FOREWORD The Chairman of the Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in corporate governance. The tone from the top and the promotion of the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and corporate governance are established by the Chairman. The role of the Chair is one of leadership. This issue of the Hawkamah Journal focuses on the role of the Chairman, which is a role that has witnessed significant evolution over the recent years. INTERVIEW WITH HIS EXCELLENCY ESSA KAZIM EFFECTIVE CHAIRMANSHIP AT SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES ROLE OF THE CHAIRMAN WHEN THINGS GO RIGHT AND WRONG THE ROLE OF THE CHAIRMAN IN BOARD RECRUITMENT HUMAN INSTINCTS WORK AGAINST BOARD EFFECTIVENESS SYNERGY BETWEEN BOARD CHAIR AND CORPORATE SECRETARY BOARD EVALUATION - A TOOL FOR CHAIRMAN SOCIAL MEDIA UNCOVERED FOR BOARD CHAIRS CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN THE MENA REGION - THE PRESPECTIVE OF AN ASSET MANAGER MUTUALS - CAN WE LEARN FROM THEM?