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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


To provide continuous path of development for directors, INSEAD had launched the Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance to validate the competences gained by certified directors (IDP-C) who attend three INSEAD open programmes from at least two categories (strategy and value creation) over a five-year period.


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Download brochure on INSEAD Certification for Directors

Successful completion of the certificate enables participants to become (nearly 55,000 alumni worldwide), and join an exclusive international network of senior peer directors (former participants of the IDP) who stay connected with INSEAD and its faculty for continuous exchange on research and practice via a new official alumni club: the INSEAD Directors Network.

Read an interview about Governance and the Certificate with Professor Ludo Van der Heyden, co-director of the International Directors Programme.

Congratulations to our International Directors!

The INSEAD Certificate is truly international. How to identify the holders?

INSEAD IDP-C will show on their Business Card, or download the list of the International Directors Programme Participants who have earned the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance.






My certification paper helped me in reflecting on what I had learned from the International Directors Programme and how I could practically implement it in my Board activities. The paper has given me a blue print for actions and points to be considered in the coming months and years. I have already launched some of the actions from my paper at the board and will continue to refer back to the document and update as necessary. I see it as a living document.

Donough Tierney, VP International Development, EADS


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The certification process pushed me to reflect on past experience and extract valuable lessons in a way which simply does not happen in the normal pattern of business life”.

Christopher de Mattos, Non-Executive Director, RAB Capital Limited

Contact Us

For more information on the International Directors Programme and the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance contact : 

Europe Campus


Margy Fuller

Programme Advisor, Governance Programmes

Tel: +33 1 60 72 41 27

Asia Campus


Ivy Ng

Manager, Corporate Governance Centre

Tel: +65 6799 5170



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