Hawkamah to Convene Experts to Examine Corporate Culture at 10th Annual Corporate Governance Conference
Rushika Bhatia
Press Release

Hawkamah to Convene Experts to Examine Corporate Culture at 10th Annual Corporate Governance Conference

Press Release

Hawkamah to Convene Experts to Examine Corporate Culture at 10th Annual Corporate Governance Conference

Conference held under the topic of ‘Corporate Culture: The Secret Ingredient for Good Governance’

Dubai-UAE: 04 August, 2016 – Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the first centre specialised in Governance in the GCC, is set to host its 10th Annual Corporate Governance Conference on 8 November at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. The company aims to help regional organisations develop globally recognised corporate governance frameworks.

Established in 2006, Hawkamah works with companies, governments and regulators within the DIFC and beyond to help bridge the corporate governance gap in the region. The institute emerged to address a palpable and growing need for a regional entity working on the ground to convince stakeholders to buy into corporate governance. Since then, Hawkamah has led the growing call for best practices in corporate governance throughout the region.

As the region’s largest gathering of distinguished governance practitioners, prominent business leaders and high-level regional and international policy makers, the 10th annual conference will focus on Corporate Culture: The Secret Ingredient for Good Governance. Comprising panel sessions on corporate culture practices in the region, the conference will examine various reform and implementation methods that help governments and organisations alike achieve long-term sustainable value while also remaining accountable to owners and key stakeholders.

Hosting the region’s leading corporate governance thought-leaders, this year’s event will highlight the critical role of CEOs, directors of the Board, regulators, and internal auditors among others in creating, monitoring and measuring corporate culture.

Speaking ahead of the conference, His Excellency Hamad Buamim, Chairman – Hawkamah, said: “We are pleased to host the 10th Annual Corporate Governance Conference and look forward to providing a transparent platform for the region’s leading corporate governance experts to debate. We aim to facilitate lively discussions of key trends pertaining to corporate culture that are set to become the new frontier in corporate governance.

His Excellency added: “With over a decade of experience in working with public and private sector entities in the region, Hawkamah has learned that for a corporate governance framework to be truly effective on the ground, the values and principles of the organisation’s leadership must resonate in day-to-day operations and in the behavior of its executives. As we witness global economic change and the development of emerging economies, diversification programmes, privatisation initiaitives and investment across the region, now is the key time to be discussing these issues.”

According to Hawkamah, while ‘corporate culture’ can be defined in a number of different ways, it emphasises the point that behavior and culture today is less about what an organisation does and much more about how it does it. Important drivers include the tenor or manner adopted by the top management, incentive structures and corporate codes of behavior, as well as recruitment policies and promotion practices. Corporate culture is closely linked with all aspects of a company – ranging from risk to strategy, and from compliance to sustainability.


About Hawkamah, The Institute for Corporate Governance:

Hawkamah is a world-class corporate governance institute working to improve corporate governance practices of governments and companies across the MENA region. We help build sound organizations, reform corporate sector, assist banking and financial sector, and promote good governance. We assist companies to develop sound and globally recognized corporate governance frameworks. Hawkamah helps also in building qualified directors and top executives who are able to apply corporate governance in their organizations. www.hawkamah.org

About Dubai International Financial Centre

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, providing a world-class platform connecting the region’s markets with the economies of Europe, Asia and the Americas. It also facilitates the growth in South-South trade and investment. An onshore, international financial centre, DIFC provides a stable, mature and secure base for financial institutions to develop their wholesale businesses.

The Centre offers all the elements found in the world’s most successful financial industry ecosystems, including an independent regulator, an independent judicial system with a common-law framework, a global financial exchange, inspiring architecture, powerful, enabling support services and a vibrant business community. The infrastructure within the district features ultra-modern office space, retail outlets, cafes and restaurants, art galleries, residential apartments, public green areas and hotels.

Located midway between the global financial centres of New York, London in the West and Singapore, Hong Kong in the East, DIFC (GMT +4) fills a vital time-zone gap with a workday that bridges the market and business hours of financial centres in both Asia and North America.

In 2015, DIFC launched its 2024 growth strategy, a blueprint for the next decade of growth of the financial hub. The growth strategy aims to stimulate trade and investment flows along the South-South economic corridor encompassing Africa, Southern Asia and Latin America.

Currently, 1,445 active registered companies operate from the Centre, with a combined workforce of 19,808 professionals.

DIFC continues to pursue expansion into new services and sectors within the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, an area comprising over 72 countries with an approximate population of 3.0 billion and nominal GDP of US$7.8 trillion.

For further information, please visit our website: www.difc.ae, or follow us on Twitter @DIFC.

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