GBLC & The Campaign for INSEAD: Launch Event - Middle East


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Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sunday, 24 February 2019

09:00 - 12:30 Global Business Leaders Conference: Special alumni edition (GBLC)
Business and Society: A Force for Good

Venue: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Safinah ballroom

The largest annual INSEAD event in the Middle East, the Global Business Leaders Conference brings faculty, industry and government leaders and alumni from around the region for half a day of intense discussion around the theme, Force for Good.

All Conference attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to the Middle East Campaign Launch celebration.

14:00 - 18:00 Talent Networking Forum
Venue: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Safinah ballroom

Looking to hire Global Talents?

A unique opportunity to network with multinational companies as well as local conglomerates from the Middle East region. The Middle East Talent Networking Forum is open to current MBA students, Global Executive MBA and the Alumni community.

19:30 - 00:00 Campaign Launch Celebration
Venue: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Safinah ballroom and beach

Join us for the Middle East launch of The Campaign for INSEAD: A Force for Good. Set next to the iconic Burj al Arab with panoramic views of the Gulf region.

Dress: Formal or national costume

The campaign launch celebration in Middle East will be preceded in the morning by the Global Business Leaders Conference - Special Alumni Edition, as well as the Talent Networking Fair.

For any questions, please contact the INSEAD Events Team at  +33 1 60 72 48 48 or email:

Programme - Global Business Leaders Conference

Business and Society: A Force for Good

Venue: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Safinah ballroom

This is a tentative programme and subject to change. Please visit the website regularly for the latest updates.
All Conference attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to the Middle East Campaign Launch celebration.

We live in a time of transformation.

Markets and technologies are moving faster, and the world is getting smaller and more interconnected. The challenges facing governments, businesses and society are bigger, with new risks are emerging, and existent, persistent risks are more acute.

This is a defining moment for business and society, to refresh and renew our social contract.

We have seen that business can be a powerful force for good. Globalization brings leaders together to deliver more equitable and sustainable growth.

Digital transformation unleashes exciting new possibilities, touching almost every aspect of modern day business and society. It holds an incredible ability to enable positive social, environmental and financial outcomes.

We discuss insights and strategies in this digital age.

08:00 - 09:00Registration and Coffee
09:00 - 09:05

Welcome & Overview 
Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean and Dean of Innovation, INSEAD

09:05 - 09:15

Introduction of GBLC
Ilian Mihov, Dean, INSEAD

09:15 - 09:30Keynote Speech
By senior government official
09:30 - 10:00  

Business and Government Collaboration in an Age of Disruption

In 2017, the WEF listed three responsibilities every government has for
its citizens: to protect; to provide, and to invest in the people.

As we confront global challenges in a constantly changing society, needs
and expectations for governments andbusinesses have evolved. How can
government leaders invest and equip their people and businesses,
to achieve their full potential?

In this session we will explore the nature of these changes and how leaders
can respond to the shifting roles ofgovernment, business and the public. 

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean and Dean of Innovation, INSEAD 

10:00 - 10:30Keynote Speech
Renée Mauborgne, Affiliate Professor of Strategy, 
The INSEAD Distinguished Fellow of Strategy and International Management,
Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, INSEAD
10:30 - 10:50Coffee Break 
10:50 - 11:05Faculty Lecture: Entrepreneurship for Good
11:05 - 11:45

Tech for good: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Paul Kewene-Hite, Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise INSEAD

Leila Hoteit, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group,
Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

R. Todd Ruppert, Vice Chair, INSEAD Campaign Board, Founder and CEO,
Ruppert International Inc, INSEAD Board member

11:45 - 12:05CEO Dialogue
12:05 - 12:30

Deans' Address: INSEAD as Force for Good

Ilian Mihov, Dean, INSEAD

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean and Dean of Innovation, INSEAD

12:30 - 12:35

Closing remarks

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean and Dean of Innovation, INSEAD

12:35 - 13:40Facilitated Networking Lunch  
13:45End of GBLC


Programme - Campaign Launch Celebration


Campaign Launch Celebration

Join us for the Middle East launch of The Campaign for INSEAD: A Force for Good. The Campaign Launch Celebration will be held at the Safinah ballroom. It will be followed by a networking cocktail on the beach by the iconic Burj al Arab.

Dress: Formal or national costume

Nida Januskis, Associate Dean, Advancement, INSEAD
20:10Address by Alumni
20:15 Address by Students
20:20Dean's address
Iian Mihov, Dean, INSEAD
20:45Networking cocktail Party at the Beach (till midnight)


  • Nida Januskis

    Associate Dean, Advancement

  • Paul Kewene-Hite

    Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

  • Renée Mauborgne

    Affiliate Professor of Strategy
    The INSEAD Distinguished Fellow of Strategy and International Management
    Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute

  • Ilian Mihov

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

  • R. Todd Ruppert

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Ruppert International Inc.

  • Peter Zemsky

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


Campaign Board

Rémy Best MBA’93D
Chair, INSEAD Campaign Board
Chairman, Fondation Mondiale
Managing Partner, Pictet Group
INSEAD Board member
Dirk Luyten MBA'89J
Managing Director, Levante Capital Management
R. Todd Ruppert
Vice Chair, INSEAD Campaign Board
Founder and CEO, Ruppert International Inc
INSEAD Board member
Alexandre Manson MBA'97J
Global Head, SC Ventures
Kurt Björklund MBA’96J
Co-Managing Partner, Permira Advisers Ltd
Bansi Nagji MBA'93J
EVP Corporate Strategy & Business Development, McKesson Corporation
Michael Butt MBA’67
Chairman, Axis Capital Holdings
INSEAD Advisory Council member
Alexandre Paternotte de La Vaillee MBA'13J
Portfolio Manager, Bowmark Captial

Michael Davis MBA'10J
Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, MPOWER Financing

Brigitte Reverdin MBA'81
Founder, MARKETrends Family Office

Karen Fawcett MBA'88D
Co-founder, Katfish Holdings
INSEAD Board member

Anne Rotman de Picciotto MBA'01D
Board member, Union Bancaire Privée
Julien Firmenich MBA‘08J
VP Product Strategy and Promotion, Firmenich SA
Christoph Rubeli MBA'92D
Partner and Co-CEO, Partners Group
Luis Freitas De Oliveira MBA'93D
Chairman, Capital International SA
Eric Sasson MBA'90D
Founder and Managing Director, Red Tree Capital
Jeremy Golding MBA'89J
Managing Partner, Golding Capital
Partners Gmb
Lionel Sauvage MBA'87J
Vice-President, Fondation INSEAD
President and founder, FLAX (France Los Angeles eXchange)
President and Founder, Les Amis du Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art
Emma Goltz MBA’98J
Chair, INSEAD Alumni Fund
Co-owner, Manton Grange Farm
INSEAD Board member
Philipp Schoeller MBA'85J
Founding Partner, General Capital Group
Deepak Gupta MBA'93J
Founder and Chairman, The Denita Group of Companies
INSEAD Board member
Chairman, Nominations Committee
Mirjam Staub-Bisang MBA'99J
CEO and Co-Founder, Independent Capital Group AG
INSEAD Board member
Chairman, Endowment Management Committee
President, INSEAD Switzerland Council
André Hoffmann MBA’90D
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Roche Holding Ltd
Emily Sun MBA'98J
Independent Consultant in Leadership Development, YMM Ltd.
Roberto Italia MBA '94J
Founder, Red Black Capital SA
Senior Partner, Space Holdings; CEO, Space2
Hans van der Wind MBA'93J
CEO, The Learning Network B.V.
Andreas Jacobs MBA’90D
Chairman, INSEAD Board of Directors
Member of the Board of Jacobs Holding AG
Alexandra von Schroeter MBA'87J
Head of Strategic Business and Portfolio Manager, Cumberland Private Wealth Management Inc
Claude Janssen
Honorary Chairman, INSEAD
Fernando Zobel de Ayala CIM'93Jul
President and COO, Ayala Corporation
INSEAD Board member
Paula Kirby MBA'94J
Managing Director, Plaxall Inc.
Ilian Mihov
Christina Law MBA'91D
Group President, Asia & Latin America, General Mills
INSEAD Board member


Register on our Eventbrite page by clicking on the Register button above.
Please select the correct ticket category as shown below.

Should you have any questions or require further details, do reach out to us via email.

DescriptionCost (EUR)Cost (AED) 
INSEAD Alumni (NAA member)45185
INSEAD Alumni (non-NAA member)70290
Non Alumni: Early Bird rate115470
Non Alumni: Regular rate150620


Practical information​


Address: Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Welcome and registration for Global Business Leaders Conference and Campaign Launch

Upon registration you will be iussued a name badge. For security purposes participants are kindly asked to wear their badge at all times.


We would recommend visiting to check on the best rates on offer; it's quick, easy and without booking fees.

As spaces are limited and due to other events happening at the same time, we urge you to make your bookings as early as possible; we expect a high demand in rooms during this period.

Dress code

The dress code is business casual for the on-campus event and Black tie or national costume for the Campaign launch.


More details to follow on connecting to the wireless network.

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 collaterals.


For any questions about these events, please contact the INSEAD Events Team at  +33 1 60 72 48 48 or email

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