Rana Abu Samaha


More than 10 years experience in the law profession working with top international law firms and companies in the legal and compliance departments. In my current role, As Compliance Leader and Senior Counsel for the Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes, I am responsible for establishing and continuously driving the product line compliance vision and priorities and supporting the larger Baker Hughes Integrity and Compliance initiatives and objectives. I set up compliance priorities and manage compliance matters affecting the product line including communications, training support and working with product line leadership team on continuous risk assessment. I am currently the Europe Leader for Baker Hughes Women Network.

I spent the last 10 years in UAE between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In my previous role as part of MENAT GE Oil and Gas legal and Compliance team, I was the Senior Lead Counsel for UAE, Saudi and Iraq amongst other jurisdictions in the region. I was providing legal advice and mitigation plans and partnered with business leaders to drive key initiatives and closure of key deals.
Before joining Baker Hughes, I have worked with DLA Piper Law firm in UAE where my main focus was on corporate commercial matters, M&As and JVs.

I am very passionate about empowerment, motivational development, building and maintaining the culture of trust within my company and outside.

I was part of a program that targeted female professionals to develop them into leadership roles by providing guidance and coaching. I have co led the MENAT Diversity & Inclusion Initiative and UAE Women Network, and currently leading the Baker Hughes Europe Women Network.

I am as well a certified NLP practitioner and Life Coach, and an author. I speak English and Arabic fluently.

I hold a Master degree in Law from University of Bristol, UK.

I practice meditation and yoga, and have ran Dubai Marathon two years ago, and climbed and summited Mountain Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and one of the seven summits last year.

My Life Philosophy: “The meaning of Life is to give Life meaning. Life is what you make out of it.”