Welcome to the international newsletter

It has been a busy few months for the international division.

In June I travelled to Thailand to represent the AICD at the Annual Meeting of the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI). Australia was a founding member of the GNDI, whose mission is to foster closer collaboration between the world’s leading director institutes. With leadership from our new Chair, we focussed on strengthening corporate governance globally.

While in Thailand, I addressed AICD and AustCham Thailand members at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok on the global trends that will disrupt boards in 2018. I explored the director’s role in steering organisations through rapid change, the battle for trust and the importance of culture. All of these issues featured in our latest Director Sentiment Index, discussed in this edition of the newsletter.

I also travelled to Fiji in July for a roadshow coinciding with our Fiji Directors Course and annual dinner. The roadshow was productive, with a number of meetings with key Fiji Government officials and AICD members. We continue to advance our Governance Diplomacy Program, focussing on strengthening governance in the Asia-Pacific region. Our Fiji Directors Course is one part of the program, providing directors and aspiring directors with a comprehensive view of governance.

The Fiji annual dinner featured Phil Kearns, former captain of the Wallabies. As a graduate of the AICD, Phil spoke about courage, accountability and culture, both on and off the rugby field.

On the radar for the next few months is the final Fiji Directors Course for 2018, three International Company Directors Courses in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai, and a number of member events around the globe. Also keep an eye out for the next stage of our International Scholarships Program, launching in September.

I hope you enjoy the new newsletter format. As always, please send any feedback to me on international@aicd.com.au.