FIDIC appoints new Head of Legal and Compliance

25 Nov 2019

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Significant appointment will greatly help FIDIC and its stakeholders on legal matters.

FIDIC has appointed Daduna Kokhreidze as its new head of legal and compliance.

This key role for the organisation includes advising the chief executive and president on the delivery of internal organisational matters including corporate governance, FIDIC by-laws and statutes, risk management and compliance requirements for the organisation and its global operations. The role includes leadership, strategic direction and management of operations for the protection of FIDIC’s intellectual property and licencing arrangements with third parties and providing strategic advice and contribution to drafting development to FIDIC’s contracts and management of relevant FIDIC committees, as well as dealing with multilateral development banks and wider stakeholders.

Georgian national Kokhreidze, who speaks English, Georgian and Russian, is a qualified lawyer with significant experience in the global construction consultancy and engineering sector. That experience includes advising on procurement, drafting and negotiating construction contracts, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution in all forms including litigation and arbitration and acting as the adjudicator under FIDIC rules. She is used to dealing with FIDIC contracts and was responsible for the translation of the FIDIC Red Book 1999 into the Georgian language. 

Her early experience was gained in the insurance market working for an insurance company. She has a degree in law from Tbilisi State University and gained a master’s degree in construction law and dispute resolution from Kings College London. She was previously a partner at Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners construction law practice in Georgia and also a president of the Georgian Association of Consulting Engineers. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, an overseas member of the UK Construction Law Society and a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Federation. Kokhreidze is also a regular speaker at construction industry and arbitration events.

Speaking on her arrival in post at FIDIC, Kokhreidze said: “I’m very excited about my new role at FIDIC and the plans that the organisation has for the future. I can’t wait to bring my knowledge and experience to bear at FIDIC and to help expand the organisation’s business, achieve its objectives and strategic plans and to ensure that its governance and compliance structures and FIDIC contracts and publications are fit for the future and the best that they can be.”

FIDIC chief executive, Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Daduna as FIDIC’s new head of legal and compliance based in Geneva. This area of our operations is absolutely critical in ensuring that we are able to grow and move forward in a sustainable way and I’m looking forward to her input on implementation of our corporate governance, reviewing FIDIC contracts, working with our various committees and other stakeholders, ensuring that our intellectual property rights are protected and that we provide knowledgeable and timely legal advice and guidance to the FIDIC board, members and stakeholders when it is needed. Daduna has really relevant experience in the global construction and consultancy sector that will greatly benefit FIDIC and our stakeholders and I am so pleased to have her as part of our senior management team.” 

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