Certified Board Secretary
Certified Board Secretary
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The role of the company secretary has evolved in recent years from being a mere support person to becoming one of the key governance professionals within an organization.

A Company Secretary plays a key role in advancing corporate governance within the Boardroom by ensuring that the board is adhering to corporate governance and that a healthy relationship exists between the board and management.

The CBSW is designed as a continuous learning program. It starts with a 3 days’ workshop on the fundamentals of Board Secretarial skills, followed by a 2 days’ advanced workshop, targeting more experienced company secretaries. 

The fundamental course is designed to develop essential skills and knowledge required for company secretaries. It provides insights on their role and responsibilities from compliance with companies’ law, the Board and an organization’s corporate governance. It also aims to develop essential skills and knowledge required for company secretaries in order to play an active role in the appointment of new directors and carrying out their roles and responsibilities effectively in line with international best practice. The advanced workshop, on the other hand, covers practical tips and skills for company secretaries to develop their skills and knowledge and to bring them closer to the international best practice.

Who should attend?

• Appointed and aspiring company secretaries

• Compliance professionals

• Those who seek to better understand the role of the Company Secretary, and who have responsibility for corporate governance practices or interact with the board

For Companies Listed on the Dubai Financial Market:

Acknowledging the role and important of a Company Secretary, the Dubai Financial Market was a pioneer in mandating that listed companies must have their company secretaries must be certified from Hawkamah. They therefore need to enroll their board secretaries in Hawkamah’s CBSW. The move aims to further professionalize the function and to enhance the performance of listed companies’ boards.



- The workshop equips the participants with the essential skills and knowledge required to effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities in line with international best practice.

- It provides participants with considerable practical knowledge and advice to carry out their duties as Board Secretaries

- Participants will understand the key roles the board secretary plays in order to support the board and top management, and in ensuring effective organizational governance structures and practices.

- Participants will develop an understanding of how to deal with real life corporate governance problems and challenges.



Each participant will receive an attendance certificate after the completion of the workshop. Participants can undergo an optional online assessment to become a Certified Company Secretary. To pursue the certification, the attendee has to successfully pass an online exam, the participant will receive a certification of completion “Certified Company Secretary” from the Institute and DFM.

List of Certified Board Secretaries

For more information, please contact us.

For more information on upcoming workshop dates, please click here.


  • 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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