Upcoming Events

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

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.

This 2 day interactive workshop will cover:

• The context and the major disruptive drivers bringing about change
• Understanding how things are changing and why they are changing
• A framework to ‘think like a futurist’
• Identifying the strategic impact on different business sectors as a result of the disruptive change drivers
• Exploring an appropriate leadership model robust enough to sustain organizational growth in a disruptive context
• What does it mean to be “futurefit” and how do we build such an organization
• Adaptive intelligence and how to develop it
• The internal and external challenges of ‘next generation’ thinking and behavior
• What it means to lead in a Changing World

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 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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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

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: Riyadh
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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06 November 2017

The World of Directorship
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
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:
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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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
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

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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