Dr. Ashraf’s appointment as CEO at Hawkamah
Dr. Ashraf’s appointment as CEO at Hawkamah
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Hawkamah has announced the appointment of Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din, as the Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2014. He will be based in Dubai with a mandate to cover the MENASA region. Commenting on the appointment, HE Hamad Buamim, Chairman of Hawkamah said: “ Dr. Ashraf brings extensive experience in the field of corporate governance internationally and in emerging markets. He has more than 28 years of experience across different industries and types of organizations as well as the academic and advisory perspective. Having founded the Egyptian IOD, Dr. Ashraf brings lot of relevant experience on board. In his new role, Dr. Ashraf will develop Hawkamah & Mudara IOD’s strategic, financial and operational  objectives and oversee the implementation and accomplishment of these objectives. He will play a crucial role in identifying and implementing prospective opportunities for increasing revenues and building relationships across the region.” On behalf of the entire board, “ I would like to thank our fellow board member Dr. Sameer Al Ansari; the board expresses its gratitude and appreciation for the hard work and efforts by him in fulfilling the CEO position on interim basis over the last eight months. Under his leadership, Hawkamah has seen significant growth and we believe that Dr. Ashraf with his intricate knowledge of corporate governance will continue the momentum.” With 28 years’ experience, Dr. Ashraf has worked with several leading companies and educational institutions. He was the Chairman of Egypt Post, the Executive Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors and the Egyptian Corporate Responsibility Center. He was a board member in many large listed, non-listed, and family businesses. He worked also at the Central Bank of Egypt and at Cairo University. Dr. Ashraf has extensive experience in corporate governance and in setting and implementing strategies to raise the level of awareness and application of corporate governance and responsible business behaviour among companies. He has worked on designing and leading regional corporate governance projects in the MENA region along with the World Bank, IFC, WBI, OECD, CIPE, and FSVC. Dr. Ashraf holds a PhD degree from the School of Economic, Social and Legal Studies, University of Manchester, England. He also holds a Master of Arts in Development Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and a Bachelor in Business from Cairo University with honors.`

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  • 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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