Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Shihana Alazzaz left for the U.K. in 2004, at the age of 17, to study law at a time when law faculties in Saudi Arabia did not open their doors for females. In 2008, she earned an Honors LLB (Bachelor of Law) Degree from Durham University in England. Thereafter, she was admitted as an attorney at law to the New York State Bar.
Alazzaz is currently a practicing attorney at Vinson and Elkins LLP and is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her current practice focuses on energy, oil and gas, power, mining, and petrochemical and infrastructure projects. Previously, she worked at Baker and McKenzie, where she advised on a variety of transactions, including defense, aviation, telecommunication, healthcare, and securities.
In 2004, she participated as a Saudi representative in the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), hosted that year by Purdue University and the University of Norte Dame. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, MEPI is an initiative that offers assistance, training, and support to individuals, organizations, community leaders, and activists in the rights of women, children, and youth in the Middle East and North Africa.
In 2012, Alazzaz participated in the International Visitors Program on Saudi Women in Law, which was hosted in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, and Michigan. In 2013, she was a keynote speaker at the first German-Middle East Young Professionals Conference for NUMOV (the German Near and Middle East Association) in Berlin.
Alazzaz has published articles on a variety of topics in Al-Jazirah newspaper, on Alarabiya.net, and in Madame Figaro magazine, and she has lectured at several schools and universities in Saudi Arabia.