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Implementing effective corporate governance in the UAE

Helping you strengthen your corporate governance practices

24 March 2019 - 25 March 2019, 8:30AM - 4:00PM, GST Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Course overview

Targeted at those professionals who are in charge of governance, risk management and secretarial
roles, the course encourages professionals to understand, challenge and improve the current
governance framework of their organizations.

The key elements of corporate governance included in the course are:
– Shareholder rights
– Governance operating model
– Board and board committees
– Suitability and development of directors
– Responsibility and accountability of the CEO and executive management
– Management structure and reporting lines
– Delegation of authority and decision making powers
– Governance culture
– Secretarial practices
– Governance reporting and disclosure

Who should attend

This course is highly recommended for:

–– Professionals in charge of governance
–– Company secretaries
–– Risk management professionals
–– Compliance professionals
–– Internal audit professionals
–– Professionals interested in understanding leading corporate governance practices


Participants who attend all sessions will be awarded a KPMG certificate of attendance.

Course fees*

Early bird offer (before 24 February 2019) - US$1,695

Participant fee - US$1,895

*Please note that the fee quoted is exclusive of VAT and the fee for the course shall be increased by the quantum of VAT, as applicable under the law.


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Day one Day two

What is corporate governance?
– Overview of corporate governance
– Principal-agent theory
– Corporate governance defined by various bodies

Why corporate governance?
– Benefits of corporate governance for key stakeholders

Corporate governance failures – case study
– Background for WorldCom’s corporate failure
– The downfall of WorldCom
– The WorldCom catastrophe

Corporate governance elements
– Shareholder matrix in corporate governance
– Key elements of corporate governance
– Establishing good corporate governance
– Benefits of implementing corporate governance

Three lines of defense
– Governance assurance structure
– Role of the following:
– Risk management
– Compliance
– Internal audit

Corporate governance survey results
– Driving corporate culture from the top
– Improving the quality of boardroom conversations

Global codes and international standards
– UK Corporate Governance Code
– South Africa’s King IV CG Code
– OECD guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises
– Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
– Basel Committee on Banking Supervision








Board of directors

– Responsibilities of the board and non-executive directors
– Board composition
– Board qualification
– Focus on board composition
– Board structure and committees
– Role of the chair of the board and board committees

Independence of directors
– Concept of independence
– Definition of independent director

Board committees
– Overview of types of board committees
– Characteristics of all board committees
– Roles and responsibilities of the following:
– Audit committee
– Risk committee
– Nomination committee
– Remuneration committee
– Compensation of board and senior management
– The 2018 audit committee agenda

Board evaluation
– Competency assessment framework
– Approach to conducting board evaluation
– Categories of board evaluation

Disclosure and transparency
– Contents of annual governance report

Related party transaction and conflict
of interest management

– Conflict of interest
– Related party transactions

Company secretary and investor relations
– Role of the following:
– Company secretary
– Investor relations