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Languages Fluent: English, French
Languages Conversational: German, Italian
Joanna Kalowskiis a mediator, facilitator and judicial educator, formerly director of Joanna Kalowski and Associates, a management consultancy specialising in dispute resolution, cross-cultural communication and organisational development. She has worked for over thirty years in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and India. Over the last 13 years, Joanna has also run workshops in Italy, Germany, England, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland and France, including a 2005 three-day summer school for the Centre de Mediation de Paris, conducted in French.
Joanna has mediated or facilitated over 300 matters related to indigenous land claims, environmental matters, community involvement in public infrastructure projects, commercial, industrial and academic disputes. Since July 2013, Joanna has been principal facilitator in the pilot phase of the Defence Abuse Taskforce’s restorative engagement process (Australia) and has run briefing sessions for representatives of the Armed Forces who will participate in the many hundreds of conferences set down for Phase 2 in 2014.
Between 1984 and 1988, Joanna was Director of Community Relations at the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, and from 1988 to 1996, a member of the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She joined the National Native Title Tribunal for a three year appointment in 1996 and continued to work as a presidential consultant for two years afterwards. In 2001 she was Chairman of LEADR, Australia’s largest non-profit dispute resolution organisation, and was their Visiting Fellow in 2006-7. For eleven years, she co-presented LEADR’s Australian and overseas training program.
Joanna has held a range of other board and advisory council memberships, including the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, where she served a decade on the Board, and the advisory council of the Indigenous Law Centre of the University of New South Wales. An adult educator by background, Jo has also served on the Ethics Review Committee (Human Subjects) of Macquarie University, the National Population Council advising the Minister for Immigration, and the NSW Board of Adult Education. She was a director of Sydney Dance Company for three years and foundation Chair of the first Australian Foodbank.
Over the past five years, Joanna has been active as a judicial educator, working with the National Judicial College, State and Federal courts and Tribunals in areas such as managing tension in the courtroom, communicating with unrepresented litigants and cross-cultural communication. She was the judges’ trainer in the Family Court of Australia for three years during the introduction of the less adversarial trial process (LAT).
Joanna speaks fluent French, and also speaks German and Italian. In 2002, she was appointed to the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Panel of Neutrals, and in 2003 became a member of the Centre de Mediation et d’Arbitrage in Paris, where she lives and works for part of each year. In 2008, she accepted appointment to the International Mediator Institute (IMI), where she serves on the independent standards commission and as co-chair of the reference group determining standards in intercultural mediation. In 2009/10, Joanna was the ANZ Bank’s pilot Diversity Advocate, and in 2012 she was invited to join the International Panel of the Singapore Mediation Centre.
Updated: February 2014