Chimdimma Onyedebelu, MICMC, MCIArb(UK)
Chimdimma Ugonna Onyedebelu earned her bachelor’s degree in Law with First Class Honours from Afe Babalola University in 2016 and in 2017, she was called to the Nigerian Bar. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Law, with a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA.
Her passion for Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a whole drove her to conduct research and prepare a paper titled “Mediation as an Effective Tool for Dispute Resolution in Nigeria: An Appraisal” as her final Long Essay in the University.
Chimdimma currently serves as the Head, Training, Communications, Marketing & Member Services of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), a professional body of over 9,000 certified Mediators and Conciliators. She is a certified Mediator, certified ADR Trainer, a certified Arbitrator, and a certified ADR Registrar/Secretary.
She is a member of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR), Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Africa Network, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), ICMC Young Mediators Forum, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group, Young International Arbitrators Group, London Court of International Arbitration, DIAC 40 – Young Practitioners Group, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), and Nigerian Society of International Law (NSIL).
She holds the following positions:
Programme Coordinator, ICMC Young Mediators Forum
Member, Governing Council, Court86
Special Assistant to the President of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators
Acting Registrar, Gemstones Transaction Dispute Resolution Committee of the Gemstones Miners and Marketers Association of Nigeria (GMMAN).
Member, Training Faculty, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators
Member, Training Faculty, Institute of ADR Registrars of Nigeria
Chimdimma is an accredited Neutral with the Federal High Court ADR Centre, Plateau State Multi-Door Courthouse, Abuja Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution Centre, and Court86; an online dispute resolution platform. She has served as a Speaker in ADR conferences and workshops of various organizations, some of which are the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution, USA, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dispute Resolution Centre, the ICMC Young Mediators Forum, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University, The ADR Society, University of Ilorin, The Young Diplomats Chamber, University of Ilorin, and The ADR Society, Osun State University.
She has facilitated ICMC Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification trainings leading to membership of the Institute, ICMC certification training on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), and certification trainings on ADR Registry/Secretarial Services across the country.