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14 - 15 June 2019

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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
14:00

Welcome and introduction

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

Brigitte Reverdin, MBA'81, Chair, Steering Committee

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, INSEAD

 Ballroom
14:15

Leading with Purpose

Keynote address

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

 
14:30

CEO and Board panel: What does it take to lead today?

Panel discussion

Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of the Board, Hublot

Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich

Other speakers TBC

 
15:30

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. Leading through uncertainty
  3. FC Barcelona Innovation hub goes global
    Presentation of case study
 
16:30Coffee breakFoyer
17:00

What is hot in European VC in 2019?

Panel discussion

Jean-Philippe Lallement, MBA'90J, Managing Director, EPFL Innovation Parc

Michael Friedrich, CEO, DistalMotion SA

Moderator: Lucian Wagner, MBA’81, General Partner at EuroUS Ventures LLC

Other speakers TBC

 
18:00

Europe launch of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index

Launched for the first time in 2013, the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) is an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability of countries to compete for talent. With this sixth edition addressing the theme of "Entrepreneurial Talent and Global Competitiveness", GTCI aims to advance the current debate around entrepreneurial talent, providing practical tools and approaches to leverage the full potential of individuals and teams as an engine and a basis for innovation, growth, and ultimately competitiveness.

L. Felipe Monteiro, Affiliate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD

Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD

Ballroom
18:30Cocktail dinatoirePool terrace

 

Saturday 15 June 2019

8:00Registration Foyer
8:30

Welcome

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

Nida Januskis, Associate Dean of Advancement

 Ballroom
8:35

The impact of business on society

Keynote address

André Hoffmann, MBA'90D, President, MAVA Foundation

 
8:50

Societal challenges for business and government

Panel discussion

Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

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 
10:30

Strategies for social impact

Faculty lecture

Jasjit Singh, Professor of Strategy, The Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development 

Ballroom
11:30

Leading with Purpose: Parallel sessions

  1. Sustainability and Governance
  2. Corporates meet social entrepreneurs
  3. Women in leadership
Ballroom
12:30Networking lunchFoyer
14:00

Keynote address

Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy to Syria

Ballroom
14:20

Macro view on Europe

Faculty lecture

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

 
15:00

Challenges of digital transformation

Parallel sessions

  1. From the lab to the market
  2. Demystifying AI
  3. Blockchain
 
16:00Coffee breakFoyer
16:30

INSEAD: present and future

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation

Presenter: Ramya Krishnaswamy, MBA'05J, Head of Engagement Management and PACI, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Ballroom
17:45End 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

8:30

Young Alumni Initiative breakfast

By invitation only

 
9:00

Company visits

 
9:00

Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption

Attending the forum is a unique chance to brush up core skills and relive the INSEAD classroom experience! Sign up for the programme ‘Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption’ led by Professor Peter Zemsky, Professor of Strategy and Innovation and Deputy Dean. Learn online before the Forum (5 weeks, starting 10th May) , have your assignments challenged by your personal INSEAD learning coach, discuss cases among alumni Forum participants and come together on Friday June 14th before the official Forum starts for an exclusive live session with Peter. Only 900 EUR for NAA members.

Learn more and share with your friends so you all go on this exciting journey together!

Yes, I want to learn more

 
10:30

Parallel sessions (details below)

 
 

Parallel session #1: Choose the professional future that suits you best

If you consider yourself to be in your mid career, you need to realize that you can choose among at least 7+1 alternative ways to pursue your career.

During this interactive, hands-on workshop, we will:

  • Cover the pros and cons of each one of the 7+1 alternatives
  • Provide your with recommendations if you choose to move into one of them
  • Help your master a methodology to identify your ultimate skills
  • Show you how you can implement the “Bridge and River” strategy of Julius Caesar (applied to your own career design and job hunting)

Facilitated by Daniel Porot, MBA'66, Founder, AGIR Porot & Partenaire

 
 

Parallel session #2: Purposeful leadership

Being a purposeful leader is an important attribute of 21st century leadership. But what does it mean?  What does purposeful leadership look like? How do you become a more purposeful leader? Why should you pay attention? This workshop will leverage 30 years of research on purposeful leadership to respond to these important questions. In this workshop we will:

  • Define what purposeful leadership is, and how it connects with purposeful teams and purposeful organisations, in the context of a VUCA world
  • Facilitate the personal reflection of workshop participants to articulate their own sense and statement of purpose
  • Discuss the roadmap to purposeful leadership, a life-long journey
  • Offer pragmatic ideas, tips and techniques to develop as a purposeful leader

Facilitated by Brigitte Morel-Curran, MBA’78, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry

 
 

Parallel session #3: The value and imperative of long term planning

Owner managers and family businesses are too busy running their firms to take the necessary time out to consider real long term planning. The transition from founder owned and managed to the next stage, and beyond - including family succession and professionalization - is rarely planned and the survival rate of small and medium sized firms is low. Management practices are often insufficiently developed.

One of the biggest challenges for owner managed and family firms is long term planning. Long term planning is vital to improve survival and sustainability and to empower the business organization.

With Morten Bennedsen, Professor of Economics, INSEAD

 
12:00

Volunteer appreciation brunch

By invitation only

 

 

Speakers 

 

Steering Committee

Chair:

  • Brigitte Reverdin, MBA'81

    Founder, MARKETrends Family Office

Members:

  • 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:

Chair:

  • Philippe Mauron, MBA'95J

    Vice-president, INSEAD Alumni Association of Switzerland

Programme:

  • Pascal Ravery, MBA'84D

    Chair

  • Christina Pamberg, MBA'97D

    Member

Marketing:

  • Philippe Mauron, MBA'95J

    Chair

  • Reto Gygax, MBA'13D

    Member

  • Alessio Ascari, MBA'94J

    Member

  • Mina Draganova, MAP'17Jun

    Member

  • Marc Galin, MBA'99J

    Member

Sponsorship:

  • Julien Henri Firmenich, MBA'08J

    Chair

Logistics Committee:

  • Mina Draganova, MAP'17Jun

    Chair

  • Georges Kiener, MBA'82

    Member

  • Dimitri Vaharis, MBA'17J

    Member

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

Who is attending

See who is attending the INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2019. 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: firstname.lastname@insead.edu
  • 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 5555-ITservicedesk@insead.edu

We look forward to welcoming you in Geneva!

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

Accommodation

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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