The Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) has announced the appointment of Arush Khanna, Co-Founder & Partner, Numen Law Offices as its ambassador for India, marking a historic moment in the institution's 47-year history..Khanna, who is also a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and an Officer of the International Bar Association brings a wealth of expertise in Commercial Disputes and Arbitration to this role..As VIAC’s Ambassador for India, Khanna shall play a key role in building stronger relationships between VIAC and India, establishing partnerships with Indian lawyers and institutions, and helping to advance arbitration practices in the region..On the appointment of Khanna, Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, President of VIAC, says, “We are delighted to welcome Mr. Arush Khanna to our VIAC Community Ambassador Network (“VIAC CAN”), representing the vibrant city of Delhi and adding valuable expertise to our global team. India stands as a dynamic hub in the arbitration landscape. With arbitration centers in Mumbai and Delhi hosting impactful programs and conferences, the potential for collaboration and growth is substantial, especially as trade with Central and Eastern European countries gains prominence for the Indian market. As expressed by Mr. Khanna, we are enthusiastic about the potential impact of his role as ambassador and look forward to building good synergies between VIAC and the Indian arbitration market.”.Arush Khanna on his appointment as an ambassador says, “VIAC has rightfully earned its place as one of the most credible institutions across the world. The recent past has witnessed its growing presence in Asia. India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and enjoys a robust economic relationship with Central and Eastern Europe. As India tries to embrace institutional arbitration as the norm rather than an exception, there could not have been a better time for VIAC to spread its footprint into the region. It is my privilege to be appointed as India’s Ambassador. I express my heartfelt gratitude to the Board and look forward to creating good synergies between VIAC and the arbitration eco-system of India.”.The Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) was founded in 1975 as a department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, plays a crucial role in the settlement of commercial disputes regionally and internationally. The institution's neutral position between east and west has facilitated its steady growth, handling a diverse caseload from Europe, the Americas, and Asia. With over 1,700 administered proceedings since its inception, VIAC stands as one of the most experienced arbitration centers in the region..If you would like your Deals, Columns, Press Releases to be published on Bar & Bench, please fill in the form available here.