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Global Good Governance Summit 2022

Where are we and where do we need to go?

The first Global Good Governance Summit “Good Governance for 21st Century Organizations” was held on 23 September 2021. The event was facilitated by Julie Garland McLellan in two parts: (1) Fireside chat with key influencers of governance in the 20th Century –  Prof Mervyn King, Prof Bob Garratt and Peter Dey, and (2) the launch of the first ever internationally agreed standard for the governance of organizations, ISO 37000.

This, the second in what is intended to be an annual event, sees Julie again host a globally important panel of experts. 

The panel discusses the status of governance in their particular regions and areas of expertise, and then where they feel the focus areas should be for good governance in the year ahead.


Opening and welcome

Carolynn Chalmers

Chief Executive Officer, Good Governance Academy

Carolynn Chalmers is the Chief Executive Officer of Professor Mervyn King’s Good Governance Academy and its initiative, The ESG Exchange. She has edited two international standards: ISO 37000:2021 – Governance of organizations – Guidance and its associated Governance Maturity Model, ISO 37004:2023.


Carolynn makes corporate dreams come true, assisting leaders and leadership teams in how to create value for their organisations. She makes use of her expertise and experience in corporate governance, organizational strategy, Digital Transformation, and IT to do so.


Carolynn is an Independent Committee Member of South Africa’s largest private Pension Fund, the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, and recently retired as Independent Committee member of several board committees for the Government Employee Medical Scheme. Carolynn has extensive management, assurance and governance experience and has held various Executive roles for international, listed, private and public organisations across many industries.


Carolynn is best known for her successes in establishing governance frameworks, and designing and the leading large, complex initiatives that can result. She attributes this success to the application of good governance principles. She shares her insights on her 2 LinkedIn Groups – Applying King IV and Corporate Governance Institute. 

Julie Garland McLellan

Julie Garland McLellan is famous for great governance. Her newsletter The Director’s Dilemma is read in 39 countries around the world. The practical, case-study based style is Julie’s trademark. Her keynotes and training events feature interactive case studies and refreshingly pragmatic expertise.
She is the author of five books on boards and governance. She is also a frequent contributor to international governance publications.
Julie is a practicing company director with experience on a range of public sector, not-for-profit and commercial boards. She has chaired listed companies, and served as committee chair, independent director and leader of due diligence prior to listing. She has also served on not-for-profit, public sector and private companies.
Julie is a former councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has written and presented a number of their courses. Her speciality is risk and strategy for directors and she tackles the topics with practical pragmatism and academic rigour.
Julie has an advanced diploma and a diploma in company directorship as well as an executive MBA, and a BSc in engineering. As an executive she has worked in engineering, construction, mining and utilities companies and was Managing Director of a Spanish-listed multinational company’s Australian subsidiary.

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Prof. Mervyn King

Patron, Good Governance Academy

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel, former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, and designated Chartered Director (South Africa). He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town, and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University. He has honorary Doctorates from Wits University and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Leeds University in the UK, and Deakin University in Australia.


Mervyn is honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, and the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Mervyn is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, as well as of the Value Reporting Foundation (incorporating the International Integrated Reporting Council and SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally, from several institutions.


Mervyn chairs the Good Law Foundation and has chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance and of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. Mervyn currently chairs the African Integrated Reporting Council and the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa and is Patron of the Good Governance Academy.


Mervyn has been a chair, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the International Federation of Accountants.


He is the author of many books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Healthy Company.”

Bob Garratt

Corporate Governance Doyen

Bob is a ‘pracademic’ – a businessman and director who has always kept one foot in academia to ensure that he keeps his clients’, and himself, honest. He has consulted at the highest levels in some 40 countries and been chairman of consultancies in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. He has worked with the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, and given evidence to the UK Treasury Select Committee on the Restructuring of the corporate governance of the Bank of England. His background spans architectural and community education at the Architectural Association School, London, Ulster College, Belfast, and then into top management and board review and development through The General Electric Company’s action learning-based Developing Senior Managers Programme. He was on the faculties of The Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge, and Imperial College, London.

He is a Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch and chairs its Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa; and he is a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, London University. He was an External Examiner for the Chartered Director examinations at the Institute of Directors, London; and is Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. His public awards include the 2015 Outstanding Achievement prize from the Global Forum For Leadership, Organisational Development and Business-driven Action Learning. In 2006 he won the Indian Business Excellence Writing Award and in 2002 he won the European Business Forum and PwC/IBM Shareholder Value Corporate Governance prize.

Together with Sally Garratt and Professor Max Boisot, he created the China-EEC Management Programme – the first Chinese MBA programme – in Beijing in 1983; and in 1992 they created the ASEAN-EU Management Centre in Brunei Darussalam.

Read Bob’s latest blog: Corporate Governance is dead; long live Corporate Governance

David Beatty

David R. Beatty C.M., OBE Board Governance Expert

Professor David R. Beatty C.M., O.B.E., F.ICD, CFA spent a decade managing one of North America’s largest food companies. Over his career he has served on 39 different boards of directors in Canada, America, Mexico, Australia and England and been chairman of 9 public companies.


He was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (2003-2008), an organization that represents 50 institutional investors with ~C$3 trillion of assets under management.


David is a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where he teaches corporate strategy and corporate governance.


He is the creator of the Directors Education Program (DEP) and remains curriculum overseer. The DEP has trained over 5,000 Canadians in a rigorous 12 day course.

Tracy Gordon

Director, Deloitte UK Centre for Corporate Governance

Tracy is a director in the UK Centre for Corporate Governance and the Deloitte Board Advisory Practice.


Tracy undertakes performance reviews and benchmarking exercises for companies keen to meet current standards for best practice and provides bespoke training for board members new to the UK governance framework or needing a refresher on the requirements.


Tracy regularly presents to boards, audit committees and members of our Deloitte Academy on the latest governance and corporate reporting developments.

Axel Kravatzky

Axel is an experienced executive and non-executive director. He is a Managing Partner at Syntegra-ESG, advising and guiding leaders on how to develop, activate and amplify the power of their brand and people to positively impact society and the natural environment profitably.

Axel also fulfills the role of trainer & strategic partner at Stucki Leadership-Teambuilding AG, Switzerland, and has been successfully doing so for the last 22 years, 10 years of which were providing leadership training for Bosch.

In March 2021, Axel was appointed as Vice Chair of the ISO Technical Committee for the Governance of Organizations (TC309). He has been the co-convener of ISO/TC309/WG1 ISO37000 Governance of organizations – Guidance since the position was established in September 2017. Axel is also Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards’ national mirror committee, NMC-309 on Governance of organizations.

Axel’s directorship positions include
– UWC International
– Chair, Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute
– Chair, Murphy Clarke Financial Limited
– Non-executive Director, Dialogue Solutions

Jane Valls

Executive Director at GCC Board Directors Institute

Jane Valls joined the GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI), based in Dubai, in January 2016 as Executive Director.


She is also the Deputy Chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI).


Jane has over 20 years of international experience in corporate governance and working with board of directors. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, and is an accredited trainer with The Ethics Institute, as well as being a Certified Ethics Officer.


From 2010 to 2015, Jane was the CEO of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD), one of the leading Institutes in Africa. She was the first Chairperson of the African Corporate Governance Network from 2013-2015, a network which she helped to found, bringing together 17 Institutes of Directors from across the African continent.


Before joining the MIOD, Jane has held senior positions and directorships in a wide range of business sectors with leading companies including British Airways, Air Mauritius, Sun International and The Rogers Group, amongst others, as well as running her own management and training consultancy.


Jane holds a BA Hons in French and Italian from Birmingham University, UK. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Middlesex for services to business, women’s empowerment and social justice and she was decorated by the Republic of Mauritius as a Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for services to corporate governance.

Erika Eliasson-Norris

Founder and CEO at Beyond Governance

Erika Eliasson-Norris is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Governance, a multi-award-winning full-service governance consultancy and globally recognised B-Corporation.


Erika was one of the UK’s youngest FTSE 250 board governance advisers, at the age of 32 and has since acquired many other accolades including being appointed as the Official Governance Adviser for the UK’s Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry in 2021, being named as one of DMJ Governance Hot 100 winners in 2022 and securing multiple awards with the National Business Women’s Awards.


Throughout Erika’s career she has navigated organisations with controversial board decisions, shareholder rebellions, and a share price collapse to the brink of insolvency. She has encountered high profile anti-management stakeholder protests, survival-focused business division disposals, corporate manslaughter investigations, forced CEO and Chair removals, and C-suite fraud investigations placing Erika in a truly uniquely position as an experienced Governance Professional.

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