Shaikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
Shaikha Haya was the vice chairwoman of the Arbitration Committee / International Bar Association and the former counsel at the Bahrain Ministry of State for Legal Affairs. She has been admitted to the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court of Bahrain and is a member and was a former vice president of the Bahrain Bar Association.
Shaikha Haya obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Kuwait, a Diploma in Civil Rights Private Law from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and a diploma in Comparative Law from the University of Ain Shams, Egypt. Also she made courses in International Public Law in Paris/Sorbonne 1977.
Shaikha Haya was the first Bahraini woman Ambassador, as an Ambassador to France and its nonresident Ambassador to Belgium, Switzerland and Spain. She is also Bahrain’s permanent delegate to UNESCO.
She has been elected as President of the 61st Session of the U.N in 2006/2007. General Assembly, becoming the third woman to hold the position. She received several notable awards, including the U.N. Millennium Development Goals Special Award, the Path to Peace Award and the Social Creativity Award from the Arab Thought Foundation.
Shaikha Haya was a member of various international organizations including, the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration Committee, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration (Bahrain representative 2000 / 2010) . Currently Shaikha Haya is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution since 2010 and Chairperson of ICC National Committee in Bahrain Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Shaikha Haya Al-Khalifa was independently endorsed by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer in Bahrain in the practice areas of Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Her working languages are Arabic, English & French.