Hamada Zahawi was a former International Attorney-Advisor with the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Zahawi was assigned to primarily work on commercial legal development, private sector reform, and economic growth in Iraq, Afghanistan, and countries in the Arabian Peninsula, including Bahrain, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen and the UAE. Prior to the U.S. government, Mr. Zahawi was in private practice with a focus on Project Finance, International Commercial Law, and Islamic/Middle East Finance. Mr. Zahawi also continues to manage an international academic consulting practice.
Mr. Zahawi recently completed a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where he was a Fellow at HKS’s Center for Public Leadership and President of the Harvard Arab Student Association. Mr. Zahawi earned his Juris Doctorate (JD) at the University of California-Berkeley Law, where he co-founded the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law (JMEIL) and was on the Editorial Board of the California Law Review. Mr. Zahawi also holds a Masters (MPhil) in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and earned his Bachelor degree from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), graduating Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Zahawi is admitted to practice law in the State of California and Washington D.C. and is fluent in Arabic and conversational in Spanish.