Our Vision and Mission



Gender imbalance and the resultant experience of women in business and society have consequences for both organisations and the communities they serve. Yet the dynamics, causes, and consequences of gender imbalance are not yet fully understood, limiting our ability to enhance gender balance. Built on INSEAD’s core organisational value of diversity and decades of gender diversity efforts, the Gender Initiative integrates research, business, and pedagogy to engage the full potential of both women and men. 

Our community of gender researchers includes psychologists, sociologists, economists, and management and finance scholars who conduct cutting-edge research on the experiences and impact of women in business and society. We are building relationships with organisations to enhance their commitment to gender balance and their ability to fulfil this goal. By striving to create a pipeline of future business leaders who are passionate and equipped to drive gender balance within their existing and future organisations, we aim to empower women leaders to positively impact business and society.

Our mission is to create and disseminate knowledge that advances women leaders and optimises their contributions within and beyond their organisations. We strive to engage both men and women in this effort, inspiring all to take action.

Zoe Kinias
Academic Director of Gender Initiative
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour


of INSEAD alumni surveyed in Nov-Dec 2017 are interested in efforts to increase the representation of women in high impact leadership positions

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For Leaders Developing Gender Balance

The INSEAD Gender Diversity Programme is a new online programme that provides the understanding, concepts and tools to allow you to develop a strategic and practical plan to reach gender balance in your organisation.

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For Companies Developing Women Leaders

INSEAD works with major companies to create customised leadership development programmes for their women executives.

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For Women

The Women Leaders Programme is designed to equip influential businesswomen with the tools they need to increase their leadership impact and create lasting personal and professional change.

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Our Team



Zoe Kinias

Academic Director
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Zoe’s primary expertise focuses on diversity and resiliency bolstering interventions. Her diversity research often falls at the intersection of gender and culture, currently investigating methods for improving gender balance in organisations. In addition to contributing to INSEAD's gender pedagogy, Zoe presents gender research to diverse audiences including academics, students and alumni, and professional organisations.


Vinika Rao

Executive Director

Vinika started her career with an MNC bank and went on to become the Managing Director of an Indonesian conglomerate, before a serendipitous transition to education. Prior to INSEAD, she was Associate Professor of Strategy at the S.P. Jain Centre of Management, Singapore. She has an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a doctorate from the Singapore Management University. Her research is in gender diversity in corporate leadership; specifically, the impact of male support on the self-regulating focus of female managers. She is frequently invited to speak on related topics and has been quoted / published in leading business publications.


Clarissa Cortland

Postdoctoral Researcher

Clarissa’s research focuses on stereotyping and discrimination, intergroup relations, and bias-reducing interventions aimed at increasing the representation of women and minorities in competitive business, leadership and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) contexts. She is also interested in when and how people belonging to underrepresented stigmatized groups support and advocate for one another.


Chiara Trombini

Postdoctoral Researcher

Chiara’s research focuses on cognitive and affective interventions to reduce decision-making biases in the workplace. Using a multi-method approach, she investigates ways for decreasing gender bias in hiring and negotiation. She is particularly interested in designing strategies to make men more open to high-achieving women. Prior to joining INSEAD, she was a Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.

Hamidah Salim

Administrative Manager


Helen Duce

Consulting Executive

Helen is responsible for developing and executing the overall strategy for the Gender Initiative. She is charged with ensuring the Gender Initiative is fully integrated across the entire school and the broader INSEAD community. This includes engaging with internal and external stakeholders, events and speaker engagements and communication planning. An INSEAD alumna (GEMBA’13) with a background in strategy, marketing, sustainable business and gender, Helen frequently presents -- as keynote speaker and panelist -- to business audiences about gender issues.


Lucia del Carpio  

Assistant Professor of Economics 

Lucia uses field experiments to both understand the sources of women under-representation in certain key industries, and evaluate policies to reverse it. Currently, she is studying whether social identity considerations and norms may be precluding young women from applying for training and a career in the high growth Tech sector in Latin America, analyzing the impact of different women role models on career choices in Mexico, and studying firms’ perceptions on the role of women in sectors where they are under-represented. 


Maria Guadalupe

Associate Professor of Economics

Maria is an organizational economist. Part of her work focuses on how gender identity and stereotypes shape our perception, individual decisions and hence organizational outcomes. She is particularly interested in understanding the under-representation of women in the technology sector.


Natalia Karelaia 

Associate Professor of Decision Sciences 

Natalia's current research focuses on authenticity, gender processes at work, leader effectiveness, and mindfulness. She has published research on a variety of topics including identity conflict, unethical and prosocial behavior, behavior in competitions, gender differences, trust, and decision making processes. Her interests also include clinical approaches to individual, group, and organizational diagnosis and coaching. 


Juan Ma 

Assistant Professor in Strategy 

Juan's research focuses on business solutions to social problems in emerging economies, with a focus on women and children’s development in China and India. 


Jennifer Petriglieri 

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Jennifer’s research includes investigations of the mechanisms that can hinder junior women’s transitions to more senior roles. She also researches how members of dual-career couples shape each other’s career development. At INSEAD she directs several executive education programmes for aspiring and senior women leaders.


Kaisa Snellman 

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour



Eric Luis Uhlmann 

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Eric’s research interests include stereotyping and discrimination, moral judgments and behaviours, team dynamics, and cross-cultural differences in values. Eric's ongoing projects on gender examine gender gaps in salaries and the effects of scientists’ gender on intellectual debates. He regularly lectures on gender issues for INSEAD’s Women in Business Club.


Lizzie Baily Wolf 

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour 

Lizzie’s research focuses on how people subjectively evaluate their own and others’ performance, competence, and potential. She is particularly interested in how emotion, nonverbal behaviour, gender, and national culture influence these processes. 


We gratefully acknowledge the support received from the Patrick Cescau/Unilever Endowed Fund for Research in Diversity and Leadership.


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