Professional Director Development

A key part of our mission is to build better board director capabilities and we do that at GCC BDI by sharing best board practices and effective corporate governance, in order to raise the level of board effectiveness in the GCC.

Our two essential core director workshops are:

  1. Foundations of Directorship; and
  2. Mastering the Boardroom 

They are built around the 6 Pillars of Board Effectiveness, as outlined below.




In addition topics vary from year to year dependency on demand and global trends, but we offer a range of other workshops to broaden and deepen directors’ knowledge and skills. These include:


  1. Corporate Finance
  2. Finance for Non-Finance Directors level 1 and level 2
  3. IT Governance and Cyber Security
  4. Joint Venture Directorship – Global Best Practices
  5. Latest Trends and Best Practices for Board Directors 
  6. Managing Conflicts of Interest
  7. The Audit Committee 
  8. The Effective Board Secretary
  9. The Effective Director - Adding Value to your Board
  10. The Nomination and Remuneration Committee
  11. The Role of the Chairman, CEO and Board Secretary
  12. The Role of the Independent Director
  13. Risk Management
  14. Risk Prevention, Crisis Management and Crisis Communications
  15. Strategic Scenario Planning



We carefully select participants to maintain regional and industry balance within each workshop and to enrich the learning experience for all attendees. Interested board directors must meet the following criteria to be accepted in all our workshops:

  • Holds the post of director for a minimum of three years and has been in business for a minimum of seven years
  • Director responsible for the strategic direction in the following types of organization:
    • Not-for-profit organization with proven track record
    • Publicly listed-companies with market capitalization above $300 million
    • Government-owned with revenues above $300 million
    • Privately-owned companies with market revenues above $300 million
  • Commitment: full availability and presence during the workshop
  • Fluent in English



Each workshop or module is self-contained and is eligible for Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD). Each participant will receive an attendance certificate after completion of the workshop.


Training Methodology

Our workshops are delivered using the very best in adult learning techniques and are based on Kolb’s learning cycle:




Every module is designed to:

1. Motivate: stimulate the thinking of each participant through various training techniques
2. Inform: present the material in a clear and concise way
3. Strategise: create discussion and feedback through case studies and self-assessments to allow each participant space to import the learning into their own environment
4. Apply: each session will include an action ideas sheet for participants to populate and take back to their enterprise, providing the chance to identify any barriers or red flags to importing the learning

The workshops are designed to be highly interactive through the use of icebreakers, discussion groups, case studies, film and media and interactive assessments at the appropriate level.



For each workshop, we draw on the expertise and knowledge of a wide range of faculty – local, regional and international – including our Content Partners: McKinsey & Co., PwC, Heidrick & Struggles and Allen & Overy.

In each case, we assemble the best team of faculty to meet the workshops objectives. All our faculty have wide experience in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Asia and offer deep expertise in a broad range of relevant topics and business activities.

For more information on individual faculty members, see the Faculty section or click here