Mauritius Conference 2023

Creating Resilience through Governance

The ICSA Mauritius Conference was held on Monday 22 May 2023 at Hennessy Park Hotel, Ebene.


Time Session




Opening Speech + Rebranding


Diversity, equity, effectiveness and inclusion

Mrs Victoria Penrice, President, CGIUKI




The Governance Professional: adding value to your organization in turbulent times

This uplifting session explores how the role of the governance professional can often be misunderstood. It offers a thought provoking view of the role and provides a practical approach on how, during these turbulent times, we can change the misconceptions of the role and demonstrate our true value to the organisation.

Mr Neill Mc Williams, CGI Course Leader, Kensington College of Business


Artificial Intelligence and the Company Secretary

Mr Julien Guillot-Sestier, Founder, Turn Off The News & Turn Off Communications




Recent changes in Mauritian legislation affecting the Company Secretary

Mrs Prabha Chinien


Electronic Means and the Company Secretary

Ms Laksha Juddoo
Mrs Firdaus Hussenboccus-Busgeeth




ESG and may include panel discussions 

Mrs Jessica Blumenthal


Closing Remarks


Mr Julien Guillot-Sestier, Founder, Turn Off The News & Turn Off Communications

Julien Guillot-Sestier

Julien Guillot-Sestier, started his career journey in Paris. After dipping his toes into the world of audiovisual production, he found his true passion in the digital media landscape when he joined a digital agency.

In 2010, Julien traded the City of Lights for the sun-kissed shores of Mauritius. There, he played a key role in the digital transformation of Beachcomber Hotels, launching social media channels for the group and its resorts. This was just the beginning of an exciting adventure that took him to Mauritius's leading advertising agency, where he spent seven years as the head of the digital communication department and brand strategist.

With a wealth of experience spanning over 15 years, Julien now thrives as a Hyper Freelance, providing comprehensive solutions to elevate clients' digital communications through social media, digital media buying, and email marketing. His expertise goes beyond this, as he is also the founder and manager of Turn Off The News, a daily newsletter that distils Mauritian and international news into easily digestible nuggets.

As a forward-thinking digital professional, Julien is committed to empowering others to harness the power of technology. He provides training on using ChatGPT, the trendy conversational artificial intelligence, helping others unlock the potential of these groundbreaking tools.

Mr Neill Mc Williams, CGI Course Leader, Kensington College of Business

Mr Neill Mc Williams

Neill is an academic researcher and lecturer focused on Corporate Governance. His passion for corporate governance started at the beginning of his career, in 1989, when he joined the Education Department at the CGI (ICSA). He left CGI in 2000 and founded an e-learning business which grew to become the leading e-learning company in its field, before it was acquired by a leading software provider in 2019. Since this time Neill has pursued his passion for corporate governance as a lecturer and CGI Programme leader at KCB - a leading tuition provider for the CGI examinations.

Also, through undertaking a PhD at Henley Business School - a leading institution in governance research; Neill will share his passion for corporate governance, underpinned by research, to explain how governance professionals can add value to their organizations during these turbulent times.

Mrs Victoria Penrice, President, CGIUKI

Victoria Penrice

Victoria is President of the CGIUKI Board. A Chartered governance professional with over 30 years’ experience she was Group Company Secretary at Seadrill Limited until June 2020. Victoria has experience in a number of sectors and is skilled in corporate governance, project delivery and board leadership, having worked for major listed companies.

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