Under the patronage of

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

The Board Summit

An annual hybrid event that facilitates engaging discussions on board-level gender diversity.

20-22 September 2021

Following the stand-out inaugural virtual summit in August, 2020, 

The Board Summit 2021 promises to, once again, provide unique networking opportunities to connect experienced board members with one other, as well as high-potential future board talent.

What can you expect in 2021?

1,000 attendees from across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Asia and the rest of the GCC in an inclusive, interactive, and lively format.

A fully hybrid experience, combining the best of virtual and in-person events, to discuss practical solutions to a global challenge.

Debates at multi-location broadcast studios from across the GCC interacting with a physically present and virtual audience.

High-level panels, Ministerial addresses, practical capacity building workshops, best practice sharing, and one-on-one networking over three days.

Coverage in 2020 included Bloomberg (TV & Digital), and in publications that included The National, Gulf Business and Gulf Today.

+ 1,000+ Attendees

1,000 attendees from across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Asia and the rest of the GCC in an inclusive, interactive, and lively format.

+ Hybrid Experience

A fully hybrid experience, combining the best of virtual and in-person events, to discuss practical solutions to a global challenge.

+ Multi-location Summit

Debates at multi-location broadcast studios from across the GCC interacting with a physically present and virtual audience.

+ Engaging Panel Discussions

High-level panels, Ministerial addresses, practical capacity building workshops, best practice sharing, and one-on-one networking over three days.

+ Media Coverage

Coverage in 2020 included Bloomberg (TV & Digital), and in publications that included The National, Gulf Business and Gulf Today.

Past speakers included:

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Co-founder, Aurora50

H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Former Minister and Board Director

His Excellency Abdullah Bin Touq Al Marri

H.E. Abdullah Bin Touq Al Marri

UAE Minister of EconomyChairman, Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (ESCA)

Mishal Kanoo

Mishal Kanoo

Chairman, The Kanoo Group

H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

Vice-Chair, Emaar Development PJSC

H.E. Dr Obaid Al Zaabi

H.E. Dr Obaid Al Zaabi

CEO, Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority (ESCA)

The Board Summit Agenda 2020

10:00: Welcome address

10:15 – 11:00: Keynote Address

  • His Excellency Abdullah Bin Touq Al-Marri, Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy, UAE

11:30 – 12:30: Identifying the gaps: A chair’s perspective of the most in-demand skills

  • One-to-one with: Mishal Kanoo, Chairman, The Kanoo Group

13:00 – 14:00: Networking round-tables for board members of for-profit organisations

  • Dr. Saif Sultan Al Nasseri, Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC Gas Processing

    • Board director for Borouge, Mentor for the 20 for 2020 initiative

  • Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate and Human Capital Office, Mubadala Investment Company

    • Chairman of Mubadala Business Management Services (BMS) & Maximus Air Cargo

    • Board member at Abu Dhabi Aviation & a member on the board of trustees for UAE University and Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research

  • Hazeem Sultan Al Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company – Borouge (A joint venture between ADNOC and Borealis)

      • Chairman of GPCA Plastics Committee

      • Board member of Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA)
  • Laura Gerstein, Chief Employee Benefits Officer, AXA Insurance
      • Board director for ADX listed company: AXA Green Crescent Insurance Company PJSC

Closed session for board directors to network in small groups, by invitation/nomination only

16:00 – 17:00: Fireside chat  with experienced female directors

    • Moderated by: Mina Al-Oraibi, Editor in Chief of the National

    • H.E. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi

      • Former Minister in the UAE Government & former Board Director

    • Tayba Al Hashemi, CEO, Al Yasat Petroleum

      • Board director for ADNOC Onshore

End of Day 1

10:00 – 10:15: Important Announcement by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

10:15 – 10:45: Are you board-ready?

Tips to help you identify the value you bring to the board

  • Ashley Summerfield, Global Leader of Board Practice, Egon Zehnder

  • Dr. Laura Luelsdorf, Consultant, Egon Zehnder

13:00 – 14:00: Networking round-tables for aspiring talent to connect with boards

  • H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

    • Board Director of DFM listed company: Emaar Development PJSC

  • HE Dr Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi, CEO, Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA)

  • Elham Al Qasim, Chief Executive Officer, Digital14 UAE

    • UAE Board director for DFM listed company: Amanat

  • Dr. Sameer Al Ansari, CEO, RAK International Corporate Centre

14:00 – 14:45: Adding value as a newly appointed board member

  • Dr Ashraf Gamal El Din, Chief Executive Officer, Hawkamah

  • Sonia Tatar, Executive Director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre

16:00 – 16:45: Diversity matters: How can you increase female representation on your board?

  • Mark Cumberlege, Partner, Fidelio Partners

16:45 – 17:00: Closing remarks

End of Day 2

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Media Coverage from the inaugural Board Summit