2019 Judging Panel

Dr Mohammed Al Khulaifi
Dean of The College of Law
Qatar University

Dr. Mohammed A. Al Khulaifi is Dean of the College of Law (Qatar University) and serves as Assistant professor of Commercial Law in the same University. Dr. Mohammed A. Al-Khulaifi is also a lawyer at Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi Law Office (since 2011), a Legal Consultant at Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority (since 2012) and a Visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon- Qatar (since 2013). Dr. Al-Khulaifi‘s legal researches mainly focus on Business Law (See for example: “Banking Secrecy in light of the Qatari Law”: Journal of Sharia & Law, University of United Arab Emirates, 2014; “Acquisition of Commercial Companies: Comparative study between Qatari and Australian laws”: Legal and Judicial Studies Journal, Ministry of Justice, Doha – Qatar, 2014). Dr. Al-Khulaifi received HH The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s Award at the Education Excellence Day (PhD Category) and a fellowship from the Institute of International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University – Qatar for the academic year (2013-2014).

Dr Muna Al-Marzouqi
Assistant Professor of Maritime & Commercial Law
Qatar University College of Law

Dr. Muna Al-Marzouqi, is an Assistant Professor of Maritime and Commercial Law at Qatar University College of Law. She received her LL.B from Qatar University College of Law.
She obtained her Masters in Law LL.M from University of California Berkeley.
From Tulane University, she obtained her doctorate degree S.J.D. in the field of Maritime Law.
She is an alumna of Qatar Leadership Center & a licensed lawyer.
She teaches Maritime Law and Commercial Law at Qatar University College of Law.

Luigia Ingiani
Employment Standards Office
Qatar Financial Centre

Luigia Ingianni is an Italian Lawyer and legal advisor with more than 25 years' experience in employment and 20 years in data protection. She holds a Master degree in Law, a Post-degree Master in Human Resources and is a conciliator of labour disputes certified by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO). She has worked in several countries assisting international clients and governmental institutions in regard of employment matters including employment lawsuits in courts. Since September 2015 she is in charge of the Employment Standards Office of the QFC, the first administrative employment dispute resolution centre in the GCC operating under ILO guidelines. She is also responsible for the reform and implementation of the QFC Data Protection Regulations to align them to the EU GDPR.

Dr Ehab Elsonbaty
Senior Legal Counsel
Head of Governance and Government Affairs
Qatar Investment Authority

Judge Dr Ehab Maher Elsonbaty is the senior legal counsel, head of governance and government affairs in Qatar Investment Authroity since February 2014. Before this, he served for almost 6 years as a senior legal advisor to the Amiri Diwan of the State of Qatar and a member of the Council of Ministers Permanent Committee for legislative Affairs in addition to many other legal & policy committees. Previously he served in the Egyptian Public Prosecution and Juduicay for more than 15 years, where his last position was a judge in Cairo's Court of Appeal and advisor to the Minister of Justice for International Cooperation and Human Rights. He is also a certified arbitrator and mediator. Dr. Elsonbaty holds two Masters and PhD degrees. He writes and lectures on cyber laws, litigation & ADRs and private international law in various universities and research institutes. He has provided consultancies to the ITU, UNODC, UNECA, Council of Europe, UNCTAC, UNESCO, Arab League, and ARADO. Dr. Elsonbaty speaks Arabic, English, Italian and French. His areas of specialization are Commercial Transactions (M & A, Corporate), Governance, Private Interntional law (ADRs) Cyber laws, and Criminal Justice.


Susan L. Karamanian
Hamad Bin Khalifa College of Law and Public Policy 

Susan L. Karamanian is Dean of the College of Law and Public Policy at the Hamad Bin Khalifa College of Law and Public Policy.  From 2000-2017, she was Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies (previously Assistant Dean) at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. In fall 2017 she was Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Before joining GW Law, Susan had a 14-year career at the law firm of Locke Lord LLP in Dallas, Texas, where she represented foreign and domestic clients in commercial disputes. She is active in the American Society of International Law (ASIL), in which she was vice-president from 1996 to 1998, the Center for American and International Law (CAIL) in Dallas, Texas, in which she is a Trustee, and a number of other organizations.
Susan obtained her BS from Auburn University, BA from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and JD from the University of Texas.

Dr Damilola Olawuyi
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Damilola S. Olawuyi is an associate professor of petroleum, energy and environmental law at the HBKU Law School, Qatar, and chancellor’s fellow at the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute), Nigeria. A prolific and highly regarded scholar, Dr. Olawuyi has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, books, and reports on climate finance, energy infrastructure, and extractive resource governance. His most recent publication is “The Human Rights-Based Approach to Carbon Finance” (Cambridge University Press 2016). Dr. Olawuyi was formerly an international energy lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Calgary, where he served on the firm’s global committee on extractive resource investments in Africa. He has lectured on energy and environmental law in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Dr. Olawuyi has been admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in Alberta, Canada; Ontario, Canada; and Nigeria. He serves on the executive committees and boards of several organizations.

Dr Minas Katchadourian
General Counsel
Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration

Dr. Minas Khatchadourian is the General Counsel of the Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Bar Association, and the representative of Qatar at the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) of the Centre for American and International Law.
He holds a PhD. Degree in International Arbitration and is a visiting professor in several universities. He has authored many articles on international commercial and investment arbitration. He has advised several public entities in arbitration cases before ICC, AAA and SCC.
Dr. Khatchadourian acts regularly as party-appointed arbitrator in disputes related to international trade contracts, construction contracts, joint-venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agency and distributorship agreements, licensing contracts, etc. He collaborates in the “Doing Business Annual Report” prepared by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Christopher Grout
Qatar International Court & Dispute Resolution Centre

Christopher Grout has been the Registrar of the QICDRC since 2012. As Registrar of both the Qatar International Court and the QFC Regulatory Tribunal, he is in charge of the Registry which is responsible for the case management of cases before the two bodies. As Registrar, he will give procedural guidance to parties to proceedings as well as give directions in relation to the progression and management of active cases. He will also, where required by the judges, make costs assessments following the nclusion of a case. In addition, Christopher is a member of the QICDRC’s senior management team and of the Judicial Advisory Board. He holds an LL.B degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he worked for the Ministry of Justice at the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in the Royal Courts of Justice, London. In 2009, he joined 15 New Bridge Street, the Chambers of David Aaronberg QC, where he specialised as a criminal defence barrister appearing in the Magistrates Courts, Youth Courts, Crown Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Farouk Yala
Senior Legal counsel
Qatar Petroleum

Farouk Yala is a French qualified barrister with 17 years of experience encompassing 7 years spent in the private practice in France (Avocat à la Cour, barreaux des Hauts-de-Seine and Paris), and 10 years as in-house counsel in the Oil & Gas industry, holding several positions, first with a major US oilfield service company based successively in Tripoli (Libya) and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Mr Yala is currently Senior legal counsel at Qatar Petroleum, the national oil company of the State of Qatar. He holds a JD and an LLM from the University of Pantheon-Assas Paris 2 School of Law.

Antoine Granoux
Legal & Corporate Governance Manager
Total E&P Qatar

Antoine Granoux started his carrier in Australia. He has an extensive experience in the oil, gas & chemistry industry, spanning nearly 30 years at Total. Prior to joining Total’s affiliate in Qatar in September 2019 as Legal & Governance Manager, he was Legal Manager and Ethics Officer in Uganda, Vice President E&P Legal for M&A activities. He advises mainly on contracts, governance, human resources, compliance, ethics, dispute resolution and IFC performance standards. 

Martin Schulz
General Counsel

Martin Schulz is General Counsel of Ooredoo Qatar. Before his current position, he was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the German multinational technology company SIEMENS for Qatar and the Levant Region (Lebanon, Jordan, Syria). In this role he was awarded with the Inhouse large team of the Year and the General Counsel of the Year award back in 2017. Prior to his assignments in Qatar, Martin worked at Siemens Headquarter in Germany, was in private practice at a German top tier law firm in Berlin and worked as a scholar at a German think tank in Hamburg.

Martin is a qualified German lawyer. He holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Canterbury (NZ) and an M.A. degree in Korean Studies from Hamburg University.

Melissa J. Deehring
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Legal Skills Department, College of Law - Qatar University

Melissa is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Qatar University College of Law in Doha, Qatar.

Melissa was the founding Director and creator of her college’s Externship Program. Since 2011, Melissa has developed clinical curriculum regarding ethics and professionalism and taught 998 law students in her courses focusing on practical skills and professional development concepts. During Melissa’s management, QU’s Externship Program saw its student participation per semester increase by 850%, the number of jobs offered per semester increase by more than 800% and employer participation per semester increase by more than 400%.

To date, Melissa has won two significant research grants from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and secured more than $450,000 in external funding for research. Melissa’s research focuses on how culture affects local legal professions, legal education, professional responsibility notions, and women’s ability to join the bar and bench.

As one of her College’s first female faculty members, Melissa has been a prominent voice encouraging women to join Qatar’s legal profession. She hosted Qatar’s first Women in Law Conference on March 22, 2018. Melissa is also an active advocate for advancing SDGs 5, 16 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda. ... see more