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Law Society of Namibia
333 Independence Ave, 1st floor
PO Box 714
Tel.: 264 61 230 263
Fax: 264 61 230 223
Cord was born in Minden/Westphalen, and he is married with two children. His past experiences include, amongst others, work for NGOs in Israel, the U.S. and Dachau, Germany, where he was director of an association for international youth exchange. Cord’s past charitable volunteer work includes working as a mediator in a Berlin inner city primary school.
Cord studied law and history in München (Ludwig-Maximilians-University) an Berlin (TU Berlin). He acquired the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.), completing a thesis on legal action against anti-Semitic economic boycott during the Weimar Republic (“Flucht in den Zivilprozess – Antisemitischer Wirtschaftsboykott vor den Zivilgerichten der Weimarer Republik”).
Cord teaches law to BA students at a Berlin university.
Washington State Bar Association
600 – 1325 4th Ave
Seattle WA 98101
Her past employment includes working for Old Mutual as Client Services Manager at Employee Benefits and Legal Advisor and prior to that Principal Legal Officer at the Ministry of Justice – Namibia, where she held the positions of Control Prosecutor and later as Magistrate. Before moving to Namibia she worked as a Prosecutor at the Department of Justice in South Africa.
Retha was involved in the Savanna Club, a friendships club between Namibian and South African ladies who supported various charitable courses and which club also established the Namibian Business Women of the Year Award, as a committee member and later as Chairlady.
She is also the Namibian country representative of the University of Pretoria’s (Tuks) Alumni. She received a Tuks Alumni Star Award during 2002 for meritorious service.
Retha is a member of the executive committee of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE) since 2008, the same year that she hosted the conference of IILACE in Windhoek, Namibia.
She is also the recipient of the Law Society of England and Wales 2008-2009 Commonwealth Professional Fellowship.
The Law Society of Hong Kong
71 Des Voeux Road Central
3rd floor, Wing on House
Ph: 852 2846 0500
In addition to her full-time position as Executive Director of the WSBA, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Washington School of Law’s Leadership Council; serves as a member of the International Institute of Law Association Executives (IILACE) Executive Committee and on its Program Committee; she is also a member of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) Board. She recently served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services, co-chairing its Regulatory Opportunities Subcommittee, and was a member of the ABA’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education.
The Association of Danish Law Firms
Phone: +45 33 43 70 10
Prior to Mr. McGee joining the Law Society, he was President of Bell TV, Canada’s largest provider of digital television. Previous roles include service as Chief Legal Officer of Bell Canada and Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of AT&T Canada Inc. Mr. McGee was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987 and began his legal career with the Toronto law firm now known as Torys LLP. He also served two years as Executive Assistant to BC’s Attorney General.
Born and raised in Victoria, Mr. McGee was educated at Harvard University and the University of Ottawa Law School. He has competed internationally for Harvard University in rowing.
With more than 10,000 members, the Law Society of BC is the governing body for the BC legal profession. The Law Society’s principal responsibility is to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of justice and to set standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of practicing lawyers in the province.
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
1810-45 O’Connor St
Ottawa Ontario K1P 1A4
Ph: (613) 236-7250
The Law Society of Hong Kong is the professional body of solicitors in Hong Kong, tasked with both representative and regulatory functions. With over 8,500 solicitor members, 1,500 registered foreign lawyers, 930 trainee solicitors and 15,000 supporting staff in law firms, the Law Society’s jurisdiction extends to over 27,000 individuals in Hong Kong’s legal service industry. The Law Society is committed to defending the rule of law, protecting human rights, maintaining the highest standards of the solicitors’ profession as well as providing relevant and effective services and support to its members.
The Law Society of Hong Kong is a founding member of IILACE and Heidi joined IILACE in 2011 when she took over as the Secretary General of the Law Society in the same year. She was honoured that Hong Kong had the opportunity to be the hosting venue for the IILACE Annual Conference in the following year in 2012.
Chief Executive Officer
Relationships are Everything Inc.
190 O’Connor Street, 7th Floor
Ottawa Ontario K2P 2R3
Tel.: (613) 799-3856
Formerly the CEO of the Association of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, he has over a decade of experience working with both government and the private sector.
Driven by the challenge of developing and implementing organization-wide strategies, he also finds great satisfaction from offering his time and energy as a volunteer. He has spent many years involved in the scouts movement, the international student exchange (United World Colleges), cultural organizations and NGOs working in the field of development assistance (DanChurchAid).