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

8 - 10 June 2018

The Netherlands

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Business and Society - European leadership in a changing world

8 - 10 June 2018, The Netherlands

Dear Alumni,

We are proud to announce that the INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2018 will be held in the Netherlands.  We aim to gather a great crowd of INSEAD alumni, INSEAD faculty and inspirational speakers to relive the INSEAD experience.

The world is changing rapidly. Whether it is the geopolitical landscape, the growing demands on our environment, new technologies that are changing our lives and work, leaders need new ways of managing their companies and take a more proactive role as business leaders in society.

This forum will focus on a number of these major challenges. A great line-up of speakers will present how they are dealing with these challenges and how their companies take a leading role in shaping our society for the future. Our aim is to inspire you with these stories, but even more so, to get you into action mode to become one of these future leaders.  

The venue for the forum, Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk (beach town close to Amsterdam and Schiphol international airport), is a unique location and has all facilities under one roof, making it the perfect networking and bonding place for our forum and other activities, such as the gala party on Saturday. You can also bring your family, making it a great weekend getaway. 

We look forward to welcoming you to The Netherlands.

Best regards,

Sven Cobben (MBA '06J) & Raymond van Eck (MAP'11Sept)
Co-Presidents, INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2018 


Preliminary Programme

Significant changes are going on in the world. The world population is expected to grow significantly in the next decades leading to more pressure on our planet. The consequences are visible everyday: more extreme weather and rising water levels. Together with increasing inequality in the world we see more pressure on society and politics due to immigration from all sorts of reasons. How can we stay safe? What will happen because of exponential growth of technology? Will we still have jobs now that AI is taking away lots of jobs. What will this mean for the future of work, employability, equality and, ultimately, us?

This forum will touch upon all of these subjects. We need leadership and a clear role of business in society to tackle these issues. This forum will make you aware of the issues, inspire you with great examples of new leadership and activate you in an interactive program to help you take the lead in making positive impact on our society and the world at large.


Friday afternoon - Awareness

The Friday programme will be mainly about raising awareness. The afternoon will be opened by a visionary speaker who will paint a picture of global changes and challenges and what they might mean. Furthermore, there will be several key note speeches and interviews from people in politics (Frans Timmermans, Vice President of European Commission), business (Wiebe Draijer, CEO of Rabobank, and Jessica Uhl, CFO of Shell International) and academics (Louise Fresco, Chairwoman Wageningen University). Bernard Hammelburg from BNR News Radio will facilitate the afternoon and will undoubtedly take care of the right level of interaction.

The program will be closed with a lovely dinner at the beach house Breakers.

Saturday morning - Inspiration

As the Saturday is all about inspiration and activation, we will start early at the beach with an energizer such as a bootcamp or yoga.
For the morning program we have prepared several TedX like speeches. Prominent speakers from international politics and business will share their thoughts and opinions about the developments in their worlds, the dilemma’s they face and the solutions they have.


Saturday afternoon - Activation

In the afternoon participants can join electives and participate in debates, games and simulation. Participants will experience deep dives into the forum topics in a highly interactive and practical way. The electives are on topics like:

  • Energy transition
  • Inequality & social mobility
  • AI & the future of work
  • Sustainability
  • Impact entrepreneurship & investing

And more….

Each elective is hosted by a great selection of INSEAD professors, social entrepreneurs and business experts. 
We close off the day in a plenary setting by one or more social entrepreneurs with their inspirational story, showing that business and society can go hand in hand.
In the evening, a gala dinner with after party (separate ticket required) will be organised in Huis ter Duin.


Sunday - Social activities

On Sunday, you – and your family – will have the opportunity to visit different cities where we have organized sight seeings. But you could also just hang around at the beach with your family or your classmates.
We will organize transport to Amsterdam and the airport for your convenience. The Sunday program is still developing so we will add more options later. 


    • Ilian Mihov


    • André Calmon

      Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD

    • Wiebe Draijer, MBA'91D

      CEO, Rabobank

    • Louise Fresco

      Chairwoman, Wageningen University

    • Yuri van Geest

      Singularity University

    • Karien van Gennip, MBA'95D

      CEO, ING France
      Former Secretary of Economic Affairs

    • Maria Guadalupe

      Academic Director of the INSEAD Randomized Control Trials (RCT) Lab
      Chair, INSEAD

    • Ivan Krastev

      Political Scientist

    • Janez Potocnik

      Former European Commisioner for the Environment & former Slovenian minister for European Affairs

    • Boyan Slat

      Founder and CEO, The Ocean Cleanup

    • Kaisa Snellman

      Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD

    • Mark Stabile

      The Stone Chaired Professor in Wealth Inequality
      Professor of Economics, INSEAD

    • Frans Timmermans

      Vice Chairman of the European Commission

    • Peter Zemsky

      Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation



Tickets for the INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe and PARTY will be on sale as of monday 15th January

Forum only

• access to the forum which begins early afternoon Friday 8 June and concludes late afternoon Saturday 9 June
• Friday informal dinner
• lunch on Saturday
• tea/coffee breaks throughout
• delegates will also have access to all exhibitors and the many opportunities to network with other guests and speakers

Forum and gala tickets

• access to the forum which begins early afternoon Friday 8 June and concludes late afternoon Saturday 9 June
• Friday informal dinner​
• lunch on Saturday
• Saturday Gala dinner
• tea/coffee breaks throughout
• delegates will also have access to all exhibitors and the many opportunities to network with other guests and speakers

Transfer tickets

Tickets are available for transport to and from the hotel and the airport.  Tickets are one way for one person.  More information on timing will be communicated later.

Friday and Saturday dinner tickets

Tickets are available for guests attending the dinners on Friday and/or Saturday only.  These tickets do not give access to the Forum.

Ticket pricing

Booking policy:
• You will only be admitted to the event if you have booked and pre-paid for your tickets. At-the-door tickets will not be available for the forum or social events on 8-10 June 2018.

• 100% refunds will be available up to and including 1 April 2018.
• 50% refunds will be available from 2 April up to and including 20 May 2018.
• No refunds will be available after 20 May 2018 but ticket transfers are accepted.
• Members of any National Alumni Association (NAA) qualify for ‘member’ tickets at the  discounted rate as published at the event website. To join the Dutch Alumni Association please click . To join another NAA go to MyINSEAD.
• To book a member ticket your membership must be current at the time of booking. Non-members who book members tickets will automatically be cancelled.

You will have to book your hotel rooms at the venue of Huis ter Duin directly through their reservation system. Their reservation and cancellation policies will be applicable. Please check their website.

 Steering Committee

Organising Committee

The Organising Committee is excited to welcome you to the 2018 INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe on 8 - 10 June in the Netherlands.

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



Committee members and responsibilities: 

Speakers and programme:

Nienke Budde, MBA'11J
Jeroen Koot, MBA'92D

Sponsorship and finance:

Gijs Schunselaar, MAP'09May

Marketing, communications and Sales:

Wouter van Daal, TGM F/A'11Dec


Ries Bode, AMP'97Sep

Social and party

Dora Rozsa

Dutch NAA Office:

Mary Linn Schnitger
Odette Hooft Graafland


The INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe is the signature annual event for INSEAD Alumni living and working across Europe.  Hosted in one of the world’s most important business and financial capitals, the Forums offer a once-in-a-lifetime line up of speakers and events.  In addition to the conference, the social and networking programmes enable participants to get a taste for the local culture.

In order to sponsor all or part of the Alumni Forum Europe 2018, as an individual or organisation, please get in touch with the member of the Organising Committee responsible for sponsorship:

Gijs Schunselaar, MAP'09May

or send a message to


Practical Information

Conference Venue & Accommodation

The INSEAD Forum Europe 2018 will be held at Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin *****


Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin
Koningin Astrid Boulevard 5
P.O. Box 85
2200 AB Noordwijk aan Zee
View on map

Tel: +31 (0)71-361 9220
Fax: +31 (0)71-361 9401

For more information on the venue click here.


We have negotiated special room rates for 195€ per night with the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, our official hotel.
To obtain the negotiated rates and make your reservation, please use the groupe rate code . The code will be communicated to you in the confirmation email, once you purchased your ticket to the Alumni Forum Europe 2018.
Reserve your room for your stay here.


Friday BBQ networking evening

A special networking BBQ is planned on the Friday evening in the Breakers Beach House.


Gala Dinner

The gala dinner will take place at the Grand Hotel Huis der Duin.
More information to come.


Dress Code

We recommend business attire for all attendees at the conference.  For the Gala dinner the dress code is smart/business (not black tie).


Dietary Requirements

If either you or your partner requires a vegetarian menu or if you have any other dietary requirements, please let us know as soon as possible and we will be happy to accommodate your request.


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.


For any queries, please contact us at: or Events hotline: +33 1 60 72 48 48 (office hours).

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