ABOUT US

We pride ourselves on the calibre and commitment of our people. Meet our Greatest Assets, meet the QICDRC team.

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 international 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 inclusion 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 Honorable 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 specialized as a criminal defense 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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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- LLB, LLM Int’l Trade Law, JD, SJD
Dr. Zain Al Abdin Sharar -- LLB, LLM Int’l Trade Law, JD, SJD
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 19 years and across varying legal sectors. He has a Bachelor of Laws, a Master in International Trade Law, a Juris Doctor, and a Doctor of Legal Sciences from Bond University in Australia, specifically focused on Corporate Governance. Prior to Joining QICDRC, Dr. Zain was the Director of the Legal Affairs and Enforcement at the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA), giving him unrivalled extensive experience in capital markets, including financial services regulations, regulatory compliance, investment disputes, arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, risk and crisis management, public affairs, and litigation. Dr. Sharar has also served for three years on the QFMA’s disciplinary committee. Dr Sharar has taught corporate law and corporate governance at a number of Australian Universities, and has 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. He has also taught commercial law and maritime and aviation Law at Ahmad Bin Mohammed Military College in Qatar, and has lectured on many topics at the Legal and Judicial Studies Centre at the Qatari Ministry of Justice. Dr. Sharar is a certified mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London and a qualified arbitrator by the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre. He has provided mediation and arbitration services in many commercial and construction cases. He also participates in ADR training programs.

Dr. Sharar has published the following article:    

  1. The Board of Directors of Public Companies: A Comparative Analysis of the Corporate Governance Framework in the State of Qatar and Australia, Measured Against the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance

The Legal & Judicial Journal-Ministry of Justice-State of Qatar , Vol. 1, 2010

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1701063

  1. Does Qatar Need to Reform Its Arbitration Law and to Adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law for Arbitration? A Comparative Analysis

The Legal & Judicial Journal-Ministry of Justice-State of Qatar , Vol. 2, 2011

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2344139

  1. The Courts in Qatar Financial Centre and Dubai International Financial Centre: A Comparative Analysis

Volume 46, Part 2 of 2016, Hong Kong Law Journal

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2846978

  1. Acquisition of Companies in the State of Qatar and Australia: a Comparative Analysis Published at the Legal

The Legal & Judicial Journal-Ministry of Justice-State of Qatar , Vol. 2, 2014

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2687993                     

  1. An Evaluation of the State of Qatar's Obligations and Commitments to the World Trade Organization by Reference to the Trade Policy Review of 2014

The Legal & Judicial Journal-Ministry of Justice-State of Qatar , Vol. 2, 2015

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2700135

  1. Corporate Governance in Qatar: A Comparative Analysis

Bond University - Corporate Governance eJournal 2011

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2996910         

  1. Minority Shareholders' Remedies in Public Shareholding Companies: Comparing the State of Qatar and Australia

Bond University - Corporate Governance eJournal 2010

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2996909

  1. An Examination of the Basic Principles in the New Qatar Arbitration Law Measured Against the UNCITRAL Model Law As an International Benchmark

The Legal & Judicial Journal-Ministry of Justice-State of Qatar , Vol. 1, June 2017

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3023773

  1. Arbitration of Administrative Contracts in Qatar in Light of the New Qatari Arbitration Law No. 2/2017

LEXISNEXIS/The Qatar Business Law Review 2017, Vol. 1, December 2017

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3065268

 

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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 organizational 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 Twining’s is one of her proudest accolades. Results driven, Sarah thrives on interaction with stakeholders, traversing all levels of the organization, leveraging people, technology and process to drive continuous improvement and ensure sustainable business growth.

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Fatma Al-Bishri
Head of Marketing

 

Fatma joined QICDRC as Head of Marketing in April 2017 and leads an in-house team responsible for the development and execution of creative digital marketing, public relations, CSR and all marketing related activities, including local and international conventions, conferences, and seminars, etc.

As a member of the senior management team at QICDRC, Fatma’s role is to implement the QICDRC brand and marketing programs to raise brand awareness and value. She is responsible for the strategy and operational plans of the Marketing department and oversees event budgets, timelines, and logistics, as well as the development of marketing-related business processes, and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Fatma holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management from HEC Paris. Prior to joining QICDRC, she held a Marketing Manager position at Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Company (TASWEEQ), and worked with Qatar Petroleum (QPSPP) as a Senior Marketer. 

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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
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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Myra Villanes
Executive Assistant - 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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Noora Al Qahtani
Case Progression Manager

 

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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Hamad Muhammad Al-Musfir
Legal Research Associate

 

Graduated from the College of Law at Qatar University. Interned at US, UK and French firms in Doha. Undertook a summer placement in a UK firm in Dubai. Participated in international moot court competitions (VIS), twice. Member of the Honor Society. Won award for Best Claimant Memorandum in the Middle East. Won award for Best Advocate at Qatar University. Responsible for providing legal support to the Registrar and judges of QICDRC by analyzing Court papers for legal content, providing advice on the preparation of papers submitted to the Court and liaising with the parties’ representatives to ensure all appropriate papers are before the Court for the purposes of case management and determination. Prepares summary documentation for QICDRC and undertakes general or specific legal research for the judges, CEO, and/or Registrar as well as provides a ‘law clerk’ function for the judges and may be required to sit in Court at the request of the Registrar or the judges. 

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Tala Sweiss
Media Relations Officer

 

Tala Sweiss is the Media Relations Officer at QICDRC since March 2017. Building on from her strong academic background, Tala has particular interests for digital marketing and media.

Tala has an MSc in Marketing from Queen Mary University of London. Prior to that, Tala achieved a first class honours degree with a BA in Journalism and Media at Middlesex University London, an institution where she worked substantially as a journalist. Her skills gained at the university were put into practice during a brief internship at the Huffington Post UK, covering mainly student-related topics.

Tala was raised between Qatar and the United Kingdom and is familiar with the local culture, customs and traditions of both countries. Tala is fluent in English and Arabic.

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Omar Ashour
Graphic Designer

 

Omar Ashour is the Graphic Designer at QICDRC since March 2017. Omar holds a BSc in Media Industries and Technology from Northwestern University with a Minor in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.  As part of the marketing team, Omar’s responsibilities include developing QICDRC’s brand identity and corporate image by designing marketing materials, producing corporate videos and infographics for promotion and social media, and maintaining the website.

Previously, Omar has worked on numerous creative projects including the U.S Embassy in Doha on developing a website and drafted concepts for season of ‘Siraj’ an animated series in Lamtarra Studios in Dubai. 

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Jenan Zaghmout
Marketing Officer

 

Jenan Zaghmout is the Marketing Officer at QICDRC since July 2018.

Jenan has a BA in E-commerce and Marketing from the American University in the Emirates "AUE". Jenan gained a brief experience as an intern at QFCA which involved her in different areas including branding, CSR, events and social media. Creativity and passion are what defines Jenan in the workplace.

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Shithal Shetty
Senior IT Development Officer

 

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

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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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Jenny Lazaro
Admin Coordinator

 

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

Client Support Service Team
IT SUPPORT
Moath Al-Herbawi
RECEPTION
Zul Padao
SECURITY
Vijay Thaba Magar
SECURITY
Sheriff
CATERING
Lady May Albatera
RECEPTION
Princess Gay E. Mayrina