Directors Development Programmes
Directors Development Programmes
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The success of directors and governance professionals does not come easy. It requires education, training and networking. Hawkamah has therefore designed a flagship “Director Development Program”, DDP. The DDP lays the foundation for capacity building, education of current and aspiring board members and governance professionals. It equips current and future board members with the core knowledge needed to fulfill their duties effectively.

Effective boards require suitably qualified board members, hence Hawkamah recommends training both for the board as a whole, and for individual board members.  That is why we deliver the DDP in different formats; open enrollment, company tailored, and one-on-one for individual directors. This helps those who need to probe more into specific issues or ask questions related to their own companies in a confidential manner to do so privately and in confidence.

The DDP is designed as a highly interactive program containing regional and global case studies, group exercises and international best practice examples to give participants the utmost room for sharing experiences amongst their peers.


Candidates are required to take "Introduction to Corporate Governance" workshop prior to attending the rest of the programmes.

Director Development Programme


Each participant will receive an attendance certificate after the completion of each part of the program’s 4 parts. Participants can also take an optional online assessment to become Certified Directors. To pursue the certification, the attendee has to attend all four parts of the program and must pass the online assessment with an average of 80%. The successful candidate will receive a certification of completion of the “Professional Directorship Certificate” from the Institute. Certified Directors are thereafter promoted to serve on various types of boards.


Participants who pay the full price of all four parts of the program are eligible for a free one-year membership of Hawkamah.

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


  • "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

  • "One of the best webinars I attended. Well done OSB Makhzoumi and Hawkamah”

    Fida Kanaan – Director – Executive education  OSB AUB

  • "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)

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