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Madhukeshwar Desai

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.


Neeti Sachdeva

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 National Law University and at the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. She is the Asia Pacific & Australasia Representative of YIAG, LCIA and a member of the steering committee of the Young ICCA Asia Pacific Desk. 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.


Bhavya Mahajan

Prior to joining the MCIA, Bhavya has worked in different capacities in the legal sector. Bhavya graduated with B.Com LL.B from Panjab University, Chandigarh and later, completed her LL.M in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University in the United States. Also, a trained mediator, Bhavya has formerly worked at the Los Angeles Superior Courts where she was instrumental in mediating small claims disputes. She has also interned at the United Nations and is passionate advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution.