Aurora50

News and Insights

Alumni news: Fatima Al Fahim appointed to board of Arkan

Aurora50 - Pathway20 programme alumni news graphic

We are delighted to report that Fatima Abdalla Al Fahim, one of Aurora50’s 2020 alumni, has been appointed as a board director to Abu Dhabi-based Arkan  Building Materials Co PJSC (ADX: ARKAN), where she will also be a member of the audit and risk committee.

This is Fatima’s first board appointment since completing the programme, and Aurora50 grabbed five minutes to ask Fatima a few questions about her new role.

[Read other Aurora50 alumni news]

What role you were doing prior to your board-level appointment?  

I am a senior vice president of technology and tech-enabled services investments at the Mubadala Investment Company. In addition, I am on the board of one of Mubadala’s mining joint ventures in Spain, Minas de Aguas Tenidas (Matsa), and chairwoman of the audit and risk committee.

What do you hope to achieve in your new board role ? 

As board director, my role is to work with Arkan’s management and its stakeholders to ensure that the company strengthens its standing as one of the UAE’s global industrial champions, delivering returns to its shareholders while upholding the highest standards of accountability and governance.

[Related: Interviews with four Gulf women board directors in Aurora50’s Manarat club]

What value did you get from working with Aurora50 ? 

 Aurora50 provided an introduction into a strong support network, comprising extremely accomplished and highly talented women to whom one can reach out to for guidance and mentorship throughout one’s career journey.

It has strengthened this network by involving individuals and organisations that are passionate about change and who recognise the potential value that women bring to the table. Aptly named, Aurora50 is heading towards the dawn of a new era in corporate governance across the private and public sectors within the UAE and the broader Middle East.

Congratulations Fatima, we know you will do a sterling job! 

Editor's pick

Related posts


Number of women on listed boards in the UAE more than doubles in two years:

Non-executive board careers in the UAE: A path to gender balance