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Corporate Governance for Start Ups & Newly-Organized Boards

Participation in this course meets the recommended best practices for continuing directors education prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Many start-up founders are often at a loss as to how their corporate boards can truly add value to their businesses.  For enterprises that have gone beyond the start-up phase without working boards, particularly those owned or controlled by families, many such firms are at a loss as to how such boards can be made useful towards helping build shareholder and stakeholder value in the enterprise. This two-afternoon corporate governance program provides both a comprehensive and practical roadmap as to how start-up firms and enterprises with previously nominal corporate directors can build effective corporate boards that truly perform and create value. Internationally-benchmarked but fully adapted to the local context, participants will be loaded with practical take-aways as they address the following key themes:

Value: WHAT value-added can a corporate board contribute to a start-up business? How about newly-organized boards?

Capability: WHO should be on a  newly-organized and/or start-up board and how can they best be supported?

Focus: HOW can a newly-organized or start-up board best exercise collaborative leadership?

  • Start-up founders creating or building their first working boards

  • Emerging business leaders exploring career opportunities in corporate governance

  • Members of newly-organized corporate boards seeking to focus on the fundamentals of best practice and review international benchmarks for board effectiveness






   Value: WHAT value-added can a corporate board contribute to a start-up business? How about newly-organized Boards?

   ○  The Business Case for Working Boards

   ○  The Seven Fundamental Roles of Corporate Boards

   ○  Approaches to Board & Director Assessment



01:00 PM    to    03:00 PM     Introduction to Corporate Governance

03:00 PM    to    05:00 PM     Value


01:00 PM    to    03:00 PM    Capability

03:00 PM    to    05:00 PM    Focus

Invest in your professional development.


PHP 9,500.00

inclusive of VAT

Platform: Zoom

​Discounts applicable (Only 1 discount is applicable per registration)

For Non-Members:

    5% if referred by an ICD Member

    5% Group Discount with a minimum of 5  participants in the same company

Applicable discounts for ICD Members:

    ○ 30% discount for FICD, Corporate Member Representative
    ○ 20% discount for MICD, GICD
    ○ 10% discount for AICD



Corporate Secretary and Thought Leadership Chair

Institute of Corporate Directors

As one of the first and youngest Fellows of the Philippine Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Atty. Kalaw has chaired ICD’s Family-Owned or Controlled Corporations Circle since 2007, where he was primarily responsible for creating and developing ICD’s Governance Framework for Family-Owned or Controlled Corporations as well as the Institute’s model for addressing sustainability at the board-level, now known as the Sustainability Strategy Spectrum. He has counseled and taught on corporate governance both locally and internationally, with the latter aspect particularly as a consultant to the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation for Indonesia.  A Trustee of the Institute from May 2012 to June 2020, he also serves on its core faculty as Chair of Thought Leadership Committee and is its current Corporate Secretary. He also serves as Corporate Secretary of ICD’s sister learned society for public governance, the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, as well as the Center for Excellence in Governance. In May 2021, he was inducted as ICD’s youngest Life Fellow.  He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, from which he obtained his Company Directors Course Diploma. He presently serves as an independent board director of the shipping and logistics firm Gothong Southern, and is one of the few Filipinos who are fully certified in the Balanced Scorecard Strategic Performance Management approach by the co-founders of the process, Professors Norton and Kaplan of Harvard Business School. Accredited by the Global Reporting Initiative as the first and currently only Filipino Certified Sustainability Professional, he is also both a Certified Sustainability Practitioner and Certified Sustainability Reporting Assurer of the Institute of Certified Sustainability Practitioners.


He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1998, New York State Bar in 2002, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2011. He is currently the Treasurer and Director of Kalfam Enterprises, Inc., his clan’s real estate holding company as well as Corporate Secretary and Director of the market management firm VKD Holdings Inc., developer of the BF Ruins, the first micro-retail hub in southern Metro Manila.   In the field of securities, Atty. Kalaw is the Vice-President for Compliance and Regulatory Affairs of First Orient Securities, Inc., his family’s stock brokerage, and is a registered associated person (compliance officer) with the Phil. Securities and Exchange Commission. Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute of the United States since July 2011, he is one of only two Filipinos to be accredited as a Certified Business Counselor (with a practice focus on strategy coaching and business planning) for the APEC region by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat in Singapore. 


A professor of law for over a decade at the Ateneo Law School, Atty. Kalaw received his Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management and his Juris Doctor degree, with 2nd Honors, from Ateneo De Manila University.  He obtained his Master in Public Administration degree with the Dean’s Medal for a near-perfect grade average from the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines and his Master of Business Administration degree with the joint Executive Master of Business Administration Program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University of the United States and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Business School in the People’s Republic of China.  He obtained a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom...

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