As the ICC African Conference on International Arbitration draws close it will be of good to let you know the speakers of the event.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab

Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab is the Founding Partner & Head of the International Arbitration, Construction, Oil & Gas and Project Finance Groups. He is the Chair of Private International law and Professor of International Arbitration at Cairo University; Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Court Member of the LCIA; President of LCIA’s Arab Users’ Council; Court member of the CIMAC, Vice President of the IBA Arbitration Committee; Member of the CIArb’s Practice and Standards Committee; Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Member of AAA-ICDR International Advisory Committee; and Member of the SIAC African Users’ Council’s Committee.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is recognized as a world leading expert on leading dispute resolution practitioner in all leading legal directories, international arbitration, Arab Laws, and Islamic Shari’a. His expertise spans construction, oil & gas, telecommunications and many other areas. According to Who’s Who Legal (2016-2017) “Mohamed Abdel Wahab impresses all he works with.” “one of the brightest of his generation, a strong thinker and excellent advocate who knows arbitration inside out”.

Rashida Abdulai

Rashida Abdulai is a senior associate and Solicitor-Advocate within the Hogan Lovells International Arbitration practice. Rashida acts for multinational companies on complex, high-value international business disputes across a range of industry sectors including energy and natural resources, telecommunications, consumer goods, and banking and financial services. Rashida was appointed to the Africa Users Groups of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Arbitration Centre Taskforce. Rashida also sits on the working committees of International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), and the Sierra Leone UK Pro Bono Network. Rashida is a founding member and Co-Chair of the UK’s first inter-law firm diversity network. She is also a committee member of the Law Society’s Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division and Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells’ Multicultural Network. She has received so many awards.

Hamid Abdulkareem

Hamid Abdulkareem  is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice of Aluko & Oyebode. His practice focus is Litigation, Arbitration and ADR. He is an experienced litigator and arbitration counsel, and regularly advises and represents clients in disputes on an extensive range of issues, Hamid has in recent years been involved in the resolution of a wide range of disputes arising from Nigeria’s petroleum industry, and is a trusted adviser in this area.




• Adekoya

Funke Adekoya, SAN, heads the dispute resolution practice group at AÉLEX. She is the Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration. Funke SAN, She is a quintessential litigator and arbitrator. After graduating top of her class from the University of Ife in 1974, Funke proceeded to the Harvard Law School, where she obtained her LLM in 1977.She has nearly 40 years’ experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution. She is involved in acting as co-counsel with London-based firms to represent international oil companies in an arbitration dispute in the upstream energy sector. Funke is currently an adviser to offshore companies regarding litigation seeking to restrain offshore arbitration. She is also an advisory board member of the IBA’s African regional forum as well as an officer of its bar issues commission. Funke is a life member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers. Who’s who legal says: Funke Adekoya is “very well regarded” in the international marketplace thanks to her exceptional work in the space.

Odein. H. Ajumogobia (SAN)

Odein. H. Ajumogobia (SAN) is a senior partner in the leading corporate/commercial law firm of Ajumogobia & Okeke that he co-founded in 1984. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb UK, 1996), a member of the Paris based ICC International Court of Arbitration and ICC International Commission on Arbitration. Ajumojgobin, SAN was the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, River state between 2003 and 2007. He was appointed Minister of State for Energy (Petroleum) and head of Nigeria’s delegation to OPEC (July 2007 to December 2008), and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources between January 2009 and April 2010 by the late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua GCFR. He was Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR tenure. He was conferred with the National honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) on September 6, 2010. May 5th, 2012 Mr. Ajumogobia was admitted to the degree of LL.D (honoris causa) by the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

Olatunde Busari, SAN

Olatunde Busari, SAN, is a founding partner in the firm of Akinwunmi & Busari. He has a great wealth of knowledge on Disputes Resolution, Commercial Law practice, maritime, admiralty, protection of Intellectual Property, documentation and perfection of transactions etc. He served as a director in the Trans Nigeria Insurance Plc (1999-2003), the Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (2006-2007) and Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria (2010-2011). He served as the Special Assistant to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice between 2006 and 2007 and also between 2010 and 2011. He is a domestic and international arbitrator. He is the first vice chairman of the Nigeria Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; a fellow and past president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN); CEDR-Accredited Mediator. He belongs to many associations.
According to WWL “Olatunde Busari SAN is a top-class commercial lawyer whose experience in alternative dispute resolution sets him out among his peers.”

Nikhil Desai

Nikhil Desai is an Assistant Director, Jmiles & Co., Kenya. He has specialties in international arbitration, dispute resolution, fraud and asset chasing. He has an extensive background in commercial, civil and public law litigation in Kenya. He has wealth of experience in renewal energy, dispute concerning offshore trust in the channel island.





Ike Ehiribe

Ike Ehiribe is a Partner in 7 Stones Commercial & IP Chambers, United Kingdom. He is a Visiting Professor in Centre for International Legal Studies, Salzburg FCIArb, QDR Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator & Accredited Mediator. Ike Ehiribe is a Full time Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator. He is a member of the Bar of England and Wales 1996 (Lincoln’s Inn), Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), Fellow of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb), Chartered Arbitrator, Qualified Dispute Resolver (Q.D.R.).



Gbolahan Elias, SAN

Gbolahan Elias, SAN is a principal partner in G. Elias & Co. His practice covers taxation, corporate finance, litigation, mergers and acquisition, power, oil and gas and telecommunications. He was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore (New York). He was called to the Nigerian bar, New York state bar and Federal bar. He read law at Magdalen and Merton colleges in Oxford University, obtained his doctorate degree at Oxford University. Master of Arts (MA) Oxford University, Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) Oxford University, Bachelor of Arts (BA) Oxford University.  The present chairman of the Lagos State Law Reform Commission and a member of the International Association of Defence Counsel. He is a much-sought-after speaker, a visiting professor of law at Babcock University and has many publications to his credit. WWL says: Gbolahan Elias SAN is a widely respected figure in the field. He is described as “an excellent lawyer” by respondents, who commend his market-leading practice.

Simon Greenberg

Simon Greenberg is a Partner in Clifford Chance’s, international arbitration group France. He specializes in litigation & dispute resolution, Aerospace &Defence, Energy & Resources, Healthcare, life science & Chemicals, Mining & Metals, Oil $ Gas, Power &Energy Network, Telecommunications, Media & Technology. He has served four years as Deputy Secretary General Of ICC. He remains close to the ICC as a Court Member (Australia) of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Simon is a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science of Paris (Sciences Po). A visiting professor of international commercial arbitration at Hong Kong University, a regular speaker at arbitration conferences. He has published more than 30 journal articles and two books on subjects of international arbitration.

Maryan Hassan

Maryan Hassan is the Chief Legal Adviser to the Federal Government of Somalia (Office of the Prime Minister). she serves as Chief Negotiator for Somalia’s Accession to the WTO, working in tandem with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Office of the President. Maryan worked at the law firm Al Tamimi & Co in Dubai, the International Chamber of Commerce in Rome and the Somali Mission to the UN in New York. She currently serves on the SIAC Africa Users’ Council in Singapore and YIAG – LCIA Africa Representative in London. Maryan is a member of the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) panels of arbitrators and conciliators.


Tim Hardy

Tim Hardy is head of CMS‘ Commercial Litigation Team in London and deals primarily with disputes concerning finance, commerce, professional negligence, product and corporate reputations. He is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil). He is a member of CEDR Select and the ICAEW’s Mediation Panels and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chair of the Institute’s Practice & Standards Committee. He is a member of LexisNexis’ Dispute Resolution Editorial Board.




Karl Hennessee

Karl Hennessee is a Senior Vice President in Airbus Group Office of General Counsel. He serves as Chairman of the Governing Body of the ICC Court of International Arbitration. Mr Hennessee was VP Public Law & Technology of Halliburton (2013-2016), VP of Litigation & Regulatory Affairs at Airbus SAS in Toulouse, France and a lecturer at the Toulouse Business School in law and public policy. Mr Hennessee is the winner of the ILO Award for Litigation “Individual of the Year” for 2009. He has published over sixty articles. He is currently a doctoral candidate in international comparative law.



Sami Houerbi

Sami Houerbi is the Director in ICC Dispute Resolution Services Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa, International Chamber of Commerce.







Stephen Jagusch QC

Stephen Jagusch QC is Global Chair of Quinn Emanuel’s International Arbitration Practice. He specializes in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Leading directories described Stephen as “one of the most impressive advocates around,” “a masterful cross-examiner,” a “tenacious fighter,” the “maestro of strategy,” “one of the gurus in the field,” “one of the pre-eminent ICSID arbitration experts in the world,” and praise his “finely honed instincts for strategy in advocacy.” Stephen routinely speaks at leading conferences and seminars. He won Client Choice Award for Best Arbitration Lawyer in the UK, Best Lawyer in the UK for International Arbitration.


Mike Igbokwe, SAN

Mike Igbokwe, SAN is the founder and Principal/senior counsel in the Mike Igbokwe & Co. He has extensive knowledge on Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods/Litigation, Maritime and Aviation Laws, Environmental and Energy Laws, Finance, Banking, Insurance, Intellectual Property and Technology Laws, Corporate and Commercial Laws, Criminal and Constitutional Laws and Fundamental Human Rights Enforcements.




Ilham Kabbouri

Ilham Kabbouri is a Member of the International Arbitration Team at Hogan Lovells based out of the Dubai office. she is a Lecturer in Introduction to International Litigation and Arbitration (Universite Internationale de Casablanca and the coordinator on the Board of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CIMAC).




George Burn is a Partner in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, United Kingdom

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