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 - 13:30 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 - 17:30 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.

20:00 - 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: [email protected]

Programme - Global Business Leaders Conference

Business and Society: A Force for Good

Venue: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Safinah ballroom

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.

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 Campaign Board Member
R. Todd Ruppert
, Vice Chair, INSEAD Campaign Board, Founder and CEO,
Ruppert International Inc, INSEAD Board member
20:15 Address by Students
20:20Dean's address
Iian Mihov, Dean, INSEAD
20:45Networking cocktail Party at the Beach (till midnight)


  • H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr

    Director General, Smart Dubai Office

  • William Doucas

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Elutions, Inc.

  • Leila Hoteit, MBA'03J

    Partner & Managing Director
    Boston Consulting Group

  • Nida Januskis

    Associate Dean, Advancement, INSEAD

  • Paul Kewene-Hite

    Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

  • 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

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

  • Karl Magnus Olsson

    Chief Xperience Officer and Co-Founder, Careem

  • R. Todd Ruppert

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Ruppert International Inc.

  • Chirag Shah, MBA'96D

    Serial Entrepreneur, Chairman, Simfoni

  • Peter Zemsky

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



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.


We have a special arrangement with Careem that entitles us to a discount using their rides. Please see the conditions below and download their app to book your transport.

Code valid from 22 - 27 Feb, 2019
Code valid for 4 rides per user
Maximum discount is AED25 per ride
Valid on all car types except Go(Pilot), Careem Box, Roadside Assistance, Careem Assist and Go Emirati (Abu Dhabi)


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 [email protected].

  Make a Gift 

To make a gift to INSEAD, please click here.

Our Sponsors

This event is possible thanks to the support of our sponsors:


In 1994 Elutions was started with a vision of providing companies with advanced technology solutions designed to improve business practices and significantly increase operational efficiencies, all while driving sustainable benefits for the planet. In the early 2000s, Elutions launched groundbreaking technologies capable of reducing energy consumption at an asset level to address the growing demand for sustainable energy conservation. Elutions was yet again at the forefront of technology in 2017 with the launch of market-defining Artificial Intelligence.

By enabling continuous automated operational forecasting and optimisation at scale, Elutions redefines the possibilities for sustainable operational performance, efficiency, and cost improvement. With a neural net framework and advanced predictive technologies, Elutions' AI analyzes operational data and empowers leaders with real-time proactive directives and automated business processes for continuous performance, quality, and cost improvement, completely changing the way the world thinks about sustainability.


To learn more about how to sponsor and support the Global Business Leaders Conference as an individual or organisation, please email us at [email protected].

Campaign Board

Members as of 10 January 2019
*Campaign Board Executive Committee

*Rémy Best (MBA’93D), Chair
Chairman, Fondation Mondiale
Managing Partner, Pictet Group
INSEAD Board member
Christina Law (MBA'91D)
Group President, Asia & Latin America, General Mills
INSEAD Board member
*R. Todd Ruppert, Vice Chair
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ruppert Int’l Inc.
INSEAD Board member
Dirk Luyten (MBA'89J)
Managing Director, Levante Capital Management
*Kurt Björklund (MBA’96J)
Co-Managing Partner, Permira Advisers Ltd.
Alex Manson (MBA'97J)
SC Ventures
*Michael Butt (MBA’67)
Chairman, Axis Capital Holdings
INSEAD Advisory Council member
Bansi Nagji (MBA'93J)
EVP Corporate Strategy & Business Development, McKesson Corporation
Michael Davis (MBA'10J)
Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, MPOWER Financing
Alexandre Paternotte de La Vaillee (MBA'13J)
Portfolio Manager, Bowmark Capital
Paul Desmarais (MBA'79)
Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer
Power Corp of Canada
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 & Promotion, Firmenich SA
Christoph Rubeli (MBA'92D)
Partner, Partners Group
Luis Freitas de Oliveira (MBA'93D)
Chairman, Capital International SA
Eric Sasson (MBA'90D)
Founder & Managing Director, Red Tree Capital
Jeremy Golding (MBA'89J)
Managing Partner, Golding Capital
Partners GmbH
Lionel Sauvage (MBA'87J)
Vice-President, Fondation INSEAD
President & Founder,
FLAX (France Los Angeles eXchange)
President & 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 & Chairman, The Denita Group of Companies
INSEAD Board member
Chairman, Nominations Committee

Mirjam Staub-Bisang (MBA'99J)
Managing Director, BlackRock Asset Management Schweiz AG
INSEAD Board member
President, INSEAD Switzerland Council

*André Hoffmann (MBA’90D)
Vice-Chairman, 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)
Partner & Co-Owner, Cumberland Private Wealth
*Claude Janssen
Honorary Chairman, INSEAD
Fernando Zobel de Ayala (CIM'93Jul)
President & Chief Operating Officer, Ayala Corporation
INSEAD Board member
Paula Kirby (MBA'94J)
Managing Director, Plaxall Inc.
*Ilian Mihov

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