About Hamid

Senior Counsel King & SPalding LLP

December 2017- present

Advising private sector clients (companies & associations) as well as governments on legal, policy & negotiating matters relating to trade in services, electronic commerce and investment.Also provides technical assistance and capacity building to government officials, negotiators and international organizations in relation to trade in services.


Commercial Attaché - Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, Cairo

January 1976 - 1979

Commercial Attaché - Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, Cairo

Visiting Industry Professor, Queen Mary, University of London

September 2018- present

As a visiting professor with the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), leads and supervises applied research on current international trade policy issues focusing on legal and regulatory aspects, particularly in relation to services trade, e-commerce and the digital economy. Also contributes to the centre’s advisory and outreach activities in these policy and regulatory areas.


Senior Counsellor in the Trade in Services Division.

May 1993 - 2001

Secretary of the WTO Council for Trade in Services since the establishment of the WTO in 1995. During that time, also responsible for legal affairs in the area of Trade in Services. That included, among other things, finalizing the legal drafting of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).


Assistant to the Deputy Director General of the GAT

May 1991 - May 1993

Responsibilities included assisting the Deputy Director General in all his functions relating to managing the GATT Secretariat as well as providing guidance and support to the Uruguay Round negotiations with a particular focus on the services segment with a focus on the negotiation and the drafting of the GATS.


Director of the Trade in Services and Investment Division of the WTO

May 2001 -September 2017


The Trade in Services Division of the WTO is the part of the Organization responsible for servicing the WTO Council for Trade in Services, which oversees the implementation of the General Agreement of Trade in Services (GATS), as well as further negotiations on the liberalization of services trade and the creation of new trade rules. The Division is also responsible for providing legal, policy and technical advice to Member governments of the WTO through
consultations and various types of technical assistance activities.


Legal Advisor on Dispute Settlement

January 1990 - May 1991

Started career with the GATT Secretariat as a legal advisor on dispute settlement. Shortly after joining the Secretariat, at the height of the Uruguay Round negotiations, was assigned to work full time on the design and content of a future services agreement (which would eventually take form as the GATS). This responsibility continued throughout the negotiations.


First Secretary (Commercial) - Permanent Mission of Egypt in Geneva

December 1985 - December 1989

legation to the GATT in the preparation for, and conduct of, the Uruguay Round. Played a very active role in shaping developing country positions in a number of negotiating subjects, in particular the then emerging areas of trade in services, investment and trade-related aspects of intellenegotiating groups dealing with institutional and legal issues that related to the overall functioning of the multilateral trading system.l property protection (TRIPS).


Third Secretary- Embassy of Egypt, Canberra, Australia

September 1980 - September 1983

With the Head of the Commercial Office, responsible for bilateral trade relations between Egypt and Australia.


Third Secretary (Commercial) Embassy of Egypt, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

September 1979 - September 1980

With the Head of the Commercial Office, responsible for bilateral trade relations between Egypt and Ethiopia, as well as representing Egypt at the UN Economic Commission for Africa.


Assistant to the Under-Secretary for Commercial Representation (Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade)

September 1983 - December 1985

SResponsibilities included various trade policy matters, bilateral trade relations with Egypt's trading partners as well as Secretary-ship of the Council for Foreign Services Affairs (responsible for postings and promotions of members of the Service).




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