2018 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.

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

Dr. Mohammed A. Al Khulaifi is the 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).

Dylan Moses
K&L Gates

Dylan Moses is a partner in the London office of K&L Gates LLP, where he is part of the investigation enforcement & white collar practice group. He concentrates his practice on multi-jurisdictional white collar crime, fraud, bribery & corruption and regulatory matters as well as being a member of the health & safety practice group. He is currently acting on a number of high profile SFO investigations as well as health and safety prosecutions.Mr. Moses’ areas of focus include: internal and law enforcement investigations; anti-bribery / FCPA; large scale health and safety prosecutions, often involving construction site fatalities; professional disciplinary investigations and tribunal appearances including inquests; compliance advice, including advice relating to health & safety law, whistleblowing, data protection and anti-corruption procedures; financial investigations and asset tracing; due diligence; cartel investigations; trade mark offences and products breaching EU health and safety regulation; mutual legal assistance and extradition. Mr. Moses is also a highly experienced trial lawyer, having conducted trials and other court work for over 14 years. He regularly interfaces with regulators and law enforcement agencies.
He is a graduate of the University of York and admitted to the Bar of England and Wales.

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.

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.

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.

Sheikh Thani Bin Ali Al-Thani
Thani Bin Ali Al-Thani Law Firm

Sheikh Thani Bin Ali Al-Thani is the founder of Thani Bin Ali Al-Thani Law Firm. He is a member of the Commission of Conciliation and Arbitration Chamber of Qatar and an active member of the Lawyers Association of the State of Qatar.
Sheikh Thani Bin Ali AL-Thani holds a doctorate degree in commercial law from Cairo University, a Bachelor of Law from Ain Shams University, a Bachelor of biological education from the University of Qatar and a Master’s Degree from the Arab Academy. He is registered as a doctoral researcher for a Ph.D. Thesis at Cairo University.
Sheikh Thani Bin Ali AL-Thani is an international arbitrator certified from Qatar Chamber of Arbitration. He participates in numerous legal seminars and specialized legal meetings.
He is the legal adviser and agent for many of the Arab and foreign embassies in Qatar and the legal counsel of many local and international leading companies.

Yousuf Al-Jaida
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Qatar Financial Centre 

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority in June 2015. He previously held the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer at the QFC where he was responsible for the overall strategic development. Yousuf has a strong financial background with experience across a variety of roles. Prior to joining the QFC, he was Head of Indirect Investment at the Qatar General Retirement and Pension Authority, which included overseeing the management of hedge fund, private equity, real estate, fixed income and equity portfolio investments. His previous experiences include engineering project work for Qatar Petroleum and Dolphin Energy and managing various real-estate projects in Qatar. He represents the QFC Authority on the boards of the Qatar Exchange, the Qatar Finance and Business Academy, the Financial Markets Development Committee and the Free Zones Authority. He also sits on the Advisory Council of Qatar University's College of Business & Economics. He has previously sat on the boards of Nakilat QSC and the US$1 billion strategic investment fund of Unicorn Investment Bank, as well as serving as Vice Chairman of Mayadeen Real Estate Company KSCC.
He graduated from the University of Arizona, USA.​

Dr Yasin 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.​

Hussam Tantawy 
Senior Legal Consultant & General Manager
Al Sulaiti Law Firm  

Hussam Tantawi has a bachelor of law from Ain Shams University and is currently enrolled in the Egyptian Bar Association as an “appeal advocate.” Hussam’s fifteen years of litigation experience has enabled him to handle a broad range of cases in different fields of law. In recognition of Hussam’s successful representation of numerous local and foreign clients, he has been promoted to the position of senior legal consultant and then the General Manager of Al Sulaiti Law Firm. Prior to joining our office in 2009, Hussam headed a successful group of Egyptian law firms. Hussam’s experience in Egypt as well as in Qatar has been a notable addition to our law firm.​

Dianne Mullenex
Pinsent Masons

Diane Mullenex is a Partner in the London office of Pinsent Masons. She is the head of the Global Telecommunications practice and leads the firm's activities on telecommunications matters worldwide. She brings her unique international experience in the sector to our clients and, in particular, leads the firm's activities on telecommunications and smart cities matters worldwide.  Dual qualified in France and England, she worked for seven years in Asia before returning to Europe. She has worked in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa where her clients seek her advice notably on entry into new markets, cross border telecoms transactions globally, broadband strategy and rollout as well as digital transformation projects. In relation to digital transformation projects, Diane has developed extensive experience on smart cities project (either newly-built or retrofit) and regularly provides advice to networks providers, local councils, infrastructure consultants on the roll out of networks and integrated systems. Diane is the Ex-Chair of the communication committee of the International Bar Association. She is also a Foreign Trade Advisor appointed by the French Government. She was recently awarded the Insignia of Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Merit for her involvement in promoting the French TMT sector.

Jonathan Collier
Pinsent Masons

With a background in civil engineering Jonathan Collier has 20 years experience in his core practice of dispute resolution in arbitration, adjudication and the courts.
He has handled all types of construction disputes ranging from EOT's, disputed variations, prolongation claims, disruption claims as well as defects claims and issues around bond calls, insurance and insolvency.

Dr Nasser Mehsin Al-Adba 
Managing Partner
Omani & Partners 

Dr. Nasser Mehsin Al Adba is the Managing Partner of Omani & Partners law firm. He is an accomplished, highly respected and well-known lawyer, having studied and practiced law extensively throughout the world.
He specialises in the fields of International Law and International Trade and Dispute Resolution, having recently been chosen for the World Trade Organization roster of panellists (WTO) as the sole representative from the State of Qatar.
His heavy involvement in Sports law led him to be chosen as the Senior Legal Advisor to the President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) to oversee all legal matters in relation to the sports policies and procedures in QOC or the sports federations in Qatar to comply with international standards.