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Meet our Speaker: Mrs. Achere Cole FCIArb(UK)

Achere Cole is the Acting Director of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse and Secretary to the Governing Council of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse.

Achere has national and regional experience in building ADR mechanisms and capacity. She consulted for the Judiciary of Kenya and the International Development Law Organization on a project to support the implementation of the Sustaining Judiciary Transformation Blueprint of the Judiciary of Kenya and was an External Evaluator for a Court Annexed Pilot Project that was commissioned by the Kenya office of the IDLO and International Commission of Jurists, The Kenya Human Rights Commission and the High Court of Kenya, for the family and commercial divisions of Milamani Law Courts in Nairobi, Kenya.

She was part of the pioneer staff that midwifed the establishment of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse under the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group. She also provided training for Mediators and Staff of the Kaduna and Abia Multi-Door Courthouses under a World Bank assisted project to expand ADR institutions in Nigeria and was part of the team that trained staff of the Kano Multi-Door Courthouse to enable the KMDC start Operations – under the Security, Justice and Growth Programme of the British Council.

Achere co-authored the first Restorative Justice Training Manual in Nigeria for the Rule of Law Anti-corruption (RoLAC) Programme of the British Council with the support of the European Union (EU).

She has provided Intensive Restorative Justice (RJ) Training for over 300 RJ Facilitators from the Lagos and Edo State Magistracy, Lagos and Edo State Multi-Door Courthouses, Citizens Mediation Centre, Lagos State Ministry of Justice and the Police Force and in 2022 was faculty member for the United States National Institute for Trial Advocacy Capacity Building Program on Trial Advocacy, Ballistics and Restorative Justice.

She was Head, Human Resources and Administration of Capital Partners Limited and was Workforce Assessment Team Lead as part of a team of consultants responsible for the Bank PHB Retail Strategy Implementation Project and is a trained election observer by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre, Ghana. She was also a member of the pioneer Governing Council of the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), Lagos State and was Deputy Director and Head of Operations at the LMDC.

Achere has vast experience in resolution of disputes through mediation and arbitration; facilitation of mediation training programs; design of Case Management and Dispute Resolution Processes; development of sustainable public policies, development of curriculum for Mediation Skills Training, Mediation Advocacy Training, Restorative Justice Training and Human Resource Policy Review. She is a faculty on the LMDC Mediation Skills Training Programme and is a proficient and interventionist Mediator in fields which cut across commercial contracts, land, family, criminal and employment disputes. She’s a recipient of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) Leadership Award and the Lagos State Judiciary Award for the Lagos Settlement Week 2011 Project

She holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a second master’s degree in law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and is a CEDR UK Accredited mediator. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC). She is a Restorative Justice Facilitator and Practitioner and also a Member of the Lagos State Restorative Justice Steering Committee.

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