Mark Beer

As well as being President of the International Association for Court Administration, Mark is a visiting fellow at Oxford University and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Expert Network. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global Legal Action Network, advisor to the Board of Resolve Disputes Online, a Professional Associate of Outer Temple Chambers and a member of The Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice focused on addressing UN SDG 16.3.

Mark served as the Chief Executive of the Dubai International Finance Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority, Registrar General of the DIFC Courts and a Small Claims Tribunal judge for over 10 years, during which time the DIFC Courts secured a reputation as one of the most efficient and advanced commercial courts in the world. Mark also oversaw the launch of various judicial firsts for the Middle East, including a Code of Professional Conduct for lawyers, a Pro Bono programme and a common law training academy. During his tenure, Mark played a key role in developing formal working relationships between the DIFC Courts and the other Courts in the UAE and internationally.

Before joining the DIFC Courts in 2008, Mark served as Regional Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa, and then Vice President, Sales and Corporate Services, for MasterCard. Prior to that, he started out in his career as a company and commercial lawyer for Edge and Ellison before joining Clyde & Co in Dubai. He has also worked as corporate finance lawyer at Man Investments in Switzerland.