GCC BDI has now launched the Diploma in Directorship Programme, The second level of the Directorship Certification Programme. The Director's Diploma Award is a professional designation conferred by the GCC Board Directors Institute and the Financial Academy. The designation is awarded to individuals who have successfully completed the relevant training programme and assessments, including an evaluated board simulation exercise, an individual presentation assignment and a multiple-choice questions-based assessment. The training programme is based on GCC BDI's Board Director Competency Framework.

Achieving the award of a Diploma in Board Directorship, means that a director has demonstrated an internationally accepted level of understanding of the application of knowledge and skills as it pertains to board performance. A Director with an award of Diploma in Board Directorship is equipped to make a valuable contribution to any Board.

The Diploma in Board Directorship will build upon the knowledge acquired from the Certificate level and focus upon core director skills and competencies necessary to function effectively and make a valuable contribution within any board.

Only participants who have completed the Certificate in Board Directorship, and who have been Certified, are eligible to take the Diploma.

Why should you apply for the Diploma in Board Directorship?

  • Fast track your career as a professional director
  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills
  • Show your commitment to on-going professional development
  • Demonstrate your integrity and commitment to moral and legal duties
  • Uphold standards of sound governance in the GCC
  • Access to becoming a Chartered Director.

Each module consists of 2 full days of live online training and discussion. The 2 mandatory modules and the elective modules are run on a cyclical basis. You can take the modules in any order and if you miss a module, you can wait for it to come round again in the cycle. You can start the cycle at any time. For more information on the Diploma, click here.

Participants wishing to pre-purchase all 3 workshops in advance will receive a 25% discount.

Below is information on Module 1 - Board Leadership of the Diploma in Directorship Programme.

Event Details

Date: 09-10 September 2024


  • 8:30am - 5:30pm (KSA Time)
  • 9:30am - 6:30pm (UAE Time)

Venue: Riyadh, KSA

This module explores the need for board leadership, key roles and responsibilities, leadership skills, culture and reputation.

Key outcomes from this Module:

  • Understand the vital leadership role of the board, trends in board leadership and why the board needs to be future fit
  • Identify the effective characteristics of leaders within the board to include the roles of the Chair, CEO, executive directors, independent directors
  • Identify the effective characteristics of leaders who support the board to include the roles of the board secretary, advisors and gatekeeper
  • Recognise the characteristics and the importance of having a balanced and diversified board
  • Use leadership skills frameworks in director selection, appointment and development, talent management and succession planning
  • Understand the importance and implications of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) when initiating change
  • Understand the impact of board culture upon organizational performance
  • Understand the impact of reputation, ethics and integrity at a board and at an organizational level
  • Identify potential barriers to ethical change and develop solutions to overcome these

Workshop Fees:

  • Non-Member: USD 4200 per person
  • Associate: USD 3990 per person
  • Member: USD 3690 per person
  • Fellow: USD 3190 per person

Rates above are exclusive of VAT and effective as at 17 May 2020


Riyadh, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia

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For additional event or venue information, please send an email to vandana.h@gccbdi.org

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