Dr Asanga Gunawansa has a PhD in law from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Master of Law (LLM) from University of Warwick. He is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka with over 24 years of professional experience. He is an International Arbitrator, a visiting academic/researcher with NUS, University of Moratuwa and Sri Lanka Law College. He is a Director of the Sri Lanka International Arbitration Centre, an Honorary Consultant to the Ministry of Justice of Sri Lanka, and an Executive Member of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law. In the past he had worked for the Asian Development Bank as a Consultant, a Legal Officer for the United Nations Compensation Commission and the United National Relief and Works Agency, and as a State Counsel at the Department of the Attorney General of Sri Lanka.
Halina Ward is a lawyer with 25 years of applied policy research, partnership-building, and advisory experience in the fields of sustainable development, responsible business, public participation, and governance of foreign direct investment. A trained mediator and facilitator, she has worked in law firms, consultancies and a technology innovation agency as well as in senior roles with non-governmental organisations including the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the International Institute for Environment and Development. She is currently an independent analyst and advisor, and has served as a Project Complaint Mechanism Expert with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's Project Complaint Mechanism since 2015. She speaks English, Russian, Spanish and Polish and holds an Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and an Master of Laws (LLM) (Law and Development) from the University of London.