Published On: Thu, Mar 24th, 2016

‘Dia di Fundashon’ turns out to be a gap in the market

DSCF7977_LRWILLEMSTADOn Friday 11 March, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and The Galan Group successfully introduced a new form of professional training in the area of corporate governance: the ‘Dia di Fundashon’ (Day of the Foundation). Over a hundred directors registered and another hundred had to be disappointed: the room was full. For them, a second Dia di Fundashon will be organized next week, Thursday 31 March. The uniqueness about the Dia di Fundashon lies in the fact that the participants are not offered plenary presentations, but can choose from a menu of small-scale breakout sessions with corporate governance experts. In these sessions, they will get to work based on their own input and they will be given tangible tools for their daily practice. Now that the second edition has been sold out as well, the organizers are considering how to further follow up on the great interest.

The first edition of Dia di Fundashon was opened by Zita Jesus-Leito, a Member of Parliament. In her opening speech, she emphasized the social responsibility of directors of foundations and associations. She indicated the importance of initiatives such as the Dia di Fundashon to help directors of Curaçao foundations and associations to further professionalize. In his subsequent introductory speech, specialized corporate governance lawyer Frank Kunneman discussed the many challenges and pitfalls directors face. In that way, he introduced the ten experts that would discuss one of those challenges each during their specific breakout sessions.

After the joint opening, the separate breakout sessions on topics such as avoiding liability, meeting skills, taxation, and regulations followed. The subjects for discussion that were provided by the break-out sessions leaded to a lively happy hour at the end of the day. Beside the possibilities to further meet the still overwhelming interest in Curaçao, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and The Galan Group also examine the possibilities to expand this event to Aruba, Bonaire, and St. Maarten.

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