Mr Wala Al-Daraji


Wala is dual qualified in construction engineering and law. He has a wealth of construction experience in the UK and the Middle East. Prior to his current role, he gained substantial experience for nearly two decades in project planning/control and delay analysis, after completing his MSc in Construction Economics and Management at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is a civil engineer by training, which he read at the American University in Cairo. He completed his LLB in Law at SOAS, University of London, and his LLM at the University of Salford.

His professional experience covers many aspects of claims and project controls; including FIDIC, JCT and NEC contracts, and delays analysis/extension of time claims. He worked in the following sectors: railways, water, the Underground, buildings, M&E, pharmaceuticals and civils. 

Wala is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Registered Expert Witness with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and IMI Qualified Mediator.

In addition to English, Wala speaks Arabic and Italian, and understands French and Spanish. He has worked/lived in Athens, Cairo, Dubai, Rome and Riyadh.


Wala’s research research interests include third party litigation funding and customary international law. He is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Law at the University of Reading.