Najwa Ali Attiga
General Counsel, Emirates Investment Authority
Najwa Attiga is a seasoned, results-oriented, Arab American U.S. qualified senior attorney who has multinational and multifaceted academic and career experiences. Throughout her diversified senior positions with various organizations, she has gained a unique experience in the legal profession, in addition to a wealth of cultural expertise and cross border knowledge.
Ms. Attiga received her Master of Laws Degree in Corporate Law from the University of Columbia in New York City.
Her professional experience spans over the past twenty-five years where she lived and practiced law in New York City and Washington D.C. before moving back to the Arab region. She was a lawyer in the Legal Unit of the United Nations Development Program in New York, where she worked on various legal matters related to development projects in the Arab region.
In Washington D.C, Ms. Attiga was an Associate in private practice where she advised clients on domestic and cross boarder acquisitions and joint ventures. She also provided legal support to publicly held corporations and private businesses on E-Commerce and International Trade.
Additionally, she worked as a consultant for the World Bank NGO Unit where she prepared a “Model Law” for the non-profit sector in the Arab world; a model that was subsequently adopted in various Arab laws on Associations and Foundations.
In 1999, Ms. Attiga undertook the position of Senior Legal Counsel for Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International Firm (TAGI) in Amman Jordan, where she advised clients on matters related to commercial laws and intellectual property laws in various Arab countries. She also advised the government and private sector institutes in Jordan on legal matters related to the process and implications of accession to the WTO.
Furthermore, and as a Consultant for USAID in Jordan, Ms. Attiga was a member of the Committee that worked with the Jordanian government on drafting new laws regarding
E-Commerce, E-Signature, and the Credit Bureau Law.
In 2002, Ms. Attiga moved to Kuwait where she held the position of Special Legal Advisor to the Managing Director of Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). In such capacity, she was responsible for advising the management and the board of the Company on all legal matters related to its operations in three major oil refineries and all gas stations in Kuwait.
In addition, Ms. Attiga served as the Legal Advisor for Gulf Investment House (GIH), a private shareholding company with investments in the GCC, Europe and the USA. She rendered general advisory services on Islamic Finance transactions to GIH advisory arm for US Private Equity activities and acquisitions.
In 2005, Ms. Attiga became one of the founding members of Watani Investment Company (NBK Capital), the investment and merchant banking subsidiary of the National Bank of Kuwait in the capacity of Head of Legal and Compliance, where she was in charge of all corporate legal matters related to the company and its investments. She also led the legal team that established two subsidiaries of NBK Capital in the DIFC in Dubai as well as in Turkey. Moreover, she was responsible for structuring and setting up NBK Capital’s first Private Equity Fund and first Mezzanine Fund. Additionally, Ms. Attiga also serves as an arbitrator in Kuwait.
From 2008-2016, Ms. Attiga served as the General Counsel and Board Secretary of Abu Dhabi Investment Council, a sovereign wealth fund and an investment arm of the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. She set up the Legal Department at the Council, and was instrumental in advising the board and senior management on all legal issues pertaining to the Council’s global investment operations.
Currently, Ms. Attiga is the General Counsel and Board Secretary of Emirates Investment Authority, the only Federal Level Sovereign Wealth Fund for the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Attiga is also a Co-Founder of the Women Lawyers Group Middle East, a non-profit foundation established in the United Kingdom as a forum for the exchange of knowledge, experience and initiatives of women in the legal sphere. She is also a member of the Arab International Women Forum in London, a member of the Advisory Board of Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3) in Dubai, in addition to being a member of the mentoring team of the African Entrepreneurship Award.