Back in 2011, Tom Cruise went to the UAE to scale the side of the world’s tallest building for one of his Mission Impossible movies. And in 2015, Joe’s guest pulled off an equally daunting feat; she went to the UAE to launch an English Common Law System in Abu Dhabi. Linda Fitz-Alan, is the Registrar and Registrar and Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts, where she leads the administration and operations of the Court and delivery of the Court’s comprehensive digital services and unique eCourts Platform. Linda shares her journey from Australia to the UAE and the inspiration for her upcoming book that explores the theme of taking chances by telling her own remarkable story.
About Linda Fitz-Alan: Linda joined ADGM Courts as Registrar and Chief Executive in September 2015, where she has made ADGM an international trailblazer for innovative judicial services, and for pioneering game-changing technology in dispute resolution. She leads the administration and operations of ADGM Courts, including both the management of cases and the design and delivery of the Court’s comprehensive digital services and unique eCourts Platform. Linda also leads ADGM’s extensive dispute resolution services, including the court-annexed mediation scheme, and oversees the state-of-the-art ADGM Arbitration Centre.
Linda designed ADGM Courts’ unique ADGM eCourts Platform in 2018 to offer extraordinary access and connection to the Court, removing any geographical or time boundary and allowing parties to participate in hearings from anywhere in the world. She also established the word’s first fully digital ADGM Courtroom, giving all parties real-time access to the same documents and remote witness evidence. In November 2022, Linda continued with her passion and commitment to drive technology through every aspect of dispute resolution by launching a blockchain solution for the global enforcement of judgments of international commercial courts, as well as a “Mediation in the Metaverse” service, which is a next-generation service to create a more promising future for sustainable dispute resolution.
As a champion for gender equality, Linda serves on the Advisory Council of Masdar’s Women in Sustainability, Environment, and Renewable Energy (WiSER) platform, and also leads ADGM’s Gender Equality Initiative, which has strategic partnerships with several local and international organizations.
Linda previously served as CEO and Principal Registrar of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, where she was responsible for the successful enhancement of the Court’s electronic filing and case management capability, the design, refurbishment, and consolidation of the Court’s civil and criminal registries as well as the development of its human resources and training. Linda has also been a Partner of two Australian law firms and held a senior legal position with a large commercial insurer, located in New York, USA. She is a CEDR-accredited mediator.
In 2022, Linda was listed in Forbes Middle East’s “50 Most Powerful Businesswomen” and received the Professional Achievement Award at the inaugural Middle East Women In Law Awards by LexisNexis, with both organizations recognizing her instrumental efforts in the trailblazing digital transformation of the justice sector. Linda was also recognized in June 2022 by her Australian community in the United Arab Emirates by being awarded the 2022 Australian Business Person of the Year.