INSTITUTE OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS OF KENYA
(Established under Accountants Act, Laws of Kenya)
THE 2nd BOARD MASTERCLASS
Theme: Towards improvement of Board Competence and Board Culture for organizations
VENUE: PULLMAN DEIRA CITY CENTRE, DUBAI
Date: 29th November – 3rd December 2021
Strong corporate governance maintains investors and stakeholder confidence, whose support can help to finance further growth. Organizations that implement the principles of good corporate governance into their working environment will ensure corporate success and economic growth. Good corporate governance is the basis on which organizations grow. Board of directors are given authority to act on behalf of the organizations they govern. They should therefore accept full responsibility for the powers that they are given and the authority that they exercise. The Board of directors are responsible for overseeing the management of the business and in doing so, they are required to act in the best interests of the Company. The core principles of good corporate governance such as fairness, accountability, responsibility & transparency are essential for all Boards to adopt for successful execution of their mandate.
Effective stakeholder management is essential for all Boards to implement. Directors should ensure to incorporate the principles of effective Stakeholder Management in their Board Culture and operations for successful execution of their mandate. One of the critical aspects of stakeholder management is also the relationship between the Board, Management and Staff. This relationship if well managed in line with best practice corporate governance styles will lead the organization to growth and fulfillment of its core mandate and mission. One of the grey lines which directors struggle with is how far to go in terms of engaging with the entity’s management and staff. It is prudent to exercise good governance by following the right laid down protocols and for directors to minimize their day-to-day interactions with company staff for effective execution of their role.
Board composition and the role of each board member, their skills and competence are also fundamental aspects of how effective the Board will be in its performance. Boards delegate some of their roles to Board Committees as specified in the Board Charter. These Committees, their formation, leadership, and meetings ought to be transparent to the Board and report to the Board every Quarter or as necessary. The legal framework on formation of Boards and Board Composition will also be discussed at length in the master class, and Board members will have a chance to interact with the relevant Board instruments that are pertinent in performance of their roles. The master class will also provide an opportunity for directors to gain practical knowledge on how to conduct meetings in the physical and virtual environments. As the effects of the pandemic are coming to the fore, one of the major disruptions that took the world by surprise was the inability to conduct physical meetings, which led different entities to be agile enough and embrace virtual meetings as part of their acceptable means of discussions. These brought about its own challenges, and it is important for Boards to evaluate whether they have adopted the right controls for the virtual working environment. Boards that had previously automated their Board papers faced less challenges with privacy concerns and data protection issues as opposed to those that had not embraced automation. During the master class, the participants will have a chance to interact with the various available eBoard systems and the reports and dashboards that if implemented would make their work easier.
One of the core essentials for effective and successful Boards is the self-leadership and resilience of individual directors. To ensure success as a Board and develop a positive Board Culture, it is important for individual directors to develop their capability to influence and manage board relations, leverage on their competitive advantage for sustainable success and develop skills to navigate through Board dynamics and Board Politics. Engaging with diverse stakeholder perspectives and entrenching the corporate, social and community responsibility for each individual director will also aid in development of a positive Board Culture. Executive presence and emotional intelligence if inculcated in the lives of individual directors will provide an overall positive effect to the entire Board resulting to an improved Board Culture with better performance.
Board competence and skills are also very important for the successful leadership of an organization. It is paramount for directors to build in depth knowledge in the required technical areas of the business to enable them to perform effectively in governance and advisory. Financial Reporting and the interpretation of key financial rations and statistics is important for all directors. Risk Management, risk appetite and the inculcation of the same to the organization’s strategy and KPIs is very critical for successful monitoring and implementation by Management. As disruptions continue to emerge and different innovations implemented in the world and nationally, it is important for directors to familiarize themselves with the leading practice in the digitization and automation agenda and be at the fore front in providing the tone at the top that is required by organizations during the automation journey.
The 5-Day Master Class is geared to provide a platform for discussions on what works and what does not as lined up in each of the 6 modules as indicated below. This Master Class is intended to provide new directors with critical knowledge and insights that will enable them to ‘hit the ground running’ in their governance and leadership roles. It is also a good program for Board Induction and an opportunity for delegates to build their professional skills and network with other like-minded Directors from different sectors.
This program is divided into the following six modules covering the various aspects of Board Competence:
|DAY||MODULE||TOPICS||KEY AREAS TO BE COVERED|
|DAY 1||A. Foundation and Corporate Governance||1. Governance Principles
2. Stakeholder Management
3. Relationship between Board & Management
|1. The core principles of good corporate governance:
2. Principles of effective Stakeholder Management
3. Relationship between Board, Management and Staff
|DAY 1||B. Board Composition||1. Forming effective Boards
2. Legal Framework on Board Formation
3. Board Composition
4. Board Chairman & Secretary
|1. Overview of the legal framework on Board Formation and Board Composition
2. Forming effective Boards
3. The role of Board Chairman & Secretary
|DAY 2||Formation of Board Committees||1. The role of various Committees
2. Conduct of Committee Meetings
3. The relationship between the Board and its Committees
4. Guidance on competence of Committee Chairs
|DAY 2||C. Board Papers & Board Meetings||1. Formats of a Board Pack & Board Papers
2. Automation of Board Papers Reviews and Meetings
3. How to conduct effective Board Meetings (Practical Sessions)
|1. Formats of a Board Pack and Board Papers:
· Technical Board Papers
· Board Papers from Committees
· Board Minutes
2. Board approvals and board resolutions- Best Practice
3. Automation of Board Paper Reviews and Meetings:
4. The journey towards Automation
5. Examples of eBoards available in the market
6. Practical session of various eBoard dashboards
7. Conducting effective board meetings in the virtual and physical environments. (Practical Sessions)
|DAY 3 AND 4||D. Board Culture and Self-Leadership Skills||1. Developing a positive Board Culture
2. Critical Self-Leadership skills for a successful Board Member
3. Managing diverse board relations
4. Competitive advantage
5. Navigating Board Politics (Practical Sessions)
6. Executive Presence
7. Emotional Intelligence
|1. Developing a positive Board Culture
2. The journey towards being a successful board member.
· Developing your capability to influence and manage board relations.
· Competitive advantage and how to leverage it for sustainable success.
· Developing skills to navigate through Board dynamics and Board Politics.
· Engaging with diverse stakeholder perspectives
· The value of corporate, social and community responsibility.
3. Executive presence for effective leadership edge as a director
4. Employing emotional intelligence for success during Board Meetings
|DAY 5||E. Board Competence and Skills||1. Effective utilization of diverse Board Skills from Directors
2. Financial Reporting for Directors
3. Risk Management- The role of Directors
4. Technology and the automation agenda for Boards
|1. Effective utilization of diverse Board Skills from Directors
2. Financial Reporting for Directors – What directors should know from the periodic financial reports and ratios presented to them.
3. Risk Management and Risk Appetite – The role of Directors
4. Technology and the automation agenda for Boards
5. Developing a strong values system and establishing unquestionable character, integrity, influence, and resilience as an executive leader
|DAY 5||F. Moving Forward||Emerging issues for Boards and what Boards should be concerned about||Emerging issues for Boards and what Boards should be concerned about|
Board Members, Board Chairpersons, Board Committee Members and Committee Chairpersons, Board Secretaries, CEOs, Senior Management, Aspiring Board Members, Business Owners and Entrepreneurs,
Kenyans require a tourist visa to visit Dubai. In applying for the VISA, you will need an invitation letter from ICPAK and hotel accommodation. We always encourage applicants to indicate past international events of ICPAK that they have attended.
This Master Class shall be provided at a cost of Sh. 170,000.
CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNITS:
Members of ICPAK and other reciprocating professional bodies will earn 20 CPD points upon successfully attending the Master Class.
We call on all participants to note that booking is available only online at www.icpak.com/events and will close two hours before the training session. Delegates are reminded to note that online booking for training sessions is MANDATORY. This is available either online at www.icpak.com/events or on the ICPAK Live – A smart phone-based application that is available from google store.
NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AUTHORITY (NITA) REIMBURSEMENT:
The Institute is registered as a trainer with National Industrial Training Authority. The Institute’s registration number is DIT/TRN/47. Participants who are registered levy contributors should apply to NITA for reimbursement of their fees. Please note that this is applicable for Kenyan citizens only and subject to NITA regulations. Remember that to qualify you should apply to NITA for approval prior to the date of the conference. Further details can be obtained from their website (www.nita.go.ke)