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Diversity is a foundational value of INSEAD. It is a value we hold dear, a cornerstone of the INSEAD education
As the Business School for the World, INSEAD commits to cultivating a community that pursues equity, exemplifies inclusion, and cherishes diversity in all its dimensions, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.
Our global presence enables INSEAD to develop nuanced perspectives on the complex, multiple, and often inter-related equity, diversity, and inclusion challenges in global business and societies worldwide. In keeping with our mission to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society, we will employ these unique perspectives to develop Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) solutions both within our institution and the broader community by:
- facilitating the exchange of knowledge and best practices among our faculty and staff, our students, and the numerous global leaders in our alumni ranks; while
- sustaining our innovation, creativity, and rigour unlocked by the mindset of intellectual curiosity; and
- fostering initiatives to understand, partner with, and positively impact the local communities across our networks.
Our DEI Mission
DEI at INSEAD aims to build on the school’s founding values to
- Embed inclusive practices into the school’s operations;
- Create an environment where all community members feel welcome; and,
- Enhance the school’s efforts to produce graduates who will be inclusive leaders.
Diversity has been one of INSEAD’s core values since our founding in Europe post-World War II, when we clearly saw the benefits of committing to unity to shape our collective destiny. We are expanding our commitment to incorporate equity and inclusion focusing on gender and race, fully aligned with our mission to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society
Ilian Mihov, INSEAD Dean
At INSEAD, we strive to build on a longstanding commitment to diversity to foster a culture and practices that are truly inclusive.
Sharon Brooks, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At INSEAD we are committed to a learning environment that develops leaders who ensure equity in their organisations.
Lucy Quist, MBA 05J, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, member of INSEAD Board of Directors
At INSEAD we believe the diversity of the classroom and learning from each other can transform students, who will transform business, who can ultimately transform the world. I want to see leaders who can bring the world together and bring solutions the world sorely needs. The only way this is possible is if we remove barriers, take everyone’s ideas seriously, and create safe environments where everyone feels they belong.
Katy Montgomery, Associate Dean, Degree Programmes
Having the privilege of being a part of the leadership development journey of thousands of executives from around the world, we at INSEAD hold diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of what is needed to make the world better, and strive to share and spread these values with all members of our INSEAD community and beyond.
Sameer Hasija, Dean of Executive Education
We need to bring the alumni voice to the discussion of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) at INSEAD as advocates for both current and future alumni. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but we are not satisfied.
Nida Januskis, Associate Dean of Advancement
Diversity in culture, background, and perspectives is part of the INSEAD DNA. It is the core characteristic that attracts many of our faculty, staff, and students to INSEAD. We respect and value diversity in the true sense – in our research, in our teaching, and in our learning from each other.
Lily Fang, Dean of Research
Disruption as a Force for Good? Gender Balance and COVID-19
by Zoe Kinias , INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Vinika D. Rao , Executive Director, INSEAD Gender Initiative
May 20, 2020
The Pandemic Has Dealt a Blow to Gender Balance
by Zoe Kinias , INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
September 26, 2022
Business Schools Can Help ‘Break the Bias’ for Women
by Zoe Kinias, INSEAD
March 8, 2022
How Nasdaq’s Board Diversity Rule Creates Potential for Real Change
by Felicia A. Henderson (EMCCC 17), Leadership and EDI Consultant; Zoe Kinias, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour; and Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise
December 22, 2021
Why Allyship Is Key to Gender Balance
by Ilian Mihov, INSEAD Dean, and Zoe Kinias, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
November 23, 2021
Recognising and Confronting Racism in Europe
by Felicia A. Henderson (EMCCC 17), Founder, Henderson Advising
September 27, 2021
by Vinika D. Rao, Executive Director, INSEAD Gender Initiative; Chiara Trombini, INSEAD Postdoctoral Fellow; and Zoe Kinias, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
April 27, 2021
Strategy and Leadership Lessons From the ‘Notorious RBG’
by Chengyi Lin, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Strategy, Felicia A. Henderson, (INSEAD EMCCC ’17), Founder, Henderson Advising, and Zoe Kinias, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
March 8, 2021
How Disempowerment Drives Demand for Risky Skin-Lightening Products
by CZoe Kinias, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Jasjit Singh, INSEAD Professor of Strategy
February 9, 2021
How LGBTQ+ Employees Can Embrace Authenticity
by Antoine Tirard (INSEAD MBA ‘97D), Founder, NexTalent, and Claire Harbour (INSEAD MBA ‘92J), Founder, Culture Pearl
February 3, 2021
Healing the Social Wounds of Injustice
by Michael Jarrett, INSEAD Professor of Management Practice in Organisational Behaviour
January 18, 2021
The Music Industry’s Best-Kept Secret? A Gender Creativity Gap
by Noah Askin, INSEAD Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour
October 6, 2020
Standing Against Systemic Racism
Recent events have shown that we are living through a global activist moment in which supporters of social justice and racial equality are coming together to demand – and help build – a better world. At what we hope will be a historic turning point, we declare our unqualified opposition to systemic racism wherever it resides. Spurred by these events and this optimism, we have initiated a serious, sustained reflection on how INSEAD can continue to be a force for good in the fight against discrimination in all its forms, both within our institution and in the broader communities that we impact.