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About the Speaker

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Joanna Kalowski

Joanna Kalowski is a mediator, facilitator and judicial educator. She has a background as an adult educator, and designs, leads and evaluates programs for lawyers and judges.

Ms Kalowski is on the Resolution Institute's Advanced Panel, the panel of the Centre de Médiation et d'Arbitrage de Paris and the International Panel of Singapore Mediation Centre. She is also on the Faculty of MATA (UK) for their biennial mediator retreats and is a member of Conférence Internationale de Médiation pour la Justice.

She served on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Australia from 1988 to 1996, and the National Native Title Tribunal from 1996 to 1999 and thereafter remained as a Presidential consultant. In 2008, she was appointed to the International Mediator Institute (IMI) where she served on the independent standards commission and co-chaired the reference group that determined IMI standards in intercultural mediation. Ms Kalowski also trained judges in the Family Court's Children's Cases Pilot in mediation techniques in pursuit of a less adversarial trial process. In the pilot phase of the Defence Abuse Taskforce, an Australian body established to help people who claimed to have suffered physical or sexual abuse, harassment or bullying in the armed forces, she was the principal facilitator.

Ms Kalowski who speaks fluent French, German and Italian has mediated over 300 cases, ranging from environmental and Native Title disputes, to partnership and commercial matters. Her achievements have been recognised by Who's Who Legal in 2017, ranking her third on the list of mediators active in Australia.