Welcome back classes of MBA'74, MBA'79, MBA'84J&D and MBA'89J&D!

11 - 13 October 2019

Europe campus

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Dear Alumni,

As you have experienced for yourself, INSEAD is a truly unique institution. We graduate inspired individuals equipped with sound business knowledge and a strong global mindset. Through the vision laid out by our founders, we have truly become an independent and entrepreneurial business school with an unmatched global outreach and unparalleled diversity of students, executive participants and alumni.

This weekend, I am excited to share my plans with you and look forward to hearing your views. Our Alumni Reunions team has worked hard to put together an incredible programme for you. Besides the Plenary Session that will focus on the MBA programme and our alumni network, our Faculty Forums will also cover important themes relevant to the quickly-evolving business world of today.

Throughout the weekend’s Social and Networking events, your Reunion will provide you with the ideal opportunity to expand your horizons – a chance to not only reconnect with your former classmates, but also to interact with alumni of other classes that hold the same INSEAD spirit.

I look forward to sharing many conversations with you this special weekend and invite you to join me in imagining the incredible potential of INSEAD. We have a powerful network of over 58,500 alumni in 176 countries. United, we can forge an ambitious future for our school.

Ilian Mihov


Highlights from last year's October reunion



*The programme is subject to changes - please check this webpage regularly for updates.


Friday 11 October

15:00Welcome coffee and registrationUpper Gallery

Europe's Revolution

Jonathan Story, Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, The Shell Fellow in Economic Transformation, Emeritus

The EU is embarked on a revolutionary experiment or more exactly on a series of revolutionary experiments. The reasons for this are rooted in the history of the twentieth century, but they are being implemented in the conditions of the 21st. What is crucial in the twenty first century is legitimacy. The EU does not have the legitimacy commensurate with its ambitions. So it either has to cut back on ambitions or to cut back on legitimacy.

Amphi A

Overcoming barriers to women leadership

Xiaowei Rose Luo, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, Rudolf & Valeria Maag Professorship

One of the most powerful findings across social sciences is that perception may be different from reality, but nonetheless shapes individuals’ ways of thinking, decision-making, and the macro organisational and social structures. What are some of the powerful perceptions and assumptions we hold about women career and leadership roles? For instance, are women less likely to have broader and higher visions, less effective at negotiation, less confident, and less dedicated to career advancement? How do these shared and internalised views impede women’s leadership potential? How can we break such internal hurdles and help foster new norms in our organisations? We will discuss these issues and hope to arrive at a deeper self understanding and some actionable measures to start the transformational process within us! 

Amphi B
18:45Reunion volunteer appreciation cocktail (by invitation only)INSEAD

Informal class dinners




Saturday 12 October

8:00Registration and welcome coffeeUpper Gallery

A Moral Theory of the Firm 

Subi Rangan, Professor of Strategy and Management, The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court Endowed Chair in Societal Progress

For much of the 20th century the focus of enterprise has been business performance.  In the 21st century we are seeing more enterprises also pursuing societal progress (this even at some risk to their business performance).  Think for instance of such firms as Tesla (USA), Unilever (Europe), and Natura (Brazil).  Why are more firms trying to integrate performance and progress?  Other than “greenwash,” or “an agency problem with limelight-seeking CEOs,” or long-term value maximization of “doing well by doing good,” is there something new going on here?  In this talk, I will supplement these sociological, behavioral, and economic theories of firm, and outline a "moral theory of the firm."  The exploration will open a window into how the practice and paradigm of business are evolving.  I will discuss implications for executives and entrepreneurs.  Come see how one research and teaching effort at our school is deepening our engagement with the idea of Business as a Force for Good.”

Amphi A
10:15Coffee break 

INSEAD Present and Future

Nida JanuskisAssociate Dean, Advancement
Urs Peyer, Dean of Degree Programmes, Associate Professor of Finance
Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean / Dean of Innovation, The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Professor of Strategy
Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD, The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, Professor of Economics

Amphi A
12:00Lunch and group photosINSEAD

Fireside chat with the Deans

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD, The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation, Professor of Economics
Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean / Dean of Innovation, The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Professor of Strategy

Amphi B
14:45Choice of faculty sessions 

Business and business schools as "a force for good": wishful thinking or categorical imperative?

Henri-Claude de Bettignies, Emeritus Professor of Asian Business, The Aviva Chair in Leadership and Responsibility, Emeritus 

Media reports – quasi daily and in many countries - situations where corporations, their leaders and managers, seem to have a broken moral compass inducing negative consequences for people and for the planet. Governments hope to regulate, international organisations put pressure, society reacts negatively while trust in business and in its leaders has vanished, with serious consequences for corporations and for society. Could business schools become a "force for good", having a significant positive impact on business leaders and on their practices? Taking an example from China (with the use of a short case) we will question where change could come from and whether business schools can really do something about it and become "a force for good".

Amphi A

Inequality in organisations and labour markets and the effects of rising inequality on social mobility

Kaisa SnellmanAssistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Amphi B
16:00Coffee breakINSEAD

Class meetings organised by volunteers or free time

18:15Dean's Leadership reception (by invitation only)Cercle 
20:00Reunion class dinners followed by dancing
Dress code: black tie/evening dress or cocktail attire/cocktail dress
Château de Fontainebleau



Sunday 13 October


Guided walk in the forest with Bertrand Dehelly, MBA'76
Meeting point: INSEAD bar

11:00Session on mindfulness with Rani Bhatia-Durand, MBA'91D
Mindfulness practice has been shown to be beneficial in reducing stress and wellbeing in a number of studies. The objective of the session will be on how mindfulness can be useful to your daily lives be it at work or at home to create the lives you yearn for. 
Amphi B
12:00 - 14:45Interested in a farewell lunch on campus? Meet your friends at the INSEAD restaurant, which will be open especially for you and your family (pay as you go)INSEAD


  • Henri-Claude de Bettignies

    Emeritus Professor of Asian Business, The Aviva Chair in Leadership and Responsibility, Emeritus

  • Nida Januskis

    Associate Dean, Advancement, INSEAD

  • Ilian Mihov

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

  • Urs Peyer

    Dean of Degree Programs, Associate Professor of Finance

  • Subi Rangan

    Professor of Strategy and Management, The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court Endowed Chair in Societal Progress

  • Jonathan Story

    Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, The Shell Fellow in Economic Transformation, Emeritus


Registration and who is coming

Official registration will be open mid-summer so look for the e-mail announcement! In the meantime, please do let us know about your plans here

Accommodation options

INSEAD has made block bookings at hotels in the area for alumni returning for their Reunion Weekend.  However please don't delay in making your booking as we expect a high demand for rooms. In order to secure your booking in one of the hotels, please contact them ahead of time (consult the list here) and mention the code AROCT19. Please note there is limited capacity in Fontainebleau.

Below is a list of hotels including INSEAD residences:



INSEAD Residences

Hôtel Aigle Noir ****
27 Place Napoléon Bonaparte
77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: +33 (0)1 6074 6000
Fax: +33 (0)1 6074 6001
Prices per night: as of 175€

Contact this hotel

Hotel Ermitage ****
Route de l’Ermitage (on campus)
77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: +33 (0)1 6072 4050
Fax: +33 (0)1 6072 4187
Prices per night: as of 135€

Contact this hotel



Hotels in Fontainebleau

Hotel Novotel ****
Chemin de Melun RN 152
77760 Ury
Tel: +33 (0)1 6071 2424
Fax: +33 (0)1 6071 2400
Prices per night: Single: 130€/Double: 140€

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Hotel Victoria ***
122 Rue de France
77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: +33 (0)1 6074 9000
Fax: +33 (0)1 6074 9010
Prices per night: Single: as of 100€/Double: as of 112€

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Hotel Ibis Château de Fontainebleau ***
18, rue de Ferrare
77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: +33 (0)1 6423 4525
Fax: +33 (0)1 6423 4222
Prices per night: Single: as of 95€/Double: as of 105€

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Other hotels (with no block booking):

Hôtel Mercure Royal ****
41 rue Royale
77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: +33 (0)1 6469 3434
Fax: +33 (0)1 6469 3439
Prices per night : Single: as of 161€/Double: as of 171€

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La Demeure du Parc boutique hotel
36 rue Paul Seramy
77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: +33 (0)1 6070 2000 
Prices per night: as of 166€


Contact this hotel

Hotel Clos St Merry **** 
49 bis, rue Saint Merry
77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: +33 (0)1 6071 2700
Fax: +33 (0)1 6071 2782
Prices per night: as of 135€

Contact this hotel


Other accommodation options

You will also find alternative accommodation options at the following links:

The links above are provided for information only. INSEAD does not endorse any third-party website or warrants its contents in any respect.

Practical information

How to get to INSEAD?

Need a refresher on how to get to INSEAD. Here are some directions to the campus.

Taxi reservations can be made directly through:

GTS (Groupe Taxis Services)
E-mail : gtstaxis@ftbtaxis.com
Téléphone : + 33 6 43 74 85 90

Please click here for an estimated fare.

Welcome and registration

Registration will take place at the reunion welcome desks for each class. Your reunion coordinator will greet alumni and their partners with reunion packages and badges. The registration desks will be in upper gallery and will open on Friday at 3.00pm and on Saturday at 8:00am.

Dress code

The dress code is business casual for on-campus events and the Reunion class dinners at the Château are black tie or cocktail dress.

Computer access

Computers with online access and wifi access will be available for your use during the reunion weekend. 

Footnote shop

The campus shop located in the bar area will be open on Friday and Saturday. Find all your INSEAD gear and the latest business publications here.


Most reunion events are not suitable for younger children. A list of babysitters is available upon request (please contact us at secretariat.reunions@insead.edu). All arrangements for childcare are to be organized between the alumni and the babysitter.  If you would like to bring your older children to the reunion, you can register them as an adult guest.  If you have any questions, please contact secretariat.reunions@insead.edu.

Sunday lunch

Interested in a farewell lunch on campus? Meet your friends at the INSEAD restaurant. It will be exceptionally open for you and your family (pay as you go).


Group photos will be taken on Saturday at lunchtime. These photos will be emailed to you after the reunion. INSEAD may also arrange for official photographers at events during the weekend. The photos taken may be used in future promotional material. Should you have any concerns about your picture appearing in such material, please inform us.

Making it happen

Get involved in the organisation of your reunion. Make a difference to this alumni reunion weekend.

INSEAD would like to thank our Reunion volunteers:

Class of MBA'74

Reunion Chair - tbc
Reunion Fund Chair - Eberhard Crain

Class of MBA'79

Reunion Chair - Babette Pettersen
Reunion Committee - Philippe Jouan, François Macaire, Eugen Weiss​, Henrich Wilkens
Reunion Fund Chair - Roland Zoomers
Reunion Fund Committee - Christian Bernadotte, Yoav Chelouche, Quido Gamucci, Greg Infeld, Andrew Lowenthal, Franz Obermayer, Hendrik Wilkens

Class of MBA'84J

Reunion and Fund Chair - Jamie Pike
Reunion Committee - Stefan Berger, Yves Elsen, Patrick Esnouf, Fredrik Fundin, Christophe Jeanteur, Philippe Lambrecht, Susan Mirbach, Henrik Tuxen

Class of MBA'84D

Reunion Chair - Felix Hick
Reunion Committee - Fredrik Elwing
Reunion Fund Chair - Pascal Ravery

Class of MBA'89J

Reunion Co-Chairs - Jan Willem Heemstra, Dean Stone
Reunion Committee - Dirk Luyten, Jaap de Mare, Roger Press, Bernd Reuther, Daniel Schlegel
Reunion Fund Chair - Jeremy Golding
Reunion Fund Committee - Vicken Aharonian, Christian Burger, Manuel de la Guardia, Sonia d'Emilio, Per Jonsson, Dirk Luyten, John Philips, Bernd Reuther, Jean-Philippe Solvay, Ralph Van Den Broek, Susanne Wamsler, Susan Worscheh

Class of MBA'89D

Reunion and Fund Chair - Baudouin Contzen
Reunion and Fund Committee - Caspar Baumhauer,  Paul Brynsrud, Cynthia Edge-Phillips, Pierre Fouques du Parc, Maryline Guiramand, Marc-Antoine Hamet, Martin Hardens, Susan Cooper-Hedegaard, Carsten de Koning, Thibault de La Fresnaye, Charles Manby, Konrad Mech, Walter Ulrich Paessler, Roberto Roca, Frank Steinhoff,  Ben Stocks, Thérèse Torris, Alexandra Villegas-Sanne, Elizabeth Walmsley, Henrik Weller

If you would like to learn more about becoming an alumni volunteer, please contact:

Marie Ferreira
Associate Director, Alumni and Institutional Events
Tel: +33 1 60 72 42 74

Giving back

All 30, 35, 40 and 45 year reunion classes are fundraising for INSEAD.

Gifts and pledges can be made towards either your reunion class project or to any other INSEAD cause. All gifts made between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019 will be counted both towards the class gift and also towards participation in the INSEAD Force For Good campaign.

New Salamanders will be presented at the Dean’s Leadership Reception during the reunion weekend which will also recognize alumni who have made legacy pledges. To discover your lifetime giving total and how far you are from the next Salamander level, or for any questions about your giving, please contact Laurence Laemmel (laurence.laemmel@insead.edu).

Find out more about INSEAD’s Force For Good campaign and make your gift here.

Class of MBA'74

Thank you for making your gift here

Class of MBA'79

Thank you for making your gift here.

Class of MBA'84J

Thank you for making your gift here

Class of MBA'84D

Thank you for making your gift here

Class of MBA'89J 

Thank you for making your gift here.

Class of MBA'89D

Thank you for making your gift here


• Can I register on the phone?
Once registration is launched, if you cannot access the registration website or have any questions, please contact us at secretariat.reunions@insead.edu.

• How do I know if I am registered?
Once you have successfully registered and paid online, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite, and your name automatically appears on the list of attendees.

 I’m currently not sure if my partner/guest will join. How do I register him/her at a later stage?
Once you have registered online, you can go back on line and add your partner/guest at a later stage (before the closing of registration).

• All the pre-booked hotels are full: where can I find a room?
For suggestions of other hotels or B&Bs in the area, which may have vacancies, please consult the Fontainebleau Tourist Office hotel listing

• What will my partner do on campus during the sessions?
There is no separate programme for partners but they are are welcome to all reunion activities as long as they are registered.

What is the dress code on campus for the Reunion?
The dress code will be business casual for the on-campus events and the Reunion class dinners at the Château are black tie or cocktail attire (unless otherwise specified by your class).

When will the class photo be available?
The class photo will be available after the reunion. Electronic copies will be sent to you by e-mail.

How does the Saturday dinner work? Is it free seating or do we make up tables in advance?
The Saturday dinners are class dinners with no seating plans.

Is the Saturday dinner suitable for 18+ children if they come along for the weekend?
It is suitable and you can register him/her as an adult guest.

How do I make a make an anniversary gift?
If you would like to participate in the class gift, please go to the Campaign site

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