INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2017

17 - 18 November 2017

Hong Kong

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Re-imagine Asia: the new digital frontier

17-18 November 2017

Dear Alumni,

If you are looking for a great way to engage with high profile leaders in Asia and reconnect with your alumni friends, there is no better way than attending the upcoming INSEAD Alumni Forum in Hong Kong.

Our world is changing rapidly, and even more so in Asia. In this forum, our goal is to provide you with a fresh perspective and hopefully be able to inspire you to re-imagine the potentials in Asia. You will have the best opportunity to interact with influential thinkers and gain critical insights.

In addition to the forum, join us for the gala party and cultural tours that allows you to experience Hong Kong like never before. Designed with you and your family in mind, the weekend will be packed with excitement and fun-filled activities.

We look forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong and relive the INSEAD experience together.

Best regards,

Derek Chang, MBA‘10J
President, INSEAD Alumni Association HK




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Preliminary Programme

*Note that this is a tentative programme, subject to changes. Be sure to check it regularly for updates.


Ilian Mihov, Dean, Professor of Economics 
The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, INSEAD
Derek Chang, MBA‘10J President, INSEAD Alumni Association HK

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

14:15Business Keynote 

Panel: Re-imagine Asia: the next decade
Digital technology has taken the world by storm. It has changed the way we work, consume, live and do business. As companies race to get ahead of the game, we see previously unrelated industries coming together to create new opportunities. What are the opportunities ahead? What are the challenges and dangers in this ever evolving world? How can leaders ensure a constant strategy and vision to last to the next decade and beyond?

15:35Coffee Break 
16:05Faculty Lecture 

Panel: The changing face of Asian business

17:25Closing remarks
Takeaways from the Day 1

Hellmut Schutte IEP'79Jan
Emeritus Professor of International Management, INSEAD
17:30Welcome Cocktail 
19:00Random Dinners
Local alumni bring you to their favourite restaurants in town. What better way to socialise with participants and discover the city through their eyes.
More details on restaurants and sign-up will be sent to you closer to date. *Note: Dinner is pay-as-you-go.

INSEAD Leadership Cocktail (by invitation only)                                                                                                                   

The French Ambassador's



09:00Registration Cyberport

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

Derek Chang, MBA'10J
President, INSEAD Alumni Association Hong Kong

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


Summary of Day 1 and Overview of Day 2
Hellmut Schutte, IEP'79Jan
Emeritus Professor of International Management, INSEAD


Dean’s session
INSEAD – Shaping the future of business in Asia
Ilian Mihov
Dean, Professor of Economics,
The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, INSEAD

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean of INSEAD, Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation
The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation


Panel: Diversity in Tech




Faculty session
Digital Disruption: Changing the game 
Peter Zemsky
, Deputy Dean of INSEAD, Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation
The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation


Panel: Emerging Digital Consumerism 

12:50Networking Lunch 

Faculty Session


Panel: The Age of FinTech: Disrupting or Disruption

15:45Faculty session 
16:05Panel: Digital Entrepreneurship 

Closing Remarks: Reimagining Asia

Hellmut Schutte IEP'79Jan, Emeritus Professor of International Management, INSEAD                                                                                                   
21:30Cocktail PartyJardines


Sunday 19 November 2017

Social Activities (optional)   
Hong Kong is more than just an intensely cosmopolitan city. Explore the dramatic outdoors from the ocean to the mountains, we have something for everyone.

Option 1: Po Lin Monastery & Peak Tai O Village                                                      

Option 2: Dragon's Back Hike + Lunch at Thai Seafood Restaurant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Monday 20 November 2017


Shenzhen Company Visits (TBC)                                                                              
Known as China's Silicon Valley, Shenzhen is at the center of high-tech design and manufacturing in the world. Home to high-tech giants, rising innovators and digital start-ups, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.             

More information on companies and sign-up with be shared closer to date.                                                                                                                              



  • Ilian Mihov



  • Virginia Cha

    Adjunct Professor of



  • Chai Jia Jih

    VP, International


  • Derek Chang


    INSEAD Alumni Association HK

  • Jan Gasparic

    Head of Enterprise Marketing


  • Maya Hari

    Managing Director,
    Asia Pacific


  • Zennon Kapron

    Founder & Director


  • Aiko Katoh

    Managing Director

    Houzz Japan

  • Ben Keswick

    Managing Director
    The Jardine Matheson Group

  • Hari Krishnan

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Roland Krueger

    Chairman and Global President
    INFINITI Motor Co. Limited
    Senior Vice President
    Nissan Motor Co. Limited

  • Thibaut Mongon

    Company Group Chairman

    Consumer, Asia-Pacific
    Johnson & Johnson

  • Emmanuel Pitsilis

    Senior Advisor & Co-Founder, Velotrade
    Board Director, Dragon Law
    Senior Advisor, First Bridge Strategy Limited
    Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

  • Philippe Schaus

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, DFS Group
    Member, LVMH Executive Committee

  • Hellmut Schütte

    Emeritus Professor of International Management

  • Roger Steel 

    President, New Markets and Business Development, Asia

    Sun Life Financial

  • Peter Zemsky

    Dean, Executive Education
    Dean, Innovation
    Professor of Strategy
    The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation

  • More speakers to be announced!




Forum Package tickets include:

  • Access to all conference sessions (Friday, 17 November & Saturday, 18 November)
  • Access to the cocktail reception on Friday, and Gala party on Saturday
  • All conference coffee breaks, as well as lunch on Saturday is included in the ticket price.
  • Opportunity to purchase ONE add-on Friday cocktail & Saturday Gala party ticket upon payment on Eventbrite
    These tickets are available in limited quantities and therefore only available as an add-on purchase to Forum Package ticket holders on first come first serve basis.
  • Many networking opportunities with other guests and speakers

Conference Only tickets include:

  • Access to all conference sessions (Friday, 17 November & Saturday, 18 November). 
  • All conference coffee breaks, as well as lunch on Saturday is included in the ticket price.
  • Many networking opportunities with other guests and speakers

Booking policy:

  • HK$400 discount off the early bird ticket is available to Members of any INSEAD Alumni Association. Type your "" email under "Promotional Code" to access. See MyINSEAD for more details.
  • Early Bird tickets are only open to alumni. Non-alumni will need to purchase regular tickets after the early bird tickets are sold out.
  • Tickets for the forum and partner social events are sold separately.
  • Details to purchase the Cocktail & Gala Party Ticket will be available in your Forum Package confirmation email.
  • We can only admit you if you have booked and pre-paid for your tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door for the forum or social events.
  • All tickets are non-refundable


For those based in SINGAPORE, please purchase your tickets here

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We look forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong!

Be a part of the #1 Business school in the world


The INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia is the signature annual event for INSEAD Alumni living and working across Asia. Hosted in one of the world’s most important business and financial capitals, the Forum will offer a once-in-a-lifetime line up of speakers and events. In addition to the conference, the social and networking programme will showcase Hong Kong’s best.

In order to sponsor all or part of the Forum, as an individual or organisation, please get in touch with a member of the Organising Committee responsible for sponsorship:

Derek Chang, MBA'10J
Calvin Lim, AMP'12Nov

or send a message to

Organising committee

The Organising Committee is excited to welcome you to the 2017 INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia on 17 - 19 November in Hong Kong.

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

Committee members and responsibilities:



Social activities for alumni and partners

SATURday, 18th Nov - Partner social activities 

Option 1: Hong Kong Cultural Kaleidoscope & Victoria Peak

Begin your day the traditional Chinese way. Learn the ancient Chinese exercise of Tai Chi (Shadow Boxing) under the tutelage of a bona fide Tai Chi master. This martial art, Tai Chi, with its slow, graceful movements, is suitable for all ages and promotes improved balance, muscle tone, breathing and digestion.

It remains one of the favourite methods of keeping fit in Hong Kong.

Next, learn about the Chinese tea-dinking etiquette – Hong Kong style! The best way is to visit the Museum of Tea Ware followed by a specialty teashop for an introduction of tea drinking culture, different varieties of tea and its proper preparation where the techniques of tea brewing are taught. Get a taste for the perfect cup of tea with exquisite dim sum (literal meaning “touch the heart”).

A journey to Hong Kong is not complete without experiencing the panoramic bird’s eye view from Victoria Peak. We offer you a chance to ride on a century old Peak Tram to get to the Peak, it is the 1st cable funicular in Asia providing a direct route to the Peak which is one of Hong Kong's top tourist attractions. Stroll around Victoria Peak on this leisurely 3.5 km circuit road to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding city skyline, the world-famous Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, towering skyscrapers, and gain a sense of Hong Kong's rich colonial heritage. Enjoy our local delicacies before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Tour cost: HK$700.00 per person (maximum 45 participants)
Includes: All necessary transportations, Tai Chi Class, Tea Demonstration with snacks, one way cable car to the Victoria Peak, local delicacies and English speaking guide.
Remarks: Easy, walk on a good footpath.

Option 2: Chinese Dim Sum Cooking Class

Since the days of the Silk Road, Dim Sum has been an integral part of Chinese culture. For Hong Kong people, Dim Sum goes hand in hand with Yum Cha (drinking tea). Today, it is popular for Chinese families to gather on weekend mornings to indulge in Dim Sum, sip tea and chat with each other.

Dim Sum is a collection of delightful, mouth-watering Chinese dishes served in steaming bamboo baskets and eaten with multiple pots of Chinese tea. Dishes range from steamed pork buns, shrimp dumplings, beef balls and spring rolls, to the local favourite of pan-fried squid with spicy salt.

Attend a cooking class conducted by a Dim Sum master chef. This is a golden opportunity for you to learn types of dim sum, technique and its hidden secrets and recipes.

Tour cost: HK$700 per person (maximum 30 participants)
Includes: Roundtrip transfer to and from hotel, cooking class, ingredients, recipes, apron, refreshment and English speaking guide service.

Sunday, 19th Nov - Alumni & Partners Social Activities

Option 1: Po Lin Monastery & Peak Tai O Village

The experience starts with a 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping 360, a culturally themed village high atop a mountain plateau on Lantau Island. It's here at the Ngong Ping Village, that you can see the breathtaking Giant Buddha – the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze statue.

Move onto Tai O village, which is famed for its generations of fishermen who build their houses on stilts. It is also known as the Venice of Hong Kong. The houses are interconnected, forming a tightly knit community that literally lives on the water. Their enchanting world is a photographer's paradise. Lunch will be served in a local Chinese restaurant.

Tour cost: HK$885.00 per person (maximum 45 participants)
Includes: All necessary transportations, one way cable car to Ngong Ping Village, Po Lin Monastery, boat ride in Tai O Village, lunch at local restaurant and English speaking guide service.
Remarks: Easy & walk on a good footpath

Option 2: Dragon's Back Hike + Lunch at Thai Seafood Restaurant

This walk starts in Hong Kong Island's largest country park, the beautiful Tai Tam. The hike will take you across a magnificent reservoir built in 1888, and sheltered by verdant hillsides that rise dramatically from the sea.
A cool path takes you through shady groves of bamboo and lush woodlands accompanied by birdsong, eventually emerging into open hillsides covered with wild azaleas and rose myrtle.

Upon reaching the spectacular Shek O Country Park, you will follow the rugged undulating spinal ridge of the Dragon’s Back. The walk is filled with breathtaking views of the dazzling seas, the distant Nine Pins Islands, sandy Big Wave Bay, Tai Tam Harbour and both the Stanley and Red Hill peninsulas.

The walk concludes with a stroll down through shaded tunnels of exotic flora. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a popular Thai seafood restaurant before returning to the city by coach.

Tour cost: HK$700.00 per person (maximum 45 participants)
Includes: Round trip coach to and from hotel, Thai food lunch and English speaking guide service.
Total tour time: 6 hours, walking time approx. 3 hours
Walking distance: 10km (up & down hill)
Remarks: Hiking shoes are recommended

*All pictures shown are for illustration purpose only



Conference venue

The INSEAD Forum Asia 2017 will be held at Cyberport:

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100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
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Public Transport to Cyberport
Mini Bus 10B: Central - Cyberport
Mini Bus 58: Kennedy Town - Cyberport
Mini Bus 69: Quarry Bay - Cyberport
Mini Bus 69A: Aberdeen - Cyberport
Mini Bus 69X: Causeway Bay - Cyberport
Bus 30X: Central (Exchange Square) - Cyberport
Bus 73: Stanley - Cyberport
Bus 107P: Hung Hum Laguna Verde - Cyberport
Bus 970: So Uk Estate - Cyberport

Special airfares from Cathay Pacific & Cathay Dragon

Cathay Pacific, together with Cathay Dragon, offer all registered alumni and travel companions an exclusive opportunity to enjoy great savings on flights to Hong Kong & Singapore.

Book online via the MICE online offer page or contact your nearest Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon reservations office and quote the MICE Event Code for “Singapore 15 year Reunion” or “Alumni Forum, Hong Kong” to enjoy special fares.

Get your MICE Event Code by registering for the Forum in mid-March and enjoy the great offers!  


Official Carrier:




We have negotiated special room rates for up to 50 rooms with Le Meridien Cyberport, our official hotel. 

Le Meridien Cyberport
100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong 
Tel: +852 2980 7788 / +852 2980 7888


Early Bird Rate: HK$1,300 Nett  

Time period: Book by 18 October 2017

Cancellation Date:
30 days prior to arrival date - one night room charge
Within 30 days to arrival date - entire stay charge

Negotiated Rate: HK$1,400 Nett  

Time period: Book by 3 November 2017

Cancellation Date 
14 days prior to arrival date - one night room charge
Within 14 days to arrival date - entire stay charge


Check in: 15h00   |   Check out: 12h00

Rates quoted above are for Smart Room, single occupancy and includes:
   * one daily breakfast at Prompt (L4, from 06h30 to 10h30), extra breakfast is charged at HK$150 Nett per person daily.
   * complimentary in-room wireless internet
   * complimentary use of Handy Phone allowing free local call, local 3G, IDD calls to UK, USA, China, Singapore and Seoul.

Room upgrade 
   * Smart Pure Room - HK$200+10% per room per night
   * Deluxe Ocean - HK$600+10% per room per night

To enjoy the rates offered above, kindly reserve via [enter link here] or 
Tel:        +852 2980 7812
Fax:      +852 2980 7850

Perched on the edge of the stunning Telegraph Bay, Le Méridien Cyberport offers the perfect location for productivity and relaxation. Within minutes of Hong Kong’s city centre, the hotel represents a slightly isolated retreat for business travellers who want to get away from it all while still remaining within reach of the fast-paced world of commerce. The only hotel on the southern part of the island, we offer views of both parkland greenery and the sea's sparkling turquoise waters.


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Dress Code

We recommend business attire for all attendees at the conference.

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.


Past forums

INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2017
Digital Transformation: A Force for a Better World?
Paris, France. 16-17 June 2017

INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2017
Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Shaping the Future of the Americas
Montreal, Canada. 28-29 April 2017

INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2016
The Future of Business: Ideas, Innovation & Technology
Singapore, 18-20 November 2016

INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2016
Business as a Force for Good?
London, UK. 3-4 June 2016

INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2016
The Future of Business
New York, USA. 29-30 April 2016

INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2015
Navigating the Waves of Change
Tokyo, Japan. 20-22 November 2015

INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2015
Europe at a crossroad
Stresa, Italy. 12-14 June 2015

INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2015
Business as a Force for Good
Washington, USA. 24-25 April 2015

INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2014
Asia: The Next Act
Sydney, Australia. 17-19 October 2014

INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2014
Growth strategies in a “post-crisis” Europe
Sintra, Portugal. 21-22 June 2014

INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2014
Technology & Entrepreneurship
San Francisco, USA. 3-5 April 2014

INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2013
Asia - the World’s Superpower Going Forward?
Shanghai, China. 22-24 November 2013

INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2013
The Future of Business: Emerging Opportunities
Toronto, Canada. 14-15 June 2013

INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2012
Alumni Forum and Reunion Asia 2012
Singapore, Singapore. 10 November 2012

INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2012
Leadership: Challenges in Uncertain Times
New York, USA. 27-29 April 2012

INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2011
Alumni Forum & Reunion Asia 2011
Singapore, Singapore. 12 November 2011

INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2011
Global Competitiveness: From Strategy to Action
Chicago, USA. May 2011

INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2010
Alumni Forum & Reunion Asia 2010
Singapore, Singapore. 13 November 2010

INSEAD Alumni Forum Asia 2009
Alumni Forum & Reunion Asia 2009
Singapore, Singapore. 7 November 2009

Contact us

For any queries, please contact us at: or Events hotline: +65 6799 5126 (office hours)


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




If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Derek Chang, MBA'10J
Calvin Lim, AMP'12Nov

or send a message to

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