Fiji on globe


Located at the crossroads of the Pacific, Fiji is the major business hub in the region. The country offers a dynamic and vibrant business environment with an efficient regulatory environment and a culture of innovation.

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dubai on globe


Dubai is a rapidly evolving market, making it an attractive destination for international business. The Emirate prides itself on being a city of the future, with extensive developments in the artificial intelligence and technology spaces.

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Hong Kong on GLobe

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most prominent international business hubs, attracting business from across the globe. It is a global financial and business centre that is home to some of the largest investors in the Australian economy.

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Singapore on Globe


Singapore has a strategic Asia Pacific location, access to skilled talent and a stable economic system. Singapore houses a large Australian expat community and is known as an attractive location for multinational corporations to establish their regional headquarters.

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Our services

International membership

Benefit from being part of our director community of 43,000 members across 80 countries with access to professional development opportunities and director networks.

Becoming a member will help you build your professional networks and strengthen your governance knowledge. As a member you will have access to exclusive benefits that are essential to advancing your career and enhancing performance.

International member benefits

Events with preferential member rates

  • Connect with the AICD director community
  • Hear the latest ideas and practical insights

Networking in our member-only LinkedIn Group

  • Join more than 15,000 AICD members in our LinkedIn community
  • Expand your network by linking with other members
  • Follow and participate in conversations about directorship and governance

Director Self-assessment Tool

  • Complete a 20 minute assessment online and receive a customised report detailing areas of strength and areas for development
  • Plan a detailed suggested learning pathway tailored to your sector

Director Resource Centre

  • Access the most relevant tools and information to assist you and your board in driving performance
  • Read insightful content about governance issues in Australia and from around the world

Company Director magazine

  • Receive a monthly subscription to Australia’s leading magazine for directors, Company Director, with all the news and features on the legal, economic and strategic issues affecting your board

Use of member-only post-nominals

  • Recognition of your director experience by using AICD post-nominals, including AAICD, MAICD, GAICD and FAICD

Access to Business Centre and Member Lounges when visiting Australia

  • Work in comfort, relax between appointments, hold your meetings and network with fellow members
  • Exclusive and complimentary for members and their guests in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Brisbane

Members with a postal address outside Australia are eligible to receive a discount international membership rate of $300, plus a one off $140 joining fee. Join the world’s largest director institute today.

In-house governance development

Tailored education for your international board.

We support clients by working with their entire ‘Governing Team’ – the board, the CEO and senior management – to implement consistent governance practices, build capabilities and raise performance.

We offer a range of education courses, including the International Company Directors Course and the International Foundations of Directorship course, that can be delivered in your boardroom.

For all international in-house governance development enquiries, please contact Lauren Knight at or on +61 2 8248 8453.

Governance Diplomacy

The AICD has an objective to strengthen governance in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region in partnership with the Australian Government and other international agencies.

Our work makes a valuable contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 16 to promote peace, justice and strong institutions, and reinforces Australia’s aid policy, which identifies effective governance, policies and institutions as one of six priority areas for the Australian aid program. Our international partners include DFAT, Austrade, chambers of commerce, universities, professional associations and other director institutes.

Under our Governance Diplomacy program, we have helped strengthen governance in our region.

  • Fiji: we delivered the Fiji Directors Course, scholarships for female directors and provided advice on the creation of the Pacific Corporate Governance Institute in Suva.
  • Indonesia: we delivered the International Company Director Course, International Foundations of Directorship Course, director briefings on bribery, corruption, corporate fraud and whistleblowing, and provided scholarships under the Australia Awards Indonesia Program.
  • Myanmar: we provided assistance to the creation of an Institute of Directors.
  • Papua New Guinea: we delivered the PNG Directors Course, Boardroom Effectiveness for Women Program and partnered with DFAT on the launch of the Pacific Leadership Governance Precinct in Port Moresby.
  • Solomon Islands: we are working with partners to deliver governance training.
  • Thailand: we have licenced previous course material to the Thai Institute of Directors.

We deliver governance and leadership training to suit the needs of the stakeholders in the region, as detailed in our Governance Diplomacy brochure.

International Scholarships Program

The AICD offers a range of international scholarships each year to current and prospective company directors. Keep up to date with the current scholarships being offered here, as well as the latest International AICD scholarship recipients.

We are pleased to reopen the International Scholarship Program for 2019, offering full scholarship places for our International Company Directors Course in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai, and our Fiji Directors Course.

International scholarships are offered to directors, aspiring directors and community leaders who due to financial constraints would otherwise be unable to attend our governance programs.

For further information and to apply, please visit the AICD Scholarship page.

Global Network of Director Institutes

We are a founding member of the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI).

Membership of GNDI provides us with a forum to demonstrate the leadership of Australian directors internationally, and to share expertise in corporate governance and professional director development.

GNDI is comprised of membership organisations for directors from Australia, the UK, US, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa.

GNDI Global Passport

If you are a financial member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors then you have access to the Global Network of Director Institutes Global Passport.

For more information, see our GNDI Global Passport page here.


Read past editions of our International Newsletter.

Our latest newsletters can be found here

May 2018

Welcome to the May edition of the International Newsletter.

This issue we discuss our recent roadshows to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Fiji, our new International Scholarships Program and opportunities for Australian businesses in Asia.

February 2018

Welcome to the first edition of the International Newsletter for 2018.

We’re discussing how countries around the world are embracing artificial intelligence, the growing importance of the ASEAN-Australia Relationship and how members can boost their Director Professional Development units.

November 2017

Welcome to our November edition of the International Newsletter.

This issue features the key points to take away from the Essential Director Update:17, experiences from the International Company Directors Course and details of our courses and events for 2018.

August 2017

Welcome to the August 2017 edition of the International Newsletter.

This edition features highlights from our Fiji Directors Course, an article on tightened regulation of the financial sector in China, an international member profile from Mereoni Rasovo Matavou and details of upcoming courses and events.

May 2017

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 newsletter, we are excited to present a new-look publication, which continues to bring relevant content to our readers.

This season's newsletter features an article on the improvement of China's income inequality, an international member profile, a dissection of the Australian Federal Budget, and upcoming courses and events in locations all over the world.

February 2017

The first International Director Newsletter of the year features articles from various regions, international member profiles and upcoming courses and events.

November 2016

November 2016 includes articles on: Left behind- can China learn international lessons to revitalise its rust belt, Board diversity: would your board benefit from having a lawyer- director, New and longstanding membership profiles, International Out and About and more.

August 2016

August 2016 includes articles on: Short term volatility risks derailing China's critical reforms- risking weakness longer term, International Director profiles, Scholarship winner Tracy Hansen's IFOD experience, Confronting an uncertain world and much more.

May 2016

May 2016 includes articles on: Casting a wider net over China's total debt, Diversity- broader than you think, International Director profiles and Taking Margaret River wines to the world.

February 2016

February 2016 includes articles on: Essential Asia: interest in interest, Cyber, a quest for ongoing resilience, International Director profile, International Member profile and China transition to high value manufacturing.

November 2015

November 2015 includes articles on: China's new labour force survey could finally provide unemployment clarity, China's transition: Risks and opportunities for S-E Asia, International new member profile: Participant profile, Time to get serious about Asia.

August 2015

August 2015 includes articles on: Singapore's Productivity Imperative, Capital account, Remembering Lee Kuan Yew, 30 Percent Club launches in Australia.

May 2015

May 2015 includes articles on: Diversity on ASX 200 boards,How to enter the Indian market, SME issues, 2014 Australia-China Trade Report.

February 2015

February 2015 includes articles on: Humour and Corporate Governance, Sustainability strategy driving commercial value, Why international JVs so often fail to deliver anticipated value, Governance without borders.

Meet our team

Meet our international team

We have a dedicated team to help our international members keep their knowledge current with AICD’s international courses, events and webinars.

Edward Palmisano
Head of International

Edward Palmisano leads the AICD’s international engagement and his team won the NSW Emerging Exporter Award in 2017. He has spoken on global governance in Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, the UAE, Israel, Thailand, Fiji and Australia. As a former diplomat, he represented Australia at international negotiations and served at the Australian Embassy in Spain. He specialised in international law and was awarded an Australia Day Citation during the Israel-Lebanon war.

He is admitted to the High Court of Australia, is on the Board/Council of the Art Gallery Society of NSW and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He holds a masters in international relations from Cambridge University, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1). He was President of the Sydney University Law Society and Captain of the Sydney University Boat Club. He speaks Spanish.

Lauren Knight
International Manager

Lauren manages international operations and is available to assist members with ongoing professional development. She has experience in a range of business operations, including implementing a cloud based fully integrated CRM system in her previous role as Systems and Membership Manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, where she spent over ten years. Lauren has a strong background of successful engagement in membership based organisations.

Lauren completed her studies in Event Management in the distinction grade at TAFE NSW. She is based in Sydney.

Fiona Currey
International Programs Executive

Fiona is responsible for the coordination and delivery of AICD’s international programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Fiji. She has extensive experience convening domestic and international programs at AICD, including premium programs such as Mastering the Boardroom.

Fiona previously worked for the Property Council of Australia and Citibank. She is based in Sydney.

Anna McCrea
International Members Executive

Anna leads our international member engagement and is available to assist members with ongoing professional development. Anna has been involved in the international education industry for over seven years through the University of Queensland and the Queensland State Government where she promoted and delivered short-term academic and professional development programs to participants from Asia and the Middle East. Most recently Anna served as the Events and Membership Manager for the American Australian Association in New York.

Anna spent two years studying in Osaka, Japan and speaks Japanese. She holds a Bachelor of Communications/Arts and is based in Sydney.

Cassy Ashford
International Team Coordinator

Cassy assists our members with registrations to courses and events, and provides administrative support to deliver high quality education programs and events. Her previous experience includes working as the Learning Pathways Administrator at Resolution Institute, as well as Membership Coordinator at the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales.

Cassy holds a Diploma of Business Administration and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Administration with Swinburne University. She is based in Sydney.

Kylie Ha
International Programs Executive

Kylie is responsible for the coordination and delivery of AICD's international programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Fiji. She has extensive experience in the education industry and has been involved in the international education sector for over five years in China, Japan and Australia. Most recently, Kylie served as the Senior Study Tours Officer for DE International, NSW Department of Education, where she promoted and delivered short-term academic and professional development programs to education specialists from various international markets.

Advisory Committees

Our regional advisory committees in Singapore, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Fiji represent the needs and interests of the AICD and its members within each region.

Each committee meets on a quarterly basis to provide advice and support for the education programs and membership activities of the AICD internationally.

Hong Kong Advisory Committee

  • Dr Garry Willinge FAICD, CEO/MD, Cbridge Limited (Hong Kong) – Chair
  • Simone Wheeler GAICD, Head of Communications, CLSA
  • Simon Clarke MAICD, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • Andrew MacIntosh GAICD, Chairman (Non-executive), Acorus Investment Management
  • Angelina Kwan, Chief Operations Officer, BitMEX
  • John Spence FAICD, Regional Head M&A and Strategy, Asia, Generali
  • Andrew Tsui MAICD, Chairman, Korn Ferry
  • Fiona Nott GAICD, Director, Aesop Limited
  • Kathryn Dioth GAICD, Chief Executive Officer, The Hinrich Foundation
  • Deirdre Lander GAICD, Managing Director, Red Door Consulting
  • Vip Vyas, Managing Director, Alchimie Asia
  • Ruth Thomason GAICD, Managing Director, Pacific Rock Partners
  • Mark Devadason MAICD, Senior Advisor, Asia, Business for Social Responsibility

Singapore Advisory Committee

  • Neil Parekh MAICD, General Manager, Asia, National Australia Bank – Chair
  • Christopher Chong FAICD, Partner, ACH Investements Pte Ltd
  • Woon Teck Tay MAICD, Managing Director, RSM Risk Advisory Pte Ltd
  • Carolyn Chin-Parry MAICD, Director, Management Consulting, KPMG
  • Jimmy Phoon, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Seatown Holdings
  • Jonathan Glickfeld, Director and Procurement General Manager, Visy Singapore
  • Dina Coppel GAICD, Principal, elev8 advisory
  • Stacy McCarthy GAICD, Regional Director, Shared Services, The Boeing Company
  • Lorena Paglia MAICD, Director, EY
  • Suzanne Gibson GAICD, Special Counsel, King & Wood Mallesons

Fiji Advisory Committee

  • Jenny Seeto MAICD - Chair
  • Kevin McCarthy GAICD
  • Warwick Pleass MAICD, Chairman & Managing Director, Pleass Global Limited
  • Latileta Qoro AAICD, Chief Executive Officer, South Pacific Stock Exchange
  • Wylie Clark MAICD, Principal, Howards Law
  • Lisa Apted MAICD, Partner, KPMG

Middle East Advisory Committee

  • Adam Malouf FAICD, Chief Asset Sourcing Officer, Knowledge Fund
  • Anneliese Reinhold GAICD, General Counsel & SVP Legal Regulation Affairs, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC
  • Cheryl Thornton AAICD, Head of HR South Asia & Middle East, Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Dean Rowan GAICD, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf One Investment Bank
  • Ellecia Saffron GAICD, Managing Director, Maysaffron
  • Gerard Hutchinson FAICD, Chief Financial Officer, AF Construction LLC
  • Krysta Fox GAICD
  • Mark Lynch FAICD, Chairman, Citigold Corporation Limited
  • Mehdi Danesh GAICD, Head of Advisory, Hill International
  • Rebecca Hall GAICD, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, BHC
  • Walid Gamali, Chief Executive Officer, 3W Networks