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Simon Copleston
Simon Copleston has been group general counsel and board secretary at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) since 2008. After graduating from Durham University in the UK, he practiced corporate law in the City of London for eight years. He joined Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in 2006, acting as lawyer to the Emerging Markets Department and Strategic Investment and Infrastructure teams. He has more than 14 years’ experience in banking, finance, and corporate law. Between 2010 and 2013, Copleston was a director of Damas International Ltd. Copleston has been highly instrumental in Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank’s recent recognition as a regional leader in corporate governance.
Robert Swade
Robert Swade is the group chief operating officer of Jumeirah Group. He is responsible for hotel and commercial operations, ranging from owned hotels in Dubai to managed properties in the UAE and internationally. Swade joined the Jumeirah Group in October 2005 as general counsel with responsibility for the Group’s worldwide legal affairs. In 2012, he was appointed as group chief development officer, tasked with building a portfolio of future hotel projects for the Company. Today Jumeirah Group has 23 operating hotels for both the Jumeirah luxury brand and the new contemporary lifestyle brand Venu. Swade’s history in the hospitality business started in the South of England, where his family owned and managed a boutique hotel. He started his career as a commercial lawyer, working in both London and Dubai and prior to moving to Dubai, fifteen years ago, he also worked at the House of Commons for a UK Government Minister.
Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson joined the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as a director in 2013. Prior to this, he spent over 20 years working in senior management roles in the Middle East; including the management of 24 multi-disciplined businesses throughout the GCC, Asia and Asia Pacific with a team of over 1000 staff. His roles have been at senior management and global board level focusing on strategic growth, organisational change and efficient plan delivery. Jackson sits on the Global Operating Group and is responsible for the RICS strategic growth plan and delivery in the Middle East and North Africa markets. He is leading several initiatives in the GCC where RICS are working with, and advising governments and regulators to create sustainable property markets underpinned by appropriate processes, standards and regulation; one of the main focus areas being ADR and Expert Witness Services for the Built Environment.
Jehad Abdulrazzaq Kazim
Jehad Kazim joined Dubai Chamber in 2001 as legal researcher. In 2003, she was promoted to the position of manager and in 2008 she became director of legal services department. Subsequently, Dubai International Arbitration Centre appointed Kazim as deputy director. With this position she became the first Emirati woman to hold a senior position in arbitration in the region. Kazim has vast experience in alternate dispute resolution. She manages the mediation services of the Chamber and reinvents their processes by adding new features and applying best practices. She holds an LLM in Business Law from University of Hertfordshire, UK and LLB in Shari’ah & Law from the UAE University. Kazim has served as an assessor for Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award and an active participant in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development. In 2013, she was nominated for the Distinguished Government Employee in Dubai Government Excellence Program.
Henry Mainwaring
Henry Mainwaring is vice president and associate general counsel in Visa’s CEMEA region. Mainwaring is a UK qualified solicitor with 20 years’ experience in the legal profession. He started out in private practice specialising in copyright and commercial work at one of London’s leading media firms, advising clients including Robbie Williams, Pink Floyd and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. For the last ten years he has been in-house counsel, having spent three years at Dunnhumby, the data consultancy, before moving to Visa. Mainwaring joined Visa’s legal team in London in 2008 and moved to Dubai in 2012, and leads Visa’s legal department for the Middle East, Africa and CIS countries.
Ghada Qaisi Audi
Ghada Qaisi Audi is head of legal of the 750+ employee luxury watch and jewelry retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons LLC established in 1950 and headquartered in Dubai, UAE. Prior to that, she was head of dispute resolution with a Dubai-based boutique firm and formerly the acting deputy registrar of the DIFC Courts and Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World. She has acted as counsel in a number of arbitrations, and sits as a panel member of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre (Manama and Riyadh). Audi is a member of the DIFC Courts’ Rules Sub-Committee and is a frequent faculty participant in the DIFC Courts Academy. The Seddiqi Legal Department was shortlisted for the Legal Week Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards ‘Legal Department of the Year - Small Team’ in 2015.
HH Frances Kirkham CBE
Frances Kirkham served as a senior circuit judge of England & Wales from October 2000 until February 2011. She was a designated Technology & Construction Court judge and also dealt with High Court cases in the Chancery Division and the Mercantile and Administrative Courts. After Kirkham retired from the bench in England & Wales in 2011, she was appointed a justice of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC), and is an active member of that court. Kirkham now regularly accepts appointments as arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations, and acts as adjudicator and mediator. Kirkham is regularly invited to speak at international conferences.
Bruce A. McAlister
Bruce A. McAlister is senior executive and general counsel, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) for General Electric. He joined GE in 2000 and has held various roles supporting GE Aviation division. McAlister recently led Aviation’s legal team in the acquisition of Avio’s aerospace business in a cross-border transaction valued at USD5.8 billion. He has also led a global team including members in Asia. He was appointed as general counsel MENAT in March 2014. McAlister leads a multi-disciplinary team in MENAT, consisting of qualified attorneys and compliance professionals located throughout the region, supporting all of GE's business divisions. He has extensive experience in corporate acquisitions/disposals and joint ventures in the emerging markets, leading complex cross-border international transactions, and leading a compliance organisation charged with the implementation, maintenance and investigations of GE's corporate compliance and ethics policy. McAlister holds BA and LLB degrees from University of Natal, South Africa, and a Masters degree from Cranfield University, UK.
Anneliese Reinhold
Anneliese Reinhold is general counsel & senior vice-president – legal & regulatory affairs for leading UAE telco Du. Under her watch, in 2014 Du became the first in-house legal department of a locally-owned company in MENA to be awarded the Law Society of England & Wales’ prestigious Lexcel practice management accreditation. Reinhold has 25+ years’ general counsel and partner-level experience gained in businesses and law firms spanning the Middle East, UK/EU and Australasia. Profiled in Legal 500’s inaugural GC Powerlist: Middle East (2015), she is a past board member of ACC Middle East, a sought after and regular conference speaker, and the recipient of numerous local and international legal Awards. Reinhold is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, holds degrees in Law & Commerce (Economics & Accounting) from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ International Directors Program (Shanghai).
Angela Russo
Before joining Nasdaq Dubai in February 2011, Angela Russo was senior vice president of legal and a director in the Legatum Group, based at its head office in Dubai. From 2007 to 2011, she worked as an executive officer and general counsel with management responsibility for a range of legal, commercial, project and general corporate matters across several jurisdictions including the UAE, Asia, Europe and the United States. Earlier, she worked as an associate at Dubai-based law firm Afridi & Angell advising companies on regulatory, corporate and transactional issues. From 2001-2006 she worked as an associate at Freehills law firm in Sydney in the corporate, commercial litigation and industrial relations departments, representing leading Australian companies in transactional, regulatory, corporate and contentious issues. Russo has a BLL (Hons) and a BEc (Political Economics) (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
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