SDG Week


November 3, 4, 5, 2020

Online virtual event

INSEAD Sustainable Development Goals Week

The world is waking up to the values of environmental and social responsibility. Over the summer, the Financial Times reported that sustainable investments outperformed the wider global stock index including during the market downturn. This strengthens the case for exploring how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in business models and investment decisions.

This November, INSEAD will discuss how to capture these opportunities during SDG Week - a three-day virtual event co-organised by the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, and our INSEAD Student Clubs. In partnership with Accenture Strategy, SDG Week connects experts and leaders with the INSEAD community - students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners. Each day will feature virtual conversations on specific solutions to understand how businesses and societies can create a positive impact in the world, while contributing to the success of the SDGs. Co-designed with 8 student clubs, the 2020 edition will explore impact investing; careers in sustainability; impact entrepreneurship; and equity, diversity and inclusion. It will also present student-led initiatives contributing to the SDGs.  

We want our community to truly understand that achieving the SDGs opens smart new ways of doing business that are good for people and the planet. Together, we can take the world closer to achieving our global goals.

Ready to find out more? Then register now! We look forward to seeing you there.

Early November will also mark the launch of our second INSEAD Community Impact Challenge, Register Now!

Detailed Online Program


Tuesday 3 November 1500 – 1545 CET

INSEAD Investing for Impact: launch of INSEAD's first Student Impact Investing Club


Kamal Hassan

Founding Partner, Loyal VC (INSEAD MBA93)


Moderated Chris Holcroft, Borja Menendez and Charles Cochin de Billy, Co-Founders of the INSEAD Social Impact Fund (ISIF).

Join us for an intimate presentation and panel discussion to mark the official launch of INSEAD's Impact Investing Club. Conceived from a collaboration between IPEC and INDEVOR, the INSEAD Student Impact Fund offers MBA students the opportunity to invest for impact and gain first-hand experience of VC investing at every stage of the investment cycle. Thanks to a partnership with Loyal VC, a Canada based and INSEAD alumni founded VC fund, students will work on real investment deals across 5 teams: from Deal Sourcing, due diligence and impact assessment through to portfolio management and fundraising. Join us to meet the team, meet Loyal and to learn more about this exciting new initiative!


Wednesday 4 November 0900 – 1000 CET

Developing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as organizational leaders and as individuals


Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz (MBA94)

CEO and Managing Director, Mirvac, and Member of the INSEAD Board


Marlon Bowman (MBA’15J)

Product Head, Employee Benefits, FNB South Africa


Zoe Kinias

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Lucy Quist

Managing Director and the Chief Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Officer for Tech, Operations and Firm Resilience & Head of Change Leadership in Technology Transformation, Morgan Stanley


Felicia Henderson (INSEAD alum - EMCCC 17)

Leadership Consultant, Founder Henderson Advising

This discussion will focus on understanding how business leaders handle the issue of DEI imbalance in their workplace and in their personal lives – the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them.




Wednesday 4 November 1400 - 1500 CET

Careers for Sustainability and Climate Action


Bruno Berthon (MBA91D)

Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Creator of Accenture Sustainability Practice


Kaori Shigiya

Senior Specialist, SDGs at Principles for Responsible Investment


Lucie Tepla

Senior Affiliate Professor of Finance at INSEAD

Not wanting to understand how the climate crisis will impact one’s industry is similar to being alive during the internet revolution and not understanding the paradigm shifts taking place. On that note, this panel discussion will focus on how individuals can work on climate action without necessarily 'quitting their day jobs' and instead how people can bring climate action into their traditional careers.



Thursday 5 November 1400 - 1500 CET

Humanitarian Entrepreneurship: The NaTakallam Story




Jasjit Singh

Professor of Strategy, The Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development, INSEAD


Aline Sara

Co-founder and CEO of NaTakallam


Ghaith Hallak

Language Instructor and Translator at NaTakallam

NaTakallam ("We Speak" in Arabic) is an award-winning social enterprise that connects refugees, displaced people and host communities with remote work opportunities in the language sector, providing them with economic empowerment, purpose, and dignity. By leveraging the digital economy and accessible technology, NaTakallam offers high-quality one-on-one language tutoring for all levels of Arabic, French, Persian and Spanish, cultural exchange sessions, school and university programs, and professional translation and interpretation services worldwide.

This event will introduce you to the NaTakallam story in conversation with the CEO and Cofounder, Aline Sara, and Syrian guest speaker, Ghaith.



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