Graduates from our programs are leaders in boardrooms and c-suites on five continents and serve in more than 30 countries. Read below to see what they say about their experience with the courses of the DCRO Institute.
Carol Gray | Canada | Board Member and Risk Committee Chair | Qualified Risk Director®
"The Certificate in Risk Governance® is the most relevant program for a director to advance their fiduciary responsibility in governance and risk management skills. The program gave me not only insights and a better understanding of risk management best practices, but it also sharpened my critical thinking skills at the boardroom."
Willie Maddox | United States | Chief Risk Officer and Distinguished Lecturer of Law | Qualified Risk Director®
“I highly recommend The Board Members' Course on Risk® for those seeking to expand their knowledge in risk governance and/or with aspirations of joining a board. The course of study has sharpened my abilities to build a strong governance structure at my organization and evolve my perspectives on risk management strategies."
James P. Dunigan | United States | Board Member and Risk Committee Chair | Qualified Risk Director®
"I highly recommend the courses of the Certificate in Risk Governance® to all board and risk committee members. The program exceeded my expectations in terms of content, insights, subject matter, and supporting materials. I came away with a better understanding of all aspects of risk and an appetite to continue to learn more."
Yvonne Stillhart | Switzerland | Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
“What a great course this was. I enjoyed every minute of it. Very valuable insight and impressive faculty. I was planning to take the course over several months but I was so excited about the lectures that I could not wait to dive into the subjects further. Thank you for putting this great program together.”
James Tunkey | United States | Chief Operating Officer | Qualified Risk Director®
"The Board Members' Course on Risk® is an excellent program that I would highly recommend, even for experienced risk managers. Truly elite practitioners presented first-class insights on key facets of risk governance at the board level. The program materials are a tremendous resource.”
Alina Ursache | Romania | Board Member | Global Business Control Officer | Qualified Risk Director®
“The Certificate in Risk Governance® program was a great learning experience. I would recommend it to any board member or senior executive looking to expand their risk governance knowledge. It gives comprehensive insights into the risk leadership needed to thrive in current times.”
Michele Wucker | United States | Best Selling Author and Advisor | Qualified Risk Director®
“The DCRO Institute’s philosophy of positive risk-taking rightly emphasizes value creation, not just the potential for loss that comes to mind for many people when they think of risk. The Certificate in Risk Governance® requires holistic, forward-thinking across legal, environment, financial, technology, sustainability, and other areas that are essential to risk management and business success.”
Maria Hallack| Brazil | Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
“The Certificate in Risk Governance® program exceeded my expectations in terms of content, insights, and best practices. It’s an outstanding program led by exceptional risk experts with large experience on boards. I highly recommend it for board members and executives that want to expand their knowledge in risk governance”.
Raza Shaikh | United States | Board Member and Venture Capitalist |
Qualified Risk Director®
"The DCRO Risk Governance Institute provided me with this exceptional and comprehensive set of sessions that allowed me to know about all aspects of risk governance that as a board director I am likely to come across."
Sethu S. Raman | India | Chief Risk Officer | Qualified Risk Director®
"This is a must-go-through program for aspiring chief risk officers and board directors as it helps in the orbital movement to thinking like a director. It is the quintessence of all a director should know and practice to guide a company's value creation process as they navigate the VUCA world of business with Grey Rhinos, White Elephants, and Black Swans."
Ursuline Foley | United States |Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
“The Board Members' Course on Risk® is truly a superb course that I would highly recommend to any board director or Chief Risk Officer. It’s an outstanding, comprehensive program that is extremely well presented by exceptional risk experts from across the globe. The focus is on the upside and downside of taking risk to increase all stakeholder value with supporting realistic business cases and state of the art risk frameworks."
Mehmet Güray Alpkaya | United Kingdom | Board Member and Senior Advisor | Qualified Risk Director®
"As a natural result of carefully constructed and sequenced, fit-for-purpose content sessions, the Certificate in Risk Governance® program provides 360 degrees, up-to-date, and practical risk governance exposure, which its participants would greatly benefit from."
Oluwatobi Boshoro | Canada |Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
"This has been a valuable learning experience, bringing a 360-degree perspective to the very important discipline of value creation albeit through the risk lens; particularly at this time when the recognition of risk as a positive contributor to goals delivery, stability, and continuity of businesses is heightened. I look forward to deploying this perspective in my role both as an executive and a board member."
Pamela Lamoreaux | United States | Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
“What a great course! I learned so much about the various types of risks and how to mitigate them. The information was very practical and useful in my journey as a board nominee. In many cases, it made me think of ways I could approach risk in ways that are relevant in my various roles. The course is well worth the time and effort.”
Cristina Martínez García, Ph.D. | Spain | Board Member and Chief Risk Officer |
Qualified Risk Director®
"A Qualified Risk Director® in the boardroom can help companies to bring a unique perspective to the strategic dialog among the group. As a faculty member and study cohort leader for this program, I could not be prouder of what we have done so far and look forward to the growing positive impact of getting more Qualified Risk Directors® worldwide."
Marykay Wells | United States | Chief Information Officer
"The Certificate in Risk Governance® program was an excellent investment, and I highly recommend the course. It is well-organized and led by experts who have practical experience on boards. The case studies also included the real-world applications of the content covered in the course."
Yeşim Güra | Belgium and Turkey | Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
“The DCRO Institute Certificate in Risk Governance® program has been a very deep and impactful experience; full of learning, challenge, and support of a cohort group, high-level discussions. My initial expectations have been overachieved, thanks to the great design, rich content, and rewarding teamwork.”
Brian Brown, FCAS, MAAA, ARM | United States | Board Member and Equity Principal | Qualified Risk Director®
"The Certificate in Risk Governance® is a program that I would recommend for all board members. It provides practical examples of how to govern risk so your company can thrive. It highlights the upside and downside to risk and helps to provide insight on how to move the risk curve to your company's advantage. Great program, kudos to the DCRO Institute."
Dr. Nida S. Davis | United States | Director of Security Architecture | Qualified Risk Director®
"I highly endorse the program, having learned from a leading faculty of global risk experts and formed everlasting friendships in a cohort of extraordinary women leaders. The program expanded my critical thinking skills through multifaceted sessions that address current, complex, and impactful governance topics that approach risk management in a positive and confident manner. This is more than a program. It is a rich and dynamic experience like no other!"
Susan Holliday | United States| Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
“This is a very comprehensive program with excellent presenters. As I joined a guided study cohort with live discussions, I also benefitted from different perspectives that deepened my understanding and furthered my interest in collaborative work with other board members.”
Gerry Smith | United States | Board Member and Former Chief Executive | Qualified Risk Director®
"I would definitely recommend the DCRO Institute Certificate in Risk Governance® program. The speakers have tremendous knowledge and shared many best practices from their extensive experiences. Completing the program will certainly enhance your ability to serve in a board or risk management executive position."
Amy Bunszel | United States | Board Member and Executive Vice President
"The course material was highly relevant to my role as both an executive and board member. I especially liked framing risk-governance as an opportunity. Risks exist everywhere and managing risk with a focus on opportunity and not just the downside can deliver great value."
Martin Valcin | Canada | Global Manager, Corporate Governance and ESG Advisory, Knowledge and Learning
"The Qualified Risk Director® education program provides a comprehensive and unique approach, bringing together leadership skills, risk management, and forward-looking thinking. The course strikes the proper balance between theoretical and practical elements, and the faculty's diversity in terms of skills, experience, and geographies provides additional value to the program."
Merima Zupcevic Buzadzic | Austria | Regional Corporate Governance Lead
"This was an excellent, comprehensive course with well-curated content. I particularly liked the emphasis on opportunities associated with risks and roadmaps provided to board members for tackling different types of risks. I highly recommend it to both executives and non-executives."
Pamela Garzone, Ph.D. | United States | Bioscience C-Suite Executive and Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
"The DCRO Institute course on risk governance was fantastic. It was comprehensive and very interesting, assembling an amazing group of instructors and presenters that provided practical and useful concepts, case studies, and explanations."
Dr. Roman P. Zyla | Thailand | Senior Corporate Governance Lead, East Asia Pacific
"The Board Members’ Course on Risk® is a rigorous program that offers a curious mind the chance to probe into the breadth of risk while whetting the appetite for more. It is a very purposeful start to a long journey of appreciating and grappling with risk.”
Mikhail Federov | Russian Federation | Board Member, Risk and Internal Control Director | Qualified Risk Director®
"The Board Members' Course on Risk® is a great course. If you are a seasoned risk professional, the course can broaden your horizons by providing a concise understanding of trends and issues boards are facing in intelligent risk-taking at their organizations.”
Dr. Philip Moulton | United States | Director of Risk Management | Qualified Risk Director®
"The Board Members' Course on Risk® is an extremely well-designed program for those looking to build their knowledge and leadership skills in risk management. The program was also generous in 'leave behind' reading materials, presentation materials, and two useful books. The videos were on-point and well-edited. As a participant, I felt the program was time and money well spent."
Maria Paula Calvo | Latin America | Board Independent Director | Qualified Risk Director®
"Every board member should consider taking the Board Members' Course on Risk® to have available the knowledge and tools to handle risks properly in any organization, and especially, making risks a strong source of opportunities!"
Thomas A. Brandt | United States | Chief Risk Officer | Qualified Risk Director®
“The Certificate in Risk Governance® program was top-notch, with key insights from practitioners, experts, and leaders tying practice with theory and offering concrete examples that helped bring the learning together in a succinct and meaningful way.”
Adriana Cavaliere | Belgium | Board Member and Risk Executive
"Whether you are an experienced Board Member or aspiring to become one, choosing the DCRO Institute program is the best decision ever made. It is a first step into a new and ever-changing world – the world of positive risk-taking and value creation. You will embark on a great risk governance journey. You will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the various aspects of renewed risk governance, meet with peers, being inspired by many leaders."
Peter M. Binetter B.D.S., MComm (Finance), GAICD | Australia | Chief Risk Officer and Board Member
"I highly recommend The Board Members' Course on Risk® for all directors and Chief Risk Officers. It does more than just teach directors and Chief Risk Offers about risk and governance. Rather it is a program that broadens the mind and plants informational seeds of growth about how we can view our uncertain world and manage and adapt to it for the benefit of our organisations, our stakeholders, ourselves, and our communities."
Sanchit Maini | Singapore | Chief Financial and Operational Risk Officer |
Qualified Risk Director®
"I found the DCRO Certificate in Risk Governance® comprehensive and enjoyable. The course has brought to bear so many leading experts in the field of risk management and to be able to learn from them and gain insights from the experiences they share, was the most valuable part of the program. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort in curating this program!"
Domenica Lista | Italy | General Counsel and Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
"Sharing different experiences and backgrounds and having the testimonial of such important experts in the governance, ESG, and risk fields around the world is a unique opportunity. Thank you to the DCRO Institute."
Ricardo Vera Cabanillas | Peru | Chief Risk Officer and Board Member
"The Certificate in Risk Governance® program provides a broad vision for directors but also for senior managers interacting with the board, which is important to ensure that the organization is maximizing its long-term value through a deep understanding of the risks it faces and the opportunities that they provide.”
Jared Siddle | Bermuda | Chief Risk Officer | Qualified Risk Director®
"The Certificate in Risk Governance is an excellent course for Chief Risk Officers and board members to grasp and understand the full array of risks and governance matters facing organisations today. There is no better risk investment for yourself, your stakeholders, and the Boards you serve."
Michelle Thomson | United States | Executive Coach, Former Board Member, and C-Level Executive | Qualified Risk Director®
"The program delivers practical insights and advice from those in the field. It skillfully guides one through up-to-date research, frameworks, and practices around this evolving world of risk governance. It's been a pleasure,"
Ibrahim S. Yaghi | Lebanon | Chief Financial Officer
"The contents, readings, and all materials available were of high relevance and quality. Lecturers shared their deep experience and knowledge of governance of risk-taking, and what I learned from them was highly useful for my professional endeavors. I highly recommend C-suite and board members from the MENA region to register for this certificate."
Nada Awad Rizkallah | Lebanon | Group Head of Risk Management and Strategy | Qualified Risk Director®
“The best takeaway from this program is to learn how to think like a director, how to embrace risks and transform them into a source of opportunities and corporate value creation. I would strongly recommend to any executives or board members to enroll in this program.”
Ahmad Lasheen | United Arab Emirates | Director - Risk Management
" The DCRO Institute Board Members' Course on Risk is a flagship program in Risk Governance. The program is a masterplan for C-Suite risk governance and provides a practical approach to bridge the gap between board members and management."
Ruchika Gauba | Canada | Chief Risk Officer
"This course provides a 360-degree view of risk governance - looking through the lens of folks who are and will be present in the board room, be it the independent directors or risk stalwarts representing the mind and management of the organization. There can be no better way to get insights from leaders who have not only experienced but also influenced the evolution of risk management and governance over the past decades!"
Christopher E. Mandel | United States| Board Member | Qualified Risk Director®
"I am pleased to recommend the DCRO Institute's Certificate in Risk Governance® program for those interested in documenting and reinforcing their governance and risk skills in service to all organizations. This applies on all boards where you contribute and seek better organizational oversight and performance."
Theresa A. Matacia, CFA | United States| Board Member and Chief Financial Officer | Qualified Risk Director®
"I have gained substantial practical and multi-faceted knowledge from this intensive DCRO coursework. As a board director, I am now much better equipped to provide insight, assessment, and risk governance to organizations as they develop and execute the ERM strategies."