Strategic Committees


Co-Chaired by James L. Loftis (Vinson & Elkins RLLP, London), Allan B. Moore (Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C.) and Laura M. Robertson (ConocoPhillips, Houston), the mission of the membership committee is to increase the extent and caliber of ITA membership by:

  • Attracting new members,
  • Retaining current members,
  • Encouraging current members to maximize their representation on the Advisory Board, and
  • Ensuring that membership benefits are valuable to all members.

James L. Loftis
Vinson & Elkins RLLP
London, United Kingdom

Allan B. Moore
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, D.C.

Laura M. Robertson
Houston, TX


Co-Chaired by Audley Sheppard (Clifford Chance LLP, London) and Laurence Shore (Herbert Smith Freehills, New York), the mission of the programs committee is to help enhance ITA’s educational programs and networking activities for its members and the international arbitration community globally by:

  • Regularly assessing and identifying improvements to ITA’s existing programs and activities,
  • Identifying new topics, programs and activities,
  • Identifying the best technologies and practices to improve existing programs, and
  • Identifying the best technologies and practices for online programs and activities.

Audley Sheppard
Clifford Chance LLP
London, United Kingdom

Laurence Shore
Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP
New York, NY


Chaired by Tomasz J. Sikora (Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston), the mission of the communications committee is to promote effective internal communications among the ITA members and effective external communications between the ITA and the global arbitration community in support of ITA’s educational mission.

Tomasz J. Sikora
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Houston, TX

Strategic Planning

Chaired by Prof. Charles H. Brower, II (Wayne State University Law School, Detroit), the strategic planning committee develops and oversees the implementation of ITA's strategic plan.

Prof. Charles H. Brower, II
Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI