Katherine Yap


Katherine Yap | Society of Mediation Professionals Singapore

Katherine Yap

Chief Operating Officer

Maxwell Chambers

Mediation Experience

Katherine is an Associate Mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) and an Appointed Mediator for both the Community Mediation Centre (CMC) and the Singapore International Mediation Institution (SIMI). She has over 9 years of experience in Mediation and actively presides over mediation cases with the CMC, serving residents in Singapore facing social, relational, and community disputes. She actively engages with law students to spread the word of mediation to our youths. She was one of the key judges in the national IMSG competition, cultivating prospective mediators.

Katherine is drawn to mediation because of its method of dispute resolution, a collaborative rather than an adversarial one. “Mediation has taught me to be patient, attentive to the needs and interests of others, and it is the only solution to settle a dispute amicably.”

Career Background

Katherine is the Chief Operating Officer of Maxwell Chambers, and one of the pioneer visionaries who spearheaded the establishment of Maxwell Chambers in Singapore as the world’s first integrated Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) complex in 2009. She also championed its expansion with the setting up of Maxwell  Chambers Suites in August 2019. Fore fronting all facets of the business, she has over 13 years of experience driving sales growth, leading transformation, and advocating innovation in the ADR arena.


Master of Business Administration and Marketing, Nottingham Trent University