Hawkamah/Mudara and ICLIF Launch Bank and Insurance Board Governance Programmes
Hawkamah/Mudara and ICLIF Launch Bank and Insurance Board Governance Programmes
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Hawkamah and ICLIF signs an MOU Dubai-based Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, its sister institute Mudara Institute of Directors and the Kuala Lumpur-based ICLIF Leadership and Governance Centre (formerly known as the International Centre for Leadership in Finance )joined forces today to develop and implement a practical programme for regional bank boards to raise awareness and build their capacity to fulfil their fiduciary duties as directors. Announcing the launch of the partnership, Dr Nasser Saidi, Executive Director of Hawkamah, Institute for Corporate Governance said: “Regional codes of corporate governance issued by both capital market authorities and Central Banks have highlighted the growing focus on the responsibilities of corporate directors in ensuring proper oversight of very important regional financial institutions that are supporting the region’s economic growth.” Dr Saidi added, “With our sister institute, Mudara Institute of Directors, we have actively trained over 150 directors and aspiring directors serving the region’s board rooms on corporate governance. This partnership with ICLIF is a welcome addition to our course offering as it provides board members of regional financial institutions with key insights on the strategic evolution of their industry. Part of our director development accreditation programme, the Mudara/Hawkamah/ICLIF courses on banking insights, insurance insights, and corporate finance are aimed at the Board level, equipping directors with practical knowledge on the ever-changing industry and supporting each director’s duty of due diligence and care as they serve their board tenure. We plan to roll out our joint offering to the Middle East and North Africa countries working with banking associations, Central Banks, bank regulators and supervisors. ” Developed jointly by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Malaysian Deposit Insurance Corporation (PIDM,) the ICLIF Leadership and Governance Centre is a full service provider of usable leadership development, organizational performance, Corporate governance programmes and advisory services that are designed to enable sustainable and responsible business growth. The Governance Centre in particular seeks to enhance boardroom governance and develop world class directors who are advocates of best practices and excellence in corporate governance. Mr. Rajeev Peshawaria, CEO of ICLIF, stated, “We are very pleased with our newly-formed association with Hawkamah and Mudara; Dr. Saidi and these institutions are a pioneer in promoting the importance of sound corporate governance practices in the Middle East, much as we have been in the Far East. Our organizations complement each others, and our vision are entirely compatible.” Former Harvard Business School Professor of Management Practice, Nabil ELHAGE, Program Director for ICLIF, added, “We are delighted to have teamed up with Hawkamah and Dr. Saidi to bring Harvard-quality educational programmes to the Arab World. We look forward to offering a vigorous curriculum in this region.” Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance is a regional ‘think-and-do’ institute whose mission is to bridge the corporate governance gap in the Middle East and North Africa. Hawkamah developed its sister institute, Mudara Institute of Directors to support the development of professional directors serving regional board rooms. Mudara offers a four-part director development programme, developed and supported by the Global Corporate Governance Forum and the International Finance Corporation, all over the region.


  • 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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