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April 18, 2019
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  Women In Boards Initiative

Under the patronage of HH Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment and wife of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and in collaboration with Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance and its sister institute Mudara, Institute of Directors (Mudara IOD) the Initiative will identify policy barriers restricting the participation of more women at senior executive levels and advocate changes to overcome these, develop a communication strategy  aimed at increasing awareness on gender diversity in local and regional boardrooms, train women investors, directors, managers and other stakeholders on the foundations of good corporate governance and mentor the next generation of women leaders.

The objectives of the initiative will be carried out in three phases. The first phase, namely Research and Defining the Business Case for more women’s participation in the boardroom which will include qualitative interviews on current board practices, identification of current and future policy and practical challenges and the publication of results through white papers in conjunction with various women’s business groups.

The second phase will focus on Capacity-building and Empowerment and will include workshops for women leaders, the delivery of the globally accredited four-part Director Development Program by Mudra IOD, and the Board Referral Service which will provide a pool of women leaders who can serve regional board appointments.

The third and final phase will involve Research Advocacy and Networking, achieved through a series of Business Breakfasts, mentoring and awards programs, empirically grounded analysis leading to policy recommendations and business cases on the importance of having women on boards in the region, and the promotion of media coverage to highlight the challenges and overriding issues faced.

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