Dear members,

I am proud to say that 2016 was our busiest year yet at the GCC BDI. We have grown our numbers by over 25 per cent and added 200 alumni to our region-wide network, which means there’s even more peers for you to meet in 2017.

This year we rolled out over 20 well attended programmes and events, from the Foundations of Directorship, to Mastering the Boardroom and the Role of the Board Secretary. Take a look at the GCC BDI Review of 2016 to see just how busy we’ve been! Thank you to all of you who attended our events far and wide, from London, to Saudi Arabia, to Bahrain and the UAE – for it is your lively debate, professionalism and knowledge that also makes our events possible.

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Review of 2016 and Highlights of 2017

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Director Development Program

GCC BDI’s Director Development Program is designed to broaden and deepen director education within a professional framework. New workshops are being introduced so that participants can choose, at each level of development, how to enrich their knowledge and expertise. We will be running workshops in Riyadh, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in the coming months.

See the events calendar and find out more here.

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Exclusive interview: GCC BDI chairman

Investcorp co-CEO Mohammed Al-Shroogi takes a look back at the year that was 2016 

Mohammed Al-Shroogi is the chairman of the GCC BDI and the co-chief executive officer of the global investment group, Investcorp. Prior to this, Al-Shroogi enjoyed a 30-year career with Citigroup in Bahrain, London and the UAE. He holds a BA in Commerce from Kuwait University and attended the Executive Program at Harvard Business School.

In this rare interview, Al-Shroogi offers his thoughts on how better boards will improve the region’s future.

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What are the secrets of a high performing board?

It’s now been several years since the global financial crisis, but the pressure on boards and directors to raise their game remains considerable.

According to a survey of more than 770 global directors, there are dramatic differences in how directors allocate their time across functions and this has a direct bearing on the perceived effectiveness of the board.

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Board Directors Remuneration Survey

GCC BDI invites you to take part in the region’s first board directors’ remuneration survey.

“This survey will enable participating companies to more effectively structure board directors’ remuneration and ensure alignment to current market practices and regulations.”

GCC BDI, in collaboration with Heidrick and Struggles, is pleased to invite your organisation to participate in our survey on regional board directors’ remuneration.

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GCC BDI Networking Events

6 December 2016 – GCC BDI “Alumni Networking Dinner,” hosted by Investcorp in Bahrain

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Reserve your seat today for our upcoming workshop “Getting the Best Out of Board Committees, Dubai – UAE”

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