Professor of International Arbitration, Private International Law and English Contract Law at Cairo University. He is also Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy (Zulficar & Partners Law Firm); Chair of the International Expert Advisory Committee of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law – China; Dean of the Africa Arbitration Academy; Treasurer and Member of the ICCA Governing Board; Vice-President of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Member of the CIArb’s Board of Trustees and Vice Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab served as ‘Arbitrator’, ‘Counsel’ and ‘Legal Expert’ in more than 230 cases involving African, Asian, Canadian, European, Middle Eastern and US parties.
He received the LAW Magazine 2017 Best Legal Practitioner Award, the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize, the 2019 AYA Hall-of-Fame African Arbitrator Award, the 2020 Client Choice International Award. Most recently in 2021, he was listed in the top 64 world leading practitioners in Who’s Who Global Elite Thought Leaders: International Arbitration; and selected among the 500 honorees of the 2021 Lawdragon Global Litigation 500 Lawyers Guide, and among the Legal500 Africa Powerlist and the AYA’s Africa’s Top 30 Powerlist. Chambers Global (2021) say: “Peers regard Mohamed Abdel Wahab as “an absolute star in arbitration.”, “He is very charismatic and engaging – the way he speaks shows the deep knowledge he has.” Clients also praise the way in which “he is always on top of the work and has an excellent knowledge of the market and the law.” Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2021) says: “He is a top-tier thought leader and in a league of his own” and “a very well-prepared and exceptional arbitrator”. WWL: Arbitration (2020) says he is “a leader in the space”. The Legal500 (2019) states he is ‘one of the best in the world’. Who’s Who Legal Construction (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is highlighted as “a leading heavyweight construction law specialist whose analytical skills are second to none”.
He is the co-editor (with Prof Maxi Scherer and Ms Niuscha Bassiri) of “International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution” (2020); co-editor (with Prof Ethan Katsh and Mr Daniel Rainey) of “Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice” (2021); and is the author of the Abdel Wahab Pandemic Pathway to Virtual/Remote Hearings.