Opening the boardroom door for you
Due to popular demand, Aurora50 has created Gateway, a live, virtual programme for senior women executives in the GCC region.
It will help you understand board essentials and the skillset needed to achieve your first board seat.
Gateway is for the woman who wants to fully understand the essentials of committees, boards and skills needed for the boardroom, so she can proactively map a route to her first appointment and add the most value once there.
Price: Dh6,600 + VAT (5%)
Next start date – TBC
What is Gateway?
The workshops will be delivered by certified coaches, trainers and experienced, current regional board directors, to educate you on boardroom basics, the different board types and cultures – from family businesses to not-for-profits and government subsidiary board – and how to align local regulations to international standards.
Gateway will teach you how to:
Executive director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre
Board member, Anghami
Provost and vice-principal, Herriot Watt University
Chief investment officer and professional non-executive director, Knowledge Fund, Government of Dubai
Partner, head of corporate governance, KPMG Lower Gulf
What will Gateway teach me?
Content is delivered over six weeks and across three modules; participants should spend no more than around five hours per module, including pre-reading, in-person virtual workshops and assignments.
There will be three virtual, live workshops:
You can also expect to learn about boardroom culture and nuances in the GCC and local regulations versus international standards.
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Choose Aurora50: Proven, trusted UAE board experience
Aurora50 blends our trainers’ expertise with our own extensive, local industry knowledge – honed through experience from our Pathway20 independent board director accelerator and the invite-only Manarat club for the GCC’s female listed board directors – to deliver you a proven and trusted action plan to help you kickstart your board career as a woman.
Since 2020, Aurora50’s UAE-based co-founders, Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Diana Wilde, have lobbied for gender balance in the workplace, starting with the board.
In that time, the UAE has introduced a quota for women on boards and seen the number of women holding board positions more than double, from 3.5 percent in 2020 to 8.9 percent in 2022.
Three of our Pathway20 alumna have secured independent, listed board seats, and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change specifically mentions Aurora50’s relationship with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in its report on the modernisation of the Middle East as an example of “pioneering Middle Eastern women and women-led initiatives” driving “positive change and equality” in finance.
Our theory of change
Aurora50 is a member of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Continuing professional development shows a commitment to ongoing lifelong learning.
You can be credited for a minimum of 9 CPD points (hours) for completing Gateway.
Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required CPD standards and benchmarks, and has been scrutinised rigorously to ensure integrity and quality.
Aurora50 has been a member of the CPD Standards Office (CPDSO) since May 2022.