The Secretariat is comprised of a CEO, Registrar/Secretary-General and a team of case handlers.
Prior to founding the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration, Madhukeshwar Desai studied law at Christ College, Bangalore and practised for four years at PXV Law Partners – a leading corporate law firm. In addition to his role as CEO, Madhukeshwar currently acts as an advisor to the Maharashtra Basketball Association, the Basketball Federation of India and the Government of Maharashtra on various matters of law and policy.
Prior to joining MCIA, Neeti has extensively worked in the field of International Commercial Arbitration, both as a private practitioner representing clients and as an administrator, facilitating the dispute resolution procedure. Neeti’s past professional experience includes working with some of the top Indian Law Firms like Trilegal and Economic Laws Practice. She has also worked at the International Arbitration Department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Paris Office, besides being judicial clerk for Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Muralidhar of Delhi High Court.
Neeti has also worked with LCIA India as its First Deputy Registrar. She is also active in the academic circle and is an academic advisor at KIIT Law School, Orissa. Neeti is also a guest faculty at HNLU Raipur and at National Law University, New Delhi. Ms Sachdeva has obtained a Masters in International Commercial Arbitration from Stockholm University, and has also undertaken a course in Private International Law from the Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague. She is regularly invited as a speaker at various conferences and conducts workshops in the field of arbitration. She is an office bearer at the IBA Arbitration Committee and regularly sits as an Arbitrator too.
Pushkar is an international arbitration enthusiast and an accredited commercial mediator. Prior to joining the MCIA, his practice included complex commercial litigation and arbitration disputes arising from diverse sectors and industries. He is a Fellow at the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability (GPODS) organisation. He holds an integrated law degree from the School of Law, Christ University, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the NALSAR University.