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Frank E. Dangeard (Co-chair)

Frank Dangeard serves on the boards of Arqiva (UK), the Royal Bank of Scotland (UK), and is Chairman of NatWest Markets plc (RBS’s investment bank - UK) and Chairman of NortonLifeLock Inc (ex-Symantec - US). He is a non-voting board member or advisory board member of various listed and non-listed companies, principally in the telecom/technology, finance and energy sectors.

He is the founder of Harcourt IGN, an advisory firm with offices in London, Paris and Dubai, which provides senior-level services in strategy, board and strategy processes, and family and group governance to companies and families in MENA, South-East Asia and Europe.

He is a “Director-in-Residence Honorary” at INSEAD, and is also Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of Hawkamah, the corporate governance institute of the MENA region, based in Dubai.

Frank Dangeard has served on the boards of Crédit Agricole-CIB (France); EDF (Electricité de France); Orange, Equant and Wanadoo (France Télécom/Orange Group); Eutelsat (France); Hindustan Power (India); Home Credit (Czech Republic); SonaeCom (Portugal). He has been Chairman of Atari (France /US), Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman of Telenor (Norway), and has chaired the Strategy Board of PwC (France). He has been a member of the Advisory Boards of the Harvard Business School (US) and of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (France).

From September 2004 to February 2008, he was Chairman & CEO of Thomson, a world leader in video technologies and services. From September 2002 to September 2004, he was Deputy CEO of France Telecom, an international telecom operator. He joined Thomson multimedia in 1997 as Deputy CEO, and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2000. Prior to joining Thomson multimedia, from 1988 to 1997, Frank Dangeard was a Managing Director of the investment bank SG Warburg & Co. Ltd., in London and Madrid, then Chairman of SG Warburg France. From 1986 to 1988, he was with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a US law firm, in New York and London.

Stephen David, Ph.D Co-chair

Stephen Davis, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Law School and Associate Director of its Program on Corporate Governance, and a visiting professor at IAE business school at Aix-Marseille University. In January 2020 he was named chair of the independent committee overseeing the global proxy voting industry’s Best Practices Principles for Shareholder Voting Research; he was also elected co-chair of the Advisory Board of Hawkamah, the corporate governance institute based in the UAE. He has been a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and was executive director of Yale School of Management’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. Davis is a founder of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, the International Corporate Governance Network, GMI Ratings (now part of MSCI), and Global Proxy Watch newsletter, for 23 years the prime industry weekly resource for ESG insights worldwide. He served on the US SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, chairing its Investors as Owners subcommittee. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Arkadiko in London; he has been a trustee of ShareAction, outside advisor to the Nissan Special Committee on Improving Governance, an advisory board member of New America’s Bretton Woods II, and advisor on governance to institutions including HM Treasury, Euronext, the World Economic Forum, and Alfaisal University College of Business in Riyadh. For nine years he was chair and a board member of Hermes EOS. Davis was also co-director of the Brookings’ World Forum on Governance. Winner of the 2011 ICGN Award, Davis is co-author of What They Do With Your Money (Yale University Press, 2016) and The New Capitalists (Harvard Business School Press, 2006). His Shareholder Rights Abroad (1989) pioneered study of comparative corporate governance. Davis has a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and undergraduate degrees from Tufts and the General Course at the London School of Economics.

Sophie L’Hélias

Sophie L’Hélias is a corporate governance and ESG expert with extensive experience in shareholder activism and investor campaigns and co-founder of the International Corporate Governance Network

She is President of LeaderXXchange, creator of the award-winning Gender Diversity Exchange app that tracks gender leadership diversity within companies around the world and developer of ESG strategies for investors and corporates.

Ms. L’Hélias serves as Lead independent director on the board of Kering (Euronext), Chair of the ESG Committee on the board of Herbalife (NYSE), Chair of the Nominating, Governance and Remuneration Committee on the board of Agence France Locale, and serves on the boards of Africa50 and Echiquier Postive Impact funds.

In 2019, she received the Women in Asset Management ESG Award in New York and the ICGN Lifetime Achievement Award in Corporate Governance. A former attorney in New York and Paris and investment manager, Ms. L’Hélias holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Masters in Law from the Sorbonne Law School in Paris and a degree from the European law institute at the University of Saarbrucken in Germany.

Mak Yuen Teen

Mak Yuen Teen is Associate Professor of Accounting at the National University of Singapore, where he specialises in corporate governance. He holds first class honours, master and PhD degrees in accounting and finance, and is a fellow of CPA Australia.

Prof Mak has served on key corporate governance committees which developed and revised the code of corporate governance for listed companies in Singapore. He is currently a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Committee established by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Prof Mak also served on the Charity Council in Singapore and chaired the subcommittee which developed and revised the code of governance for Singapore charities. He also served on the advisory panel which developed a code of governance for town councils in Singapore. He was also the Singapore expert in the development of the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard and Ranking, an initiative of the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum.

Prof Mak served as a member of the audit advisory committee of the UN Population Fund and as a member of the audit advisory committee of the UN Women for consecutive six-year terms.

Prof Mak conducts training in corporate governance for directors, regulators and industry professionals in both financial institutions and listed companies. He has led research projects focusing on corporate governance of large Asian banks, gender diversity on boards and senior management, role of CFOs, stakeholder communications and other areas of corporate governance. Since 2012, he has edited an annual collection of Singapore, Asia and international case studies, with several volumes translated to Chinese and Vietnamese. He is a regular commentator on corporate governance in the local and international media.

He was recognised by the Securities Investors Association (Singapore) with the Corporate Governance Excellence Award and as a CG Pioneer by the Singapore Institute of Directors for his contributions to corporate governance in Singapore, and by the Minority Shareholders Watchdog Group (Malaysia) for his contributions to corporate governance in the region.

Chris Hodge

Chris Hodge is an independent advisor on governance and regulation working with organisations including ICSA: The Governance Institute (the professional body for company secretaries) and the International Corporate Governance Network. He is a member of Hawkamah’s Advisory Board.

For ten years, Chris was Director of Corporate Governance at the Financial Reporting Council in the UK. In that capacity he was responsible for developing and promoting the UK Corporate Governance Code, and for introducing the first national stewardship code for investors in the UK.

Chris established, and chaired until 2015, the European Corporate Governance Codes Network which shares information and good practice among the bodies responsible for codes in 28 European countries. He now chairs the Global Stewardship Codes Network, which brings together bodies from 18 markets.


Practised as a lawyer in one of the biggest firms in Malaysia before joining Bursa Malaysia Berhad, one of the largest bourses in ASEAN which operates and regulates a fully integrated exchange offering a comprehensive range of exchange-related facilities including trading, clearing, depository and settlement. She has held various positions in Bursa Malaysia including Head, Enforcement before being appointed as the Chief Regulatory Officer (CRO) from February 2017 to February 2020. As the CRO, she was responsible for leading, strategising, planning, supervising all regulatory matters of Bursa Malaysia group covering 1) Regulatory, Policy & Advisory, (2) Listing, (3) Corporate Surveillance & Governance, (4) Participants Supervision, (5) Market Surveillance, (6) Investigation, (7) Enforcement and (8) Regulatory Strategy and involving approximately 150 staff.

In her 20 years in Bursa Malaysia, she has been involved in various regulatory and compliance matters relating to capital market including corporate governance and sustainability. Her involvement in key corporate governance and sustainability matters such as the following:-

(a) Formulation, assessment, development and issuance of regulatory strategies and policies, rule changes, directives, guides as well as other communication pertaining to various rules, products and services of Bursa Malaysia Berhad group and operationalization of the same covering listed companies, brokers, clearing settlement and depository. These included issuance of guides to the market such as the Corporate Disclosure Guide, Corporate Governance Guide & Sustainability Reporting Guide and Toolkits.;

(b) Lead the review of quality of corporate governance and sustainability disclosures /reporting of listed companies and engagement with the relevant listed companies on the same towards elevating quality of their reporting.;

(c) Lead/Involve in assessment, formulation and implementation of market education and training programs offered by Bursa Malaysia to the market participants (e.g. listed companies, directors, advisers and company secretaries) covering various areas such as corporate governance, sustainability including setting up BURSASUSTAIN, a one-stop online knowledge portal in 2018. Active involvement in various speaking and teaching engagements including directors’ training on directors’ duties.;

(d) Worked with some of the leading organisations such as OECD and UNPRI including formulation/review of guides/reports issued such as OECD’s Public Enforcement & Corporate Governance in Asia – Guidance and Good Practices and Related Party Transactions and Minority Shareholders’ Rights, as well as with various local organisations on issuance of various guides such as Best Practice Guide on AGMs for Listed Issuers issued by the Malaysian.; and

(e) Involved as a working group member in the Company Law Review Committee set up by Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) including developing a set of recommendations towards the revamped of the Malaysian Companies Act, in 2004-2006 as well as in the issuance of guidelines in the Internal Audit Function issued by Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia.

Saeed Bin Shabib

Saeed Bin Shabib is an Associate Project Manager at the UAE Prime Minister's Office, where works on initiatives such as the Government Accelerators and the Ministry of Possibilities.

Prior to this, Saeed held the role of Head of Issuers Affairs at the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), where he created a proactive framework for managing relationships between the market and issuers, both existing and potential while critically evaluating the existing services offered by the DFM.

In addition, Saeed worked for Hawkamah in various roles, spearheading a number of initiatives such as Women on Boards program and the regional Hawkamah Bank Corporate Governance Awards. Saeed was also part of the initial team which launched the Hawkamah Journal in 2013 and he continues to contribute to the Journal through his involvement in the editorial team.


  • ‘’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

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

    Fida Kanaan – Director – Executive education  OSB AUB

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