This event is part of the Governance around the world series of events. This series aims to equip investors and multi-national organizations with an understanding of national approaches to governance and prevailing imperatives.
To attract financial capital, corporate governance in the Caribbean is seen as essential. It is well known that corporate governance improves the confidence and commitment of potential investors and contributes to corporate competitiveness. Good corporate governance facilitates long-term economic development and improves business transparency with through a focus on accountability and stakeholder engagement.
This webinar explores the history of corporate governance in the Caribbean countries, the progress these countries have made in this regard and the current status of the adoption of good corporate governance practices in the region.
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
Ronaele is the PwC Barbados partner leading the PwC Caribbean Region Tax and Legal line of service, with specific focus on the Corporate Services business unit. This unit provides corporate secretarial, corporate advisory and corporate governance support to regional and international clients across all industries and consists of offices in the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and Trinidad.
She is an Attorney-at-Law and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Canada. She holds an LLM Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law with an emphasis on Corporate Governance.
Ronaele has extensive experience in the examination and implementation of international Corporate Governance best practice, having led engagement teams in the provision of Board Assessments and Board training. This has included in depth evaluation interviews for boards of directors of companies based in Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and the Cayman Islands. She often speaks at and contributes to publications focused on this important area.
Ronaele has spent over 20 years in corporate practice with respect to a range of local, regional and international entities ranging in size and across all industries, including advice and a support in the maintenance, structuring and restructuring of subsidiaries of large multinational corporations.
She has acted for both local and international clients from inception, throughout the start-up period and into the life of the entity. She has a wealth of experience in incorporation, external registration, re-domiciliation and dissolution proceedings as well as in the sale, restructuring and amalgamation of local, regional and international entities. She often advises directors and shareholders on rights, duties, obligations and corporate legislation, practice and procedure
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
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