Amna Sultan Al Owais

Chief Registrar, DIFC Courts

Amna Al Owais is currently the Chief Registrar of the DIFC Courts and oversees operations
and quality management, supervising the Courts’ Judicial Officers and Registry personnel,
as well as the delivery of a comprehensive suite of court public services.

In addition to her role as Chief Registrar of the DIFC Courts, Amna is also Registrar of the
Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World, Chairwoman of the DIFC Courts’ Users’ Committee
and a member of the Consulting Council for the University of Sharjah College of Law. In
2014, Amna was appointed to the Advisory Board of the International Bar Association’s
Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee.

In 2014, Amna was selected to join the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership
Development (MBRCLD) – the Young Leaders category, and furthermore in 2018 after the
relaunch of the MBRCLD, under the Dubai Executive Office and after an extensive selection
process, Amna was selected to join the first batch of the MBRCLD Impactful Leaders
Programme. Amna successfully graduated in December 2018.

Amna has played a key part in the establishment and development of the DIFC Courts and
creation of the Dispute Resolution Authority in 2014. She also spearheaded the
establishment of the DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Programme, launched in 2009, which is the first
scheme of its kind in the Middle East. In 2011 Amna was recognised by the International Bar
Association as one of the Top 3 young lawyers in the world and was listed in the Top 50
Most Influential Women in the Arab World and in the Top 100 Influential People Helping to
Shape the Emirate of Dubai by Arabian Business in 2018. Amna was also awarded Legal
Services CEO of the Year at the Arabian Business CEO magazine Awards in 2018 and
listed among the Top 30 Most Influential Women in the Arab World by Arabian Business
magazine in 2019.

In 2019, Amna was invited to join the Dubai Future Councils, a new initiative launched by His
Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai,
and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Dubai Future Foundation. Consisting of 13
councils, its main mandate is to Fore-sight the future agenda of Dubai in strategic sectors
and launch initiatives with both private and public sector partners to create the foundation for
that future. Amna will specifically play an active role in the membership of the Dubai Future
Council on Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystems.

Launched in 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance,
Amna has also been selected by the University Leadership Council and Université Paris II to
be in the first cohort of the International Business Law LLM. In September 2019, Amna was
also appointed to the College of Law Advisory Board of the University of Dubai.

Previous to her employment at the DIFC Courts, she practiced as a lawyer in the litigation
department with Hadef Al Dhahiri and Associates now known as Hadef & Partners. Amna
holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Law from the University of Sharjah and obtained a Masters
(LLM) with Commendation in International Commercial Law from Kingston University,

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