Upcoming Events

April

25 April 2017 - 26 April 2017

Foundations of Directorship - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
25 April 2017 - 26 April 2017
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
The Foundations of Directorship

The Foundations of Directorship is the entry-level development workshop. A 2-day full experience where participants are presented 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. 

Only board directors with a minimum of 3 years experience and seven years in business are eligible (For eligibility criteria, please see the BDI website www.gccbdi.org ).

This interactive two-day workshop is built around the six pillars of Board Effectiveness.
-Board composition and directors’ capabilities
-Director duties and responsibilities
-Board structure, processes and protocols
-Delivery on roles of the board
-Effective board dynamics
-Board review and renewal

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25 April 2017

Alumni Networking Dinner - Riyadh, KSA
Networking Dinner
25 April 2017 - 25 April 2017
Venue: Riyadh
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

26 April 2017
6.30pm,
Riyadh, 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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May

22 May 2017

Joint Venture Directorship - Global Best Practice - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
22 May 2017 - 22 May 2017
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2250 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2500 USD

Description:
In a regional first, BDI has teamed up with world-leading advisory firm Water Street Partners to hold a workshop on JV board directorship. This one-day workshop will guide you through the unique responsibilities and challenges of JV board directorship.

Oftentimes JV boards present challenges for which few directors are prepared. New JV board directors must understand how to artfully manage commercial conflicts of interest. They must learn how to exercise influence over a business or asset that they do not control, and collectively steer management without being individually directive. And they must be prepared to forcefully champion the venture within their own company – securing skills and resources. The BDI’s JV directorship will work with you to learn to how to negotiate these challenges and reap optimum results for your career and your organization.

This GCC BDI workshop will be led by Water Street director, Geoff Walker, and Jane Valls, GCC BDI Executive Director, both with long experience in board strategy and practice.

The workshop will cover:
• The similarities and differences between corporate and joint venture Directors
• What is good JV governance? (The Seven Rights)
• What makes an effective JV director
• Understanding JV agreements
• How companies support their JV directors
• Tools to use in your role as a JV director

Facilitators:
Geoff Walker

Founder & Managing Director
Geoff Walker is one of Water Street’s three founders and is responsible for the overall growth of our business. Geoff serves our clients in the oil and gas industry, around the world and across the entire value chain. He has extensive experience working with integrated oil companies, national oil companies, and independents. Geoff is a regular speaker at the leading companies in the industry. Geoff joined Water Street from the Corporate Executive Board, where he led and launched businesses in the Executive Board’s Legal and Governance Practice. Geoff was responsible for the growth of the General Counsel Roundtable and Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council, providing best practices research, decision-support tools, and executive education to a membership of the world's leading corporations. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Geoff served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is an accomplished helicopter pilot, with over 1000 hours in the SH-60 Seahawk, and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. Geoff holds a master's degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University.
Jane Valls

Excecutive Director
Jane Valls joined the GCC Board Directors Institute, based in Dubai, in January 2016 as Executive Director. From 2010 to 2015 she was the CEO of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD), one of the leading Institutes in Africa. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and an accredited trainer with the Ethics Institute of South Africa, as well as being a Certified Ethics Officer. She was the first Chairperson of the African Corporate Governance Network from 2013-2015, a network which she helped to found, bringing together 17 Institutes of Directors from across the African continent. Before joining the MIOD, Jane has held senior positions and directorships in a wide range of business sectors in Mauritius and overseas with leading companies including British Airways, Sun International and The Rogers Group as well as running her own management and training consultancy. Jane holds a BA Hons in French and Italian from Birmingham University, UK. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Middlesex for service to business, women’s empowerment and social justice and she was recently decorated by the Republic of Mauritius as a Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for services to corporate governance. She is a Fellow and past Director of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. Jane is also a member of Soroptimist International, an international women’s association, and is the immediate past Chairperson and Director of Women in Networking Ltd (WIN), a not for profit company which she cofounded 9 years ago to promote women’s empowerment in Mauritius.












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24 May 2017

Joint Venture Directorship - Global Best Practices - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
24 May 2017 - 24 May 2017
Venue: BURJ DAMAN BUILDING, DIFC
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2250 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2500 USD

Description:
In a regional first, BDI has teamed up with world-leading advisory firm Water Street Partners to hold a workshop on JV board directorship. This one-day workshop will guide you through the unique responsibilities and challenges of JV board directorship.

Oftentimes JV boards present challenges for which few directors are prepared. New JV board directors must understand how to artfully manage commercial conflicts of interest. They must learn how to exercise influence over a business or asset that they do not control, and collectively steer management without being individually directive. And they must be prepared to forcefully champion the venture within their own company – securing skills and resources. The BDI’s JV directorship will work with you to learn to how to negotiate these challenges and reap optimum results for your career and your organization.

This GCC BDI workshop will be led by Water Street director, Geoff Walker, and Jane Valls, GCC BDI Executive Director, both with long experience in board strategy and practice.

The workshop will cover:
• The similarities and differences between corporate and joint venture Directors
• What is good JV governance? (The Seven Rights)
• What makes an effective JV director
• Understanding JV agreements
• How companies support their JV directors
• Tools to use in your role as a JV director

Facilitators:
Geoff Walker

Founder & Managing Director
Geoff Walker is one of Water Street’s three founders and is responsible for the overall growth of our business. Geoff serves our clients in the oil and gas industry, around the world and across the entire value chain. He has extensive experience working with integrated oil companies, national oil companies, and independents. Geoff is a regular speaker at the leading companies in the industry. Geoff joined Water Street from the Corporate Executive Board, where he led and launched businesses in the Executive Board’s Legal and Governance Practice. Geoff was responsible for the growth of the General Counsel Roundtable and Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council, providing best practices research, decision-support tools, and executive education to a membership of the world's leading corporations. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Geoff served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is an accomplished helicopter pilot, with over 1000 hours in the SH-60 Seahawk, and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. Geoff holds a master's degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University.
Jane Valls

Executive Director
Jane Valls joined the GCC Board Directors Institute, based in Dubai, in January 2016 as Executive Director. From 2010 to 2015 she was the CEO of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD), one of the leading Institutes in Africa. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and an accredited trainer with the Ethics Institute of South Africa, as well as being a Certified Ethics Officer. She was the first Chairperson of the African Corporate Governance Network from 2013-2015, a network which she helped to found, bringing together 17 Institutes of Directors from across the African continent. Before joining the MIOD, Jane has held senior positions and directorships in a wide range of business sectors in Mauritius and overseas with leading companies including British Airways, Sun International and The Rogers Group as well as running her own management and training consultancy. Jane holds a BA Hons in French and Italian from Birmingham University, UK. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Middlesex for service to business, women’s empowerment and social justice and she was recently decorated by the Republic of Mauritius as a Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for services to corporate governance. She is a Fellow and past Director of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. Jane is also a member of Soroptimist International, an international women’s association, and is the immediate past Chairperson and Director of Women in Networking Ltd (WIN), a not for profit company which she cofounded 9 years ago to promote women’s empowerment in Mauritius.












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July

10 July 2017 - 11 July 2017

Strategy, Scenario Planning and the Role of the Board
Open Workshop
10 July 2017 - 11 July 2017
Venue: London
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

Description:
According to Charles Darwin, the most successful species are not necessarily the most powerful ones but those that most readily adapt to whatever nature throws at them. Similarly, individuals or organisations of any kind require strategies that can be suitably adapted for the changing environment around them if they are to enjoy long-lasting success and prosperity.

The key to doing this is to look out, then look in. This entails a combination of steps starting with scenario planning, a trusted technique that allows you to visualise possible changes to the environment that may affect you. The second step is to examine the consequences of each scenario for your business. Finally - based on the severity of the potential consequences - you need to work out the best possible plan to cope with the challenges and act on it.

This 2 day interactive workshop will cover:
• Strategic thinking and scenario planning overview
• Strategy development
• Development of scenarios
• The role of the board and the role of management in strategy
• Understanding the global context - strategic trends, global scenarios, flags and probabilities
• Development of scenarios and strategy using The Strategic Conversation Model
• Methodology and tools; roles and responsibilities
• Strategic insight and examples
• Using The Strategic Conversation Model, the development of scenarios and a strategy relevant for participants for the region, individual sectors or specific businesses
• Case studies
• Measurable outcomes and targets
• Action Plans and summary of the thinking

Facilitators:
Chantell Ilbury


Chantell Ilbury is one of Africa's leading strategists and facilitators, working throughout the world specializing in guiding companies and other organizations through their strategic conversations on the future. She believes passionately in the power of scenario thinking to unlock the best ideas on strategy. Chantell also lectures on strategy and scenario planning for a number of top business schools, and is also a highly accomplished speaker on effective management in times of uncertainty. She has worked with corporate teams and addressed business audiences in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United States, Australia, Singapore, India, Ukraine, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Kuwait, Jamaica, Mauritius, Réunion Island, and throughout Africa. 

 Chantell has co-authored several books with Clem Sunter including their best-selling book The Mind of a Fox, Games Foxes Play and Socrates & the Fox – now known as the The Fox Trilogy. Chantell has also published her memoirs - A Fox's Tale: Insights from one of Africa's most creative strategic thinkers.















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25 July 2017

Managing Conflict of Interest
Open Workshop
25 July 2017 - 25 July 2017
Venue: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 1000 USD
Price (Non-Members): 1200 USD

Description:
Board members have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the organization that they serve in an ethical manner. Some aspects of good governance, such as the management of a conflict of interest, are based on the circumstances and can involve a subjective assessment. Regulations require directors to declare their interests, so it is important to know how to manage this complex area.

This 1 day interactive workshop will cover:
• What constitutes a conflict of interest
• Case studies and examples of conflicts of interest
• Boards and Directors Roles and Responsibilities in relation to such conflicts
• Legal Duties of Boards
• Dealing with dilemmas: practical steps for managing conflicts of interest
• Global trends and best practices for dealing with conflicts of interest

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.

All participants who complete our workshops also currently receive free membership of GCC Board Directors Institute for one year.

Facilitators:
Khalid Garousha


Khalid Garousha, Partner in the Abu Dhabi office of Allen & Overy LLP. Khalid an English qualified solicitor and has been practicing law in the Middle East since 2000. He specializes in corporate and corporate finance work and has significant expertise in international and regional transactions in the Middle East, including advising international and regional investment banks, multi-national companies, regional trading houses, international and regional public companies and private equity houses.
Jane Valls


Jane Valls, Executive Director, GCC Board Directors Institute. Jane is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and an accredited trainer with the Ethics Institute of South Africa, as well as being a Certified Ethics Officer. She was the first Chairperson of the African Corporate Governance Network from 2013-2015, a network which she helped to found, bringing together 17 Institutes of Directors from across the African continent. Jane has held senior positions and directorships in a wide range of business sectors with leading companies including British Airways, Sun International and The Rogers Group as well as running her own management and training consultancy. She has been decorated by the Republic of Mauritius as a Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for services to corporate governance.












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August

01 August 2017 - 02 August 2017

Future Trends and Strategic Thinking for Board Directors
Open Workshop
01 August 2017 - 02 August 2017
Venue: LONDON
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3600 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4000 USD

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September

11 September 2017

IT Governance and Cyber Security - What Boards Need to Know
Open Workshop
11 September 2017 - 11 September 2017
Venue: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2250 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2500 USD

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27 September 2017 - 28 September 2017

Developing an Ethical Work Culture - The Role of the Board
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

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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

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November

01 November 2017

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

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By Invitation Only

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09 November 2017

The Effective Board Secretary
Open Workshop
09 November 2017 - 09 November 2017
Venue: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2250 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2500 USD

Description:
In an era where meaningful innovation is needed in the governance, it is time to begin the effort to design and enhance – The role of Board Secretary. This role has the potential to greatly impact the governance of contemporary and heighten their 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 in respect of 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.

This full day workshop is 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 and. The one-day session offers a comprehensive overview of the administrative and statutory duties of the company secretary, including the following areas:

- Corporate governance duties
- Compliance responsibilities
- Effective board meetings
- Director induction, board evaluation and director development

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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:
The Foundations of Directorship

The Foundations of Directorship is the entry-level development workshop. A 2-day full experience where participants are presented 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.

Only board directors with a minimum of 3 years experience and seven years in business are eligible (For eligibility criteria, please see the BDI website www.gccbdi.org ).

This interactive two-day workshop is built around the six pillars of Board Effectiveness.
-Board composition and directors’ capabilities
-Director duties and responsibilities
-Board structure, processes and protocols
-Delivery on roles of the board
-Effective board dynamics
-Board review and renewal

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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

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28 November 2017

Risk Prevention, Crisis Management and Communications
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

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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

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