Join the first cohort of the Emerging Board Leaders Fellowship, board accelerator, powered by HSBC!

  • Are you a socially and environmentally conscious leader with the skills and potential for effective directorship?
  • Are you looking to hone your skills and build your self-confidence to prepare for a board position, with the support of a mentor?
  • Are you looking to understand how corporate and organization board directors address the continual challenge of aligning the interests of the board, management, shareholders, and stakeholders with ESG?
  • Do you seek to add value to your organization through integrating emerging and exponential technologies critical to our changing world, within the context of Industry 4.0 and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Web 3.0?
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Program at a Glance

Diversity On Board is proud to launch the inaugural Emerging Board Leaders Fellowship (EBL) board accelerator, powered by HSBC. The Fellowship is designed to accelerate high-potential, exceptional, Arab and North African women and men, on their path to the boardroom.

Fellows will gain the necessary fiduciary, risk and governance skills, support, and mentorship to qualify as competitive and effective board directors, as well as the exposure and access to networks for board placement. With the current global humanitarian and economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, additional dimensions to the responsiveness of leadership and upper management will be integrated into the program.

Consequently, the fellowship will heavily emphasize climate risks, and environment, social and governance (ESG) issues. Fellows are expected to make a commitment to ESG in their current work and future directorship roles. The program will also incorporate emerging and exponential technologies critical to our changing world within the context of Industry 4.0 and Web 3.0.

Interested to learn more? You can watch our Emerging Board Leaders Fellowship Informational Webinar with the Diversity on Board team, joined by inspiring speakers: David Eldon, Director, HSBC Asia Pacific, Member of Steering Committee, 30 Percent Club (Hong Kong), and Former Chairman of HSBC Bank Middle East, and Sabrin Rahman, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability for Europe and the Middle East, HSBC Bank Middle East. Watch on-demand Here

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Fellowship Overview

The Emerging Board Leaders Fellowship is designed to amplify the skills and accelerate the progress of candidates who are almost board-ready and need one final catalyst. We believe that by supporting these socially and environmentally conscious leaders with the skills for effective directorship, they will be in positions to advance the diversity, equity and inclusion agenda within the organizations and communities they serve. We also believe in gender equity and align with the 30% Club in designing a fellowship that is gender-inclusive rather than focused on one gender only.

For candidates who don’t fit the Eligibility Criteria, we provide resources in our freely accessible ‘Pathway to the Boardroom’ learning library. Sign up to our mailing list below to get notified when it launches!

  • Of Arab or North African origin, both women and men (holding any nationality, including that of non-Arab countries).
  • Between the ages of 28-45 years during 2022.
  • Able to commit for the duration of the program.
  • C-Level experience, or a founder of a small/medium organization, or senior official at a small/medium non-corporate institution e.g. government and nonprofit.
  • At least 10 years of recognized achievements, leadership, and outstanding professional work experience.
  • Experience and skills in Financial Literacy, Corporate Law, Human Resources, Audit/Risk; or in critical areas related to our changing world e.g. Cyber Security, Big Data, AI, ESG, etc.
  • Highly strategic, critical thinker demonstrating future foresight.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence.
  • Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills. High levels of emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrates a personal commitment to serve/impact society and the environment. Participates in the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Desire for personal and career growth throughout and beyond the duration of the program.

* Applicants with board experience in a listed company are NOT eligible to apply. However, those with or without experience serving on non-listed companies, government, nonprofit, social enterprise, scientific, and other boards are encouraged to apply.

The board accelerator will consist of 4 virtual program modules, which will be delivered over 12 non-consecutive days over the course of 3 months. Fellows will also be matched with a mentor. The mentoring relationship may extend beyond the 3-month period, should both parties wish to continue.  The program will also actively support fellows in board placement for up to 12-months post-fellowship.

  1. How do I apply to the Emerging Board Leaders Fellowship?

Apply here.

  1. Won’t encouraging my peers to apply negatively affect my chances of being selected?

Encouraging your peers to apply will be viewed favorably by our evaluators. We are seeking candidates who lift others up with them and adopt a collaborative “expanding the pie” mentality versus one of limited opportunities and scarcity.

  1. When is the deadline for submitting the application the Emerging Board Leaders Fellowship?

January 15, 2022 at 11:59PM Bahrain time (GMT+3).

  1. When does the actual Program start and what is the time commitment?

The program is expected to kick-off in May with 12 days of virtual, non-consecutive, modules taking place over the course of 3 months. Fellows will also be paired with a mentor; this relationship may extend beyond the 3-month program if both parties wish to continue. We will also be actively supporting fellows in board placement for up to one year post-fellowship.

  1. What are the language requirements of the fellowship?

All candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. In the future French and Arabic maybe included.

  1. I have served on a Board can I submit for the fellowship?

Applicants with experience serving on the board of a listed company are NOT eligible to apply. However, those with and without experience serving on non-listed company, government, nonprofit, social enterprise, scientific and other boards are encouraged to apply.

  1. Which nationalities can apply?

While gender inequity is a global phenomenon, women of Arab and North African origin are disproportionately under-represented compared with their non-Arab counterparts—both in the Arab world and internationally. Therefore, only Arab and North African candidates (holding nationality from any country) are eligible to apply. For example, a U.S. citizen of Arab origin is eligible to apply.

  1. Do I need recommendation letters?

If you are shortlisted, you will be expected to provide 2 written recommendation letters from employers, business partners, mentors, and board member, peers. Therefore, we highly recommend you start reaching out to prospective references early in your application process.

If you are shortlisted for a virtual interview, we will also contact the three references you provide in your application form.

  1. Where will the Fellowship be based?

The Emerging Board Leaders Fellowship will be held virtually.

  1. How will I find out about the status of my application?

You will receive an email from our team confirming your application submission. Candidates will be notified of their advancement to the next phase of the screening process as soon as relevant information is available.

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