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Dr Rukia Baruti, Secretary General, AfAA
Tanzanian born Dr Rukia Baruti, is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and sits as an international arbitrator. She is a founding member and current Secretary General of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA), which won the Global Arbitration Award for Best Development. Previously, Dr Baruti managed Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA), a capacity building initiative she founded that trained African lawyers in investment treaty law and arbitration. Prior to founding AILA, Dr Baruti practised law at SJ Berwin’s International Arbitration Group in London where her contribution to a pro bono initiative saw her listed in The Lawyer 'Hot 100'. Dr Baruti benefits from experience in the roles of Counsel, Arbitrator and Secretary to the Tribunal in arbitrations conducted under various arbitration rules. She serves on the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and is a former Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Africa Users’ Council. She also has a well-rounded knowledge of Public International Law and International Relations gained from her postgraduate studies.


Dr Sally El Sawah, Deputy Secretary General, AfAA

Dr. Sally El Sawah is Egyptian and French qualified, and Registered European Lawyer in England & Wales. She specialises in commercial and investment arbitration and cross-border litigation, acting as Arbitrator, Counsel, Consultant and legal expert. As International lawyer and Arbitrator, she has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and projects in the EMEA region. She has gained a wealth of experience during a career spanning over thirteen years in Paris, London and Cairo, both in reputable law firms and as an independent practitioner. Fluent in Arabic, English and French and working between Egypt, Paris and London, Dr. El Sawah has an outstanding knowledge of Civil and Common Law systems, as well as the business, social and cultural environments of Francophone, Anglophone and Northern-Africa, the Middle-East and Europe. She has considerable experience as Arbitrator and regularly sits as Presiding arbitrator and Co-arbitrator in arbitral proceedings in Arabic, English and French.



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