Analysis, Research and Technical Assistance
Analysis, Research and Technical Assistance

Understanding about corporate governance and its implications to the region's private and public sectors comprise one of Hawkamah's main programs. As one of its products and services, Hawkamah provides analysis, research and technical assistance by commissioning regional and national surveys and research, confidentially engaging with key stakeholders on assessments and development of corporate governance improvement plans, and producing codes and reports.

Some of Hawkamah's programs include:

IIF/Hawkamah Report on Corporate Governance of GCC Countries IFC/Hawkamah Survey of CEOs

Providing as a reality check on the corporate governance reforms being introduced in the region, the IFC/Hawkamah Survey of CEOs asks the tough questions as to what extent are the region's corporations willing to take the next steps of corporate governance implementation.

The seminal reports comprising of individual country reports for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates and a comparative survey, published in Arabic and English, identify key corporate governance issues facing individual countries; provides detailed analyses of their corporate governance frameworks; and offers recommendations for improving the corporate governance environment in the countries.

Power Matters

Corporate governance, in its simplest definition, is the way corporations are steered, directed, managed, and controlled. And at the very heart of corporate governance is the Board of Directors. The publication Power Matters: A Survey of GCC Boards produced by The National Investor with the support of Hawkamah, is a ground breaking, first ever empirical research that analyses boards of some 582 companies in the GCC, with 3,493 individuals occupying 4,254 board seats of listed companies in the Gulf. Power Matters identifies some of the key trends in the region's boards, particularly on board composition, the participation of women in boards, and the role of families on boards.


  • 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
  • Director Development Program was invaluable learning experience for me which has elevated my knowledge and broaden my understanding mainly on the corporate governance practices and board of directors role. It has addressed the main concepts from theoretical and practical perspectives. The material is comprehensive and provides the key information of the different aspects of the course. I strongly recommend the program for individuals who play role in corporate governance and seek to enrich their knowledge of companies’ board of directors. Sumaya Alshaer - Acting Head of Strategy & Corporate Governance - DUBAI SOUTH

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