About GCC Board Directors Institute


GCC BDI is supported by eight leading regional corporations and professional services firms who serve as our strategic partners: First Abu Dhabi Bank, National Bank of Bahrain, SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Allen & Overy, Heidrick & Struggles, McKinsey & Company, and PwC. We are also supported by the regional regulatory authorities, including the Central Bank and Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates Security and Commodities Authority of the UAE, the Central Bank and Capital Market Authority of Kuwait, the Central Bank of Bahrain and the Capital Market Authority of Oman.

Our mission is to enhance board member capabilities, create a strong and influential regional network of board members and disseminate high quality corporate governance knowledge, leading the regional debate on emerging best governance practices. We aim to accomplish these goals through a combination of effective practice and experience sharing, access to global knowledge and interaction with regional and international counterparts.

GCC BDI has grown to become the leading organisation in the region for board directors. We have delivered over 600 programmes and forums to top-tier companies in the Gulf and now comprise over 3900 members, each with extensive knowledge and experience of operating at the most senior levels of business in the GCC.

Today we are globally recognised and the only director institute from the Gulf region to be admitted to the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI).

GCC BDI was originally founded in 2007 by: Saudi Aramco, SABIC, Emirates NBD, Investcorp, McKinsey & Company, Allen & Overy, Heidrick & Struggles and PwC.

Our Vision

To be the pre-eminent institute for boards and directors in the GCC, promoting the highest professional standards of corporate governance and professional directorship.

Our Mission

To strengthen corporate governance in the GCC region through capability building, advocacy and promotion of sound governance practices.

GCC BDI’s Sustainability Commitment

GCC BDI is a not-for-profit company focused on improving corporate governance and board effectiveness in the GCC. Raising awareness about the importance of sustainability is therefore a core part of our mission and providing professional development for board directors and C suite executives to understand their role in sustainability and ESG leadership is a core part of our business. As part of our work with boards, we encourage them to foster a culture of sustainability that promotes economic prosperity, environmental benefit and social value. We aim to ensure there is a continuing dialogue with our stakeholders to raise awareness of sustainability and enable knowledge sharing and capacity-building around sustainability.

GCC BDI itself has a strong values based and ethical corporate culture. Training and development opportunities for employees focuses on personal growth and development, instilling corporate values and ethics.

GCC BDI is registered under UAE VAT registration number 100345824500003.


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