules. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR-accredited mediator.


Lili Jiang (China University of Political Science and Law)

Dr. Lili Jiang is the Secretary-General, Deputy Dean and researcher of the China Arbitration Institute of the China University of Political Science and Law. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Civil and Commercial Law from Peking University. Her major research areas are arbitration, dispute resolution and commercial adjudication. Dr. Jiang used to work at Beijing Arbitration Commission and is currently listed on the panel of arbitrators of CIETAC and other arbitration institutions. She is also one of the committee members and deputy directors of CIETAC and other arbitration institutions. Dr. Jiang is also listed on the panel of mediators of the Mediation Center of the China Chamber of International Commerce, as well as various other mediation institutions.


Binbin Sun (Zhong Lun Law Firm)

Ms. Binbin Sun specializes in dispute resolution (litigation/arbitration), banking and finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, and competition Law. She is particularly experienced in handling complex litigation and arbitration in relation to corporate equity, finance, trust, intellectual property and other general commercial matters. Ms. Sun has advised numerous large organizations in the real estate, construction, art, culture, trading and finance sectors. With more than 10 years of experience advising clients in all aspects of real estate development, construction projects, business administration and property management, Ms. Sun has accumulated extensive experience in these fields. Ms. Sun also acted as legal advisor for various large shows and cultural projects.


Melody Wang (Shanghai Lang Yue Law Firm)

Ms. Melody Wang is the head of litigation practice at Shanghai Lang Yue Law Firm (Allen & Overy’s joint operation partner in China). She represents clients in high stakes litigation and arbitration, often in a cross‐border context. Ms. Wang is also an established industry leader in the area of PRC state secrets, sovereign information, and the data privacy regimes. In addition to her work on behalf of clients before Chinese government agencies, she has been appointed as an expert witness or as consulting counsel for numerous foreign proceedings (e.g., U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore) involving Chinese law issues. Perfectly bilingual in English and Chinese and with a background in business administration, she is a trusted legal advisor to many of the world’s leading multi-international companies.


Ling Yang (Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre)

Dr. Ling Yang is Deputy Secretary-General of HKIAC and Chief Representative of the Shanghai Office. Ling Yang graduated from the International Law Institute of Wuhan University with a Ph.D. and a LL.M. degree. Prior to joining HKIAC, Dr. Yang served as an Associate Professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law, where she has taught, practiced, and conducted research in international arbitration for more than eight years. Dr. Yang has published two books and more than 30 papers on commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Aix-en-Provence Marseille (2007-2008) as well as Boston University (2016-2017). Dr. Yang also participated as an independent observer in the activities of the UNCITRAL Working Group II and serves as the Executive Editor-in-Chief for the Shanghai International Arbitration Review. 


Xi Zhang (Olympus China)

Dr Xi Zhang has, since 19 October 2021, served as China General Counsel of Olympus China and is based in Shanghai. Before joining Olympus China, she served as Vice President and General Counsel of iCarbonX Group. She was responsible for the iCarbonX group's legal, intellectual property, compliance, medical ethics and code compliance matters. Dr Zhang also served as VP & General Counsel of Bayer Greater China for more than 8 years. Prior to this, she was the General Counsel of Celanese Asia Pacific for three years. Dr Zhang graduates from School of Law, Peking University and she earned a LL.M and Ph.D in Law from School of Law, University Tuebingen, Germany. Dr Zhang started her career as an associate at the international law firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener and worked in its offices in Munich, Hong Kong and Beijing. Dr Zhang left private practice and joined in-house as the General Counsel of BASF Greater China in 1996, and she worked for BASF Group till 2008.


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