ABOUT US

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Management / Executive Team
Faisal Rashid Al-Sahouti
Chief Executive Officer

 

Faisal Rashid Al-Sahouti is the CEO of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC). He is accountable for the administration of an international commercial court, a regulatory appeal tribunal and an ADR Centre providing arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution services.

He is involved in the QICDRC’s contribution to the development of international legal practice in Qatar and the development of the rule of law internationally through the Qatar Law Forum.

Faisal is a member of the QICDRC's Judicial Advisory Board, contributes to the drafting of the laws and regulations of the QICDRC, and is responsible for delivering the QICDRC's overall vision, mission and strategy.

Faisal holds a Bachelor in Law from Qatar University and an LLM in International Trade Law with Public ternational Law from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Faisal has previous experience at the QICDRC working closely with senior judges from around the world, case management and projects related to the growth and development of the QICDRC.

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Christopher Grout
Registrar

 

Christopher has been the Registrar of the QICDRC since 2012. As Registrar of both the Qatar International Court and the QFC Regulatory Tribunal, Christopher 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.

Christopher is a member of numerous associations, including the International Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association, Extradition Lawyers Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society, having written for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.

He has a keen interest in the development of legal education and has lectured widely whilst in the United Kingdom and Qatar.

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Mubarak Saad Al-Hajri
General Legal Counsel

Mubarak Saad Al-Hajri, a Judge in the Court of First Instance, was appointed to act as a general legal counsel to the Qatar International Court (QIC), in addition to his original duties at the Supreme Judiciary Council. In this role, Judge Al-Hajri will give legal advice to the judges, registrar and Qatar International Court CEO on issues and topics relevant to QIC, as well as judicial and legal procedures. Judge Al Hajri graduated from Qatar University with a bachelor’s degree in Law. He also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Abdulla Baker Abdulla
Director of Administration

 

Abdulla joined the QICDRC team in April 2016 as the A/ Director of administration and he is responsible and account for the delivery of the operation and administration business of QICDRC. Besides leading of IT, procurement, finance, facilities and Human Resources, he is part of the executive management of QICDRC. Abdulla studied in Qatar University and graduated from the college of business administration and economics. Abdulla started his career in the Supreme Council of Communication and Information Technology (ictQATAR) on 2008, and worked almost for two years in the finance department. Then he joined RasGas Company Limited and worked over six years in the General Accounting Department. His work in RasGas allowed him to deal with different sections and departments, especially HR.

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Dr. Zain Al Abdin Sharar
Senior Legal Counsel - CEO Office

 

Dr. Sharar is Senior Legal Counsel at the QICDRC. He has extensive experience in the legal industry spanning over 18 years. He has a Bachelor of Law, Masters in International Trade Law, Juries Doctorate (JD) and Doctorate in Legal Sciences (SJD) from Bond University in Australia, specialising in corporate governance. In addition, he is a CEDR accredited mediator and a qualified arbitrator with the GCC Commercial Arbitration Center.

During his time in Australia, Dr. Sharar taught corporate law and governance at a number of universities and provided legal advice to board members of a number of publically listed companies. He was also a non-executive director, a company secretary, and in-house legal counsel for a number of public companies.

Prior to joining QICDRC, he was Director of the Legal and Enforcement team at the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA), giving him unrivalled experience of capital markets including financial services regulations, regulatory compliance, investment disputes, arbitration, mergers & acquisitions, risk and crisis management, public affair, and litigation. Moreover, Dr. Sharar has served for 3 years on the QFMA’s disciplinary committee.

Dr. Sharar worked at Qatar University for three years as an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law and has taught Companies law and Arbitration Law. He has also taught Commercial Law and Maritime & Aviation Law at Ahmad Bin Mohammed Military College (ABMM) in Qatar. He has lectured on many topics at the Legal and Judicial Studies Centre at the Qatar Ministry of Justice. His publications include Corporate Governance in the State of Qatar, Arbitration in Qatar and Mergers & Acquisitions in the State of Qatar. He is a member of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Australian Employee Ownership Association (AEOA).

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Sarah Corner-Davies
Head Of Business Development

 

Sarah joined the QICDRC as Change & Transition Manager in 2013 and is accountable for the delivery of the operational and administrative business of the Court, Tribunal and ADR Centre. She also assumes the post of Acting General Manager and is a member of the senior management team at the QICDRC. Sarah leads an in-house team of 4 responsible for Marketing, IT, Facilities, Procurement, Finance, HR and Legal functions as well as having indirect responsibility for the management of outsourced support staff and contractors.

With more than 20 years of experience, including 14 years at senior management and board level in the FMCG and professional services sector, Sarah has led complex business development and change projects, giving her specialist knowledge in business and strategy development, program management and organisational excellence; as well as having comprehensive knowledge of budget planning and forecasting, risk management, contracts management and governance.

Sarah holds a degree in French and Business Management from Leeds University and is Prince II accredited.

As a passionate and infectious advocate for business change, sustaining accreditation for 2 years as the no 1 Best UK FMCG company in the Great Place to Work Industry Awards in her previous role at Twinings is one of her proudest accolades. Results driven, Sarah thrives on interaction with stakeholders, traversing all levels of the organisation, leveraging people, technology and process to drive continuous improvement and ensure sustainable business growth.

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Abdulla Al Emadi
Government Communication Manger

 

Abdulla joined the QICDRC in April 2010 as the Administration and Finance Manager until he was appointed as National Business Manager in November 2011. As a member of the senior management team, Abdulla’s role is to focus on the creation, identification, development and winning of new business opportunities for the Court, Tribunal and ADR Centre in Qatar and, as required, more widely in the GCC region. As well as identifying key customer relationships for growth, Abdulla represents the QICDRC at conferences and high profile events.

Abdulla holds a bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Egypt and a bachelor degree in Accounting from Lebanon. His experience in Finance, General Accounting, Administration and Management spans across 23 years.

From 2000 to 2010, Abdulla performed various senior roles at Kahramaa including Head of Accounts Payable and Insurance as well as Head of Financial Accounting. His main responsibilities were to manage the preparation of the annual budget, cash flow and Doha stock market investments. He was also a member of the tender committee.

Prior to this, he worked at Occidental Petroleum responsible for the Accounts Payable function after leaving Qatar Gas as the Head of General Accounting, Accounts Payable and Payroll.

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The Client Services Team are the beating heart of the QICDRC ensuring flawless service delivery on a global scale. Our 11 strong team are dedicated to providing world class operational and administrative support to the Court, Tribunal and ADR Centre across all core business functions; IT, Facilities, Procurement, Finance, Marketing, Facilities and Legal. Our international clients trust us with all aspects of their visit from case management, event set up, and accounting to IT support.

Meet the team behind our success…..

Client Services Team
Noora Al Qahtani
LEGAL / CASE MGMT.

 

Noora is responsible for the management of cases from the point of initial enquiry to final determination and disposal, ensuring strict compliance with any applicable regulations, procedural rules and/or directions from the judiciary and Registrar.

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Shithal Shetty
IT

 

Shithal is responsible for the management and maintenance of the QICDRC IT infrastructure and support function as well as developing effective IT solutions for future and day to day business operations. Shithal manages one direct report.

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Jenny Lazaro
PROCUREMENT & FINANCE

 

Jenny is responsible for providing operational and administrative support to the Finance and Procurement functions, managing contracts, tenders, financial transactions and accounts.

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Abdulrahman Abdulkarim
Public Relations & Government Affairs

 

Abdulrahman is responsible for Public & Government Relations of the QICDRC and works with the CEO Office. He is responsible for coordinating with the appropriate authorities in the Qatar Government departments to ensure that all the Court’s government relations are maintained in an appropriate manner. He accompanies the CEO by attending meetings with the CEO where appropriate, and he arranges external meetings for the CEO and liaises with the EA for diarizing.

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Khalifa Saleh A S Mahjob
Operations and Events Officer

 

Khalifa Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire from the United Kingdom, holding a bachelor of Global Business Management, Khalifa is responsible for the organization of court and arbitration hearings and events hosted at the QICDRC; general administrative needs of the judiciary and the coordination of the activities of support staff and legal support services. In general he is responsible for all the facilities management related to the court.

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Myra Villanes
CEO OFFICE

 

Myra is responsible for the smooth operation of the CEO office, providing administrative assistance and support to the CEO and senior members of the Judicial Advisory Board.

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Complementing the Client Services Team are Moath, Princess, Ganesh, Sheriff and Annalise who provide additional support services: IT support, reception, security, catering and logistics.

Client Support Service Team
IT SUPPORT
Moath Herbawi
RECEPTION
Princess
SECURITY
Pradeep
SECURITY
Sheriff
CATERING
Romnick Somine