This is as an in person event is hosted by CIArb’s Egypt Branch and Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, CRCICA, taking place on 16 September 2021 at 9.00am Cairo time, please check your local time zone.
Lectures (based on interactive teaching) and practical training, both conducted in Arabic, focusing on witness cross examination in international arbitration as well as highlighting the difficulties that may arise during the cross examination process of witnesses; including the salient mistakes that practitioners may make during the questioning process.
The course will be presented by a number of experienced professional specialists in international arbitration. Participants will receive certificates of attendance. Due to Covid-19, the Workshop is to be attended by a limited number of participants (registration will be confirmed after fee payment). Participants are required to abide by the safety instructions illustrated in the announcement of the workshop.
Mr Ahmed Ibrahim Independent arbitrator and founder of Ibrahim ADR, Dubai. He has vast experience in handling arbitration cases, particularly, those related to construction, energy, infrastructure, and insurance disputes. He has extensive experience in civil law and common law jurisdictions with an in-depth understanding of the legal systems in the Middle East. Ahmed has handled cases under most major arbitration rules, including the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), DIFC-LCIA, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court for International Arbitration (LCIA), the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC), and the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration. In addition to his experience as counsel, he has served as arbitrator in more than 130 arbitration cases. He acted in different jurisdictions including, Egypt, UAE, Jordan, Singapore, Korea, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Qatar, Oma, Switzerland, England and Iraq. He worked with leading international law firms until he became the Managing Partner of Fenwick Elliott LLP in the Middle East & Africa. He led the team of the firm on a number of complex disputes related to major projects in the region, including roads, water desalination, airports, metros, and the infrastructure for hosting major international events such the Dubai Expo and the World Cup Qatar 2022. He is featured by Who’s Who, which noted: “he is a talented, experienced and reliable arbitration lawyer”. “He is very quick to pick up on the issues in a dispute, and excellent in presenting his analysis and conclusions.” The Legal 500 describes Ahmed as “an excellent practitioner who combines deep construction knowhow with excellent arbitration expertise”. Ahmed was awarded Distinguished Arbitrator Prize 2020 by Arbitrator Intelligence. He is a regular speaker in international arbitration events organized by various professional bodies such as the ICC, CIArb- UAE branch, GAR and others. He prepared the training course and workshops for the DIAC young arbitrators’ group
Ms. Sara Koleilat-Aranjo is a Partner at Al-Tamimi & Company in Dubai. Sara regularly advises and represents clients in arbitration and arbitration-related court proceedings across the MENA region arising out of inbound and outbound investments with a particular focus on real estate, projects and corporate transactions. In addition to her work as counsel, Sara also sits as an arbitrator and acts in mediation proceedings, both as mediator and counsel. Sara is a member of several professional organizations. She is elected to the Board of ArbitralWomen and serves as an IBA Officer of the IBA Arab Regional Forum and as a Member of the IBA Subcommittee on International Arbitration Case Law. Sara is a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, a Track Leader of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration & ADR and is appointed as an expert member of the DIFC Courts’ Arbitration Division Working Group. She is an International Board Member of the Energy Arbitration Disputes Centre. Sara is featured in Who’s Who Legal for her experience in arbitration and has been awarded the Middle East Rising Star Lawyer of the Year Award (2019) by The Association of Corporate Counsel, the American Lawyer and the Legal Week (UK).
She is an Associate Professor of Law at the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas where she lectures on comparative judicial systems (civil law and common law) and Islamic law. Sara holds an LL.B. in French and Lebanese Law from the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), a M.A. in International Business Law from the University of Paris, a M.S. in Finance and Management from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Sociales (ESSEC Business School) in Paris and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School. Sara is admitted to the New York, Paris and Beirut Bars and is a registered a legal consultant in the Emirate of Dubai. She speaks English, French and Arabic.
Prof Dr Mohamed Abdel Wahab Professor of International Arbitration and Private International Law at Cairo University; Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy Groups at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm (Egypt); ICCA Treasurer and Member of the Governing Board; Chair of the International Expert Committee of the Permanent Forum for China Construction Law; Senior Vice Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the CRCICA; Member of the CIMAC Court of Arbitration; Member of the Advisory Board of the MIAC, Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIArb; and Dean of the African Arbitration Academy. Served as ‘Arbitrator’, ‘Legal Expert’ and ‘Counsel’ in more than 230 cases, involving parties from the Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Recognised as a world-leading arbitrator and arbitration practitioner in international investment and international commercial arbitration, construction law & practice, Energy law and infrastructure disputes, African and Arab Laws, Islamic Shari’a, private international law and online dispute resolution. He was nominated for the 2020 Global Arbitration Review Special Award for the COVID-19 Pandemic Response for his Pathway to Virtual Hearings considerations, and was shortlisted among the top five arbitrators for the GAR award for the best prepared and responsive arbitrator (2021). Who’s Who Legal (2016-2017) says: “Mohamed Abdel Wahab impresses all he works with. “I was cross-examined by him and he did a great job; he really earned my respect” says one interviewee. “He is a great asset to the Middle Eastern arbitration community”. Legal 500 (2019) states Mohamed Abdel Wahab is ‘one of the best in the world’. Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2021) says: “Mohamed Abdel Wahab is at the top of the market”, “a top-tier thought leader and in a league of his own”.