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Executive program - The Board of Directors in the Financial Sector

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The 6-day “The Board of Directors in the Financial Sector” program is an executive program on corporate governance, organised in collaboration with GUBERNA. The objective is to train incisive directors to work in the financial business sector.

The objective of this training course is to:

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Level Expert
Learning format Classroom training

Total price *

Members: € 5.610
Non-members: € 6.300
Partners/ BZB: € 5.610
Incompany: tailor-made, prices on request

* Are you entitled to an allowance or subsidy?
* Price: service in the context of continuing professional training, exempt from VAT

CPD Hours Banking: 36h general
Insurances: 36h general
Consumer credit: 36h general
Mortgage credit: 36h general
Compliance: 36h

Continuing Professional Development

Available dates

11/09/2024 - 12:30u - 19:00u - Day 1: The financial landscape and regulatory outlook Almost fully booked

18/09/2024 - 12:30u - 19:00u - Day 2: Governance of the Financial Institution Almost fully booked

09/10/2024 - 12:30u - 19:00u - Day 3: Role of Board of Directors Almost fully booked

30/10/2024 - 12:30u - 19:00u - Day 4: Operation of a Financial Institution Almost fully booked

06/11/2024 - 12:30u - 19:00u - Day 5: Risk Management of a Financial Institution Almost fully booked

04/12/2024 - 12:30u - 19:00u - Day 6: Liability of board of directors Almost fully booked

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Please let us know you're interested in this training should there be no date available, the planned date does not suit you and/or this session is full. As soon as about 5 people are registered on the interest list, we will propose a new course date. Your registration on the interest list is free of charge and without any obligation.

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Target group

The programme can be followed by the following target groups:

  • candidate directors;
  • experienced directors from other sectors;
  • existing directors (CEOs, COOs, CFOs and other senior executives).

Required prior knowledge

Expert level training: this training requires thorough prior knowledge of the subject.



Module 1: The financial landscape and regulatory outlook - day 1 (duurtijd: 6 uur)

Lecturer: Koenraad De Backere & François Lecomte

Guest speakers: Nicolas Strypstein & Tom Boedts

  • The financial system and financial intermediation in our society
    • Architecture and governance of the financial system
    • Focus on the role and evolution of banks 
    • Focus on the role and evolution of insurance companies 
    • Focus on the role and evolution of other financial intermediaries 
    • Regulation 
    • Strategic challenges for financial intermediaries : the new risks/opportunities
  • How current macro-economic and geopolitical trends are impacting the financial industry
  • Keynote : The role of the regulator in the Belgian & European context with a focus on Fit & Proper
  • Keynote : The future of banking : Banking as a Service.

Module 2: Governance of the Financial Institution - day 2 (duurtijd: 6 uur)

Lecturers: Sandra Gobert & Caroline Veris

Guest speaker: Bart De Smet

  • Interactive workshop on governance
  • A summary of the reference framework for governance in the financial sector 
    • Applicable regulations and guidelines of the supervisors
    • Important trends and impact on the board
    • An optimal composition of the Board of Directors
    • Basic principles and best practices
    • Specific requirements for the financial sector
  • Keynote: Corporate Governance for Insurance Companies - case study Ageas

Role of Board of Directors - day 3  (duurtijd: 6 uur)

Lecturers: Sandra Gobert & Caroline Veris

Guest speakers: Michaël Anseeuw , Daniël de Clerck & Stephanie De Bruyne

  • The role of the board of directors : finding the right balance 
  • Interactive session based on dilemma’s in relation to 
    • Committees 
    • Independent audit functions 
    • Executive management 
    • Supervisors 
    • Shareholders (incl. relevant points for attention within the group structure) 
    • Handling conflicts of interest
  • Keynote: The Fox and the Hedgehog 
  • Keynote: Innovation

Module 3: Operation of a financial institution - day 4 (duurtijd: 6 uur)

Lecturer: Alexandre Deveen

Guest speaker: Ingrid de Poorter

  • Introduction
    • Financial institutions within the Eurozone (MFIs, IFs, FVCs, PSRIs, ICs)
  • The foundations of banking and insurance
    • Expected return and risks
    • Supervision
  • The Banking Model
    • Balance sheet
    • Income statement
    • Regulations and challenges
    • Products and services
    • Points for attention
  • The insurance model
    • Balance sheet
    • Regulations and challenges
    • Life insurance
    • Non-life insurance
    • Pension plans
  • Banks versus insurance institutions
    • Interest Rate Risk
    • Product Risk
    • Balance sheet Risk
    • Balance sheet immunization
  • Conclusion: the future of financial services
  • Keynote : The role of the audit and risk committee

Module 4:  Risk Management of a financial institution - day 5 (duurtijd: 6 uur) 

Lecturer: Wouter Hertegonne

Guest Speakers: Eric Pulinx , Els De Keyser & Isabelle Le Grand

  • Interactive workshop on Risk management
    • Introduction: financial markets
    • Risk management: definitions and concepts
    • Identification of the different risks
    • Risk Management in a trading environment
    • The ALM concept
    • Important risk-related concepts 
    • Period of reflection for board members, probability and impact of risks
    • Recovery planning
  • Keynote: The role of the regulator in the Belgian & European context
  • Keynote: The banker's oath

 Liability of board of directors - day 6  (duurtijd: 6 uur)

Lecturers: Sandra Gobert & Saartje Verbeke

Guest speakers: Alain Flas, Ruben Olieslagers & Marieke Wyckaert

  • Preliminary study : E-learning : Introduction to Sustainable Finance
  • The impact of sustainability in risk management :
    • How to manage ESG in Board of Directors
    • Sustanability risk mapping and reporting for Board of Directors in a governance framework
  • Roles and responsibilities of directors in the financial sector: the legal perspective
  • Interactive workshop: the evaluation of the functioning of the Board of Directors
    • Which process?
    • What is the content?
    • Framework based on basic principles and best practices as well as relevant legal provisions


  • Duration: 6 days of training (6 x 6 class hours) 
  • Planning 2024 : 11/9, 18/9, 9/10, 30/10, 6/11 & 4/12
  • Hours: 12:30 to 18:30, followed by a dinner
  • Location: Febelfin Academy: Phoenix building, Koning Albert II-laan/Boulevard du Roi Albert II 19, 1210 Brussels
  • Language: This training will be given in English
  • Registrations: To encourage interaction and learning experiences, we limit registrations to a maximum of 5 participants from the same organisation.  If more persons wish to enrol, this training can also be organised within the company.  Feel free to contact : Ingrid.Goris@febelfin-academy.be.


You follow a ‘Classroom training’ face-to-face in a group. You, the other participants and the teacher are all present in the same classroom at an agreed time. There is an opportunity for interaction and feedback, both from the participants to the teacher and vice versa. The teaching material consists as a basis of a presentation via the MyFA learning platform, supplemented with various other items (such as digital syllabus, presentation, audiovisual fragments, etc.).


Caroline Veris
Compliance & audit

Alexandre Deveen
Retail banking
Risk, finance & treasury
Private banking & asset management

Ruben Olieslagers
Risk, finance & treasury
Compliance & audit

Els De Keyser
Retail banking
Compliance & audit
Taxation & regulations

Risk, finance & treasury

Ingrid de Poorter
Taxation & regulations
Compliance & audit

Koenraad Dirk M Debackere
Taxation & regulations
Risk, finance & treasury
Clearing, settlements & payments

Nicolas Strypstein
Compliance & audit

Tom Boedts
Risk, finance & treasury
Retail banking
Compliance & audit

Bart De Smet
Taxation & regulations
Compliance & audit

Michael Anseeuw
Retail banking

Eric Alain Pulinx
Risk, finance & treasury
Private banking & asset management

Saartje Verbeke
Compliance & audit

Maria Elisabeth Wyckaert
Taxation & regulations

Stephanie De Bruyne
Retail banking
Clearing, settlements & payments

Sandra Gobert
Taxation & regulations
Compliance & audit

Isabelle Le Grand
Risk, finance & treasury
Compliance & audit

Alain Anna E Flas

François Lecomte
Private banking & asset management
Risk, finance & treasury
Taxation & regulations

Daniël de Clerck
Retail banking
Risk, finance & treasury
Private banking & asset management
Taxation & regulations