ICC YAF Middle East, North Africa & Turkey Regional Conference

Cairo, Egypt, • English

The ICC YAF Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey Regional Conference is organized every two years in a different city of the region. For the first time, Cairo will be hosting the 4th edition of this Regional YAF conference.


This one and half day conference will feature an interactive set of panels discussing timely issues in international dispute resolution. The program will also include many social events, from lunches to coffee breaks and drinks, allowing for many networking opportunities.

Who should attend?

The conference is aimed at arbitration practitioners of approximately 40 years and under: counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel or academics, and students.

The ICC YAF Conference is an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration and to enrich their network in the region.


Thursday 20 December 2018 (17:30 PM – 19:30 PM)
17:30 – 17:40Welcome Speech

Salma El Baz

17:40 – 17:55Opening Speech

Sami Houerbi

17:55 – 18:25First Keynote Speech: The Powers of Advocacy

Thomas Voisin

18:25-19:25Round table discussion: The Powers of Advocacy: Tactics and Strategies in Arbitration


Salma El Baz


Ahmed Kotb

Cherine Foty

Alexandre Reynaud

Johanne Clark


Venue: Mantis Restaurant and Bar

Cairo Capital Club, 9 Rostom St., Garden City, Cairo, Egypt

(Transportation will be provided from the conference venue to the reception)

Friday 21 December 2018 (10:00 AM – 17:00 PM)
9:30 – 10:00Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:20Second Keynote Speech (by video-conference)

Karim Hafez

10:20 – 11:30Round table discussion: Developments in Arbitration and their effect on the practice


Menna El BeltaguiSpeakers:

Tarek Badawy

Mehdi Ketani

Ahmed Ibrahim

Karim El Chazli

Karim Hafez

11:30 – 13:00Lunch break

Lunch break will be held at the Restaurant/ Bar by the pool

13:00 – 14:00First debate session followed by Q&A

Institutional Choice vs Party Choice of Arbitrators (pro and against)


Adam El Shalakany


Youssef El Saman

Natasha Chirazi

Simel Sarıalioğlu

Ahmed Habib

14:00 – 15:00Second debate session followed by Q&A

Dissenting Opinions (pro and against)


Amir Matar


Rami Chahine

Sally Kotb

Farouk El Hosseny

Aseel Barghuthi

15:00 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:10Round Table Discussion followed by Q&A

Multi-tier clauses and the benefits of Mediation


Mohamed Abou El Soud


Fatma Khalifa

Ahmed Waly

Gamal Abou Ali

16:10 – 17:10Fourth debate session followed by Q&A

Soft law transferred to hard law


Mona Mansour


Ahmed Sallam

Ali Al-Khasawneh

Myriam G. Eid

Karim Mariey

20:30Closing Reception

Venue: Mezcal Restaurant and Bar

New President Hotel, 20 Taha Hussein St., Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

(Transportation will be provided from meeting points to the reception)


Gamal Abou AliPartner, Hassouna & Abou Ali Law Firm, Cairo
Dr. Mohamed Abou El SaoudPartner, Zaki Hashem & Partners; Attorneys at Law, Cairo
Ali AL-KHASAWNEHAssociate, Derains & Gharavi, Paris
Youssef Al SamanCounsel, Zulficar & Partners, Cairo
Tarek BadawyPartner, Shahid law Firm, Cairo
Aseel BarghuthiSenior Associate, Eversheds Sutherland, Amman
Rami ChahineAssociate, King & Spalding, Paris
Joanne ClarkeCounsel; Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers, London
Salma El BazSenior Associate, Rizkana & Partners; ICC YAF Regional Representative, Cairo
Menna El BeltaguiSenior Associate, Sarei Eldin & Partners Law Firm, Cairo
Karim El ChazliLegal Advisor, The Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (SICL), Lausanne
Farouk El-HossenyAssociate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Adam El ShalakanyPartner, Shalakany Law Firm, Cairo
Cherine FotyAssociate, Jones Day, Paris
Myriam G. EidPartner, Hajj & Kanaan Law Office & Legal Consultancy; YAF Representative, Beirut
Ahmed HabibSenior Associate, Leboulanger & Associés, Paris
Karim HafezInternational Arbitrator, Hafez, Cairo
Sami HouerbiDirector, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle-East & Africa, ICC Dispute Resolution Services,

Founding Partner, Houerbi Law Firm, Tunis- Abu Dhabi- Paris

Ahmed IbrahimPartner, Fenwick Elliott LLP, Dubai
Mehdi KettaniPartner, DLA PIPER; YAF Rrpresentative, Casablanca
Fatma KhalifaState Counsel, Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority, Cairo
Ahmed KotbSenior associate, Tamimi & Co, Cairo
Sally KotbSenior Associate, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Dubai
Mona MansourPartner, Shehata Law, Cairo
Karim MarieyAssociate, white & Case, London
Amir MatarConsultant, Legal Transition Program, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Cairo
Alexandre ReynaudCounsel, Betto Seraglini, Paris
Ahmed SallamSenior Associate, Rizkana & Partners, Cairo
Menha SamyPartner, Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy, Cairo
Simel SarıalioğluCounsel, Paksoy; YAF Representative, Istanbul
Natasha ShiraziSenior Legal Counsel, Orascom Construction, Cairo
Thomas VoisinPartner, Quinn Emanuel, Paris
Ahmed WalyContract Administration Consultant, WALY, Arbitration & Contract Administration firm, Cairo

Logistical notes


Conference venue on 20 December 2018

The Diplomatic Club

The Intersection between Talaat Harb St.

and Al Bustan St, Qasr an Nile, Down Town,

Cairo, Egypt

Conference venue on 21 December 2018

The Nile Ritz Carlton,

At the Alf Leila W Leila (A) Meeting Room

1113 Corniche El Nil, Ismailia, Qasr an Nile,

Cairo, Egypt

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.


For further information on the event please contact Sylvia Saad

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

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