Colleague Interview

A conversation with Adham Kotb, Associate Director

Adham Kotb is an Associate Director, based out of our Jeddah office, specialising in Construction Contracts and Conflict Management. We spoke to him about his career and his role at HKA, and he reflects on memories with his family.

Tell me about your background.

I am from Egypt and feel fortunate to have gained diversified experience – in terms of both work and culture – working in the construction industry in the UK, the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

What attracted you to your speciality?

The idea of bridging the gap between engineering and law is what first grabbed my attention to my specialty. Learning about contracts and dispute resolution at King’s College London made me eager to learn more and continue working in this field.

What inspires you in your role?

Helping parties to collaborate more successfully by managing conflicts and preventing disputes inspires me to do the required hard work and to inspire others.

What do you think has been the reason for your success?

The journey to success is always long, but I am progressing on the right track through a mix of continued study and hard work. Academics and practice complement each other in amazing ways. For example, my work experience enabled conducting my research at the University of Birmingham in a practical context that addresses real-world issues. On the other hand, my post-graduate studies certainly improved the quality of my work.

Why is HKA a stand-out employer for you?

HKA is great because of its people. Amazing colleagues and leaders who truly care about their colleagues. HKA would not have become a stand-out employer without the efforts of its impressive leaders like Haroon Niazi, Partner, Head of Middle East, and Tim Whealy, Partner.

Getting to know you. What are your interests outside of work?

I love travelling to new places with my family. That creates enjoyable experiences and lasting memories. I picture my kids when we were all having fun on a roller coaster in Abu Dhabi’s Warner Bros, and when we rolled up our trousers and waded at the beach of a Maldives island with two baby sharks swimming beside us.

Recalling such special moments makes me smile.

If you want to find out more about joining HKA, contact or to arrange a confidential discussion or visit

Laura Fox-Oliveira, Recruitment Manager, EMEA
Mohammad Osman, Recruitment Resourcer, EMEA

This publication presents the views, thoughts or opinions of the author and not necessarily those of HKA. Whilst we take every care to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time of publication, the content is not intended to deal with all aspects of the subject referred to, should not be relied upon and does not constitute advice of any kind. This publication is protected by copyright © 2024 HKA Global Ltd.


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