Board Diploma Program 24

Swiss Board Diploma

As chair, president, or member of the Board of Directors, you are confronted with a wide range of complex tasks, manage companies or organizations in close cooperation with the Executive Board and successfully influence growth and transformation processes through decisions. You develop strategies for product positioning and service development in rapidly changing markets. The implementation of progressive digitalization is just as much a part of the indispensable tasks of a board of directors as the rethinking and further development of strategic, financial, organizational, preventive, and relational governance and control elements.

Faced with these entrepreneurial challenges, the Board Diploma Program shows how to critically question and reflect on business models.


The Board Diploma Program is aimed at experienced and future members of the Board of Directors of companies and organizations.


  • 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
  • On successful completion of the program, graduation with the Swiss Board Diploma of the Swiss Board School

Program Structure

Board Responsibility & Accountability

31.5.24 am

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

Strategy & Innovation for Boards

31.5.24 pm

  • 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

Finance & Audit for Boards

1.6.24 am

  • 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 a key instrument
  • Audit Function as the ally of the board

People & Organization for Boards

1.6.24 pm

  • 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

Risk & Compliance for Boards

2.6.24 am

  • The leadership in crisis situations
  • The Business Judgement Rule
  • Trends in taxation and tax risk management for board members

Collaboration & Sustainability for Boards

2.6.24 pm

  • The role of the board in digital transformation and disruption
  • The role of the board in generating value from data
  • The role of the board in sustainability
  • The role of the board in geopolitics
  • Board members as networkers

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.


  • Deborah Carlson Burkhart

    Déborah Carlson-Burkhart

    Déborah Carlson-Burkhart

  • Prof. Dr.
    Michael Hilb

    Program Leader

    Prof. Dr.
    Michael Hilb

    Program Leader

  • Dr.
    Jérôme Monnier

    Program Leader

    Jérôme Monnier

    Program Leader

Other Faculty

  • Dr. Thomas Sieber

    Lawyer, Entrepreneur

  • Dr. Markus Hermann

    Lawyer, Entrepreneur

  • Prof. Dr. Markus Menz


  • Claudia Plätscher

    Board Member

  • Prof. Dr. Alain Schatt


  • Kalina Scott

    Board Member


  • Deltapark Gwatt bei Thun

    Gwatt, Switzerland

Next dates & organizational details

  • 31.5.2024 - 2.6.2024open
Language English
Location(s) Thun
Costs CHF 7'750
Duration 3 days
Format On premise
Degree Swiss Board Diploma
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