<p><strong>Sherif El-Said, VP Internal Audit, Etisalat Group, is a professional executive</strong>, with deep industry and Big4 experience in various areas of Risk and Assurance including Internal Audit, Governance, Risk and Compliance (“GRC”), Regulatory Assurance, IT and business processes.</p><br /> <p>Through his career Sherif has worked with and advised many listed and private companies in Europe, USA, ASIA and Middle East.</p>
<p><span style="line-height: 19pt; text-align: justify;">Sophie L’Hélias began her career as an M&A attorney in New York and Paris. She later joined an event-driven hedge fund in New York as Managing Director and founded a strategic corporate governance advisory firm.</span> </p><br /> <p>An expert on corporate governance issues, she co-founded the International Corporate Governance Network (www.ICGN.org<span style="font-family: 'Cambria','serif'; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">), </span><span style="font-family: Cambria, serif;">today’s leading global investor-led governance organization</span><span style="font-family: 'Cambria','serif'; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">. </span> Ms. L’Hélias recently founded LeaderXXchange™, which collaborates with institutional investors, business leaders and other market participants to promote board diversity worldwide.</p><br /> <p>Author of the book “Le Retour de l’Actionnaire” (“The Shareholder Comeback”), she has also frequently written articles for European, American and Canadian publications. Ms. L’Hélias is a regular speaker at international business, economic and academic forums on international corporate governance, shareholder activism and board diversity.</p><br /> <p>She holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Laws from the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I law school after law studies at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.</p><br /> <p>She <span lang="FR">serves on the board of Kering (www.kering.com), a company listed on Euronext Paris. Kering is a </span><span lang="FR">world leader in apparel and accessories that </span><span lang="FR">develops an ensemble of powerful brands across Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle</span><em><span lang="FR" style="font-family: 'Cambria','serif'; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;"> with brands that include Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and Boucheron…</span></em></p><br /> <p><span lang="FR">Ms. L’Helias </span>is a Senior Fellow at the Conference Board, Governance Center and the Samuel Heyman Center for Corporate Governance at Cardozo Law School in New York.</p><br /> <p><span lang="FR">She has </span>serves the Sciences-Po US Foundation in New York and has served on the Board of Governors at the University of Ottawa, Canada. </p><br /> <h1> </h1>
<p><strong>Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din is the Chief Executive Officer of Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance, the DIFC. </strong></p><br /> <p>He is also a jury member of the Arabia CSR Award. Prior to joining Hawkamah, Dr. Ashraf was the Executive Chairman of Egypt Post. Before that, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute, the training arm of the Central Bank of Egypt. He was also the founder and Project Manager of the Egyptian Corporate Responsibility Center working on promoting the concepts and application of CSR in Egypt. Furthermore, he was the Executive Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD), the Institute of Corporate Governance in Egypt and the Arab Region Dr. Ashraf served as a board member and head of the Audit Committee in a number of listed, non-listed, State Owned and family owned companies. He also served a member of the General Assembly of the Holding Company for Transportation</p><br /> <p>Furthermore, Dr. Ashraf is an Associate Professor of Management, Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University and holds a PhD degree from Manchester University, UK, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Canada. He further holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Cairo University with highest honor. Dr. Ashraf worked as head of Business Administration Department at Nile University for Graduate Studied, affiliated with the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology. Since 1997, he taught a large number of management and business courses in Egypt, the US, and the Gulf Area.</p>
<p><strong>Mr. Musaed Al-Mineefi is the Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Investment Bank, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.</strong></p><br /> <p>April 1992 to Present:</p><br /> <p>Joined The Saudi Investment Bank in April 1992 as Head, Financial Controls. Progressed through varied senior management functions and responsibilities that include positions with demanding role in the bank’s operations, financial controls, and administration. </p><br /> <p>Group Head - Financial Controls & Administration (February 1997); Group Head - Finance, Operations & Administration (December 1997); Group General Manager - Finance, Operations & Administration (October 2000); Deputy General Manager (April 2009) Present Position: Chief Executive Officer, since January 2010.</p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p>
<p><strong>Group Chief General Counsel and Company Secretary, Emirates NBD (PJSC)</strong></p><br /> <p>Lubna Qassim is the Group Chief General Counsel & Company Secretary of Emirates NBD Bank (PJSC). She is also, at present, the first female EXCO member of Emirates NBD. Previously, Ms Qassim has held positions as Director of the Department of Economic Legislations at the UAE Ministry of Economy and the Executive Director of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department at Dubai Economic Council. Prior to that, Ms Qassim spent considerable years in the corporate practice offices of Clifford Chance both in Dubai and London.</p><br /> <p>Ms Qassim is the first UAE national to have worked at the World Bank as the Public Sector Consultant and at the House of Lords, Parliament of the UK. In 2013 she was selected by William Hague, United Kingdom’s First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for her leadership skills to participate in the Future International Leadership Programme which took place in London. </p><br /> <p>Ms Qassim is a fellow at Dubai School of Government and also sits on the Global Economic Symposium Fellows Advisory Committee of the Kiel University of the World Economy. In 2011 she was elected to sit on the Boards of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and Injaz UAE Foundation. Ms Qassim was also the first national to sit on the Committee of the British Business Group in Dubai and Northern Emirates in 2009 and in 2013 the British Business Group of Abu Dhabi as the UAE Alliances Director. </p><br /> <p>In 2015 Ms Qassim was elected by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to sit on the Board of Dubai Women’s Establishment. Ms Qassim was also appointed as Founding Chair of the 30% Club GCC Chapter.</p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p>
Sheikh Hussain A. Al Banawi
<p><strong>Sheikh Hussein A. Al-Banawi is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Industrial Group</strong>, a market leader in packaging, specialty chemicals and food flavors in the Broader Middle East, Africa, and Indian Subcontinent.</p><br /> <p>He is an inspirational leader dedicated to helping the next generation of enterprise leaders in the Arab World. He is Founder of the Chair in Islamic Economics, Finance and Management at Rice University in Houston, Texas and also serves on the board of various civic organizations. He is also a founding member of The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University of Cairo. Sheikh Hussein is a member of the Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the World Waqf Foundation of the Islamic Development Bank.</p><br /> <p>An advocate and proponent of good corporate governance in both private and public institutions, Sheikh Hussein Al-Banawi is a member of the Board of Directors of Hawkamah, The Institute for Corporate Governance of the Dubai International Financial Centre. Sheikh Hussein Al Banawi is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of The Effat Ambassadors Program, a program established at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to empower aspiring women leaders.</p><br /> <p>With Sheikh Hussein’s founding vision, The Al-Banawi Scholarship for Personal Development was established at Franklin University in Switzerland with the unique purpose of providing financial aid to outstanding students in need who reciprocate by acting as academic mentors for other students facing language, learning or cultural challenges. After embarking on his early undergraduate studies at Franklin University in Switzerland, Sheikh Hussein thereafter pursued his bachelor’s degree with a dual major in political science and business administration at Rollins College in the United States, culminating in a Master of Business Administration from Rollins.</p><br /> <p>Sheikh Hussein is the author of the recently published book, The Unknown Leader, one of the foremost publications on leadership which has emerged from our region.</p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p> </p>
<p><strong><span lang="EN-AU">Hassan Jarrar </span></strong><span lang="EN-AU"><strong>was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Islamic Bank</strong> in July, 2015. He is responsible for leading and implementing of the overall strategy of Bahrain’s first Islamic financial institution. </span></p><br /> <p><span lang="EN-GB">Hassan has over </span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">28</span><span lang="EN-GB"> years of banking experience, </span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">19</span><span lang="EN-GB"> of which have been in the Middle East. Prior to joining Bahrain Islamic Bank, he served as Chief Executive Office of Standard Chartered Bank, Bahrain since October 2011. He has a diverse banking background with extensive experience in retail, SME and corporate banking in the Middle East and the US. Hassan’s previous appointments in the region include Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate and SME Banking at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Head of Corporate Banking, Abu Dhabi at Mashreq bank.</span></p><br /> <p>Before returning to the Middle East, Hassan spent 20 years in the United States where he began his career and held key management positions with Security Pacific Bank and Bank of America. He received his BSc in Finance from California State University, San Jose. Hassan serves on the Boards of the Bahrain Association of Banks , Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) and Tamkeen.</p>
Dr. Sameer Al Ansari
<p><strong>Sameer Al Ansari qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London</strong> in 1987 and has worked in Dubai since then. </p><br /> <p>Sameer founded PEPlus in 2012, a regional boutique investment bank based in Dubai. He was the Chief Executive Officer of SHUAA Capital, the region’s leading financial services institution between Sept 2009 and Oct 2011. Between 2005 - 09, Dr. Al Ansari was the founding Chairman & CEO of Dubai International Capital, creating a global investment company with AUMs of $13B by 2008. He was also the founding Chairman of JD Capital (Jordan Dubai Capital) in 2005, and the founding Chairman of MENA Infrastructure Fund in 2006.</p><br /> <p>He previously served as Group Chief Financial Officer for The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.</p><br /> <p>Prior to joining the Executive Office, Mr. Al Ansari was Chief Financial Officer at Dubai Aluminium Company (DUBAL) between 1992-2000, where he played a significant role in the successful turnaround of the company to what is today one of the largest and most profitable aluminium companies in the world. </p><br /> <p>Sameer is widely considered as one of the most respected senior financial figures in the GCC and has and continues to sit on many Boards around the world. Below listed current Board positions:</p><br /> <p>ICAEW MENA advisory board</p><br /> <p>Hawkamah Institute of Governance, UAE</p><br /> <p>The Industrial Group, KSA</p><br /> <p>Eureeca Capital, Crowd funding platform (UK, DIFC, Malaysia)</p><br /> <p>TVM Healthcare Partners, PE Healthcare Fund, DIFC, UAE</p><br /> <p>Page Group, Hong Kong</p><br /> <p>Homes & Houses, UK</p>
Eng. Anas Al Madani
<p><strong>Anas Almadani is the Vice Chairman and Group CEO of INDEX Holding. </strong></p><br /> <p>His core responsibility is to oversees the operation of INDEX and its subsidiaries; develop business opportunities in the GCC, Korea, Japan, China, Germany, and the US. Anas has extensive experience in managing teams and companies of diverse portfolios, working with government organizations and NGO’s establishing international business relationship and setting up new businesses. INDEX has 12 subsidiaries under its umbrella with Core businesses in events management, health care, and general trading.</p><br /> <p>One of his key inputs lies in introducing new business portfolios and evaluating and making decisions on investment opportunities for INDEX Holding and its subsidiaries. He holds a BSCE Civil Engineering, Specialization: Environmental Engineering from Seattle University, Seattle, Washington and an MBA (from Korea University Business School in Seoul, Korea with concentrations in Strategy and Marketing.</p>
<p><strong>Michael is the CEO of Desert Group</strong> which is one of the world’s largest concentrically diversified group of horticultural and lifestyle companies –centered around green, water and people – truly biophilic. At Desert Group he has articulated a clear vision, goals and expectations, decentralised decision making and focused on a performance minded organisation.</p><br /> <p>An FCA, MBA, CIA, an alumnus of the <span lang="EN-GB">Saïd </span>Business School and a Certified Member at Hawkamah, he has tremendous experience in business resuscitation and transformation and thrives in expansive business operations that have lost their direction. With more than 30 years hands-on experience of cross national, multi-sectoral businesses in an international environment, Michael’s career and reputation is based on his achievements in accomplishing successful turnarounds of damaged or underperforming assets and transforming them into dynamic centres of creative energy where the employees are empowered and value is created for all stakeholders alike.</p><br /> <p>His cross sectoral experience include Aerospace, Education, Financial Services & Investments, Construction & Real Estate, Horticulture, Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail. A strong ambassador of CSR, Desert Group has one of the most vibrant CSR programs focused on Special Needs and Cognitive Disabilities, recently winning the regions Taa’theer CSR MENA award.</p><br /> <p>Michael believes that his experiences are something to share at a global level and that there are lessons to be learned through re-energizing businesses and transforming them to be both customer focused and innovative. Ultimately the purpose of a successful business is to have positive impact on society by enhancing people’s lives and he recognizes that his customers and employees are at the centre of this.</p>
<p><strong>Senior Vice President</strong> – Group Communications Dubai Holding Oct 2006 till date Senior Vice President, Group Communications at Dubai Holding, a global investment company, where she effectively manages Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and branding. </p><br /> <p>Huda successfully steers Dubai Holding’s communication including matters pertaining to its companies; Jumeirah Group, Dubai Properties Group, TECOM Group and Emirates International Telecommunications as well as the investments side represented by Dubai Group and Dubai International Capital.</p><br /> <p>Prior to joining Dubai Holding Corporate Office, Huda was Managing Director – Marketing & Communications, Dubai Group, a member of Dubai Holding. She oversaw the marketing and communications strategies for Dubai Group subsidiaries in various international markets. Huda successfully developed and launched new brand identities for companies such as Borse Dubai, Emirates Investment Authority, Qatar Investment Authority Joint Venture as well as re-branding Dubai International Financial Exchange into NASDAQ Dubai.</p><br /> <p>In addition, Huda revamped the strategy for the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) for Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussain and effectively managed the complex transaction of Borse Dubai bidding for the Nordic Exchange OMX. Previously, Huda worked with Citibank UAE quickly moving the ranks from Marketing Manager – Credit Cards to Assistant Vice President – Marketing and Business Development. At Citibank, Huda launched several “first” initiatives, including the internet and mobile banking service, which received several advertising recognitions.</p><br /> <p>Huda holds a master’s degree in Organisational Excellence with Honours from Bradford University, UK and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai.</p><br /> <p>Huda is currently a board member at TECOM Group and Dubai Women Establishment, she was the Vice Chair of Dubai First, a consumer finance company, Board Member at Khaleej Times newspaper and the Vice Chair of the Middle East Public Relations Association.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Omar Al-Wahaibi was appointed as EHC’s CEO</strong> in November 2011. Previously, Omar was the CEO for Haya Water (Oman Wastewater Services Company S.A.O.C.) since its establishment in 2003.</p><br /> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">He holds a BSC Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and began his career at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) where he held several different positions including serving in Shell Exploration and Production in the Hague from 1998 until 2001. He is also a Board Member at Oman Broard band Company, The Gulf Cooperative Council Interconnection Authority(GCCIA) and REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais of Portugal.</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> </span> </p>
<p><strong>Chris Hodge is an experienced policy-maker</strong> who has worked at the highest levels with business, investors, regulators, governments and international organisations, and has written and presented extensively on the topics of governance and stewardship.</p><br /> <p>He is currently acting as an advisor to ICSA: The Governance Institute and Nestor Advisors, the corporate governance consultancy. He is also a member of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council and Hawkamah’s International Advisory Board.</p><br /> <p>For ten years until 2014 Chris was Director of Corporate Governance at the UK’s Financial Reporting Council. He was responsible for developing and promoting the UK Corporate Governance Code, one of the earliest and most influential codes for companies. Chris was also responsible for introducing the first national stewardship code for investors in the UK in 2010. Similar codes have since been introduced in many other countries.</p><br /> <p>Between 2014 and January 2016, Chris was the FRC’s Strategy Director. In this capacity he was responsible for developing the FRC’s overall strategy for 2016-19 and overseeing and co-ordinating its external communications, public affairs and international influencing activities.</p>
<p><strong>Adrian Bertrand is the head of Africa at UNPRI. </strong></p><br /> <p>In this role, Adrian is responsible for raising awareness about the materiality of ESG issues for investment processes among asset owner, investment manager and service provider signatories to the UN-supported PRI across the African continent.</p><br /> <p>Adrian supports new and existing PRI signatories in their voluntary implementation of the PRI Principles through best practice development and dissemination, and institutional shareholder collaboration opportunities in Africa. Prior to PRI, Adrian spent four years as the ESG Manager at the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), where Adrian was responsible for managing and implementing the GEPF’s Responsible Investment programme.</p>
H.E Hamad Buamim
<p><strong>Hamad Buamim has been the President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry</strong> since November 2006. He also serves as the Deputy Chair of the World Chambers Federation - ICC in Paris.</p><br /> <p>Educated in the USA, Buamim graduated with Honors (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Southern California - Los Angeles in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 2002, he obtained an MBA with Honors in Finance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.</p><br /> <p>Buamim is a Member of the Board of Directors of the UAE Central Bank, Managing Director and Board Member of Dubai World, Chairman of National General Insurance and Board Member of Union Properties.</p><br /> <p>Previously, Buamim served as Chairman of Emirates Financial Services, Chairman of Emirates NBD Capital and Board Member of Emirates NBD Bank and Network International.</p>
Hawkamah to Convene Experts to Examine Corporate Culture at 10th Annual Corporate Governance ConferenceConference held under the topic of ‘Corporate Culture: The Secret...
For a corporate governance framework to be effective, the organization’s leadership values and principles must be reflected in day-to-day activities and executive behavior. Corporate governance is essentially about behavior and this session looks at how companies can work on their corporate culture by incentivizing the right behaviors.
This session aims to set the scene for the rest of the day. The session will cover the concept of culture in general, the meaning of corporate culture, and what are the elements of corporate culture. The session also discusses the process of making decisions in companies and the effect of culture on the process.
The board of directors is responsible for deciding on the direction of the company, approving the strategy, and setting the company’s values and ethical standards. This session aims at presenting some of the key areas that the board in charge of and that directly affect the corporate culture. This includes the tone at the top, risk appetite, internal audit systems, values and ethics, remuneration and KPIs.
Board rooms are typically male dominated. The session explores how to overcome cultural barriers to more female representation in the boardroom and how board diversity can positively impact the overall corporate culture.
It has been said that “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. This one-on-one interview will focus on the role of the Chairman in creating the culture within the boardroom and across the organization to support the achievements of business goals.
In this session a Chairman of one of the organizations that went through a successful process of culture change will be interviewed. The interview will focus on the reasons that led to desire to change the organizational culture, how it was done, and what are the lessons learnt from the experience.
This session aims to discuss ways in which we can measure and assess corporate culture. This includes key parameters in evaluating corporate culture.
Should regulators be concerned about corporate culture? What are the elements of culture that regulators should keep their eyes on? Can regulation and enforcement change corporate culture?
What are the latest regulatory changes regarding corporate culture? These are some of the questions this session aims to answer
There is a strong correlation between sustainability practices and firm valuation.
Sustainability relates to the business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental, and social developments.
However, sustainability practices often require a change in mindset and in behaviors pf employees, .i.e., in corporate culture. This session focuses on implementation of cultural change in the context of sustainability.