International Board Certificate Program 25

International Board Certificate | BoD CAS


The globalization of business means that international companies and organizations must navigate, control, and manage more complex competitive challenges, as well as learn how to govern and work across a variety of countries and cultures. You keep the big picture and values of your organization in mind. You have the ability to act in complex markets and make decisions that contribute to the sustainable success of your organization.

So what international companies and organizations need are board members who combine multicultural know-how with strategic leadership and governance skills in a humane and entrepreneurial way. The International Board Certificate Program (BoD CAS) aims to develop these board skills.

Start whenever it suits you

The flexible structure of the program allows you to join at any time and attend missing modules in the following year. The possible entry dates in 2025 are January 31, March 14, May 16, June 20, September 5 or October 10.


The International Board Certificate Program (BoD CAS) is aimed at experienced and future members of the board of directors and CEOs of internationally operating companies and international organizations.


  • Option to join the program in any Module and attend missing Modules in the following year

  • In-depth training in all areas of competence required for an effective member or chair of a board of directors
  • Mix of different innovative learning methods such as practical board simulations or real case studies
  • Qualified lecturers who combine academic and practical experience as board members
  • Intensive exchange of experiences with other board members and executive management members
  • Opportunity to analyze the governance of an organization of your choice and derive recommendations for action in a practice-oriented final paper
  • On successful completion of the program, graduation with the International Board Certificate of the Swiss Board School and the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS, 10 ECTS) of the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance of the University of St.Gallen (IMP-HSG) in cooperation with HEC of the University of Lausanne

  • On successful completion of the program, receipt of the International Board Pass of the Swiss Institute of Directors which offers privileged access to membership in its partner organizations the European Confederation of Directors‘ Association (ecoDa) and the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI)

Program Structure

Board Responsibility & Accountability

31.1.-1.2.25 | Lausanne

  • Overview of integrated corporate governance
  • Legal compliance on the board level of international companies and organizations
  • Subsidiary governance
  • Legal bases for international companies and organizations located in Switzerland

Board Leadership & Dynamics

14-15.3.25 | Liestal (Basel)

  • Avoiding bias in board meetings
  • The role of the chairperson, the CEO and the corporate secretary
  • Avoiding ethical blindness on the board
  • Board communication and conflict culture
  • Corporate Governance in Northern Europe: Germany, UK, The Nordics

Strategy & Innovation for Boards

16-17.5.25 | St.Gallen

  • The role of the board in strategy in the international context
  • Role of the board in diversification
  • Role of the board in innovation
  • Role of the board in collaboration
  • Role of the board in transformation
  • Corporate Governance in Southern Europe: France, Italy, Spain

Finance & Audit for Boards

20-21.6.25 | Lenzerheide (Graubunden)

  • Fundamentals and applications of financial management
  • Assessing the financial health of the company
  • Critical ratios and case study
  • Leading the company
  • Current topics and frequent issues
  • The Internal Control System as key instrument
  • Audit Function as the ally of the board
  • Corporate Governance in North America: USA, Canada, Mexiko

People & Organization for Boards

5-6.9.25 | Lausanne

  • Targeted nomination of members of the BoD and TMT
  • Targeted collective board evaluation and CEO performance review
  • Future of Work and implications for Corporate Governance
  • Targeted compensation of members of the BoD and TMT
  • Creating a culture of trust and integrity on the board level
  • Corporate Governance in Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile

Risk & Compliance for Boards

10-11.10.25 | St. Gallen

  • The leadership in crisis situations
  • The Business Judgement Rule
  • Trends in taxation and tax risk management for board members
  • Corporate Governance in Africa and Middle East: Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria

Collaboration & Sustainability for Boards

7-8.11.25 | City Venue

  • The role of the board in digital transformation and disruption
  • The role of the board in generating value form data
  • The role of the board in sustainability
  • The role of the board in geopolitics
  • Board members as networkers
  • Corporate Governance in Asia: Australia, China, India, Japan

Board Development & Transformation

12-13.12.25 | City Venue

  • Board transformation strategies
  • Presentation and discussion of international board assessments

Special features

Board simulations

Experience real life board situations and test your decision making skills.

Living case studies

Analyze exemplary real case studies and cases with your course colleagues and proven experts. In doing so, you will deepen your board-level know-how.

Evening program

Take advantage of the opportunity to exchange ideas on the individual modules with your course colleagues over dinner and thus expand your network.


Other Faculty

  • Isabelle Chappuis

    BoD Member, Executive Director

  • Prof. Dr. Rudolf Grünig


  • Markus Hermann


  • Dr. Hans-Jochen Jaeger

    Tax Expert, Lecturer

  • Prof. Dr. Guido Palazzo


  • Prof. Dr. Marianne Schmid-Mast


  • Dr. Bijan Khezri

    CEO, Board Member, Entrepreneur

  • Dr. Oliver Verscheure

    BoD Member, Executive Director


  • Hotel Bad Schauenberg

    Liestal, Switzerland

  • Lausanne Palace

    Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Weiterbildungszentrum Universität St.Gallen

    St.Gallen, Switzerland

  • Hotel Guarda Val Lenzerheide

    Lenzerheide, Switzerland


Next dates & organizational details

  • 31.1.2025 - 13.12.2025open
Language English
Location(s) Lausanne, Liestal, Lenzerheide, St.Gallen
Costs CHF 19’500
Duration 16 days
Format 8 course blocks of 2 days (Friday & Saturday)
Flexible StartYou can join at any module.
Degree International Board Certificate | BoD CAS
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