The goal for female representation at board level is 20% for UAE listed companies. However, female nominations remain low making this difficult to achieve. Our research and work with corporates has shown that board ready women exist, yet gaining board-level experience and access to build networks with boards is challenging.

As an initiative, we support women identified by their employers or those recently appointed to boards with a tailor-made training and development programme. Our comprehensive solution enables women to build the required skills, networks and understanding to succeed in purposeful board careers. Through our annual development programme and partnerships with leading UAE institutions, we are strengthening the pipeline of female board talent.

We are guided by our Steering Committee, comprising of Aurora50 co-founders and senior representatives from leading organisations with considerable boardroom experience. 

The committee is chaired by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa al Nahyan, supported by well-respected independent and executive board directors with considerable global and regional board experience. Our steering committee members provide high-level oversight and pragmatic support to the initiative, ensuring that the development programme is relevant to future board directors, in line with global and regional trends. 

Steering Committee

Chief Executive Officer
Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority (ESCA)

H.E. Dr. Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi has over 28 years of work experience in financial legislation, accounting, banking, finance and investment, and Shari’ah-compliant finance.

CEO, Adnoc Lng
Board Member, Adnoc Offshore

Mrs. Al Nuaimi has been the CEO of ADNOC LNG since 2018.  During her 20-year career in the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Group, Mrs. Fatema has held a variety of management and technical positions.

Senior Advisor
Mubadala Investment Company

Ahmed Al Mazrouei has been with Mubadala since 2005 where he started as Head of Human Resources. From 2007 onwards, he has worked on restructuring projects and external secondments at various entities.

Chair, Mopar Media
Non-Executive Director, OSN

Sangeeta Desai is an experienced investor and C-level executive, and currently serves on number of listed and private boards globally. She brings a unique combination of strategic, operating and financial experience to her board roles

Deputy CEO
Shuaa Capital

Mustafa Kheriba is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Group Head of Asset Management at Shuaa Capital. Mustafa manages the investment activities and business development aspects of the Group.


A business and finance graduate from the University of Westminster, Diana Wilde is a business leader with 20+ years of experience across strategy and business development. 


in the first cohort of the Pathway20 development programme

Corporate Partners

have pledged their commitment and support to board-level gender diversity

Average Satisfaction Score

candidates score out of 5 on overall programme structure and delivery