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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?


Friday 14 June 2019

13:00 Registration  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

Keynote address

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


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

Panel discussion

Company leaders face enormous challenges today: A rapidly shifting environment, new stakeholders, and ever increasing expectations. Our guests are Chairs of Boards and CEOs and will discuss how they lead amid the challenges and actively engage and lead their different stakeholders.

Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of the Board, Hublot

Katherine Garrett-Cox, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK)

Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich

Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock


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. Couples That Work
  3. FC Barcelona Innovation hub goes global
    Presentation of case study
16:30 Coffee break Foyer

What is hot in European VC in 2019?

Panel discussion

This panel will explore current trends in VC financing, especially in Europe and the US. Emphasis will be on the early stage space since $100 million investment rounds are more PE than VC. Here are some of the topics we will visit:

  • Does every startup have to be able to become a “Unicorn”?
  • Can Angels make money in the VC space?
  • The perennial search for startup success criteria: what have we learned?


Emile de Rijk, CEO and co-founder, SWISSto12

Michael Friedrich, CEO, DistalMotion SA

Coline Juin, CEO, Moona

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

Dominique Mégret, MBA'96D, Head, Swisscom Ventures

Jennifer Wu, CFO, ScanTrust

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


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

18:30 Cocktail dinatoire Pool terrace


Saturday 15 June 2019

8:00 Registration  Foyer


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

Nida Januskis, Associate Dean of Advancement


The impact of business on society

Keynote address

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


Business and Government in an Age of Disruption

Panel discussion

As we confront existential global challenges in a constantly changing society, needs and expectations for governments, international organizations and businesses have evolved. What are the challenges and opportunities to make a positive impact on societal progress?

Looking at the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), we will explore where businesses, international organizations and government can achieve ‘early wins’. Also, we will discuss what is really hard and where there is a need and room for multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Confirmed speakers:

Yves Daccord, Director-general, International Committee of the Red Cross

Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

L. Nneka Mobisson, Executive Director, mDoc

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

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

9:50 Coffee break  Foyer 

Strategies for social impact

Faculty lecture

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


Leading with Purpose: Parallel sessions

  1. Sustainability and Governance
  2. Corporates meet social entrepreneurs
  3. Women in leadership
12:30 Networking lunch Foyer

Keynote address

Staffan de Mistura, former UN Special Envoy to Syria


Macro view on Europe

Fireside chat with Emma Marcegaglia, Chairman, ENI, facilitated by Beatrice Weder di Mauro, President, Centre for Economic Policy Research


Challenges of digital transformation

Parallel sessions

  1. From the lab to the market
  2. Demystifying AI
  3. Blockchain
    • Emmanuel de Watteville, MBA’96D, General Partner and Co-Founder, BlueOcean Ventures
    • Heinz Tännler, Cantonal Director of Finance, Kanton Zug
16:00 Coffee break Foyer

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

17:45 End of the forum  
20:00 Gala evening Hotel 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

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

Friday 14 June


Young Alumni Initiative breakfast

By invitation only


Company visits


Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption

Brush up your core skills with ‘Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption’, led by Peter Zemsky, Professor of Strategy and Innovation and Deputy Dean. Learn online before the Forum, develop a strategic plan for your business (unit), supported by an INSEAD learning coach and come together on Friday June 14th before the official Forum starts for an exclusive live session with Peter Zemsky.

Price: EUR €900 EUR for INSEAD Alumni Association members, EUR €1500 for non-members and guests.

Learn more Register now!


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


Volunteer appreciation brunch

By invitation only





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

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.

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We look forward to welcoming you in Geneva!

Our sponsors

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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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