Mudara IoD Announces its first 7 certified independent directors at the Hawkamah OECD 6th Annual Conference
Mudara IoD Announces its first 7 certified independent directors at the Hawkamah OECD 6th Annual Conference
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The Hawkamah-OECD 6th annual regional corporate governance conference will continue today its series of discussions at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC – UAE, titled Words to Action: the Next Regional Corporate Governance Challenge, the conference discusses corporate governance and the impact of Arab Spring. Dr. Nasser Saidi, Executive Director of Hawkamah commented: in addition to the discussion and debates today, Mudara IoD will be announcing the first 7 certified independent directors in the region who have gone through the Mudara IoD Director Development Programme, passed the examination and an interview of peer jury.” In a statement to encourage other directors to undertake the progamme, Jan Bladen, DFSA COO, said: "The Mudara IOD Director Development Program (DDP) is literally 'Boot Camp for Board Members' and anybody who thinks it’s easy is in for a shock! ... The qualification and certification of Mudara IOD's first independent directors is a highly rewarding step for Mudara IOD and one giant leap for Corporate Governance in the Middle East." Today’s session promises an interesting debate reviewing the impact of Arab Spring on corporate governance and particularly shareholders activism and stewardship. The conference will also discuss the role of the state as an owner in this new environment, focusing on accountability of the state, the role of the state audit institutions and corporate governance codes specific to state-owned enterprises. The OECD will be releasing a pre-publication version of its regional book on corporate governance of state-owned enterprises, a first of its kind in the region. The final publication will be released in early 2012. Corporate governance research in the region is lacking, therefore a session on corporate governance research will provide an opportunity to discuss topics such as the value of corporate governance to shareholder value creation, the benefits of transparency and disclosure and remuneration and company performance. The last session will review how to create the right incentives, tackling the topics of listing requirements and second-tier markets, voluntary versus comply or explain codes, and regulatory impact analysis. Like every year, the conference will have a closing ceremony with concluding remarks and conference declaration. Hawkamah and the OECD have announced/will be announcing a number of initiatives. The list of speakers includes: Nasser Saidi (Hawkamah), Mr. Lies Kerrar (Algerian Corporate Governance Institute), Dr. Majdi Hasen (Institute of Arab Chefs de Entreprise, Tunisia), Dr. Hisham Awartana (Palestine Corporate Governance Institute), Mr. Wissam Adib (TCO Management Consultants), Ms. Alissa Amico, (OECD), Mr. Ahmad AL Ansari (Dubai World Central), Ms. Amina Benjelloun (Ministry of Economic and General Affairs, Morocco), Dr. Grant Kirkpatrick (OECD), Ms. Jahanara Ahmed (Hawkamah), Dr. Mohamed Melville (Cass Business School), Dr. Assem Saffieddine (Lebanese CFA Society), Mr. Yasser Akkaoui (Capital Concept), Dr. Shahira Abdel Shahid (Egyptian Stock Exchange), Mr. Chris Razook (IFC), Mr. Alexandar Williams (Dubai SMEs). The conference this year is sponsored by regional and international partners with a strong commitment to corporate governance. Sponsors of the conference include Du as the Exclusive Telecom Partner, Bank of Sharjah, Muscat Bank, Dubai World Central, Future Pipes Industries, Al Baraka Banking Group, ICSA, Dubal, Weil and Shelter. Media partners include the Financial Times, Executive Magazine, and CPI Financials.


  • ‘’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

  • "One of the best webinars I attended. Well done OSB Makhzoumi and Hawkamah”

    Fida Kanaan – Director – Executive education  OSB AUB

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