About Competent Boards

We provide insight, so you can provide oversight — and foresight

Competent Boards™ is the original and premier creator of online environment, social, governance (ESG) and Climate education programs for board directors and business leaders.

Our world-class professional development and advisory services help boards better understand what is needed to respond successfully to today’s enormous economic, environmental and social challenges. More than 150 of the world’s leading board members, C-suite executives, investors and other experts make up our faculty who contribute to our Designation and Certificate programs. Their knowledge enables us to bring better decision-making and oversight to boardrooms and C-suites around the world.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, our alumni represent more than 50 countries around the world.

Our Purpose


To educate and empower board members and senior executives to make better-informed decisions that impact the world today — and tomorrow.


A world where all leaders are stewards of the future.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Helle Bank Jorgensen is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable business practices, with a 30-year record of turning environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities. She works with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives, as well as smaller companies and investors.


Founder and Chief Executive Officer; author, Stewards of the Future: A Guide for Competent Boards

Advisory Board

We are privileged to have the support, expertise, and strategic thought partnership of our Advisory Board – an international network of subject-matter experts that help ensure our programming develops future-fit leaders.


Amanda Ellis

Director Global Partnerships, Arizona State University; Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory; Ex. Director Asia-Pacific, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation; Professor of Practice, Thunderbird School of Global Management (Oceania)

Edmund Jeneker

Managing Executive and Managing Director, Absa Group; Chartered Director (SA), Board and Leadership - Corporate and Public Sector, Fintech, Social Enterprise (South Africa)

Emily Waita Macharia

Director, Public Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company; Board Director, East African Business Council (Kenya)

Eric Wetlaufer

Member, Board of Directors of TMX Group, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), Enterra Solutions LLC, and Niyogin Fintech Ltd. (Canada)

Jonathan Drimmer

Jonathan Drimmer

Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP (USA)

José Garrido-Lecca

L+1: Líderes Impulsando un Desarrollo Sostenible; Corporate Vice President, Grupo TDM (Latin America)

Joyce Cacho

Joyce Cacho

Board Director, Non-Executive Director, Sunrise Banks, NA; World Benchmarking Alliance (USA)

Judith Mosely

Non-Executive Director, BlackRock World Mining Trust plc; Non-Executive Director, Galiano Gold & Eldorado Gold; Trustee, Camborne School of Mines Trust; Board Member, Women in Mining. (UK)

Ken Urish

Board Member, BlackRock Multi-Asset Complex Fund; Member, AICPA’s ESG Task Force Committee; Managing Partner, Urish Popeck & Co LLC (USA)

Kevin Coon

Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Chair Policy Committee, Baker McKenzie International; Member, UN Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain (Canada)

Mary Francia

Mary Francia

Partner, H.I. Executive Consulting (HIEC)


Paul Druckman

Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance, Corporate Reporting Council, and Clear Insurance Management; Board Member, Shift and UK Financial Reporting Council; Founding CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (UK)

Shailesh Haribhakti

Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates Chartered Accountants; Non-Executive Chairman, L&T Finance Holdings Ltd, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd and Blue Star Ltd

Shireen Muhiudeen

Founder, Corston-Smith Asset Management; Board Director and Chairman, Investment Committee and Risk and Governance Committee, Federal Land Development Authority (Malaysia)


Torben Möger Pedersen

CEO, PensionDanmark (Denmark)

Join the team!

Competent Boards is a dynamic, impact-oriented company serving an international community of business professionals. We are connected by our shared mission to elevate Environmental, Social and Governance competency in boardrooms around the globe.

Our amazing benefits

Remote work
from home

Continuous learning opportunities

Collaborative team environment

Health benefits

Flexible work day

Make an impact on the world

Welcome, which course are you interested in:

Primarily discuss the topics through the lens of serving on the board. You must be serving on at least one board with fiduciary responsibility to enter this stream.

Discuss the topics through a wide range of business perspectives (including the board) and comprise senior executives, investors, and board advisors.

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