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An International Collaborative Programme

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A six month modular programme, the GWOB  will be hosted across East Africa and Malaysia to provide participants the opportunity to appreciate the differences in overall board governance, leadership and dynamics in boardrooms spanning borders.


Purpose of the Programme:

  1. Provide a global outlook and exposure to new markets
  2. Open regional or international board opportunities for women
  3. Surface the unconscious bias on diversity and merit at board levels
  4. Extend the network circles
  5. Tap into a global board mentoring platform


How It Works?

  1. Women delegates are invited to the programme based on their interest to serve on boards and their readiness in terms of qualification and experience
  2. They will go through two intensive modules designed to give them the knowledge and exposure to global governance, leadership and dynamics
  3. During the programme, they will be matched and mentored by both male and female directors across borders*
  4. Networking opportunities are organised for them to connect with key stakeholders – regulators, investors and board directors



Global Board Mentoring

  1. Connect to mentors across the globe
  2. Mentors and mentees are matched based on their areas of interest and need
  3. Meetings can be face-to-face or virtual
  4. Group mentor sessions will be organised during the course of the programme

Board Mentors

Board Member
Scicom, Germany & Malaysia


Nikolai Dobberstein, aged 52, German and Malaysian PR.


Board member of publicly listed company in Malaysia from 2005 to 2017.


Nikolai has been a director on the board of Scicom (MSC) Bhd, Malaysia’s leading customer care and business process outsourcing operator with operations in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, since its listing in 2005 until the end of 2017. He was the chairman of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee. He was also board and ExCo member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, a global alliance of WiFi operators, from 2005 to 2006.


Nikolai Dobberstein is the Head of A.T. Kearney’s Communications, Media & Technology Practice in Asia Pacific and the Managing Partner of the Malaysian Practice. He has been involved in multiple business transformation programs of leading government-linked, technology and telecom companies in Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa.


Before joining A.T. Kearney in India in 2011, Nikolai was the Exco member for New Businesses at Maxis, Malaysia. Nikolai had P&L responsibility for all data and digital businesses and helped propel Maxis into one of the global top 10 data operators. Before Maxis, Nikolai was 12 years with McKinsey & Company, where he was the Managing Partner in Malaysia from 2002 to 2004.


Nikolai has spent the last 24 years working in Asia, mostly in Malaysia and India. He moved back to Malaysia in early 2017. Nikolai is German and has a PhD in Technology & Innovation Management from the University of Kiel, Germany. He is married to an Indian and has two boys (18 & 15).

Board Member
General Mills, USA


Board member of a publicly listed company, General Mills in the USA since 2004.


Paul is currently Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration at Tuck School of Business in the USA. From 1995 to 2005 he served as the Dean of Tuck School of Business. Prior to joining Tuck Business School, Paul was a professor of Financial Accounting and Senior Associate Dean at the University of Michigan.


Paul is American and holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Texas, USA and an M.B.A. from the University of New Orleans, USA.

Managing Director/Board Member
Thumos Ltd, USA/Uganda


Brooke has sat on the boards of five private companies in total in Singapore and Mauritius.


Brooke holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA, a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Maryland, USA, and an Executive Diploma in Directorship from the Singapore Management University, Singapore.


Brooke has over 20 years of experience in corporate governance, risk management, impact investing, corporate restructuring, and has raised over USD2 billion in capital for private and public companies through IPOs, auctions, and negotiated sales in emerging markets. He has worked extensively throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in agribusiness, technology, manufacturing, F&B, hospitality, and energy. Brooke started his career in Kenya in 1991 as a business consultant, and in 1995 joined Arthur Andersen’s global corporate finance practice in Cairo, Egypt where he was the Africa regional manager, emerging markets investment committee, and Emerging Markets Core Team.


In addition to his private sector work, he has advised the Governments of Egypt, South Africa, and Indonesia on corporate governance and reform. In 2003, Brooke founded Thumos Ltd, a boutique advisory firm focused on advising both private and public clients. In 2008, Brooke was a founding team member of a private equity investment manager in Singapore during which he focused on investing in developing countries by evaluating investment opportunities based both on generating commercial returns and improving ESG outcomes. In 2012, Brooke joined a private family office in Vietnam as an investment committee member, and CEO of a portfolio company. In 2014, Brooke returned to Thumos Ltd where he is its managing director.

CEO/Board Member
BoardWise, USA


Donna’s board experience includes serving as: Independent Director of Daily Pay, a company transforming how employees get paid, Director of Aussie Web Pty., Ltd., Google’s guru partner for SEO optimization, and Director for Growth Group, Inc., a financial services corporation. She also is a board member for the companies she founded: Boardwise, Inc. and Hamlin Harkins, Ltd.


Prior to these current roles, she served as a director for Interhealth, USA, a leading international provider of nutraceuticals, including chair of the compensation committee; board advisory member for Paramit Corporation, a fast-growing standards-setting electronic contract manufacturer, board advisory member for Buyer’s Road, Inc., as well as for: CoreBrand, a privately-held advertising and branding firm in New York; and Themyscira Institute for Integrative Leadership in Europe and has been as a director for the San Jose Stage Company for 25 years. Additionally, she served as advisor to compensation committees for publicly-held companies: Asyst Technologies and Trident Microsystems, Inc. director for Commonwealth Central Credit Union, CardioGrade, Inc., Agromac International, and for the non-profit organizations: Girls, Inc, United Way, and the San Jose Ballet.


Donna holds professional governance certifications from National Association of Corporate Directors and Harvard University. She is recognized for her board style as a statesman, with an ability to successfully facilitate robust discussions of issues and integrate directors’ thinking into creative solutions.


Currently, Donna is CEO and Board Director of Boardwise., Inc. and well as Chairperson of Hamlin Harkins, Ltd., a 34 year-old international management consulting firm working with a broad spectrum of domestic and international companies on issues of strategy, market growth and performance improvement. Industries served are wide, including: high technology, retail, professional services, finance and manufacturing spanning 42 countries.


Donna holds a Ph.D. in strategic planning from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), an M.S. with honors in organizational communication also from RPI, and a B.A. from Siena College.

Independent Board Director 
Multiple Companies, Sri Lanka


Ravi sits on multiple public and private boards including:


Habitat for Humanity: Independent Director since Jan 2016. HFH is the World’s largest house building NGO.


Lanka Orix Leasing Ltd.: Independent Non-Executive Director on its Holdings board since January 1990.


LOLC is a JV with the ORIX Corporation in Japan. It was Sri Lanka’s largest and most profitable listed company in 2016/2017.


Ceylon Asset Management: Independent Non-Executive Director since 2005. Ceylon Is a leading trust fund manager and index creator in Sri Lanka


Aitken Spence Plantations Management PLC: Independent Non- Executive Director since 2016. ASPL is among the top 2 profitable plantation management companies in Sri Lanka with a portfolio of Tea, Rubber and Palm plantations.


Multi Finance Corporations: Independent Non-Executive Director since 2017. A leading finance company creating a ‘Blue ocean as a company focused on financing electric and hybrid vehicles and solar roofs.
Role- Lead Sustainability led Finance


UN Global Compact Sri Lanka Network: Director since 2007. The UN Global compact is the lead UN agency driving the engagement with business. Between, 2003-2011,


Ravi holds a DBA from European Business school-Switzerland, Master of Studies from Cambridge University, MBA from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Advanced Management program & International business from INSEAD and Post Graduate certificate in Sustainable business from Cambridge University.

Chairman/Board Director 
Multiple Companies, Malaysia


Palan sits on 2 Publically Listed Boards in Malaysia:


SMRT Holdings Berhad: Palan is a Chairman of SMRT Holdings Berhad, a public listed investment holding corporation. He was appointed in 2006.


Minda Global Berhad: Managing Director


Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS): Pro Chancellor of CUCMS.


Yayasan Palan: Founder & Director, supporting educational causes.


Palan holds a Ph.D from Federation University, Australia and California Coast University, USA.


Palan, an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, has authored 15 books, Palan’s latest book: the Global Journey of An Asian was launched in January 2014.


He has worked both internally and externally in a variety of roles in several industries over the last three decades in 30+ countries.


Palan, a social entrepreneur is regarded by his peers as a thought leader among Asian HR professionals.


Palan has received several awards including the prestigious title of Tan Sri conferred by His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.


Palan’s current interests include Entrepreneurship and Branding.

nikolai donna palan
 Dr Nikolai Dobberstein
Board Member
Scicom, Germany/Malaysia
Dr. Donna M. Hamlin
Board Member/CEO
BoardWise, USA
Tan Sri Dato’. R. Palan
SMR Group, Malaysia
Chan Wai Leong
Salmon & Partners
Dr. Ravi Fernando
Board Member
Aitken Spence Plantations
Sri Lanka
Dr. Margo Thomas
Executive Board Member
Commonwealth Business
Women, USA/UK
E. Brooke Whitaker
Board Member
Dr Paul Danos
Board Member
General Mills, USA

Programme Highlights

  1. International exposure and business networking opportunities across the countries
  2. Mentored by global network of mentors
  3. Networking events during the course of the programme
  4. Site visits and guest speakers related to the capital markets
  5. Media coverage on the programme

Programme Outline

Dates: 05 – 09 March | Location: Nairobi, Kenya, South Africa  

Module 1 – Building The Foundation For Board Directors


5 March – Welcome Dinner

6 March – Global Trends Shaping Board Leadership Today

  • Identifying leadership required to maximise board effectiveness in complex markets
  • Building and sustaining high performance board cultures
  • Understanding business risk drivers and their implications to the business
  • Providing strategic guidance and alignment to business direction

7 March – Appreciation of Global Corporate Governance

  • Approaches to Corporate Governance
  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of directors
  • Structure of the boards and directorships
  • Standing committees and their roles
  • Public oversight

8 March – Financial Stewardship: A Critical Board’s Role

  • Establishing and ensuring the organization’s compliance with proper financial systems and controls
  • Evaluating the organization‘s financial health
  • Literacy of the key financial language /terms and indicators of the business
  • Setting the expectations for audit committee members

9 March – Board Dynamics Intensive

  • Learn how to improve your effectiveness on the board and discover how to influence the group dynamic
  • What to do when you inherit a difficult culture
  • Learn about the merits of various chairing styles
  • Gain the courage to consciously address culture, and commit to cultural change in your board and organisation


Board Mentoring

  • 3 Mentor Meetings


Dates: 10 – 14 September | Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  

Module 2 – Preparing Women For Board Roles


10 September – Welcome Dinner

11 September – Managing Unconscious Bias in the Boardroom

  • Recognising the common biases
  • Language and gestures
  • Sources of boardroom conflict and strategies to mitigate
  • Breaking stereotypical thinking

12 September – Board Simulation – The Reality Check

  • Applying the learning in a simulated environment
  • Observations and feedback session on the application of the technical and boardroom skills
  • Interactive discussion and sharing on meeting outcomes

13 September – Personal Branding & Media Profiling

  • Identifying and articulating your authentic leadership brand
  • Understanding the journalist’s mindsets – media coverage
  • The board profile – what makes it relevant and appealing
  • What contributes to Presence?

14 September – Board Conference & Graduation Dinner

  • Topical Board issues/challenges
    • The innovative & forward looking board
    • Tapping into strategic potential of boards
    • Adapting to the digital age & cybersecurity
  • Graduation Ceremony

Who Should Attend

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and Heads of functional units
  • New and current Women Board Directors who want to improve or refresh their skills and knowledge on the expectations of Boards today.

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Module 1 Dates
05-09 March, 2018

9 am to 5 pm

Nairobi, Kenya

Module 2 Dates

10-14 September, 2018

9 am to 5 pm

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Programme Cost
Module 1: USD2,750
Module 2: USD2,750

To secure a seat on the programme:

  • Full payment upon registration
  • Payments can be made by module.
  • A 10% discount for full payment made by 15 Jan, 2018.
  • Certificates will only be issued to delegates who complete both modules

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