Charles Nupen is an attorney and an ADR specialist. After several years of legal practice, most notably at the Legal Resources Centre where he served under Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, he was appointed executive director of the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa in 1987 From 1987 to 1995 he steered IMSSA’s growth into a national organisation, and conducted several hundred mediations and arbitrations across all sectors of the South African economy. In the early 1990’s, during a time of heightened political conflict, he chaired the Soweto Peace Committee. In 1994 he was appointed as a commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission which oversaw South Africa’s first national democratic elections. In 1995/6, he assisted in the establishment of the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration, South Africa’s first national public dispute settlement agency and served as the CCMA’s first executive director From 1998 to 2007 he divided his time project managing for the International Labour Organisation, a Geneva based UN agency, and expanding his business and consulting interests. He has facilitated labour law reform projects and the establishment of several national dispute settlement agencies in Southern African countries.
Since 2007 he has been involved in high level interventions to resolve commercial disputes, labour disputes, and to address dysfunctional relationships and systems in corporate settings and in professional service firms. He has also managed major multi stakeholder negotiations in both the public and private sectors. In 2009 he received Tokiso’s Mediator of the Year award. He is a CEDR accredited commercial mediator and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Cape Town. He serves on the board of Resource Africa an NGO committed to promoting sustainable resource management to benefit rural communities in Southern Africa. He serves on the board of governors of Michaelhouse