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Dr Yasser Aboismail

Dr Yasser Aboismail photo General counsel and compliance officer, MENA | Schindler Group

Formerly chief legal counsel for the Middle East and Africa at Eaton Corporation, Dr Yasser Aboismail joined Schindler Group in August 2016 as general counsel and compliance officer for the Middle East and North Africa. He has also been a part time lecturer at the University of Dubai since mid-2014, teaching competition law to students …

Dzul A. Bakar

Dzul A. Bakar photo Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Shelf Drilling

‘My prior stints with Schlumberger and Transocean and attending the INSEAD management programme played a key role in moulding me with the right skills and experience to assume my current role’, says Dzul A. Bakar on his career prior to the creation of Shelf Drilling in 2012. He was a key part of the executive …

Elsamawal A. Idris

Elsamawal A. Idris photo Assistant general manager, head of legal and board secretary | Sohar International Bank

Joining the Bank in 2013 as head of legal affairs, Elsamawal A. Idris was the Sohar International Bank’s only in-house legal resource for a time. ‘This helped me push boundaries, learn very quickly and deliver on a very rich variety of matters in a jurisdiction and a legal system that was totally new to me’, …

Emile Saadi

Emile Saadi photo Head of legal for Middle East and Africa | Apple

Emile Saadi is an English law-qualified solicitor who started his career in private practice in London before moving to Dubai in 2011. Today he leads Apple’s legal team for the Middle East and Africa region where he advises at the cutting edge of the region’s legal and regulatory landscape. He is responsible for a broad …

Eyad Yousef Jaber

Eyad Yousef Jaber photo General counsel | Gulf Specialized Works

Eyad Yousef Jaber has been in place as general counsel at Gulf Specialized Works since 2015, after ‘learning and acquainting myself with all disciplines of law’ through a successful period at respected law firms in Jordan. His innovations within the company’s legal team have been mainly in the areas of labour law, contract management and …

Fadia Mubarak

Fadia Mubarak photo Legal counsel | Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill (GARMCO)

‘In 2010, when I started my first in-house role at Gulf Aviation Academy in the aviation sector I established a legal department from scratch and negotiated large commercial contracts including a simulator purchase with Airbus’, Fadia Mubarak explains. ‘Then, in 2014 I joined a company ten times the size in the industrial field, GARMCO, which …

Fauzia Kehar

Fauzia Kehar photo Director, cluster legal head Gulf and Pakistan | Citi

A perennial high-flyer, as well as a trailblazer for Pakistani women looking to emulate her success in the competitive legal and business world, Fauzia Kehar’s extremely impressive career – achieved, as it has been, simultaneously with a number of external family and personal pressures – has received international attention. For instance, her story has been …

Fayez Khouri

Fayez Khouri photo Middle East general counsel | PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Coming off an extremely successful period as regional counsel of Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) during which he established the firm’s law department in the Middle East, Fayez Khouri joined the legal team of PwC (known as the Office of the General Counsel or OGC) following its acquisition of Booz & Company in 2014. In …

Feras Alkasab

Feras Alkasab photo Associate general counsel and director of technology transfer | Sidra Medicine

Feras Alkasab began his legal career in the US as part of the IP and commercial transactions group at Sidley Austin and, seeking a challenge, moved to the Middle East to help start up the IP practice at the Doha office of Clyde & Co. Joining Sidra Medicine as associate general counsel in 2014, Alkasab …

Filippo Cossalter

Filippo Cossalter photo Legal director - Janssen emerging markets Europe, Middle East and Africa | Johnson & Johnson

Filippo Cossalter joined Johnson & Johnson in 2011 and was originally based in Belgium before moving to the Middle East in November 2015, where he now takes on an extremely expansive role as legal director including responsibilities for Turkey, the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Russia and CIS. He also serves as a member of the …

Firas Oggar

Firas Oggar photo Group general counsel | Zain Group

Zain is a leading mobile telecommunications operator listed on Boursa Kuwait (and on three other regional equity markets) with a market cap totalling over US$8.2bn as of July 2019, counts over 6,200 employees among its ranks and owns or manages operations in eight countries across the MENA region, serving a customer base of over 49 …

Francesca Gori

Francesca Gori photo Managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa lead for compliance, operations, regulatory and ethics | Accenture

Francesca Gori’s career at Accenture began in Italy in 2006 as employment law lead for Italy, Greece, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Then after expanding her responsibilities, she became regional lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in 2015. She was eager to gain a deeper international experience, hence she …

Geoff Allen

Geoff Allen photo Group general counsel and company secretary | Arabtec Holding

Geoff Allen relocated to the Middle East from the UK in 2012, joining Arabtec in 2013. He was appointed as group general counsel and company secretary in early 2017 and is a key member of the senior leadership team as strategic counsel and trusted adviser to the group chief executive officer, Group chief financial officer, …

Gordon Finlayson

Gordon Finlayson photo Director, legal | twofour54

An expert in-house lawyer within the media sector, Gordon Finlayson has provided his significant talents to such prominent broadcasters as Showtime and HBO, the latter of which he operated as European general counsel. He moved to Zee Entertainment in Dubai in 2017 as international general counsel and was involved in the launch of the company’s …

Gregor Pannike

Gregor Pannike photo Group head of legal | Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group

Gregor Pannike sees general counsel operating in the Middle East as among the elite worldwide, given the unique challenges posed by operating within the region: ‘I believe in-house lawyers and general counsel in particular in a highly volatile region like the Middle East require an increased or better understanding in anticipating and interpreting diverse risk …

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