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 broaden the cadre of expert independent directors serving regional institutes and organisations 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
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.
Why Diversity matters
How decisions are made. The board & the inner working of the
How you can make decisions & persuade others: Emotional
intelligence and effective communication.
What tools do Boards need to align strategy, resources, and
outcomes? Strategic leadership and developing leadership perspectives.
How do Boards exercise their fiduciary responsibilities:
Financial stewardship, accountability, and planning.
Developing a leadership style.
Guidelines on how to prepare for a board membership application
Covering regional and international case studies, international best practices in the areas of governance and board effectiveness
Providing hands-on board experience to participants
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
With global experts and institutions will offer practical international insights, best practices and extensive networking opportunities.
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.
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.