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Exclusive Sorbonne Business School Board Member Certification Program in The Sustainable City

Our exclusive Sorbonne Business School certificate is an exclusive opportunity for you to enrich your expertise and broaden your network while fortifying governance effectiveness within your responsibilities.

At DiliTrust, we understand the pivotal role that effective board governance plays in driving organizational success. That’s why we’ve teamed up with an institution renowned for its academic excellence, to unveil a groundbreaking initiative: our DiliTrust x Sorbonne Business School Board Member Certification Program.

This program is more than just a line on yours resumes; it’s a transformative opportunity. With a curriculum meticulously crafted by industry veterans and thought leaders, we’ve designed it to equip you with the tools, insights, and strategies needed to navigate the complexities of modern governance with confidence and finesse.

Certification Content

Expert Guidance

Directors members will have the privilege of learning from esteemed and worldwide-known professors who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program.

Among them:

  • Christian de Boissieu, emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Paris Sorbonne, honorary President of the French Finance Association and Former Consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission and the European Parliament.
  • Eric Lamarque, Director of Sorbonne Business School, specialist and author of numerous reference publications covering the banking sector.
  • Moez Joudi, President of the Tunisian Institute of Directors, Corporate Director, and Expert Consultant in Corporate and Banking Governance.
  • Léna Yasmin Dridi, Dubai Ambassador for Legal Ops Uncensored, Author of publications covering LegalTech, Legal Counsel and Strategic Partnerships Manager at DiliTrust
  • Pr. Clive Gallery Clive holds a Ph.D. in Financial Strategy and is an Associate Professor at Pantheon Sorbonne Business School. He directs programs at l’Ecole des Ponts Paristech and Cedep. Clive lectures worldwide and teaches company administrators in Senegal for Insead. With over 25 years of experience, he has collaborated with companies like L’Oréal and Unilever.

Cutting-edge Content

Dive deep into the latest governance principles, legal frameworks, and emerging trends in the region and globally through immersive modules. 

Exclusive Experience in the first net zero residential community of the Middle-East

The program will be divided into five sessions, each spanning two days. Three of these sessions will be conducted in person in The Sustainable City, the region’s first operational Net Zero Energy city, meticulously designed to minimize environmental impact. These three in-person sessions are invaluable opportunities for networking and hands-on learning, while the remaining two sessions will be held remotely, ensuring accessibility and flexibility.

Connect with Peers

Connect with a diverse cohort of members, each bringing their unique perspectives and challenges to the table. Engage in lively discussions, swap best practices, and forge lasting bonds with like-minded peers.

Prestigious Certificate from a Globally Recognized University

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate from the Sorbonne Business School.

Five modules

  1. Local Governance Rules
  2. Risk Management
  3. International Best Governance Practices
  4. International Financial Economics Approach
  5. Cybersecurity, AI and digital transformation in the boardroom

Learn more about the modules:

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

MODULE 1

Governance principles, systems,
rules and best practices

📍SEE Institute, Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE.

🗓️ Monday, September 23, 2024 from 9am to 5pm 
🗓️ Tuesday, September 24, 2024 from 9am to 5pm

Module objectives:
  • Recall regulations, recommendations and governance mechanisms at regional, Middle Eastern and international levels,
  • Identify proposed good governance practices,
  • Train directors in these best practices:
  • Better organization of powers within a company’s various departments,
  • Identify dysfunctions and poor governance practices and address them through effective governance systems,
  • Define the responsibilities and prerogatives of company Directors
  • Optimize strategic decisions and adopt sustainable, partnership-based value creation models.
  • Upgrade to internationally adopted standards and best practices

The speaker


MODULE 2

Functioning of Boards of Directors and Specialized Committees, Risk management, efficiency and performance of companies and banks

📍SEE Institute, Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE.

🗓️ Monday, October 28, 2024 from 9 am to 5 pm 
🗓️ Tuesday, Monday, October 28, 2024 from 9 am to 5 pm 

Module objectives:
  • Understand the functioning, roles, responsibilities and composition of a Board of Directors,
  • Understand the role of the Board and its contribution to corporate governance,
  • To define the place, roles and missions assigned to specialized committees,
  • Understand the concept of risk, master risk management and draw up risk maps,
  • Identify the interactions between governance and risk management, master the regulations and provisions in force governance and risk management,
  • Identify best practices in auditing, internal control and risk management,
  • Set up a high-performance information system and control the profitability/risk ratio,
  • Develop value-creating strategies and manage corporate performance

The speaker


MODULE 3

International economic, social and climate trends and new ESG requirements

📍SEE Institute, Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE.

🗓️ Monday, November 25, 2024 from 9am to 5pm 
🗓️ Tuesday, November 26, 2024 from 9am to 5pm 

Module objectives:
  • Recall the new international and regional context while highlighting the evolution of economic, social and climatic rules and practices in the business world,
  • Identify the main changes in the political, economic, financial and legal
  • Preparing and adapting company and bank directors to these changes:
  • Better structuring and organization of economic life,
  • Situate the scope of ESG imperatives and their impact on governance and managerial and organizational practices in companies and banks,
  • Identify governance issues and their economic repercussions
  • Develop new visions and practical approaches to governance and management

The speaker


MODULE 4

IFRS and the fundamentals of corporate finance and accounting. 

📍Online

🗓️ Monday, December 9, 2024 from 9am to 11am (online )
🗓️ Tuesday, December 10, 2024 from 9am to 11am (online)

Module objectives:
  • Interpret and analyze company financial statements and indicators,
  • Define the models and objectives of a company’s financial statements in relation to IFRS,
  • Identify the key points in the financial statements that the Directors should check before closing the annual financial statements,
  • Understand the differences between different financial and accounting concepts (accounting/taxable income; individual/consolidated financial statements) …
  • Develop a company director’s basic knowledge of corporate finance (financial diagnosis, business plan, valuation methods, etc.) …
  • Know how to read and understand statutory auditors’ reports (general report, special report, report on the internal control system, report on an interim financial situation, ).

At the end of this module, participants will be able to :

  • Master the key points that require constant vigilance on the part of directors in analyzing and closing the accounts,
  • Enter and understand financial statements and ensure reliable closing of accounts,
  • Know how to interpret reports and interact with the Statutory Auditors and relevant departments on financial and accounting data,
  • Understand the methodology of financial diagnosis to assess the relevance of a project presented to the Board of Directors.

The speaker


MODULE 5

Cybersecurity, AI and digital transformation in the boardroom

📍Online

🗓️ Monday, December 16, 2024 from 9am to 5pm (online )
🗓️ Tuesday, December 17, 2024 from 9am to 12pm (online)

Day one: cybersecurity and digital transformation

  • Interactive Introduction and Icebreaker
    • A quick, engaging activity to introduce participants and set the tone for the day’s cybersecurity focus.
  • Cybersecurity Essentials for Board Members
    • A high-level overview of cybersecurity threats and the board’s role in governance.
    • Group discussion on real-life cyber incidents and their impact on organizations.
  • Board Members’ Personal Cybersecurity Practices
    • Brief interactive presentation on best practices for personal cybersecurity hygiene.
    • Breakout session: Small groups discuss and list their current practices and potential improvements.
  • Leveraging Technology for Security: An Introduction to Board Portal Features
    • Quick overview emphasizing security features of board portals.
  • Understanding self-assessment and debriefing
  • Deep Dive into Board Portal Features
    • Comprehensive presentation covering the full spectrum of board portal features, including document management, meeting organization, and collaboration tools.
    • Use of screen sharing to demonstrate these features live, highlighting their benefits in board governance and efficiency.
  • Best Practices for Implementing Board Portal Solutions
    • Presentation on the step-by-step process for selecting, implementing, and maximizing the use of board portal solutions.
    • Incorporation of case studies to illustrate successful implementations and common pitfalls to avoid.
  • Leveraging Board Portals for Effective Governance
    • Discussion on strategic use of board portal features to enhance decision-making, collaboration, and governance outcomes.
    • Tips for driving adoption among board members and ensuring consistent use.
  • Q&A and Wrap-Up
    • Structured Q&A session, allowing participants to submit questions in advance or live, ensuring all queries are addressed.
    • Summarize key takeaways from the day, emphasizing actionable steps board members can take to enhance their cybersecurity posture and effectively utilize board portal solutions.

Day two: AI in the Boardroom

  • Overview of AI
    • Introduction of the agenda and objectives of the session
    • Quick icebreaker activity
  • AI Applications in Business
    • Definition and basic concepts of AI
    • Historical context and evolution of AI
    • Current state of AI technology
  • AI Tools and Technologies
    • Use cases of AI in different industries
    • Specific examples of AI in boardroom decision-making
    • Benefits of implementing AI in strategic planning
  • Implementing AI in Your Boardroom
    • Steps to integrate AI into boardroom processes
    • Challenges and considerations (e.g., data privacy, ethical concerns)
    • Best practices for a smooth transition
  • Case Study Discussion
    • Present a real-life case study of AI implementation in a boardroom
    • Group discussion on lessons learned and applicability
  • Q&A and Wrap-Up (10 minutes)
    • Open floor for questions and answers
    • Recap key points and takeaways

The speakers

Exclusive Experience in the first net zero residential community of the Middle-East

Three of the sessions will be conducted in person in The Sustainable City in Dubai, the region’s first operational Net Zero Energy city. These three in-person sessions are invaluable opportunities for networking and hands-on learning, while the remaining two sessions will be held remotely, ensuring accessibility and flexibility.

Prestigious Certificate from a Globally Recognized University

Upon completion, your board members will earn an esteemed certificate from Sorbonne Business School. The culmination of this enriching journey will be celebrated with a prestigious diplomation ceremony held at the historic Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris, adding a touch of grandeur to their achievements.

Save your spot
for the program

Application Deadline: July 19th

Tuiton fees: $15,000 *

Our pricing offers exceptional value, making us a more affordable choice for high-quality training.

This package includes:

  • Catering: Enjoy delicious and balanced
    meals throughout the training.
  • Accommodation: Stay comfortably in the Sustainable City,
    an eco-friendly and inspiring environment.
  • Certification: Receive a recognized certification
    upon completion of your course.

* Discount/Preferential rates
5%-15% corporate rate

Companies and organizations benefit from a special discount, based on the number of employees enrolling in programmes. For more details, please contact lena.dridi@dilitrust.com