E-news Sept 2011 Dubai speakers

IBA Annual Conference, Dubai, 30 Oct – 4 Nov 2011
1,000+ high-profile speakers

With more than 4,200 legal and business professionals (and counting) from over 125 jurisdictions currently due to attend this year’s IBA Annual Conference in Dubai from 30 October – 4 November, attendees will once again enjoy unparalleled opportunities for international networking and professional development.

We will be honoured to welcome Nobel laureate, seasoned diplomat and international lawyer, Dr Mohamed ElBaradei as this year’s Opening Ceremony Keynote Speaker. Dr ElBaradei has a long and distinguished career in the service of peace and international law. He served three terms as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an autonomous intergovernmental organisation under the auspices of the United Nations. During his tenure, Dr ElBaradei pioneered safety and compliance measures to strengthen the existing nuclear non-proliferation regime. He has been a staunch advocate of nuclear disarmament, and at the same time has promoted open and fair standards to guide the peaceful use of nuclear technology for development, particularly to redress poverty and inequality in the global south.

Dr ElBaradei emerged as a high-profile opposition figure in the Egyptian protests that culminated in Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. He continues to be a voice for change in Egypt’s march toward democracy, calling for open dialogue, transparent legal standards and respect for human rights.

The extensive roster of over 1,000 high-profile speakers at this year’s event also includes:

  • Mohammad Amro, Chief Legal Counsel MENA, Kraft Foods, UAE
  • Dhammika Amukotuwa, Associate Director, Dubai Financial Services Authority, UAE
  • Julien Anfruns, Director General, International Council of Museums, France
  • Christopher J Ashworth, General Counsel, Knight Vinke Asset Management, Monaco
  • Hussein Badran, Chief Technology Officer, Middle East and North Africa, Cisco Systems, Egypt
  • Cherif  Bassiouni, Professor of Law at DePaul University and President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, USA
  • Mohd Daud Bakar, President/CEO, Amanie Islamic Finance Learning Centre, UAE
  • William A Brandt, Jr, Chairman, Illinois Finance Authority, USA
  • Kathryn Britten FCA, Chairman, KPMG Forensic UK, KPMG, England
  • Peter Burge, Director of Legal Affairs, UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, UAE
  • Nick Carter, Director General, Regulation and Supervision Bureau, UAE
  • Jeff Cassidy, President and Chief Operating Officer Executive, Global Aerospace, Inc, USA
  • Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State, USA
  • Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Cherise Cox-Nottage, Head of Legal Department, UBS (Bahamas) Ltd, Bahamas
  • Donald Deya, CEO, Pan African Lawyers Union Tanzania
  • Lamees Dhaif, Bahrain
  • Anil Divan, President, Bar Association of India, India
  • Julius Ejikonye, Managing Counsel, Global Litigation, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, Nigeria
  • Trinda Ernst, President, Canadian Bar Association, Canada
  • Sean Evers, Founder, The Gulf Intelligence, UAE
  • Farah Foustok, Chief Executive Officer, ING Investment Management Middle East, UAE
  • George Freeman, Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel, The New York Times Company, USA
  • Arvind Ganesan, Business and Human Rights Director, Human Rights Watch, USA
  • Stefan Gannon, General Counsel, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Hong Kong SAR
  • Mohammad Gawdat, Managing Director of the SEEMEA region, Google, Ireland
  • David Gillon, Director, Joint International Tax Shelter Information Centre, England
  • Justice Richard Goldstone, Past Prosecutor for the ICTR and ICTY, South Africa
  • Fergal Harris, Director of Commercial Real Estate, Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank, UAE
  • Hussain Hamed Hassan, Director, Dar Al Sharia Legal & Financial Consultancy LLC, UAE
  • Scott Hammond, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice – Antitrust, USA
  • Ahmad Bin Hazeem, Director General, Dubai Courts, UAE
  • Khurram Hilal, Global Head of Islamic Products, Standard Chartered Bank, UAE
  • Eamon Holley, Director of Legal Affairs, The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Bahrain, Bahrain
  • Layla Hughes, Senior Program Officer, Oil, Gas and Marine Shipping, World Wildlife Fund, Alaska
  • Adrian Jossa, Executive Director and Head of Compliance, MENA Region, Goldman Sachs International, UAE
  • Jehad Kazim, Director Legal Services Department, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UAE
  • Aamir Khan, Head of Legal – Dispute Resolution & Contentious Regulatory Lloyds Bank, England
  • Hon Christopher Klein, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, USA
  • Gabriela Knaul, Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Brazil
  • Graham Leung, Director, The International Commission of Jurists, Switzerland
  • Klaus Löber, Head of Oversight Division, European Central bank, Germany
  • Peter Lodder QC, Chairman, Bar Council of England Wales, England
  • Yuri Lyubimov, Deputy Minister of Justice, Russian Federation
  • Ronald J MacDonald, President, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, Canada
  • James MacPherson, CEO, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Bahrain
  • Mona Ashour Madi, General Counsel, Unilever, UAE
  • Liam McCollum, General Counsel, Middle East and Africa, GE, UAE
  • Juan Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, USA
  • Hon Lecia-Ann Mettam, Judge, Vienna Commercial Court, Insolvency Section, Austria
  • Judge Sanji Monageng, Judge, Pre-trial Division, International Criminal Court, Netherlands
  • Carles Esteva Mosso, Director, Competition Policy and Strategy, European Commission, DG Competition, Belgium
  • Amr Moussa, Former Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Egypt
  • Gert Mueller-Gatermann, Director General, International Taxation, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
  • Salihu Oloruntoyin Muhammad, Honourable Justice, Sharia Court of Appeal, Kwara State, Nigeria
  • Mian Mohammed Nazir, Head of Legal, Senior Vice President, Dar Al Sharia/ Dubai Islamic Bank, United Arab Emirates
  • Ali Nikpay, Senior Director of Cartels and Criminal Enforcement, Office of Fair Trading, England
  • Ahmed Nassef, Vice-President and Managing Director, Middle East, Yahoo! UAE
  • Anne Northup, Commissioner, US Consumer Product Safety Commission, USA
  • Helena Nygren-Krug, Health and Human Rights Adviser, World Health Organisation, Switzerland
  • Marcella Prunbauer-Glaser, First Vice-President, The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, Austria
  • Lubna Qassim, Department of Economic Legislation, UAE Ministry of Economy, UAE
  • Peter J Rees, Legal Director, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Netherlands
  • Odusola Rotimi, Senior Manager, Corporate Legal Services, MTN Nigeria CL, Nigeria
  • The Hon Mr Justice Paul S Rouleau, Honorable Justice, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Canada
  • Philip Rylands, Director, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Italy
  • Vijaya Sampath, Group CEO and Ombudsperson, Bharti Enterprises, India
  • Judge Jon Stokholm, Judge, Supreme Court of Denmark, Denmark
  • Phillip Thorpe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority, Qatar
  • Willard K Tom, General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission, USA
  • Antony Townsend, Chief Executive, Solicitors Regulation Authority, England
  • Cecilio Madero Villarejo, Deputy Director General for Antitrust, European Commission, DG Competition, Belgium
  • Alexander Ward, President, Law Council of Australia, Australia
  • John Wooton, President, Law Society of England and Wales, England
  • Sirajulhaq Yasini, Global Head of Shariah, HSBC Amanah, UAE
  • Ronald Zink, Chief Operating Officer, EU Affairs, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft, France


As the Conference draws closer, those wishing to attend who have not yet registered should note the following important deadlines:

Social function ticket release – social function tickets will not be confirmed until full payment is received at the IBA office. If full payment is not received by Friday 30 September then ticket allocation will be released without further notice.

Registration – all registrations (online and by hard copy) must be received by close of business on Wednesday 19 October in order to be processed. After this date registration will only be possible upon arrival at the conference; the higher fee will then apply.

Social functions – all social function ticket bookings must be finalised by close of business on Wednesday 19 October. After this date all amendments, returns and purchases of social function tickets will only be possible upon arrival at the conference. Please note that new ticket purchases will be subject to availability at the conference. Returned tickets will only be refunded if the ticket is resold. All social function refunds will be made from the London office after the conference, and will be subject to a 25 per cent administration charge.

Fast track registration – all delegates who have registered and paid for the conference, social functions and membership fees in full before end of business on Wednesday 19 October will receive a voucher for the fast track registration desk. The voucher is scheduled to be e-mailed on Thursday 27 October to the e-mail address indicated on the registration form. Please bring this voucher to the registration desk either in hard copy or on your smartphone/PDA/handheld device.

Unparalleled international networking

Not only an excellent opportunity for professional and personal development, IBA conferences offer unparalleled international networking and business development opportunities. Last year’s annual event was attended by more than 4,500 delegates and guests from over 3,000 organisations, businesses, law firms and legal service providers representing 118 different international jurisdictions.

The social programme

In addition to the substantive programme, Dubai 2011 promises all attendees and their guests an unforgettable opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and diversity of Dubai. Beginning with the traditional Opening Ceremony at the DICEC and Welcome Party at the Al Sahra, and ending with the spectacular Closing Party at the Madinat Jumeirah, the week of the conference will see up to 100 dinners, receptions and functions take place in venues all across Dubai and beyond. Core social programme details can be found on pages 75–77 of the programme brochure, and the on main Conference Registration Form.

Committee Social Functions

Committee Social Functions are available for booking: arranged by the specialist committees of the IBA, these functions provide members and delegates interested in committee activities to meet informally in a relaxed atmosphere. To register for Committee Social Functions, please download and complete the Committee Social Function Form, and send it with payment details, along with your Conference Registration Form, to the IBA Head Office.

Visit the Dubai 2011 Website for fill and further information on the conference and to register.