GCC BDI 15th Anniversary


Anniversaries are always special occasions and GCC BDI’s 15th Anniversary is notable in so many respects!

GCC BDI is grateful for the vision of our founding fathers who had the wisdom and the foresight to see the need for an institute of directors in the Gulf back in 2007. The countries of the Gulf were at a very different stage of their economic development at that time and Codes of Corporate Governance were only in their very early stages. The first Code of Corporate Governance in the region was issued in Oman in 2002 followed by Saudi Arabia in 2006 and this was no doubt part of the impetus for the need to provide professional development for board directors and improve board effectiveness in the region.

GCC BDI has received huge support over the last 15 years – not only from its original Founders – Saudi Aramco, SABIC, Emirates NBD, Investcorp, McKinsey & Company, PwC, Allen & Overy and Heidrick & Struggles - but also in more recent years from key Strategic Partners such as FAB and NBB - and our Corporate Affiliates – ELM, Maaden, SABB, SAIB, STC, Vision Invest, and Tasnee. As a not-for-profit organisation, GCC BDI has received invaluable support from these companies throughout the last 15 years. They have nurtured the Institute in its early years, overseen and contributed to our growth and development, helped us to become independent and ensured our sustainability. There are many others, too numerous to mention, who have contributed their pro-bono support in different ways over the years and we thank them all.

GCC BDI has still a lot more to do and the next 15 years will see huge growth in the organisation as it expands its services fully into all six countries of the Gulf, partnering with key players in the market, ramping up our thought leadership, special forums and publications, and building a stronger membership community.

We are proud of our 15-year track record and we hope you are too! As a not-for-profit company, this is our Mission!


Press Release

GCC BDI celebrates 15 years of excellence in promoting corporate governance and board effectiveness in the GCC region

GCC BDI’s mission is to promote the highest professional standards of corporate governance and directorship through capacity building, advocacy, and sound governance practices. 

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GCC BDI 15th Anniversary Dinner 

GCC BDI celebrate its 15th anniversary on 21 November 2022

We would like to invite our strategic partners, corporate affiliates, supporting partners, GCC BDI Governors, Members, and Fellows to celebrate this joyous occasion in Riyadh with us.

Programme Booklet




15th Anniversary message from Chairman GCC BDI
Journey of Excellence: Fifteen years of the GCC Board Directors Institute
We are proud to say that in the last fifteen years, GCC BDI has achieved a rich track record with a unique combination of local experience and understanding, strong corporate governance knowledge, practical director expertise and tried and tested programmes. To all our GCC BDI members, clients, partners and stakeholders – and to my fellow Governor and all our staff – I thank you for your continued commitment to GCC BDI.
15th Anniversary message from our First GCC BDI Chairman
H.E Eng Abdullatif Al-Othman
GCC BDI is at a great juncture as the region’s regulatory environment is ripe, with our 15+ years of experience we can grow and offer unique value propositions to all stakeholders in the GCC (regulators, corporations, individuals, academic institutions as well as research). I see GCC BDI growing and it will definitely be the place to go to for advice on board and board effectiveness with particular insights for the GCC. We have a noble purpose, we are not for profit, we make an impact and we have unlimited support from leading and caring corporations. We have a great future and great opportunities to make a difference.
15th Anniversary message from our Second GCC BDI Chairman
Mohammad Al-Ali
My involvement with GCC BDI dates back to late 2006, when the idea of creating a regional body dedicated to promoting good corporate governance and effective directorship, was being discussed by the founding partners of GCC BDI. One of the leading advocates, Mr. Abdullatif Alothman, was the CFO of Saudi Aramco at the time, and my direct supervisor. We used to exchange views on how to best go about the registration process, what should be the main mission, and who should be the main targeted customers.
15th Anniversary message from our Third GCC BDI Chairman
Mutlaq Al-Morished
GCC BDI is celebrating a tremendous milestone achieving 15 years of success in the Gulf. When we established back in 2007 as a small not-for-profit organisation, we thought about how far we can go, I am extremely very proud & happy to see achieving the dream that we all wanted. I wish GCC BDI another successful 15 years.

GCC BDI celebrating its 15th anniversary together with our partners, faculty, governors, and stakeholders