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Updated on: 16 October,2023 02:55 PM IST  |  MUMBAI
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Director’s Institute extends its expertise to various organizations, ensuring that their directors receive training on Board Effectiveness.


The Directors' Institute




The Directors' Institute - World Council of Directors, a distinguished initiative under the umbrella of the World Development Corporation (WDC), has emerged as a global leader in corporate governance. Recognized by both the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises and the World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) as the "Leader in Corporate Governance," this institute has been instrumental in promoting responsible corporate practices and elevating governance standards worldwide.

Empowering Global Competence

Year after year, the Directors' Institute (DI) embarks on a mission to train professionals, equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge required to become globally competent Board Directors.

Onboarding of Directors

One of the pivotal roles of the Directors' Institute lies in the seamless onboarding of directors, which has become a game-changer in the corporate world. Each month, the institute facilitates a transformative process where prominent organizations gain access to a treasure trove of directorial talent through curated data pools. These pools consist of seasoned professionals, both executive and non-executive directors, who have been meticulously selected and groomed by the Directors' Institute.

Curated Data Pools: Unleashing Exceptional Quality Professionals

In an era where the demand for top-tier talent is relentless, the Directors' Institute has ingeniously crafted a solution. It offers a curated data pool of senior, experienced professionals, readily accessible to major corporate giants. This resource has proven to be invaluable in helping organizations discover exceptional directors who can steer their companies to greater heights.

One-on-One Interview Process: The Industry Magnets Unveiled

Following the initial selection from the data pool, the Directors' Institute conducts one-on-one interviews with these industry magnets. These leaders, who have undergone rigorous training and development within the institute, bring a unique perspective to the table. They not only possess the requisite qualifications and experience but also carry with them a one-page leadership philosophy, a testament to their commitment to excellence distinguishing them from their peers who merely present traditional CVs.

A Light of Hope for Government Structures

By actively contributing to raising corporate governance standards, DI provides highly qualified Certified Executive, Non-Executive, and Independent Directors for both listed and unlisted companies. Rigorous selection criteria are upheld to ensure that directors possess the necessary qualifications, expertise, and ethical grounding required to fulfill their roles effectively.

Promoting Transparency and Value Creation

The Institution’s commitment to transparency and value creation is evident through its impressive clientele of over 1,000 satisfied clients. It has established itself as a trusted partner for organizations seeking highly skilled and qualified board directors. By connecting talented professionals with board opportunities, DI increases their visibility and enhances their chances of securing impactful positions. The institute's forerunner status in the industry reflects its dedication to improving Corporate Governance and the field of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), benefiting the global economy.

Fostering Ethical and Sustainable Practices

One of DI's primary objectives is to promote ethical and sustainable business practices among corporations through Board Effectiveness and Training. It covers a wide range of crucial aspects, including board governance, strategy, risk management, ethics, and leadership.

Customized Solutions for Organizations

DI's impact extends beyond individual professionals. Recognizing the pivotal role of effective board leadership in organizational success, DI shares its expertise with various organizations. It provides tailored training solutions that address the specific needs and challenges faced by their directors.

A Team of Experts

DI boasts an exceptional team of eminent speakers and advisory board members, with over 25 years of experience in the field. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise enhance DI's ability to deliver high-quality training programs and advisory services, ensuring professionals receive cutting-edge insights and industry best practices.

Shaping the Global Governance Framework

DI has been at the forefront of shaping the global corporate governance framework. Their efforts are highly regarded for strengthening their impact in shaping governance standards and fostering a culture of transparency and accountability.

Global Affiliations and Accreditation

DI holds affiliations with four prestigious accredited agencies, including the CPDSO and the Global Association for ESG. These affiliations serve as a testament to DI's unwavering dedication to maintaining high standards and delivering programs that meet global accreditation criteria.


Zeeshaan Pathan serves as the Group Managing Director and CEO of World Development Corporation (WDC), India. Zeeshaan Pathan's visionary leadership has played a pivotal role in driving WDC's success in these domains. Zeeshaan has made significant contributions to fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Digital Transformation, Corporate Governance, and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). As a board member of Directors' Institute - World Council of Directors, Zeeshaan Pathan has been instrumental in pioneering corporate governance practices in India.

Heval Mehta is the Managing Director, Directors’ Institute-World Council of Directors, WDC Leadership School at WDC, leading the Director's Leadership School. His expertise in board leadership and corporate governance has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Directors' Institute. Under Heval Mehta's guidance, the Director's Leadership School has become a cornerstone of professional development for directors, equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge required to excel in their roles.

Ayub Sheikh plays a crucial role within the World Development Corporation as the Managing Director of Fintech and Product Development & COO. His  innovations drive the development of cutting-edge solutions that cater to the evolving needs of the corporate world. With a deep understanding of financial technology and product development, Ayub Sheikh ensures that the institute remains at the forefront of technological advancements in the field of corporate governance and board leadership.

The Directors' Institute (DI) stands as an ideal of excellence in the realm of corporate governance. With its wide-reaching presence, diverse community of board directors, and emphasis on personal branding and community building, DI paves the way for a more transparent and accountable corporate ecosystem.

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