Registration & arrival of guests

Masters of Ceremony welcome: 

Ms. Ameera Khalid, Vice President Investor Relations & External Communications, Waha Capital

Opening speech:

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Recorded Keynote speech: Leading through transformational times

H.E. Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy Chairman of the Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA), Chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)

Presentation: Aurora50’s Theory of Change and Accelerator 

Ms. Diana Wilde, Co-Founder, Aurora50

Keynote speech:
The shifting economic position of the UAE and leading FDI initiatives  

H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED)

Speech read by: 

H.E. Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Acting Undersecretary, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED)

Onstage board discussion: Championing high-performance organisations and boards

Moderator: Ms. Caroline Faraj, Vice President Arabic Services, CNN


Mr. Marwan Al Abedin, CEO and Founder, Flatrace

Ms. May Nasrallah, Non-Executive Chairman and Senior Advisor, BlackRock, Middle East Region, Founder and Executive Chairman, deNovo Corporate Advisors

Morning Coffee Break

Keynote speech: Encouraging innovation ecosystems that support gender balance

H.E. Huda AlHashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs

Announcement: Introducing ADNOC Research 

Ms. Diana Wilde, Co-Founder, Aurora50

Onstage Interview: Building the pipeline to ensure sustainability on boards

Ms. Fatema Al Nuaimi, Board Director, Emirates General Petroleum (EMARAT), Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC LNG Interview conducted by: Ms. Caroline Faraj, Vice President Arabic Services, CNN

Keynote speech: The future of the boardroom

Mr. Homaid Al Shimmari, Chairman, Maximus Air Cargo & Abu Dhabi Aviation  Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, Chief Corporate & Human Capital Officer, Mubadala Investment Company

Networking Lunch 

Keynote panel discussion: Leading boards of the future

Mr. Richard Dean, Presenter Business Breakfast at Dubai Eye

  • H.E. Dr. Maryam Al Suwaidi, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA) Board Member, Al Etihad Credit Bureau, Board Member, Hawkamah Corporate Governance Institute  
  • H.E. Khalfan Belhoul, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Future Foundation, 

Board Member, Dubai International Financial Cooperation (DIFC), Board Member Emirates Development Bank (EDB)

Afternoon Break 

Keynote panel discussion: The Global Boardroom: Building sustainable resilient growth


Mr. Mustafa Kheriba, Board Member, Mirabank, Serbia, Board Member, Australia Gulf Capital, Former Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Former, Head of Asset Management, SHUAA Capital


  • H.E. Hanan Mansour Ahli, Acting Director General, Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics (FCSC) 
  • Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chairman, Aramex 

Chairman of the Board of ADNEC, Vice Chair of the Board, Arab Sea Ports Federation, Board Member, Etihad Rail DB, Member of the Board, Federal Transport Authority, Group Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports

  • Mr. Khalid Al Marzooqi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Tabreed

Mr. Sameh Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Executive Director, Executive Affairs Office, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED)

Chair’s closing remarks & end of Day 1

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