IMD Board Director Diploma

Your path towards certified board excellence.

IMD Board Director Diploma

Your path towards certified board excellence.

Location Lausanne
Length 9 days with flexible timetable
Fee CHF 28,000

Gain and certify the necessary skills to excel as a modern board member

The IMD Board Director Diploma certifies that you are equipped with all the skills required to succeed success as a modern board member. Master the latest best practices in board governance and achieve both breadth and depth of knowledge, so you can confidently sit on any global board.

Combine IMD’s High Performance Boards program with either three programs from the Board Practice Series, or two programs from this series plus IMD’s Driving Sustainability from the Boardroom to qualify for the diploma. You may take the four programs in any order. Depending on your selection of programs, you can attain the diploma certification within 9 days.

40 years of experience

Be inspired by the latest research and the world’s best boards. Draw on more than 40 years of board education experience to prepare your board to face the challenges of a complex world.

Extensive portfolio

Gain both breadth and depth of knowledge across a range of key topics to confidently sit on any board. Such as: teams dynamics, digital transformation, finance etc.

Certified board excellence

Certify your board skills with the IMD Board Director Diploma in just 9 days, depending on your selection of programs.

Customize your learning journey

Build your personalized learning journey from a combination of programs covering multiple topics – see journeys from alumni.

Marie-Françoise Damesin
Board member
Renault Spain, Urbanis, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Applus+
Her diploma journey
Christian Gellerstad
Independent board member
Pictet, Crédit Suisse, Investis Holding SA
His diploma journey
Till Bohbot
Founder & CEO
His diploma journey

Governance is an opportunity to take a forward-thinking approach and future-proof organizations. The IMD Board Director Diploma is about exactly that.

Anouk De Blieck Board Advisor, Non-Executive Director, Strategic Human Capital, Italy

The different programs of the IMD Board Director Diploma have empowered me to make real use of the learnings around board processes, team dynamics and managing politics. With global participants and targeted learning, this diploma shows you what is truly achievable for your board.

George Vadakkekara Executive Chairman, Thejo Engineering Limited, India

As a board member you need to stay on your toes and keep learning to understand what’s happening globally and contribute to the growth of the company. With the IMD Board Director Diploma I grew as a board member in terms of professional knowledge, with a new way of looking at things and the capacity to ask the right questions around a business plan. The programs reenergize you and change the way you approach your work with boards.

Jessica Teo Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Louis Dreyfus Company, Singapore

I had been on a board before but wanted to be effective and clearer on the role and governance of a board. The IMD Board Director Diploma gave me the skills and confidence for my next mandate.

Christiane Kuehne Non Executive Board Member and Chair of the Sustainability & Ethics Committee at Stora Enso, Finland

I was looking for programs that would really provide the framework for my board work. The IMD Board Director Diploma offered the rich content and the modular learning that I was after for my roles on various boards.

Keith Svendsen CEO, APM Terminals, The Netherlands

I’m formally launching my board career. IMD’s board education is a strong credential to evidence good board governance skills that drive impact and value.
Executive search firms are very interested to know that I have this diploma.
It honed my governance experience and skill set and broadened my perspective. I now have a better awareness of where I could have blind spots and the actions I can take to work on them.

Jacqueline Hess Vice-Chair Board of Directors, Vontobel Swiss Financial Advisers AG, Switzerland

IMD enlightened me on how exemplary boards function and helped me find my role and balance on boards in order to make a real contribution. Anyone who is an aspiring board member and wants to feel prepared for the next stage really needs to take this diploma.

Bjarni Thordur Bjarnason Founder & Deputy CEO, Arctica Finance, Iceland
Education tailored for the board

Board education is a competitive advantage to governance and best-in-class boards continue to educate themselves to bring value to their executive teams. Learn more how you can certify your governance skills with the IMD Board Director Diploma.

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Become part of IMD alumni network

Grow your network by staying engaged with IMD.

On successful completion of this program, you become part of IMD’s powerful alumni network.

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