Agada Elachi, PhD

Agada Elachi is the President at ICMC – Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators Nigeria. He is engaged in active Legal Practice, with a bias for resolution of conflicts outside the traditional litigation system. He is listed as a neutral at the Abuja Multi-Door Court House, Kano Multi-Door Court House, Nigerian Telecommunications Commission Panel of Neutrals, and the Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Kigali, Rwanda.


He is a SEC certified capital market operator and, is actively engaged in investment advising and commercial law practice. He also has vast experience in litigating cases before all levels of court in Nigeria. Agada is an ADR expert with a bias for mediation and arbitration. He holds a doctorate degree in Public Policy and Administration specializing in Terrorism, Mediation and Peace (Walden, U.S.A), a master’s degree in Law, a diploma in international commercial arbitration, and fellowship of several professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC, Nigeria) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).


He is a certified trainer in Mediation, Arbitration, and conflict resolution processes. As mediator, he has been engaged in the resolution of a broad range of disputes such as banking and financial matters, inheritance and testamentary issues, and family mediation, etc. He is also a certified professional in managing workplace conflict. As an arbitrator, he is experienced in handling a wide range of issues including but not limited to defense contracts, power/energy contracts, construction contracts, oil and gas, environment preservation and management contracts, financial matters, and real estate development matters.


He is on the panel of Panel of Neutrals of several organizations. Some of these are: Global Mediation (UK), Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Abuja Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution Centre, Nigerian Communications Commission, Federal High Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre, and several multi-door courthouses. He has also consulted for and participated in the setting up of Multi-door courthouses and ADR centers.


He acts as a resource person and consults from time to time for several organizations on Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice. Some of these organizations are the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), the Justice for All Programme (J4A) of the DFID, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Settlement House, the International Centre for Arbitration and Mediation Abuja, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), and Legal Defense Assistance Programme (LEDAP). He also consults for GIZ Nigeria. He has also facilitated trainings for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He is an Ecowas and Clingendael certified trainer in Mediation and Dialogue processes. He is also an adjunct lecturer with the Nasarawa State University, Law Faculty teaching introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Negotiation, Conciliation, and Mediation, Principles and Practice of Arbitration, and International Commercial Arbitration.


He was Registrar of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators. He is a life member of the governing council of ICMC. He also served as Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja branch and in several other positions within the profession. He was a member of the Executive committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria branch. He is also the Chairman ADR Group of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), and Chairman of the ADR Committee of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU). He sits on the governing council and the board of several for profit and non-profit organizations, including Pillar Microfinance Bank Limited and Layer3 Limited where he chairs the board of directors of both companies. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD). Agada loves to read and write. He is an avid lover of sports and a member of the IBB Golf and Country Club, Abuja. He is happily married to Rosemary and they have 4 lovely children.