INSEAD International Directors Programme

INSEAD International Directors Programme

Key Benefits

  • Understanding the broader context in which boards operate and the responsibilities that come with a board mandate
  • Providing an overview of the knowledge and competences expected from directors in today’s environment
  • Developing skills that contribute to the creation of an effective board culture and performance
  • Honing the ability to challenge executives through positive exchanges focused on the key issues that underpin corporate performance
  • Joining a unique network of board members from a variety of industries and geographies
  • Upon successful participation in the three modules, obtain a credential in corporate governance by presenting a paper for the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance

Participant Profile

  • Chairs and Non-Executive Directors of listed and private corporations
  • CEOs, COOs, CFOs and other C-suite executives
  • Family members and controlling shareholders of larger family boards
  • Government and non-profit organisations and agencies
  • Senior professionals from the institutional investment community
  • Senior partners of professional firms who serve boards and interact with them frequently
Participants should have sufficient exposure to board matters and must demonstrate that they possess the credibility and competences required to assume board-level responsibilities.

Programme Content

The International Directors Programme consists of three modules which represent the knowledge base that trained directors are expected to master and which form the basis of effective board membership.
Within each module, the programme will focus on three fundamental questions:
What do directors need to know in order to set the direction of the company?
What are the proper boundaries within which the company should operate?
How best can directors exercise their responsibilities to get things done in the boardroom?
Module 1: Board Fundamentals: Responsability, Effectiveness, Decision Making, and Strategy
-              Fundamentals of director and board effectiveness
-              Fiduciary duty and shareholder supremacy
-              The main governance challenges
-              Effective decision-making in the board room
-              The Strategy imperative
-              Value Creation at board level

Module 2: Board Dynamics, Efficiency and the Role od Committees
-              CEO-Board dynamics and conflicts
-              The Director as political actor & the question of power
-              Fair Process Leadership - a model for the board
-              CEO selection, oversight, evaluation, and succession
-              CEO Remuneration
-              Financial statements and red flags in reporting
Module 3: Developing Directors and their Boards
-              Boards and Organisations in Crisis 
-              Fraud as a consequence of poor governance
-              The challenge and opportunity of board diversity
-              Putting it all together through a board stimulation
-              360° evaluation of director strengths and development opportunities
-              Group coaching techniques for director improvement
-              Reflecting on roles and commitments


Certificate in Corporate Governance

INSEAD aims for its Certificate in Corporate Governance to become a global credential amongst board members operating internationally – one of the first of its kind offered by an academic institution.  The certificate attests of a director’s commitment to continuously develop her or his effectiveness and excellence as a Director, by applying and building upon the skills and knowledge acquired through their successful attendance of the International Directors Programme and completion of the certification requirements:
-              Demonstration of the necessary credibility to assume board roles
-              Successful participation in the three programme modules
-              Capability of application of the programme learning to actual board contexts - and insightful reflection on the programme topics (attested through a written report)
-              Evidence of a spirit of continuous self-improvement in board service
-              Oral defense of the report at the discretion of the Certification Committee

Successful completion of the certificate enables participants to become alumni of INSEAD, a network of more than 51,500 members worldwide, join the national alumni association and participate in its events, and become connected to an exclusive international network of senior peer directors (former participants of the IDP), who stay connected with each other, with INSEAD and its faculty for continuous exchange on research and practice.

Programme Directors

Ludo Van der Heyden (
The INSEAD Chaired Professor of Corporate Governance & Academic Director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative
Timothy J. Rowley (
Visiting Professor at INSEAD
Professor of Strategy and Organisations,
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Massimo Massa (
Professor of Finance
The Rothschild Chaired Professor of Banking

Programme Fees

SGD 26,900 (Euro 16,750)

Programme Dates

September 2017 - January 2018 in Fontainebleau
January 2018 - June 2018 in Fontainebleau
April 2018 - October 2018 in Fontainebleau
June 2018 - December 2018 in Singapore / Fontainebleau