Here we are at the end of the year already and we feel like we have
hurtled here at top speed.
Then in June, we released our first research
, which details the five steps we think aspiring women should take to reach
the board in under a decade, in association with the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of
Government and sponsored by ADNOC.
Women on listed UAE boards more than double
In Non-executive Board Careers in the UAE: A Path to Gender
Balance, we also proudly revealed that the number of women in UAE listed board
seats has risen from 3.5 percent to 8.9 percent in the two years since Aurora50 began life,
with gender balance on boards as its original mission.
, our first accelerator, has had an
amazing year, and we are elated that some 84 percent of participants now have a board role.
This year, looking at independent roles:
Al Hammadi, COO of AD Ports Group’s KEZAD Group, was made a trustee of the
prestigious Khalifa University board
Al Ali, senior supply chain manager for Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), was
appointed to National General Insurance’s board and its audit, risk and compliance
Al Fahim, senior vice president of technology and tech-enabled services
investments at Mubadala, was appointed to Arkan Building Materials and its audit and
We ran the GLOW
Opportunities for Women) in-house leadership accelerator with AD Ports Group for the second
time this summer.
Spreading our wings
We launched Gateway
a series of live, virtual workshops for aspiring women board directors for the first time in
And Aurora50 widened its remit to cover diversity, equity and inclusion
(DEI) at all levels, with the launch of AIM
accelerator for high-potential women, and Table
, a series of curated group conversations to help organisations activate their
DEI strategies. Read more about why
we spread our wings here
In May, we and the UAE mourned the death of HH Sheikh
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
, president of the UAE – a man passionate about
empowering women to take an equal place in society. And we were saddened by the death of
Queen Elizabeth II in September, the longest-reigning woman in history and a role model for
many female leaders.
COP 27 and the SDGs
The report said that, in the finance sector, “pioneering Middle Eastern
women and women-led initiatives are driving positive change and equality in a traditionally
male-dominated global sector”.
SDG 5 pledge
This month, 15 more private-sector companies signed the Gender
Balance Council’s SDG 5 Pledge
(named after the UN’s SDG 5, gender equality) to put
women in 30 percent of executive roles by 2025. It takes the total of private-sector
companies who have pledged this year to 39.
And Argentina took the World Cup home from Qatar in one of football’s
best ever finals, with Morocco the first African team to reach the semi-finals and the first
Arab nation to advance beyond the round of 16.
So that was 2022! We’re excited already for what the new year will bring.
Emiratisation and COP 28
In January, we see the new family
come into effect, which will provide fresh opportunities for
independent board directors. We also see penalties come into effect for private-sector
companies failing to meet the Emiratisation
set this year.
Aurora50 sees the quota as a great way for companies to become both
‘glocal’ and truly inclusive.
And we look forward to Expo City hosting COP 28 from 30 November, which
will kickstart the UAE’s 2031 objectives for both sustainability and diplomacy by achieving
“leaps” in climate neutrality and cementing strong foreign relations.
We hope 2022 has been good to you too. We wish you happy holidays if you
have time off and all the best for 2023.