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The ‘Institute of Directors’ (IOD) was established in India in 1990, as an apex professional association for Directors in India under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860 to fill the need for professional development of Corporate Directors and building effective Boards. It has since grown to associate with more than 30,000 senior executives from Government, Public and the Private sectors of India and abroad.

Over the last 33+ years, IOD has been nurturing directors of the future and bringing a silent revolution in the Boardroom.

IOD supports this generation of board members and the next gen leaders; those who will thrive in the boardroom and support their organizations.

Headquartered at New Delhi, IOD with regional offices in Mumbai | Bengaluru | Hyderabad and Chennai, supports membership services in their geographical regions and major Indian industrial clusters, and organize local events.

IOD remains as India’s leading organization for directors and at the heart of the Boardroom community.


To be a professionally cohesive fraternity of Board Directors in India and world-wide, that can spearhead the change to a more Sustainable World and also to be a nodal organization for the Directors to fulfill their mentoring and leadership role in creating sustainable wealth and happiness for all stakeholders of the business and society at large.

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To lead corporate social, environmental and economic transformation, through visionary and holistic boardroom strategies & practices, by focusing on issues of good governance, transparency and accountability for Directors and their effective leadership in a sustainable world.

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IOD's Competency Framework for the Boardroom Community:

  • Membership based Directors’ association and their group representation.
  • Training of Directors, Chairmen | MDs | CEO's | aspiring Directors & Board-room to drive excellence & promote high standards of good Corporate Governance and their periodic updating.
  • The IOD Directors Databank represents a distinctive initiative by the Institute of Directors, aiming to curate a repository of Directors, Senior Executives, and Professionals interested in taking Board positions or Advisory roles in both listed and unlisted companies. The Directors Databank also serves as a targeted pool for scouting global top-tier talent for Boardroom positions.
  • Networking to share experience & challenges, and exchange Ideas & Solutions with their peers at National and International Conferences, organised by IOD in India and abroad.
  • Annual Golden Peacock Awards, in 15 different national and international corporate professional vertical disciplines, to recognise achievements of organisations based on a globally recognized competitive criteria and Business Excellence Model.
  • Board Research and Advisory services conducting Board surveys, providing consultancy in board effectiveness & their performance evalua-tion, Strategic Foresight and compliance issues.
  • Publication of a number of professional books, handbooks, and periodicals like ‘Director Today’ to keep the directors and boardroom community updated.

IOD’s Journey of 30 years

[ Bringing a Silent Revolution through Boardroom ]


IOD was set up with a unique vision in July 12, 1990 by Late Dr. Madhav Mehra.


Golden Peacock Awards, instituted by the Institute of Directors (IOD), India in 1991. and in July 29, 1994 Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Bharat Ratna was the first IOD Distinguished fellow.


IOD held the first International Conference on Corporate Governance in Delhi. IOD was the first who Ignited a revolution in the boardroom. Nurturing directors of the future.


IOD's 'Masterclass for Directors' set up in 2003, covers training in corporate directorship, and 'Golden Peacock Awards' in 15 different corporate functional disciplines, and other flagship initiatives aim to improve the competitiveness of individual directors and their organisations.


Over the years IOD has been instrumental in providing strong networking platforms for all its Director members to interact with other professional across India and abroad. IOD's National and International conferences play a key role in promoting networking by sharing corporate knowledge and experiences.


IOD launched the portal for ONEID, in 2013. It is an empanelment portal; through which IOD maintains a panel of qualified directors.


IOD launched IOD Blog for our Distinguished Authors, in 2020. It is exclusive for our members. Through which IOD maintains online library space for our publication readers.
Over the years grown 31,000 Sr. executives, representing prominent organizations from both the private & public sectors and Govt. of India, from India & abroad.

Over the years, the Institute of Directors, India has been debating on a number of Boardroom issues for their Governance, Development, Sustainability and Inclusive Growth.

IOD is committed to its endeavor of Building Boards of the Future.

The IOD, India's activities extend from Boardroom Trainings, Researches, Publications, Board Advisory Services and Monthly Lectures to Workshops and networking of Members, Directors and Global Leaders through various National & International Conventions and platforms to debate the issues of topical interest, held in India, and abroad.

Over the last 30 years, IOD India has been organising its annual Global Conventions in India, Dubai | Singapore | London and Europe focusing on various boardroom issues and also the Global Business Meets by bringing together industry leaders, policy makers and board members from various parts of the world.

The IOD, India's 'Masterclass for Directors training for 'Certified Corporate Directorship', and 'Golden Peacock Awards' in 15 different corporate disciplines, both have become global benchmarks. IOD has also setup a special wing called 'Organization for Non-Executive Independent Directors'(ONEID), mandated to look after the placement of Independent Directors in India.

IOD platforms are regarded as most powerful network of business leaders and policy makers globally, which keeps senior executives and board members abreast of latest developments on various boardroom issues and new trends in Corporate Governance & Business Excellence.


IOD’s principal objectives include:

  • To be the apex professional association of corporate directors in India.
  • To provide information, advisory and consultancy services on corporate issues-mainly directors’ training, boardroom practices, corporate governance, CSR, quality and sustainable development to industry, and business.
  • To promote international corporate cooperation on all issues, relating to governance, quality, environment, and directorial responsibilities and du-ties.

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As an apex association of Corporate Directors in India, IOD’s primary role is two-fold:

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    Represent the issues relating to directors, including independent directors, whether in government, public or private sector, in appropriate fora.

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    Professional training and continual up-gradation for development of top executives & directors, focusing on corporate governance and boardroom practices, also raise quality of governance practices & compliance through corporate competition.