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Executive Education

Introduction to Board Leadership and Governance

This comprehensive 4-day programme delves into essential aspects of board work, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to excel in today’s dynamic boardroom environment.


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Why join this programme?

Sharpen your boardroom presence with the exclusive 4-day Board Programme, jointly crafted by BMI Executive Institute in partnership with Copenhagen Business School. Ideal for current and aspiring board members, this programme offers a unique opportunity to dive into the intricacies of board work. Gain cutting-edge insights, enhance your leadership skills, and master practical strategies to tackle today’s boardroom challenges. Learn from top scholars and seasoned board professionals as you explore key topics.

Main details

  • Format: on-site 4 days programme
  • Location: 2 days in Copenhagen, 2 days in Vilnius
  • Dates: 28-29 November, 2024 in Copenhagen; 12-13 December, 2024 in Vilnius
  • Group: very limited number of seats!

To whom is it relevant?

  • Executives currently serving on boards.
  • Individuals interested in pursuing a board career.
  • Shareholders looking to establish boards in their companies.

What to expect from the programme?

A unique learning experience by:

  • Providing an inside view of effective board work and the challenges facing boards.
  • Supporting participants in clarifying their purpose and identity, and strengthening their competence as board members.
  • Inviting leading scholars to present state-of-the-art concepts and ideas to guide effective board work, and experienced board members and corporate governance experts to link them to practical cases.
  • Offering practical instruments to address board issues such as leadership challenges, effective work processes and decisions, ESG processes, management of cultural differences, board recruitment, and management of board-CEO interactions, with a focus on family-owned firms and small to medium-sized enterprises.
  • Guiding reflection on the individual strengths and weaknesses of participants and on their personal development plans.


Lars Ohnemus, PhD

  • Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the parent company of Northern Horizon Capital AS.
  • Director of Center for Corporate Governance at Copenhagen Business School (CBS).
  • Holds a PhD degree from CBS in Business Administration.
  • Lars is a seasoned executive with experience from both the academic world and international board work/ executive positions. He has worked on executive positions as well as extensive board experience from listed and non-listed firms.
  • With more than 25 years of experience in real estate, and he has built a strong international sector network.

Rolandas Valiūnas

  • Managing Partner at Ellex Valiunas, Co-Chair of the BMI Executive Institute Board with experience in advising foreign investors and Lithuanian market leaders on a wide range of complex corporate governance and M&A issues.
  • Rolandas is highly commended for his significant contribution to attracting foreign investment and improving the legal framework and business environment in Lithuania.
  • He has a long-standing partnership with the Lithuanian economic investor business association Investors’ Forum as chairman of the board — a significant part of his public activity.
  • In 2020, Rolandas Valiūnas was entrusted with an important role in the International Bar Association (IBA), where he was appointed to chair the prestigious IBA Law Firm Management Committee (LFMC).

Orijana Mašalė

  • A professional Independent Board Member since 2016, she has served on the boards of private, state-owned, and municipality-owned companies.
  • Chairwoman of the Board of the Lithuanian Civil Aviation Association (CAVIA), which unites 17 organizations with a combined turnover of ~350 million euros.
  • Chairwoman of the Board of the state-owned enterprise Regitra, which provides public services such as vehicle registration, driver examinations, and issuance of driving licenses, with a turnover of 30 million euros and 1.4 million customers.
  • Orijana covers strategic planning, risk management, and technology areas on boards. She has 20 years of experience in managing teams.
  • Orijana has worked for Fortune 500 TOP3 company Chevron and the Scandinavian insurance company If. She was also an Advisor to the Minister of Economy and the Director of a Department in the National Audit Office of Lithuania.

Prof. Georg Guttmann

  • Director of Board Programmes & Assistant Professor of International Corporate Governance at University of St.Gallen
  • Director of Board Programmes at the Executive School where he leads a portfolio of research and practice initiatives aimed at executive committees and boards of directors of large European companies.
  • His research focus lies in the area of strategic leadership and corporate governance.
  • He obtained his doctorate in strategy and management from University of St. Gallen with highest distinction and was a Visiting Scholar at Singapore Management University.
  • A lecturer for international corporate governance and big data analytics.

Dr Katalin Pallai, PhD

  • Leadership and integrity trainer, mediator and facilitator, coach and team coach.
  • With over 30 years of experience, she specializes in designing and conducting comprehensive leadership development programs where she uses both her thorough academic knowledge and wide field experience collected in 17 countries around the world.
  • Currently, serving as a prominent expert and trainer for the International Leadership Academy Program at the Council of Europe’s Centre of Expertise, a senior lecturer at the International Anti Corruption Academy, and a guest lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics.
  • Work experience in 16 countries for organizations such as European Commission, UN, Council of Europe, the World Bank, USAID, bilateral donors and national organizations.

Prof. Trond Randøy

  • Professor of Corporate Governance at CBS.
  • Currently serving on five corporate boards, two as chairman, of which two firms are publicly listed (MTI Investment SE and Sparebanken Sør) and three are private.
  • Research areas: corporate governance, boards effectiveness, impact of ownership, entrepreneurial firms, governance of microfinance.
  • He has published more than 50 scholarly articles in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Banking and Finance. 

*The list of facilitators is not final and will be updated.


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