Director Development Program

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, educating 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.

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

Director Development Program Structure

Introduction to Corporate Governance

  • Elements of Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance as a Platform for Performance
  • Overview of Corporate Governance developement in the Gulf


The Board

  • Board Structure
  • Board Composition
  • Role of the Board
  • Director Appointments
  • Director Skill Matrix
  • Role of the Chairman & Vice Chairman
  • Director Duties & Liabilities
  • Board Engagement


Strategic Leadership

  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategy and Risk
  • Understanding overall Risk Exposure
  • Risk Appetite
  • Risk Management
  • Risk Culture
  • Risk Functions


Financial Stewardship and Accountability

  • Boards Role in Financial Stewardship and Financial Oversight
  • Corporate Finance
  • Control Environment
  • Role and Duties of the Audit Committe



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 a 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.


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