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We are delighted to have hosted this fireside chat with Mervyn King, Bob Garratt and Peter Dey!
As you will understand, this was the first ever event with these doyens of governance.
Edited videos of this event will be available on the Community Portal in due course.
The governance of organizations, or corporate governance as it was known, is a developing necessity as all types of organizations become increasingly complex and more important for society.
The modern foundations of governance came about in the late 20th Century. Most equate the dawn of modern governance with the United Kingdom’s 1991 Cadbury Report. In fact, most attribute modern governance to Sir Adrian Cadbury.
However, there is a very small group who have developed this report into the significant phenomenon it is today. This group has positively impacted the global economy and society through their work. Countries have adopted their guidance and stock exchanges have benefited from their advice.
20th Century governance influencers
For the first time ever, this event brings together key members of this group of 20th Century governance influencers. In this fireside chat, these founders of modern governance will discuss the reasons for their commitment, the sources of their inspiration and their hopes for the future.
Who are the 21st Century governance influencers?
The timing of this unique opportunity couldn’t be better as the International Standards Organization published the first ever internationally agreed standard for the governance of organizations, ISO 37000. For the very first time, nations came together to agree on what constitutes “good governance”. The convenors, editors and experts involved in the development of this standard can certainly be considered amongst the group of 21st Century governance influencers. Select members of this group discussed the standard after the fireside chat.
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23 September 2021
12:00 – 14:00
Universal Co-ordinated Time, UTC + 0:00
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Carolynn assists leaders and leadership teams to understand and apply governance principles and generate value for their organisations. She makes use of her expertise and experience in corporate governance, organizational strategy, Digital Transformation and systems thinking to do so.
Carolynn is the Chief Executive Officer of the Good Governance Academy and Managing Director of Go Govern. Carolynn also manages Africa’s largest online governance network.
Carolynn has extensive management and governance experience and has held various Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Board, Board Committee and Executive roles for international, listed, private and public organisations. Her experience spans many industries, including financial services, health, energy, construction, education, tourism, media and the public sector.
Carolynn is co-editor of the ISO standard for the governance of organizations (ISO 37000) and Chairperson of the associated South African Bureau of Standards mirror committee, TC309, where she also represents South Africa’s King Committee.
Carolynn is best known for her successes in designing and leading large, complex strategy and organisational transformation implementations – she attributes this success to the application of effective governance principles.
Carolynn has received numerous national and international accolades for public speaking.
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.
Full information is available at www.mclellan.com.au
Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes.
He has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Universities of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and Leeds in the UK, an honorary Doctorate from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and a honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chair of the Good Law Foundation.
He is Chair Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in London and of the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance. He chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight and was President of the Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years and a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris for seven years.
He is chair of the African Integrated Reporting Council and chair of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa.
He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally from the ICGN, the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance, the Indian IOD and the Regenesys Business School. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; of the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; of the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Chartered Director of South Africa.
He 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 five books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Auditor. Quo Vadis.”
He sits as an arbitrator and mediator internationally.
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
Peter resides in Toronto. He has been chairman of Paradigm Capital, an independent investment dealer, since 2005. Peter is a director of Gran Tierra Energy and chairs The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of The Compensation and The Health, Safety and Environment Committees.
Peter is past chair of the Private Sector Advisory Group established by the International Finance Corporation focused on improving governance in emerging markets and is a past member of the International Advisory Committee of the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission.
Peter holds several corporate directorships including: Addax Petroleum. Chair, CP Ships, Caracal Energy, Enablence Technologies, GE Canada, Goldcorp and Stelco. Peter has also recently retired as a trustee of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Peter’s experience includes:
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
Partner specializing in corporate board issues and mergers and acquisitions from 2001 to 2005 and prior to that from 1985-1994 and from 1973-1983
Managing Director and Chairman of Morgan Stanley Canada (1994-2001)
Toronto Stock Exchange
From 1993-1995 chaired the Toronto Stock Exchange Committee on corporate governance which established guidelines for the governance of Canadian corporations (also known as the “Dey Report”).
Ontario Securities Commission
OSC Chair from 1993-1995
2001: Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors
2011: International Corporate Governance Network Award for distinguished work internationally in corporate governance
2012: Bertha Wilson Distinguished Alumni Award
2013: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Distinguished Alumni Award
2014: Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries “Peter Dey Award in Corporate Governance”
Adriana Rosenfeld is a researcher, independent advisor, author and speaker in the field of sustainable policy and practice. She has been a leader in social responsibility management, recently responsible for the development of a tool aimed at helping organizations to find the keys to contribute to the resolution of current economic, social and environmental issues, in the light of social responsibility.
Her portfolio includes:
– Universidad Nacional de Luján (UNLu) / Argentina
– Responsible for implementing a Technical Cooperation Agreement for the Study and Employment of IRAM standards
– Coordinator of the Degree in Environmental Information
– Deputy teacher in the Department of Social Sciences
– Member of interdisciplinary teams of research, extension and technological linkage
– Instituto Argentino de Normalización y Certificación (IRAM) / Argentina
– Coordinator for IRAM’s actions on sustainability at the International, Regional and National levels
– Coordinator of the Mirror Committees on Sustainable procurement and Governance of organizations
– Member of the international group ISO 26000 PPO SAG (Post Publication Organization / Stakeholder Advisory Group)
– Co-leader for the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) / WG SR
Other work includes:
– Evaluator – Unit for the Development of the Special Projects / Ministry of Modernization/ Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires / Argentina, granting recognitionto the 5 best Social Responsibility Plans presented by SMEs with business presence in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, within the framework of the CSR Incentive Program
– Advisor – Unit for the Development of the Special Projects / Ministry of Modernization/ Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires / Argentina, implementation of the actions included in each of the plans presented by the SMEs winning the recognition of the contest “Incentive to Corporate Social Responsibility”
– Advisor – Unit for the Development of the Special Projects / Ministry of Modernization /Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires / Argentina, adoption of the International Standard ISO 37120: 2014 – Sustainable development of communities
– Co-Convener – ISO/TMB/WG SR/TG2 – responsible for the design and implementation of the communications policy of the ISO international working group in charge of the development of ISO 26000
– Member – IRAM – Argentine Mirror Committee ISO 26000
– Leads interdisciplinary work teams responsible for the design and development of projects focused on sustainability in public and private organizations.
– Wrote working papers, books and articles for general and specialized publications and presented research papers and participated as a lecturer in numerous events.
– Is a postgraduate teacher at different universities on environmental, social responsibility and sustainability topics.
Andre is a Senior Partner at FHH Integrated Management Solutions. Prior positions include
– Internal Auditor, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
– Quality Systems Administrator, Label House Group Limited
– Quality Assurance, Johnson & Johnson Trinidad Ltd
Andrea has a BSc (Biochemistry and Mathematics) and MSc (Production Management) from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
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
Geoff Clarke is the chair and expert member of several IT and Governance standards committees and is employed by Microsoft.
He works with national standards bodies, government, academia and industry experts to ensure that Microsoft and its customers can achieve their strategic goals through the innovative and responsible use of IT.
Geoff represents Australia on several international standards committees and contributes to standards on topics such as Governance, Cloud Computing, IT Security and Artificial Intelligence. The common thread through these committees is his focus on providing guidance to organizations on developing data and technology strategies within a robust governance framework.
Geoff is a Strategy Board Member at the ARC Training Centre for Information Resilience. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peadar is Founder Director of SoluxR and creator of the concept of Quantum Risk.
A serial risk services entrepreneur, Peadar has worked extensively across the US, Europe and the Middle East.
In Peadar’s recent paper on Quantum Risks and The Uncertainty Continuum he explains the Quantum Risks effect of complex systems, and digitialization in a world growing in uncertainty.
Peadar is currently working on a sequel paper called Enterprise Value Accretion with members of the SoluxR Brains Trust. SoluxR is an ESG risk data systems provider which ‘tracks ESG risks at the core’ using a blend of AI powered technologies and Agile Risk Methods
Victoria works at the intersect of academia and hands-on business to help companies transition to be drivers of long-term wellbeing for all (sustainability). She works extensively with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership where she is a Fellow, and she engages in cutting edge thought leadership as a Visiting Fellow of The University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School.
Victoria focuses on five core pillars of organizations: purpose, governance, marketing, leadership and culture. She has 25 years’ experience in marketing, management and sustainability, having previously worked for 3M and Accenture with companies including Marks and Spencer and Cancer Research and by developing theory as a full time Associate Professor of Sustainable Business and Marketing.
From 2016-2021 Victoria co-led the process to create the first global ISO standard in Governance of Organizations (ISO37000) and currently co-leads the ISO working group (TC309/WG1) developing standards on Indicators of Effective Governance (ISO37006) and guidance for governing bodies in Selecting, Creating and Using Indicators (ISO37005).
Victoria is an UNCTAD review panel member for ISAR Honors, was a member of the UNCTAD/UNEP Task Force developing a methodology for SDG indicator 12.6.1 and their guidance on core SDG indicators for business and was a member of WBCSD’s working group on Governance. She is the academic lead for Common Ground Research Network’s Climate Change theme and a Scientific Advisory Board member for Scientist’s Warning Foundation.
Victoria was a Director of a social enterprise, been a board member of a regional social enterprise group and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the organic standards company Soil Association Certification Ltd and FTB Lawsons Ltd. She has published research papers and thought pieces in journals including: Nature Climate Change, Energy Policy, The New Scientist and Sustainable Development.
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