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Alumni news: Hind Al Ali appointed to board of National General Insurance

[Aurora50 template] Hind Al Ali
Suzanne Locke 8 June 2022
Another Pathway20 participant has been appointed to an independent board role: Hind Al Ali has been made a board director at National General Insurance.
Ms Al Ali, a senior supply chain manager for Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), was appointed to NGI, which is listed on the Dubai Financial Market, in April 2022.
She is also a member of NGI’s audit, risk and compliance committee and was recently elected to the board of directors of EGA Singapore, a subsidiary overseeing the company’s operations in Asia.
Industrial experience
She has over 12 years of experience in the industrial sector, with extensive knowledge across the full supply value chain including commercial, operations and logistics.
She heads up alumina procurement within the EGA supply chain and is responsible for the supply of the key raw material into UAE smelters – at Dh6bn, that represents around 30 percent of the company’s cost structure.
Ms Al Ali has been involved in the metals and mining industry for over a decade and is responsible for the procurement of alumina globally, valued at $1.7bn. She was previously part of Mubadala investment company focusing on their industrial investments.   
Her responsibilities included asset management, merger and acquisition deals, structured finance where she worked with major commercial banks globally and government export-import banks (EXIMs) to raise over $5bn of debt, developing commercial strategies and exploring business development opportunities.
‘Unlocking opportunities’
Ms Al Ali started the Pathway20 programme in February 2022. A month later, after her very first workshop on profile-building, she created a list of target companies and applied for the NGI board role.
“Everyone has a network they’re familiar with; however it comes down to effort in reaching out and unlocking opportunities,” Ms Al Ali said of her board appointment.
“This time around I had a clear roadmap, reached out and eventually saw the benefits.”
Three alumnae in new board roles
Two other Pathway20 alumnae have won independent board roles after graduating from the accelerator programme.
  • Fatima Al Fahim , senior vice president of technology and tech-enabled services investments at Mubadala, was appointed a board director to Abu Dhabi-based Arkan Building Materials, where she is also a member of the audit and risk committee.
  • And Mariam Balfaqeh , secured a board seat at Takaful Emarat.
Nurturing women’s board careers
Pathway20 is the region’s only board career accelerator dedicated solely to building the pipeline of highly competent women board directors and connecting them to boards.
Within Aurora50’s 12-month board director programme we provide:
  • Carefully chosen, expert mentors;
  • Regularly updated workshops that focus on today’s biggest board-level challenges and business-critical topics; and
  • Bespoke group coaching sessions to personally nurture each woman’s board career.