20 March 2018 Joint Venture Directorship – Global ...

20 March 2018 Joint Venture Directorship – Global Best Practices Workshop, Riyadh – KSA

Joint Venture Directorship – Global Best Practices Workshop,
20 March 2018,

Riyadh, KSA

GCC BDI has teamed up with world-leading advisory firm Water Street Partners to hold a workshop on JV board directorship. This one-day workshop will guide you through the unique responsibilities and challenges of JV board directorship.

Oftentimes JV boards present challenges for which few directors are prepared. New JV board directors must understand how to artfully manage commercial conflicts of interest. They must learn how to exercise influence over a business or asset that they do not control, and collectively steer management without being individually directive. And they must be prepared to forcefully champion the venture within their own company – securing skills and resources. The GCC BDI workshop facilitators will work with you to learn to how to negotiate these challenges and reap optimum results for your career and your organization.

The workshop will cover:

The similarities and differences between corporate and joint venture Directors

What is good JV governance? (The Seven Rights)

What makes an effective JV director

Understanding JV agreements

How companies support their JV directors

Tools to use in your role as a JV director

This GCC BDI workshop will be led by Water Street Director, Geoff Walker, and Jane Valls, GCC BDI Executive Director, both with long experience in board strategy and practice.

Geoff Walker

Geoff Walker is one of Water Street’s three founders and is responsible for the overall growth of our business. Geoff serves our clients in the oil and gas industry, around the world and across the entire value chain. He has extensive experience working with integrated oil companies, national oil companies, and independents. Geoff is a regular speaker at the leading companies in the industry. Geoff joined Water Street from the Corporate Executive Board, where he led and launched businesses in the Executive Board’s Legal and Governance Practice. Geoff was responsible for the growth of the General Counsel Roundtable and Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council, providing best practices research, decision-support tools, and executive education to a membership of the world’s leading corporations. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Geoff served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is an accomplished helicopter pilot, with over 1000 hours in the SH-60 Seahawk, and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. Geoff holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University.


Jane Valls

Jane Valls joined the GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI), based in Dubai, in January 2016 as Executive Director. Jane has over 15 years of international experience in corporate governance and working with boards of directors. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, and is an accredited trainer with the Ethics Institute, as well as being a Certified Ethics Officer. From 2010 to 2015, Jane was the CEO of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD), one of the leading Institutes in Africa. She was the first Chairperson of the African Corporate Governance Network from 2013-2015, a network which she helped to found, bringing together 17 Institutes of Directors from across the African continent. Jane holds a BA Hons in French and Italian from Birmingham University, UK. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Middlesex for services to business, women’s empowerment and social justice and she was decorated by the Republic of Mauritius as a Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for services to corporate governance.

Who Should Attend?

The “Joint Venture Directorship – Global Best Practices” Workshop is suitable for existing and aspiring JV board directors, JV C suite and JV board secretaries.

Workshop Fees

Price per person for 1 day workshop

Members USD 2500

Non-Members USD 2750


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