Dr Tenia Kyriazi holds a BA in Law from the University of Athens, an LLM in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the University of Athens and a PG Certificate in Higher Education from Middlesex University. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has qualified as an attorney in Greece. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer in Law and the Head of Law and Politics Programmes at Middlesex University, Dubai.
Through her teaching practice and research publications she examines issues of international human rights law, mostly relating to education, gender mainstreaming, discrimination, migration and trafficking in human beings.
In the course of her current role, she has overseen the launch of the first British Qualifying Law degree in the UAE in 2014 and she has undertaken a number of initiatives to enhance students’ learning experience and foster the development of transferrable skills and sustainable links with the industry, in line with the Department’s strategic priority of bridging academia with practice.
Linda Fitz-Alan joined ADGM Courts as Registrar and Chief Executive in October 2015. Linda is responsible for leading the administration and operations of ADGM Courts, particularly in the delivery of its comprehensive electronic services, as well as playing a key role in the management of the cases and ADGM’s dispute resolution services.
Linda has more than 30 years’ legal experience, previously serving as CEO and Principal Registrar of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. At the Supreme Court, she was responsible for the successful implementation of the Court’s electronic filing and case management capability, the design, refurbishment and consolidation of the Court’s civil and criminal Registries as well as the development of its human resources and training. Linda has also been a Partner of two Australian law firms and held a senior legal position with a large commercial insurer, located in New York City, USA.
International legal counsel and business leader with 15 years of experience in top tier multinational firms. Yasser is currently managing all legal & compliance matters related to Schindler Group in the Middle East and North Africa Area.
Yasser is selected by Legal500 as one of the most influential 100 general counsels in the ME.
Yasser worked also for E&Y and PepsiCo, Eaton Corporation where he held positions of increasing responsibilities in Egypt, KSA and Dubai. In these roles Yasser gained significant experience in commercial, corporate, compliance and a wide range of general legal areas.
Yasser holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Cairo University, a Master’s Degree in International Business Law from Paris IX University in France, a Master’s Degree in International Business Contracts and a PhD both from the University Montpellier I in France.
Born and educated in the UK, Reza is a legally qualified Compliance and Risk professional with over 21 years global banking/ financial services experience, ranging across Corporate, Investment and Private Banking as well as Insurance, Asset Management, Private Equity and Brokerage.
Reza has worked predominately in the UK and the Middle East setting up and leading Compliance, AML and Risk functions as well as managing Legal and Audit departments. Approved by regulators in the UK, UAE and Qatar, Reza has significant experience of managing regulatory relationships at senior levels across multiple jurisdictions.
Previously heading up Compliance and Risk for Barclays in Africa and the Middle East and for GE Capital in the UK and Europe, Reza is currently the Head of Legal, Compliance & Public Affairs (MENA & India), based in Dubai, for Marsh, a division of Marsh & McLennan Companies, the premier US global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in risk, strategy and human capital. As a member of the regional Executive team and chair of the MENA Risk Committee, Reza leads the Legal and Compliance functions for the business, including regional oversight for Risk and Audit, across the MENA and India regions. Reza is also a Board Director for Marsh in Saudi Arabia as well as Sedgwick Forbes Middle East, which owns the Marsh businesses in the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Egypt. Reza holds a UK honours degree in Law and Economics as well as professional accreditations in compliance, leadership and project management from the UK, US and South Africa.
Throughout his career, Nicholas has been given increasing positions of leadership and responsibility. Nicholas has led legal and other functions in the roles of Managing Director, and as an equity partner for corporates and law firms.
Nicholas is presently the General Counsel for the Gulf Finance Holding wholesale and investment banking group, and is based in Bahrain. Nicholas leads the legal function for the GFH group.
As a senior executive, Nicholas is involved in formulating and guiding strategy. For each organisation Nicholas has worked with, he has been consistently recognised a top performing member of the team.
Nicholas is a member of various Boards of Directors including SEDCO Development, a Saudi Arabian focussed projects development company. Previously Nicholas was a member of the Board of Directors of Belleli CPE, an Italian hydrocarbon, industrial and power / water industries design, equipment and process provider.
Prior to joining GFH, Nicholas was Chief Legal Officer and head of Administration for the SEDCO group (for details see www.sedco.com), an international private equity, wealth / asset management and financial investments group of companies. Prior to SEDCO, Nicholas was an equity partner with the international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP where he was the head of the Banking and Finance groups for the Middle East, and was based in Bahrain.
Market Recognition – Nicholas has at different times been recognised as a leading lawyer in his field by the leading legal publications Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Chambers, the Islamic Finance News Awards and The Oath Legal Magazine.
Hani Gharbawi became the General Counsel of EEC in late July 2013. This is Hani’s second tenure with EEC, as he was General Counsel and Secretary of the Board during 2008 and 2009. After his first post with EEC, Hani joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology as senior counsel and then moved up the administrative ladder to become the strategy and planning officer for administration and finance.
Hani had started his career with Saudi Aramco as a trainee in 1993 and progressed towards becoming a process engineer in Ras Tanura Refinery in 1999, with a degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University.
After a couple of years as a practicing engineer, Saudi Aramco selected him for a scholarship to attend law school at Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. Soon after obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 2004, he joined the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Houston, Texas as a visiting attorney focusing on labor cases and policies. In 2005, Hani returned to Saudi Aramco’s offices in Dhahran as legal counsel working on various corporate and employment matters. In late 2006, Saudi Aramcoassigned him the position of interim chief legal counsel for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). During this post, Hani established the first legal department for the University and participated in drafting its constitutional documents, such as its charter and bylaws, and obtaining the necessary approvals from the highest authorities in the Kingdom. Hani also advised KAUST’s board of trustees and executive management on various matters, including the establishment and operation of overseas subsidiaries, as well as pertinent policies, practices, and activities.
Fauzia Kehar has been working as a lawyer for over 17 years. She joined Citi in Pakistan in 2006. She subsequently moved to UAE in 2009 and presently designated as Director and Cluster Legal Head for Citi ME Division based in Dubai, UAE. She leads a team of lawyers responsible for providing legal services across all businesses for UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. The team also provides legal coverage for Citi in non-presence countries such as Saudi, Oman and Yemen. Her work experience prior to Citi includes working as Senior Associate at Haidermota & Co (Pakistan) – a reputable law firm where she got the opportunity to specialise in M&A related assignments. She was also appointed as National Legal Consultant for UNCTAD and worked as in-house counsel for ICI Pakistan Ltd.
She has also dabbled in freelance journalism during her years as a college student contributing articles for dailies such as ‘DAWN’ and ‘The NEWS’ (Pakistan).
Fauzia holds a Master of Laws (University of London) (LLM), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB). She was awarded the prestigious Britainnia Chevening Scholarship to attain her postgraduate law degree (LLM) in the UK.
Lubna is the head of legal at Dubai Healthcare City Authority. Shortly after joining in 2015, she was assigned to create and lead a centralized legal department, responsible for overseeing the legal function of the Authority and its business and investment segments.
In her career spanning 16 years, she has held senior level positions in the UAE and Jordan in both in house and private practice. Before joining Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Lubna was the Company Secretary of Emaar Properties PJSC, prior to which she was responsible for the legal function of Emaar’s operation in Jordan. Lubna also represented many international and local clients in high value transactions, where she worked as a senior associate for one of the largest law firms in Jordan.
Lubna holds a BA and a master’s degree in law. She is a member of the Jordanian Bar Association, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
As General Counsel, Charlie is responsible for managing the legal affairs of GM’s operations in the Middle East and Africa, which includes plants in South Africa, Kenya and Egypt.
Charlie has worked for GM since 2007 in various other regions including Russia & CIS, China, South Africa and Australia. This extensive international experience has given Charlie a proven track record of:
In his 20 year career, Charlie has gained extensive experience across all areas of law, including designing, managing and executing complex projects, joint ventures and restructures, and governance and compliance structures.
Charlie is a Board member of the American Business Council of Dubai and the Multinational Companies Business Group in Dubai.
Bruce McAlister is General Counsel, Global Growth Organization (GGO) for General Electric Company (GE) and is responsible for the provision of all legal, regulatory & compliance services, arising from the operating businesses in the power, energy connections, oil & gas, aviation, healthcare and transportation sectors, across all emerging and developed regions, excluding United States. He leads a multi-disciplinary global team consisting of attorneys, compliance professionals and contract managers. Bruce is also the General Counsel for the GGO Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region and resides in Abu Dhabi.
Bruce joined GE in 2000 and has held various roles supporting GE’s Aviation division, located in London. He led Aviation’s legal team in the acquisition of Avio’s aerospace business in a cross-border transaction valued at USD5.8 billion. In February 2014, Bruce was asked to take the leadership of Global Growth Organizations’ MENAT and was responsible for establishing a centre of excellence, which resulted in one team providing shared services for all the GE businesses in the region.
He has extensive experience in corporate acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures in developed and emerging markets, leading complex cross-border transactions, contentious issues, negotiations with regulars, and overseeing the GGO’s compliance organization.
Bruce holds BA and LLB degrees from University of Natal, South Africa, and a Master’s degree from Cranfield University, UK. He is admitted to practice in England and Wales, and South Africa.