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Developing effective directors in a global context

The International Directors Programme is our flagship course in corporate governance and is a unique educational experience that aims to develop effective directors for the global business scene. Today’s supervisory boards have to contend with a host of new pressures, challenges and risks in addition to evaluating the performance of the CEO and senior executives. They must therefore set the company’s strategic direction, often across diverse product markets and geographies, and monitor the firm’s risk profile.

Set within an international context that is unique in director education, this programme offers practical and tested frameworks and tools to sharpen judgment and decision-making skills. It also augments the oversight abilities of directors seeking to boost their existing competencies or to be better prepared for new board mandates. In three focused modules, you will master strategies for the following fundamental areas: board effectiveness and dynamics; board decision-making and oversight; and director effectiveness and development.

New programme content as of September 2022

As the business environment changes at an increasing speed and subjects such as decarbonisation and equality take greater prominence on business agendas, it is imperative that the education of board members follows suit. From September 2022, the International Directors Programme will include the additional material on ESG (Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance), Ethics and Digital Transformation, building upon and complementing the usual foundational topics. The duration of the programme will increase, with one extra day on campus and 2 short Live Virtual touchpoints in between the modules.

How you benefit

  • Board operations: Understand the broader context in which boards operate and the responsibilities that come with a board mandate.
  • Knowledge and competencies: Gain an overview of the knowledge and competencies expected from directors in today’s environment
  • Director-specific skills: Develop the specialised skills that contribute to the creation of an effectively performing board culture
  • Ability to challenge executives: Enhance your ability to challenge executives through positive exchanges focused on the key issues that underpin corporate performance

Participant profile

The International Directors Programme is designed for chairs and non-executive directors of listed and private corporations, government agencies and organisations, and non-profits. It is also aimed at CEOs, COOs, CFOs and other C-suite executives, as well as family members and controlling shareholders of boards of family companies. 

Participants must have a minimum of one year of experience sitting on a board so that they can fully benefit from and contribute to a programme that involves role-play, simulations and exchanges with other participants.


Fontainebleau ; Fontainebleau/San Francisco ; Fontainebleau/Singapore ; Singapore

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Programme partners




Founding partners: PWC, Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs, Russell Reynolds, Singapore Institute of Directors

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INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance

Following the completion of the International Directors Programme, participants receive the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance. The certification is designed to be a global credential for board members operating internationally – the first of its kind offered by an academic institution. In addition, certificate holders can become a part of the INSEAD alumni community.

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