Press release announcing conference 22nd October 2014
Press release announcing conference 22nd October 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, are organizing the 8th Annual Conference of Hawkamah on the 11th of November 2014. The conference coincides with the DIFC 10th Anniversary celebrations on the 10th of November. H.E. Hamad Buamim, Chairman of Hawkamah, will welcome the conference participants and H.E. Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC, will address the audience of the conference in the opening ceremony. Commenting on the importance of the Conference, H.E. Hamad Buamim said: “Timing of the conference could not have been better as Dubai economy is picking up and more and more investors are moving their investments to Dubai. Corporate Governance is an essential component of investor and shareholder protection, thus a key factor in encouraging foreign direct investment.” The title of this year’s conference is “Accountability and Long-Term Sustainability”. The issues of accountability, sustainability, board effectiveness, and value creation will be discussed focusing on different types of business organizations. This includes listed companies, family owned businesses, government owned companies, as well as financial institutions. Each of these different types of businesses has its own set of challenges and priorities. Despite that the focus in the last few years has been on governance of listed companies and financial institutions, the concept is gaining momentum for State Owned Enterprises and Family Owned Businesses, where the application of proper corporate governance systems is a must for their long term sustainability and growth. The conference this year is packed with experienced speakers from the United Arab Emirates and from other countries such as Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Finland, and Pakistan and international organizations. Many leading businesses, regulators, and corporate governance professionals will entertain the audience with their insights and experiences. Participants also come from different countries and will engage in lively discussions as the conference is an interactive one, allowing the audience to engage with the speakers for the maximum benefit for everyone. Hawkamah introduced a competition amongst banks in order to boost their corporate governance practices for a winning title called, “The best MENA bank in Corporate Governance. The conference will witness acknowledgment of the top 5 banks and announcement of the winner of the competition too.

Testimonials

  • 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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