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Announcement of new ASA Executive Director

21.01.2021 -

The Board of the Swiss Arbitration Association ASA is pleased to announce the appointment of Korinna von Trotha as new Executive Director effective 1 March 2021.

Korinna is joining ASA from the German Arbitration Institute (DIS). Korinna is a German lawyer, having graduated from the University of Freiburg in 2002 and was admitted to the German Bar in 2005. She also studied at the University of Heidelberg, the National University of Singapore and the University of Durham, UK. She spent more than three years as deputy counsel at the secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, followed by almost six years as Manager of the Case Management Unit at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). In the fall of 2015 she moved back to Germany to head the Berlin Office of the DIS. She will relocate to Switzerland for her new position.

“I am thrilled to join ASA at this exciting stage of its development. With the revised Swiss arbitration law in force since 1 January and ASA’s five pillar strategy, this is a time of renewed focus and innovation for Swiss arbitration and ASA. I am privileged to have an opportunity to build on the great work done by Alex McLin and to join such a highly professional and dedicated team. It will be an honor to serve the Swiss arbitration community with its long-standing history and tradition. I am also very grateful to my former colleagues at the DIS for their collegiality and support: together, we achieved significant progress in modernizing the institution and positioning it for future growth. My experience in Germany, Dubai and Paris will be valuable preparation for this responsible new position.

Korinna succeeds Alex McLin, who decided to step down by the end of February after more than eight years as ASA's first Executive Director to focus on governance and arbitration in international sports, primarily in his new position as Director of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, a global NGO founded by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique to ensure compliance with ethical standards.

Alex was instrumental in turning ASA into a highly professional organisation that meets the demanding expectations of its global membership. The Board is highly grateful to Alex for his skills and dedication over so many years and wishes him all the best in his new and challenging endeavours.

ASA Honorary President Elliott Geisinger, who presided over ASA during most of Alex's tenure, comments:

"In the history of ASA, there will always be a 'before Alex McLin' and an 'after Alex McLin'. Alex's arrival as ASA's first Executive Director marked a major milestone in the organization. ASA was very fortunate to have Alex devote all of his time, energy and considerable intellectual gifts to boost our activities and visibility worldwide. On top of this, Alex's boundless patience, his self-deprecating sense of humor and his calm-in-all-situations management style endeared him to all of us. ASA has much to be grateful for.       
Korinna: these are big shoes to fill, yes. But ASA knows that you'll continue the tradition of highest standards followed by Alex. I wish Alex, Korinna and of course ASA the greatest success and happiness in this New Year."

ASA's current President, Felix Dasser, adds: "My first year as President was marked by many fascinating new projects but also by COVID-induced impediments. Without the great support of Alex, I would have been out of my depth. Now that Alex is moving on, we are very much looking forward to welcoming Korinna in our midst. She is not only an accomplished legal mind and experienced arbitration specialist, but also possesses the right international background and managerial skills for our ever-growing organisation."

ASA is a non-profit association with over 1000 members - of whom a third are from outside Switzerland, all practitioners and academics engaged and/or interested in international and also domestic arbitration. Membership is open to all nationalities, irrespective of the level of experience. Since its creation in 1974 it has become one of the leading arbitration associations, bringing together the world's most eminent arbitration specialists.


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