2022 Speakers

HILAL BIN MOHAMMED AL KHULAIFI

Director, Legal Affairs Department, Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Hilal Al Khulaifi chairs the Ministry of Commerce & Industry’s Anti-Concealment Committee, which encompasses several State authorities. He also sits on the Committee for Granting Permanent Residency Permits at the Ministry of Interior, the Committee for the Regulation of Ownership and Use of Non-Qatari Property at the Ministry of Justice, and the Financial Sanctions Committee at the Communications Regulatory Authority, and he represents the State of Qatar at the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Mr. Al Khulaifi took part in the working group on the draft law establishing the Trade and Investment Court, in addition to sitting on the committee in charge of examining the applicable legislation in the State of Qatar and its relevance to the provisions of the two international covenants on civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

He contributed to the preparation of a compilation of legislation related to the Ministry’s activity, notably the Law Regulating and Managing the Strategic Stock of Food and Consumer Goods, the Law on Regulating Non-Qatari Capital Investment in Economic Activity, the Law on Regulating the Partnership Between the Public and Private Sectors and the Law on Supporting Competitiveness of National Products and Fighting Harmful Practices to Them in International Trade. He has recently contributed to the preparation of the amendments to be introduced to the Companies Law as per the World Bank and FATF requirements.

Hilal Al Khulaifi earned his master’s degree in Law from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom in 2015.

MUBARAK AL SULAITI

Founder and Chairman, Al Sulaiti Law Firm

Mubarak Al-Sulaiti founded Al-Sulaiti Law Firm in 2002. Since then, Al-Sulaiti Law Firm has become one of the most reputable law firms in Qatar.

Mubarak Al-Sulaiti is a certified arbitrator in Qatar.

In 2014 Mubarak Al-Sulaiti became one of the members of board of the Qatari Bar Association.

Mubarak Al-Sulaiti obtained a bachelor of law from Beirut Arab University in 1997 and is currently admitted to the Qatari Bar Association as a “Cassation Advocate.

HAMAD AL-YAFEI

Founder and Managing Partner, Hamad Al Yafei Law Firm

Hamad Al-Yafei founded Al-Yafei Law Firm in 2007 immediately after the completion of law studies at the University of Cairo. His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and criminal law.

HILARY BELL

Assistant Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law

Hilary Bell is an Assistant Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law. She teaches construction and infrastructure development law, dispute resolution and legal skills courses. In addition to teaching, she coaches teams competing in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Professor Bell has 11 years of professional dispute resolution experience, she holds an LL.M (Distinction) in Construction Law and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University and an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Glasgow.

Professor Bell is a solicitor and notary public, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.

Professor Bell’s scholarship focuses on construction law, dispute resolution and legal education. She regularly presents to international audiences at education conferences.

RICARDO CID

Senior Legal Counsel, Essa Al Sulaiti Law Firm

Ricardo Cid is a Senior Legal Counsel at Essa Al Sulaiti Law Firm. He is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association, a board member of the Portuguese Business Council in Qatar, and a former member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Portuguese Rowing Federation. Ricardo is also an arbitrator with the Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal.

Utilizing his language proficiency in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish, Ricardo has offered his expertise and legal services to a diverse range of clients across Europe. As legal counsel, he has provided legal services to governmental institutions, construction, commodity transport, and distribution companies in Portugal and the wider European market.

DR. ANDREW DAHDAL

Associate Professor, Qatar University College of Law

Andrew is an Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the College of Law, Qatar University. He teaches commercial law and contract drafting and is the Section Head for Economic Diversification at the Centre for Law and Development (CLD). Dr. Dahdal is also an industry consultant and writes on financial services particularly relating to technological innovations.

DR. TALAL AL-EMADI

Dean of Qatar University College of Law

Dr. Talal Al-Emadi is the Dean of Qatar University College of Law, a Professor of Oil & Gas Law, and the Founding Director of Qatar University Press. His academic specialty is in International Economics Law with a focus on how the law interacts with petroleum investment.

Dr. Al-Emadi is a registered lawyer at the Qatari Bar. In 2018, he was seconded to the Emiri Diwan as a legal advisor for the Minister of State for Council of Ministers Affairs.

Dr. Al-Emadi holds a DPhil in law from Oxford and an LL.M from Harvard. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard in 2010, where he developed a course on how health intersects with law, disability and ethics. He was among the first Qatar University law graduating class, in 1994, to receive the LL.B degree. Dr. Al-Emadi is also an alumnus of Georgetown Leadership Seminar 2018 class – Washington DC.

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.

AMR HOSSAM

Legal Consultant, Al Sulaiti Law Firm

Amr Hossam has been a Legal Consultant at Al Sulaiti Law Firm since 2014. He has ten years' experience in practising law, particularly in the areas of commercial, corporate, contracts, and alternative dispute settlement, and relevant industry experience. Amr holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from American University in Cairo, Egypt and a Bachelor of Law from LL.B., Assuit University (Egypt).

DR MUNA AL-MARWOUQI

Associate Vice President of Academic Planning & Quality Assurance, Qatar University College of Law

Dr. Muna Al-Marzouqi earned her LL.B with Order of Excellence from Qatar University. She holds an LL.M from the University of California Berkeley. and an S.J.D from Tulane University in the field of maritime law.

Dr. Al-Marzouqi has been a faculty member at Qatar University College of Law since 2011, where she teaches maritime law and commercial law. She is also cassation lawyer.

Dr. Al-Marzouqi was assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Law from fall 2018 until 2020, when she was appointed Associate Vice President of Academic Planning & Quality Assurance at Qatar University. She has also been a judge at the Qatar International Court since 2020.

DR. DAVID RAMM

Partner, Crowell & Moring

Dr. David Ramm is a partner in the London office of Crowell & Moring and is a member of the Corporate Group. David advises on private equity, venture capital, and M&A transactions with a primary focus on the technology sector. David helps emerging companies raise significant capital throughout the fundraising cycle; grow their businesses through strategic commercial transactions, joint ventures, and licensing; and eventually mature to an exit stage.

David represents both growth stage companies and the investors that support them. He has spent over 20 years assisting highly creative and IP-rich businesses, particularly in the life sciences, healthcare, financial services, and security sectors, in corporate finance, M&A, and commercial transactions. Many of the transactions that David handles are cross-border and multi-jurisdictional in nature.

David's clients include large financial institutions and companies at the forefront of technological development, as well as exciting early stage and growth companies in the life sciences, healthcare, fintech, and security industries. As a former Ph.D. scientist and engineer, David brings a valuable perspective to the practice of law in the technology sector.

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.