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IoD Online: How Boards can Work better in a Chaotic World - In Conversation with Dr Dambisa Moyo

06 May 2021
Online, Online

Corporate boards are under great pressure. Scandals and malpractice at companies like GE, Wirecard and WeWork have raised justified questions among regulators, shareholders, and the public about the quality of corporate governance. Boards face ever louder demands to weigh in on questions of climate change, racial and gender equity, data privacy, and other social issues that range far beyond their traditional mandate of choosing the CEO and endorsing corporate strategy. 

On 31st March, Deliveroo became the worst performing IPO on London Stock Exchange’s history, when it lost more than a quarter of its value on its first day of trading. Questionable business practices, dual class shares, poor performance on ESG and many other factors have been described as possible reasons behind this debacle. This is another recent example of failure of the boards to step up to the new challenges. Boards have to not only deal with digital disruption and crisis management but also set the vision and purpose of the company that delivers the public good. Boards have incredible power to impact how companies and their stakeholders meet the challenges of the modern age. But boards are complex and living organisms that require more than just getting smart people in a room. 

In this conversation “How Boards Can Work Better in A Chaotic World” prizewinning economist, veteran board director (Chevron, 3M, Barclays, SAB Miller and many others) and bestselling author Dambisa Moyo will provide us with an insider’s view of corporate boards, as they are buffeted by the turbulence of our times. Drawing on her decade of experience serving on corporate boards, she would lay out what it is that boards actually do and outline how they must adapt to survive the challenges of coming years. Corporations need boards that are more transparent, more knowledgeable, more diverse, and more deeply involved in setting the strategic course of the companies they lead.

Holding a PhD qualification from Oxford and a Master’s degree from Harvard, Dambisa has been recognised worldwide for fresh and innovative ideas and is the Author of four New York Times Bestselling Books. Dambisa was named to the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her fifth book “How Boards Work” is getting released on 5th May 2021.

The Institute of Directors invites you to join this conversation with the veteran director and pre-eminent thinker Dambisa Moyo on 6th May. This will be a hot off the press and engaging conversation anchored by Raj Singh, Chairman - Institute of Directors Berkshire and will have a 30 minute session in the end, where the audience will be invited to ask their own questions to Dambisa. 

The book which is being launched on 5th May can be bought at a special price here.

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Date & time: 06 May 2021 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Online, Online
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Dr Dambisa Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is respected for her unique perspectives, balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and the ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas.

Dambisa has earned a strong reputation as a top tier opinion former and trusted advisor on macroeconomics, geopolitics, technology and millennial themes. She is a Board member of The 3M Company, Chevron and Conde Nast. Her previous board positions include Sab Miller, Barclays, Seagate Technology and Barrick Gold.

Her latest book – How Boards Work and How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World, is getting released on 5th May 2021. Dambisa is the author of four other New York Times Bestselling Books - Edge of Chaos- Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It (2018), Winner Take All- China’s race for Resources and What it Means for the World (2012), How the West Was Lost - Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead (2011), Dead Aid - Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa (2009). She has published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg and many other reputed newspapers and magazines.

Dambisa is an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and member of the Bretton Woods Committee. She has been recognised as the World’s Most Influential Thought Leader by Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and WorldPost and included in the 25 Most Influential Economists List by Handelsblatt. 


Raj Singh is the Chairman of IoD Berkshire. He is a member of the supervisory board for Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership Forum and a member of the Justice and Emergency Services Committee and UK-India Tech Forum of techUK. He is an advisor to the National Police Chief’s Council and a $5 billion private equity firm, while running Innotatio, a boutique strategy and digital transformation consulting outfit. Raj is an accomplished leader in strategy and digital transformation space with over 36 years of international industry experience, spanning 22 countries. He has taken businesses having tens of million turnover, on a journey to become half a billion dollar business, through successful deployment of blue ocean strategy. Raj has held executive management positions for multinational organisations like Oracle, Infor Group, HCL Technologies, Hexaware Technologies and Godrej. He is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. 




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