Our Training Team
Elahe Ghazinoori founded EMG Associates, a legal consultancy firm, in 2006 having formerly practised as an in-house solicitor for a telecommunications company. As EMG Associates' principal presenter, she has a wealth of experience in providing inspiring and engaging training sessions in the areas of corporate and commercial law to legal practitioners from the international community. Elahe’s focus is to support the development of individuals and the subsequent growth of the organisation in which they work. She is commercially aware, providing practical business-focused solutions to all her clients.
Elahe has trained hundreds of lawyers and legal professionals around the world on subjects such as company law, commercial law, contract law, drafting skills, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and arbitration. She has launched the TOLES series of courses successfully in the Middle East, in particular in the UAE, Oman and Bahrain working with some of the top law firms, training institutes and universities in the region.
Before devoting her work fulltime to EMG Associates, Elahe also lectured for BPP Law School, one of UK’s leading law school and professional development institutes. She also worked as a senior training consultant for over 5 years for one of the world’s largest corporations, American Airlines.
Elahe’s broad academic achievements include: B.Sc. Hons II(i) in Mathematics and Post Graduate Diploma in Statistics. Admitted to the roll of solicitors in May 2005. Elahe also holds the University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).
She has also written a number of topical articles on a range of corporate issues in the London Chamber of Commerce and the Arab British Chamber of Commerce publications.
Peter Pafitis, a Leeds University LL.B graduate and Barrister-at –law of the Middle Temple, has served as legal advisor to various corporate entities in South Africa and Bahrain, subsequent to which, as associate lecturer in law, he has taught company law, contract law, legal system, banking law and criminal law at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. During the course of his academic career, he has rendered tutor support for the University of London LL.B and LL.M External Degree programmes on the island, and has developed and presented a Cyprus variant of the Corporate and Business Law module for the University of Middlesex BA Hons and Finance degree, at Intercollege. For the period 2002-2005, Peter was designated as visiting lecturer for the law component of the Institute of Financial Services programme at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. As training instructor he has delivered CIB/IFS banking law seminars and ACCA/ ACA Business and Corporate Law professional courses for GlobalTraining in Cyprus, Athens and Bucharest. He has also presented a series of workshops in Moscow for the Professional Competence Certification of Investment Firms and Credit Institutions. As part of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles’ Odysseus network project for the European Commission, Peter was appointed as Co-ordinator and Rapporteur for Cyprus to review and report on the transposition of Immigration Directives. As Consulting Director, he was a key player in the establishment of the Legal Resources Centre in Cyprus, and is currently Head of Legal Services Development at AG Erotocritou LLC, a leading Cyprus-based law firm. Peter has contributed a chapter on Banking Law for the publication “Key Issues Internationally” and is the author and editor of the recently-published book “Company Law and Law of Partnership in the Republic of Cyprus”, an authoritative and comprehensive resource for students and legal practitioners.
Yiannis, a native English speaker, was born in Muscat in 1992 to Greek Cypriot and Omani parents. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wolverhampton and a Master’s Degree in International Business from Queen Mary University in the United Kingdom. Yiannis has working legal experience in Oman in addition to his international work experiences in the United Kingdom and Thailand. Whilst he specialises in Corporate law, he also handles legal matters in other areas such as Civil and Commercial law through drafting and reviewing contracts, providing legal advice, as well as marketing, and has run educational workshops for legal students through his firm.
Raised in Oman for the majority of his life, he is also well travelled and brings his international skills and experiences to the table in both his legal and educational work which has helped him establish a multicultural mindset allowing him to connect and get along with those of varied origins and cultures. Bridging the gap between generations is important to Yiannis, and he heavily focuses on ensuring that everything is understood in a modern context with future applicability in mind.
Dr Mohammad Al Qudah
Dr Mohammad Al Qudah has been a leading lawyer &Blegal trainer for many years. Mohammad acted as Chief legal officer, Abdul Latif Jameel Company, a company with multi activities in trade, investment, energy , financial services and other activities and existence in more than 15 Countries. Prior to that he was legal advisor to the Prime Minister in Jordan as well as legal advisor for Ministry of Industry and Trade in Free Trade Agreement and IP related matters. Mohammad participated effectively in a wide range review of the legislation and legislative activities in Jordan to create a more efficient governmental processes and administration
Over 23 years of legal and IP experience in Jordan and the Middle East region with various areas of practice ranging from governmental authorities and their policies towards IP protection to academic activities and private entities legal strategies and management.
In 2021 I was selected by the International Trade Center (ITC) which is part of the WTO to be a consultant in the fields of startups and Intellectual Property. Mohammad participated in providing some legal and technical advice to Takamul , an inactivate by the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi aiming at supporting Innovation and Innovators.
Maria Th. Athanasiou holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of South Wales and a Master’s degree in International Commercial Law from the Cardiff University. She is also pursuing her Doctorate in the field on the Law of the Sea at the University of Nicosia. Being a member of the Cyprus Bar Association, Maria is the Co-Founder of M. Athanasiou & N. Frangos Michael LLC based in Cyprus. Maria is also a co-author of the book “The Future of the Maritime Industry” and a Lecturer in Law at the European University and Cyprus Maritime Academy. She is also certified in the fields of International Water Law from the University of Geneva, Environmental Law and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Methodology from the University of London and ECOPORTIL which consist 7 certificates which includes Air quality, Energy efficiency and Climate change, Water quality (Emphasis on Oil Pollution and BWM), Waste management at ships and ports, Eco mapping of the Environmental condition in the ports, Environmental management systems (ISO, EMAS, PERS) and Legislation governing environmental protection of areas surrounding ports. She is also involved in various exhibitions concerning Energy security in the framework of international law.
Chris Lipscomb BA, MSc (Hons) is a leading global HR Director and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. He has previously been recognised for his ground-breaking work in establishing the in-house Legal Training Academy for Al Tamimi & Company, the Middle East’s leading regional where he was the HR Director for 9 years. During his time with Al Tamimi, he developed a Trainee Lawyer Programme for local lawyers which was the first of its kind in the region along with a Development Programme for Senior Lawyers looking to graduate to partnership with the firm. In 2013, his development programme for Senior Lawyers was recognised at the Middle East Training Awards 2013 as the “Best Leadership Development programme”. He was subsequently invited to be a keynote speaker at the Middle East HR & Training Forum and then became a Member of the Advisory Council for the 2015 World HRD Congress. Aside from his passion for learning & development, Chris also has particular expertise in employment law having worked on business restructuring projects. Chris divides his time between the UK and Northern Spain. He currently provides specialist consultancy advice to the legal sector on resourcing/training related matters.
Louise Kulbicki LLB, LLM is a British legal English teacher and founder of Study Legal English which provides online legal English resources to language learners. Louise gained practical experience working in the legal field on the development of international environmental law before turning to legal English teaching.
Since 2013 she has been teaching legal English to lawyers and law students from around the world and specialises in online teaching and resources development. She has delivered a range of legal English courses including TOLES training and Contract Drafting. Currently she is a board member of the European Legal English Teachers’ Association (EULETA) in charge of social media, tech and communications and a member of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Sonia Delaye-Nsir is a UK Qualified Solicitor and a French Qualified lawyer with a wealth of legal experience in magic circle law firms and top tier investment banks in London and Middle East, dealing in banking law, asset management and private equity funds. She is also an experienced litigator in French tribunals.
Sonia is the partner and founder of Delaye-Nsir Solicitors & Avocats law firm based in France and UK. Over 10 years, she practiced law in different jurisdictions across France, UK and North Africa. She is specialised in Business law, Corporate Law, Real Estate and Islamic Finance. She worked 7 years in Islamic banking and Asset Management (QIB-UK, and Qinvest). She worked with the French Minister of Economy on the implementation and tax treatment of Islamic Finance in France.
She holds 2 Master’s Degrees in Business Law from Paris University and University of Law in London. She holds Islamic Finance Qualifications. She is a lecturer in Islamic Asset Management, and Banking law (Dauphine University), and speaker in Islamic Finance events.
Emre Usenmez is a legal expert in the natural resources sector and a petroleum economist. He has significant experience working with the staff of national ministries around the world, and with the oil and mining companies. He has chaired, moderated and spoke at numerous natural resources conferences focusing on legal and investment issues, and has given a TEDx talk on crude oil pricing. He has written a number of books, chapters and articles on oil and gas law and resource taxation.
Emre is a partner at Aber Group and a Director of Silver Sight Ltd. Emre is also a Senior Lecturer in Law at King’s College, University of Aberdeen. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer in Finance at AFG College, University of Aberdeen and, until August 2018, he additionally served as a Dean for Internationalization, focusing on China and East Asia. He is currently an associate at the Aberdeen Energy Institute and Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL) and he is a Fellow of Advance HE. Prior to joining the academia, he was working in the natural resources sector, predominantly in Azerbaijan and the surrounding region.
He holds a PhD in Economics, Finance and Law, an MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance, and an LLM in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen. He also holds a BSc in Economics and a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University.
Rosalyn is a qualified Solicitor (UK & Ireland) with a wealth of legal experience in magic circle law firms in London, Dublin and the Cayman Islands, dealing in commercial property and private equity funds. Rosalyn is fascinated with the language of law. She is an experienced TOLES trainer and examiner and gives intensive TOLES exam preparation courses online. Rosalyn teaches with a fresh approach, giving insightful comments on all the skills necessary in the mastery of Legal English.
Rosalyn has a wicked sense of humour and loves instilling confidence in budding lawyers. She coaches public speaking and holds a certificate in International Arbitration from the University of Leiden. Rosalyn delivers popular immersion courses in Dublin in Legal English, Commercial Contract Drafting and International Arbitration for international lawyers from as far as the Lebanon and Brazil.