Ella is currently acting as a partner of The Metis Institute, a think tank with a special focus on envisioning dispute resolution of the future and on assisting with court reform and is also the Head of LegalTech at Burj Fintech Solutions, DIFC.
A Belgian national, with fluency in six European languages, she applies her legal and policy skills in a variety of management and consultancy positions, having overseen projects in Europe, the United States and Central Asia. Before moving to Dubai in 2014, she was based between Kabul (Afghanistan) and Washington DC for 5 years, where she drafted the new Competition Law for Afghanistan, contributed to the National Trade Policy and helped design the first Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre for Commercial Disputes. Thereafter, for the DIFC Courts in Dubai she designed and launched the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, including the drafting of its legal basis. She led the work to set up a common-law English-language commercial court and an arbitration centre in Kazakhstan’s international financial centre (AIFC), similar to the dispute resolution system of the DIFC.