Some 24 companies on Dubai Financial Market (DFM) have women on boards and 44 companies on Abu Dhabi Exchange (ADX), while 19 UAE companies have achieved 20% representation by women on their boards.
The GCC's first accelerator to increase boardroom gender balance
Pathway20 is the region’s only board career accelerator dedicated solely to building the pipeline of highly competent female board directors and connecting them to boards of listed and large-scale private companies.
Ready to drive diversity at the top?
How is Pathway20 unique?
Pathway20 offers a distinctive framework to support women in their early board careers.
Through a targeted 12-month programme, women discover what it takes to build a successful board career and how to really add value in the boardroom.
Pathway20 offers unmatched networking opportunities, connecting participants from the GCC’s largest and most influential organisations, who collectively showcase their wealth of experience across a broad range of industries.
This is a fast and effective opportunity for a board-ready woman to accelerate her impact, as she learns from the first-hand experiences of brilliant directors and board advisors.
Through workshops, discussions and one-to-ones, participants learn to add value in the boardroom, connect with seasoned directors and get exposure to all the skills needed to build a board career.
Boards are actively involved in resolving perceived talent gaps, improving gender parity and creating an ecosystem where corporations have access to exceptional female talent.
Are you ready for Pathway20?
Pathway20 offers exclusive, customised accelerators with:
- Unmatched networking opportunities
- Skill-building & knowledge-sharing sessions
- Confidence-building discussions
- Guidance and advice from the most prestigious board members in the GCC.
The best preparation for sustaining a board career.
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Our theory of change
There is a large disconnect between female board talent in the UAE and boards that are looking to appoint women board directors, often caused by women’s lack of network access to board members.
By simultaneously building the pipeline of competent women and connecting them to current board directors and chairs, Aurora50 believes we will reduce the network gap between boards and talent and that we can reach a ratio of women holding 20 percent of UAE-listed board seats within a decade.
As such, we commit to connecting each Pathway20 participant to at least 20 boards. This theory of change is the driving force that informs all aspects of Pathway20.
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 36 CPD points (hours) for completing Pathway20.
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.
“ADNOC has an unwavering commitment in supporting females to grow, develop and excel in their careers, which is why we are proud to be an anchor partner of the Pathway20 initiative. We believe that gender diversity in leadership positions contributes to innovative thinking that drives competitive advantage. As we seek to contribute towards our nation’s prosperity, this programme will build a pipeline of female talent in leadership positions.”
Fatema Al Nuaimi, CEO, ADNOC LNG, and chair of the ADNOC Gender Balance Committee
“At Mubadala, we recognise that women’s equality and empowerment is not only vital for society but is also valuable for our business and the community. As a partner of the Pathway20 initiative, we are keen to continue working together to ensure talented women assume leadership roles across the region.”
Homaid Al Shimmari, deputy group CEO, chief corporate and human capital officer, Mubadala Investment Company
Pathway20 alumni news
Programme participants are typically leaders from UAE’s most influential and well-respected organisations, who generally share the following traits:
- Hold senior roles such as CEO, president, vice-president, director and department head.
- Offer a significant scale of position in terms of budget and people responsibility.
- Demonstrate strategic dimensions of work.
- Have proven ability to change opinions through rational argument.
- Are able to influence key high-level decisions.
- Possess considerable leadership experience.
Your team members will join a robust peer network
L-R: HE Sara Awadh Musallam, Chair of Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and vice-chair of Du; HE Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and chair of the UAE Space Agency; HE Huda AlHashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs; Dr Aisha bin Bishr, Vice-chair of Emaar Development; Sangeeta Desai, board director, Anton and NED to Boat Rocker Media
Chaired by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa al Nahyan, our steering committee comprises our co-founders and senior representatives from leading organisations with considerable boardroom experience.
The committee members provide high-level oversight and practical support to the initiative, ensuring that the development programme is relevant to future board directors, in line with global and regional trends.
Commitment to making a positive impact on the region's business ecosystem
Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa al Nahyan
Steering committee chair; co-founder, Aurora50
Growing from within, delivering quality service and protecting shareholder interests
Fatema Al Nuaimi
CEO, ADNOC LNG
Ahmed Sari Al Mazrouei
Senior advisor, Mubadala Investment Company
Successfully transitioning to non-executive board roles and holding multiple assignments
Independent director, various entities
Independent director, various entities
Compliance, navigating complexities and building value together with the public sector
HE Dr Maryam Buti Al Suwaidi
CEO, Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA)
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Our partners are forward–thinking organisations making tangible shifts towards a more gender-balanced ecosystem. Leading by example, these organisations are building internal talent pipelines, thus demonstrating their commitment to board-level gender diversity. Additionally, they provide us with pragmatic guidance in shaping our annual programme and, ultimately, the boards of tomorrow.
Our knowledge partners contribute to the annual Pathway20 development programme and raise awareness for board-level gender balance.