About Boardroom Excellence Masterclass – Dubai

As the UAE prepares for Expo 2020 in Dubai, business in the Gulf region is also taking a world stage, and that includes corporate governance practices. But, for a region that has grown to become a world economic leader, local corporate governance and leadership practices still face serious problems. A recent survey found 60 percent local business leaders believe that board and governance practices are holding the UAE back. Funds and firms like Abraaj and Marka have collapsed, apparently due to poor corporate governance controls. New local policies require more women and younger directors on boards. Better reporting, transparency and data security are shaking up business cultures that are still heavily family and government owned.

The UAE and Gulf region overall are now opening more sectors to foreign investment. But, these investors want world class governance, solid board structures, independence, good leadership and internal controls. These are just some of the tools and ideas that will be covered in this upcoming two-day masterclass. The masterclass will also explore the major forces shaking up corporations and governance in the Gulf region. Besides, the masterclass will focus on the tools and tips that your board has to have to be effective…leadership, board information, meetings, structures and how companies around the world handle the same board and leadership issues that you are facing.

The board of directors in a company are its life and blood, and are responsible for its ultimate success or demise. While the role of the board has become more challenging than ever due to increased volatility and competitive pressures in the business environment, but boardroom best practices often remain underdeveloped and ill executed. This two-day premier masterclass workshop will feature in-depth discussions on the development and role of boards, governance best practices, structuring effective boards, leadership, and handling “inside the boardroom” conflicts. In addition, the presenter, Ralph Ward, would also give a one-hour keynote revealing the secrets of the world’s best board leaders.

What would you learn?

Our program delivers the essentials you and your corporation will need to close the governance gap. Some of the key takeaways from this program include:

  • How the MENA region’s new governance standards and global board best practices can unlock shareholder value
  • Boardroom and leadership best practices in the post-COVID 19 world
  • How to shape the new boardroom leadership you’ll need to succeed
  • Getting your board right with diversity, independence, skills, experience and powers
  • Board tools for setting strategy, financial results, audit, company performance, and risk management
  • How boards can set policies on board/owner powers, executive succession and talent development, remuneration, and evaluation
  • Why family business boardrooms face such unique challenges and how you can turn these into strengths
  • How boards are managing new governance issues like corporate social responsibility, diversity, and stakeholder responsibilities
  • Explore the major forces shaking up corporations and governance in the Gulf region
  • Learn leadership, board information, meetings, structures and how companies around the world handle the same issues that you are facing

What makes this workshop special?

After our program, your real work begins! You’ll head back to the office with an outline for turning new governance tools into value for the company. You’ll learn how to lead and plan from the boardroom. And your board, your promoters, your executives and investors will gain models of how to blend their unique roles effectively.

This exclusive two-day workshop includes: 

  • A structured approach to boardroom best practices and functioning
  • Understanding board risks – managing dangers from outside, inside, and online
  • An overview of critical board challenges for today and tomorrow
  • What doesn’t your board know about the company, its people, and its dangers
  • Interactive brainstorming sessions to keep you ahead of the curve

Breakfast, lunch and all course material provided

Who should attend? 

  • Chairmen and chairwomen of boards and of board sub-committees
  • CEOs
  • Corporate owners
  • Company secretaries
  • Boardroom executives (especially those preparing for a first board seat)
  • Leaders of state-owned enterprises
  • Venture capital and private equity partners
  • Independent and non-executive directors
  • C-suite executives
  • Directors of IT, Finance, HR, Risk, Legal,
  • Compliance, Audit and Communications
  • Corporate governance professionals
  • Regulators
Ralph Ward
Ralph Ward is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, and advisor on the role of board of directors, how “benchmark” boards excel, setting personal boardroom goals, and the future of governance worldwide.
Dr. Corrie Jonn Block
  • Registration and Breakfast
    October 13, 2021 8:30 AM
  • Setting the Stage Keynote: Welcome to the boardroom

    So, You’ve been elected to the board or directors! Congratulations — but now what? Before that first board meeting, here is a blueprint to help you learn what you must know before walking through the boardroom door.

    • How to build a “Facebook” on every member of the board (and how to use it)
    • Here are 5 questions you must ask the board chair in advance
    • Don’t just read that pre-meeting board pack! Study it for this key intelligence

    Post-Keynote Brainstorming

    Shoot your questions at the facilitator Ralph Ward and have him solve your most pressing challenges in a one-to-one setting. The session would serve as an ideal starting point from where the discussions would take shape during the rest of the day.

    October 13, 2021 9:00 AM
  • Morning Tea/Coffee Break
    October 13, 2021 10:30 AM
  • Post-tea Masterclass: Secret of the World’s Best Board Leaders

    The governance of any enterprise is only as good as its board of directors, and that board is only as effective as its chairman. After this keynote cum training session, you would be able to master the art of becoming an effective board leader. Some of the major highlights of this session include:

    • The corporate role with the least training, but the most impact – the board chair
    • Learn the “in the boardroom” leadership tricks of long-time board pros
    • Can you learn to become a good board leader? Yes – by following these steps

    Post-Masterclass Brainstorming

    As a member of the board of directors, you have been entrusted with the task of selecting individuals for the board. What criteria would you use to select the ideal board? What would you change in your board member recruitment, nomination, orientation and development process to achieve the ideal board composition.

    October 13, 2021 11:00 AM
  • Lunch Break
    October 13, 2021 12:30 PM
  • Post-Lunch Session: The Drive for Board Diversity

    Women board membership in the UAE has improved sharply, but still lags behind other developed economies. What is the latest on regional board diversity regulation and resources? Further, how can we reinvent board recruiting to not only jump-start diversity, but improve the flaws built into the way global boards today assess, seek, recruit, interview and onboard new members?

    October 13, 2021 1:30 PM
  • A Bonus Snippet: Mastering the Art of (Boardroom) War

    Competing boardroom blocs… family business disputes… the “know it all” director… founder squabbles. What are the biggest drivers of boardroom conflict — and what tools and techniques work best to resolve them?

    • Learn how to defuse boardroom tempers
    • What to do when your founder is the problem? Try these tips
    • This is how smart board leaders draw out opinions (and push back on boardroom bullies)

    Post-Masterclass Brainstorming

    Tempers are running high and a situation arises where two of the board members cannot see eye to eye at board meetings. What would you do to nip the conflict in the bud and make sure that it does not affect the company performance.

    October 13, 2021 2:30 PM
  • End of Day 1
    October 13, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Keynote: Board Risk Oversight Tools

    From financial crises, to corporate scandals, to “black swan” dangers, the past decade has seen too many of the world’s boards shocked by risks and exposures. How can your board build effective risk management oversight into its skills?

    • Why boards still have incentives to ask easy questions on risk (and to accept easy, useless answers)
    • Here’s how to shape a board cyber-risk monitoring plan that works
    • The four risk areas that should be keeping directors awake at night

    Post-masterclass Brainstorming

    As a board member of your company, you have recently learnt of certain vulnerabilities in your company’s cyber security practices. What would you do to beef up the security protocol and make sure that sensitive data does not leak into the wrong hands..

    October 14, 2021 9:00 AM
  • Morning Tea/Coffee Break
    October 14, 2021 10:30 AM
  • Post-tea Masterclass: Making Board Diversity a Reality in the Middle East

    Board diversity is more than a matter of optics. Diverse members contribute fresh insights and crucial technical skills that can improve board functions. To achieve board diversity, leaders must disrupt the traditional recruitment process in which directors cull from their own networks. The session will answer some of the most important questions on this topic:

    • Why is board diversity important
    • Board diversity in the Middle East – how to achieve and best practices

    Post-masterclass Brainstorming

    A board member who has been successfully working with the company has lately been placing personal interests above the good of the company. What would you so in such a situation? Get together with your peers and discuss possible solutions to overcome this tricky situation.

    October 14, 2021 11:00 AM
  • Lunch Break
    October 14, 2021 12:30 PM
  • Post-Lunch Session: Best Practice for Virtual Boards

    This session gathers together the past year's hard-earned lessons on how to conduct virtual, online board meetings that can be even better than in-boardroom sessions. Board info, portals, leadership, agendas, minutes and structures are all catching up with remote meeting demands, but use of the new "virtual boardroom" model is still a patchwork worldwide. Here is the latest on making your online governance succeed.

    October 14, 2021 1:30 PM
  • Before We Wrap-Up: Evaluating Your Board of Directors

    You can’t improve what you can’t measure” applies to boards of directors. Here is a step-by-step plan for evaluating your board and its members, and then putting the results to work for improvement.

    • Gain a step-by-step evaluation outline you can put to work immediately
    • Here is how most boards blow it on evaluation (and what to avoid)
    • Learn these tips that prompt board members to really open up when evaluating

    Post-masterclass Brainstorming

    As the board chair, you have been entrusted with the task of evaluating the performance of your board of directors. Since it would be the first time that the company would be undertaking the process of formal evaluation of its board of directors, you must come up with a strategy that could be put in place for the evaluation process. What would you do?

    October 14, 2021 2:30 PM
  • End of Workshop and Closing Comments
    October 14, 2021 4:00 PM




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