• The ever-changing balance of power among boards of directors, shareholders, executives, and other key stakeholders in the governance of companies and other private entities

  • The evolving powers, rights, duties, and practices of boards of directors

  • Controversial, emerging and important topics in corporate governance

The Institute for Corporate Governance pursues three main activities:

  • Research & Publications: to understand and promote best practices in corporate governance

  • Organising Conferences & Seminars: to bring interested professionals and students together for discussion and continuing education

  • Preparing Leaders & Rising Board Members: to prepare executives rising to boards, and business and law students, for  corporate governance challenges


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The Institute for Corporate Governance is managed
by Professors David Chekroun & Drew Shagrin of ESCP Business School.

What is Corporate Governance?

It’s about how power is exercised over a corporate entity.
It’s the system by which corporate entities are directed and controlled.

It’s the rules, practices, mechanisms, procedures, people, and relationships by which power is exercised in a corporate entity.

Boardroom Simulation

What happens in a corporate board room nearly always stays in the board room, and interested outsiders don’t get to see how boards work in practice.  Tools that teach concepts of corporate governance can help a little, but if learners can’t apply the concepts in a real-world way to the workings of a corporate board, then they won’t really understand how boards work in practice.
We have a solution: a  boardroom simulation with a difference. After simulating a company board meeting, learners compare their performance with that of experienced practitioners videotaped in the very same board meeting situation.

History of the ICG

The Institute for Corporate Governance (the ICG) emerged from the KPMG Professorship in International Corporate Governance at ESCP Business School.  That professorship, which supported research and teaching activities on the subject of corporate governance, ended in 2021.

The ICG was created by ESCP Professors of Law David Chekroun and Drew Shagrin, and ESCP Senior Fellow Patrick-Hubert Petit, with the participation of a community of business and policy leaders, corporate directors, lawyers, academics, alumni, and students.

The Team

The Institute for Corporate Governance is led by its founders David Chekroun and Drew Shagrin and an advisory board chaired by Patrick-Hubert Petit.  A community of fellows and students contributes from time to time to the work of the Institute, and a team of contributing professionals regularly helps with the Institute’s infrastructure and logistics.


Executive Directors


Professor of Business Law at ESCP Business School

David Chekroun is a professor of business law at ESCP Business School. He lectures on law and business in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. His writings span a broad range of issues at the intersection of law and international business, and corporate governance. In his role as the KPMG Professor in International Corporate Governance, he co-developed innovative tools for teaching corporate governance and organized workshops and conferences on corporate governance. David is admitted to the Paris Bar and advises law firms and companies in international business transactions and corporate governance. David is also a cofounder of the Institute for Corporate Governance.


Professor of Business Law at ESCP Business School

Drew Shagrin, a member of the bar of the State of California, practiced transactions law there for nearly a decade, rising to partner in a San Francisco law firm. He also spent ten years as an entrepreneur in France. Today Drew is a permanent faculty member at ESCP Business School, where he teaches and writes about issues at the intersection of business and law, with an emphasis on corporate governance. Drew is also a cofounder of the Institute for Corporate Governance.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides guidance to the Executive Directors.
Opinions expressed on the ICG website in no way reflect the opinions and beliefs of any employer of an advisory boardmember.

Patrick-Hubert Petit

Corporate Governance Expert

Patrick-Hubert Petit

Patrick-Hubert Petit is an ESCP graduate and a French chartered accountant. He spent more than 30 years with KPMG acting as Audit and Advisory lead engagement partner for major listed companies. He also held managerial responsibilities at KPMG both in France (Head of Audit practice, chairman of the Audit Committee Institute, vice-chair of the KPMG Foundation) and internationally (notably coordination of the French-speaking sub-Saharan African practices). Since 2020, Patrick is acting as independent consultant (training and advisory services) in the corporate governance field.  He is co-author of a recent book (”New challenges of Corporate governance”), publishes articles and participates actively in 2 working groups at the French Institute of Directors (‘Audit committees chairmen club’ and ‘ESG club’). Patrick is also a board member of non-for-profit organizations, Senior advisor of ‘Women In Africa’ (training and empowerment of female African entrepreneurs) and a member of the ESCP International Advisory board.


Wendy Becker

Board Chair and Portfolio Director

Wendy Becker

Wendy Becker is a senior board Chairman and director. Currently, she is Chairperson of Logitech International SA, a Non-Executive Director of Sony Corporation, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, and Oxford University Press, having previously been on the Whitbread plc, NHS England, Great Portland Estates plc and Ocado plc Boards. She is Chair of the British Heart Foundation, having previously held leadership roles on the boards of Cancer Research UK, the Prince’s Trust and the English National Ballet. She is a Trustee and sits on the Council of the University of Oxford.

In her executive career, Wendy was CEO of Jack Wills, Global Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Vodafone Group plc, and Managing Director of TalkTalk. Wendy spent 15 year at McKinsey and Company in both San Francisco and London. She started her career at Procter & Gamble. She received an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.


Xavier Bedoret

Audit Committee Chairperson

Xavier Bedoret

Xavier Bedoret is active on the boards of directors and audit committees of listed companies, family businesses and in the public sector. He is also a lecturer in governance in various professional associations and business schools in Europe. He is co-founder of an association to support boards in the social profit sector.


Julien Brami

Former CEO of a French-listed wealth manager

Julien Brami

Julien Brami is the former CEO of UFF bank, a French listed wealth manager. Before that, Julien held a number of roles within the insurance and banking industry in France (AXA, Caisse des Dépôts, CNP Assurances, Aviva..) covering business, corporate governance, financial regulatory compliance, M&A and actuarial sciences. Julien has also held non-executive roles within insurance companies, banks, private equity firms and asset management companies. Julien has a degree in actuarial sciences.



Pascale Accaoui Lorfing

Associate Researcher at CREDIMI, University of Burgundy

Pascale Accaoui Lorfing

Pascale Accaoui Lorfing obtained her PhD with distinction at Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas in 2008. She is an associate researcher at CREDIMI at the University of Burgundy. As of 2020, she is a guest lecturer at ESCP Business School where she teaches International Investment Law and Arbitration.


Megha Bansal

Former Senior Associate with the International and M&A tax team at Deloitte, UAE

Megha Bansal

MEGHA BANSAL, is a J.D. Candidate at NYU School of Law, NY, US. She was previously a Senior Associate, International and M&A Tax at Deloitte Dubai, UAE. As an international tax advisor with four years of professional experience in the Middle East, she is passionate about the intersection of business, law and policy. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics (Hons.) from New York University Abu Dhabi, and has studied, worked and lived in India, the UAE, Spain and the U.S.


Contributing Professionals

Jigmey Tronsay Tsang

Animation Designer

Geoffroy Warme-Janville

EdTech & Digital Learning Manager

Stéphanie Sant

Programme Manager

Yohann Marsollier

Corporate Chairs & Professorships Coordinator


Many current and former students have participated in, and contributed to, the life of the Institute for Corporate Governance.

Nicolas Arathimos

Camille Auffray Castel

Coco Ke Bai

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