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World Chambers Competition

The World Chambers Competition started in 2003 and is an integral part of the World Chambers Congress. Organised by the ICC World Chambers Federation, it is the only global award that recognises the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry. In highlighting the success of local initiatives, the Competition serves to inspire the creation of pioneering and beneficial chamber solutions for business communities worldwide.

  • The Competition platform is now closed.
  • Once selected, shortlisted finalists of each category will present their pioneering projects at the Congress.
The Competition categories

Best Chamber Model Innovation project

Recognising chambers that have worked with Chamber Model Innovation (CMI) framework. The CMI enables Chambers to become resilient and forward looking by harnessing power of data and designing services that meet customers’ needs.

Best gender equality project

Recognising chambers that have implemented successful gender balance initiatives, showing positive outcomes for the sustainable development of chambers and/or their local communities.

Best partnership project

Recognising chambers that have led partnerships with public, private or other stakeholders that successfully advance multilateral objectives.

Best unconventional project

Recognising chambers that have developed unique and pioneering innovative projects in an activity not typically associated with their everyday mission and objectives, while increasing job creation and enhancing local economies.


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Hamad Buamim

Chair of the World Chambers Competition

Honorary Chair, ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF), United Arab Emirates.

Hamad Buamim was President and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce from April 2006 until September 2022 . He serves as the Chair of Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC). Educated in the United States, Mr Buamim graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds an MBA with Honors in Finance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC).

Mr Buamim is also Chair of National General Insurance (PJSC), member of the board of directors of Dubai World, and Dubai Islamic Bank (PJSC).

He has served on the boards of various organisations including the UAE Central Bank, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), EmiratesNBD Bank (PJSC), Emirates Financial Services, ENBD Capital, Kerzner International, Atlantis the Palm Hotel, City Center Las Vegas (Aria Resort), Union Properties (PJSC) and Network International.