Middle East 2023 – GC Powerlist
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Aarij S. Wasti 

Director legal and compliance | FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Sports and media

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Abdelkareem F. Alkadomi

Chief legal officer | Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises

Industrials and real estate

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Abdulkarim Alshatti

Legal director | Kuwait Airways

Transport and infrastructure

Abdulwahhab Al-Hinai

General counsel | OQ

Energy and utilities

Focus on: My career  Abdulwahhab is currently the group general counsel of OQ, a global integrated energy company based and owned in Oman, managing a legal function consisting of approximately...

Adam Abdel-Aziz

Head of legal | Technology Innovation Institute

Information technology

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Afshan Akhtar

Chief legal counsel | The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)

Materials and mining

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Ahmad Azzouni   

Group chief legal counsel | Aujan Group Holding

Industrials and real estate

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Ahmed Bin Salim Al Abri

General counsel | Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

Energy and utilities

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Ahmed El Sayed El Hadidi

Vice president, general legal advisor | Saudi National Bank

Financials

Ahmed El Sayed El Hadidi specialises in banking and finance transactions, energy, construction, securities, global markets, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, trademarks, and patents. With a background spanning Saudi National...

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Ahmed H. Almaadawy

Senior legel manager | stc Bahrain

Telecommunication services

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Ahmed Rabie Al-Rowaili

General counsel | Riyad Bank

Financials

Akram Razek

General counsel - Middle East, Africa and Turkey | Astellas Pharma

Healthcare

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Alastair Earles

General counsel | Drydocks World - Dubai

Transport and infrastructure

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Alessandra Ronco

Chief legal officer | House of Shipping

Transport and infrastructure

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Alexandre Fathay

General counsel and company secretary | Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)

Energy and utilities

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Amira Fayad

associate director - legal and company secretary | Seddiqi Holding

Consumer products

Amr (Wageeh) Elsayed

General counsel and FDI policy advisor | Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)

Administrative Body

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Amr Abdelrahim

Legal manager | KPMG Professional Services – KPMG

Commercial and professional services

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Andy Russell

General counsel and compliance officer | North Oil Company

Energy and utilities

Andy Russell serves as the General counsel and compliance officer for the North Oil Company (NOC). In his role, he leads the Legal and Governance Division within NOC and is...

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Aneeza Siddiqui

Head group ethics and compliance | Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Energy and utilities

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Arif Mahmood Mirza

General counsel | DP World UAE Region

Transport and infrastructure

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Ayed Tadros

Group general counsel | Aramex

Transport and infrastructure

Ayman Alawad

Chief legal officer | King Abdullah Financial District Development and Management Company - (KAFD DMC)

Industrials and real estate

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Ayman Elnaggar

General counsel | Emaar

Industrials and real estate

Aysha Abdulmalek

General counsel | Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company

Financials

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Bapsy Dastur

General counsel, head – corporate risk, compliance and legal | VF Worldwide Holdings

Information technology

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Brett Hattaway

Vice president and head of legal, Middle East and Africa | DHL

Transport and infrastructure

Brian Dunn

Group general counsel | Movver

Information technology

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Brooke Lindsay

Group chief legal and compliance officer | &e

Telecommunication services

Brooke Lindsay is the group chief legal and compliance officer of e& (formerly Etisalat Group). She started her legal career in private practice in Australia. However, her desire for new...

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Christy Wong

General counsel, group legal affairs | Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Energy and utilities

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Daniel Konig

General counsel | SHUAA Capital

Financials

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David Bligh-Smith

General counsel | Alshaya Group

Consumer products

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David O’Sullivan

Group general counsel | Qatar National Bank

Financials

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Dominic Winfield

General counsel | Qatar Railways Company

Transport and infrastructure

Dominic Winfield joined the legal department of Qatar Railways Company in 2013 and was appointed general legal counsel in April 2018. He currently manages a team of six lawyers who...

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Dominik Engel

Global lead counsel | ABB

Energy and utilities

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Dr. Abobakr Dafalla

Director of legal, associate general counsel EMEA | Kearney

Commercial and professional services

Dr. Abobakr Dafalla is a highly educated, experienced, multicultural, and bilingual executive corporate and commercial law specialised senior legal counsel, with special expertise in project finance, PPP, M&As, and procurement...

Dr. Carina Schaefer

General counsel - Middle East, Egypt and Turkey | Air Products

Healthcare

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Dr. Christina Federle

Head of legal and compliance Middle East and Africa | Bridgestone Middle East and Africa

Industrials and real estate

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Dr. Fawaz Alawadhi

Chief legal officer | Alghanim Industries

Industrials and real estate

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Dr. Florian Koemm

Vice president and general counsel Middle East | Siemens Energy

Energy and utilities

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Dr. Mohamed Elmogy

General counsel | Siemens Energy

Information technology

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Dr. Nawaf Al Shuraiaan

General counselor, head of legal division | Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait

Financials

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Dr. Nimer Basbous

Group general counsel | First Abu Dhabi Bank

Financials

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Dr. Raed Al-Saadouni

Head of legal and compliance | Airbus Saudi

Industrials and real estate

Dr. Raed Al-Saadouni, Head of Legal and Compliance at Airbus International, has led Airbus to achieve significant projects in aerospace, defence, and space across various countries, including Germany, France, Romania,...

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Dr. Wadah Hajjat

Chief legal officer | Jordan Investment Commission

Administrative Body

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Egor Nuzhdin

General Counsel EAST - legal, government and regulatory affairs | The Kraft Heinz Company

Food, beverages and tobacco

Egor Nuzhdin manages the legal, regulatory affairs, and government relations, with a strong focus on ethics and compliance, security procedures, and crisis response in the region. Egor joined Kraft Heinz...

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Elsamawal Abdulhadi Idris

Chief legal officer and board secretary | Sohar International Bank - SAOG

Financials

Elsamawal Abdulhadi Idris is a highly proficient lawyer, with more than twenty years of diverse experience, with a special focus on banking and finance (both Islamic and conventional), corporate and...

Fauzia Kehar

Division legal head, Middle East North Africa | Citibank

Financials

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Fayyaz Mahmood

General counsel | Bahrain Airport Company

Industrials and real estate

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Feras Almulla

Senior vice president, director of legal affairs | Saudi Electricity Company

Energy and utilities

Fida Husain

Vice president - legal affairs | Qatar Navigation

Transport and infrastructure

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Filippo Cossalter

Head of legal emerging markets EMEA, Italy and Israel | Johnson & Johnson

Healthcare

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Fiona Robertson

General counsel | OSN

Sports and media

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Firas Oggar

Group head of legal | Zain

Telecommunication services

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Ghaith Mismar

Group general counsel | Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Financials

Hamad Haider

Chief legal officer | Equiti

Information technology

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Hani Gharbawi

Chief legal and government affairs officer and board secretary | Cruise Saudi

Hotel

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Helen Graham

General counsel | Dutco Group

Transport and infrastructure

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Helen Grant

Group legal counsel, Middle East and Asia Pacific | DNV

Commercial and professional services

Hilal Mohammed Al-Khulaifi

Chief Legal, Regulatory & Corporate Governance Officer | Ooredoo Group

Telecommunication services

Hilal Mohammed Al-Khulaifi has held the pivotal role of group chief legal, regulatory and corporate governance officer at Ooredoo Group since March 2023. Before ascending to this esteemed position, he...

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Hosam ibn Ghaith

General counsel | Hassana Investments

Insurance

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Hussein Arkhagha

Chief counsel and company secretary | Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

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Ibraheem Alzeer

Senior director of legal consultancy | Al Rajhi Bank

Financials

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Ibrahim Aldokhi

General counsel and company secretary | Olayan Saudi Holding Company

Financials

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Imen Oueddani

Head of litigation | Sukoon

Insurance

Iryna Kovalchuk

Group general counsel | ZMI Holdings

Energy and utilities

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Iryna Telychko

General legal counsel | Etihad Rail

Transport and infrastructure

Islam Abaza

General counsel and head of corporate compliance Middle East and North Africa | Danone

Food, beverages and tobacco

A bilingual Egyptian qualified attorney with tertiary qualifications in law, with around 20 years of post-qualified legal experience in three Gulf jurisdictions and Egypt. Currently the general counsel and head...

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Ismaeel Makdisi

Group chief legal officer | Power International Holding

Industrials and real estate

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Jane Livingston

Group general counsel | Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Financials

Jessica Crozier

General counsel | Seafox Group

Energy and utilities

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Justin Dowding

Director of legal - Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Pakistan | TikTok

Information technology

Karim El Dardiry

General counsel Middle East and Africa, CHBL, oil and gas EMEA | Eaton Corporation

Energy and utilities

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Karim Hamdy Serour

Executive vice president - legal | Al Ghurair Investment

Financials

Karim has been the executive vice president, legal for Al Ghurair Investment since January 2023. Before that, he held the position of head of dispute resolution for Al Ghurair’s construction...

Karl Rogers

Regional general counsel, Africa and Middle East | Standard Chartered

Financials

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Katherine Hahm

General counsel, head of ethics and business integrity | Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

Materials and mining

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Katherine McAdam

SAGM, head of legal | The Commercial Bank

Financials

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Khaled Al Tenaiji

General counsel | Etisalat

Telecommunication services

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Khaled Aswad

Chief legal counsel | Saudi International Petrochemical Company

Materials and mining

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Khalid Khan

Head of legal | Seddiqi Holding

Consumer products

Khalid Khan is the new Head of Legal at Seddiqi Holding. Among other things, Seddiqi Holding owns Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the luxury watch and jewellery distributor.  Khalid has more...

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Lara Ababneh

General counsel - MENA | Beiersdorf Middle East

Consumer products

Liam Collens

General counsel - legal, regulatory and compliance | Huda Beauty

Consumer products

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Louise Fernie

General counsel | Seadrill

Energy and utilities

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Majdoleen Aboudi

Chief legal officer | Air Liquide

Transport and infrastructure

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Marco Faldella

General counsel | Nebras Power

Energy and utilities

Mark Hultum

Head of legal, Middle East and Africa | Deutsche Bank

Financials

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Mark Pennington

General counsel | Kuwait Petroleum International

Energy and utilities

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Marthinus W. Vermeulen

Head of the legal department, general counsel | OiLSERV

Energy and utilities

Marthinus Vermeulen is a highly accomplished general counsel with a robust legal background and extensive experience with multinational corporations. Having earned a law degree, a master’s degree in law, and...

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Marwan Kiswani

Chief legal and compliance officer | Al Ghurair Group

Financials

Masha Musika  

Company secretary and legal counsel | Asteco Property Management

Industrials and real estate

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Mathad Alajmi

Chief legal risk officer and general counsel | stc

Telecommunication services

Experienced legal leader, promoting best practices in complying with all international and local Laws. Mathad brings over 22 years of experience in various fields of law to his clients. He...

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Matthew Donovan

Group chief legal officer | Ajlan & Bros Holding

Financials

Matthew Donovan serves as the group general counsel and group chief legal officer (board member) for Ajlan & Bros Holding, Saudi Arabia, based in Riyadh. The group encompasses 27 distinct...

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Maya Hardini Abboud

Legal compliance director | Banque Libano-Française

Financials

Meltem Ozker Gunduz

Vice president legal, compliance and quality | Novo Nordisk

Healthcare

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Michael Mitchell

General counsel | Qatar Foundation

Public sector

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Moataz Elshafie

Country general counsel - Iraq | Holcim

Industrials and real estate

Mohammad Adnan Sharafi

Chief legal officer and board secretary | Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA)

Energy and utilities

Mohammad is a seasoned legal professional with extensive experience spanning the energy, industrial and financial sectors. Since July 2020, Mohammad has served as the Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary...

Mohammad Amro

Group general counsel | Agthia Group

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Mohammed Jamil

Group general counsel | Petromin Corporation

Industrials and real estate

Mohammed Jamil – Group General Counsel Petromin Corporation, which is multi-national, mobility solutions provider covering the entire mobility chain with more than 6,000 colleagues, boasting deep roots in over 40 countries...

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Mohammed Majid

Group general counsel | The Dubizzle Group

Financials

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Moulham Al Chawa

General counsel | RAK Economic Zone Authority

Public sector

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Murad Fares

Legal, regulatory and compliance director | Zain Iraq

Telecommunication services

Mustasan Mir

General counsel | Burjeel Holdings

Healthcare

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Nabeel A. Al- Mansour

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Aramco

Energy and utilities

Nader Galal

Group legal manager | Fakhruddin Holdings

Commercial and professional services

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Nadim Elias El Haj

Chief legal officer | Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Narguiz Birk-Petersen

Vice president, regional general counsel, growth and emerging markets | Takeda

Healthcare

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Nasser Al Taweel

Deputy CEO and chief legal officer | Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA) and Ministry of Commerce

Public sector

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Nasser Haddad

Head of legal and compliance | Americana Restaurants International

Hotel

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Neeta Thakur

General counsel | NEOM

Information technology

Neeta Thakur is a highly skilled, dynamic, and US trained general counsel with more than two decades of international expertise spanning various industries, including industrial, manufacturing, aviation, consumer goods, FMCG,...

Nisrine El Mir

Managing legal and compliance counsel | FUJIFILM Middle East & Africa

Consumer products

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Omar Elsayed

General counsel | Qiddiya Investment Company

Financials

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Omar Rahman

Chief legal officer | Dubai Islamic Bank

Financials

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Osama Romeih

Group head of legal | Air Arabia

Transport and infrastructure

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Owen Waft

Chief legal officer | The Gargash Group

Commercial and professional services

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Pablo Seijas Ameijide

General counsel MENA-APAC | FCC Construccion

Industrials and real estate

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Paul Wilkinson

Head of legal | P&O Maritime Logistics

Transport and infrastructure

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Per Hoffman

Vice president and head of global customer operations legal affairs | The Ericsson Group

Consumer products

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Pier Terblanche

General counsel, Phosphate | Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden)

Materials and mining

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Racha Lucero

General counsel Dubai Financial Market and general counsel Nasdaq Dubai and head of compliance, risk and MLRO | Dubai Financial Market and Nasdaq Dubai

Financials

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Razi Heyasat

General counsel and board secretary | Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade (Al Masraf)

Financials

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Rhona Byrne

Deputy group general counsel | Emirates NBD

Financials

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Richard Berberian

General counsel | Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company

Energy and utilities

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Rick Ward

Group general counsel | Emirates Group

Transport and infrastructure

Rima Hadid

General counsel | Emirates Investment Authority

Financials

Rima Hadid is an accomplished legal advisor, possessing over two decades of valuable experience in both private practice and in-house roles. Her most notable experiences include serving at two prominent...

Robin Singh

Head of regulatory affairs and privacy | Abu Dhabi Government Health Services Company (SEHA)

Public sector

Robin Heads the regulatory affairs and privacy section for a prominent Healthcare system in the Middle East. He is a business-focused Legal professional, board member, and tech enthusiast with fifteen...

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Roger Tanios

General counsel | Indevco Group

Materials and mining

Roy Stephan

Head of legal department, director legal and corporate affairs - board secretary | Intigral

Telecommunication services

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Santiago Lucero

General counsel | PwC Middle East

Commercial and professional services

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Sayed Abdullah

Executive director - legal department | Dubai Holding

Financials

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Shadi Mallah

General counsel Europe, Middle East and Turkey | Dow

Healthcare

Shaun Johnson

Group general counsel | BEEAH Group

Industrials and real estate

Shaun has over 24 years of experience as a general counsel and C-suite executive, working for both public and private sectors across Australia, the UK, Europe and now the Middle...

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Sibel Almobideen

General counsel | Global Feeder Shipping Group

Transport and infrastructure

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Simon Price

Group chief legal and compliance officer | ADNEC Group

Sports and media

Simon Price is the group chief legal and compliance officer at ADNEC group and board secretary to its subsidiary, the London International Exhibition Center  (known as ExCeL London).   ADNEC Group...

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Spyros Zampelis

Group general counsel | Almarai

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Stuart Monie

Head of projects and operations (legal) | Red Sea Global

Information technology

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Sultan S. Albooq

General counsel | The Royal Commission for AlUla

Hotel

Sultan S. Albooq began their academic pursuit in the field of law at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah in 2001. Building a solid foundation in the civil law system,...

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Tarek Mogharbel

Head of legal – Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan | J.P. Morgan

Financials

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Tarek Nakkach

General counsel - EMEA | Kyndyl

Information technology

Tarek Nakkach is an award-winning General Counsel, chosen as one of the most influential General Counsel in the Middle East by the Legal 500 GC Powerlist for promoting AI, technology,...

Tjalling Wiersma

General counsel | Petroleum Development Oman

Energy and utilities

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Tobias Speer

Group head - legal | Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group

Industrials and real estate

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Toufic Abi Fadel

Chief legal officer | Barzan Holdings

Industrials and real estate

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Vaughan Crossley

Vice president legal, deputy general counsel | Etihad Airways

Transport and infrastructure

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Vera Kolesnik

General counsel and compliance officer | Nestlé MENA

Food

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Wafa Derouiche

Vice president and chief compliance officer | TE Connectivity

Telecommunication services

Walid Ali Khalil  

Head of legal | Mezzan Holding Company

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Yara A. AlZouman

General counsel and director | PepsiCo

Food

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Yasser Aboismail

General counsel and head of compliance MENA - head of group human rights office - head of global compliance culture and training  | Schindler Group

Industrials and real estate

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Yazid Tamimi

Group chief legal officer | Binladin International Holding Group

Industrials and real estate

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Yosr Hamza

Head of legal/ Director, legal and compliance - Middle East | Gartner

Commercial and professional services

A versed and diverse multi award-winning experienced business advisor, head of legal and board member, Yosr moved in-house early on in her career and played a key part in establishing...

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Zahid Kamal

Managing director, legal and investments | Fajr Capital

Financials

Zahid Kamal is a Managing director at Fajr Capital and is actively involved in various aspects of Fajr Capital’s investments, including origination, execution, portfolio management, and strategic initiatives. Zahid is...

Zaid Gardner

General counsel | Property Finder

Industrials and real estate

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Zeina Abillamah

General counsel | Magenta Investments

Financials

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Zhanara Bateson

General counsel | Dragon Oil (Holdings)

Energy and utilities

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Ziad J. Issa

Consultant, general counsel - legal | Expo 2020 Dubai

Public sector

I am honoured to present The Legal 500’s eagerly anticipated GC Powerlist: Middle East 2023. This publication celebrates the remarkable accomplishments and exceptional talents of the foremost general counsel in the Middle East, a region recognised as a prominent hub for in-house legal expertise. It is no exaggeration to say that the Middle East edition is one of the standout highlights in the GC Powerlist team’s portfolio.

This edition acknowledges the outstanding ability of these legal professionals to tackle new challenges and adapt to evolving scenarios, encompassing shifting business demands, digital innovation, risk management, and ESG considerations.

What sets each edition of the GC Powerlist Middle East apart is the diverse input we receive each year. In-house lawyers featured here have something unique to share. Some have addressed specific questions, others have contributed thought pieces on their areas of expertise, while some have shared their personal journeys and the challenges they have overcome to reach their current positions, serving as a source of inspiration for their peers.

The in-house lawyers I have engaged with have actively participated in significant transactions, negotiations, and legal matters that have propelled the progress of their nations in the Middle East and advanced the interests of their global organisations. The individuals showcased here represent the most accomplished in-house legal practitioners in the region, uniting an impressive array of attributes that surpass legal expertise and exceptional skills.

One recurring theme from our research is the readiness of in-house counsel in the Middle East to embrace innovation, not only in technology but also in adapting to a new set of responsibilities that will impact the role of the general counsel in the future. As Karl Rogers, regional general counsel for Africa and the Middle East, put it: ‘In-house lawyers need to clearly understand and appreciate the business they work in. Focusing on legal issues in isolation without a deep commercial understanding limits the lawyer’s effectiveness. To some degree, technical information can be considered an area where technological advances in AI will provide low-cost solutions.  The desire to learn about the business and the enthusiasm to regularly communicate with others (often outside the legal department) provide a platform for an enjoyable and successful career as an in-house lawyer and provide the human element that AI will struggle to replicate.   As general counsel, my role rapidly evolved to chief integrity officer. I am regularly asked for my ‘gut feel’ or direction on what we should do, recognising how we are trained to think and assess problem-solving. We may not always come up with visionary ideas- but our opinions as commercial and experienced lawyers are considered highly valuable if we position ourselves as more than just technical experts’.

Dr. Christina Federle, head of legal and compliance for the Middle East and Africa, offers valuable insights into balancing the responsibilities of a general counsel with dispute resolution and M&A matters, emphasising the power of teamwork, cooperation, and coordination: ‘Special projects that require urgent attention need to be reconciled with the day-to-day business of the legal function. For this balance to work, the general counsel needs to build a strong team of individuals who can take over and absorb the day-to-day duties of the general counsel if the general counsel is drawn into unforeseen matters which need her urgent attention. It is, therefore, key to train my team in all of the relevant legal issues I face daily. However, it is even more important to spend time with the individual members of the team explaining the issues at play, as well as my approach to problem-solving’.

In a time when environmental awareness is of paramount importance, everyone is called upon to implement sustainable practices, including general counsel. The GC Powerlist Middle East 2023 sheds light on how these legal professionals drive and embed sustainable practices within their companies and industries. They also share the steps taken to foster a culture of inclusion and respect for diversity.

I invite you to explore the fascinating stories and perspectives of the Middle East’s leading in-house practitioners included within these pages.

On behalf of The Legal 500, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who generously shared their time and insights during the research process. Congratulations to all those featured in the 2023 edition, a testament to the top general counsel in the Middle East.

Sara Maggi| Deputy Editor – The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Series

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Launched in 2005, Fichte & Co Legal Consultancy LLC has become one of the UAE’s leading law firms. Driven by passion, professionalism, and a team of over 30 dedicated local and international lawyers and counsel, Fichte & Co is a force to be reckoned with and the ‘go-to’ firm for legal advice and business support. Landmark cases include being the first law firm to successfully enforce an International Arbitration Award in the UAE Courts under the NY Convention. At Fichte & Co, we strive to keep our clients’ interests at the forefront of everything we do, and have listened and evolved to meet their needs. We owe our success to our reputation as a firm which knows how to get things done, on time and on budget. Our local know-how and network is unparalleled and, combined with our personal touch and professional ethos, this consistently ensures the best results for our clients. We are proud to say that Fichte & Co is large enough to matter but small enough to care. We regularly advise international corporations on commercial law issues and risk advisory matters, including strategic advice on business risks. Our clients have included governmental and quasi-governmental entities such as ADNOC, Oman and Dubai Drydocks, UAE Classification (Tasneef) and the Port of Fujairah. As a pioneering law firm, we aim to shape the region’s legal landscape and regulation – we are founding members of the Maritime Law Association (UAE) NPIO (which is set to become a member of the Comité Maritime International), chaired the Dubai Maritime Advisory Council (DMAC), and a have a seat on the DIFC Rules Subcommittee. When it comes to dispute resolution, we strongly believe that litigation before any court or tribunal should be the ultima ratio, and that clients’ interests are best served if we can avoid costly and lengthy trials. Our international team of legal experts is highly experienced in alternative forms of dispute resolution and arbitration, and understand that solving matters amicably not only saves clients’ time and resources, but also increases the chance of maintaining commercial relationships between parties.

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The last year has seen unprecedented growth across multiple industries all over the world and the legal markets have been no exception. Businesses have needed to recruit in order to keep up with demand which includes building and retaining teams of lawyers. We have seen huge development across several industries such as TMT, financial services, energy and defence sectors. Public sector and government spending across the Middle East on a wide array of giga, infrastructure and investment projects, has both grown economies and kept private sector organisations very busy. The GCC nations have demonstrated their capabilities with an exceptional bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic, as they continue their transformation journeys whilst achieving all time economic highs.

Taylor Root is honoured to be part of The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Middle East 2023 as we gather to celebrate the accomplishments of in-house counsel professionals and acknowledge their pivotal roles within their respective organisations. Congratulations to those who earned rankings in this year’s The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Middle East 2023. Despite the challenges that persist in our ever-evolving world, lawyers continue to play a vital role in guiding transformation and driving progress.

About Taylor Root

We are a global legal, risk and compliance search and recruitment consultancy and have been a market leader for more than 30 years.

We help businesses to build and expand their legal, risk, compliance and corporate governance functions. Whether you’re hiring your first In-house Counsel, expanding your in-house team in a certain practice area, or expanding your risk department internationally, we partner with you at every step of your journey.

Our services include contingent and retained search, permanent, temporary and interim recruitment as well as consultancy solutions.

Wherever we operate we have made an impact, from Düsseldorf to Dubai, New York to Shanghai or Milan to Melbourne. From pioneering specialist recruitment in particular locations, to shaping how our clients have approached hiring, our influence is evident everywhere.

Today, we have 16 international offices – a truly global network of search and recruitment experts. Put simply, no one can match our global reach, or our history.

Please do contact us any time to discuss your legal, compliance or risk recruitment needs.

Mark Anderson

Director, Head of In-house Legal

Middle East, Turkey and Africa

+971 4 448 7770

markanderson@taylorroot.com

 

Victoria King

Associate Director, In-house Legal

Middle East

+971 4 447 0318

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GC Summit Ankara 2023

The Legal 500 granted the Ankara in-house community exclusive access to the groundbreaking GC Summit, an event dedicated solely to delving into the crucial legal challenges and opportunities faced by in-house legal specialists in the Turkish capital.

Setting the tone for the event, Murat Yazıcı, the founder of Yazıcı Attorney Partnership, delivered a compelling opening keynote address. He passionately explored the active role that general counsel can and should play in today’s dynamic world, addressing the imminent challenges on the horizon.

Throughout the day, we were privileged to glean insights from eminent private practice attorneys at Erciyas, Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı, Gonen Law Office, and Tunca Attorney Partnership. Additionally, the perspectives and ideas of senior in-house attorneys from renowned companies such as LG Electronics, KİBAR Holding A.Ş., Hyundai Assan Otomotiv San. ve Tic. A.Ş., Rönesans Holding, Akfen Holding, Pragma, Gülermak Group, Kalyon Holding, Alacer Gold Madencilik A.Ş., COB Tüprag, and Limak Group of Companies, among others, enriched our understanding. The Istanbul Arbitration Centre also made valuable contributions.

The agenda encompassed a diverse range of topics, including navigating internal challenges with insights from leading in-house counsel; exploring current trends and sectorial insights in M&A transactions with a focus on key elements for a successful deal and legal challenges; mastering the art of crafting effective contracts by navigating drafting, negotiations, and key considerations; and delving into strategic investment dynamics in mining and energy, where discussions centered around navigating legal frameworks, building trust, and managing public perception for in-house success.

Bringing the event to a powerful conclusion, Başak Gürbüz, Visa’s principal regional counsel, delivered an inspiring presentation. She summarized the day’s key insights and explored the pivotal role of in-house counsel in today’s ever-evolving landscape, offering valuable insights on managing organizational expectations effectively.

We are grateful for the excellent response from sponsors, speakers and delegates.

Finally, we’d like to thank the moderators and panellists who helped construct a great program that ensured the summit’s success and enabled all of you to attend.

Until the next time, take care.