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


  • I want to thank  Hawkamah team for the rich and useful Board Secretaries workshop. The speakers were amazing and very experienced

    Sandra Corm - Group Company Secretary - Mohamed & Obaid Almulla

  • ‘’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

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