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AIA Network Committee


Aparajita Mishra

Aparajita is Regional Legal Counsel for Mott MacDonald, a global engineering consultancy, and advises their Middle East, South Asia and Africa business. Aparajita pursued Masters in Law from Queen Mary University of London, and specialises in disputes and transactional advisory. Her legal expertise includes advising on Engineering Procurement & Construction Management projects, Lenders Technical Advisory appointments, and Public Private Partnerships in transport, built environment, climate change, infrastructure and education sector.


Aparajita is a key thought leader in the region and continues to collaborate with stakeholders on pressing issues of climate change risks, shareholder capitalism, Equality Diversity & Inclusion. She was recently honoured with the Rising Star Award 2022 at the Middle East Legal Awards for her contribution to the legal profession and to the wider community.  

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Dr. Hussam Sameer Al Talhuni


Legal Consultant to the Minister of Finance   since August 2010

United Arab Emirates

A well-known name in the field of legal services particularly in International Commercial Arbitration. Served as the first director of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) from its establishment in May 2003 to June 2010. Obtained his Ph.D. degree in International Commercial Arbitration from Edinburgh University, UK. Has lectured in a variety of well-established universities in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.An author of several publications on various legal topics, including arbitration, private international law, commercial matters, and a Ph.D. thesis on “The Effect of Public Policy on the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards”.

Has drafted several Federal Legislations and Ministerial Orders relating to commercial, economic, and financial laws, such as:

Bankruptcy - Federal Law; Insolvency of Natural Persons - Federal Law; Securing Interest with Movable Property - Federal Law; Finance Leasing - Federal Law; Trust - Federal Law; Factoring (draft – Federal law); Data Protection in Financial Services (draft Federal Law); FINTECH (draft – Federal Law); in addition to Tax Laws and relevant bilateral and international treaties.


Secretary of the Financial Reorganization Committee (FRC) since 2018 (established under Bankruptcy Law); appointed by Ministerial Decision No. (94) of 2018.



John McGowan


John has lived and worked in Abu Dhabi for over 20 years. His clients include multinational corporations, energy companies, and local UAE companies. His principal focus is dispute resolution. He counsels clients on the rules, procedures and laws applicable in UAE arbitrations, as well as on “post-arbitration” enforcement proceedings including the New York Convention. He serves as both an advocate and an arbitrator.


Diana Bayzakova


Diana Bayzakova is the Director of the Tashkent International Arbitration Centre (TIAC), the arbitral institution delivering zero admin fee state-of-the-art arbitration services under the unique conflict-free operational framework. As a multilingual dispute resolution expert, Diana acted as a sole arbitrator, on a panel of arbitrators and as counsel in international arbitral proceedings under a variety of arbitration rules (DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, SCC, ADCCAC and others) and is the only arbitration practitioner from Uzbekistan ranked by Legal500 in "Arbitration Powerlist: CIS and Caucasus". She is the founder of the Nikonov Tech Moot, the forum where students, academics, arbitrators and the legal practitioners in the field of advanced technologies meet, plead and network. In 2020, Diana has been appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators.

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Dr.Eng Jamal Chaykhouni


CEO/Chairman founder of AlMarsat Project Development (APD) Over 36 years of success as a Civil Engineer on Land mark projects in Transportation , Land, Ports & Airports a world proficient in Project Management. Founder of Canada Quality Experts CQE since 2005-Canada. Active Arbitrator and Member of DIAC- DIFC with over 60+ cases as an Arbitrator since 2007, See more

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