Analysis, Research and Technical Assistance
Analysis, Research and Technical Assistance
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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 and in partnership with Diligent, 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.


  • "A journey full of knowledge, experience and professionalism . I have learned a lot and definitely enjoyed the time I spent with my colleagues."

    Ibtihal Al-Shamali- Director of Corporate Governance- Capital Market Authority of Kuwait

  • 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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