SIDRA is led by its distinguished Academic Director, Professor NADJA ALEXANDER (BA/LLB (Qld), Dip Internat (Vienna), LLM, D.Jur. (Tübingen)).

A prominent mediator, educator, consultant and writer, Nadja is an internationally recognised thought leader and a recognised name in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution and brings with her a rich and diverse set of knowledge, expertise and experiences.


Nadja is an experienced conflict resolution professional with a cross-cultural and international practice. She sits on the international mediation panels of Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation. Nadja practises in the English and German languages.


Nadja is a Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University.

She is also a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, United States of America and Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Nadja has trained thousands of dispute resolution practitioners, managers, lawyers, judicial officials, government officers, and non-governmental-organisation personnel from the following jurisdictions: Australia, Austria, Germany, Vietnam, Hungary, France, Italy, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Philippines, Dubai, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, Latvia, Slovenia, Russia, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Fiji, China, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and South Africa.


Nadja is actively engaged in dispute resolution policy development in a range of countries. She has been consulted by international organisations such as the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, the EU Commission, DFAT (AusAid) and USAid.

Nadja currently sits on the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association (as Vice Chair), the board of the Singapore International Mediation Institute, the Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute and the advisory board of the Indian International ADR Association (IIAA).

Previously, she was a member of the Singapore Ministry of Law’s Working Group on International Commercial Mediation, the Australian National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC), the Committee of the Financial Disputes Resolution Centre of Hong Kong and the German National Council to advise on the drafting of a Mediation Law.


Nadja has published more than 10 books and 100 papers on conflict resolution and her work has appeared in the English, German, Russian, French, Arabic and Chinese languages.

Nadja is editor of the international book series, Global Trends in Dispute Resolution and co-editor of Tán Pàn the Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation and the Kluwer Mediation Blog.

Nadja has been the recipient of numerous research and writing awards including a Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law in Germany. Her major legal work, International Comparative Mediation: Legal Perspectives, won the CPR Award for Outstanding ADR book (New York 2011). Global Trends in Mediation was an international finalist in International Awards for Research (Category: Books) in 2009. Her books Negotiation: Strategy Style Skills and Mediation: Skills and Techniques, co-authored works published by Lexis Nexis, are part of an award winning Australian skills series.