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INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre


We are proud to announce that with effect from 1st September 2017, the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative (ICGI) will take on a new identity as the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre (ICGC). The evolution is a significant milestone for INSEAD’s governance activities and validates a positive review of the contribution of ICGI. The transition from initiative to centre validates the work done since the launch of the initiative in 2010, and strengthens INSEAD’s commitment to promote better governance practices and deliver value through teaching, research and events to both the board directors and academic communities. Find out more


“Our responsibility at INSEAD is to review board governance practices across the world that promote performance with accountability. Over time we hope to build greater trust in the public that business is a strong force for improving our societies.”

Ludo Van der Heyden
Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance
Director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative



Board Leadership in Corporate Culture: European Report 2017


INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre has participated in the research project in collaboration with Board Agenda and Mazars, to gather views of 435 board members across Europe on the subject of corporate culture.


In contribution to the research analysis, INSEAD Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Erik Van de Loo and Visiting Professor, Jaap Winter commented on the findings:


“Board acknowledge the vital significance of culture for the long term success of a company but do not yet know how to effectively address this at board level. The first step is to address the culture of the Board itself.”



Launch of the INSEAD Advanced International Certificate in Corporate Governance


Developing board directors is at the heart of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre. On the occasion of the recent INSEAD Directors Forum on 13-14 October, we have launched the Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance to recognise the competencies attained by INSEAD certified board director (IDP-C) who have chosen to further develop themselves towards greater board effectiveness and excellence. It provides participants with a personal development plan at board level over multiple years (up to a maximum of five years) that is both stimulating and engaging.


Click here to download the prochure.

INSEAD Directors Forum and Certification in Corporate Governance Award Ceremony 2017


October 13-14, 2017 in Fontainebleau, France


The recent IDF saw a record turnout of 130 alumni of the International Directors Programme. The theme "Boards in search of Purpose, Performance and People: Tradeoff or Alignment?" brought to light the complexity of governance in the face of a world driven by interdependence and speed and board's role in the restructuring dilemma. On the personal aspect, participants learnt about the impetus to 're-humanise' the corporation in the post digital economy and pertinent issues surrounding executive remuneration and building a NED portfolio.


The Award Ceremony held at the Château de Fontainebleau was the highlight of the evening as we celebrated the achievement of 126 participants from the International Directors Programme who have successfully completed their Certificate in Corporate Governance in October 2017 and qualified to join the INSEAD Directors Network (IDN) which comprised of 524 IDP-Cs from 56 nationalities.


Family Firm Institute 2017 Acheivement Award


Congratulations to Christine Blondel, Adjunct Professor of Family Business, who has been awarded the Interdisciplinary Award from Family Firm Institute.


Launching a new programme:

Modern Governance in Banking

Developing Effective Governance for Banks


A new modular programme developed with the support of the Hellenic Bank Association (HBA) will be launched this summer at our Europe Campus.


Targeted at board members and directors in the banking industry as well as professionals and regulators who work closely with these board directors, this 3-module x 3-day programme seeks to address the issues surrounding Effectiveness, Efficiency and Excellence in modern governance in the banking sector.


Visit the programme website for more details.

ICGI Report on Board Chairs


Board Chairs' Practices across Countries - Commonalities, Differences and Future Trends

INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and Ward Howell Talent Equity Institute Survey

by Prof. Stanislav Shekshnia and Project Manager Veronika Zagieva

Through interviews with professional chairs in different parts of the world, this report gathers insights into the practices and instruments used by chairs across countries and highlights the emergence of future trends on the the role of the chair in the next decade.


Read the report


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Other Media coverage

Ludo Van der Heyden interviewed by Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)


During the recent visit to Australia in February 2017 for joint events with the IDPN, AICD and the National Alumni Association of Australasia, Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden was invited by AICD to comment on global governance issues such as diversity and board's role in driving innovation.


Click here to access the interview

ICGI Report on Digital


Directing Digitalisation: Guidelines for Boards and Executives

by Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden, INSEAD and Liri Andersson, this fluid world.


This report analyses the need for digitalization and its impact on boards and senior executives, with the aim of enlightening and supporting leaders in their digital journey, and gives 11 key implications and recommendations taking into account the external and internal environments.


Read the report