Doha, Qatar, 6th July 2015 – Daruna Chief Operating Officer, Conan J. Higgins, Esq. has been appointed 2015-2016 Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association International Law Middle East Committee.
Mr. Higgins is the Chief Operating Officer of Daruna, where he overseas the operational planning and implementation of an ambitious program of modern accommodations for migrant and blue collar workers in Qatar.
Mr. Higgins is a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in California and the Court of International Trade, and a Certified Associate in Project Management as well as being certified in SCRUM Fundamentals. Mr. Higgins is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in the United Kingdom. Mr. Higgins is a recognized subject matter expert in the field of international business entity creation in the United States, Great Britain, Qatar, and Afghanistan and is a regular contributor to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund’s annual “Doing Business” report covering business best practices in 189 economies. Mr. Higgins earned a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, a Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School, and an LL.M. with Merit in International Business Law from the University of Liverpool. His published works include a dissertation on “Improving Corporate Governance Education in Emerging Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa” and a review on anti-money laundering practices in Afghanistan for the American Bar Association.
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