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Aurora50's Pathway20 board accelerator programme - alumni news

Another Pathway20 alumna has been appointed to an independent board role: Hind Abdulrahman Al Ali has been made a board director at National General Insurance. Ms Al Ali, a senior supply chain manager for Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), was appointed to NGI, which is listed on the Dubai Financial Market, in April 2022. 

Aviram Awards - Tech for Humanity winners in front of Dubai's Burj Al Arab -FORBES/COLIN BALDWIN

The Aviram Awards - Tech for Humanity - gave away $650,000 in its inaugural awards, which Aurora50's Diana Wilde helped judge. She talks about the funding issue for women-led start-ups and how it relates to boards.

Sheikh Zayed Road at night | credit: Piqseqels.com

Boards look first to human capital but it is social capital that will take you all the way to a board directorship, says Prof Heather McGregor, executive dean of Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University, who sits on three boards herself.

UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan/ copyright WAM

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, co-founder of Aurora50, pledges to continue her family’s work to enable women’s advancement after the death of her grandfather, the late HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Aurora50 turns two - happy birthday!

This month Aurora50 turned two and what a couple of years it has been since our launch in April 2020.

Logos of the private-sector companies signed to GBC's 30% women executives pledge

Some 24 private local and international companies have now signed the UAE Gender Balance Council pledge to ensure women take 30% of C-suite positions by 2025, including DP World.

Aurora50 - Pathway20 programme alumni news graphic

Mariam Balfaqeh, board member of Takaful Emarat, talks about graduating from Aurora50's Pathway20 board accelerator programme and how it helped her gain her first independent board seat.

Aurora50 - Pathway20 programme alumni news graphic

2020 Aurora50 alumna Fatima Abdalla Al Fahim is appointed to the board of Arkan Building Materials.

Aurora50 in the media

Aurora50 in the media - Arabian Business, 17/06/22

The number of women holding board seats in UAE listed firms has more than doubled over in two years, Arabian Business reports, quoting Aurora50's research report.

Aurora50 in the media - Al Bayan, 16/06/22

أدت الجهود الحثيثة، التي تبذلها دولة الإمارات في سعيها المستمر نحو تحسين التنوع بين الجنسين إلى زيادة عدد المناصب، التي تشغلها النساء في مجالس الإدارة لهذا العام إلى 8.9%، لتسجل بذلك ارتفاعاً بنسبة 3.5 % بالمقارنة مع عام 2020، وذلك وفقاً لبحث أجرته مؤسسة أرورا 50 الاجتماعية، وهي مؤسسة تعمل على تحقيق التكافؤ بين الجنسين في مجالس إدارة دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي، بالتعاون مع كلية محمد بن راشد للإدارة الحكومية.

Aurora50 in the media - The National, 16/06/22

The number of women in board positions rose to 77 seats in 2022, from 29 seats in 2020, The National reported, quoting Aurora50 research report Non-executive Board Careers in the UAE: A Path to Gender Balance.

Aurora50 in the media - Gulf News, 16/06/22

The number of women holding board seats in UAE listed firms has more than doubled over in two years, Gulf News reports, quoting Aurora50's research report Non-executive Board Careers in the UAE: A Path to Gender Balance.

Aurora50's press releases

“Nothing makes me happier than seeing Emirati women take their role and assume their rightful place in society” These words of the …

19 listed corporations appoint women board members.


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