Inhousecommunity Awards Egypt 2021: the winners

On Thursday February 11thInhousecommunity celebrated the excellence of in-house legal departments in Egypt with the first edition of its Inhousecommunity Awards Egypt 2021.

The ceremony took place in web edition from 7 PM to 9 PM. e.e.t.

The award ceremony acknowledged the best in-house lawyers and teams of the country who stood out in the market showing great skills and abilities in managing complex issues over the last 12 months.

The event was organized by Inhousecommunity (LC Publishing Group) with the partnership of Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede.

Here is the complete list of winners:


In-House Counsel of the Year

Mohamed Elmogy – Siemens Energy

He leads the in-house community in Egypt and the Middle East and also created a platform that allows in-house lawyers to easily share ideas and thoughts.


In-House Team of the Year

Wadi Degla Holding

It is one of the most numerous and important in-house teams in the Egyptian market. Led by Ahmed Tawfik, last year the team was active on several levels, successfully giving support the company.

In-House Counsel of the Year – Energy, Trading & Utilities

Mahmoud Shaarawy – Elsewedy Electric

The professional was involved in a number of projects in Egypt and whole Africa with many elite lawyers working in his team. A source said: «He is an outstanding professional, a leader in his company».

In-House Team of the Year – Energy, Trading & Utilities

Infinity Capital Investment

The team, led by Hani Zahran, is among the most active in the energy industry. They are appreciated for their ability to understand the business and identify which social, political and economic issues may affect them.

In-House Counsel of the Year – Banking, Finance & Insurance

Laura Mohamed – Commercial International Bank

Head of the legal group, she is the leader of one of the most important team in the sector. She has been working on a huge number of important legal projects.


In-House Counsel of the Year – Fashion, Luxury & Design

Ahmed El Shakankiry – adidas

Legal and compliance director of the company, the professional has an extensive experience of more than 12 years in legal consultancy. Last year he managed some of the most important projects in the market.


Thought Leadership

Hani Zahran – Infinity Capital investment

The professional has a knowledge and understanding of more than one legal system, having worked in various countries across the Middle East. A source said: «He is a mentor for a large number of young lawyers».


Innovative Leadership

Rasha Hamdy Abd El Karim – Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications

Head of legal and compliance affairs, the professional has contributed to her company’ success in Egypt during the past 10 years. She is considered as one of the top telecommunication lawyers in the market.


Best Practice Food & Beverage

Sue Ellen Hassouna – Al Ahram Beverages Company

She has managed to move from industry to industry providing sharp and smart legal solutions to several businesses. A source said: «She’s also a great public speaker».


In-House Counsel of the Year – Industry, Infrastructure & Construction

Shady Elmogy – Palm Hills Developments

With an extensive experience of more than 18 years in the region, the professional has a strong ability to manage large legal teams and achieve the highest goals to support the business.


In-House Team of the Year – Industry, Infrastructure & Construction

Ezz Steel

Led by Waleed Shoukry, the team provides full legal support to all the business lines and operations. They are appreciated for their wide business knowledge and their ability to think out of the box.


In-House Counsel of the Year – Healthcare, Chemical & Pharmaceutical

Riham Naim – Novartis

The professional is the co-founder of the in-house legal counsel group in Egypt and Middle East. She has also remarkable success stories in managing teams and files within the pharma industry.


In-House Team of the Year – Healthcare, Chemical & Pharmaceutical

Air Liquide

The team is an extremely efficient business partner. They are appreciated for being highly adaptive, able to work under pressure and to handle crisis.


Rising star

Hassan Weshahy – Elsewedy Electric

He showed proven ability to manage business challenges and quickly grabs the legal concepts behind m&a projects smoothly without interrupting the senior team member’s work.


Best Practice Education

Sunanda Holmes – The American University in Cairo

She is one of the in-house lawyers who worked on the largest amount of diversified legal projects. She is also very active within the legal community in Egypt.