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As the premier organization for corporate directors in India, the Institute of Directors (IOD) partners with select organisations from across the globe, in our endeavour to strengthen our mission in ‘Building Tomorrow’s Boards’ through strategic collaborations and initiatives.

Our endeavour is to build valuable relationships by way of cooperation, understanding and trust, for the mutual benefit and growth of both, IOD and our MoU Partners.

We aim at international cooperation and collaboration on all issues relating to the boardroom and director community.

The Good Governance Academy (GGA) has been established to collaborate globally to share information on critical governance, sustainability, reporting, integrated thinking and business science issues as a public good, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 17 (collaboration) and 4 (education). The GGA fulfills this mandate with due consideration for, and to the benefit of, the triple context within which it operates: society, the economy and the natural environment.

Amongst other related activities, the GGA holds two colloquia a year so that the best of thought leadership is imparted from, and to, educators, professionals and corporate leaders for the benefit of future leaders, their organisations and the triple contexts within which they operate.
The GGA makes use of a collaborating network of support members (see list at bottom of page) to share this information.

The Good Governance Academy (GGA)
(South Africa)

The Centre for Governance and Sustainability (CGS), formerly known as Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO), was established by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School in 2010. It aims to spearhead relevant and high-impact research on corporate governance (CG) and corporate sustainability (CS) issues that are pertinent to institutions, government bodies and businesses both in Singapore and Asia. This includes corporate governance and corporate sustainability, governance of family firms, government-linked companies, business groups, and institutions. CGS also organises events such as public lectures, industry roundtables, and academic conferences on topics related to governance and sustainability.

Centre for Governance and Sustainability (CGS)
National University of Singapore (NUS)

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology UK is a not-for-profit trade association, established in 2001. While the world around us has changed dramatically since we started out, our goal has always been the same: championing our members and promote a future built on renewable energy and clean technology. We do this by developing informed policy and advocating on behalf of our members to Government.

The Association for Renewable Energy & Clean Technology (REA)

The University of Westminster, UK is a public research university based in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1838 as the Royal Polytechnic Institution, it is one of Britain's oldest higher education institutions and was the first polytechnic to open in the UK. Sir George Cayley, 6th Baronet (1773 - 1857), the "father of aeronautical engineering", was the first chairman. The Polytechnic formally received a Royal charter in August 1839, and became the University of Westminster in 1992. It is one of the post-1992 universities.

University of Westminster

GovEVA is a combination of a Software platform plus senior Consulting services to enhance your organization’s Corporate Governance levels, thus leading to accelerated and tangible Economic Value Add. GovEVA also automates and e-enables all the foundational Secretarial compliance requirements.


The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc., an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (“RIMS”) is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 corporate, industrial, service, non-profit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. RIMS has a membership of approximately 11,000 risk practitioners, who are located in more than 60 countries. The mission of RIMS is to educate, engage, and advocate for the global risk community. IOD and RIMS acknowledge the strong and growing memberships of their respective organizations, and further acknowledge the cultural, historic and economic partnership between India and the USA. Both institutes aim to work together to strengthen the networking and educational opportunities for their respective members

RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society ®

In a landmark collaboration on the 11th November, 2018, The Institute Of Directors joined hands with the Ministry of MSME, Government of India in forming a strategic alliance and working towards development of management and governance of the MSME sector’s professional competency needs through a portfolio of curated developmental initiatives. The MoU was signed by Lt. Gen. J.S.Ahluwalia, President, IOD & Mr. Ram Mohan Mishra, Additional secretary & Development Commissioner, Ministry of MSME, Government of India. IOD aims to contribute in the development of leadership and governance of the MSME sector, within the broad policy framework laid down by the Government of India.

IOD has specially accepted the initiative to set up a dedicated division to focus on developing governance practices and skills for MSME sector. IOD realizes that its experience in building institutions and leadership and governance for over the last 27 years can be effectively dedicated to support the national effort in the development of MSME sector. IOD is launching this movement under the patronage and guidance of the Development Commissioner, Ministry of MSME.

Ministry of MSME, Government of India

The Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD) was officially incorporated on 18 January 2008 as a not-for-profit company under the Companies Act 2001, but was already operating with an interim Board of Directors as from 16 July 2007. The project was to set up an Institute of Directors primarily to advance corporate governance in Mauritius by establishing a professional forum for directors and managers within the public and private sectors. It was entrusted to the National Committee on Corporate Governance (NCCG) which in 2006 commissioned 2 consultants, Anne Molyneux and Pierre Dinan, to develop a Business Plan. Pierre Dinan was subsequently approached by the NCCG to become an individual founder shareholder and a director of the Institute, and eventually became the first Chairman. From October 2007 to January 2008, the Interim Board met every month to deal with matters pertaining to the setting up of the Institute, ranging from the drawing up of the constitution to the proper title and designation of the new organisation.

Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD)

ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA Global
(The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Aston University is a public research university situated at Gosta Green, in the city centre of Birmingham, England. Aston began as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895, evolving into the UK’s first College of Advanced Technology in 1956. Aston University received its royal charter from Queen Elizabeth II on 22 April 1966. In 2016, Aston was ranked in the top 33 universities in the UK by all three major league tables, and also received recognition Times Higher Education for the second best teaching quality in the UK. Aston was ranked by QS as the 42nd best university in the world under 50 years old in 2015.

Aston University

Brain Quest Consultancy and Training Brain Quest is state of the art Training and Consultancy firm. The training arm is designed to provide managers, leaders and business executives with the necessary skillset and knowledge that they may require to achieve the highest results in changing business environment. It provides training in the fields of Digital Transformation, Leadership, Strategy, Quality, Finance and Innovation. On the consultancy side, it provides value based solutions, assesses your requirement, understand your business objectives and design the solution accordingly.

Brain Quest Consultancy and Training

The Centre for Corporate Governance (CCG), the Premier and Pioneer Corporate Governance Training Institution in Africa, was established by a private sector initiative for corporate governance in 1999, to foster the highest standards of corporate governance and excellence in all types of corporations. The Centre achieves its mandate through training, education, research, monitoring, evaluation and advocacy.

Centre For Corporate Governance

CIMA is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Our mission is to help people and businesses to succeed in the public and private sectors.

We have more than 227,000 members and students in 179 countries. They work at the heart of business in industry, commerce and not for profit organisations. We have strong relationships with employers, and sponsor leading research. We constantly update our qualification, professional experience requirements and CPD programme. This ensures that our members and students are first choice for employers who are recruiting financially trained business leaders.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA Global)

DMCC is the authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai - home to the world’s leading businesses of today, and tomorrow. The most successful markets create conditions that enable producers, traders and consumers to thrive. DMCC is a Dubai Government Authority committed to developing these ideal conditions and has a strong track record in commodity trade facilitation where we encourage and support business through the platforms we provide. These include our Free Zone, commodity exchanges, legal and regulatory frameworks and our real estate offering.

DMCC is developing the ‘Burj2020 District’ as part of our DMCC Free Zone expansion strategy to provide leading businesses with a commercial property offering unique to the Dubai marketplace. Indispensable to the economic growth of the nation, we - together with our members - deliver strong performance today, and sustainable growth tomorrow.


Dubai Quality Group is a non-profit organization set up by the Dubai Department of Economic Development under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Guided by the vision of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Quality Group was established in 1994 to develop and promote Quality and Business Excellences practices in UAE.

Dubai Quality Group organizes mainly Quality and Business Excellence topics related training programs and events throughout the year with the objective of improving and promoting Quality of Service & Business Excellence in the Region.

Dubai Quality Group

Emirates Intellectual Property Association (hereinafter referred to as “EIPA”), a national association of public welfare, whose aims are to spread the public awareness about IP crimes and provide law enforcement agencies and private sectors with the knowledge needed to combat IP crime. Established on 25th November 200 based in Dubai city, United Arab Emirates.

Emirates Intellectual Property Association

Etisalat Academy is the UAE's leading telecommunications operator and one of the largest corporations in the GCC. As well as establishing several "firsts" over almost four decades of operations, Etisalat has deployed many innovative mobile and fixed technologies that have helped the UAE maintain its position as a leading global ICT economy. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as we serve almost 11 million customers in the UAE.

Etisalat Academy

ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 142,000 chartered accountants worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

IEMA transforming the world to sustainability. As the worldwide alliance of environment and sustainability professionals, we’re working to make our businesses and organisations future-proof. Through our global sustainability standards and partnerships, we are driving understanding and uptake of crucial skills that will keep the world of business in business. Discover more about our work and how to get involved.

Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA)

Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) Dubai (UAE) is the only recognised representative organisation of Indian Business and Professionals in Dubai.

It was formed in the year 2003 after the unification of the three Indian business organisations in Dubai namely the Indian Business Council (IBC), Overseas Indians Economic Forum (OIEF) and Business & Professional Club (BPC). This new unified body was formed mainly to represent the Indian business and professional community in Dubai with all the activities of the three organizations conducted under the new banner. This formation of a single entity was in the larger interest of the Indian business community in Dubai to help better co-ordination of activities.

Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC)
Dubai (UAE)

Institute of Management Services, UK
The IMS was established in 1941 and incorporated in 1964. The IMS has its main objective as the promotion of science , technology, practice and profession of Management Services , which results in the advancement of efficiency, productivity and satisfaction of human work. The IMS seeks to increase productivity and in so doing improve the living standards of workers worldwide. The mission of IMS is to promote to key stakeholders in UK government, commerce and industry:
  • An understanding of the concept of productivity and its improvement.
  • The importance of structured approaches to productivity analysis, measurement and enhancement.
  • To identify good practice and professional standards in productivity improvement by Individuals or organisations.
  • To create and deliver education, training, advisory and support services aimed at helping individuals and organisations to establish and maintain that good practice and those professional standards.

Institute of Management Services

IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) is the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals in business. Founded in 1919, we are one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. We are committed to empowering our 85,000+ members - and those throughout the rest of the profession - to strengthen on-the-job skills, better manage companies, and accelerate careers. We invite our members to discover the myriad possibilities within the profession and build an actionable future in management accounting.

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is constituted under an Act of Parliament i.e. the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 (Act No. 56 of 1980). ICSI is the only recognized professional body in India to develop and regulate the profession of Company Secretaries in India.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (erstwhile The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India) was first established in 1944 as a registered company under the Companies Act with the objects of promoting, regulating and developing the profession of Cost Accountancy.

The Institute of Cost Accountants of India

The University of Greenwich’s Schools and institutes have a proud and historic tradition of helping students attain academic excellence in a diverse range of disciplines and fields.

University of Greenwich

West London Business is a business-led non-profit established in 1994 with a board including blue-chip firms such as Heathrow and PwC, as well as Fullers, Brunel University London and micro enterprises. Our mission is to ensure that West London remains the best place to do business. West London is an amazing sub-region: it’s a £50bn economy and the second largest economic powerhouse in the UK. Our members commit to work together to raise West London’s global economic competitiveness, whilst pursuing social and environmental sustainability.

West London Business

Global Sustain provides a wide range of services and solutions to support its members and clients succeeding triple bottom line results. Based in London and Athens, with offices in Berlin, Brussels, London, New York and Nicosia, Global Sustain offers innovative online and off-line services related to sustainability, corporate responsibility, responsible investing, green economy, business ethics and excellence, transparency, human rights and accountability. Its members include corporations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, municipalities, academic institutions, media, chambers and think tanks. Global Sustain:

Global Sustain
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