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About us
Resolve consulting takes a collaborative and locally tailored approach to dispute systems design and resolution. We work closely with partners to design systems that are responsive to community needs and promote active participation in seeking solutions that draw on collective insight.


Dr. Shahla Ali is Principal of Resolve Consulting.  She has over 10 years of experience in cross-border commercial dispute resolution and systems                     design with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. Shahla is an arbitrator with FINRA, HKIAC (ADNDRC), SCIA, a conciliator with WTC Macau and a                       mediator with the HKMC, HKMAAL and the HK Building and Lands Tribunal.  She is qualified to practice law in California.


Shahla has conducted dispute resolution consulancies with USAID, the World Bank/IFC, the US District Court and the Norwegian Ministry of                           International Development and has provided collaborative negotiation trainings in countries throughout East Asia, North America and Africa.  She is a member of the global IBA Investor-State Mediation Rules drafting team and a member of the appointments committee of the Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Centre.


Dr. Ali currently works as an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Law and Deputy Director of the Program in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at the University of Hong Kong where she works in the area of preventative law, arbitration, humanitarian aid and grassroots governance, collaborative negotiation and law and development. Shahla is the author of Consumer Financial Dispute Resolution in a Comparative Context (Cambridge U. Press), Resolving Disputes in the Asia Pacific Region (Routledge), and co-editor of International Commercial Arbitration in Asia (Juris) and and writes for law journals in the area of comparative dispute systems design drawing on empirical methods.  Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she was an attorney with Baker & McKenzie, LLP where she focused on international trade, corporate transactions and regulatory compliance. She recieved her BA from Stanford University in International Relations and Chinese Language and her JD and PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley. She speaks English, Chinese and Farsi.