Upcoming Events

September

11 September 2017

IT Governance and Cyber Security - What Boards Need to Know - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
11 September 2017 - 11 September 2017
Venue: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2000 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2200 USD

Description:
In collaboration with PWC

Company data holds acute importance for every business. The rising threats in information security incidents and cyber crime makes this a critical requirement and key risk for any business.

Objectives:

-To highlight the role of leadership in strategizing, governing and leading a cyber security program.
-To present the current cyber threats that impose a risk
-To gain an understanding on the kind of capabilities that today’s hacker possess and what tactics they use in order to infiltrate and compromise an environment.
-To demonstrate various hacking case studies to clearly emphasize on how hackers strategize and attack your environment
-To understand how you can initiate a cyber security program.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is suitable for senior board directors, board secretaries or C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or a Board Committee, the Senior Executives who have responsibility for a cyber security.

Facilitators:
Wael Ahmed Fattouh


Wael is a Partner in the IT Risk Assurance practice. Wael studied and lived in the United States for many years and that is where he started his PwC career working with our US office for three years before moving back to the Middle East firm. Prior to that, he was an IT project manager with Nike, managing large international projects. Qualifications • BS in Information Systems Management (USA). • BS in Business Management (USA). • Minor of Science in Computer Science (USA). • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). • Certified ISO27000 Lead Auditor • Certified ITIL V3 • Certified ISO20000 Lead Auditor / Implementer • Certified BS25999 Lead Auditor















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27 September 2017 - 28 September 2017

Developing an Ethical Work Culture - The Role of the Board - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
27 September 2017 - 28 September 2017
Venue: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
There is a proven link between the ethics of an organization, and its success and sustainability. Workplaces that are shaped by ethical values and standards can contribute to higher staff morale, deeper employment commitment, and increased productivity. Ethical workplaces are also more attractive to job seekers, and help organizations to retain their human talent.

In this two-day workshop that has been designed for Board members and C-suite, international expert on ethics and governance, Prof Deon Rossouw from The Ethics Institute, will guide participants in governing and managing an ethical work culture. Drawing on his extensive international experience, he will guide participants in understanding the dynamics of an ethical work culture. Directors and Executives will discover their roles and responsibilities in cultivating an ethical work culture.

The workshop is designed to be highly interactive through the use of icebreakers, discussion groups, case studies, film and media and interactive assessments.

This two-day programme on "Developing an Ethical Work Culture" will be structured as follows:

Day 1
• Introduction to Ethical Work Culture
• Factors that influence Ethical Work Culture
• The impact of an Ethical Work Culture on organizational performance

Day 2
• The process of building / changing an Ethical Work Culture
• Valued-based leadership in organizations
• The role of the board in developing an Ethical Work Culture

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for senior board directors, board secretaries or C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or who report to the Board, or who have the responsibility for implementing a Code of Ethics in the organization.

Facilitators:
Prof Deon Rossouw


Prof. Deon Rossouw studied at Stellenbosch University where he also was chairman of the student representative council. His academic career started at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg where he became Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department and served on the Executive Committee of the University. In 2004, he moved to the University of Pretoria where he was Head of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Centre for Business and Professional Ethics. During 2008 to 2009, he spent a year as Program Executive for Business Ethics at the Globethics.net Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently he is the CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa and Extraordinary Professor in Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch. Deon Rossouw is an internationally recognized expert in Business Ethics and the Ethics of Corporate Governance. He wrote several books on business ethics and published in leading international journals. He was the Founding President of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa) and served as President of the International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics (ISBEE). He served as a member of the Research Team for the Second King Report on Corporate Governance, and was a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Third King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa. He currently serves on the main committee of the Fourth King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa. He has been recognized as a Chartered Director by the Institute of Directors of South Africa. Deon has extensive training and consulting experience in the private, public and professional sectors in South Africa, but also in other African countries and in Europe. He serves in both executive and non-executive capacity as director on a number of boards.















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October

01 October 2017

Alumni Networking Dinner - Al Khobar, KSA
Networking Dinner
01 October 2017 - 01 October 2017
Venue: Al Khobar
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 0 USD
Price (Non-Members): 0 USD

Description:

You are cordially invited to attend an exclusive BDI Alumni Dinner.

This will be an evening of fine dining, meaningful networking and interesting insights with BDI Members from around the GCC region.

This complimentary event is designed to encourage connections and community among our prestigious network of board directors, it is also an opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumnus and meet new members.

Please RSVP today to vaoa.kerr@gccbdi.org

1 October 2017
6.30pm,
Al Khobar, KSA

"...But equally useful and enjoyable were networking opportunities with other distinguished people attending the workshops with different backgrounds/ expertise, and from different industries and countries; I have learned from them and made new friends"

Prof. Ibrahim A. Kadi, Director, Saudi Telecom Company and BDI Member

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03 October 2017 - 04 October 2017

Foundations of Directorship - Al Khobar, KSA
Open Workshop
03 October 2017 - 04 October 2017
Venue: Al Khobar
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
OVERVIEW:
The Foundations of Directorship is a 2-day workshop which deals with contemporary issues and challenges that typically face GCC boards today. Through discussions and pragmatic experience-sharing, facilitators and participants explore and analyse potential solutions, tools and effective practices.

OBJECTIVES:
The workshop addresses two of the primary objectives of the GCC Board Director Institute:
• To help build board member effectiveness and capabilities through the sharing of best practices and experiences;
• To create a regional network of board members by providing venues and opportunities to network between regional board members, professional advisors and senior executives.

This interactive workshop is built around the six pillars of Board Effectiveness.

1. Board composition and directors’ capabilities
2. Director duties and responsibilities
3. Board structure, processes and protocols
4. Delivery on roles of the board
5. Effective board dynamics
6. Board review and renewal

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for board directors with a minimum of 3 years experience but also for seasoned directors wanting to update themselves on the latest trends for boards.

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November

01 November 2017

Chairman Summit - Riyadh, KSA
Chairman Summit
01 November 2017 - 01 November 2017
Venue: Al Faisaliah Hotel
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 0 USD
Price (Non-Members): 0 USD

Description:
5th Chairman Summit
Riyadh - KSA

Title :  THE WORLD IN TRANSITION
in collaboration with Morgan Stanley
By Invitation Only

GCC BDI Chairman Summit is a unique and exclusive, high level annual event bringing together senior chairmen, business leaders, regulators and practioners from the region to stimulate dialogue on key board issues and various topics of interest while also offering an excellent platform for networking, discussion, and peer sharing.

Al Faisaliah Hotel
Riyadh- KSA
12:00 pm to 19: 00pm
Followed by Dinner

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Morgan Stanley

06 November 2017

The World of Directorship - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
06 November 2017 - 08 November 2017
Venue: Burj Daman Building - DIFC
CPD Points: 24
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
Do you want to become a more effective director?

Do you want to gain greater understanding of the duties and roles of a director?

Would you like to immediately improve your board performance and decision making?

Do you want to make a long lasting impact on your development as a director or aspiring director?
This 3 day program is designed to provide aspiring and new directors with an overview and update of the principles and concepts underpinning corporate governance and the duties and responsibilities of directors.

Discussions are focused on the importance of corporate governance, the frameworks and models that can be used to implement the practices and the duties and responsibilities of directors in executing sound governance practice.

Who Should Attend?
This 3 day program is designed to provide aspiring and new directors with an overview and update of the principles and concepts underpinning corporate governance and the duties and responsibilities of directors. It is also suitable for Board Secretaries and C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or who report to the Board.

Facilitators:
Dr Chris Pierce


Dr Pierce is the CEO of Global Governance Services Ltd. He works with policy makers, directors and boards in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the US and South America. Prior to becoming CEO, he was the Director of Professional Standards and Development at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the UK. He has also held senior management positions in the Overseas Development Administration, British Airways and Leeds Business School. Over the last fifteen years Chris has worked as an advisor to the boards of many of the largest listed companies, banks, sovereign wealth funds, stock exchanges and financial institutions around the World. He has chaired the World Bank Corporate Governance Code Development Workshops for the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) on a number of occassions in Egypt and Jordan.















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09 November 2017

The Effective Board Secretary- Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
09 November 2017 - 09 November 2017
Venue: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2000 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2200 USD

Description:
In an era where meaningful innovation is needed in the field of governance, it is time to begin the effort to review and enhance the role of Board Secretary. This role has the potential to greatly impact the quality and application of good corporate governance and enhance the organization’s ability to carry out their vital missions.

The Board, particularly the Chairman, relies on the board secretary to advise them not only on directors’ statutory duties under the law, disclosure obligations and listing rule requirements but also corporate governance requirements and practices and effective board processes. This specialized role of the modern board secretary has emerged to position them as one of the key governance professionals within the organization. As board members are required to spend more time on the exercise of their duties, it is even more important that their time is spent on the most value-adding activities. A Board Secretary professionalizes the interactions among board members and ensures that the board remains focused on crucial issues. It is a professional role that requires professional skills.

WORKSHOP OUTLINE
This 1 day interactive workshop has been designed for experienced board secretaries wishing to keep up to date with the latest best practices and for new board secretaries wishing to improve their knowledge and skills. This one-day session offers a comprehensive overview of the administrative and statutory duties of the Board Secretary as follows:
 Overview of the administrative and statutory duties of the Board Secretary
 Corporate Governance duties
 Compliance responsibilities
 Effective Board Meetings
 Director Induction, Board Evaluation and Director Evaluation

Facilitators:
Dr Chris Pierce


Dr Pierce is the CEO of Global Governance Services Ltd, a Chartered Board Secretary and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He works with policy makers, directors and boards in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the US and South America. He was previously Director of Professional Standards and Development at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the UK. He has also held senior management positions in the Overseas Development Administration, British Airways and Leeds Business School. Over the last fifteen years Dr Pierce has worked as an advisor to the boards of many of the largest listed companies, banks, sovereign wealth funds, stock exchanges and financial institutions around the World. He has chaired the World Bank Corporate Governance Code Development Workshops for the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) on a number of occasions in Egypt and Jordan. Dr Pierce has written many books that including 2012: “Corporate Governance in the Gulf”. In 2014 he was awarded the Bertin Medal in Sweden by the International Academy for Quality for his contribution to Corporate Governance worldwide over the last decade.















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12 November 2017 - 13 November 2017

Foundations of Directorship - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
12 November 2017 - 13 November 2017
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
OVERVIEW:
The Foundations of Directorship is a 2-day workshop which deals with contemporary issues and challenges that typically face GCC boards today. Through discussions and pragmatic experience-sharing, facilitators and participants explore and analyse potential solutions, tools and effective practices.

OBJECTIVES:
The workshop addresses two of the primary objectives of the GCC Board Director Institute:
• To help build board member effectiveness and capabilities through the sharing of best practices and experiences;
• To create a regional network of board members by providing venues and opportunities to network between regional board members, professional advisors and senior executives.

This interactive workshop is built around the six pillars of Board Effectiveness.
1. Board composition and directors’ capabilities
2. Director duties and responsibilities
3. Board structure, processes and protocols
4. Delivery on roles of the board
5. Effective board dynamics
6. Board review and renewal

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for board directors with a minimum of 3 years experience but also for seasoned directors wanting to update themselves on the latest trends for boards.

Facilitators:


















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14 November 2017 - 15 November 2017

Mastering the Boardroom - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
14 November 2017 - 15 November 2017
Venue: RIYADH
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
Mastering the Boardroom

Mastering the Boardroom is specifically designed for more seasoned board members with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, who have already completed the Foundations of Directorship workshop, and who are seeking to further develop their knowledge and professional development, and who can enrich the sessions by sharing their experiences with their peers. This workshop will focus on 4 key areas of effectiveness for high-performing boards:

1: The Role of the Chairman
2: Strategy
3: Risk Management
4: Succession Planning

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28 November 2017

Risk Prevention, Crisis Management and Communications - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
28 November 2017 - 29 April 2017
Venue: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
Expect the unexpected and plan before a crisis happens
Crises are becoming part of everyday life, so we need to be prepared to deal with them.

This workshop is for Board Directors and C Suite Executives who have the liability and responsibility of the safety and security of their employees and customers, as well as the assets and the reputation of the organization. In a crisis, it is the CEO and the Board Directors who face the media so learning how to manage crisis communications and being prepared are critical.

This 2 day interactive workshop will cover:

Day 1
• The essence of Risk Mitigation and Crisis Management
• The 4 Phases of Crisis Management
• Brainstorming Session – Establishing potential risks for the region and/or company
• Media and Information Management
• Case Study: Managing Crisis
• Reputation Management

Day 2
• Crisis as marketing tool
• Innovational Thinking
• Simulation Exercise – Crisis in happy Land or in the “ We-can-do” company
• What else can go wrong?
• Back to the Future

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is suitable for senior board directors, board secretaries or C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or a Board Committee, the Senior Executives who have responsibility for the safety and security of employees and customers, as well as the assets and the reputation of the organization.

Facilitators:
Dr. Bert van Walbeek


Dr. Bert van Walbeek has been an Hotelier for 45 years and Marketer of Tourism for 35 years, a Motivator and a Master of Disaster since 25 years and a lecturer for 15 years He is actively advocating pro-active risk reduction and re-active crisis management as well as the need for rapid recovery support planning on all levels, from vocational employees to leading executives and from Destination Marketing Organizations & Authorities to International Headquarters. He is also well-know as a speaker at many industrial and academic conferences and seminars, where his motivational and humorous manner of presentation were an inspiration for executives of like UNWTO, PATA, APEC and WTI . He is a renowned guest lecturer at Universities in China, Bangkok, Germany, Macau, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United Kingdom He created the crisis awareness brochure “ Expect the Unexpected “ , various educational & training modules on Risk Reduction and Recovery Management and co-authored with Dr. David Beirman the PATA publication “ Bounce Back “. His company, The Winning Edge, is presently handling Crisis Prevention and Recovery Management projects in Bahrain, China (PRC), Taiwan, Macau (SAR), Mauritius and, of course, Thailand.















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December

06 December 2017 - 07 December 2017

Mastering the Boardroom - Manama, Bahrain
Open Workshop
06 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
Venue: Investcorp Building
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
Mastering the Boardroom

Mastering the Boardroom is specifically designed for more seasoned board members with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, who have already completed the Foundations of Directorship workshop, and who are seeking to further develop their knowledge and professional development, and who can enrich the sessions by sharing their experiences with their peers.

This workshop will focus on 4 key areas of effectiveness for high-performing boards:

1: The Role of the Chairman
2: Strategy
3: Risk Management
4: Succession Planning

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