Hawkamah and Amsterdam Institute of Finance Team Up to Provide Financial Training for Business Leaders in the MENA Region
Hawkamah and Amsterdam Institute of Finance Team Up to Provide Financial Training for Business Leaders in the MENA Region
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Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance (Hawkamah), a subsidiary of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, announced today that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Amsterdam Institute of Finance (AIF) to actively promote and improve corporate governance practices in MENA region, through the provision of financial training. Amsterdam Institute of Finance is a financial training organisation that was established in 1990 to provide independent training for financial specialists and senior management, including lawyers and consultants. AIF prides itself on delivering a large portfolio of high quality courses, delivered by the world’s leading experts in their fields. In fact, AIF has been awarded with a number of accreditations for its courses, demonstrating their commitment to consistently exceed international industry standards. The main objectives of the Memorandum are to:
  • Improve corporate governance practices in private and public sector entities, including listed companies, banks and financial institutions, family-owned enterprises, small and medium enterprises and state-owned enterprises.
  • Help develop national legal and regulatory frameworks, in cooperation with both the public and private sectors.
  • Cooperate on corporate governance institution-building, develop a communication strategy, and train and develop investors, directors, managers and other stakeholders on good corporate governance.
Hawkamah and AIF will also cooperate on specific projects across the MENA region such as
  • Establishing a Hawkamah Institute of Directors
  • Organising annual conferences and seminars to promote and increase knowledge of corporate governance
  • Developing a network of corporate governance academic experts
  • Encouraging further research on the technical and practical aspects of corporate governance
  • Establishing national corporate governance task forces to raise awareness of corporate governance
Dr. Nasser Saidi, Executive Director of Hawkamah, said: “This alliance is another significant step in achieving Hawkamah’s region-wide goals, reinforcing our commitment to support open and transparent markets as well as relevant and enforceable corporate governance regimes. The collaboration enables Hawkamah to draw upon Amsterdam Institute of Finance’s solid expertise in financial training, which not only helps to further raise awareness of corporate governance across the Middle East and North Africa, but also equips the region’s leaders and managers with the essential tools required to enable their businesses to compete even more effectively on the world stage.” Dr. Andre Van Iersel, Chairman of the Board of Amsterdam Institute of Finance, commented: “Amsterdam Institute of Finance fully supports Hawkamah’s ambitions to establish a sound regulatory framework, which will undoubtedly attract further investment to the region, and we are very focused on making a contribution to this initiative,. As a major banking hub at the heart of the MENA region, the DIFC provides the ideal platform for us to provide financial training and develop local skills and capabilities. We are certain that businesses operating across the region will benefit from this partnership and we look forward to working together on the numerous projects that we have planned with Hawkamah.” Hawkamah is an autonomous, regional entity whose mission is to assist countries and companies of the wider MENA region in developing sound and globally well-integrated corporate governance frameworks and practices. 23
Order of appearance in the picture from right to left is:
  • Dr. Nasser Saidi, Executive Director of Hawkamah
  • Dr. Andre Van Iersel, Chairman of the Board of Amsterdam Institute of Finance


  • 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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