Ethics & Corporate Governance
Ethics & Corporate Governance
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Hawkamah the Institute for Corporate Governance and the Securities & Investment Institute (SII), hosted a seminar on “Integrity at Work in Financial Services” on June 9, 2008 at the DIFC. The seminar provided a comprehensive guide to the importance of integrity at work and explained the connection between Corporate Governance and ethics to brokers working in the financial industry. The Seminar was attended by Bankers, DIFC Registered Companies, Brokers and financial service Industry experts. The speakers included Abdulla Al Awar, MD, DIFC, Dr Nasser Saidi, Executive Director Hawkamah, Simon Culhane Chief Executive SII and Nazem Al Kudsi, Chief Investment Officer NBAD.

The participants of the Seminar were invited to sign off on the SII and Hawkamah Code of Conduct. This gesture would be a declaration of the signatories commitment towards maintaining highest standards of Integrity and abiding by the Code of Conduct in their professional work. Hawkamah Code of Conduct (Arabic) Hawkamah Code of Conduct (English)

Procedure for Signing Up to the SII and Hawkamah Code of Conduct:

Download and print the SII and Hawkamah Code of Conduct (available in English and Arabic) The Chairman, CEO, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer of the Company can sign off on the Code of Conduct, on behalf of the Company, stating their contact details Professionals can sign off on the Code of Conduct in their individual capacity stating their contact details along with name of the organization or Professional Institute with which they are affiliated with After signing off, send signed hard copies by Fax to +9714-362-2552

OR Scan signed copy and email to

OR Post signed hard copy to :

Hawkamah, the Institute of Corporate Governance
Level 14, The Gate Building, DIFC,
P.O BOX 74777, Dubai
Hawkamah will follow up with the signatories for confirmation
Upon verification, name will be posted on “Code of Conduct Register”
Signatories to mention adoption of the SII and Hawkamah Code of Conduct in their Annual Report
Hawkamah will follow up for annual renewal of the declaration


Signatories to the Hawkamah – CISI Code of Conduct shall indemnify and hold Hawkamah, CISI or their affiliates harmless against any claims or damages suffered or incurred by the signatories or any third party based upon, arising from or due to any representation or statements made on this website or as result of signing this Code of Conduct. The signatories, whether individuals or corporations, hereby permit Hawkamah to publish their names on this website; Hawkamah shall not be held liable for any damages or claims incurred. Listing of signatories on the Code of Conduct Register does not in any way imply approval, endorsement, warranty, certification or recommendation or engage responsibility by Hawkamah. Hawkamah encourages both individuals and corporations to sign and abide by the voluntary code of conduct. Hawkamah disclaims any responsibility associated with any noncompliance with the voluntary code of conduct by the signatories.


  • “The topic discussed was forward-looking, enlightening and practical. The well-balanced panel considered the next area of governance reform from a broad perspective, with the session covering useful and thought-provoking concepts.”

    Nalika Manjrekar -VP - Group Corporate Governance at First Abu Dhabi Bank 

  • 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

  • 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

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