Join the GCC’s largest, most influential network of board directors and business leaders


GCC BDI now works with over 1000+ members who benefit from a network of senior board directors and business leaders and a variety of workshops designed for board directors. 

In just one decade, the GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI) has become the most highly respected professional Institute for directors and a  strong networking platform in the Middle East. As a not for profit company, our mission is to  promote professional directorship and raise the level of board effectiveness in the Gulf.

GCC BDI was established in 2007 with the first 12 Alumni and has now reached over 1000+ members.



We will be celebrating our 1000th member at our next Alumni Networking Dinner on 20 February 2018 in Bahrain, so stay in touch with us on our social media for more updates.

Membership of GCC Board Directors Institute is a testimony to a board member’s dedication to furthering his knowledge and capabilities, and his belief in the value an effective board director brings to an organization.


As a non-profit professional institute for GCC directors founded in 2007, GCC BDI has run over 100 workshops and board evaluations in addition to numerous networking opportunities and five Chairman Summits, now regarded as flagship events among industry boards. With over 1000+ alumni members, GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI) has reformed its organizational structure to enable the organization to contribute further towards developing effective governance in the region.

As part of the corporate restructuring, GCC BDI has introduced paid alumni and corporate membership programs offering members a wide range of benefits such as special rates on professional workshops, access to information on directors issues and corporate governance, coaching opportunities, invitations to networking events and discounts at luxury lifestyle locations.

The institute is also introducing an Independent Directors Register allowing GCC BDI Alumni and Corporate Members to register as potential independent directors. The profiles on the register will be visible only to GCC BDI staff, who will carry out searches for companies wishing to appoint an independent director.


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