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Mohamed S Abdel Wahab

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Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is recognized as a world leading international arbitration practitioner, and leading expert on Egyptian and Arab Laws, Islamic Shari’a, and online dispute resolution. He holds over fifty-five prizes for academic achievement, and is regularly published in learned international journals on issues of private international law, international commercial and investment arbitration, and project finance. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab regularly speaks at national and international conferences on International Commercial & Investment Arbitration, Telecommunications Law(s), Construction Law and Practice, Oil & Gas, Project Finance, Online Dispute Resolution, and Private International Law

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab’s expertise in cross border multi- jurisdictional and highly complex transactions and disputes is broad and he has acted and served in proceedings governed by Bahraini, Egyptian, English, French, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Moroccan, New York, Omani, Pakistani, Qatari, Saudi, Spanish, Swiss, Syrian, Italian and United Arab Emirates law(s), as well as the general principles of law.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is listed on the rosters of many arbitral institutions including the ADCCAC, BCDR-AAA, CRCICA, DIAC, KLRCA and CIETAC, and has served as ‘Sole Arbitrator’, ‘Presiding Arbitrator’, ‘Co-Arbitrator’, and ‘Counsel’ in more than 175 cases, involving parties from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. Throughout his appointments as arbitrator or counsel, Abdel Wahab has acted in multi-hundred million dollars cases in the telecommunications, construction, oil and gas, investment, hotel management, transport, insurance, and financial sectors.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab appeared in cases under the auspices of the AAA, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, ICSID, JCAA, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, SIAC, as well as ad hoc UNCITRAL proceedings. He has also acted in mega disputes involving State and State-owned entities from different countries, and has handled disputes governed by Egyptian, English, French, New York, Swiss, Italian, Spanish, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, Bahraini, Kuwaiti, Libyan, and Omani law(s), as well as the general principles of law.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab’s impressive Clients’ list includes (representative list): Archirodon, Amer Group, Apache Corporation, Arab Contractors, Bawabet Al Kuwait, Bechtel, Besix, British American Tobacco, CEMEX, Ciment Français, CITADEL, Credit Agricole, Dragon Oil, Egyptian Fertilizers Company, Egyptian Kuwaiti Holding, Enka, International Chamber of Commerce, Link dot Net, Methanex Corporation, Nile Douma Holding, Orascom Construction Industries, Orange, Orascom Telecommunications, Philip Morris, Promomedia, QSOFT, Shelf Drilling, SODIC, Suez Canal Containers Terminal, TAQA Arabia, Titan Cement, TOTAL,and others.

Professional Memberships

Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris.

Member of the Court of Arbitration, LCIA, London.

President, LCIA Arab Users’ Council (May 2016 – June 2018).

Vice Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee.

Member of the Advisory Committee, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Egypt.

Member of the ICDR/AAA International Advisory Committee.

Member of the SIAC African User’s Council.

Member of the Court of Arbitration, Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CIMAC).

Member of the Advisory Council – Africa Arbitration Blog.

Ambassador of International Forum of Professional Mediators (FIMEP).

Committee Member of the IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee (2016-17).

Committee Officer of the IBA Arab Regional Forum.

President of the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative in Egypt.

President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Egypt Branch.

Member of the CIArb’s Board of Management.

Chair of the CIArb’s Technology Committee.

Member of the CIArb’s Practice and Standards Committee.

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”) Accredited Mediator.

The Mediation and Conciliation Network (“MCN”) Accredited Arbitrator.

Co-Director, CIArb’s Diploma on Islamic Banking, Finance, and Arbitration in cooperation with INCEIF, Malaysia (September 2015)

Member of the Board of Advisors, Arbitrator Intelligence.

International Expert Member of the Sixth Working Group of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law – China.

Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).


Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Cairo, Egypt (since June 2009)

Founding Partner, and Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration, Oil & Gas, Construction and Project Finance Groups.

UNCITRAL (December 2012 & July 2013)

Expert Consultant, Group Meeting on ODR, Vienna

United Nations, New York, USA (2014 – 2015)

Independent Consultant, Mediation Services, Office of Ombudsman Services, UN.

Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Egypt (2005-2012)

Senior Legal Counselor, International Contracts & Projects.