This article first appeared in The National, The UAE. Lubna Qassim is no career diplomat, but in her varied legal and political career, she has had the privilege of walking the corridors of power in London and Dubai. These days, as well as being executive ...

This article first appeared in The Oath legal magazine. The chief group general counsel and company secretary of Emirates  NBD leads with grit and grace, mastering her skills to drive her passion to support the UAE in achieving its global ambitions. ...

Whistleblowing is rarely out of the news and the recent Barclays case has once again raised key questions about how companies should handle these difficult situations. But one angle that is not much discussed is the issue of how to distinguish between ...

  This article first appeared online at The Legal 500 Series website. The Middle East has been a changeable place in the recent past. There is no doubt that the market downturn has directly impacted the legal teams that service both domestic and ...

Governance in family businesses is often seen as being outside of or behind governance in corporates.  Yet actually, there are areas where corporates could learn from family businesses – not least in the long term vision they have to ensure they survive ...

Our language, beliefs, cultures, tastes, attitudes and politics have developed over centuries and are what make each of our nations unique. Unsurprisingly, our business practices have evolved in an equally as diverse pattern and, despite the increasing ...

A few days ago I had a shock.  I was having a quiet time with my four year old in the early evening – he was sitting on my lap with iPad watching Spiderman and I was reading a book.  It was a peaceful and happy moment. I was glancing at the iPad now ...

Succession planning is now seen as a key governance issue.  But can you really plan succession, who should plan for it – and who should be covered with a succession plan? In this article I want to share views from academics and governance experts as ...

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This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #beboldforchange. I will be speaking at Clifford Chance’s event on the issue of more women in the C-suite and on boards. We have all been talking about this for a long time – so many women I know ...

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I recently spent an interesting afternoon researching who are the world’s leading writers on corporate governance – journalists, bloggers, authors and tweeters.  I was surprised not to find more, so I have decided to share who I found and ask others ...

What is the secret ingredient of corporate culture?  This was the question asked at Hawkamah’s 10th annual conference on Corporate Culture where I was delighted to be a speaker.  Of course, culture is such a critical part of governance. As Hawkamah ...

I was delighted to speak at the UN Global Compact, hosted in Dubai last month.  The focus of the day was the contribution of the private sector in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – our session was looking at helping to achieve ...