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We pride ourselves on the calibre and commitment of our people. Meet the QICDRC team.

Management / Executive Team
Faisal Rashid Al-Sahouti
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Al Sahouti is currently the CEO of the QICDRC since April 2014. He is also a member of the Court's Advisory Board. He is responsible for the administrative, financial and legal affairs of Court under the supervision of the President of the QICDRC.

During his tenure, the QICDRC has witnessed a remarkable development, as he has led the administrative development of the court, particularly advancing the QICDRC electronic services that are provided to litigants and lawyers.

In addition, Mr. Al Sahouti has contributed extensively in development of the human resources at the QICDRC, by employing talented and highly qualified Qataris, in order to work at the QICDRC registry, and other administrative departments of the Court

In 2017, Mr. Al Sahouti chaired the executive council responsible for organizing the Qatar Law Forum (QLF), which is considered to be one of the most important regional and international conferences to promote importance of the rule of law.

In 2019, the Council of Ministers has appointed Mr. Al Sahouti as a member of the Grievances Committee of the Qatar Financial Markets Authority according to Council Ministers Decision No. 22 of 2019.

As of 2019, Al-Sahouti is a member of Alumni Counsel in Qatar University and a member in the finance committee in the counsel.

Mr. Al Sahouti has joined the Qatar International Court in 2011, where he worked as an assistant to judges in preparing case files and worked in the court registry.

Mr. Al Sahouti holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Qatar University, and a master’s degree in Commercial Law from Nottingham University in the UK. In addition, Mr. Al Sahouti is a certified international arbitrator, and also a judicial mediator accredited by the CEDR Institute in London. Mr. Al Sahouti has participated in some arbitration cases in the State of Qatar as an arbitrator

Mr. Al Sahouti is currently a member the advisory board of LexisNexis Journal in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Finally, Mr. Al Sahouti has published many papers in a number of international refereed journals.

Christopher Grout

Christopher has been the Registrar of the QICDRC since 2012. As Registrar of both the Qatar International Court and the QFC Regulatory Tribunal, Christopher is in charge of the Registry which is responsible for the case management of cases before the two bodies. As Registrar, he gives procedural guidance to parties to proceedings as well as gives directions in relation to the progression and management of active cases. He will also, where required by the judges, make costs assessments following the conclusion of a case. In addition, Christopher is a member of the QICDRC’s senior management team and of the Judicial Advisory Board.

He holds an LL.B degree from Newcastle University and was Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple in 2007. He is currently studying for his LL.M in Canon Law at Cardiff University.

From 2007 to 2009 he worked for the Ministry of Justice at the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in the Royal Courts of Justice, London. In 2009, he joined 15 New Bridge Street where he specialised as a criminal defense barrister appearing in the Magistrates Courts, Youth Courts, Crown Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Christopher is a member of numerous associations, including the International Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society, having written for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

He has a keen interest in the development of legal education and has lectured widely whilst in the United Kingdom and Qatar.

In 2019, Christopher was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in England and Wales.


Registry Team
Abdullatef Al-Mohannadi
Deputy Registrar

Abdullatef Al-Mohannadi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Qatar University. He served as a Prosecutor Assistant in the Public Prosecution for two years and later setup his law firm handling various corporate, criminal, labour, leasing, liquidation, and civil law suits for five years.


In his role as Deputy Registrar, he acts as the right hand person for the Registrar, and within that, supports the Registrar with managing aspects of the Court and the Tribunal and, in particular, the management of cases before the two bodies. The Deputy Registrar liaises, on behalf of the Court and Tribunal, with government institutions in the State of Qatar to ensure the follow up and action regarding the compliance and enforcement of Court and Tribunal orders and decisions.

Hamad Muhammad Al-Musfir
Legal & Research Associate

Graduated from the College of Law at Qatar University. Interned at US, UK and French firms in Doha. Undertook a summer placement in a UK firm in Dubai. Participated in international moot court competitions (VIS), twice. Member of the Honor Society. Won award for Best Claimant Memorandum in the Middle East. Won award for Best Advocate at Qatar University. Responsible for providing legal support to the Registrar and judges of QICDRC by analyzing Court papers for legal content, providing advice on the preparation of papers submitted to the Court and liaising with the parties’ representatives to ensure all appropriate papers are before the Court for the purposes of case management and determination. Prepares summary documentation for QICDRC and undertakes general or specific legal research for the judges, CEO, and/or Registrar as well as provides a ‘law clerk’ function for the judges and may be required to sit in Court at the request of the Registrar or the judges. 

Duha Ahmed Al-Mulla
Case Progression Manager – Associate

Duha Al-Mulla is responsible for the administration of cases before the Court, the Regulatory Tribunal and alternative dispute resolution centre. She joined the team in 2019 as Case Progression Manager – Associate to manage the progress of cases from the point of initial enquiry to final determination and disposal.

She previously worked at Sidra Medicine as an in-house lawyer from 2015 to 2019. She holds a Master of Law and a Legal Practice Course award from the University of Law in London as well as an LLB degree from Nottingham Trent’s Law School.

She is a Member and the Rapporteur for Qatar International Court’s Strategic Legal Committee and manages all matters in relation to issues arising from the committee.

Zeinab Lakiss
Administrative Assistant - Registry

Zeinab Lakiss is the primary point of contact for queries received at the Registry, while undertaking a broad range of duties related to case administration for the Court and the QFC Regulatory Tribunal. She also provides administrative and operational support to the judiciary and registry team.

She holds a bachelor’s in law from Lebanese University.