David Gallo Director Academy of Law
David Gallo started his career in private practice at a large law firm, and then served as corporate counsel at American Electric Power. David spent most of his career at the General Electric Company, first as an M&A and commercial transactions lawyer, and then in commercial leadership roles, including Director, Corporate Compliance for European Equipment Finance; Chief Marketing Officer for Financial Guaranty Insurance Corp; and, Managing Director, Corporate Development for GE Capital. Before joining the DIFC, David was CEO of a Saudi bank venture, and CEO of an Abu Dhabi-based global trading company. David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Denison University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Doctor of Law degree from University of the Pacific, where he served as newspaper Editor in Chief, and received the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for significant legal scholarship.
Delvin Sumo Legal Conduct Officer
Delvin joined the DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority’s Academy of Law as the Legal Conduct Officer in 2016. Delvin manages the Pro Bono Programme, the Registration of Practitioners and the Code of Conduct. Delvin is a qualified Dutch Lawyer with over 4 years’ of experience in Family Law and Criminal Law. Delvin has background in both Western- and Middle Eastern Law, which has made her an invaluable team member, specifically within the international context of the DIFC.