Upcoming Events

April

09 April 2019 - 10 April 2019

Foundations of Directorship - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
09 April 2019 - 10 April 2019
Venue: Riyadh
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.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

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16 April 2019

Marcus Evans Conference - 11th Annual Board Secretary: Innovation Meets Governance
Tailored Workshop
16 April 2019 - 18 April 2019
Venue: Sheraton Grand, Dubai
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 2065 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2995 USD

Description:
To find out more information on the conference, cost and also interested to book your place, kindly refer the link given: https://bit.ly/2CF7K4V

GCC BDI’s Jane Valls To Discuss Board Composition and Diversity

In the age of digital disruption, the board secretary plays a key role in advancing corporate governance and is vital for the smooth running of the company. The specific composition of the board is also central to company performance.

GCC BDI’s Executive Director Jane Valls will discuss how to perfect board composition for optimum effectiveness at the ‘11th Annual Board Secretary: Innovation Meets Governance’ conference in Dubai on 16-18 April 2019.

Jane will examine key aspects of board composition, such as ensuring diversity representation and the right mix of director skills and competencies. She will also make a case for the enormous return on investment a diverse board can offer an organisation. In addition, she will discuss the value of independent directors and the latest trends in effective corporate governance.

Focus topics include:
Reinforcing compliance and governance within an organisation
Addressing gender imbalance within the board
Examining the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in governance
The evolving role of the board secretary in the digital age
Integrating emotional intelligence within the role of a board secretary

Some of the other eminent speakers at the day-long event include: John-Green Odada, Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase & Co, UK; Mohamed Aly Ghanem, VP Legal Affairs and Certified Board Secretary, Dubai Financial Market, UAE; Sonya Janahi, Board Member, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce, Bahrain; and Paul Dubal Senior VP and head of Corporate Governance First Abu Dhabi Bank.


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29 April 2019 - 30 April 2019

Certified Board Directors - Corporate Governance Essentials - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
29 April 2019 - 30 April 2019
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
Overview:

Corporate governance is simply about how we run our businesses to ensure they are run properly, fairly and in the interests of all key stakeholders.

To succeed and remain ahead of the competition, companies must adopt good corporate governance practices and skilfully navigate through market changes. It is the same for family businesses in the region as much as anywhere else in the world.

Boards of directors are responsible for the governance of their companies, but all employees need to be aware of their roles and responsibilities and apply the policies, procedures and guidelines which the board lays down for them.

Corporate governance is often a unique framework built around the organisation’s mission and values, but there are some universal elements.

About this Workshop
This two-day Corporate Governance Essentials workshop is designed to help you face the central challenge of delivering best practice corporate governance in the face of constant legal & regulatory changes and increasing stakeholder demands. Key topics covered during this workshop include:

Corporate governance definitions, principles, frameworks and standards
The Corporate Governance System
Identification of key stakeholders
Corporate Responsibility
The Company Law, Corporate Governance Codes and Regulations in KSA
The Business Case for Corporate Governance

Facilitators:
Dr Chris Pierce


Dr Pierce is a senior GCC BDI external associate and 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. Previously, Dr Pierce 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 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. 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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July

03 July 2019

How to be an Effective Chairman - London, UK
Open Workshop
03 July 2019 - 03 July 2019
Venue: London
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2500 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2750 USD

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31 July 2019 - 01 August 2019

Finance for Non-Finance Directors - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
31 July 2019 - 01 August 2019
Venue: Dubai
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
A practical and highly interactive two day non residential programme aimed at directors and senior executives.
Ignorance of finance matters is no excuse. Directors cannot rely on blind faith on the CFO/FD for comfort, they have a duty to the company and its stakeholders to make valuable contributions to Board debate and discussions. Their position of collective responsibility at board level means just that.

This two-day workshop will cover:
Day One
- The role of finance in business
- Director roles & responsibilities
- Finance strategy
- What to expect from the CFO
- Accounting concepts, eg going concern, materiality etc.
- Walking through the main statutory financial statements
- Assessing the financial health of a business
- How professionals assess businesses
- Typical performance ratios

Day Two
- Free Cash Flow vs EBITDA
- Debt capacity issues
- Creative accounting
- The board’s dashboard
- Budgetary management
- Break even analysis
- How to value businesses
- Why businesses fail
- Spotting the early signs

Facilitators:
Jean Pousson


Jean Pousson brings 20 years of management consultancy, training, facilitation and coaching experience to the table and is the lead course leader for Finance for Non-Financial Directors at the IoD (UK). This follows a 15 year banking career with Barclays where he spent many years assessing risks of small to medium sized businesses and then larger corporations. Jean has also sat on many boards and has directed a number of change initiatives. Jean holds a business degree and a business diploma from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and a few other business diplomas, including one from the University of Warwick. Jean’s experience in dealing with numerous businesses, boards and executives over the years (both within the UK and internationally) makes him very well placed to assist directors with their developmental needs. In his capacity as an IoD (UK)course leader, Jean has worked with organisations such as ACAS, Ministry of Defence, Standard Life, Serco, Lloyds Banking Group, Pizza Express, Fujitsu Siemens, Callaway Golf and Greene King plc. He has also worked with numerous small to medium-sized businesses across a wide variety of industries.















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September

15 September 2019

Certified Board Secretaries Programme - The Board Secretary Role - Shareholders & Other Stakeholders
Open Workshop
15 September 2019 - 19 September 2019
Venue: Manama
CPD Points: 1
Price (Members): 4950 USD
Price (Non-Members): 5500 USD

Description:
Board secretaries have an important role to play as governance professionals in all types of organisations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Governance is more than just complying with laws, regulations, standards, and codes; it is also about creating cultures of good practice. This means that board secretaries need more than the technical skills and experience to know what corporate governance practices are needed in an organisation and why.

They also need the emotional intelligence, skills, and experience to ensure that they know how the practices typically would be implemented to work effectively. The modern board secretary provides professional guidance to shareholders, boards, individual directors, management, and other stakeholders on the governance aspects of strategic decisions.

Who Should Attend?
Appointed and aspiring board secretaries, company secretaries and governance professionals.
Anyone involved in company law and regulatory compliance.
Anyone seeking a better understanding of the role of the board secretary who has responsibility for corporate governance practices and interaction with the board.

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24 September 2019 - 25 September 2019

Certified Board Directors - The Effective Director - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
24 September 2019 - 25 September 2019
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
This part of “The World of Directorship – Certificate in Board Directorship” examines the role, authority and legal responsibilities of an effective director.

The topics that this module will cover include:

Director role and responsibilities to include the role of the Chairman, Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors (including Independent Directors and Nominated Directors).
Director legal duties and the law and regulations impacting upon directors.
Managing versus directing.
The role and responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Head of Internal Audit and the Board Secretary.
Key dilemmas facing directors.
Directors’ rights, duties, liabilities and roles.
Chairman and CEO role separation.
The attributes of an effective director.
Director diversity and board structure and composition: the balanced board (including succession planning).
Board processes and protocols.
Board committees and committee oversight.

Facilitators:
Dr Chris Pierce


Dr Pierce is a senior GCC BDI external associate and 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. Previously, Dr Pierce 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 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. 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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October

08 October 2019 - 09 October 2019

Foundations of Directorship - Dhahran, KSA
Open Workshop
08 October 2019 - 09 October 2019
Venue: Dhahran
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.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

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November

05 November 2019 - 06 November 2019

Certified Board Directors - The Effective Board - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
05 November 2019 - 06 November 2019
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
This part of “The World of Directorship - Certificate in Board Directorship” explores the role of the board in formulating and implementing strategy and managing enterprise risk. The course includes the evaluation of the executive directors’ performance as well as business ethics.

Learning objectives
By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

Explain an effective strategy’s components.
Analyse the board’s role in the governance of a company’s strategy.
Identify the benefits of developing a strategy and identify appropriate tools to formulate strategy.
Identify key performance frameworks and indicators to evaluate organisational performance.
Identify and implement appropriate actions based on performance assessment.
Identify key performance indicators to evaluate CEO’s and other executive directors’ performance.
Describe the nature of risk and the board’s role in risk tolerance, risk appetitite and risk management.
Outline risk-assessment and decision-making frameworks.
Outline priorities for disaster-recovery and business-continuity planning.
Define corporate responsibility and related terms and describe the business case and best practices for corporate responsibility and ethical behaviour.
Relate the board’s role in strategy and risk to corporate responsibility and ethics.

Facilitators:
Dr Chris Pierce


Dr Pierce is a senior GCC BDI external associate and 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. Previously, Dr Pierce 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 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. 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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December

11 December 2019 - 12 December 2019

Future Trends and Strategy - Manama, Bahrain
Open Workshop
11 December 2019 - 12 December 2019
Venue: Manama
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
We live at a remarkable time, when all the forces of change are combining to create a turning point in history. A time where entire industries rise and fall, society shifts, and new rules for success and failure are being written.

In times of turbulent change, individuals and organizations alike need new strategies and new skills for dealing with what the future holds.

By looking beyond the next horizon for trends relating to our industry and the world around us, by tracking the forces that are shaping the future, we can make more sense of tomorrow’s world. By understanding the nature of disruptive change, we can understand where to focus and how best to respond to this change. Understanding future trends is essential to develop your strategic thinking.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is suitable for senior Board Directors and Executives who are involved in developing and setting the organization’s strategy, and who want to develop a better understanding of the tides of change and how to respond.


Facilitators:
Keith Coats


Keith is a futurist and specialist in Leadership and Global Trends. He has 20 years of international experience and is a co-founding partner of TomorrowToday Global. Keith shares his experience with audiences around the world, helping them understand the leadership response to a global context of change, complexity and uncertainty. His research has clearly identified that the key-defining factor for a successful leader in the 21st century is the ability to learn, grow and be adaptable. He believes that leaders need to have access to new frameworks and thinking in order to successfully lead into the future. The greatest threat for most leaders right now is not the turbulence in their marketplaces and industries, but rather applying yesterday’s logic to tomorrow’s world. The global context, complexity and connectedness present entirely new challenges for contemporary leaders. Keith works with clients around the world to show them how to respond and makes a profound difference to their leadership thinking and practice.















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March

15 March 2020

Certified Board Secretaries Programme - Strategy and Risk
Open Workshop
15 March 2020 - 20 March 2020
Venue: Manama
CPD Points: 1
Price (Members): 4950 USD
Price (Non-Members): 5500 USD

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September

13 September 2020

Certified Board Secretaries Programme - Governance and Decision Making
Open Workshop
13 September 2020 - 17 September 2020
Venue: Manama
CPD Points: 1
Price (Members): 4950 USD
Price (Non-Members): 5500 USD

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