Celebrating Emirati Women's Day
Celebrating Emirati Women's Day
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The UAE celebrates the “Emirati Women’s Day”, which was inaugurated in 2015 by HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

Hawkamah is proud to support the empowerment of women through a variety of initiatives and with a continuous drive to push greater female participation at the board level and senior management level.

Therefore Hawkamah have cooperated in the past with DWE to train and develop women to encourage greater female participation at the board level. Hawkamah is also a partner of the Diversity Council MENA, which nurtures more diversity in leadership of regional boardrooms.

Within its “Director Development Program” Hawkamah trained a number of women on Corporate Governance to ensure their readiness to occupy board seats. Hawkamah is proud of their certified directors and celebrate these Emirati certified directors today:

  • Amna Sultan Al Owais
  • Balqees Al Jaberi
  • Elham Mohamed Al Harmoodi
  • Fahima Al Bastaki
  • Fatma Hussain
  • Hanan Ahmad
  • Hannah Khalid Ali Al Bustani
  • Huda Bugumaid
  • Jehad A. Kazim
  • Maitha Al Falasi
  • Manal Mohammad Basaeed
  • Maryam Al Suwaidi
  • Naama Al Nsour
  • Nada Ishaq Abdulkarim
  • Dr. Nadia Qassim Bastaki
  • Naila Al Mosaawi
  • Nehal Badri
  • Noora Al Shehhi
  • Raja Al Mazrouei
  • Sulafa Al Sayyah
  • Sumaya Al Shaer
  • Thuraya Afeef Al Maskari

Hawkamah’s current research on board practices in the MENA region shows that there is still a long way to go to reach gender equality in the boardrooms in the MENA region.

Initial results of the survey highlight that the percentage of women on ADX and DFM boards is still very small. ADX listed companies having a 4% rate of women occupying board seats whereas while DFM listed companies raised the percentage of female board members to 5%.

Your opinion matters. To participate in our current survey or find out more about our services, please visit www.hawkamah.org


  • 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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