Certified Board Secretary
Women Leadership Program
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In 2011, Hawkamah, in cooperation with the Dubai Women Establishment, launched the “Women on Boards Initiative” under the Royal Patronage of Her Highness Shaikha Manal Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – President of Dubai Women Establishment, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, UAE.

The Initiative aimed to promote gender diversity in the regional board rooms. It specifically targeted women entrepreneurs, business and political leaders, and academics, in order to certify them and to facilitate their path to join all types of Boards. This would help broadening the cadre of expert independent directors serving regional institutes and organizations and boost diversity on boards.

The New Program- Women Leadership Program (WLP)

Now in its 10th anniversary, Hawkamah is launching a new program to offer women the necessary tools and skills to fulfil their current board position effectively and equip aspiring female board members with the essential skills needed for future nominations. The main goal is to ensure that when a woman joins a board, she can be effective and deliver value right from the start, and thereby improving the efficiency of the board.

The program includes a set of learning and support activities designed to provide a good platform for the participants to learn, interact and get the support they may need to facilitate their potential joining of boards, and furthermore, to support them after joining through coaching sessions.

Program Structure:

Training Element Overview

Program overview

1-Workshops - covering regional and international case studies, international best practices in the areas of governance and board effectiveness

2-Board simulation - providing hands-on board experience to participants

3-Interaction with experienced directors - regional female leaders and board members sharing their own insights with the participants on how to make the leap onto nominating committees’ radar screens, gain insight into choosing the right board opportunities and understand how to contribute effectively as a director

4-Interaction with international experts – with global experts and institutions will offer practical international insights, best practices and extensive networking opportunities.

5-International Benchmarking Visit - The program ends with an international Benchmarking visit to one of the developed markets in order to share knowledge and experience and get the most up-to-date governance issues and structures from a best-practice country.

6-Mentoring - program graduates are offered post certification support through access to the Hawkamah experts and mentors to act as advisors supporting them through their first board membership days.

For more information, please contact us: info@hawkamah.org 


  • 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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