Sadaff Habib, is an independent arbitrator and the founder of Equanimity Arbitration. With humble roots in Africa and India, Sadaff went on to qualify as an attorney in New York. She has extensive experience as both counsel and arbitrator in a diverse array of disputes involving different industries such as construction, infrastructure, property, commercial, shareholder, desalination plants, and solar power projects.
Accolades and Recognition: Sadaff's work has earned her recognition as a Rising Star and a Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500 Middle East Construction. She is also acknowledged as a Global Elite Thought Leader and Future Leader by Who's Who Legal, Sadaff has been praised for her "thoroughly informed and well-prepared" approach to arbitration. Her expertise in case management is underscored by the Legal 500, which commends her for responsiveness and efficiency.
International Experience: Based in Dubai since 2009, Sadaff has honed her skills with reputable firms such as Beale & Co and Fenwick Elliott LLP. Her expertise extends to ad hoc arbitrations and disputes under various institutional rules, including the DIAC Rules, UNCITRAL Rules, ICC Rules and Swiss Rules. Sadaff is also on the ADGM, DIAC, SCCA, SIAC, HKIA, LCIA, Scottish Arbitration Centre and THAC panel of arbitrators.
Industry Recognition: Sadaff's commitment to excellence is reflected in her recognition as one of Africa's 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners. She was also shortlisted for the Middle East Legal Rising Star Award and the Big 5 Women in Construction Awards.
Active Engagement: An active participant in conferences, Sadaff enjoys sharing knowledge and served as an Assistant Editor for Africa for the Kluwer Arbitration Blog. Her commitment to professional development is evident through her role on the CIArb UAE Branch Committee and the co-founding of the Africa Construction Law Blog.
Sadaff's journey is marked by a passion for international arbitration and a commitment to advancing the field.