The Boardroom Africa

Certificate in Company Direction: Open Doors

Upcoming Cohorts

Nov 2022 - Feb 2023


4 intensive, interactive online modules, 3 immersive workshops and a board simulation

Delivery Method


Subsidies and flexible payment plans available

Course Introduction

Open Doors is the first globally accredited director certificate programme specifically tailored to women across Africa and the diaspora. The programme runs three times annually, is designed by directors for directors, and encourages peer learning to help delegates build real and impactful lifetime connections.

The programme leads to an accredited Certificate in Company Direction by the UK Institute of Directors, a Bachelors level (SCQF) qualification in its own right and the first stage in the Chartered Director qualification path. Beyond the core curriculum, the programme is supplemented with additional group workshops and a board simulation workshop.

Open Doors alumnae include over 180+ women across the continent and the diaspora with over 45+ countries represented across 150+ companies.


Course Overview

Browse Lesson Plan

1. The Role of Director and The Board

Delivering an essential understanding of the board’s role in corporate governance and risk management, this introduction to the duties and legal responsibilities of a director will enable you to tackle the challenges of the boardroom with fresh confidence. Whether you’re a newly appointed director, aspiring to a position on the board, or looking to improve your performance with fresh insight, this practical two-day module will equip you with the crucial knowledge and skill-set to fulfil your role successfully.

2. Finance for Non-Finance Directors

By the end of this module, you will be able to assess the financial health of an organisation in the context of its strategic objectives and effectively communicate your findings to both finance and non-finance audiences.

3. Strategy for Directors

A dynamic strategic process is a critical part of delivering stakeholder value and generating a competitive advantage for your organisation. This intensive module provides insight into the board-level knowledge and skills required to create, implement, and evaluate your organisation’s strategy.

4. Leadership for Directors

Strong leadership is fundamental to the successful realisation of an organisation’s vision. This intensive module provides a valuable opportunity for directors to explore strategic leadership issues both within and beyond their organisation. It introduces a more personalised approach to leadership and delegates will be encouraged to understand and develop their own self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Dedicated Programme Support Team

4 intensive and interactive modules with world-class faculty

Practical and Engaging Workshops on Ontological Leadership, Board Committees and Board Conflicts

Assignments and case studies

Learning platform with mobile access


180 +

Open Doors Graduates

150 +

Companies represented

45 +

Countries represented

Course Instructors

Having started her career as a corporate media lawyer, Janhavi worked on film deals including the Harry Potter and the Bond movies whilst also acting for the public sector on energy deals and advising boards of well-known multinational companies and personalities from the sporting world, to enterprising individuals looking to commercialise space travel. Janhavi then successfully made the transition to building her own ventures and now holds board roles in very diverse sectors from companies in fintech, historical estate management, to organisations working at the supranational level. She is also the Programme Lead at the London Institute of Directors (IoD) for their flagship Governance course and is the youngest and only ethnic minority (male or female) to have served on their Board of Examiners, and subsequently in their course leader pool for IoD’s renowned Chartered Director programme. Being first though, she hopes this means others will follow.

Janhavi Dadarkar

The Role of Director and The Board

Deborah Morton-Dare leads the finance programme at the Institute of Directors. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with EY in London and specialises in financial and strategic management training for all levels of financial background, from beginners to advanced, and to audiences ranging from SMEs to boards of major listed companies.

Deborah started her professional career in Corporate Finance gaining extensive experience in a variety of corporations and financial institutions. Deborah is an experienced company director, having set up and run several businesses during her career and held numerous financial advisory roles over many years assisting companies in raising finance and structuring their finance departments. Deborah is currently based in London but has wide ranging international experience.

Deborah Morton Dare

Finance for Non-Finance Directors

Deborah was the first and youngest female director to be appointed at a large Scottish construction company, The Miller Group, after starting her career in advertising and marketing in London and gaining an MBA. On moving to Scotland, she first became National Marketing Director for the Miller Homes division and then became Regional Managing Director of Partnership and Mainstream Housing Businesses. She was head-hunted to lead Wilcon Homes as MD for Scotland, becoming the first female MD of a large-scale company in the construction sector in Scotland.
Deborah has over 20 years of experience as both an executive and non-executive director, in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors. She is currently an NXD of the EDI Group (property and urban regeneration) and Scottish Canals (waterways, tourism and regeneration), and a trustee of Edinburgh Women's Aid (refugees and support services). She also sits on the Scottish Advisory Board of Common Purpose, a leadership charity.

Deborah Benson

Strategy for Directors

Talita is an experienced C-Suite executive, who has led and implemented award-winning cultural transformation programmes in multiple industries. She is a Non-Executive Director, consultant, author and international speaker with the rare combination of finance, risk, people (human resources) and change leadership experience in the automotive and regulated financial services sectors. She has more than 25 years of corporate experience with global brands in multiple countries, including KPMG, Investec Bank, BMW and Ford Credit Bank Europe Plc. As former Chief Financial Officer and Chief People Officer, she combines strategic leadership, in-depth knowledge of financial and risk governance, regulatory compliance, people and change leadership to drive and inspire transformation and sustained performance.

Talita published her first book, The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved® in 2016 and is passionate about mindset, engaging teams for high performance and purpose-driven collaboration and inspiring change leadership.

Talita Ferreira

Leadership for Directors

Rachel Adams is the founder of Narachi Leadership, a boutique consultancy aimed at equipping leaders with unique tools for transformational leadership. She merges research and practice from neuroscience, psychology, biomimicry and ontology to give clients a holistic opportunity for theirs and their followers continued development. In this work she offers her expertise as a facilitator of leadership training, ontological coach, advisory partner and speaker. Rachel has received numerous awards for leadership and academic excellence including: the Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship; the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship; the Mellon Mays Leadership and Service Award; the Mellon Mays Scholarship and the Felix Scholarship. She read for her Masters in African Studies at the University of Oxford (St. Anthony’s College) and for her undergraduate and Honours degrees in Anthropology, Media and Writing at the University of Cape Town. She has delivered keynote addresses on various prestigious platforms including the UN, McKinsey, Yale, Obama Leaders, TEDx, EVE Africa, TheBoardroom Africa and SciencesPo LeAD Campus amongst others. Her corporate clients include Discovery, ABSA, Dalberg, L’Oreal, Danone, Cellulant, and Nedbank, among others.

Rachel Nyaradzo Adams

Founder, Narachi Leadership

Upcoming Cohorts

Nov 2022 - Feb 2023


4 intensive, interactive online modules, 3 immersive workshops and a board simulation

Delivery Method


Subsidies and flexible payment plans available

Key Takeaways

  • Develop a practical understanding of boardroom best practices

  • Recognise key legal responsibilities of board directors

  • Understand the relationship between financial and corporate strategies

  • Learn how to use tools and frameworks that support strategic thinking and decision making

  • Assess different leadership and decision-making techniques

Past delegates have come from the following companies:

Open Doors Experiences

“This training could not have come at a better time because I recently assumed a new board leadership role. Open Doors gave me the confidence to further understand boardroom dynamics and how I can use my position as boardroom chair to strengthen and support the organisation’s leadership as well as my fellow board members.”
Yolisa Kani , Chief Business Development Officer, Transnet State Owned Company, South Africa
“I truly enjoyed getting to meet the other brilliant women participating in the program and hearing their diverse experiences. They were candid and generously shared their stories. Their energy and positivity created a supportive environment that will go beyond the programme and bond us for life.”
Nabou Fall , Managing Director of Vizeo
“From the modules to instructors, this is world-class training. It harnessses in on key competency areas like strategy, leadership, corporate governance and finance. While I had a tremendous learning curve in areas like finance and operational effectiveness, I walked away knowing how I can be more effective in a board role.”
Abam Mambo-Doh , Managing Director & Principal Consultant- Belonging IQ
”This course is going to allow me to really bring strategic leadership to my role. Even if I’m on a board in a finance capacity, I know I can do so much more than just the numbers.”
Nieros Oyegun , Partner&COO - Verod Capital

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