Skip to main content

INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre


INSEAD Directors Forum - Governance Imperative in a New World Order

25 - 26 Nov '22

INSEAD Directors Forum - Governance Imperative in a New World Order

INSEAD Europe Campus, Fontainebleau
25 - 26 Nov '22

INSEAD Directors Forum - Governance Imperative in a New World Order

INSEAD Europe Campus, Fontainebleau


A new world order is emerging as major forces are shaking up global economies and redefining the rules and setting new expectations for businesses. Seismic shifts stemming from geopolitical capitalism, economic stagflation, supply chain and energy disruptions, responsible technology, environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda, diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), green finance and ethical integrity are compelling boards of directors to rethink and reassess their corporate governance practices in terms of strategic decision-making.

Organised by the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, the INSEAD Directors Forum on the theme “Governance Imperative in a New World Order” will be taking place on 25-26 November 2022, on INSEAD Europe Campus, Fontainebleau where we will address from macro perspective the forces that are shaping the New World Order and how boards of directors need to level up with new mindsets, competences, and structures with nomination and remuneration processes and policies aligned with organisational mission and corporate strategy for effective governance.

This year, we are once again bringing the flagship event back on our Europe campus with exciting line-up of speakers, plenary and panel sessions as well as parallel workshops. Whether you are looking to receiving your INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance, or seeking new perspectives on corporate governance strategies and practices, the Forum promises unparalleled opportunities for new experience through immersive learning tapping on INSEAD's latest Virtual Reality capabilities and enriching time of learning, group work, exchange and networking with peers, academic faculty and experts on campus and special dinner at the Fontainebleau castle to celebrate the Award Ceremony for newly certified directors on Friday evening, 25 November.


The agenda is tentative and subject to changes. Be sure to check it regularly for updates.

Day One

Friday, 25 November 2022

8:00 - 8:30

Welcome Coffee and Registration

Venue: Camembert, Main Building

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome and Introduction

Venue: Amphi A, Main Building


Jose-Luis Alvarez, Former Academic Director of ICGC, Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School
Sonia Tatar, Executive Director of INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre and Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise

8:45 - 9:30

Plenary Session 1: Governance in a Politicised World

Joe Zammit-Lucia, Founder and Trustee, RADIX, Advisory Board Member, Singapore Forum and CEOWORLD Magazine

9:30 - 10:15

Plenary Session 2: Responsible Technology: Catalyst for Change

Theodoros Evgeniou, Professor of Decision Sciences and Technology Management at INSEAD

10:15 - 11:00

Plenary Session 3: Era of Deglobalisation or Reglobalisation?

José Santos, Affiliated Professor of Practice in Global Management at INSEAD

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 13:15

Parallel Workshops

Participants can choose to join three out of the four parallel workshops which will be conducted over 30 mins duration each.


Venue: Amphi A, Main Building and Plessis Mornay


Workshop 1: Board's Behaviour Virtual Reality Experiential Learning

In this session, participants will get to immerse in a virtual boardroom and experience virtual reality (VR) as a tool to conduct research. Professor Ithai Stern, a leading researcher in the study of social and psychological processes underlying directors’ behaviors and decisions, will lead the process followed by debrief the next day to reveal insights from the experiment demonstrating how VR helps to better understand directors’ behaviors and decisions and improve boards’ decision making.

Led by:

  • Ithai Stern, Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, The Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management


Workshop 2: Boards in Turmoil & Dilemmas

This session will highlight some of key challenges faced by board directors today over a range of governance decision dilemmas. Drawing insights from research and data collected from recent Directors Connect Module, the session will discuss the top issues raised and put forward the practices and framework that could improve board effectiveness.

Led by:

  • Enrico Diecidue, Professor of Decision Sciences at INSEAD
  • Timothy Rowley, INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre Distinguished Fellow and Co-Director of the International Directors Programme, Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Workshop 3: Remuneration & Nomination Committees: Trending Towards Confluence or Divergence 

In this session, Professor Jose-Luis Alvarez and Hagen Schweinitz, will showcase the preliminary findings from the latest research study conducted by INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre and Eric Salmon & Partners, on the topic of Remuneration and Nomination Committees and how board committees are evolving in response to shifts in priorities and changes in governance paradigm.

Led by:

  • Jose-Luis Alvarez, Former Academic Director of ICGC, Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School
  •  Hagen Schweinitz, Global Practice Leader, Board & Governance Advisory Practice at Eric Salmon & Partners


Workshop 4: Networking and Connecting with Search Firms

This session provides an opportunity for participants to connect and network with search firm representatives from Eric Salmon & PartnersHeidrick & Struggles, Odgers Berndtson, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart and if they wish to, they can have 1-on-1 session for informal short consultation.

13:15 - 14:30

Group Photo and Lunch at The Cercle

14:30 -15:15

Plenary Session 2: Economics Outlook: Inflation, Recession & Stagflation

Loïc Sadoulet, Affiliate Professor of Economics at INSEAD

15:15 - 16:00

Panel Discussion Session 5: Tackling the Global Energy Conundrum


Monica de Virgiliis, Chair of Snam S.p.A. and Chapter Zero France, Supervisory Board Director, ASM International N.V., and Strategy Advisor, Valuecometrics
Yvon Mompeyssin, Chief Strategic Growth Officer, ENGIE
Jim Strang, Chairman of the Board, Hg Capital Trust plc  and Independent Board Director, Business Growth Fund (BGF) plc

Moderated by:
Katarina Uherova Hasbani, Partner and Global Director of Strategy and Advisory, AESG, Member of the Global Executive Committee for INSEAD Energy Alumni Club and local UAE INSEAD Alumni Association

16:00 -16:30

Coffee Break with INSEAD Alumni Relations and INSEAD Directors Network Info Booth outside Amphi A

16:30 - 17:15

Plenary Session 6: Sustainability & ESG: Investor Perspectives

Lucie Tepla, Senior Affiliate Professor of Finance at INSEAD

Nicolas Ceron, Portfolio Manager and Partner, Bluebell Capital Partners

18:45 - 19:00

Arrival by the Cour d’Honneur of Fontainebleau Chateau

- Meeting point at the foot of the spiral staircase

(Shuttle bus pick up available at 18.45 from Plessis Mornay Building)

19:05 - 19:15

Parcours du Roi (short passage through the King’s apartments)

19:15 - 20:00

Cocktail and Keynote Address in the Salle des Colonnes

Frans Blom MBA'90D, IDP-C'20Jun, President, INSEAD Alumni Association


Dinner in the Galerie des Cerfs and Certification Award Ceremony


Departure from the Jardin de Diane

(Shuttle bus pick up available for drop off at Campus hotels)


Day Two

Saturday, 26 November 2022

8:30 - 9:00

Morning Coffee

Venue: Camembert, Main Building

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Reflection on Day One & Introduction to Day Two

Jose-Luis Alvarez, Former Academic Director of ICGC, Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School

9:15 - 10:00

Plenary Session 1: Ethics & Integrity at Times of Pressured Boards

Marc Le Menestrel, Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences at INSEAD

10:00 - 10:45

Plenary Session 2: Board Leadership in the New World Order and Debrief on Board's Behaviour Virtual Reality Experiential Workshops

Ithai Stern, Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, The Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management

10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:50

Parallel Workshops 

Participants can select to join one of the four parallel workshops.

Venue: Plessis Mornay

Workshop 1: The Quest for a High-Performing and Sustainable CEO hosted by Russell Reynolds Associates
Global leadership advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates carried out extensive research into sustainable leadership and governance, partnering with United Nations Global Compact. Three experienced consultants from the UK, the Netherlands and Singapore will facilitate a highly interactive and practical discussion, in which you will be asked to select the best CEO for a company as it progresses in its sustainability journey. They will also share the research highlights. This workshop is very relevant for Board members across industries, ownership structures, company sizes and board committees around the world.

Led by:

  • Kerynne Metherell, Board Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates (United Kingdom)
  • Alvin Chiang, Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates (Singapore)
  • Hans Reus, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates (The Netherlands)

Workshop 2: ESG Strategy Integration from the Boardroom hosted by BCG and Heidrick & Struggles

The effective integration of ESG strategy remains a challenge for many boards today. To uncover the board structures and practices for better ESG performance, this workshop will feature the findings from the joint research study and round table discussions that INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre in collaboration with BCG and Heidrick & Struggles had undertaken to examine the practical approach and actions international board directors are using to tackle this pressing issue.

Led by:

  • Ron Soonieus, Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group and Director in Residence, INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre
  • Louis Besland, Partner, Heidrick & Struggle (London and Paris)

Workshop 3: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Shaping the Future of Governance hosted by Odgers Berndtson and Deloitte

DE&I is here to challenge the status quo and through diverse perspectives and ideas offer great business opportunities to boosting innovation, improving organisational performance and fostering fair leadership and an inclusive culture. This workshop will be focused on sharing the findings from research study led by INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre in collaboration with Luxembourg partners Odgers Berndtson and Deloitte to assess how DE&I are represented in boards and executive committees.

Led by:


Workshop 4: Board Effectiveness in Times of Change hosted by Spencer Stuart (SOLD OUT)

Boards need to have a systematic and continuous process in place to assess and fine-tune themselves to meet the challenges and expectations of a complex world shaped by exponential change, disruption and even crisis situations. Through real-life case study and analysis led by Spencer Stuart, this workshop will highlight some of the key measures boards should undertake for effective crisis management and the framework for navigating change to deliver high-performance governance.

Led by:

12:00 - 12:45

Key Takeaways and Reflection from Parallel Workshops

Venue: Amphi A, Main Building

Jose-Luis Alvarez, Former Academic Director of INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

12:45 - 13:05

Keynote Address

Judith Wallenstein, Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG Munich office

13:05 - 13:15

Closing Remarks

Jose-Luis Alvarez, Former Academic Director of ICGC, Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School

Sonia Tatar, Executive Director of INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre and Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise

13:15 - 14:00

Lunch Bags provided



We are in the process of updating the speakers line-up. Do visit this page to get the latest updates.


Keynote Speakers

Academic Speakers

Guest Panellists and Moderator

Practitioner Guest Speakers



The tickets are currently fully SOLD OUT.
For enquiry regarding waitlist, please contact [email protected] for assistance. 

Please refer to the table below for the fee applicable.

  • INSEAD New Certified Directors in Corporate Governance who are due to receive their certification in November 2022
    Priority will be given to new-to-be certified directors who will be receiving their certification. Eligible participants would have received their special promo code to register with complimentary ticket. Do register early to secure your seats!
  • INSEAD AlumniMember of National Alumni Association (NAA)
  • IDP Alumni who have been certified (IDP-C)
EUR 650
  • INSEAD AlumniNon-Member of NAAs
  • IDP Alumni who are not certified
  • Former participant from INSEAD Corporate Governance programmes such as Aspiring Directors ProgrammeLeading from the ChairValue Creation for Owners and Directors, and Advanced Strategy for Directors Programme
  • Former participant from INSEAD Executive Education Programme who are serving on boards
EUR 850
  • Additional Guest for Dinner and Certification Award Ceremony only and excludes the admission to day sessions (invited by newly certified director in corporate governance/ adult only )
EUR 180

Cancellation policy

Please take note of the cancellation policy that we will apply for this event.

Full refund for cancellation request made by 25 October
50% refund for cancellation request made between 26 October to 10 November
No refund for cancellation request made after 10 November


The INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre has made pre-reservations at hotels on Fontainebleau campus.

In order to secure your booking at your preferred hotel, please click here and enter the booking code: CS181.

Please note that the reservation page will always show these hotels as fully booked until you enter the code CS 181 and no more than 2 nights.

INSEAD Hotel Ermitage (available for one night on 25 Nov.)
Route de l'Ermitage
77300 Fontainebleau
Rate : 165€ on BB per night

Hotel Clos St Merry (available for two nights 24-26 Nov.)
49 bis, rue Saint Merry
77300 Fontainebleau
Rate : 165€ on BB per night

Residence Viatte (available for two nights 24-26 Nov.)
Route du Plessis Mornay
77300 Fontainebleau
Rate : 125€ on BB per night

If you need or prefer other hotel options in Fontainebleau, please click here for the list of hotels and contact them directly to reserve your stay.

Practical Information

Getting to INSEAD

INSEAD Europe campus is just 65km south of Paris. The Fontainebleau/Avon train station is located 3km from INSEAD. You may refer to the campus map here.

Open Practical Information configuration options

Open configuration options


Europe Campus Virtual Tour

Taxi reservations

Should you wish to make a taxi booking, please contact the ResaTaxiPro transfer company using their website (Tel: +33 6 78 78 17 81). Please note that facemasks are mandatory in the vehicle.

COVID-19 safety measures

The health and wellbeing of all attendees, as well as the broader INSEAD community, are important to us, and INSEAD follows French government regulations with respect to Covid. For more information, please refer to the French government regulations with respect to COVID for latest updates.

Dress code

The dress code is business casual for the day sessions. For dinner at the Chateau, you might like to come in a more formal attire (business casual/semi-formal).


Photos and Videography

Please take note that group photo will be taken during the afternoon coffee break at 16:00 on Friday, 25 November. During the course of the two-day Forum, we have engaged an official photographer and videographer who will take photos and videos of the sessions and during the Award Ceremony.

Pre-reading material

Feel free to access these resources which are useful reference related to the topics to be discussed during the INSEAD Directors Forum.


  1. Wanted: Board Chairs and CEOs with Political Leadership Capabilities by Dr. Joe Zammit-Lucia published on CEO World Magazine, 3 February 2022
  2. Leadership In An Age Of Political Polarization by Dr. Joe Zammit-Lucia published on StrategicCHRO360
  3. ESG: A Window To The Future by Dr. Joe Zammit-Lucia published on CEO World Magazine, 4 August 2022
  4. The INSEAD-BCG ESG Pulse Check Report published on 30 March 2022
  5. Designing Sustainability Governance Report by INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre on 30 March 2022
  6. The Board's Role in Sustainable Leadership by Russell Reynolds Associates
  7. Leadership for the Decade of Action by United Nation Global Compact and Russell Reynolds Associates
  8. Boardroom Best Practice by Spencer Stuart
  9. How Boards Can Focus on What Matters in Sustainability by David Young, Managing Director & Senior Partner, BCG Henderson Institute Fellow and Ron Soonieus, Senior Advisor, BCG and Director-in-Residence, INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, 6 September 2022

Video, slides and photos

INSEAD Directors Forum, 25-26 November 2022


Please click on the links below to access:

  1. Presentation slides (The file is password protected. Please refer to email by INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre for the password.)
  2. Photo Gallery