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!

Preliminary programme

Friday 13 April


Young Alumni Initiative breakfast

By invitation only.

InterContinental San Francisco
​Cathedral Hill


Champagne Brunch for INSEAD volunteers

By invitation only.

InterContinental San Francisco
Twin Peaks


Discovering SoMa

Join the INSEAD leadership for a walking tour of the neighbourhood that will host the new INSEAD facility in San Francisco! More information to come soon.

Optional event. Separate tickets to be offered.

San Francisco


INSEAD Women In Business lunch

Magali DEPRAS, IEP’07J, IDP-C’14S, Vice President Strategy, Nakisa, President INSEAD Alumni Association, Montreal Chapter

How Canada is measuring companies’ best practices with a new gender parity certification? Learn more about this new programme. Magali Depras is the Committee Chair of the Canadian Association “Women in Business” and has spearheaded the design and the launch of this new certification in Canada.

Susan G. NEAL, MBA'91J, CEO and Co-founder, ATACAMA on her experience as a long-time corporate woman executive, and her transition into the start-up world

Jumping Ship into Start-up Waters: Susan Neal will talk about her experience as a long-time corporate woman executive, and her transition into the sink or swim start-up world. Or if you prefer more to the point...
Woman Entrepreneurs: Susan Neal will talk about her experience as a long-time corporate woman executive, and her transition into the start-up world.

Claudia ZEISBERGER, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

Optional event. Separate tickets to be offered.

Restaurant TBC

Alumni Hackathon on INSEAD North American strategy

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 key questions such as

  • How can we leverage the planned SF facility to drive INSEAD brand development?
  • How should we best position INSEAD in the crowded North American market?
  • What ideas do you have for a creative communication strategy for North America?
  • How can we drive broad alumni investment in the project?  What about corporates?
  • How can we leverage the SF facility to enhance our alumni value proposition including through lifelong learning offerings?

And other strategic questions based on the interests of the group. 

Optional event. Separate tickets to be offered.

Salesforce venue

Workshop style Start-up session

The USIAA 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.

Tentative Schedule:

4-4:50pm:  Breakout into small groups consisting of a mix of entrepreneurs/startups and investors/mentors. The breakout groups are meant to be hands-on and collaborative. Groups will be assigned based on participants, industry, etc.

4:50-5:15pm: Open Q&A with INSEAD alumni panel. 

Optional event. Separate tickets to be offered. 

Salesforce venue


Alumni Forum Americas Official Launch and Champagne ReceptionInterContinental San Francisco
Pacific Terrace


Networking Dinners at various restaurants throughout San Francisco

Optional, not included in ticket price. Sign-up form to be sent separately before the event.

San Francisco

Saturday 14 April


Continental breakfast and registration InterContinental San Francisco


Opening and welcome

Ilian MIHOV, Dean of INSEAD

Patrick MORK, MBA'00J, President of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the INSEAD Alumni Association USA 



Introduction to the topics of the day

Peter ZEMSKY, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation, INSEAD



Keynote address 


Innovation in venture finance

Faculty lecture by Claudia ZEISBERGER, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Alan MACINTOSH, MBA'87D, General Partner, Real Ventures

Dominique TREMPONT, MBA'79, CEO Whisperer

Other speakers TBC



Coffee break  


Technology and trust

Faculty lecture by Subramanian RANGAN, Professor of Strategy and Management, INSEAD

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Geoffrey RALSTON, MBA'92D, Partner, Y Combinator

Other speakers TBC



A founder's story

A moderated conversation by Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation

Oreen ZEEV, MBA'94J, Founding Partner, Zeev Ventures

Other speaker TBC



Networking lunch 


Your gender influences negotiation outcomes

Horacio FALCAO, MBA'02D, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences, INSEAD

14:30Breakout sessions 

#1 Deepdive into the blockchain technology

Panel discussion moderated by Claudia ZEISBERGER, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD, with:

David CROSBIE, MBA’90D, ‎Lecturer (Engineering Entrepreneurship - focus on Blockchain), University of Pennsylvania

Other speaker TBC


#2 Workshop on personal wellbeing

Randel CARLOCK, Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise


#3 Career worskhop

Coaching and mentoring session organised by the INSEAD Career Development Centre

15:45Coffee break 

Business & Society and Digital Disruption in Management Education

Ilian MIHOV, Dean of INSEAD

Peter ZEMSKY, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation



Dialogue with the Deans: INSEAD, Looking to the Future

An interactive and informal dialogue with the Deans to learn more about their thoughts, plans and vision for INSEAD and society. 

Ilian MIHOV, Dean of INSEAD

Peter ZEMSKY, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation

Introduced by Nida JANUSKIS, Associate Dean of Advancement



Closing remarks

Peter ZEMSKY, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation

Michael DAVIS, MBA'10J, President, National Alumni Association US



Dean's leadership cocktail

By invitation only



Gala Party - “The World is Your Oyster” 

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

Ocean-inspired formal attire

The Pearl
601 19th Street
San Francisco

Sunday 15 April - Side Event


Napa Valley Wine Tour

10:30: Departure by bus from the hotel InterContinental San Francisco
11:30 - 13:30: Tour and wine tasting at TRES SABORES, including light lunch.
14:00 - 16:00: Private visit to ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY, tour and tasting.

Registration will be soon available.
Not included in the Alumni Fourm ticket.

InterContinental San Francisco


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:


IAA USA Officers:

Program Committee:

Logistics Committee:

Women in Business Committee:

Sponsorship Committee:

Sales and Marketing Committee:

Party Committee:

Networking Dinners Committee:

Optional Events Committee:

Volunteers at large:

Our Sponsors

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


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 $318 million in Prodigy Finance loans have been disbursed to over 6,800 students around the world.

See who is attending the INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2018! For privacy reasons, the participant list is password-protected. You will find the password in the confirmation e-mail that you received after purchasing your ticket. If you are unable to retrieve the password information or 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 MyINSEAD?

  • Your username is:
  • Your password is: the one currently used for /MyINSEAD/iConnect

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

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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


Reservations will be made by each individual by calling the Reservations Department at 1-866-781-2364 and identifying as a participant in the INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas in order to benefit from negotiated rates for April 13-15. You can also book online by clicking on the following link and following the instructions:

Book your accommodation

  • On the new window, click on "BOOK NOW"
  • It will automatically populate to the current date; however, the booking code is noted. Please click your proper arrival/departure dates and click on "SEARCH" (The Group Code is valid only for April 13-15. If extended shoulder nights outside these dates are entered, the group rate will not be offered. Please call the Reservations Department in these cases.)
  • It will then take you to the page with the correct group rate populated and you will then click on "BOOK THIS ROOM"
  • Note that if extended shoulder nights outside the block are entered, the group rate may not always be offered

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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