Successful Family Business Boards

Successful Family Business Boards

Board Structures and Communication

This Seminar addressed how family businesses can learn from best practice and customize it to their company and family culture. It discussed the crucial issue of family business governance: the building of successful and efficient boards. With the importance of professionalising board structures becoming more prevalent, there is an added dimension for family businesses as the board also serves as a channel of communication between family members, owners, and the executive management.


  • Mr. Jürgen Fischer, Chairman of the Board Moevenpick Hotels and Resorts Non-executive Director, Orascom Development Holding
  • Ms. Randa Bahsoun, Partner PWC, UAE 
  • Mrs. Lamees Al Ashtal, Executive Director Middle East, Russell Reynolds Associates UK
  • Mr. Amir Ahmad, Partner, Pinsent Masons, UAE 
  • Mr. Osama Hassan, Partner, Pinsent Masons


  • Board dynamics and challenges for efficiency
  • The legal framework of the Board and the responsibility of directors
  • Recruiting and training the right Board members
  • The role of the Chairman
  • How to build early warning systems of Board malfunction
  • How to create an effective board culture
  • Optimal environment for good governance
  • How to recruit a new board member
  • Board successes and failures


The session was aimed at members of family businesses from across the MENA region who have an interest in exploring and analyzing the role of board of directors.


Dubai, UAE