Zoe Kinias

Academic Director of INSEAD Gender Initiative
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Vinika Rao

Executive Director of INSEAD Gender Initiative

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.

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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’s research is in gender diversity in leadership, male allyship and intergenerational influences on the workplace. Prior to INSEAD, she was Assoc Professor at S.P. Jain Centre of Management. She started her career with an MNC bank and later became Managing Director of an Asian conglomerate, before a serendipitous transition to education. She currently sits on the boards of a non-profit organization and a think tank and advises Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at global organizations.


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, that includes experiments, experience sampling methodology, as well as physiological responses, she investigates ways for mitigating gender effects in leadership, hiring, and negotiations. Her work has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology and Information Systems Research. Chiara has also been contributing to the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.  


Helen Duce

Consulting Executive

Helen supports the development and execution of strategy for the Gender Initiative, including engagements with internal and external stakeholders, events 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.


Nazirah Zein

Admin Manager


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. 

Clarissa Cortland

Assistant Professor at UCL School of Management

Clarissa’s research focuses on diversity topics, including stereotyping and discrimination, intergroup relations, and bias-reducing interventions aimed at increasing the representation of - and improving opportunities for - women and minorities in leadership and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I’m also interested in when and how people belonging to underrepresented stigmatized groups are more likely to support and advocate for one another.


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


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