Academy & Community

for Qualification, Integrity and Social Responsibility in Supervisory and Advisory Boards

The Board Academy was founded in 2009 to constantly develop the work of advisory and supervisory boards so as to keep up with changing markets, organisations and governance requirements within the context of entrepreneurial and sociopolitial accountability. The Board Academy is a business unit of Board Partners GmbH. In just 10 years, we have not only become established, but have become a key player in the field of future-oriented board work. Our triad of certification, active community and placement has proved to be effective and to build bridges. And with our Board Lounge – – and our Board Dialogue Days – – we are making room for effective networking and an inspirational as well as collaborative look into the future.

Our passion for professional and effective board work that is meaningful to organisations is not only as strong as ever, but has also become more comprehensive and more profound. Having assisted with the placement of members of both advisory and supervisory boards, we see the difference that results from well-considered and outstanding board work.
We are also in intelligent and incremental steps expanding our activities, and as an academy and community we are now the effective hub linking boards in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.







Our Partners


Right from the start, the Board Academy has cooperated with “Partner of Excellence” companies and institutions with expert lecturers who share their many years´professional experience in their field of knowledge  and bring in the Peer2Peer experience of board work.

Our Sponsor Partner


Source of ideas and impetus

The founder and Driver was and still is Guido Happe, who as a young advisory board member and internationally operating personnel consultant already took a long-term view of future-oriented board work and now shares his practical experience with the Board Academy.


Founding team

Together with Dr. Rüdiger Theiselmann – then Head of CF Corporate Center of the Commerzbank AG and contact person for governance matters, now Managing Partner of the Corporate Development Boutique Huckberg, CEO of the Legaltech Platform Digitorney and founder of the Corporate Finance Association,  

Roland Startz, Partner of the international law firm BeitenBurkhardt as the expert on family businesses, groups and matters of good governance, litigation and company law as well as

Marco See, then head of Deloitte’s Nürnberg office and now partner and Nürnberg manager of PwC with extensive and profound knowledge of international risk, compliance and audit operations and strategy,

Guido Happe has developed a best-in-class curriculum. After 10 years, the Team is still the same, with passion for their cause and planning for the next 20 years. This composition of the team was one of the key decisions in setting the direction for the Board Academy successfully.

Board placements

Certified participants

Dialogue partners

Years of Board Academy

>> Certification course:

Since 2010 the core of the Board Academy is the  6×2-day curriculum followed by an examination and a certificate for the participating companies. This programme is dynamically updated every year and is used equally by companies, CXOs and experienced board members.

>> In-house trainings and result shops:

As an established instance of Board Leadership dynamism, we guide companies and their respective boards and top executives to do the right things – and then do them right as well. These days boards are faced with “decision before experience” and have to be able to deal with the present and the future at the same time.


We don’t only build bridges in Germany and the DACH Region. In 2018 Guido Happe founded Board Academy Africa (Pty) Ltd. to extend our approach to South Africa as well and to build more international bridges. Likewise, the Board Academy – via the Board Partners Group – started working on the Board Academy Turkey in order to link up mutual international board expertise there as well.

Spain is home to our  Board Academy International and will present a European master class on Mallorca as from 2020. Up to 25 new-generation board members from Europe will get together there to focus on international board work.
Peer2peer learning leads to effective and sustainable networking.


 Philosophy & Values

We regard qualification, integrity and social responsibility as the key attitude to effective contemporary board work. We think of a board’s composition as a mirror of the organisation and its markets, with neutral and structured appointment processes. This is the only route to long-term best-of-class work.

We are a transparent “shared community” that believes in “mutual networking results” and shares knowledge in an open, practical dialogue. The question what I can do for the organisation and for my Counterpart demonstrably outweighs the question what the organisation and my counterpart can do for me. That’s how we remain relevant and create relevance for our community.


Made by Experience

The decisive impact of our Board Academy is the practice2practice philosophy coupled with scientific and socio-psychological perspectives. 

Changes of perspective through real-life and transparent market experience gathered from national and international service on advisory, supervisory and administrative boards make the difference.

The leaders, speakers and dialogue partners are all experienced board members, visionary individualists and personalities with a global reach. Not just being up close, but right in the thick of it is what makes the difference.

 Partner of Excellence

Our national and international Partners of Excellence are:





Corporate Finance Association

DICO Deutsches Institut für Compliance


Erika-Mann-Strasse 21
D-80636 Munich


+49(0)89 51555-440


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