“We were delighted to invite Mia to speak at Chatham House because of the unique perspectives that she brings together as an international mediator/facilitator understanding conflict through the lenses of culture and neuroscience.  Her background in mindfulness shines through in the way that she speaks, the work that she does and the way that she interacts with participants and the audience.”

Fadi Hakura

Manager of the Turkey Project, Chatham House

Examples of Mia’s speaking

At the London Launch of The Queen’s Women’s Network on Intelligent Change and Women hosted by The University of Oxford’s Queen’s College on International Women’s Day.

A professional and social initiative for Old Members to network within and across the generations to celebrate successes, promote equality and inclusion, and to champion change. The Network is one of the initiatives being created to mark the 40th anniversary of women at Queen’s in 2019.

Inspiring women on International Women’s day to create Intelligent Change in themselves and in the World around them. Helping them to think about how they wanted to use the network to benefit themselves, Queen’s College Oxford and the wider world.

At Mediation Awareness Week on Breaking through the barriers challenging mediation misconceptions and unmasking its mystery

As part of Mediation Awareness Week, this session seeks to challenge the misconceptions and prejudices so frequently associated with mediation. In so doing, it will identify the often unexpected achievements produced by mediation. Bringing together three rising stars in mediation with experience across a great breadth of disputes, both national and international, this panel will share fresh perspectives and reflections on mediation.

At Chatham House on Understanding Conflict in Turkey and around the world

In this session, the speaker will discuss new ways of studying conflict through the lenses of identity, neuroscience and culture. In particular, she will explain why understanding the anatomy of conflicts – as well as having realistic expectations – is key to resolving them.

This event will be held on the record but the Q&A will be held under the Chatham House Rule.


At The Spirituality and Wellbeing Conference on ‘The benefits and limitations of mindfulness and meditation, and their impacts on overall wellbeing’

The benefits and limitations of mindfulness and meditation have been shown to be many and powerful. Used well, mindfulness and meditation can change our lives for the better.

Scientific research supports many health benefits of meditation mainly associated with stress reduction, and ability to focus. Cautiously promising research in its early stages even suggests that meditation may have some effect on a cellular level on patients in remission from cancer (http://www.sciencealert.com/world-first-evidence-suggests-that-meditation-alters-cancer-survivors-cells). Further evidence is needed to confirm that. So, maybe, in terms of health and focus, meditation is giving us an extra edge. Are there limitations to mindfulness? And do its benefits depend on the way that we use it?

At Debating London on Scrapping the Human Rights Act

MOTION: Abolish the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights


June 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the document that laid the foundations for the rights we enjoy today. So, it is a particularly apt time to debate one of the most controversial plans of the newly elected government to overhaul the laws that protect the human rights of British citizens.

In its 2015 election manifesto the Conservative party pledged that “The next Conservative Government will scrap the Human Rights Act, and introduce a British Bill of Rights. This will break the formal link between British courts and the European Court of Human Rights, and make our own Supreme Court the ultimate arbiter of human rights matters in the UK.” 

According to a review of the proposed policy by Full Fact – an independent fact-checking organisation – the aim of the new government is not to curtail the rights of British citizens (which will remain largely the same), but to restrict who is protected by them and who has the final say on whether they have been breached. 

The questions this raises include: should prisoners have the right to vote because the European Parliament Court of Human Rights says so? Should terrorist suspects who are foreign nationals be able to invoke British human rights law to protest their deportation to a country that practices torture? The even bigger question this debate raises is should it be made more difficult for any government to change the rights of British citizens by permanently enshrining them in our constitution, similar to the American Bill of Rights?

You decide. 

At the Franco-British Lawyer’s Society’s Breakfast Seminar on Mediation on Mediating commercial disputes in France and the UK: Differences and Similarities in the Legal and Practical Realities

Topic: Culture and Conflict Resolution

Speaking as part of a panel on mediation in France and the UK – and in particular how culture affects conflict resolution through the lens of neuroscience and psychology.

More details here: Mediation Seminar Programme 09.04.2015_2

I would not hesitate to recommend Mia. I have always enjoyed her speaking and approach. She is inspriational.

James Healey

Director of Programme Management, Pearson plc

Mia is such a strong, graceful and feminine speaker, I love that. I could listen to her for hours.

Annik Rau

Founder, Pony Express

Mia is a confident, compelling and knowledgeable speaker who knows exactly how to connect with her audience.

Anna Howard

Lawyer, Mediator & Editor, QMW & Kluwer Mediation Blog