Profile of
Council Members (2019-2021)

Dr Lim Lan Yuan PPA, BBM (L), JP

President

Dr Lim has over 45 years of extensive experience in the property business, conflict management and dispute resolution, training and consultancy. A pioneer in mediation, he has mediated different kinds of disputes and conducted numerous training on mediation over the last 28 years. Dr Lim was instrumental in introducing and teaching the mediation module at the National University of Singapore. He is author of 3 mediation books and several journal articles.

Dr Lim has served as consultant to the Court Mediation Centre, and is an advisor to the Consumers Association of Singapore's Mediation Panel. He is also Principal Master Mediator at the Community Mediation Centre, and the Centre’s advisor where he plays an active role in training and developing the professional skills of the mediators.

Dr Lim's breadth of experience is highly sought after overseas. He has served as consultant to a few United Nations agencies and the World Bank. In addition to his doctorate, Dr Lim holds an MBA, an MSc (Construction Management), an LLM (Distinction), a BSc (Estate Management), a BSc (Economics) and an LLB (Hons).


P Thirunal Karasu BBM, JP

Vice President

Thiru brings with him many years of experience in grassroots and community related social activities. Due to his expertise, he has been invited to serve in different Ministries in various capacities over the last 15 years. During the course of his involvement in social activities, he has helped numerous people from different walks of life resolve their conflicts and disputes. As an Executive Master Mediator with the Community Mediation Centre, he has mediated numerous disputes, and also assisted in mentoring and counselling junior mediators to handle conflicts tactfully and thoughtfully. He brings with him valuable experience on how disputes can be resolved without going to court by using the techniques that he has acquired from over 20 years of mediating disputes. He was also appointed by the Ministry of Law to mediate Community Disputes Resolution Tribunal (CDRT) cases and assessor with Community Mediation Centre (CMC).


Tito Isaac – Managing Partner, Tito Isaac & Co LLP

Honourable Secretary

Tito Isaac is the founder and managing partner of Tito Isaac & Co LLP. Since its establishment in 1999, Tito has grown the firm into a 21-lawyer practice with 39 support staff.

The mainstay of the firm is civil and criminal litigation with the addition of dedicated departments for property, insurance, corporate and intellectual property law.

Tito read law at Leeds University in the UK. In addition, he also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration, is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and previously Ministry of Law-appointed Master Mediator. Tito is also a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public. Since April 2012, Tito has served as one of two Alternate Chairmen for the Patron Dispute Committee of the Casino Regulatory Authority. Furthermore, Tito plays an active role in the Law Society of Singapore as a member of Council 2016.


Gopal Krishnan BBM, JP

Asst Secretary

Gopal has been an entrepreneur for 30 years. He is an active grassroots leader for over 30 years. He is also a member of IMH Board of Visitors and IDAC committee of the Prisons He is a people-oriented person and is ever eager to help people’s issues. His wealth of knowledge and experience in business and community services are invaluable assets in mediating conflicts.

Gopal is a Master Mediator and assessor with Community Mediation Centre (CMC). He also serves in other mediation capacities related to FDWs. He has achieved remarkable success in helping parties resolve all kinds of disputes, including those relating to tenancy, relationships, work place and neighbourhood. He has also mediated Community Disputes Resolution Tribunal (CDRT) cases.


Marcellina Giam BBM, JP

Asst Secretary

Marcellina is a business woman with hands-on technical and people’s skills. She is passionate about mediation despite the demands of her business. Her personal experience in running her business equips her with a keen sense of the dispute, interest and concerns of disputing parties. She has been a mediator with Community Mediation Centre (CMC) since 1999 and has an extensive exposure in mediation, having mediated 328 cases


Eric Wong BBM (L), JP

Treasurer

Eric works as a Consultant Gemologist since 1981, besides conducting valuation on precious stones and jewellery items, he has been an Adjunct Lecturer with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for 15 years.

Eric was involved in grassroots work for more than 38 years. With the vast experience on handling ground issues, he was appointed a mediator in 1998 by Community Mediation Centre when it first started under Ministry of Law. Presently, he is an Executive Master Mediator. His strong passion in mediation work enabled him to contribute as a member of the mediation panel at Consumer Association of Singapore. Currently, he also serves in the Dispute Resolution Centre at the State Courts as a court volunteer mediator.


Low Peng Kit, BBM (L)

Asst Treasurer

Low Peng Kit is the Managing Director of FMC Education Centre Pte Ltd, the Executive Director of One 69 Pte Ltd, First Medical Centre Pte Ltd and First Medical Centre (Yishun) Pte Ltd. In addition, he is also an Independent Director with LHT Holdings Ltd since 1 July 1999. As a Master Mediator, he has resolved numerous disputes ranging from all kinds of issues. He is a certified instructor in the International Institute of Mediators (Singapore) and is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the People’s Association National Community Leadership Institute (NACLI).

Peng Kit currently serves in the grassroots organisations as the Honorary Chairman of the Yew Tee Citizen’s Consultative Committee, Chairman of the Yew Tee Active Ageing Committee. In addition to his community work, Mr Low hold leadership positions in various other organisations, such as being the Past Chairman of Kranji Secondary School Advisory Committee, the Vice Chairman of Chinese Development Assistance Council @ Yew Tee Management Committee, the President of the Canchan Athletic Association and the Agarwood Association (Singapore). Mr Low is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Peng Kit is a passionate and active community leader for over 40 years. He is licence to solemnize civil marriage in Singapore as Deputy Registrar of Marriages appointed by the Minister for Social and Family Development since 16 July 1996.


Ramachandran P

Executive Member

Rama’s personal skills set include being a qualified counselor in psychology and a mediator with the ability to speak multiple languages and dialects. He is conversant in English, Tamil, Mandarin, Hokkien and Teochew, to name a few. He has a deep understanding of different cultures and races. His linguistic versatility has always been an advantage to break any impasse in a dispute.

He is passionate about mediation with an ever engaging sense of compassion for people. He has been a mediator with Community Mediation Centre (CMC) since 1999.


Ben Chew Seng Chye

Executive Member

Ben is the young talent within this panel of esteemed veterans and mentors. In business life, he is the general manager of a group of engineering companies that provide solutions and services to the Offshore & Marine sector, Petrochemical plants and Public utilities. He is a graduate from Brown Univesity (USA) and double majored in Civil Engineering and Microeconomics. Post graduation he studied Law at the University of London and holds the Graduate certificate in International Arbitration from the NUS Law School.

In the community, Ben is a grassroot leader in Minister Chan Chun Sing's constituency and serves as advisor to a group of not-for-profit Kindergartens. In mediation, Ben follows in the shoes of his mentors and has settled well over 200 civil and commercial cases at the State Courts, Singapore Mediation Centre, Tri-partite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) and Community Mediation Centre. In his spare time (not taken up by volunteer mediation or coaching) Ben enjoys travelling and has a photographic memory of many cities.


Jufri Bin Osman

Executive Member

Jufri Osman is a very experienced Mediator, Facilitator, Trainer and Lecturer. As a Trained Mediator, he has been active at the Community Mediation Centre (CMC) and Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) where he has successfully mediated many community disputes to strengthen the understanding and ties between people of different races and religion. For that he was awarded with the Community Mediation Centre Most Outstanding Newcomer Award 2014.

Jufri now holds a BA & MA degrees from Australia, Advance Conflict Transformation from Transcend Peace University, Germany and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Analysis & Resolution in Florida USA. He is an Associate Lecturer at few Tertiary Institutes and Polytechnics in Singapore. Jufri is trying to complete his long overdue PhD programme that he started in 2000 in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from a University in Florida USA.

He is passionate about Peace Building, Multi-Cultural and Multi-Religious Understanding & Conflict Transformation style of resolving conflicts.