Lubna Qassim was most recently Senior Executive Vice President, Group Chief General Counsel & Company Secretary of Emirates NBD Bank PJSC and also their first and only female EXCO member. She built and led one of the best in-house legal teams in the Middle East as elected by The Legal 500 in 2016 and was also elected in 2017 as one of the best GC’s in the Middle East by Legal500. She was most recently shortlisted by IFLR 2017 as Woman in Business Law in Middle East. She has received a number of accolades in recognition of her professional work in the legal & financial industry.
Lubna Qassim is a leading global lawyer, strategist and a strong advocate of governance and diversity & inclusion in the work place.
Lubna started her career in the corporate finance practice of the global magic circle law firm Clifford Chance between their Dubai and London offices for seven years. She was then asked to join the Dubai government to work on legal policies and economic legislations. In recognition of her work she was invited to join the UAE Federal Government. In her role she set up the first economic legislative department and contributed reform to a suite of policies and economic legislations of the UAE and shaped the UAE’s legal landscape.
Lubna is the first UAE National to have worked at the World Bank as the Public Sector Consultant and also at the House of Lords, Parliament of the UK.
Lubna sits on numerous boards and also appears frequently in media around the world such as CNN, BBC, CNBC and other broadcasters. She also lectures frequently at international conferences and gives tailored briefings to government leaders and corporate executives on global economic and legal trends.
She holds a Hons LLB from Brunel University in the UK and also Post Graduation Diploma from Leeds University and a Diploma in International relations from GeorgeTown University, Washington DC.
Born in the UAE, Lubna grew up between Dubai, Singapore and London. She speaks fluently in 5 languages. She is a global traveler. During moments away from her busy professional and personal life she is a strong advocate of governance, gender parity and youth in the Arab region.She is the founding chair of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s chapter of the 30% Club,and was recently namedas one of the 50 most influential females in the Arab World by Arabian Business magazine.