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 



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 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.


Opening of the Forum

Chairman of the Alumni Forum 
Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

Huis ter Duin

Setting the scene

The State of this changing world with: climate change, the need for new energy sources, limited material resources, the problems of the current economic model and a need to rebalance it, the disruptive technologies changing the way we work, and with a growing wealth a larger inequality and growing populism. In short - a world full of challenges and opportunities for business to contribute to a better world.

Janez Potočnik, Partner of Systemiq, former EU Commissioner for Science and Research and for Environment in the Barosso administration 2004 - 2014


Interactive format - challenges

Voting: what keeps you awake at night? what should be done? what are you doing? What are your main bottlenecks etc

Facilitator: Bernard Hammelburg, Political journalist and reporter of BNR Business News Radio


Transition to renewable energy

Shell is a leading global energy company. The company’s strategic ambition is to thrive through the energy transition. It recognizes that the world will need much more energy to power homes and fuel transport for a growing population with rising living standards. At the same time, to counter climate change, energy must increasingly come from lower-carbon sources. Through technology and innovations Shell is therefore intent to deliver more, cleaner energy to the world. Mrs Jessica Uhl will share her thoughts on the transformation of Shell and the path to a future with more renewable energy supply.

Jessica Uhl, MBA '97J, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell


Leading a bank in this changing world

Financial institutions are experiencing the digital disruption most of all companies. Wiebe Draijer will give his views on leading a bank in this changing world with a view on leadership development and the quest for a better and more sustainable world. 

Wiebe Draijer, MBA'91D, CEO, Rabobank


Panel on Leadership

Panelist TBC




Outside Keizerzaal


Future of EU and European political leadership

Changes in the geopolitical arena put pressure on the EU to act, while member states are trying to figure out how to come to common policies, Britain is preparing a Bexit and the electorate is losing the connection to politics and chosing to follow populist leaders.  Is the EU responding quickly enough and preparing for a new future? Can Europe lead the way in this world? Mr. Frans Timmermans will give his views in an interview with Bernard Hammelburg.

Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the EU Commission

Interviewer: Bernard Hammelburg, Political journalist and reporter of BNR Business News Radio

16:45BreakOutside Keizerzaal

Food for all in an ever more crowded world

Louise Fresco has a clear view on how to feed the world even with a growing population. New systems will be needed for sustainable food production and food security. Climate change puts food production in a new perspective and new solutions will emerge.

Louise O. Fresco, President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research



Summary of actions taken by INSEAD for building future leadership / update on school developments.

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD


Closing statement

Wrap up of the day and closing.

Chairman of the Alumni Forum
Bernard Hammelburg, Political journalist and reporter of BNR Business News Radio

19:00Informal Dinner

Breakers Restaurant
Huis ter Duin

Saturday 9 June

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.


Opening address

Andreas Jacobs, Chairman of INSEAD, Member of the Board of Jacobs Holding AG Board

Huis ter Duin

New technologies disrupting the world

Google changed the world with its search engine technology, and new technologies emerge bringing newer and even better functionality. Matt Britton will highlight what innovations Google is focusing on.

Matt Brittin, President of EMEA Business & Operations, Google


AI & the impact on society

Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and new technologies have a profound impact on the way we should look at our businesses, our data and use of it, our social lives and the impact on our jobs. But such discussions, though surely worth having, only scratch the surface of what an AI society might look like. Philip Evans will sketch the strategic scenarios that he/she foresees, and the impact they have on society.

Philip Evans, Senior Advisor,  The Boston Consulting Group and a BCG Fellow 

 10:35BreakOutside Keizerzaal

Basic Income - a solution to growing inequality and increasing automation in the labor market?

Prof. Stabile will give a TED talk on Basic Income as a (partial) solution to growing inequality and increasing automation in the labor market. The TED talk will deal with questions like:
1. Why is the world talking about a universal basic income? What problems are we trying to solve?
2. What does a basic income actually mean? How does it work?
3. What are countries doing in this space and what can we reasonably expect going forward?  

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


Populism: In Mistrust We Trust - Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?


Ivan Krastev, Political Scientist


Leadership for Change

In many roles it is possible to bring change and contribute to a better world. Karien shares her experinces as a consultant, a state secretary working in government, and now as CEO of a bank.

Karien van Gennip MBA'95D, CEO ING France, former Netherlands State Secretary of Economic Affairs

12:05INSEAD Alumni Awards 
12:15Lunch breakOutside Keizerzaal

Electives Round 1

- Energy transition
- Future of Work
- Sustainability - different profitable business models
- Inequality & Social mobility
- Food for All
- Impact Investing
- Water
- Healthcare
- Diversity / Inclusion / Women rights / Gender

Rooms to be confirmed
Huis ter Duin
14:00Change over 
14:15Electives Round 2Rooms to be confirmed
Huis ter Duin
15:00Change over 

Get into action

Interactive Workshops

Rooms to be confirmed
Huis ter Duin

Just do it!

This is what I do! How about you?

Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO, The Ocean Cleanup

17:00Closing remarks & Handover CeremonyKeizerzaal

Dean's Leadership cocktail

By invitation only

Royal Lounge
Huis ter Duin
20:00Gala dinner & PartyKeizerzaal & Club Conversation


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. 


Social Programme

Saturday Energizer

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 and 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

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.  More information to come soon.


Tickets for the INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe and PARTY are on sale

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

Who is attending

See who is attending the INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2018! For privacy reasons, the participant list is hosted in Yammer, the social network of the INSEAD alumni community. You can access Yammer with your INSEAD login and password. 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 Yammer or MyINSEAD?

  • Your username is:
  • Your password is: the one currently used for all INSEAD-related online services

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

How can I recover MyINSEAD password (with my username)?

If you do not know your credentials please contact the 24/7 service desk at

We look forward to welcoming you in the Netherlands!


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.   

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

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.

Leonidas Los, MBA'75 and Eirini Los

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.


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).






Thank you to

Eirini and Leonidas Los, MBA’75,

for their support of the European Alumni Forum

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