Hani Gharbawi became the General Counsel of EEC in late July 2013. This is Hani’s second tenure with EEC, as he was General Counsel and Secretary of the Board during 2008 and 2009. After his first post with EEC, Hani joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology as senior counsel and then moved up the administrative ladder to become the strategy and planning officer for administration and finance.
Hani had started his career with Saudi Aramco as a trainee in 1993 and progressed towards becoming a process engineer in Ras Tanura Refinery in 1999, with a degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University.
After a couple of years as a practicing engineer, Saudi Aramco selected him for a scholarship to attend law school at Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. Soon after obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 2004, he joined the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Houston, Texas as a visiting attorney focusing on labor cases and policies. In 2005, Hani returned to Saudi Aramco’s offices in Dhahran as legal counsel working on various corporate and employment matters. In late 2006, Saudi Aramcoassigned him the position of interim chief legal counsel for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). During this post, Hani established the first legal department for the University and participated in drafting its constitutional documents, such as its charter and bylaws, and obtaining the necessary approvals from the highest authorities in the Kingdom. Hani also advised KAUST’s board of trustees and executive management on various matters, including the establishment and operation of overseas subsidiaries, as well as pertinent policies, practices, and activities.
Lubna is the head of legal at Dubai Healthcare City Authority. Shortly after joining in 2015, she was assigned to create and lead a centralized legal department, responsible for overseeing the legal function of the Authority and its business and investment segments.
In her career spanning 16 years, she has held senior level positions in the UAE and Jordan in both in house and private practice. Before joining Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Lubna was the Company Secretary of Emaar Properties PJSC, prior to which she was responsible for the legal function of Emaar’s operation in Jordan. Lubna also represented many international and local clients in high value transactions, where she worked as a senior associate for one of the largest law firms in Jordan.
Lubna holds a BA and a master’s degree in law. She is a member of the Jordanian Bar Association, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Born and educated in the UK, Reza is a legally qualified Compliance and Risk professional with over 21 years global banking/ financial services experience, ranging across Corporate, Investment and Private Banking as well as Insurance, Asset Management, Private Equity and Brokerage.
Reza has worked predominately in the UK and the Middle East setting up and leading Compliance, AML and Risk functions as well as managing Legal and Audit departments. Approved by regulators in the UK, UAE and Qatar, Reza has significant experience of managing regulatory relationships at senior levels across multiple jurisdictions.
Previously heading up Compliance and Risk for Barclays in Africa and the Middle East and for GE Capital in the UK and Europe, Reza is currently the Head of Legal, Compliance & Public Affairs (MENA & India), based in Dubai, for Marsh, a division of Marsh & McLennan Companies, the premier US global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in risk, strategy and human capital. As a member of the regional Executive team and chair of the MENA Risk Committee, Reza leads the Legal and Compliance functions for the business, including regional oversight for Risk and Audit, across the MENA and India regions. Reza is also a Board Director for Marsh in Saudi Arabia as well as Sedgwick Forbes Middle East, which owns the Marsh businesses in the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Egypt. Reza holds a UK honours degree in Law and Economics as well as professional accreditations in compliance, leadership and project management from the UK, US and South Africa.