Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance, constitutes a groundbreaking development for institution building, corporate sector reform, good governance, financial market development, investment and growth in the region. Hawkamah was created for the region, by the region, and of the region to advance corporate governance reform.


    Around the world, the role of the board is evolving in response to corporate governance objectives. In the Middle East, businesses are seeking to achieve a fine balance between policing and partnering, as family-owned businesses transform themselves into public corporations. Businesses are also keen to empower boards and clarify their roles in the organization.

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    International CG Study Tour

    Hawkamah organizes one study tour every year to visit one or more of the markets known for their good governance practices. Participants get the chance to meet board members, top executives, and corporate governance experts of very prestigious organizations.

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    Hawkamah strongly believes that companies can use regional women leaders to enhance board room diversity and to introduce more independent thinking in the region's board rooms.

    Women Directors Program is therefore an initiative designed to broaden the cadre of independent directors serving the region's boardrooms by targeting women entrepreneurs, business and political leaders and academics to serve as directors.

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    Corporate Culture: The Secret Ingredient

    Corporate culture could be defined as the set of values that influence decision making and behavior at all levels of the organization. Corporate culture is what makes the organization unique and stand- out among its peers. A flawed culture has emerged as a root cause of many of recent financial scandals. This has attracted the attention of regulators and governance experts. Instead of looking just at specific governance structures, laws and regulations, regulators are starting to look at culture. This will also be the main focus of Hawkamah’s annual conference this year.

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  • An excellent course, and highly recommended for all Board Members.

    - Abdulqader Obaid Ali, Director
  • As the importance of corporate governance and boards grows in our region's companies, the Mudara Director Accreditation provides the leading professional certification to qualify directors in our region to play their important role.

    - Majid H. Jafar, Executive Director
  • In this era which is characterized with speed in everything, and although we are exercising our roles and jobs with the best of our ability, one needs to reflect on one’s own practices and experiences, and get into dialogue with compatriots and experts in this field in a protected environment, not forgetting that in this field of work it is more than multidimensional and complicated. Every now and then, we need to go back to the drawing board and also to compare notes.

    - Dr. Mazen Al-Bashir, Board Member
  • For any current or aspiring board director IoD Mudara’s Director Development Programme is an excellent grounding in what it means to exercise proper stewardship and control over an organization.  The course material is comprehensive and, whilst based on international best practice, is well-tailored to governance in the GCC.  The presenters are expert in their field and adept in creating a lively, interactive atmosphere on the course

    - Mr. Graeme Lindsay Sims, Executive Director
  • The DDP program is an imperative requirement for all current and aspiring board members in the region. The program refreshed our boardroom fundamentals, apart from keeping us up to date with corporate governance trends, emerging issues and strategic considerations. A great value proposition and credible professional certification in today's complex world of business and their governance requirements. Also a terrific forum for networking and peer level exchange of knowledge

    - Mr. Suresh Vaidhyanathan, Group CFO
  • I truly enjoyed attending the Director Development Program.  The course is informative and provides clear guidance on best practice for corporate governance.  The content of the course is well presented and covers a wide range of topics.  For anyone who sits on boards this is a must.

    - Ms. Roberta Calarese, Chief Legal Officer
  • The programme provides participants with practical tools for immediate professional application, in addition to a strong global theoretical knowledge of corporate governance, with special emphasis on the particularities of the region.

    - Oussama Salman, Legal Counsel
  • Organisations are responsible for all the stakeholders (i.e., the society, the state, regulators, employees and shareholders) and the way to accomplish the organisation’s objectives lies in attaining the satisfaction of all stakeholders, and the way this is done, we are seeking the expertise of Hawkamah/Mudara

    - Mr Jamal Al-Doqah, Executive Manager for Compliance
  • One of the best ways for Board members in the MENA region to increase their understanding of corporate governance and its implications.

    - Georges N. Djandji, SVP & Head of Compliance (Bahrain)
  • DDP is one of the few training programs that will transform your life and thinking style

    - Maryam Abdulla Alsuwaidi, Director of Human Resources & Admin
  • With a higher number of females currently attending high university education in the Middle East than males, it is only natural that we should foresee a dramatic change in the composition of Corporate Boards in the region over the next couple of decades. Strong Corporate Governance foundations will assist with these cultural challenges whilst ensuring a smoother transition during a turbulent Economic period.

    - Rita Khalid
  • This program exceeded my expectation and significantly increased my knowledge & understanding of Board roles & responsibilities. I learnt, not only the international practices of corporate governance & compliance, but also the practical way of its implementation. I found them extremely knowledgeable, well-informed with outstanding presentation skills. Since I am already a board member, learnings from this course will certainly enable me to add value & raise standards of the organization. This program also gave me the opportunity to network.

    - Obaid Khalifa Al Shamsi
  • Mudara’s Director Development Programme is essential for all current and potential Directors in the Region, and I can thoroughly recommend it. The well-paced, highly interactive workshop sessions are supported by excellent comprehensive materials, giving detailed explanations and examples of all aspects of the role of the Director. An added bonus is the chance to learn from the wealth of experience of other participants, as is often the case with workshops of this calibre.

    - Richard Coates
  • The Director Development Program exceeded my expectations. Even though I have a background & experience in Corporate Governance, with many years dealing with Boards of Directors, & Board appointed Audit & Risk Committees, the DDP was incredibly useful. The toolkit provides a comprehensive set of materials & learning tools aimed at enhancing the role that directors play in their boards. I would fully recommend this DDP leading to the Professional Director Certification for all aspiring Board members, & especially for Independent Non-Executive Directors.

    - Philip Weights
  • “Overall, the Director Development Programme has been key in my professional development in becoming a more active and experienced board member and has reaffirmed the key Corporate Governance principles we apply here in Mubadala and our portfolio companies. The in-class engagement and the detailed material provided form a comprehensive set of guidelines and learnings that would truly assist aspiring Board members in fulfilling the roles and responsibilities expected of them in a practical and effective manner."

    - Nabil El Jisr
  • Taking the entire suite of the Director Development Program elevated my understanding of the role of Boards of Directors in steering a company. The facilitators infused structure and best practice thinking into the dialogue amongst the participants, business executives from a wide field of disciplines, industries and cultures. It was this combination that thrilled all of us and made the classroom sessions truly interactive. Online follow up on the content ensured a thorough internalization of the content.

    - Marcus Huebel
  • The Director Development Program is an excellent program which focuses on theory and practice. The program increased my knowledge as a director in implementing corporate governance. I strongly recommend it.  

    - Khalid Al Zarouni
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the Director Development Programme (DDP), a programme which is considered a unique benchmark in the region. It allowed me to examine various aspects and see different perspectives of any given concept in the business world. It is an important tool that will support me in achieving what I aspire for in the future. The content of the programme is of high calibre and based on international standards.

    - Omar Mohammed Al Hammadi
  • Attending the Director Development Program was for me both thoroughly enjoyable and an invaluable learning experience. It gave the opportunity to broaden my perspectives on corporate governance and reflect on priorities which matters most to Directors – an integral lead to High Performing Boards. What I also liked about the course is that the facilitators did not focus on general aspects as they always showed examples of real life which successfully fosters a practical dialogue about what board members face.

    - Hanan Ahmad
  • The Women Directors program has given me the confidence I needed to make the right decisions in my professional journey and the knowledge I needed along the way. The experience was intellectually challenging, and emotinally inspiring... a priceless milestone in my career path. Thank you to hawkamah for organizing this course and my sincere gratitude to the management for all your efforts. You had accomodated to each members experience and situation and made each one of us feel special...

    - Mireille Babti
  • Woman Directors Program is one of a kind program that really enhanced my skills and knowledge on governance and Board of directors.  

    - Manal Al Jasmi
  • The Women Directors Program comes at the right time as we see a rise in the representation of women on Boards. I am delighted to have been one of the first participants of the programme.

    - Fahima Al Bastaki
  • "The Director Development Programme (DDP) is a well-constructed program that helps improve the understanding of corporate governance and board directors. It not only offers an opportunity to develop competencies directors require to implement responsible corporate governance practices but also share your individual experiences and build networks with peers. A fantastic program, I highly recommend this programme to all aspiring directors and those on various boards. The program sessions are guided by a highly experienced faculty and the support staff is just fantastic.

    - Michael Mascarenhas

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