• 1000

Virtual classroom

Delivery format

8 Weeks

Course duration 

45+ hours

Learning hours

8 March 2024

Upcoming batch start date

For more details

For more details on the programme, reach out to Vani Ganesh
Vani Ganesh
+91 9650348307

Programme overview

Companies Act 2013
(Section 149) has mandated listed public companies to have 1/3rd of total directors as independent directors.

In 2024, approximately 1200+ Independent Director positions will be vacant

Companies are looking for visionary leaders to fill the independent director positions for their boards.

The most sought-after profiles have:

  • Significant leadership experience
  • Strong career trajectory
  • Functional / industry expertise
  • Executive presence and positive influence
  • Strategic thinker
  • Established global network
  • Continuous learner

This is a compelling opportunity for experienced professionals to get an independent director position on boards of listed companies.

KPMG in India has designed the Independent Director Certification Programme that will help participants gain knowledge on all aspects of board membership and prepare them to effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities as independent director.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is best suited for senior professionals with significant leadership experience.

  • Senior leaders: A senior professional with significant leadership experience in public, private, government, and nonprofit organisations.
  • Retired leaders: A retiring or retired leader exploring a position on company boards.
  • Family business: A senior professional and controlling shareholder of a family business.
  • Consultants: An independent consultant/advisor to the board.
  • Existing independent director: An existing independent director who wants to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Programme highlights

  • Knowledge on all key aspects of board membership
  • Delivered by KPMG in India partners, directors, and industry experts
  • Experiential learning through case studies and simulations

  • Networking event with industry leaders
  • Interactions with experienced board members and executive search partners
  • Certificate from KPMG in India
  • Weekend classes covered over 
  • 45+ hours of learning

  • Live virtual instructor led sessions

Additional benefits

  • Lifetime membership to KPMG in India’s Board Leadership Centre (BLC) – a premier forum for board members comprising 2000+ board members.
  • Placement assistance from leading executive search partners - Michael Page and Sheffield Haworth.

Key programme takeaways

    Gain practical insights on all aspects of board membership

    Learn how to effectively respond to challenging board-room situations

    Develop a deeper perspective on key issues confronting boards today such as mergers and acquisitions, ESG, digital, and cybersecurity

    Expand your network with experienced board members and industry executives

    Understand what it takes to position yourself as an Independent Director

Course outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to being a board member
  • Module 2: Governance frameworks and Independent Director’s position
  • Module 3: Finding your place in a board committee
  • Module 4: Professional discipline, compliance, and ethics
  • Module 5: Interpreting financial statements
  • Module 6: Basics of risk and governance
  • Module 7: Select regulatory focus areas
  • Module 8: Stakeholder management and investor relations
  • Module 9: Human capital and diversity
  • Module 10: Board effectiveness and evaluation
  • Module 11: Anti-bribery, fraud, and corruption
  • Module 12: Family business governance
  • Module 13: Mergers and acquisitions
  • Module 14: ESG
  • Module 15: Cyber
  • Module 16: Digital strategy and transformation using emerging technologies
  • Module 17: Getting your first directorship
  • Module 18: Continuous professional development

Meet the faculty

  • Ritesh Tiwari
    Partner and Lead - Board Leadership Center

    Expertise: Corporate governance and board matters

  • Karan Marwah

    Expertise: Capital Markets

  • Suveer Khanna

    Expertise: Forensics, Risk Advisory, Finance

  • Meenakshi Sharma
    Technical Director

    Expertise: Investor Relations, Governance

  • Namrata Rana

    Expertise: ESG

  • Shivananda Shetty

    Expertise: ESG

  • Nitin Shah

    Expertise: Cyber Security

  • Subhro Bhattacharya
    Associate Partner

    Expertise: Finance & Accounting

  • Udit Sethi

    Expertise: Digital

  • Sandeep Chatterjee
    Associate Partner

    Expertise: People and change

  • Venkatesh Sethuraman
    Industry Leader

    Expertise: M&A

Certificate from KPMG in India

Follow our easy application process to enroll for the Independent Director Certification Programme.

  • Fill an online application form.
  • Submit your resume and a statement of purpose.

  • Applications will be reviewed by KPMG in India for eligibility to the programme.

  • If shortlisted, you will be notified and called for a virtual interview.

  • Once accepted, you will be offered a seat on the programme.

Additional details

Course Fee

  • INR2.75 lakh per participant plus GST
  • Non-refundable
  • EMI options available
  • Financing partner: Eduvanz

Course Schedule

  • Batches commencing from 8 March 2024
  • For more details or to register for the programme, reach out Vani Ganesh