Corporate Governance Revealed: Hawkamah & Zawya Dow Jones Announces Corporate Governance Training Day for UAE Business Journalists
Corporate Governance Revealed: Hawkamah & Zawya Dow Jones Announces Corporate Governance Training Day for UAE Business Journalists
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Dubai 6 September 2007: Business journalists from across the UAE will be participating on 8 – 9 September 2007 in the first Economic Journalism Program: Corporate Governance Revealed training day hosted by the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance and Zawya Dow Jones at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). As Dubai continues to develop as a dynamic financial centre business journalism, corporate governance practices and how these are reported to investors are becoming increasingly important. Business journalists’ role in promoting the standards adopted by the DIFC is crucial to its success, and vital in building investors’ confidence in the region’s financial markets. The program jointly developed by Hawkamah and Zawya Dow Jones, the Middle East’s leading newswire service covering the Middle East's financial markets., aims to develop regional journalists’ understanding of corporate governance issues, as well as to provide a platform to share knowledge and experiences. The program, set over two days, examines company obligations and corporate governance best practice and includes sessions on:
  • What is Corporate Governance?
  • Company Obligations: requirements regarding publicly available information and the reporting obligations of public companies
  • Role of the Board: the importance of the Board, its independence, relationship with the management and accountability between the two parties
  • Financial Performance: the role of the media in monitoring the relationship between corporate governance and financial performance
  • Shareholder Rights: understanding shareholder rights and how the media can communicate these to their audience.
  • Stakeholders: explore a company’s responsibilities toward its various stakeholders
Presenting this comprehensive program is a panel of experienced corporate governance practitioners and journalists led by Dr Nasser Saidi, Chief Economist of the DIFC.  Dr Saidi has previously served as the Minister for Economy and Trade and Minister for Industry, Lebanon, and as the First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon. He is also co-chair of the OECD’s MENA Corporate Governance Working Group and has recently published a book; ‘Corporate Governance in the MENA countries: Improving Transparency & Disclosure.’  The program features Randolph Walerius, Dow Jones Newswires’ editor for enterprise reporting in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr Walerius specializes in training and has extensive experience of reporting in the region. Also presenting is Jahanara Sajjad Ahmad, Program Manager, Financial Institutions and Capital Markets, Hawkamah, formerly Director, Securities Market Division at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan; Dr Nasser Saidi, Executive Director, Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance stated: “As Dubai continues to build on its established position as a leading international financial centre, it is crucial to ensure international best practice standards in corporate governance are developed across the region. The media has a vital role in ensuring that disclosure and transparency is encouraged and enforced, that shareholders and other stakeholders are informed on the issues that matter, and that they know about and communicate initiatives taken by Hawkamah and the DIFC.” “There is consensus that the region lacks well-trained pool of financial journalists.  As a result, Zawya Dow Jones is taking concrete steps to develop local journalists’ ability to report effectively on finance, business economics, and corporate governance matters,” said Ihsan Jawad, CEO of Zawya.  “This training program will allow the media to play a greater role in strengthening corporate coverage, by training business journalists to fine-tune their skills in reporting on boardroom decisions and financial results of Arab companies,” he added. For more information on the Corporate Governance Revealed Training Day, please contact Shaima Al Zarouni on +971 4 362 2432, 25_02 25_01  


  • 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

  • Great program! Very well done and very useful information delivered in an excellent manner. The workshop was very inspirational, energizing, bringing lots of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge together with case studies. Well-balanced composition of participants, which contributed to interesting and focused discussions and exchanges. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in improving their proficiency and core competencies.

    Hassan Murad Agha - Group Head of Compliance & Internal Control - Gulf General Investment Co. (PSC)

  • All companies should promote their boards, executive managers or staffs who have board responsibilities for subsidiary companies to attend corporate governance training. Hawkamah provides the ability for people and companies in the GCC to upskill in the area of corporate governance and directorship through a comprehensive programme teaching international best practice which has been tailored to regional specific governance issues.

    Alastair Mulligan - VP Asset Management - National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED)

  • I am truly honored to attain this certification and I recommend the Compliance Heads of all DFM listed companies to participate and achieve this certification.

    Nabeel Mirza - Senior Director & MLRO - Compliance - GFH Financial Group B.S.C.

  • The workshop has added a level of professionalism to my practice. It addressed and discussed  the right concepts to promote better governance and effective support for business in line with rules and procedures.

    Osama Issaq Al Haj - Head of Legal & Board Secretary - Dubai Islamic Bank

  • A very interesting and informative course which has helped me to adapt my Board Secretary knowledge further to my role as Company Secretary.

    Hamad Al Hosani - Group Company Secretary - Emirates NDB Bank

  • Anyone who wants to enter the world of boards and governance; this is your passport.

    Jehad A. Kazim - Director - Legal Services Dubai Chamber

  • The Directors Development Program was one of the most beneficial programs I attend during my career life. The strength of the program comes from the way it was structured as each part covered very important aspects of the required management role.

    Nada Ishaq Abdul Karim - Manager - The Secretary of The Board of Directors - Bahrain Islamic Bank BSC

  • The DDP offered by the Hawkamah Institute is an excellent course to prepare directors to understand and fulfil their obligations properly as members of the board. I have benefitted immensely from this program and have started to implement some of the best practices taught on the boards that I am involved in.

    Amir Arab - Director - Havenvest Private Equity Middle East Limited

  • The Director Development Program is great way to gain insight and improved understanding in areas such as corporate governance and board functionality. I would highly recommend the program as a foundational step before they begin their board experience.

    Bindu Ann Joseph - Chief Operating Officer - 3W Networks

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