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INSEAD Directors Forum - Governance Riding the Waves of Change

05 Apr '24

INSEAD Directors Forum - Governance Riding the Waves of Change

05 Apr '24

INSEAD Directors Forum - Governance Riding the Waves of Change



In the complex tapestry of today's business paradigm, organisations are confronted by a myriad of challenges marked by geopolitical tensions, macroeconomic pressures, responsible technology, emergence of generative AI, ESG issues and climate change crisis. The convergence of these forces, coupled with increased scrutiny from stakeholders, investors and regulators, are compelling board directors to rethink their governance strategies to mitigate risks, foster breakthrough innovations, and develop new leadership capabilities to stay resilient amidst the unceasing waves of change and disruption. 

Organised by the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, with the support from INSEAD Directors Network (IDN), the INSEAD Directors Forum on the theme “Governance Riding the Waves of Change” will delve into the potential shifts from a macro perspective and the boardroom strategic directions, such as leveraging the new technology and artificial intelligence for governance and fostering innovation in an era of rapid change and uncertainties. These dynamic challenges call for an intentional leadership imperative to develop new capabilities and competences and to maintain healthy dynamic of trust and open communication between the different stakeholders.

Join us as we bring to you exciting line-up of speakers, plenary and panel sessions. 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 learning, group work, exchange and networking with peers, academic faculty and experts on campus and dinner on Friday evening, 5 April to celebrate the Award Ceremony for newly certified directors.


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

Friday, 5 April 2024

8:15 - 8:45


INSEAD Main Lobby Entrance

Welcome Coffee

Outside The Claude and Tuulikki Janssen Auditorium, Main Building, Level 2 (above library)

8:45 - 9:00

Opening Remarks and Welcome Address
Introduction to Forum Agenda

The Claude and Tuulikki Janssen Auditorium, Main Building, Level 2 (above library)

Peter Joos, Professor of Accounting and Control, The Barons Janssen Endowed Professorship and Chair, Accounting and Control Area, INSEAD

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

9:00 - 9:45

Academic Session on "Sailing through the Headwinds of Macroeconomics and Geopolitical Turbulence"

Pushan Dutt, Professor of Economics, The Shell Fellow of Economic Transformation, and Chair, Economics and Political Science Area, INSEAD 

9:45 - 10:30

Academic Session on "Fuelling Growth through Corporate Venturing and Innovation"

Vibha Gaba, Professor of Entrepreneurship, The Berghmans Lhoist Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership, INSEAD

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45

Fireside Chat on "Powering Up Governance to Ride the Waves of Change"

Yen Yen Tan, Non-Executive Director of OCBC Bank, Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited, Barry Callebaut Group, EdgeConneX, and ams AG

Karen Fawcett, Chair of Cambridge Colleges Scholarships (Singapore), Member of Supervisory Board of Aegon, Non-Executive Director of BTO(BetterTadeOff) and Global EverGreening Alliance, Member of Foundation Baord, LGT - Private Banking and Asset Management, Board Mentor, Criticaleye

Q&A facilitated by moderator

11:45 - 12:00

Introduction to the INSEAD Directors Network

Helen Wiseman, President of INSEAD International Directors Network (IDN) Audit and Risk Committee Chair, Bid Corporation (JSE:BID) Chair, Elixinol Wellness (ASX:EXL), Trustee, SFI Health

12:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

In The Grove Executive Restaurant, Leadership Development Centre, Level 6

14:00 - 15:00

Academic Session on “Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Governance?”

Theodoros Evgeniou, Professor of Decision Sciences and Technology Management, INSEAD (via Zoom)
With an external guest speaker: 
Chwee Foon Lim, CEO Asia Pacific, Ekso Bionics and Board Member, INSEAD

15:00 - 15:45

Board Practice Peer-to-Peer Exchange (3 parallel sessions led by INSEAD Directors Network)

Participants are required to select one of the 3 parallel sessions to attend:

  • Risks Oversight and Staying Resilient in a VUCA World
  • The Technology Conundrum: Challenges and Opportunities for Boards
  • Shaping Governance for the Future: Leadership, Practices and Processes in a Changing Paradigm

Venue for the parallel sessions will be advised.

15:45 - 16:10

Coffee Break

16:10 - 16:30

Reflection from Group Discussions and Wrap-Up

The Claude and Tuulikki Janssen Auditorium, Main Building, Level 2 (above library)

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

16:30 - 16:40

Closing Address on “Transforming Boards for Transformational Governance”

Oon Jin Yeoh, Chairman of Singapore Institute of Directors and Singapore Land Authority, Vice-Chairman of Singapore Business Federation, Non-Executive Director of Singapore Exchange, Singapore Airlines, Trust Bank Singapore and Kidney Dialysis Foundation

16:40 - 16:50

Award Ceremony Address

Peter Joos, Professor of Accounting and Control, The Barons Janssen Endowed Professorship and Chair, Accounting and Control Area, INSEAD

16:50 - 17:50

Award Ceremony of the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance

The Claude and Tuulikki Janssen Auditorium, Main Building, Level 2 (above library)

17:50 - 18:45Free time to refresh and get ready for group dinner
By 18:15, shuttle bus outside INSEAD main lobby will depart from campus to the restaurant. 
18:45 - 21:30

Cocktail & Celebration Dinner

Tower Club, 9 Raffles Place, Penthouse (62nd-64th Floors), Republic Plaza Tower 1 (Atlantic Room)


Speakers and Panelists

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

Presiding Faculty

Academic Speakers

Plenary Guest Speakers

Fireside Chat Speakers



Please refer to the table below for the applicable fee.

  • INSEAD New Certified Directors in Corporate Governance who are due to receive their certification in April 2024
    Priority will be given to newly/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 Alumni: Members of National Alumni Association (NAA)
  • IDP Alumni who have been certified (IDP-C)
SGD 600
  • INSEAD Alumni: Non-Members of NAAs
  • IDP past participants who are not certified
  • Former participant from other INSEAD Corporate Governance programmes such as Aspiring Directors ProgrammeLeading from the Chair, Value Creation for Owners and Directors, and Advanced Strategy for Directors Programme
  • Former participant from INSEAD Executive Education Programme who are serving on boards
SGD 850
  • Other: Current Board Directors (who have not taken INSEAD programmes)
SGD 950
  • Additional Guest for Dinner and Certification Award Ceremony only and excludes the admission to day sessions 
    (reserved for IDP newly certified director in corporate governance/ adult only )
SGD 220

Cancellation policy

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

Full refund for cancellation request made by 5 March.
50% refund for cancellation request made between 6 March to 20 March.
No refund for cancellation request made from 21 March.


We have pre-reserved some hotel rooms at the INSEAD Residences for two nights for your stay during 4-6 April 2024.

To book your room, please click here to go to the hotel booking webpage and enter the group code: IDF2024.

The standard room rate is SGD245.00+ per night for single occupancy. There will be an additional charge of SGD35.00+ per night for the extra person. Rates are inclusive of daily breakfast.

Should you wish to extend your stay, please put in your request via the "Add Special Request" column box found in the details section and our hospitality colleague will check the availability and respond to you.

For further questions regarding room reservation, please email directly to INSEAD Residences at [email protected].

Practical information

Getting to INSEAD Asia Campus, Singapore

The INSEAD Campus is located at No. 1 Ayer Rajah Avenue, Singapore 138676.


Parking and public transportation

Should you wish to drive, there are 15 visitors parking lots available on campus. They are on first come first serve basis. Please inform the security that you are here for INSEAD Directors Forum. Alternatively, you may park at the carpark of the Fusionopolis One, which is located just adjacent to INSEAD.

The nearest MRT station to the campus is the one-north MRT station (on the Circle Line). Walking distance is approximately 2 minutes from Exit A.

Dress code

The dress code is business casual for on-campus events.


Photos and videos

We have engaged an official photographer who will take photos of the sessions and during the Award Ceremony.


Bring your own device

The Forum is paperless so please bring your own electronic device (laptop/tablet/smartphone with Wi-Fi connectivity) as you will need it during the Forum to engage in some sessions.


WiFi access

Wireless internet is available on campus. Visitors are invited to join the WiFi named "INSEAD". The Wifi network will display a login page for you to enter your credentials ( or create a personal account (Guests, visitors with no account).

Pre-reading material

We are happy to share with you the following articles and resources which are useful reference related to the topics to be discussed during the INSEAD Directors Forum. Please check this section for latest updates.

  1. Thawing US-China Relations: Competition Meets Interdependence by INSEAD Professor Pushan Dutt
  2. How to Tell the Age of an Innovation by INSEAD Professors Henrich Greve , Ivana Naumovska and Vibha Gaba
  3. OpenAI's Crisis Is Yet Another Wake-Up Call by INSEAD Professors Theodoros Evgeniou, Ludo Van der Heyden and Yann Lechelle from Probabl