History of IODZ

The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in the United Kingdom (UK) in 1903 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1906. Unlike many Chartered Institutes, it is not, at least at present, an examining body but first and foremost considers itself a training institute.

It was not until 1958 that the IoD established its first branch outside UK and had its inaugural meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe, in March 1958. Following this development, the IoD spread its wings rapidly throughout the Commonwealth and elsewhere and today there are divisions or associated institutions in over 100 countries including Canada, Hong Kong, Kenya, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Mauritius.