Dear readers,

It’s been another action packed Q3. The GCC BDI team was delighted to oversee one of the region’s major director events – our flagship annual Chairman Summit, in partnership with Saudi Aramco.

The Riyadh-based event was opened by HE, Eng. Khalid A. Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources and Saudi Aramco chairman – a veteran board director at the helm of one of the world’s largest oil producers.

He spoke with passion about how effective board directors are critical to steering the country’s future in a time of social flux and national evolution. “Board directors must uphold the highest standards of corporate governance and put in place the right systems and processes to deliver change.”

The Chairman Summit continues to be a must-attend event for GCC board members and industry experts to share local knowledge and introduce international best practice. More than 70 chairmen and board directors convened at this event to listen and engage with panels and talks under the theme of, “Leading the board through changing times”.


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Exclusive interview: Hanan Ahmad, company secretary, chairman’s office, du

My life as a board secretary

Hanan has worked her way up to become an essential company secretary for the chairman of du, the UAE’s second telco company. One of her many achievements has been to enable the company to be placed first in the renowned Standard & Poor’s 2012 Hawkamah Pan Arab ESG Index. So what makes Hanan’s day job tick?

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Director Development Program

GCC BDI’s Director Development Program is designed to broaden and deepen director education within a professional framework. New workshops are being introduced so that participants can choose, at each level of development, how to enrich their knowledge and expertise. We will be running workshops in Riyadh, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in the coming months.

See the events calendar and find out more here.

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Voice of a BDI member

Dr Mohamed Kameshki

Dr. Mohamed Kameshki is a renowned Bahraini consultant and social responsibility advocate. Over his 25 year professional career, he has advised numerous local companies in various sectors on their strategy formulation, operational excellence, customer satisfaction and human capital resourcing. Appointed by the Sovereign Fund of Bahrain (Mumtalakat), Dr. Kameshki served on board of Bahrain Flour Mills for two terms (2008–2014) and currently serves on the Board of Aluminum Bahrain.


­The role of board directors is crucial to driving change and executing on Vision 2030

Riyadh, 2 October 2016 – More than 70 chairmen and board directors convened in Riyadh at the 4th Chairman Summit, organised by the GCC Board Directors Institute (BDI) in partnership with Saudi Aramco. His Excellency, Eng. Khalid A. Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), inaugurated the summit with keynote remarks, followed by a discussion with the audience which was moderated by Mohammed Al Shroogi, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Investcorp, and Chairman, GCC BDI.

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GCC BDI invites you to take part in the region’s first board directors’ remuneration survey.

“This survey will enable participating companies to more effectively structure board directors’ remuneration and ensure alignment to current market practices and regulations.”

GCC BDI, in collaboration with Heidrick and Struggles, is pleased to invite your organisation to participate in our survey on regional board directors’ remuneration.
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GCC BDI Networking Events

Reserve your seat today for our next BDI Alumni dinner in Bahrain, 6 December 2016

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Reserve your seat today for our upcoming workshop “The Effective Board Secretary, Manama – Bahrain”

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