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.


  • "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

  • "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

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