2021 Speakers

DR. ZAIN AL ABDIN SHARAR

Senior Legal Counsel, QICDRC

DR. ZAIN AL ABDIN SHARAR has over 23 years’ experience in the legal field. Prior to joining the QICDRC, Dr. Sharar was the Director of Legal Affairs & Enforcement at the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA). Dr. Sharar also served for three years on the QFMA’s disciplinary committee.

Dr. Sharar has taught corporate law and corporate governance at a number of Australian universities and has provided advice to board members of several Australian publicly listed companies. He worked at Qatar University for three years as an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law, where he taught companies law and arbitration law. He has also taught commercial law and maritime and aviation law at the Ahmad Bin Mohammed Military College in Qatar and has lectured on many topics at the Legal and Judicial Studies Centre at the Qatar Ministry of Justice.

Dr. Sharar is a certified mediator at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London and a qualified arbitrator at the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre. He has provided mediation and arbitration services in many commercial and construction cases. He also participates in ADR training programmes.

Dr. Sharar has a Bachelor of Laws, a Master's in International Trade Law, and a Doctor of Legal Sciences from Bond University in Australia, specifically focused on corporate governance.

FAISAL AL-SAHOUTI

Chief Executive Officer, Qatar International Court & Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC)

FAISAL AL SAHOUTI has been the CEO of the QICDRC since April 2014. He is also a member of the Court's Advisory Board. He is responsible for the administrative, financial and legal affairs of Court under the supervision of the President of the QICDRC. During his tenure, the QICDRC has witnessed remarkable developments, as he has led the administrative development of the court, particularly advancing the QICDRC electronic services provided to litigants and lawyers.

In addition, Mr. Al Sahouti has contributed extensively in developing the human resources at the QICDRC by employing talented and highly qualified Qataris to work at the QICDRC registry and other administrative departments of the Court.

DR. KHALID AL-SHAMARI

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Qatar University College of Law

Dr. Khalid Saleh Al-Shamari, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in Qatar University College of Law. He is also an Assistant Professor of Public Law. Dr. Khalid Saleh Al-Shamari is also a licensed attorney in Qatar with practical experience in the field of Criminal Law, Commercial Law, and Administrative Law. He also graduated from Qatar Leadership Centre (Rising Leaders) in 2019.

PAULA BOAST

Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

With 15 years’ experience on the ground, Paula is an award-winning Middle East Partner specialising in construction, engineering, and projects throughout the region including Qatar.

Her extensive experience includes real estate, master planned developments and regeneration, major social and logistical infrastructure such as roads, railways, ports, airports housing, sewage and waste, utilities including oil and gas, power and water, green energy and renewables, hotels and hospitality, leisure and tourism, industrial and commercial, education and healthcare. She advises both the private and public sectors, acting on behalf of government and regulatory clients, project employers and developers, lenders and investors, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and specialist procurement and supply chain.

Paula has worked on key Qatar projects including Duqm Road East, Energy City, Hamad Hospital, Doha Convention Center, Marriott West Bay, Education City, Hamad International Airport, Abraj Quartier Tower at The Pearl, and the Lusail and Halul Island Gas Farms.

GIOVANNI CAMPI

Policy Director, K&L Gates

Giovanni Campi is a policy director in the Brussels office of K&L Gates. Giovanni has 15 years of experience assisting with advocacy strategy, policy analysis, and interest representation on various dossiers. His experience is particularly strong in financial services policy, internal market issues, and sustainability.

Giovanni is a member of the public policy and law group, and contributes to the work of various other practices, including, among others, financial services policy, tax, and regulatory.

He has vast experience organising and leading advocacy campaigns and engagement efforts with policymakers in Brussels and various European capitals.

Giovanni also serves as Europe director of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council, a trade association that advocates to promote and enhance transatlantic economic integration.

SIMON CHAN

Counsel, K&L Gates

Simon Chan is Counsel in the Doha office of the international law firm, K&L Gates, and has been based in Doha since 2010. Before joining K&L Gates, he worked for Allen & Overy. Before moving to Doha, he spent ten years practicing in London from 1999 to 2009.

Simon was ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global 2021 for Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance in Qatar. He is well-versed in a wide range of finance matters, acting for both borrowers and lenders. He is also noted for his skills in fintech and banking regulatory matters. Simon is also rated by The Legal 500: Qatar.

Simon has extensive experience advising financial institutions, corporate sponsors, and borrowers on general financing, including project finance, leveraged finance, asset finance and Islamic finance and also on restructurings.

LAUREN DJEDID

Senior Legal Counsel, Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Lauren has over ten years of experience within banking and finance legal practices including both transactional and advisory legal work. Before joining the Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Lauren trained and qualified at Clifford Chance LLP where she spent five years as an associate within the Banking and Capital Markets practices in London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Subsequently, Lauren held the position of Senior Legal Counsel within the Global Banking & Markets practice of HSBC Bank Middle East in Dubai and supported a broad range of capital financing products and services including bilateral & syndicated lending, mergers & acquisitions, project finance, export finance and financial advisory work.

Lauren currently holds the position of Senior Legal Counsel at the Qatar Financial Centre Authority and is responsible for compliance, regulatory and corporate advisory work and implementation.

Lauren completed her undergraduate study in Jurisprudence at Oxford University and a postgraduate degree in law at College of Law, London. Lauren won the “Legal Counsel of the Year” award at the Qatar Business Law Forum in 2019.

KIRK DURRANT

Partner, DWF

KIRK DURRANT is a construction law partner in DWF’s Doha office. He has lived and practised full time in Qatar for over 12 years. The range of Kirk's work covers both non-contentious transactional matters and contentious claims/dispute matters.

He has considerable experience advising clients in relation to FIDIC Contracts, international arbitration, and PPP-delivered construction projects. His expertise includes matters relating to major pipeline projects (energy, water, waste), utility projects (district cooling, power, water), process facility projects (solar, desalination, bio-fuels), transportation projects (BRTs, urban transports, airports, sea-ports, railway), infrastructure projects (roadways, bridges, tunnels) and commercial projects (mixed-used developments, hotels, theme parks).

Kirk has worked on matters throughout the Gulf and further afield, including several PPP urban transport and renewable energy projects in Pakistan, Tanzania, Rwanda and North Macedonia.

SARRAH ELJAILI

Associate, Hamad Al Yafei Law Firm

SARRAH ELJAILI has been in the legal practice since 2015. She trained and worked extensively in the dispute resolution department in prominent law firms in Qatar, and subsequently worked in an in-house counsel role. Sarrah holds a Bachelor of Law from Qatar University and an LL.M in Private Law – Arbitration and Corporate Law, from the same university. She is well-acquainted of Qatari civil and commercial laws and has a deep understanding of the Qatari legal system. Sarrah has also been active in legal research and analysis of comparative laws.

RAQUEL FERREIRA

Senior Associate, Hamad Al Yafei Law Firm

Raquel Ferreira is a Senior Associate lawyer at Hamad Al Yafei Law Firm, with 20 years of professional experience. She specialises in dispute resolution, focusing particularly on banking, civil, corporate and commercial, financial litigation and international arbitration.

Raquel has represented clients from a varied range of sectors including the banking, industry, information technology, labour, and real estate sectors. She has advised clients on highly complex court cases involving multiple jurisdictions in several areas of law, and has extensive experience in commercial and corporate litigation, disputes between shareholders, human resources, labour, construction disputes, contracts and tort cases.

Raquel worked as an in-house lawyer at a major Portuguese bank for eight years, advising on all areas of banking, compliance and commercial law, where she was co-responsible for the internal Compliance unit.

Raquel has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Lisbon and is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 2000. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

MUHAMMAD AMEEN HASHIM

Head of Corporate & Contracts Department, Al Sulaiti Law Firm

MUHAMMAD AMEEN HASHIM has more than ten years' experience in corporate and contracts law and is Head of Corporate & Contracts Department at Al Sulaiti Law Firm. He advises clients on corporate, construction, debt recovery, employment, cybercrimes, data privacy, intellectual property, franchise and distribution agreements. He deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters in both English and Arabic.

Muhammad has extensive experience in advising investors and franchisors in establishing their business in Qatar and in negotiating their commercial agreements with their local partners. He also has substantial experience of working on complex and high value construction and other litigation cases including: commercial and contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, liquidation, debt recovery, cybercrimes, debt recovery, defamation, and employment.

Muhammad earned a Bachelor of Law from Alexandria University in Egypt. He represented numerous entities and individuals in Egypt in various fields of law before joining Al Sulaiti Law Firm in 2010.

ROHIT SINGHAL

CEO, Masin

ROHIT SINGHAL is the Chief Executive Officer of Masin, one of the leading international construction arbitration expert firms.
Mr. Singhal has over 23 years of international experience involving construction contract disputes, expert testimony, and project management. He has extensive arbitration and expert appointment experience and has been appointed as expert witness more than 50 times on delay, technical and quantum matters for construction arbitrations.

Mr. Singhal has presented and published numerous articles and undertaken several speaking assignments on the subjects of claims, schedule and damage analyses and claims prevention in construction and engineering projects. He was awarded with prestigious “Outstanding Expert of the Year Award 2019” by International Arbitrators & Experts in Engineering Sector (IAEE), UAE.

Before Masin, Mr. Singhal was Chief Executive Officer of a major international oil & gas EPC contractor. In this role, he had the responsibility for managing the profit and loss account of a company worth USD 0.5 billion in India and the MENA region.