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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

Highlights from the INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2018




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 programme to help you take the lead in making positive impact on our society and the world at large.

Please click here to download the slides used during plenary sessions (PDF, 8MB)

Please click here to download the slides used during the electives (ZIP file, 45MB)

Please click here to view the photos taken during the Forum.

Friday 8 June

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.

Saturday 9 June

As the Saturday is all about inspiration and activation, we will start early at the beach with an energiser such as a bootcamp or yoga.
For the morning programme 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 dilemmas they face and the solutions they have.

Social Programme

Saturday Energiser

Join us on Saturday morning from 07:00 - 08:00 for bootcamp or yoga.  The session is free.  Remember to bring your sports gear.

Saturday Partners Programme

A unique Partner Programme has been organised on Saturday 9 June at 10:00.

Visit the Mauritshuis with its world-renowned 17th century Dutch and Flemish art collection; it is probably one of the world’s most charming museums. Masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt,  the Golfinch by Fabritius and many more, are on display in an historic palace. The museum is filled with exceptional paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.

The package includes transfer, private guide in the museum, entry fee and free time in the Hague.  Duration : 4 hours   Cost: 45€

To register for the programme click here.

Sunday - Social activities

Use your Sunday to visit some of the nearby cities, such as Amsterdam or The Hague, or you could just hang around at the beach with your family and/or your classmates.
Transfers to the airport are available for your convenience.  

Trees for All

Let’s plant a forest to reduce our carbon footprint!

We call upon you to offset your carbon footprint of (travelling to) this conference by donating trees. During this conference the National Alumni Association The Netherlands is launching a new partnership with Trees for All, a Dutch organisation that plants forests around the world. We want to reduce the carbon footprint of our meetings and events, and we want to do this together with you. We will encourage all participants of this meeting to reduce the environmental impact of their traveling by (at least) donating two trees for €10.

Your trees will be planted in a forestation project called ArBolivia, offering huge benefits to local communities and biodiversity in the area.

During this conference, Trees for All director Lena Euwens (AMP’99January) will give a short presentation about the forest project and how you can participate.

We invite you to make your donation to:
Trees for All
Payment reference: INSEAD
Bank IBAN NL76TRIO0212488325

For more information about Trees for All and the forest project in Bolivia: (English version available in September 2018)

 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.



NAA President, The Netherlands

Charles Kotting, MBA'00D, Founding Partner, 5CS Capital Partners

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
Arjan de Jong
, MAP'11May


Ries Bode, AMP'97Sep

Social and party

Dora Rozsa

Dutch NAA Office:

Odette Hooft Graafland
Mary Linn Schnitger


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.

This event has been made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors:

ABN AMRO is a relationship-driven, knowledgeable and digitally savvy bank. We are active in Northwest Europe and offer selective sector expertise globally. Our long-term strategy stands firm: We are client oriented; We invest in the future; We maintain a moderate risk profile; We pursue sustainable growth.  
ABN AMRO Clearing is one of the world’s leading providers of clearing and financing services for listed derivatives and cash securities, OTC products, warrants, commodities and FX. With 11 offices globally, ABN AMRO Clearing services clients on 160+ exchanges, MTFs and FX liquidity centres and consistently ranks as a top 3 clearer in most time zones.   

Allen & Overy - At a time of huge change in the legal industry, we are determined to continue leading the market as we have done throughout our 87-year history. How? By ensuring we always challenge ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the complex legal challenges our clients face. Staying one step ahead.

AON is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.

BCG - The Boston Consulting Group -  Our mission is clear. We go deep to unlock insight and have the courage to act. We bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and drive transformation. We work with our clients to build the capabilities that enable organizations to achieve sustainable advantage. We are shaping the future. Together.

Deloitte - Deloitte is a professional services firm with more than 200,000 professionals and offices in over 150 countries worldwide. With well over 5,500 employees and 14 offices in the Netherlands, Deloitte is one of the largest professional services firms in the field of accounting, tax, consulting, risk management, and financial advisory. Deloitte professionals work in multidisciplinary teams, ensuring a broad perspective on the issues your business is facing. Deloitte is a trustworthy and innovative partner, providing you with insights into the opportunities of your future business. If you would like more information about Deloitte or contact the Deloitte professionals to exchanges ideas, please visit

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™ - Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

Eden McCallum supports clients to resolve critical issues of strategy, operations, organisation and transformation. Working exclusively with a group of independent consultants of the highest calibre, Eden McCallum has pioneered a management consulting approach that delivers tangible impact, client ownership, and great value. Its clients include 40% of the AEX, a third of the UK FTSE 100, a third of the world’s largest private equity firms, and 50 of the global Fortune 500.

Gallery Tailors - Located in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, Gallery Tailors is a menswear boutique that specialises in custom-made suits, and shirts. Skilfully constructed and using only the finest materials. Every piece is full of character and made one at a time, just for you.

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.

Twynstra Gudde is a Dutch organisational consultancy, based in the Netherlands and with offices throughout the world to assist you with local support (via Cordence Worldwide). We come up with innovative and feasible solutions together with our clients. By doing this, our consultants contribute to a world where people and organisations are developing sustainably. In areas such as healthcare, security, environmental investments, mobility and infrastructure, water, energy, education, housing and business. From strategy right through to realisation.

Leonidas Los, MBA'75 and Eirini Los

Jessica Uhl, MBA'97J

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 [email protected]



For any queries, please contact us at:

[email protected] or Events hotline: +33 1 60 72 48 48 (office hours).





Thank you to

Eirini and Leonidas Los, MBA’75,

Jessica Uhl, MBA'97J,

for their support of the European Alumni Forum

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