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 44 Dr. Nasser Saidi, Executive Director of Hawkamah.


  • 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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