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Come and join us for the 2018 edition of the INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas!

13 - 14 April 2018

San Francisco

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Inventing the Future

Inspiration, Intelligence, and Inclusion

InterContinental San Francisco, 13-14 April 2018

As part of INSEAD’s transformational approach to the relationship between business and society, the Alumni Forum Americas will be a lively conversation with C-level executives, global decision makers and INSEAD thought leaders about the trends currently shaping the future business landscape globally.

Hundreds of INSEAD alumni will gather in San Francisco to discuss topics including entrepreneurship, innovations in venture finance, and the impact of technology on public trust. Whether you want to know more about the future of cryptocurrencies or about how gender influences negotiation outcomes, the Alumni Forum is a unique opportunity to share your views with a select group of inspiring speakers and like-minded alumni.

Of course, the Forum will only be complete with the Gala Party, being held at The Pearl, a modern and innovative space featuring the internationally-inspired artwork of Alexis Laurent. The venue will allow you to enjoy some of the best rooftop views of the Bay and an INSEAD-style dance party late into the night. Do not miss the early bird deadline and register now!

What's New

Optional activities during the forum

Alongside the forum proceedings, we have concocted a selection of optional activities for you to enjoy. Please click on the link below or scroll down for further details. Note that the events below are open only to registered attendees of the Forum and their partners.

Register now!

Friday 13 April

INSEAD Women in Business lunch & discussion
From 12:45 to 14:15 at the Microsoft Reactor

The IWIB club invites you to join a lunch discussion on best practices to achieve gender parity across different companies, with a focus on Canada's experience. The growing presence of women in entrepreneurship and finance communities will also be discussed.

INSEAD Alumni Hackathon
From 14:30 to 15:45 at Salesforce East

Join Deputy Dean Peter Zemsky for an interactive session on the design and execution of INSEAD’s North American strategy. Come give us your inputs on strategic questions based on the interests of the group.

Entrepreneurs Workshop
From 16:00 to 17:15 at Salesforce East

The US INSEAD Alumni Association is pleased to hold a hands-on workshop session for alumni, from start-ups, new ventures and companies, to brainstorm, receive practical advice and feedback from experienced investors and mentors, and network with other INSEAD entrepreneurs.

Networking dinners
From 20:00 onwards

Local alumni bring you to their favourite restaurants in town. What better way to socialise with participants and discover the city through their eyes!

Sunday 15 April

Napa Valley Wine Tour
From 10:30 to 17:00

Napa Valley is probably the best known American Viticultural Area, with over 500 wineries dotting the picturesque valley. The tour we offer includes a visit and wine tasting at both the Tres Sabores and the Robert Mondavi wineries. Transportation to and from the InterContinental as well as lunch will be provided.

INSEAD Apparel

Show your pride of being an INSEAD alum by adding the following items to your cart when you book your place for the optional events in Eventbrite. Deadline for merchandising orders is March 15!

 Collared polo shirt with embroidered logo "INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas". Unisex. Hoodie with embroidered logo "INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas". Unisex.


Gala Party 

Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, open bar until 1:00, and dancing until 3:00!

The Pearl
601 19th Street, San Francisco

Dress code
Ocean-inspired formal attire. Think turquoise, coral, purple, sea blue, fish, seashells, mermaids, pirates, sailboats, anchors, pearls, sequins... For men, try a fun fishy shirt or tie or some nautical cufflinks. For women, maybe a mermaid-style gown or some turquoise and coral jewelry. Use your imagination -- The World is Your Oyster!

Prize is a 4-night all inclusive stay at the Turks & Caicos resort. Tickets will be sold for $5 each throughout the day on Saturday, and the drawing will be at 11:00PM at the party.
*Winner must be present to win

Organising Committee

The Organising Committee is excited to welcome you to the 2018 INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas on 13 & 14 April in San Francisco.

If you are interested in joining us, please do get in touch with a member of the Committee:


  • Patrick Mork, MBA'00J

    President of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the INSEAD Alumni Association USA

  • Caroline Kaufmann,
    MBA '07J

    VP Alumni Forum, INSEAD Alumni Association USA

IAA USA Officers:

  • Mike Davis, MBA'10J


  • Michael Jacobs, MBA'10J

    VP Finance

  • Bill Laughlin, MBA'07J

    VP Membership

Program Committee:

  • Gopi Rangan, MBA'07D

    Committee Lead

  • Edith Tsang, EMBA'15Dec


  • Sonia Chawla, MBA'15J


Logistics Committee:

  • Ramy Ballout, EMBA'15Dec

    Committee lead

  • Molly Fitzpatrick, MBA'07J


  • Trey House, MBA'14D


  • Wayne Hsu, MBA'14J


  • Shahrzad Farshi, MBA'16D


  • Corinne Sawers, MBA'15D


Women in Business Committee:

  • Liana Slater, MBA'00J


  • Liana Burtsava, MBA'06J


  • Sonia Chawla, MBA'15J


Sponsorship Committee:

  • Hugo Angelmar, MBA'09J

    Committee Lead

  • Meri Gruber, MBA'92J


  • Jessie Chen, MBA'10J


  • Dustin Hindman, MBA'06J


Sales and Marketing Committee:

  • Aditya Amonkar, MBA'16D

    Committee Lead

  • Mona Raina, MBA'08D


  • Kathleen Kuo, MBA'13D


  • Valerie Proulx, MBA'13D


Party Committee:

  • Linda Yeh, MBA'15J

    Committee Lead

  • Jenai Zhang, MBA'11D


  • Liana Burtsava, MBA'06J

    Committee Lead

Networking Dinners Committee:

  • Heui-Jin Jo, MBA'14J

    Committee Lead

  • Amit Baranwal, MBA'17D


Volunteers at large:

  • Kyle Chien, TIEMBA'15Jan


  • Rahul Sharma, MBA'03J


  • Vivek Mahapatra, MBA'11D


Steering Committee

Our Sponsors

This event is possible thanks to the support of our sponsors:

Global Sponsor

Prodigy Finance was started by three INSEAD MBA graduates who experienced the difficulties of financing an international degree first-hand. Their innovative platform offers loans to international postgraduate students attending top universities. Through our community platform, alumni, impact investors, and other private qualified entities invest in tomorrow's leaders whilst earning a financial and social return. To date, more than $480 million in Prodigy Finance loans have been disbursed to over 10,000 students around the world.


Google's mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.


Decision Management Solutions is the leading professional services firm focused exclusively on decision management, helping Global 500 organizations harness data-driven decisions by applying advanced analytics to solve their most pressing business challenges.

In Kind Sponsors

Salesforce is the world’s #1 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. Our solutions work together to manage your sales, marketing, customer service, and more in one central location. We built our platform with our customers and yours in mind, meaning it’s intuitive, personalised, and built to grow with your business.

Trendy Lime is an award-winning experiential marketing agency known for launching and propelling brands and orchestrating upscale events. Our mission is to create meaningful, long-lasting relationships between our clients' brands and their customers.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft Reactors are physical spaces that are open and free of charge to host technical events – think Hack-A-Thons, Code With, Meetups. Reactors are designed for local technical communities to gather and grow. Whether you are looking to make a connection with your local tech community, or need a space to host a Meetup or User Group - this can be a great place to start. Come join us!

Who is attending

See who is attending the INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2018! For privacy reasons, the participant list is hosted in Yammer, the social network of the INSEAD alumni community. You can access Yammer with your INSEAD login and password. If you find that any of the details in the participant list is not accurate, please contact us.

Participant List

You can also update your personal details and contact your fellow alumni ahead of the event by signing in on MyINSEAD.

How can I access Yammer or MyINSEAD?

  • Your username is: [email protected]
  • Your password is: the one currently used for all INSEAD-related online services

How can I change MyINSEAD password (with my current credentials)?

How can I recover MyINSEAD password (with my username)?

If you do not know your credentials please contact the 24/7 service desk at [email protected]

We look forward to welcoming you in San Francisco!

Practical Information

The Venue

The INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas will be held at the InterContinental San Francisco, a graceful tower of translucent cool-blue, soaring 32 stories above the vibrant South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco. The tower is among the city's most admired landmarks.

Address: 888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


The room block at the InterContinental is unfortunately sold out.

Dress code

The dress code for the Alumni Forum is business casual.

Media, filming and photography

INSEAD may engage professional photographers for this event. All sessions will be filmed. We reserve the right to use any film and/or photography from the event in our print and digital marketing collateral. Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should contact the INSEAD Events team prior to the event.

Party Venue

The Gala Party on Saturday will be held at The Pearl. Nestled in San Francisco’s waterfront Dogpatch district, The Pearl finds itself at the heart of one of the city’s most historical and culturally rich neighborhoods. Enjoy its gorgeous rooftop views of The Bay as well as its permanent art installations while partying in the best INSEAD tradition!

Address: 601 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

What to do in San Francisco

If you are looking for suggestions, please visit this webpage.

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