Upcoming Events
18 September 2019
Whistleblowing and corporate governance are closely linked; in an open and transparent corporate environment where policies on wrongdoing and whistleblowing are made clear, it is much easier to detect malpractice early, put right any wrongs and avoid a scandal that could be disastrous for a business.
Whistleblowing is an essential element for safeguarding interest and for promoting a culture of internal accountability and integrity within organisations. This being said, there are several barriers to a successful whistle-blowing programme, such as the protection of the rights of the whistleblower within an organisation, as well as potential retaliation from fellow employees and potentially illegal disclosure.

The purpose of this event is to provide an introduction into whistleblowing policies as implemented in the Gulf Region and shed light on effective whistleblowing policies while sharing real case studies of whistleblowing procedures. Furthermore, the panel will highlight the areas whistleblowing policies should be focused on discussing best practice and why effective management of whistleblowing is crucial to organisations. The event will provide an opportunity for delegates to reflect on current processes and improve on them.
18 September 2019
Join us for a webinar that will discuss how MSMEs can efficiently use corporate governance structures for smarter investment and funding strategies.

Led by a former consultant with the International Finance Corporation and over 30 years of experience in corporate governance advisory, the webinar will address how MSMEs can strengthen their performance and resilience by adopting good corporate governance practices.
Viewers will also have the chance to ask questions about their small business concerns and receive practical guidance on how they can customise and implement corporate governance to meet their needs.
30 September 2019
The issue of increased women’s participation in all sectors of the economy has been one of heightened interest across the Gulf Region. However, concerns surrounding women’s entry into, and exit from, the workforce continue to persist. Addressing the structural and social challenges that limit women’s career growth and their professional development is essential for building a robust and egalitarian economy. 

This event will address the concerns that affect women’s advancement in the workforce, and to explore the findings of our research on the subject through a discussion of our new Thought Leadership Report. 

Topics addressed will include: 
  • the factors that affect women’s participation in various industries,
  • obstacles to women’s economic engagement, and 
  • systemic solutions that would support women at all career stages.
07 October 2019
Regional micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) form the backbone of national economies, and in their lifecycles, face a range of business concerns that can be addressed by the implementation of corporate governance.

Attend our workshop to discover how you can implement customised governance solutions to support your MSME. Learn what governance means for small businesses and what can be done to facilitate business success using its principles and policies.

Led by a corporate governance expert from Governance Gurus, and held in collaboration with the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), this workshop will demonstrate how corporate governance can improve access to capital, create enhanced monitoring, attract the right talent, and successfully navigate business concerns for MSMEs.
08 October 2019
A strong and historic philanthropic culture coexists alongside a complex legislative and regulatory framework guiding charitable activities across the Gulf Region.

In recent years, new laws and regulations have been passed to revamp the philanthropic legal landscape across the Gulf Region as well as to support with the institutionalisation of philanthropic endeavours.

In the UAE, individuals and organisations are looking for solutions in terms of philanthropic legal structures while making financial, technical and strategic considerations.

Delivered by David Russell QC, Barrister at Law, Outer Temple Chambers, this roundtable will convene Heads of Family Businesses and Family Offices and Directors managing philanthropic capital to raise awareness on the various structures and mechanisms structures that are available in order to institutionalise giving within the UAE.

This roundtable will shed light on the legal ramifications for business donors as they embark on their journey towards institutionalised giving.
16 October 2019

In contemporary discourse, funding within the philanthropic sector in the Gulf Region gravitates towards causes that are well publicised in current affairs; this often means that funding is concentrated to certain causes and that other areas that require funding are overlooked.

By building an ecosystem that promotes transparency and traceability, data around causes and areas that are underfunded become readily available. However, it is up to the donor community to utilise this valuable data to drive their grant-making decision making process.

Strategic philanthropy, which is informed by facts, rigorous evaluation and heightened accountability, can help donors set clear goals, outcomes and performance indicators ensuring the success of their philanthropic endeavours.   

By shifting to a more strategic model for philanthropy, one that promotes transparency and traceability, the odds of success in achieving scalable impact are increased. Further, these odds are multiplied when appropriate reporting, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are in place as a measure of the outcomes of philanthropic activities.

This roundtable provides an open platform to gain insights on the tangible steps that can be taken to shift focus onto strategic philanthropy across the region. The roundtable aims to establish collaborative efforts and collective impact to achieve scalable results in the Gulf Region, by promoting meaningful social impact through reporting, traceability and knowledge sharing.