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2016 President’s Address
All day - January 1, 2016

Greetings to you all and may I take this opportunity to wish everbody a successful 2016.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to the new representatives from our member countries and hope that you will enjoy being part of CSIA and that together, as a team, we can make a difference to the corporate world.

We can do this by ensuring that Corporate Secretaries are fully trained to handle the changes which are taking place in the world today, particularly with regard to Corporate Governance, Risk Compliance and Management. The articles in our Global Governance Voice magazine will continue to focus on this arena of competence.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Paul Davis, who is the Commercial Director of Ninehills Media Limited. In November 2015, CSIA and Ninehills entered into an Association Management Services Agreement. Paul has many years of experience in the B2B media industry in Hong Kong and across Asia, and with his expertise in digital media we are certain that we will communicate with our various stakeholders in a manner that not only elevates CSIA in the eyes of our current members and sponsors, but will hopefully attract other countries to become members and get additional sponsors on board.

However, as I have already mentioned, this can only happen if we all support this Association of ours. Contact with other country members will help us all to benefit from how and what they have done and are doing in their respective areas to promote our ideals. We cannot let this wealth of expertise go to waste.

CSIA is recognised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as the Global voice of corporate secretaries and governance professionals, and are the only organisation representing the corporate point of view on global governance issues today. This is a level of excellence which we need to guard jealously.

In closing I would like to express my sincere thanks to the EXCO of 2015 for their dedication to the Association and welcome the 2016 EXCO members:

  • Vice President: Dr. Nicholas Letting (Kenya)
  • Treasurer: Carina Wessels (Southern Africa)
  • Secretary: Atul Mehta (India)
  • Executive committee member: Dr Nat Ofo (Nigeria)


Rick Summers

President (2016)