Manon Schonewille (Netherlands)

Manon Schonewille is a an experienced mediator whose practice spans since 1996. She is a IMI Certified Mediator and IMI Certified Mediation Advocate, MfN register mediator, as well as name partner at S&S Business Mediation office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Throughout four continents, Manon Schonewille has mediated commercial cases and trained and taught professionals in the advanced use of mediation and negotiation techniques, especially in intercultural settings. She consults with individual professionals, corporations and governmental organizations on conflict management, negotiation and the setup of dispute prevention programs. In addition,, Manon is the founder and partner in a dispute resolution and deal making training and resource center Toolkit Company.

Her specialty lies in workplace, B2B, and cross-border mediation, including termination, collaboration, and other contractual relationships.

Through her legal background coupled with her experience as a business owner, Manon is able to work with and understand the perspective of the individuals involved, legal counsel as well as the business side.

After graduation of the law faculty of Groningen University in The Netherlands, Manon worked in international marketing and business strategy in several countries for multinational organizations, among which Nestlé and Schering. She has also been key ADR expert in several projects for international organisations such as the World Bank and the European Commission.

Manon has completed Negotiation and Advanced Negotiation courses as part of the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School and the credentialing program at the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) in San Diego. Manon also participated in the project “Rethinking Negotiation Teaching” a multi-year effort of Hamline University to critique contemporary negotiation pedagogy and to create new training programs for a second generation of global negotiation education.

Besides being a frequently asked speaker at international conferences and a guest lecturer at various universities, she publishes regularly and is an author of several books. She is the past co-chair of the International Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and is Chair of the IMI Mediation Advocacy Task Force.

Manon is fluent in Dutch, English, and German.