Chartered Governance Institute (CGI)

The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI) Global (formerly Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators International) was originally founded in England in October 1891 and was known as the Institute of Secretaries. In 1902 it was granted its Royal Charter and became the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (CIS). The name has since been changed to The Chartered Governance Institute to describe the status and capabilities of the members more fully. In 1909 the first branch to be established outside the United Kingdom was formed in South Africa and in 1957 it became the Southern Africa Division. Zimbabwe was part of the Southern Africa Division until January 1992, when it was granted its autonomy as an independent territory with a seat on the International Council. Today there are divisions in South Africa, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong/China, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories and Zimbabwe.