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Leading With Purpose

14-15 June 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

The challenge of leadership has never been greater. On the one hand, business leaders are experiencing unprecedented shifts as they face new demands to take responsibility for the social and environmental impact of their organizations. On the other hand, meeting the demands of investors for sustained financial performance has become increasingly challenging with the widespread digital transformation of business and society.

The Alumni Forum Europe will consider how leaders today can rise to meet these challenges and seize the opportunities of this unique moment: What does it take to forge companies that not only deliver economic performance but also contribute to social and environmental progress? How can digital transformation complement the move to more mission-driven organizations? How do you lead your people in a way that inspires them, fosters the right mindset and infuses values that balance the company’s economic mission and broader societal goals? 

Torn between the dual challenge of contributing to social progress while delivering economic performance, senior executives navigating the dynamic global market need to answer the following question:

What does it take to lead today?

Preliminary programme

Please note that the programme below is still under development and it is likely to evolve in the coming weeks.

Friday 14 June 2019

13:00Registration Foyer

Welcome and introduction

Andreas Jacobs, MBA'90J, Chairman of the Board, INSEAD

Brigitte Reverdin, MBA'81, Chair, Steering Committee

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, INSEAD


Leading with Purpose

Tidjane Thiam, MBA'88J, Group CEO, Credit Suisse AG 


CEO dialogue: What does it take to lead today?

Tidjane Thiam, MBA'88J, Group CEO, Credit Suisse AG

Other speakers TBC


Leadership challenges in the digital age

Parallel faculty sessions:

  1. The power of informal networks for leadership in a digital age
    • Noah Askin, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

  2. FC Barcelona Innovation hub goes global
    Presentation of case study
16:30Coffee breakFoyer

Europe launch of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index

L. Felipe Monteiro, Affiliate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD

Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD

18:30Cocktail dinatoirePool terrace


Saturday 15 June 2019

8:00Registration Foyer


Philippe Mauron, MBA’95J, Chair, Organising Committee

Nida Januskis, Associate Dean of Advancement


The impact of business on society

Keynote address 


Societal challenges for business and government

Panel discussion

Michael Møller, Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Geneva

Other speakers TBC

Moderator: Alexis Favre, Producer and Presenter, Radio Télévision Suisse

9:50Coffee break Foyer 

Strategies for social impact

Faculty lecture

Jasjit Singh, Associate Professor of Strategy 

11:15Coffee breakFoyer

Macro view on Europe

Keynote address

Beatrice Weder di Mauro, President, Centre for Economic Policy Research


Leadership challenges of digital transformation

Panel discussion

12:30Networking lunchFoyer
14:00Keynote addressBallroom

Leadership in a non-business context

Parallel sessions

  1. Multilateral Leadership

  2. Other sessions TBC
15:00Stretch breakFoyer

Parallel workshops

  1. Governance with purpose

  2. Family business

  3. Other sessions TBC
16:10Coffee breakFoyer

INSEAD: present and future

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation

17:30End of the forum 
20:00Gala eveningHotel restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives


Pre-forum programme

Before the start of the official forum programme on Friday afternoon, a number of optional sessions will be organised, open to those interested. These sessions will be free of charge and will require a separate registration, which will open closer to the date of the forum. Capacity will be limited and seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that the programme below is tentative. Visit this website regularly for updates.

Thursday 13 June

 20:00Random dinners organised by the INSEAD Alumni Association SwitzerlandVenues TBC 

Friday 14 June

9:00Company visits TBC

Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption

Q&A with Peter Zemsky for former and current participants in this INSEAD online programme.


Parallel sessions

  1. Career design workshop
  2. Leading with purpose workshop
  3. Other sessions TBC

Volunteer appreciation brunch

By invitation only




  • Dr. Andreas Jacobs, MBA'90D

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

  • Ilian Mihov

    Professor of Economics
    The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation INSEAD

  • Peter Zemsky

    Deputy Dean
    Dean of Innovation
    The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation

  • Noah Askin

    Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

  • Morten Bennedsen

    Professor of Economics
    The André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise
    Academic Director, Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise
    Co-Director of the Hoffmann Research Fund

  • Staffan de Mistura

    UN Special Envoy to Syria

  • Nida Januskis

    Associate Dean, Advancement

  • Bruno Lanvin

    Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD

  • Katell Le Goulven

    Executive Director, Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, INSEAD

  • Michael Møller

    Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
    United Nations Office at Geneva

  • L. Felipe Monteiro

    Affiliate Professor of Strategy
    Academic Director, Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI)

  • Brigitte Morel-Curran, MBA'78

    Senior Partner, Korn Ferry Board and CEO Services

  • Jennifer Petriglieri

    Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

  • Daniel Porot, MBA'66

    Founder, AGIR Porot & Partenaire

  • Jasjit Singh

    Associate Professor of Strategy
    Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management
    Academic Director, INSEAD Social Impact Initiative

  • Javier Sobrino, MBA'02J

    Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, FC Barcelona

  • Tidjane Thiam, MBA'88J

    Chief Executive Officer, Credit Suisse Group AG

  • Ludo Van Der Heyden

    Professor of Technology and Operations Management
    The INSEAD Chaired Professor of Corporate Governance
    Academic Director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative

  • Beatrice Weder di Mauro

    Professor of International Economics, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
    Distinguished Fellow, Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD
    President, Centre for Economic Policy Research


Steering Committee


  • Brigitte Reverdin, MBA'81

    Founder, MARKETrends Family Office


  • Peter Zemsky

    Deputy Dean / Dean of Innovation, Professor of Strategy

  • Alexander Wyss, MBA'01D

    President, INSEAD Alumni Association of Switzerland

  • Rémy Best, MBA'93D

    Fondation Mondiale Chairman and Managing Partner, Pictet Group

Organising Committee

The Alumni Forum Europe 2019 is a joint project of INSEAD and the INSEAD Alumni Association of Switzerland:


  • Philippe Mauron, MBA'95J

    Vice-president, INSEAD Alumni Association of Switzerland


  • Pascal Ravery, MBA'84D


  • Christina Pamberg, MBA'97D



  • Philippe Mauron, MBA'95J


  • Reto Gygax, MBA'13D


  • Alessio Ascari, MBA'94J


  • Mina Draganova, MAP'17Jun


  • Marc Galin, MBA'99J



  • Julien Henri Firmenich, MBA'08J


Logistics Committee:

  • Mina Draganova, MAP'17Jun


  • Georges Kiener, MBA'82


  • Dimitri Vaharis, MBA'17J


INSEAD team:

  • Austin Tomlinson

    Director, Alumni Relations

  • Anne-Ev Enzmann, MBA'01J

    Director, Lifelong Learning

  • Jaume Gosalbez, MAP'18Feb

    Assistant Director, Alumni Relations

  • Perrine Wyplosz

    Coordinator Sponsorships and Corporate Relations, Events

  • Mylene Milenkovic

    Assistant Manager, Events

Practical Information

The venue

The INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe will be held at the Hotel President Wilson. Facing Lake Geneva and minutes away from the most beautiful parks and boutiques along the famous rue du Rhône, our iconic hotel is one of the most contemporary addresses in Geneva, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Mont-Blanc.

Address: Quai Wilson 47, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland


You can book your accommodation at the President Wilson at a special rate during the forum by clicking here. Alternatively, you can also book a room at one of the Manotel hotels nearby.

Dress code

The dress code for the Alumni Forum is business casual.

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 Alumni Relations prior to the event.

Party venue

The gala evening on Saturday 15 June will be held at the Restaurant Hotel du Parc des Eaux-Vives. Surrounded by a sumptuous garden of centuries-old trees overlooking the Geneva Lake, the 18th century Manor House of Le Parc des Eaux-Vives benefits from unique scenery.

Address: Quai Gustave-Ador 82, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland

What to do in Geneva

If you are looking for suggestions, please visit this webpage.

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