Event Agenda

Guests can expect an engaging, informative and interactive discussion with our global experts and thought leaders. The sessions will take place in the ADGM Auditorium between 9:30 AM and 5:45 PM Onwards.

We welcome our guests for a networking event following the sessions.



9:30 AM – 9:40 AM

Welcome  from the Moderator

Rachel Pether - TV Host, Digital Asset Report

9:40 AM – 9:50 AM

Opening Remarks from ADGM

Linda Fitz-Alan - Registrar and Chief Executive, ADGM Courts

9:50 AM – 10:05 AM


Pinsent Masons and Queen Mary University London’s Future of Energy Arbitration Survey – Middle East Launch

The results of the recent Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) global survey conducted in partnership with Pinsent Masons on the ‘Future of International Energy Arbitration’ will be unveiled.

This is the first survey by QMUL to focus on the energy sector in nearly 10 years and could not be more timely given the pivot we are seeing from fossil fuel to renewable / cleaner energy and the current geopolitical environment. The survey examines two main themes which have come into sharp focus as a result of the present volatility of the international energy markets: the prevailing drivers of disputes in the short to medium term which have developed over the last 12 months, and how international arbitration can adapt to this environment to best serve the needs of the energy sector.


Jed Savager - Partner, Pinsent Masons

Nesreen Osman - Partner, Pinsent Masons

10:05 AM – 10:55 AM

Panel Discussion

Anticipating and Mitigating ESG-Related Risks and Disputes

Climate change and sustainability are the defining issues of this decade. The commercial and reputational costs of “getting ESG wrong” are high, but as companies have learned to address ESG requirements in a coordinated way, ESG claimants have also coordinated their approach, and the range of defendants, subjects of disputes and claimants continue to diversify.

In the lead up to COP28 and in the UAE’s “Year of Sustainability”, this session will delve into the vast array of potential sustainability disputes, including climate change litigation, energy transition, investor-state matters, as well as increased consumer and regulatory scrutiny arising from allegations of “greenwashing”.


Jessica Crow - Independent Arbitrator, Arbitra International


Laurie Achtouk-Spivak - Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Miray Zaki - Managing Director, Gulf Capital

Umair Ullah - Director, PwC Sustainability

Duncan Miller - Senior Counsel, 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers / Maxwell 42 Chambers

10:55 AM – 11:40 AM

Networking Break

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote Presentation

Decoding AI & What It Means

AI has caught fire to become the hottest item on the agendas of every tech firm. And while we’re still only scratching the surface, it is set to disrupt the way industries and businesses work and raises important questions for society, the economy, and governance. Where, then, does AI go from here? Should we fear these advancements? Can we trust AI? How can it be done right? What is at stake as it becomes more powerful? How will humans stack up against these technologies? And how must legislation keep up? This session aims to demystify this complex topic giving a history of AI and what the future holds.


Marcos Muller Habig - Acting Chief Executive Officer, 42 Abu Dhabi

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Panel Discussion

Web3: Legal Sector Implications and Opportunities

Estimated to boost global GDP by 1.76 trillion dollars over the next 10 years, Web3 technologies such as NFTs, digital assets, DAOs, and metaverses and the AI that will power them are rapidly gaining mainstream attention. Whilst innovative, these technologies are also disruptive and challenge the traditional assumptions of how legal systems operate, making it difficult to apply existing legal frameworks for drafting contracts, filing documents, storing records and establishing trademarks. This session will look at real-world examples and current trends across the legal landscape of Web3 and how it may be shaped in the future.


David Kavanagh - Legal Director – Investments, G42/42XFund


Alexander Chehade - Executive Director and General Manager, Binance

Sureena Jassal - Corporate & Commercial Legal Counsel, e&

Nicole Purin - Deputy General Counsel AME, Europe, US, OKX Middle East

Amir Ghavi - Partner & Head of Technology, Fried Frank LLP

12:50 PM – 1:50 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:50 PM – 2:40 PM

Panel Discussion

AML / CFT and sanctions

AML/CFT and sanctions regulations are instrumental in preventing, detecting, and combating money laundering, terrorist financing, corruption, and other crime. The 2009 financial crisis unearthed a myriad of problematic activity and regulatory gaps, which led to a significant increase in government regulation for banks and other financial institutions. 2009 was also (perhaps not coincidentally) the year that Bitcoin, the first decentralised cryptocurrency, made its debut. The increased regulatory environment for traditional banks coupled with the rapid growth of non-traditional (and largely unregulated) digital currencies over the past decade have created the perfect storm for an ever-growing and more elusive corridor of illicit funds, terrorist financing, and money-laundering.

So what does today’s regulatory environment hold for global and regional banks and corporates? How are government regulators enforcing their laws in a globalised, high-tech world? How should businesses address these threats and minimise risk in today’s world? Our panel of speakers will cover these questions from the very different perspectives of regulators, traditional banking institutions, and digital currency providers.


Sheila Shadmand - Partner-in-Charge - Middle East Region, Jones Day


Emmanuel Givanakis - CEO, ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority

Robert Lewsley - Regional Head, Disputes and Government Investigations Legal, AME, Standard Chartered Bank

Futoon Al Jassim - Head of Sanctions Implementation Compliance, UAE Executive Office for Control and Nonproliferation

2:40 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

From flying cars and sustainable cities, to transformative rail and airport projects, and all the overstretched supply chains in between…what's really going on in the UAE's construction, infrastructure and transport sectors? RESOLVE will explore the Emirates’ current priorities and insights into a sustainable future ahead.


Renad Younes - Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher


Dean Ryburn - Partner, Dentons

Mariam AlQubaisi - Head of Sustainability & Business Excellence, Etihad Airways

Adrian Cole - Independent Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator, Adrian Cole FZ LLE

Iryna Telychko - General Legal Counsel, Etihad Rail

Courtney Sader - General Counsel, Raytheon Emirates Ltd, Raytheon Doha and Raytheon Saudi Arabia

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Networking Break

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Fireside Chat

In Conversation with Hillary Clinton

Presidential Candidate. 67th US Secretary of State. Senator. First Lady. Lawyer. Hillary Clinton is an iconic figure of the modern era.

Join her in-person at ADGM during RESOLVE 2023, in conversation with ADGM Courts CEO Linda Fitz-Alan, for an exploration of her life in law and hopes for the future.


Linda Fitz-Alan - Registrar and Chief Executive, ADGM Courts


Hillary Rodham Clinton - Former US Secretary of State

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM


Rachel Pether - TV Host, Digital Asset Report

5:45 PM Onwards

Closing Reception

Em Sherif Sea Cafe Abu Dhabi, Rosewood Hotel, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi 


Please note spaces are limited, so register now to reserve your seat at RESOLVE.


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