Certificate in Family Business

Certificate in Family Business

Program Details:

Family owned businesses comprise the backbone of the private sector activity in the Middle East and Asia. But as these businesses mature, their chance for surviving diminishes. Only 30% make it to the second generation, and a mere 13% to the third. Furthermore, as the business environment changes, geopolitical risks abound, regulation evolves, and the family structure expands, family businesses are at a critical point. In this three-day intense course, we teach families how to anticipate and understand these challenges, and we help them overcome them by designing a formal succession plan that balances both family and business interests.


  • Understand the constraints facing family-owned enterprises.
  • Understand the need and options for planning succession.
  • Design the ownership structure.
  • Design the management structure.
  • Design the family governance and corporate governance structure.


Agenda (subject to change): 

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration 



8:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Family Business Overview: Challenges and Opportunities

Why Planning Succession?  

Designing the Family Governance Structure 

10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.


Designing the Ownership I 

Designing the Corporate Governance Structure 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch - Speaker I

Networking Lunch - Speaker II 

Networking Lunch - Speaker III 

1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Constraints I

Designing the Ownership structure II 

Project: Brainstorming 

3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Constraints II

Designing the Management Structure

Project: Presentation

Award Ceremony


Who Should Attend?

  • Family business owners and family members 
  • Founders and family members   
  • Executives working in family businesses


About the Speakers:

YupnaDr. Yupana Wiwattanakantang
Associate Professor at NUS Business School, National University of Singapore.

Dr. Yupana Wiwattanakantang is associate professor at NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. Her research and teaching are focused on family business. She is analyzing strengths and weaknesses of family business. Her research in particular succession has been featured in international media such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Bloomberg, Independent (UK), and Business Times (Singapore) as well as various blogs, namely Harvard Law School’s Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and Freak Economics. She has been invited to present her research at renowned universities worldwide such as the Harvard Business School, Columbia University, INSEAD, London Business School, Peking University, and banks namely, the World Bank, European Central Bank, Central Bank of Finland, and the Bank of Japan. 


Photo of Alexis AntoniadesDr. Alexis Antoniades 
Associate Professor and Director of International Economics, Georgetown University in Qatar

Dr. Alexis Antoniades is an associate professor and director of International Economics at Georgetown University in Qatar. A Fulbright scholar with a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, he is an expert on International Finance and on the economies of the Gulf. Antoniades, who previously worked as an assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, was awarded a $1,050,000 research grant (2009-2012) by the Qatar National Research Fund to undertake the first micro-study on the economies of the Gulf countries, and a $867,000 research grant to use social media and analyze sentiment in the Arab World (2014-2017) in collaboration with colleagues from Qatar University. In recognition of his expertise, Princeton University awarded him the Niehaus Fellowship in 2012 – a  fellowship given to the most talented scholar on issues of Globalization and Governance. He then spent the 2012-2013 academic year at Princeton University where he also became a member of the European Union Program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.



Program Prerequisites:

There are no pre-requisites for this course

For inquiries, please contact Director of International Economics, Dr. Alexis Antoniades, at +974 4457-8288 or click here for email. 

Download Brochure