Upcoming Events

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 the following key areas of effectiveness for high-performing boards: 

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

Facilitators:
Jane Valls


Jane is the Executive Director of GCC BDI. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and The Ethics Institute. She has held senior management and board positions with international companies and has over 30 years’ experience in aviation, hospitality and ITC sectors.  Her other areas of expertise include: corporate governance, business ethics, leadership, consultancy and training, strategy and organizational development
Dr. Chris Pierce


Dr. Pierce is a Senior Training Consultant for the GCC BDI. He works with policy makers, directors and boards in Europe, Asia, Africa, the US and South America. Prior to becoming CEO, he was the Director of Professional Standards and Professional 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 and has been an Honorary Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at City University and a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield Management School. Over the last fifteen years Chris has worked as an advisor to the boards of many listed companies, banks, sovereign wealth funds, stock exchanges and financial institutions around the World
Dr. Hans-Martin Stockmeier


Dr. Hans-Martin Stockmeier is a Director in McKinsey & Company’s Middle East Office. Hans-Martin has worked extensively with financial institutions in the Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has served clients in banking, insurance and capital markets. Hans-Martin has served a variety of capital market participants ranging from banks, asset managers, regulators and securities exchanges. He holds under graduate degrees in economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke (Diplom) in Germany and Carleton University in Canada. Following a working period he completed his academic education with a Masters degree in Finance from the London School of Economics and a doctorate degree in financial economics from Humboldt University in Berlin.









Event Sponsor:
Investcorp

January

30 January 2018 - 31 January 2018

Getting the Best Out of Board Committees - Dubai, UAE
Board Evaluation
30 January 2018 - 31 January 2018
Venue: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
For a Board of Directors to do its work effectively, it is necessary that members understand their individual responsibilities and that the board organizes itself to perform the necessary tasks effectively. Board committees constitute an important element of this governance process and should be established with clearly agreed reporting procedures and a written scope of authority.

This 2 day interactive workshop will cover:
• What is required by regulation and codes
• Setting up Board Committees
• Composition of the Committees
• Objectives, purpose and activities
• Powers and lifespan of the Committee
• How the Committee reports to the Board
• Should the Committees be evaluated?
• Does sitting on a Committee mean extra legal liability?
• And we will look at the specific roles and responsibilities of the:
• Audit Committee
• Risk Committee
• Nomination Committee
• Remuneration Committee
• Executive Committee, Advisory Committee and others

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.

Special rates are available for companies wishing to purchase multiple seats - please ask us for more information.


Facilitators:
Sharon Ditchburn


Sharon Ditchburn is the Founder and Managing Director of Capital Advantage. She is a Chartered Secretary (ICSA/GIA), a Certified Practicing Accountant, Lawyer and has an MBA specializing in Corporate Governance. She is certified by the IFC/World Bank to deliver Director Development programs globally. Sharon has wide ranging experience at Board and Senior Management including public and private companies in Australia, GCC and Africa.
Jane Valls


Jane Valls, Executive Director, GCC Board Directors Institute. Jane has over 10 years of experience in Corporate Governance and 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.












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February

20 February 2018

Alumni Networking Dinner - Manama, Bahrain
Networking Dinner
20 February 2018 - 20 February 2018
Venue: Manama
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 0 USD
Price (Non-Members): 0 USD

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Investcorp

20 February 2018 - 21 February 2018

Foundations of Directorship - Manama, Bahrain
Open Workshop
20 February 2018 - 21 February 2018
Venue: Manama - Bahrain
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 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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Event Sponsor:
Investcorp

March

20 March 2018

Joint Venture Directorship - Global Best Practice - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
20 March 2018 - 20 March 2018
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2500 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2750 USD

Description:
In a regional first, GCC 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

Who Should Attend?

The “Joint Venture Directorship – Global Best Practices” Workshop is suitable for existing and aspiring JV board directors, JV C suite and JV board secretaries.

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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21 March 2018

Joint Venture Directorship - Global Best Practice - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
21 March 2018 - 21 March 2018
Venue: Dubai
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2500 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2750 USD

Description:
In a regional first, GCC 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

Who Should Attend?

The “Joint Venture Directorship – Global Best Practices” Workshop is suitable for existing and aspiring JV board directors, JV C suite and JV board secretaries.

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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April

25 April 2018 - 26 April 2018

Risk Prevention, Crisis Management and Communications - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
25 April 2018 - 26 April 2018
Venue: Dubai
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 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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