GUBERNA Summer School

GUBERNA Summer School 2021

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GUBERNA warmly invites you to its second GUBERNA Summer School on Monday 28 June. In view of the sanitary situation, the event will take place digitally on an interactive platform.

The GUBERNA Summer School is part of our permanent education programme, and intends to keep you up-to-date on the latest trends and developments within governance. After last year’s successful edition on digitalisation and sustainability, we now aim to return to the essence of board interaction and decision-making: the human factor. 


In the current turbulent times, which started beginning 2020, we were confronted with major changes in our way of working, interacting and leading. Digital meetings replaced live board discussions. Decision-making had to be quick, agile, with perhaps less time to bring everyone aboard. The board of directors became either more engaged, or less – for instance, if management took over with adaptive reactions, or if committees started to have an operational impact.  

In the current crisis, leader-capacities appeared, decision-making processes were re-thought.  

Central to the board in crisis times are our human qualities: how do we mentally cope with increased financial and other pressure, from shareholders or, stakeholders? How do we keep going in a health crisis, if part of our workforce is absent due to illness? How do we keep the human aspect in mind, even if our organisation is more focused on survival? How do we keep our perspective human and ethical when the whole strategy is realigned towards digital transformation?   

In our Summer School, we will reflect on these themes and provide you with tips and tricks on how to be aware of board dynamics and psychological factors interfering in decision-making processes. We provide you with a balanced programme of training, workshops and interaction in the morning, complemented with our GUBERNA International Governance Forum in the afternoon, at which we are proud to welcome the renowned high level international speaker Mervyn King.  

With our members, we reflect about what has changed in the last year, and what developments are ahead. Our speakers will cover the ethical element in digital. And we invite you to actively share your experiences and questions, finding content in our network. 

We are open to your need: what changed in your board? About which topic do you want to take step back and reflect? Which events in your board do you want to analyse? How do you assess the impact of the management of the sanitary crisis on our human behaviour?  

We will shortly send you a survey with questions, which will act as guiding lines of the two workshops in the GUBERNA Summer School on 28 June.  

What to expect?

  • Fully digital – Watch & participate from the comfort of your home or office. We care about your health and safety! 

  • Q&A opportunities throughout the sessions to ask experts your questions 

  • Interactive workshops 

  • Digital networking moments in small groups  

  • Gain continuous education points as an alumnus: 7 points

  • The sessions will be given predominantly in English

  • Certificate of completion for attending the full programme

Your Investment

GUBERNA Summer School: 

€385  (this price includes the Governance Forum)


GUBERNA Governance Forum

€85 (when not attending the Summer School) 


Opening of the GUBERNA Summer School


Interactive introduction - recent trends and their impact on Board Dynamics 

Main themes:  

  • Updates on latest research regarding Board Dynamics  
  • Guberna Board Dynamics Diagnostic results 
  • Immersion in Board Dynamics Dilemmas 

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Abigail Levrau & Prof. Dr. Saartje Verbeke  


Coffee - Break


Board interaction & decision-making – towards a new mindset?

Testimonial on Board Dynamics evolution: 

  • Board Dynamics and business revolution 
  • Impact of Activist Shareholders on Board Dynamics 
  • Board Dynamics & Family Business 


  • Evie Roos, CHRO SES & Independent Board Member Eurofins 
  • Prof. Dr. Ivan Cuesta, Founder & CEO Biologix, Visiting Professor & Researcher 
  • Nicolas Hollanders, Family Governance Advisor, Chair and Member of Family Councils




Workshop: What about the board dynamics in your Board?

Facilitated by GUBERNA Lifelong Learning Team  


Enabling technologies of the Digital Economy - The next Digital Wave and Board Members’ Responsibility 

Main themes:  

  • The digital economy and its implications for board members, 
  • Human-centric digital leadership and empathy, and how those factors affect the experience of stakeholders, 
  • Policy, fundamentals of competitiveness, and economic output. 

Speakers: Panel organized by Ecole des Ponts Business School, Paris 

  • Dr. Mark Esposito 
  • Prof. Dr. Alex Hahn 
  • Dr.  Saman Sarbazvatan 

End of the Summer School programme