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Aarij S. Wasti

Aarij S. Wasti photo Senior legal counsel | Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022)

Aarij S. Wasti has spent much of the last decade working on Qatar’s FIFA World Cup project, first on the winning historic bid and now on the delivery phase. After working on the project in various capacities, including as external counsel and as a secondee, he is now part of the in-house legal team at …

Aasma Khan

Aasma Khan photo Chief legal officer | Gemstone Real Estate Development

Chief legal officer for Gemstone Real Estate Development since 2014 as well as a divisional chief legal officer of the real estate sector for the Al Rajhi family, Aasma Khan’s remit includes the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the wider Levant. Looking back on her career, Khan believes that building the Tameer Holding Investment legal …

AbdelKader Ahmed El Khatib

AbdelKader Ahmed El Khatib photo Group legal affairs director | Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA)

Abdel Kader Ahmed El Khatib has been with SEHA since 2007 and having been board secretary since 2010, he has a unique purview into its overall organisational operations. As group director of legal affairs, he takes on a wide range of responsibilities, including some that are atypical of a general counsel: ‘Whether as a legal …

Ahmad Azzouni

Ahmad Azzouni photo Group chief legal counsel | Aujan Group Holding

Since joining the major Saudi conglomerate as group chief legal counsel in 2010, Ahmad Azzouni has expanded the legal function of Aujan Group from a team of two members in 2010 to a well-structured department consisting of 14 members now covering the Middle East, North and Southern Africa regions and other countries where the Group …

Ahmad Zaky Bin Ismail

Ahmad Zaky Bin Ismail photo General legal counsel | Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company (SASREF)

Approached to join Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company (SASREF) in June 2016, prior to which he was legal advisor to the eGovernment Authority Kingdom of Bahrain and also board legal advisor to SILAH Gulf, Ahmad Zaky Bin Ismail boasts over 27 years of experience having graduated from the International Islamic University in Malaysia and qualified …

Ajith Madhavan

Ajith Madhavan photo Head of legal services | Aster DM Healthcare

Ajith Madhaven joined Aster DM Healthcare in 2010 to become the company’s sole counsel, forming the company’s legal department in 2014 – no mean feat at a company that is the largest healthcare group headquartered in Dubai with more than 300 establishments under management. He led the company’s legal structuring for its first ever public …

Alexander Ridout

Alexander Ridout photo ‎General counsel and company secretary | Lamprell

Leading oil and energy equipment firm Lamprell relies on the services of a highly capable in-house legal function to get the blockbuster deals which it is engaged with over the line. As general counsel and company secretary, Alexander Ridout is the individual with ultimate responsibility for the legal aspects of these deals, and provides further …

Ali Khalaf

Ali Khalaf photo General counsel | Evolvence Capital

As general counsel of one of Dubai’s leading private equity and investment firms, Ali Khalaf has enjoyed an extremely diverse range of projects as part of his regular workload. He lists his top three projects as ‘selling a majority stake in a regional investment bank to a company listed in the UK, growing the legal …

Amr Elsayed

Amr Elsayed photo Senior general legal counsel | Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)

With 20 years of legal experience in both the government and corporate worlds, Amr Elsayed brings a vast wealth of knowledge to his role as senior legal counsel for Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA). ‘The top three highlights of my career began with my first role as internal investigator at the Ministry of Justice …

Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke photo Head of strategy and general counsel | Flash Entertainment

In place since 2011, Andrew Cooke has been absolutely instrumental to Flash Entertainment’s success in the eight years since, having had responsibility for IT, HR, internal audit, company secretarial matters and business continuity at various points. He has had the pleasure of working on some extremely eye-catching – and enjoyable – events on behalf of …

Aneeza Siddiqui

Aneeza 
 Siddiqui photo General counsel and company secretary | ADNOC Offshore

A highly experienced in-house lawyer in the oil sector, Aneeza Siddiqui enjoyed lengthy and extremely successful periods with British Petroleum (where she was involved in the response to the Macondo incident) and Weatherford before joining Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Offshore as general counsel and company secretary in August 2017. Since then, she has …

Anneliese Reinhold

Anneliese Reinhold photo General counsel and senior vice president legal | EITC (du)

Noted in the GC Powerlist: Middle East Teams 2018 for her excellent leadership of the EITC (du) legal team, general counsel and senior vice president legal Anneliese Reinhold returns this year for individual mention among the best in-house counsel in the Middle East. Tireless in her work ethic and collaborative in her approach to dealing …

Aysha  Abdulmalek​

Aysha  Abdulmalek​ photo General counsel | Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company

Aysha Abdulmalek’s role as general counsel for Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, gives her a unique opportunity to directly take part in supporting the fund’s investment strategy – undoubtedly an extremely prestigious in-house legal position in the Middle East. In her current role, prior to which she was with …

Bharat Mehta 

Bharat Mehta  photo Legal and compliance manager | APM Terminals Bahrain

Bharat Mehta is an in-house legal counsel, compliance officer and company secretary with over eleven years of experience in capital markets, private equity, fund structuring and management, contracts and other corporate matters. After gaining experience in a technology major, international law firm and a wealth management firm in UK, India and the GCC, Mehta joined …

Brett Hattaway

Brett Hattaway photo Vice president and head of legal East Europe, Middle East and Africa | DHL

A part of the DHL in-house legal department since 2004, Brett Hattaway’s vast experience with the company makes him an indispensable part of its legal team. As vice president and head of legal for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, he supervises a team of 25 lawyers with responsibility for all legal matters arising …

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