Dr. Ali El-Hakim obtained his Master's degree in International Law from University College London in 1971, before completing his PhD in International Law from the University of Cambridge in 1977. Dr. El-Hakim is now an investment and corporate banking executive, general legal counsel, and government advisor, with more than 35 years’ experience at international and local banks and investment institutions in Kuwait. Dr. El-Hakim served at the Kuwait Investment Authority as the Head of Legal for many years and was employed at HSBC Kuwait between 2006-2011 as the Managing Director Global Banking and Markets. In this role, Dr. El-Hakim was responsible for HSBC’s overall corporate, investment banking, and asset management platforms in Kuwait. Currently, Dr. El-Hakim acts as the General Counsel of the Musaad Al-Saleh & Sons Group.