Hoda Barakat heads the Hoda Barakat Legal Consultancy where she provides legal consulting to large multinational and local companies and Government Departments on legal strategy and commercial issues, including Intellectual Property. Hoda worked in London for 4 years before moving to the UAE in 1995. Immediately upon arriving in the UAE, she joined a local firm which later became the largest non-affiliated law firm in the region with her as Managing Partner for 5 years. Hoda graduated with a BA (Hons) and attained her MA in Law from the University Of Cambridge in the UK. She has published a number of articles and is recognized for her work with numerous professional citations and awards and as an industry speaker.