Welcome address: Building the pipeline

Diana Wilde, Co-Founder, Aurora50

In conversation with: Mr. Mishal Kanoo Chairman, The Kanoo Group

Regional boards benchmarking with international boards:

Keynote speech: Investing in the future: how the best boards deliver value in fast-growing markets

Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, CEO, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)  

Keynote panel discussion: The impact of governance attracting and fostering FDI

Ms. Kelsey Warner, Future Editor, The National


  • H.E. Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED)
  • H.E Mohamed Al Nuaimi, Chairman, Ras al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Board Member of Commercial Bank International (CBI), Chief Executive Officer of Mawarid Finance
  • H.E. Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Director, Dubai Investment Agency (Dubai FDI)
  • Mr. Hazem Ben-Gacem, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Investcorp

Morning break 

Recorded speech – Inclusion: The secret to an organisation’s success

Ms. Dena Al Mansoori, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Etisalat

CEO’s Panel Discussion: The future of work – building inclusive workplaces

Moderator: Diana Wilde, Co-founder, Aurora50


  • Mr. Hatem Dowidar, Group Chief Executive Officer,Etisalat
  • Mr. Abdulla M. Al Ashram, Group Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Post

Recorded speech/presentation:  Building a board career and the role of CEO in supporting leadership throughout an organisation  

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, Chief Executive Officer, Maqta Gateway, Head of Digital Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports


Networking roundtables for board members, aspiring talent and C-suite (invite only)

Table 1: Showing up for yourself and things to consider when joining a board
H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Vice Chairperson, Emaar Development PJSC

Table 2: Building your international portfolio & board skills you need

Ms. Sangeeta Desai, Non-Executive, OSN

Table 4: Discovering hidden boardroom opportunities

Table 14: Differences between governance and leadership on starts up vs scaleup 

Ms. Rebecca Hall, Venture Partner, Mindshift Capital Value

NED perspectives: Adding value to the boardroom 

Ms. Susan Hooper, Non-Executive Director, Uber Technologies

Networking roundtables for board members, aspiring talent and C-suite  (invite only)

Table 3: How boards can help digital transformations
Mr. Ellis Wang, Senior Executive Vice President Group Head of Technology, Transformation and Information, Mashreq 

Table 5: Pathway to the Board  

Table 6: Challenges and opportunities in leadership in senior management

Table 7: Transitioning to strategic boards with a tech background

Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Chief Researcher at the Cryptography Research Centre at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII)

Table 8: Reskilling and upskilling: What are boards looking for?

Mr. Ahmed Mazrouei, Senior Advisor Mubadala

Table 15: A Founder and entrepreneur’s guide to boards  

Mr. Mazen Omair, President Entrepreneurs Organisation, Co-Founder and CEO, EduPloyment, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Momair Candies, Fresh Start Meals LLC

Major steps forward in sustainability reporting: the future of accountability is here

Mr. Jeffrey Hales, Chair, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

Board talk: Being ESG ready for 2021 and beyond

Ms. Shyrose Osman, Executive Director, Sustainability & Gender Equality, Dubai Holding


  • Ms. Clare Shine, Director and CEO of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership University of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Ms. Nadia Bardawil, Senior Legal Counsel for UAE Investments at Mubadala
  • Ms. Belinda Scott, Vice President, Head of Corporate Sustainability, FAB
  • Ms. Ewa Jackson, Director, Sustainable Investing, Blackrock

Breakout Stream 1: Building boards of the future a deeper look at the board skills matrix

Moderator: Dr. Sandra Richtermeyer, Dean of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell


  • Ms. Jane Valls, Chief Executive Officer, GCC Board of Directors Institute (GCC BDI) 
  • Mr. William Tohme, Senior Regional Head – MENA, CFA Institute
  • Ms. Aradhana Khowla, Non-Executive Director, Elaf Group (SEDCO Holding) PSJ, Chair of the Advisory Board, The Red Sea Development Company

Breakout Stream 2: Finding board talent for scale ups 

Mr. Ajay Chowdhury, Managing Director & Senior Partner, London, BCG


  • Mr. Sky Kurtz, Cofounder & Chief Executive Officer, Pure Harvest Smart Farms
  • Ms. Leena Khalil, Chief Operating Officer, Mumzworld

Breakout Stream 1: Board, CEO and senior management alignment

Ms. Natasha Hannoun, Head of Debt, SHUAA Capital

  • Dr. Sameer Al Ansari, CEO, RAK International Corporate Centre (RAK ICC),
    Non-Executive Director, Al Ramz PJSC, Non-Executive Director, Eureeca 
  • Ms. Maha Muraish, Senior Vice President /, Transformation – B2B & Etisalat Digital

Breakout Stream 2: Becoming an exceptional board director


  • Ms. Sonia Tatar, Executive Director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, Ex-Officio, Board of INSEAD Directors Network, Board Member, Chapter Zero France

Ms. Sangeeta Desai, Non-Executive Director, OSN, Chairperson of Mopar Studios, Non-Executive Director, Boat Rocker Media, Non-Executive Director of Ocean Outdoor

Breakout Stream 1: Board composition best practice in the region and globally

Moderator: Mr. Sachin Kerur, Managing Partner, Reed Smith


  • Dr. Lee Howell, Managing Director, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum
  • Ms. Alma Angotti, Partner, Financial Services, Global Legislative and Regulatory Risk Leader, Guidehouse

Breakout Stream 2: Best practice for better boards: resilience in transformational times 

Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din, Chief Executive Officer, Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance


  • Prof. Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School
  • Prof. Randall Peterson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour; Academic Director, London Business School
  • Dr. Jason D. Schloetzer, Associate, Professor of Accounting, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

End of Board Summit Day 2

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