Post conference – English _ Arabic
Post conference – English _ Arabic
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Dubai, November xx, 2014: Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance, and Mudara, the director development institute, in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the OECD, hosted the 8th Annual Conference of Hawkamah at the DIFC Conference Center on 11th November 2014. H.E Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC, addressed the audience in the opening ceremony highlighting Dubai’s leading position amongst the world’s emerging financial centers and the emergence of DIFC as a prominent global financial hub. H.E. Hamad Buamim, Chairman of Hawkamah, welcomed participants stressing the importance of governance to reach economic and social goals and its impact on financial performance. The first session of the conference discussed the role of corporate governance in creating value for shareholders, what investors expect from the board of directors and the leverage the board has in supporting investors’ trust in the company. Sheikh Hussein Al Banawi, Board Member of Hawkamah, underlined the significance of implementing Corporate Governance in Family Businesses, highlighting the many challenges that family businesses face with generational transition. Themes discussed at panel discussions included listing of family businesses, the creation of a family board, the development of a company board, and family business governance. The session on compliance discussed the importance of the regulator’s role in ensuring corporate governance codes are followed to protect the company and invested funds. The session also discussed the relevance of corporate governance when pursuing investment opportunities. Dr.Ashraf Gamal, CEO of Hawkamah, mentioned the various services Hawkamah offers in the region, including workshops and training programs for board members and senior officials. Dr.Ashraf also highlighted Hawkamah’s role in evaluating boards.


  • "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

  • "A journey full of knowledge, experience and professionalism . I have learned a lot and definitely enjoyed the time I spent with my colleagues."

    Ibtihal Al-Shamali- Director of Corporate Governance- Capital Market Authority of Kuwait

  • The breakfast meetings organised by Hawkamah provide attendees with a great opportunity to meet with peers from leading organisations and exchange ideas on current issues and challenges. A strong panel of industry experts discussing the challenges from different perspectives on ‘How to get the board more engaged’ was most insightful and engaging with enthusiastic audience participation especially in matters regarding diversity and quality of information that is  presented to the board for effective decision making. I look forward to more such events that are organised by Hawkamah

    Sunil Edwards- Group Head of Internal Audit  - Bank of Sharjah

  • The power breakfast on board engagement organized by Hawkamah in collaboration with Diligent was a successful event, very insightful and informative and well organized

    Mostafa Ibrahim Abdeltawab - Tax Agent & Consultant  - Skylines Tax Consultancy

  • There is absolutely no doubt that Hawkamah – as always – has done unmatchable effort in producing its most recent valuable report in association with Diligent about Board Best Practices in the MENA. The discussions that took place in the “Power Breakfast” was so important and insightful; the influx of questions by the quality participants and the valuable answers of the quality panelists is a clear proof of Hawkamah continued success in such events. 

    Yasser Al Dabach – Board Secretary – Ghobash Trading & Investment Group

  • The technical knowledge, insights, case studies and learning provided by the ‘Director Development Program’ are very useful and effective in framing the strategic planning, implementation and delivery phases of growth plans in the difficult economic and geo-political times that we are operating in.

    Hisham Dimashki – CEO - BAP LLC – (associated with GM Trading Companies - Washington DC)

  • 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

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