The Board of Directors in the financial sector

The role of directors in the financial world of tomorrow. The 6-day “The Board of Directors in the Financial Sector” programme is an executive programme on corporate governance.

A good policy requires competent directors. In the financial sector, in addition to the risks of managing a bank, a lot of strategic challenges have been identified, such as digitalisation, and IT infrastructure along with how management, employees or fellow directors can be challenged.
During the training course, you can benefit optimally from the knowledge and experience of our experts. Their network is unique, they are multidisciplinary and they are up to date on all the latest trends and developments in the area of governance. In addition, the programme offers a balanced mix of empirically substantiated theory and practical cases.

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Module 1: Financial landscape and regulatory outlook

Day 1 – 13 September 2023: 

Trainer: Freddy Van den Spiegel
Guest speaker: Strypstein Nicolas (NBB) & Tom Boedts (Aion Bank) 

Part 1: The role of banks in our society:  

  • The importance of financial intermediation 
  • Lending by banks 
  • Strategic challenges of a financial institution in a rapidly changing environment (e.g. crisis, new regulation, digitalisation, sustainability, geo-political etc.  

The key elements of banking management 

  • The elements of risk and risk management 
  • Profitability: a challenge in the current climate 

Part 2: The future of banking : Banking as a Service (Tom Boedts) 

Part 3: The role of the regulator in the Belgian & European context (Strypstein Nicolas) 

Module 2: Governance of the financial institution

Day 2 – 27 September 2023: 

Guest speaker: Bart De Smet  

Part 1: interactive workshop on governance: 

  • A summary of the reference framework for governance in the financial sector 
  • Applicable regulations and guidelines of the supervisors 
  • Important trends and impact on the board 

Part 2: An optimal composition of the Board of Directors 

  • Basic principles and best practices 
  • Specific requirements for the financial sector 

Part 3: Corporate Governance for Insurance Companies : case study Ageas (Bart De Smet) 

Day 3 – 25 October 2023: 


Guest speaker: Michaël Anseeuw & Stephan Dierckx 

Part 4: The role of the board of directors  : finding the right balance 
Interactive session based on dilemma’s  

Reflections: The Fox and the Hedgehog (Michael Anseeuw) 

Part 6: Deep dive: how should the board tackle digitalisation? (Stephan Dierckx) 

Module 3: Operation of a financial institution

Day 4 – 8 November 2023: 

Trainer: Alexandre Deveen 
Guest speaker: Georges Hübner 

The operation of a financial institution 

  • Financial institutions within the Eurozone 
  • The foundations of banking and insurance 

      Expected return and risks 

  • The banking model and the insurance model 

      Balance sheet 
      Regulations and challenges 
      The various products and services 
      Banks versus insurance institutions 

Conclusion: the future of financial services 

The role of the audit and risk committee (Georges Hubner) 

Module 4: Risk management of a financial institution

Day 5 – 29 November 2023: 

Trainer: Hans Buysse 
Guest speaker: Eric Pulinx and representative Els De Keyser (FSMA) 

Part 1: Interactive workshop on Risk management 

  • Introduction: financial markets 
  • Risk management: definitions and concepts 
  • Identification of the different risks 
  • Risk Management in a trading environment 
  • The ALM concept 
  • Important risk-related concepts 
  • Period of reflection for board members, probability and impact of risks 
  • Recovery planning  

Part 2: The role of the regulator in the Belgian & European context : Els De Keyser 

Day 6 – 6 December 2023 


Guest speaker: Tamar Joulia-Paris, Frédéric Vangheluwe  

Part 3 Deep dive: Evolution in Risk management :  

  • The impact of sustainability and diversity combined with a case study (Tamar Joulia Paris & Frédéric Vangheluwe) 

Part 4: Roles and responsibilities of directors in the financial sector: the legal perspective  

Part 5: Interactive workshop: the evaluation of the Board of Directors  

  • Which process? 
  • What is the content? 

Framework based on basic principles and best practices as well as relevant legal provisions 


  • Candidate directors: promising directors who need to prepare for a possible role at the top of their financial organisation.
  • Experienced directors from other sectors: exercising a (possibly new) mandate in the financial sector and seeking clarification on specific aspects of banking governance.
  • Existing directors (CEOs, COOs, CFOs and other senior executives): the strengthening of existing skills or preparation for new mandates within the Board.

Why should I follow this training programme?

  • Board operations: get a better understanding of the broader context in which the Board of a financial organisation operates.

  • Competences: acquire an overview of the competences that directors are required to possess today. Develop specialised financial skills.

  • Contribute to a strategic corporate trajectory: apply the levers to efficiently take up the role of director and for cooperating optimally with management and shareholders.

Your investment

  • GUBERNA members

    € 5.100 (excl. VAT)

  • Non-members

    € 5.400 (excl. VAT)

A unique partnership

By bringing together the many years of expertise of GUBERNA, the Institute of Directors and Febelfin Academy, the training institute for the financial sector, you can focus on all aspects of corporate governance of financial institutions through this programme.

In addition, the further professionalisation of directors in specific technical-financial issues is part of the “fit and proper” assessment by the NBB. Due to the support of the NBB and FSMA, this programme provides unprecedented “public-private cooperation”.

Interested to follow this training programme?

You can register via the Febelfin Academy website 

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You can apply using the following code DVL 0109497.


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