Women Leadership Program
Women Leadership Program
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Women Leadership Program @ Online, Dubai

When February 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - February 11, 2021 3:00 pm

In 2011, Hawkamah, in cooperation with the Dubai Women Establishment, launched the “Women on Boards Initiative” under the Royal Patronage of Her Highness Shaikha Manal Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – President of Dubai Women Establishment, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, UAE.

The Initiative aimed to promote gender diversity in the regional board rooms. It specifically targeted women entrepreneurs, business and political leaders, and academics, in order to certify them and to facilitate their path to join all types of Boards. This would help broadening the cadre of expert independent directors serving regional institutes and organizations and boost diversity on boards.

The New Program- Women Leadership Program (WLP)

Now in its 10th anniversary, Hawkamah is launching a new program to offer women the necessary tools and skills to fulfil their current board position effectively and equip aspiring female board members with the essential skills needed for future nominations. The main goal is to ensure that when a woman joins a board, she can be effective and deliver value right from the start, and thereby improving the efficiency of the board.

The program includes a set of learning and support activities designed to provide a good platform for the participants to learn, interact and get the support they may need to facilitate their potential joining of boards, and furthermore, to support them after joining through coaching sessions.

Program overview

1-Workshops - covering regional and international case studies, international best practices in the areas of governance and board effectiveness

2-Board simulation - providing hands-on board experience to participants

3-Interaction with experienced directors - regional female leaders and board members sharing their own insights with the participants on how to make the leap onto nominating committees’ radar screens, gain insight into choosing the right board opportunities and understand how to contribute effectively as a director

4-Interaction with international experts – with global experts and institutions will offer practical international insights, best practices and extensive networking opportunities.

5-International Study Tour - The program ends with an international study tour to one of the developed markets in order to share knowledge and experience and get the most up-to-date governance issues and structures from a best-practice country.

6-Mentoring - program graduates are offered post certification support through access to the Hawkamah experts and mentors to act as advisors supporting them through their first board membership days.

Where Online, Dubai
Contact Sadia Ghauri-Malik +971 4 362 2550 sadia.malik@hawkamah.org
Categories EVENTS 2020 Download Attachment
Price for Member USD 9000
Price for Non-Member USD 10000


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    David Haglund - Senior Executive Director and Portfolio Manager of the Templeton Frontier and MENA Market strategies

  • “Thank you so much for sharing such insightful webinar. It was great and valuable to all participate”

    Shady Rashed - Senior Economic Researcher at The Ministry of International Cooperation of Egypt

  • “Good session and very well organized on the webinar about How to buffer and lessen the impact of the novel Covid – 19, to maintain business sustainability with Hawkamah - AUB / Makhzoumi” 

    Bilal Hamade - Executive Advisor

  • "One of the best webinars I attended. Well done OSB Makhzoumi and Hawkamah”

    Fida Kanaan – Director – Executive education  OSB AUB

  • "A journey full of knowledge, experience and professionalism . I have learned a lot and definitely enjoyed the time I spent with my colleagues."

    Ibtihal Al-Shamali- Director of Corporate Governance- Capital Market Authority of Kuwait

  • The breakfast meetings organised by Hawkamah provide attendees with a great opportunity to meet with peers from leading organisations and exchange ideas on current issues and challenges. A strong panel of industry experts discussing the challenges from different perspectives on ‘How to get the board more engaged’ was most insightful and engaging with enthusiastic audience participation especially in matters regarding diversity and quality of information that is  presented to the board for effective decision making. I look forward to more such events that are organised by Hawkamah

    Sunil Edwards- Group Head of Internal Audit  - Bank of Sharjah

  • The power breakfast on board engagement organized by Hawkamah in collaboration with Diligent was a successful event, very insightful and informative and well organized

    Mostafa Ibrahim Abdeltawab - Tax Agent & Consultant  - Skylines Tax Consultancy

  • There is absolutely no doubt that Hawkamah – as always – has done unmatchable effort in producing its most recent valuable report in association with Diligent about Board Best Practices in the MENA. The discussions that took place in the “Power Breakfast” was so important and insightful; the influx of questions by the quality participants and the valuable answers of the quality panelists is a clear proof of Hawkamah continued success in such events. 

    Yasser Al Dabach – Board Secretary – Ghobash Trading & Investment Group

  • The technical knowledge, insights, case studies and learning provided by the ‘Director Development Program’ are very useful and effective in framing the strategic planning, implementation and delivery phases of growth plans in the difficult economic and geo-political times that we are operating in.

    Hisham Dimashki – CEO - BAP LLC – (associated with GM Trading Companies - Washington DC)

  • The certified Board Secretaries Workshop provided by Hawkamah and Dubai Financial Market is an essential course for learning corporate governance, scope and responsibilities of the board secretary and understanding the governance and disclosure requirements of the Dubai Financial Market and the Securities and Commodities Authority. It is a practical course which combined recent best practices and key learning lessons. I would highly recommend it for people involved in corporate governance and in particular in a listed company.

    Omran Al Zamani - Senior Legal Counsel - Dana Gas PJSC

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