2019 Speakers

Hilal M. Al Khulaifi
Director, Legal Affairs Department
Ministry of Economy and Commerce 

Hilal M. Al-Khulaifi is employed with the Ministry of Economy & Commerce (MoEC), hired as the Director Legal Affairs of the Legal Affairs Department. Hilal M. Al-Khulaifi’s immediate responsibilities include managing all legal matters along with providing advice on all new procedures. Along with the above, Hilal M. Al-Khulaifi holds several other key positions that include Chairperson, at the Anti-Concealment Committee and is an active member of many other key committees as the Head of Legal Advisory Panel. Prior to being the Director Legal Affairs at the MoEC, Hilal M. Al-Khulaifi was with the Ministry of Public Health, here his skills and knowledge was essential in building a classic yet effective department that thrived to cater one and all on a national level.
With a Masters in LAW from the (University of Portsmouth – UK), Hilal M. Al-Khulaifi gained valuable knowledge and the knowhow on how to implement corporate and government laws and aspects like the principals of an organization is safe guarded and strategies are implemented flawlessly.

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.

Dr Zain Al Abdin Sharar 
Senior Legal Counsel-CEO Office

Dr Zain Al Abdin Sharar is a senior Legal Counsel at the CEO’s office at the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC). Dr Sharar has an extensive experience in the legal industry spanning over 18 years and across varying legal sectors. He has a Bachelor of Law, Master in International Trade Law, Juris Doctor and Doctor of Legal Sciences from Bond University (Australia), specifically focused on Corporate Governance. Dr Sharar has taught Corporate law and Corporate Governance at a number of Australian Universities and provided legal advice and guidance regarding legal matters to board members of a number of publically listed companies in Australia. Dr Sharar has worked at Qatar university for three years as an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law and has taught Companies Law and Arbitration Law.

Pamela McDonald
Senior Associate
Pinsent Masons

Pamela McDonald specialises advising contractors on major infrastructure and energy projects across the Middle East from the outset through to completion and is experienced in arbitration, litigation and ADR. Ms McDonald joined Pinsent Masons’ Qatar office in 2014 and her practice has focussed on arbitration involving major infrastructure and energy projects including disputes concerning entitlement to additional time and cost. She is experienced in advising international JVs in respect of intra-JV disputes, against employers and down the line against subcontractors. Her extensive experience in a project counsel, advisory capacity, during project execution, distinguishes Ms McDonald as a lawyer with commercial awareness and one which is driven by supporting clients to avoid formal dispute resolution.

Dr. Wojciech Sadowski
K&L Gates

Dr. Wojciech Sadowski is a member of the international arbitration practice of K&L Gates. He focuses on international and/or trans-border matters. Dr. Sadowski has broad experience in arbitration proceedings under international investment treaties. He has been acting for both investors and states in that respect. Dr. Sadowski has also been extensively involved in commercial arbitrations and litigations before domestic, international and EU courts. He has represented clients in disputes relating to i.a. construction, infrastructure, energy, real estate, finance, intellectual property, telecoms, mining and metals, pharmaceutical, outsourcing, FMCG, international sale of goods, shareholders’ agreements and unfair market practices. Dr. Sadowski holds a Ph.D in legal studies and is the author or co-author of more than 30 articles and books on international and trans-border dispute resolution. Since 2008, he has been constantly ranked as one of the leading dispute resolution lawyers.

Jonathan Sutcliffe
K&L Gates

Jonathan Sutcliffe is a partner in the firm’s Dubai office where he is a member of the international arbitration practice group. Mr. Sutcliffe has significant experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution and has acted for numerous clients on a diverse range of international commercial arbitration, ADR, and litigation matters in the energy, construction, hospitality, real estate, defence, insurance, international joint venture, and film sectors, and on investor-state disputes. Mr. Sutcliffe also sits regularly as an arbitrator, including under the rules of arbitration of the ICC, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, and ADCCAC, and in ad hoc arbitrations. Mr. Sutcliffe is qualified in England and Wales, and New York and is registered as an advocate in the DIFC Courts. He is recommended for international arbitration and projects and energy disputes by various leading legal guides, including Chambers, The Legal 500, and The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Scott A. Warren
Squire Patton Boggs

Scott Warren is a partner in Squire Patton Boggs Tokyo office and leads a team that specializes in cybersecurity, data privacy and digital data disclosures in Japan and Asia.
He advises on digital compliance, eDiscovery and corporate data privacy for global and local corporations.
He also has significant experience in compliance, intellectual property, litigation, dispute resolution and government regulatory and internal investigations. He has provided advice to global multinational corporations in the hi-tech, software, retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, automotive, banking, trading, telecommunications and professional services industries.

Jason Macarthur
Head of Client Solutions

Jason Macarthur is Head of Client Solutions at DWF, having joined November 2018. He helps large corporate and Government legal departments reduce cost, improve efficiencies and capture data through portfolio outsourcing. Jason leads the scoping, design and commercial management of multi-year deals leveraging legal and operational expertise, process and technology. Previously, Jason was a legal consultant and global sales lead for a digital legal buying platform. He led the 2015 Legal Services Review of the Australian Taxation Office. His background includes 13 years in legal practice, and 7 years in senior executive roles in ASX-listed and statutory bodies in the staffing services, R&D and marketing sectors.

Dr. Andrew Mazen Dahdal 
Assistant Professor of Commercial Law
College of Law, Qatar University  

Dr. Andrew Mazen Dahdal is an Assistant Professor in Commercial Law at the College of Law, Qatar University; Chairman of the Commercial Law group with International Association of Law Schools (IALS); Section Head, Law and Policy (Economic Diversification) at the industry funded think tank the Centre for Law and Development (CLD) hosted at within the College of Law at Qatar University. Dr. Dahdal is also an Executive Board Member of the Qatar, Australia and New Zealand Business Association.
Dr. Dahdal is currently leading an international multi-million riyal 3-year (2019-2021) research project titled: ‘Fintech and Regtech: Building a resilient, inclusive and competitive legal and regulatory framework for 21st century finance in Qatar’.

Dr. Yassin El Shazly 
Assistant professor
Qatar University 
Legal Counsel
Ministry of Economy and Commerce

Dr. Yassin El Shazly is an Assistant professor of commercial law at Qatar University and serves as Legal Counsel for the legal affairs department of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (Qatar) and he also advices the Ministry of Justice regarding the establishment of the Arbitration department. He used to serve as the Associate Dean for Outreach and Community Engagement at the college of law Qatar University. Dr. Shazly is also an Associate professor of Commercial & Maritime Law at Ain Shams University (on Leave) and visiting professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr. Shazly holds a doctoral degree in Business Law from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University (France), a Master's degree in law from Ain Shams University and Lyon 2 (France) and a Master's degree in political science from Jean Moulin Lyon 3- France. Dr. Shazly is a certified trainer from the International finance corporation (IFC) and accepted mediator at the General Authority for Investment (GAFI) dispute resolution center. Concerning the scientific research, Dr. Shazly published around forty peer-reviewed articles in different languages (Arabic-English-French) and he continues to publish his work in different areas of business law. He published a book on the new Qatari corporate law, published by LexisNexis and recently another book on the new Qatari Arbitration law, published by the Minister of Justice.​

Amr Hossam  
Senior Associate
Al Sulaiti Law Firm 

Amr Hossam Eldin joined Al Sulaiti Law Firm in 2014. Amr Hossam is a highly accomplished attorney complemented with 10 years of commercial law experience specifically in the area of commercial; corporate, contracts, alternative dispute settlement and relevant industry experience. Amr holds a LL.B. from Assuit University, Egypt. Amr earned a LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He also has an International Legal English Certificate (ILEC). He is also a member of the American Bar Association CLE.
He has worked with a high level of legal advice, arising in corporate; commercial transactions, trade practice matters, and industry regulation to national and international clients. Amr covers a wide variety of complex and high value institutional and ad hoc arbitral proceedings in national and international commercial arbitration in the area of investment, construction, technology, and sales of goods.

Essa Al-Sulaiti
Founder & Chairman
Essa Al Sulaiti Law Firm

Essa Al Sulaiti is a practising attorney and Arbitrator in the State of Qatar and a certified Arbitrator in the G.C.C Commercial Arbitration Centre & Qatar International Centre for Consultation and Arbitration. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Essa Al Sulaiti Law firm;
Essa Al Sulaiti graduated from Swansea University, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. As part of his undergraduate de-gree, he gained valuable work experience in a number of firms within the region of Wales, drafting agreements dealing with mergers and joint ventures. In addition, Mr. Al-Sulaiti was actively involved in settling disputes and mediations, which he car-ried out successfully to achieve a positive outcome for both parties. Upon graduating, Essa returned to his home country of Qatar and explored the possibilities of opening his own firm.

Prof. Khawar Qureshi QC  
Founding Partner
McNair Chambers 

Professor Khawar Qureshi QC specialises in Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and International Law. He was an «A» Panel UK Treasury Counsel from 1999-2006 and took Silk in 2006. He is consistently identified as a leader in his fields of practice and has undertaken arbitrations and litigation for and against commercial and State parties from more than 70 States, including most of the GCC jurisdictions. In addition to his practice from Serle Court London, in 2008 he established McNair Chambers, the first ever Barristers’ chambers outside the United Kingdom in the Qatar Financial Centre.
Dr. Qureshi was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge (civil) in 2013, a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2014 and was Chairman of TheCityUK Legal Services Group from 2010 to 2015.

Mubarak Al-Sulaiti
Al Sulaiti Law Firm

Mubarak Al-Sulaiti acquired a Bachelor of Law from Beirut Arab University in 1997 and is currently admitted to the Qatari Bar Association as a “Cassation Advocate.” Mubarak 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 is a certified arbitrator in Qatar. In 2014. Mubarak became one of the members of board of the Qatari Bar Association.
Mubarak Al-Sulaiti enjoys an extensive network in Qatar, in the Gulf Region and internationally. He is a member of The Arab Lawyers Union, The International Bar Association, The Italian Business Center in Qatar, RexSport Association, and was formerly a member of FIFA Players' Status Committee. Mubarak Al-Sulaiti compiled and organized all Qatari and Egyptian laws in addition to the judgments and principles of courts from the two nations into a digital and annotated code that can be used a reference by students and practitioners.

Dr. Rawan Al-Louzi  
Assistant Professor of Commercial Law
College of Law, Qatar University

Dr. Rawan Al-Louzi is an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at Qatar University. Dr. Al-Louzi received her Ph.D. in Law from the University of Manchester / United Kingdom, where she also worked an Assistant Lecturer, and an LLM in International Business Law from the University of Manchester and an LLM in Intellectual Property from Jordan University. She has publications in international trade law, e-commerce, corporate law, international investment law and intellectual property rights. Dr. Al-Louzi is a Jordanian qualified lawyer.

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.