Ghada Youness


In 2015 Ghada joined the firm as Counsel, after having served at the World Bank Group for fifteen years as Senior Counsel at the Legal Department. During her tenure at the World Bank, she worked across key operational departments to serve a diverse base of constituents spanning five regions (Middle East and North Africa; South Asia; Africa; Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia).  She was responsible for operations in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, West Bank and Gaza, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago.  She led negotiations and conducted policy dialogue with representatives of governments and other donors in a broad range of sectors that she covered for infrastructure, energy, education and cultural heritage.

A practicing attorney for more than 20 years, she worked at the International Legal Department of SOGEA-SGE, Société Générale des Entreprises (Public Works) in France, in the field of construction. Thereafter, she joined Shalakany Law Office in Egypt, as associate, advising local and multinational clients on corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions and arbitration.

She obtained her “Licence en Droit” from Cairo University. She holds a D.E.A. (“Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies”) in Public International Law and the Law of International Organizations, and a D.E.A. in English and American Business Law from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne); a D.S.U. (“Diplôme Supérieur de l’Université”) in Private International Law from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) ; and a Translation and Legal Terminology Certificate (English/French) from the Institute of Comparative Law, University of Paris II, (Panthéon-Assas).

Her working languages are Arabic, English and French.

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