Hawkamah to Host Third Annual Conference from November 9 - 10
Hawkamah to Host Third Annual Conference from November 9 - 10
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Hawkamah, The Institute for Corporate Governance, announced today that it will hold its third annual conference in Doha, Qatar, from November 9 to 10, 2008. The conference will focus on the theme: "Corporate Governance:  Is the Region Ready to Become a Global Player". Industry leaders, regulators, government officials and corporate governance professionals will explore the challenges faced by the region's countries in modernising their corporate sector. The event will discuss governance issues faced by banks and other financial institutions, listed companies, family-owned enterprises, state-owned enterprises, private equity and "future generation funds".  Special sessions will be devoted to the corporate governance framework in Qatar and corporate governance for Islamic Finance. In addition, Hawkamah and the World Bank will present a report on their work on insolvency and creditor rights in the GCC and Arab countries. Other key issues that will be addressed include the extent of corporate governance implementation in the region and the next steps for reform. The conference comes at a time when corporates in the region are increasingly recognising the critical role of corporate governance in helping the Middle East and North Africa region tap its full potential as an international capital market. The financial turmoil being experienced by the more developed countries has further underlined the urgent need for sound corporate governance frameworks. This unique event will provide an opportunity for the region's business community, regulators, banks and local and international media, to discuss key corporate governance issues with government officials, policy makers and business leaders.  Other subjects of discussion include the development of corporate governance in the MENA region in relation to international trends and key issues and benefits for banks, family-owned enterprises and state-owned enterprises in implementing corporate governance. Workshops on insolvency, creditor rights and corporate governance for Islamic financial institutions will be held on the sidelines of the event. Dr. Nasser Saidi, Executive Director of Hawkamah, outlined the value of the conference: "The recent unprecedented financial turmoil demonstrates that good corporate governance is an integral part of the regulatory framework necessary for any sound financial market. This conference will provide vital insights on how implementing corporate governance can strengthen investor confidence, help stabilize financial markets and further economic growth across the region. Delegates will gain invaluable opportunities to share their views and gain new knowledge from some of the world's leading experts on corporate governance in emerging markets in order to advance both corporate and economic growth." The two-day event will include a meeting of the MENA-OECD Working Group on Corporate Governance co-chaired by Hawkamah and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in partnership with the World Bank's Global Corporate Governance Forum (GCGF) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). This meeting will be co-hosted by Hawkamah. Hawkamah's Third Annual Conference will be held from 9 to 10 November, 2008 at the Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.  Further details of the conference, including registration details and the speaker programme are available for download from https://www.hawkamahconference.org 


  • I want to thank  Hawkamah team for the rich and useful Board Secretaries workshop. The speakers were amazing and very experienced

    Sandra Corm - Group Company Secretary - Mohamed & Obaid Almulla

  • ‘’There was no doubt that once we communicate with Hawkamah for a workshop, we were sure that we will achieve our goals and get an added value. And thats what happened; we got a lot of positive feedback from participants which confirms the success of the company secretary 2 days workshop which took place in Manama – Bahrain as well as the fruitful feedback on the knowledgeable and insightful trainers and experts. We would be more than happy to have such cooperations in the future since we consider Hawkamah our patterner in success’’

    Faisal Al-Modlij - GM, Corporate Affairs and Governance - Sipchem KSA

  • "We extend our thanks and appreciation to Hawkamah institute for its cooperation and the effectiveness of the Director Development Program"

    Saeed Al Kaabi - Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Controlling Centre(ADMCC)

  • "The Director Development Program was very rich in useful information and added a lot to us, and the trainers’ experience, skills and capabilities had positive impact on delivering the information to us in a direct and clear manner"

    Hamad Al - Tamimi - Osool Asset Management

  • The corporate Governance in all type of entities adds morality and ensures implementation of the best practices to fulfill the responsibilities of those entities and to ensure the rights of all parties involved, especially those who have no authority to participate in the decision-making cycle.

    Hawkamah institute contributed to enrich the knowledge of these responsibilities and the role of governance for the success of institutional work in accordance with principles that establish values and ethics.

    Ajman Municipality

  • '‘Excellent, well delivered, informative program presented by well-seasoned trainers. The training program has helped transform and empower the Board’s vision and focus our minds on the relevant issues at hand. We sincerely thank you for the training sessions which helped broaden our perspective and decision making processes. We strongly recommend this training to elevate directors to the next level".

    Bank of Maldives

  • "I would like to thank Hawkamah for the ESG Reporting training , I found the two days ESG Reporting training very informative and helpful and I have definitely received some tools that I will use in my work"

    Rania Zaatari - Head of Makassed Communal Healthcare Bureau

  • "The DDP provides a solid foundation of corporate governance for existing and aspiring directors."

    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

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