2018 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.

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.

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.


Jason Taylor
ACC Middle East - Qatar Branch
Senior Legal & Compliance Counsel

Jason Taylor is a Senior Corporate and Commercial lawyer with over 16 years of experience in private practice and in-house, advising on general corporate, commercial and finance matters, mainly in the oil and gas, mining and petrochemicals sectors.
Jason Taylor has worked in the U.K., the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Japan and Qatar.
Mr Taylor is the Director of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East – Qatar branch.

Rowan McBrien
General Counsel
Total E&P Qatar

Rowan McBrien studied and trained in the United Kingdom, and joined Total in 2012. He has a wealth of commercial and legal experience, having held various positions in both private practice and in-house, particularly in Russia and also in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. In September 2016 he was appointed as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Total’s affiliate in Qatar, where he is also a member of the board and various other internal committees.

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.

Francis Botchway
Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution
College of Law, Qatar University

Francis Botchway is the Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Qatar University, College of Law. He served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies from 2011-2016. He obtained law degrees from Ghana, Canada, the U.S. and the UK. He teaches and researches in International Investment Law, International Law, Anglo-American Legal Systems, and Arbitration and Negotiations.  He has also taught at the University of Warwick Law School and Hull University in the UK. Formerly, he was Adjunct Professor at Leuven University in Belgium, Warwick, and Visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. He is a Consultant on TradeLab, providing legal services to governments, NGOs and businesses. He is consulted by law firms in the UK and the US on litigation and arbitration matters. He has published books and articles in leading International journals in Europe, United States, Australia and Africa. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Journal of Comparative Law. His latest edited book is entitled Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development. His forthcoming book is on Defenses in International Investment Law, to be published by Routledge, UK.