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Come and join us for the 2016 edition of the INSEAD Forum Asia!

18 - 20 November 2016

INSEAD Asia Campus, Singapore

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Friday and Saturday conference


The future of business: ideas, innovation & technology

18-20 November 2016, INSEAD Asia Campus, Singapore

Asia has been growing at an astonishing pace, having seen major leaps in technology, economy, infrastructure and human capital. 

In such an environment, governments and business leaders need to be equally agile to sustain innovation and growth. How do you foster innovation within an organisation? What skills do leaders need to equip themselves with to stay at the top? What can governments do to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the country? Can business be a force for good?

The Forum discussed the latest trends in business and what it means for leaders in Asia, and around the globe.


The INSEAD Forum is back in Singapore for the first time in four years!

Following the success of the Forums held in Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo, the INSEAD Asia Forum is specially designed to bring alumni and the global community together for a weekend of education, idea sharing, networking and fun. Programme includes a jam packed conference led by top thinkers and practitioners, networking dinners and cocktails, social activities for the family, and an INSEAD-styled party!

The delegation includes INSEAD Board members, global Alumni Presidents and volunteers, MBA participants, alumni, government representatives, senior business executives and media.

Join us as we continue to bring together people, cultures and ideas from around the world to change lives and to transform organisations. 


Friday, 18 November 2016






Company visit (only open to Forum delegates & limited to 30 people)

Please visit "Social Programme" tab for more details. Practical information regarding the visits will be provided closer to the date.

URA  - Click here to register. 

INSEADERS - Click here to register.

Google - Click here to register.

1:00pmRegistration and coffee


Andreas Jacobs MBA'90D, Chairman, INSEAD
Chairman, Barry Callebaut AG, Member of the Board, Jacobs Holding AG

Ilian Mihov, Dean, Professor of Economics,
The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, INSEAD

Master of Ceremony
Hellmut Schütte, IEP'79Jan, Emeritus Professor of International Management, INSEAD


Opening Lecture
The Future of Ideas

W. Chan Kim, Professor of Strategy and International Management
The Boston Consulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chaired Professor of International Management; Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute

In increasing numbers of economic and industry sectors, supply exceeds demand. More and more people, whether managers of companies, heads of nonprofits, or leaders of governments, find themselves up against the red oceans of bloody competition. They want to get out of the red oceans and into the blue oceans of new growth opportunities. This opening lecture addresses this challenge and answers the following questions. How can you create and capture the blue oceans of future growth opportunities? How can you renew them to sustain growth? What can governments, business leaders, and schools like INSEAD do to unlock profitable future growth frontiers where everybody wins? 


CEO Roundtable discussion: Innovation in Asia

Peter B. Zemsky, Deputy Dean of INSEAD, Dean of Executive Education & Dean of Innovation, 
The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Robert Gilby, Managing Director, South East Asia, The Walt Disney Company
Harjit Gill, Former EVP & CEO, Philips ASEAN & Pacific
Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group
Rick Yan MBA'89J, Chief Executive Officer, 51job, Inc.

3:25pmCoffee break and networking

Business as a Force for Good

Ilian Mihov, Dean, Professor of Economics,
The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, INSEAD


Keynote Dialogue

Hubert Sagnières MBA'86J, Chairman & CEO Essilor International in dialogue with 
Hellmut Schütte, IEP'79Jan, Emeritus Professor of International Management, INSEAD

4:55pmCoffee break and networking

Thinking the unthinkable

Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster


CEO Roundtable panel

Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

Andreas Jacobs, MBA'90D, Chairman, INSEAD
Chairman, Barry Callebaut AG, Member of the Board, Jacobs Holding AG
Sadia Khan, MBA'95D, President, INSEAD Alumni Association (IAA)
R. Todd Ruppert, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ruppert International Inc.
Lee Hsien Yang, Special Advisor, General Atlantic; President of INSEAD South East Asia Council


Closing Remarks

Hellmut Schütte, EP'79Jan, Emeritus Professor of International Management, INSEAD

6:25pmNetworking cocktails
At Restaurant 6, Leadershio Development Centre
Leaders' Dinner (by invitation only)


Alumni Forum - Friday 'Special Dinner' - organised by the Singapore NAA
Candlenut, 17A Dempsey Rd (self pay)

Please do take 30 seconds to sign up on the event site here.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

9:00amRegistration and coffee


Alexandra De Mello MBA'94D, President, INSEAD National Alumni Association Singapore
Sadia Khan MBA'95D, President, INSEAD Alumni Association (IAA)
IIlian Mihov, Dean, Professor of Economics,
The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, INSEAD

Master of Ceremony
Hellmut Schütte, IEP'79Jan, Emeritus Professor of International Management, INSEAD

9:55amOpening Lecture
INSEAD Entrepreneurship

Philip Anderson, Academic Director of the Rudolf and Valerie Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICE), Professor of Entrepreneurship, 
The INSEAD Alumni Fund Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship

Innovative Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

Philip Anderson, Academic Director of the Rudolf and Valerie Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICE), Professor of Entrepreneurship, 
The INSEAD Alumni Fund Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship

Aloke Bajpai MBA'05J, Co-Founder & CEO, iXiGO
William Klippgen MBA'03D, Angel Investor, Co-director INSEADalum Ventures
Cameron Stevens MBA'06J, Founder & CEO, Prodigy Finance
Xania Wong MBA'06D, Founder & CEO, JOBDOH 

10:55amCoffee Break

The Promise of Health Innovation

Panel Discussion

Julien de Salaberry, BUBS'08, Chief Innovation Officer, The Propell Group

François Cadiou EMBA'12Dec, CEO and Co-Founder, Healint
Ronald Ling MBA'92D, Founder and Managing Director, Sanus Advisory Asia
Steven Tucker, Chief Medical Advisor, LumenLab - MetLife Innovation Center
Ninie Wang MBA'03D, Founder and CEO, Pinetree Care Group

12:15pmNetworking lunch (self pay)
At Restaurant One
2:00pmEntrepreneurship Elevator Pitches

Paul Kewene-Hite, Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD


The Rise in Inequality: Causes and Consequences - Private session for returning 10 & 15 Year Reunion classes
Faculty Lecture - parallel session in Amphi 102

Pushan Dutt, Professor of Economics and Political Science, The Shell Fellow of Economic Transformation, INSEAD



Hellmut Schütte, IEP'79Jan, Emeritus Professor of International Management, INSEAD


Apsarasa: a Monsoon Ball
Tamarind Hill, Singapore

Themed after the celestial maidens of cloud and water in Asian mythology. Join us at the Monsoon Ball for a magical evening with friends full of music, dancing and free flow drinks at a beautiful and exclusive venue.
Dress code: Black tie & evening dress, or national costume.


Sunday, 20 November

Optional social activities: for more details see Social Programme tab

7:00amRun at MacRitchie Reservoir with the INSEAD United Runners Club of Singapore
Welcome to our favorite running trail in Singapore - MacRitchie Reservoir! Runners and joggers of all levels are welcome.
Click here to register. 

Alumni Forum Sunday Buffet Dim Sum Brunch
Shisen Hanten Mandarin Orchard Hotel - Level 35. Click here to register.

5:00pmRun at Marina Bay with the INSEAD United Runners Club of Singapore
Say hi to the beautiful Marina Bay! Runners, joggers, and bikers are all welcome.
Click here to register. 


Thursday, 17 November

Special Alumni Forum Thursday Drinks
7pm-10pm Ce La Vi atop Marina Bay Sands

We invite Alums from ALL INSEAD programs and their partner/guest to kick off the Forum in style, and to join us in welcoming our fellow Alumni visiting from around the world!
This special drinks event will be held at CE LA VI atop MBS, and we have negotiated for you a waiving of the Cover Charge during the duration of the event.

Located On the 57th floor of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, CE LA VI SkyBar & Club Lounge is among Singapore's most famous nightlife venues, offering killer cocktails and a fantastic atmosphere. A range of top wines, cocktails and other select drinks are available for purchase. For those wishing to dine, Reservations are Required in advance: [email protected]

Please note that the event is via Guest List, and Space is Limited, so RSVP is Required on the link below at the earliest.

We look forward to sharing a 'Cheers' with you at this Opening Event for the INSEAD Asia Forum 2016!

Register here.


Friday, 18 November

Company visits (Only open to Forum delegates) 


The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is Singapore’s national land use planning and conservation authority. URA’s mission is “to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play”. We strive to create a vibrant and sustainable city of distinction by planning and facilitating Singapore’s physical development in partnership with the community. The URA has successfully transformed Singapore into one of the most liveable cities in Asia through judicious land use planning and good urban design. For more information, please visit us at

Visit includes a discussion with URA Senior Executive on Singapore’s Land Use Planning and Strategies and a tour of the Singapore City Gallery. 

Limited to 30 people.
Register here.



INSEADERS has a single purpose: to build the ultimate network for INSEADERS around the world.

The brainchild of three INSEAD alumni, INSEADERS is a platform for support of INSEAD entrepreneurial ventures at all stages of their lifetime.
The global venture booster for INSEAD in Singapore's Block 71 and Fontainebleau, and one to come soon in Abu Dhabi, INSEADERS is raising a fund to capture global venture investment opportunities leveraging INSEAD's global network, and creating a global web of mentors, corporate partners and advisors from the INSEAD network.  Learn more at :

Session 10:30am – 12:30pm
Get up-close and personal with local investors, entrepreneurs and INSEAD start-ups on the challenges and opportunities in the Singapore and regional scene.
Learn more about how YOU, as part of the INSEAD community, can help change the world by supporting entrepreneurs. Session includes presentations by INSEAD alumni start-ups and a round table discussion.

Register here.

Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since our founding in 1998, Google has grown by leaps and bounds. From offering search in a single language we now offer dozens of products and services—including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks—in scores of languages. And starting from two computer science students in a university dorm room, we now have thousands of employees and offices around the world. A lot has changed since the first Google search engine appeared. But some things haven’t changed: our dedication to our users and our belief in the possibilities of the Internet itself.

About the tour 10am-11:30am:

Google invites you to visit our newest campus, located at Mapletree Business City in Singapore.  Your tour guides will be INSEAD alums involved in growing a variety of Google businesses in the region, and you will have the opportunity to hear from a Google exec about our growth in Asia.

Register here.

 Alumni Forum - Friday 'Special Dinner'

8pm-10pm Candlenut, 17A Dempsey Rd


We invite visitors and Singapore alumni alike to join us in the Telok Ayer Conservation Area on Friday, 18 November from 8:00 to 11:00PM.

The NAA of Singapore is busy organising a packed social program for you at various hot spots around Singapore.
We have made reservations at a number of restaurants in the area with a choice of cuisines for every palate.
Please RSVP to register your interest so that we can make reservations.
The cost of this event will depend on your individual order, however the minimum cost will be around $60++ not including drinks.

Please do take 30 seconds to sign up on the event site here.


Saturday, 19 November
Apsarasa: A Monsoon ball
9:00PM - 2:30AM

Escape from the city and join us for an INSEAD Styled magical evening of elegance and Asian mystery, in a beautifully restored black and white house, nestled in the lush and verdant jungles of Singapore. Expect a gorgeous venue, great music, free flow drinks and an amazing time!

Check the website for more updates. 



Sunday, 20 November

Run with the INSEAD united runners club of Singapore

The INSEAD Runners Club was born 3 years ago. 10 to 20 events have been organized every year, and the club's member base has grown from 10 to over 60 active runners including INSEAD alumni as well as faculties. The INSEAD United Runners Club of Singapore is pleased to invite you to join them for the following activities:

Register here.

Morning session (7am)

Welcome to our favorite running trail in Singapore - MacRitchie Reservoir! Runners and joggers of all levels are welcome.

We will meet in front of the Amenities Centre (main entrance to MacRitchie, off Lornie Road) at 7am then start off slow as a group, then you should be able to find someone of similar pace to pair up with. There will be 2 options: 5k jog or 11k run. Water and toilet facilities are available at the start and at the ranger station (6K from starting point). After the run we'll meet at Mushroom Cafe (inside Amenities Centre) for some fresh coconut bonding time. Here you might even encounter some uninvited guests (local monkeys)!

Bring a 1$ (old) or 50c (new) coin for locker usage. Shower facilities are also available onsite.

Afternoon session (5:00pm)

Say hi to the beautiful Marina Bay! Runners, joggers, and bikers are all welcome.

We'll meet in front of Fat Bird statue next to UOB Plaza at 5:00pm. Nearest  MRT station is Raffles Place.
We'll start from UOB Plaza -> Esplanade Theatre -> Helix Bridge -> Gardens by The Bay -> Marina Barrage -> Cross the bridge to Gardens By the Bay East. Then we'll turn around, head back to the start point via ArtScience Museum -> Marina Bay Sands -> The Clifford Pier and finally Merlion Park.

Total distance will be around 11km. Joggers will only lap around the Bay (~4km) and skip the routes towards Gardens by the Bay after crossing Helix Bridge. After the run we'll gather for Sunset Dinner & Drinks in Boat Quay area!


Sunday, 20 November

Buffet Dim sum Brunch

1pm - 3pm

We invite visitors and Singapore alumni alike to join us for Sunday Buffet Dim Sum Brunch at the 2 Michelin Star Restaurant by internationally renowned Chef Chen Kentaro. The cost for this amazing dining experience is $50++ per person not including drinks.

Buffet Dim Sum Brunch at 2 Michelin Starred Shisen Hanten, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Level 35

Register here.


18-20 November
Suggested sightseeing programme

Click here for a list of some of our favourite local spots and dining suggestions for you to explore this lovely garden city on your own, or with friends.

For speaking opportunities, please contact Maureen Lee at [email protected]


 Alexandra de Mello, MBA'94D
 INSEAD National Alumni Association Singapore

 Alexandra De Mello serves as the President of the INSEAD Alumni Association in  Singapore (2500 alumni) since 2013 and is a member of the INSEAD Council of South  East Asia.


 Virginia Brumby, MBA'09J

 Virginia is an unabashed addict of food, wine, and FUN, who has been organizing Social  events for INSEADers since 2009, and is also an IAF Trustee. 


 Yue Wang, MBA'05D
 Senior Director, Global Markets Structuring

 Yue is a running enthusiast and spends Saturday mornings with the running club  exploring the different side of Singapore. 


Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia.

Global Media Partner


Monsoon Ball Jade Sponsor

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Fadilah Ahmad, Senior Director, Alumni and Institutional Events
Maureen Lee, Assistant Director, Alumni and Institutional Events 

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