SHARON STULTZ-KARIM, SPE, was appointed head of arbitration at Global Advocates, a Dubai law firm. She is a 30-year international oil and gas arbitrator and advocate. Stultz-Karim started her career as a production engineer with Gulf E&P in Bakersfield, California. She has held various senior advisory roles in national petroleum regulatory policy development and contract negotiations with the United States’ Minerals Management Service and the government of Papua New Guinea. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is on the United Arab Emirates’ National Chartered Institutes of Arbitrators Committee. She also holds memberships in the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and the International Bar Association. Stultz-Karim earned a BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California, an MA in international political economy from Claremont Graduate University, and a master of laws in international arbitration from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mining Law and Policy, University of Dundee in the United Kingdom.