INSEAD Executive Coaching

Our mission, our activities


Our mission is to develop reflective leaders who create results-driven, adaptive and innovative organisations by putting people first.

We deliver 115+ leadership development programmes or modules per year at Degree and Executive Education level. Every session is guided by our philosophy of closely integrating spaces for action and spaces for reflection to achieve the maximum impact. We work across all three INSEAD campuses: Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. INSEAD Executive Coaching faculty and coaches also travel throughout the world to deliver company-specific learning. In addition, we offer follow-up sessions remotely using a variety of technologies from simple phone calls to customised social media and webinar platforms.


development sessions

These include group and/or individual coaching – with a practice-focused perspective. Among the services we offer are: experiential learning and leadership simulations; action learning and project support; outdoor group dynamics; fully facilitated indoor group work; and traditional classroom sessions and case study analysis.


and simulations

We design and implement innovative assessment instruments and simulations – all based on our own research – to measure and build skills, personality and culture. We combine these with coaching for maximum impact.


development research

Much of this is based on the uniquely rich bank of data we have collected through using our own interactive assessment instruments.

Videos and articles


Our research

INSEAD’s research reputation matches its status as one of the world's foremost business schools – and leadership is one of our greatest research strengths. Based on our client interactions, we discover further research questions to explore. Research, programme design and teaching thus combine to result in a self-reinforcing virtuous cycle created within our world-class community of scholars, coaches, and practitioners.
More than 30 of INSEAD's renowned faculty members currently contribute to INSEAD Executive Coaching. Our founder Professor Manfred Kets de Vries pioneered the academic study of leadership. In addition, Professor Herminia Ibarra, winner of the Thinkers50 Leadership Award, and Professors Charles Galunic, Michael Jarrett, and Gianpiero Petriglieri are among our contributing faculty. Along with several colleagues, they are some of the leading names in the field right now.
INSEAD Executive Coaching also acts as an interdisciplinary for research excellence in leadership within the school, bringing together professors of entrepreneurship, marketing, technology and operations management, and strategy, as well as organisational behaviour.
Our research outputs are many and varied. They include books and articles in top journals. But we are perhaps most proud of the research that feeds into the creation of our practice-focused products, including simulations, assessment instruments, exercises, and coaching processes.

Exceptional leadership development coaches


INSEAD Executive Coaching is well known for the quality and diversity of its coaches. Our 130+ multi-cultural expert leadership development coaches, resident in 20+ countries and working worldwide are all carefully selected for their expertise in individual coaching. In addition our pioneering group-coaching techniques – developed especially for executives to learn from and support each other – make us really stand out when it comes to leadership development.

10+ yrs
 Years' experience coaching senior leaders
Speak at least two languages
Have lived and worked abroad
Have industry and business experience
Are women

Who we are


At the INSEAD Executive Coaching, we believe that effective leaders contribute to the creation of sustainable organisations that are great places to work. Our outlook is that the ways leaders deal with their people and the type of organisational culture they create, are the real and enduring sources of competitive advantage.


Mark Roberts

Associate Dean, Executive Education

Mark is the Associate Dean of Executive Education at INSEAD and he has global responsibility for the school’s Executive Education activities, including both custom and open programmes. He has held this position since 2013, has been with INSEAD for 9 years and is a member of INSEAD’s Executive Committee. Mark has deep experience in the development of face to face and online executive education programmes and projects and he engages with clients across industries around the globe. 

Prior to joining INSEAD Mark's career has spanned Marketing roles at L’Oréal, Strategy Consulting positions at Gemini Consulting and at Accenture and he was the lead Associate at Penhela Associates, a London-based recruitment and training firm.


Lucia Ballori

Executive Director, INSEAD Executive Coaching

Lucia Ballori has more than 15 years of experience in higher education management having joined INSEAD Asia campus in the year 2000. Prior to INSEAD, she worked in multinational companies and an NGO where she performed various roles from sales and business development to operations management. She received her Executive Master’s Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change (EMCCC) from INSEAD. In May 2014 she published her thesis on “An Exploratory Study on How Working Women in Singapore Cope with Social and Emotional Challenges in their Post-Divorce Lives”. Lucia has done research in the areas of psychological impact of divorce, social and cultural factors influencing divorce in Singapore, state policies affecting divorcees in Singapore. She recently wrote an article on ‘Working Women in Singapore: Post-Divorce Lives’ that was published in the first edition of INSEAD EMCCC Annals of Psychodynamic-Systemic Practitioner Research. Lucia’s passion lies in women’s issues in the domestic sphere and has been involved in organisations providing pro-bono life skills coaching and mentorship for women since 2015.

Our faculty


Derek Deasy

Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Programme Director, INSEAD Coaching Certificate (ICC)
Programme Director, Personal Leadership Development Programme (PLDP)

Derek is Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. His interests include leadership development, burnout and resilience, the impact of emotionally demanding tasks on work groups. Derek Deasy is directing both INSEAD Coaching Certificate, and the Personal Leadership Programme.

Derek works regularly in leadership development programmes for high potentials and senior executives at INSEAD, and has contributed to open and in-company executive Programmes, as well as to the full time MBAs, at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, and at IMD in Switzerland. He has given input on the psychodynamics of organisations to the Clinical Psychology doctoral programme at Trinity College, Dublin. He also has a varied coaching and consulting practice, currently including individual work with corporate leaders and work with teams in the technology sector and in entrepreneurial ventures.

Lead coaches


Dr. Katharina Balazs

Dr Balazs is Associate Professor of Leadership at ESCP Europe, Paris, France, as well as Executive Coach and Lead Coach at INSEAD. Her research and teaching expertise is in leadership, executive presence, leadership communication, women leaders, board dynamics and developing high performance cross-cultural top management teams in organisations. She also runs her private coaching and executive development practice, both with teams and individuals, helping top executives in global organisations to maximise performance and drive value at C-suite level. Holding a PhD from HEC Paris, an MBA, an M.Sc. and an Executive Master’s degree in Coaching and Consulting for Change (EMCCC) from INSEAD, she is the author and co-author of several books, scientific articles, cases and research papers in the field of Leadership.


Vincent H. Dominé

Vincent H. Dominé is Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour. His research focus is leadership development from an 'inside-out' perspective with an emphasis on group dynamics. In addition, he is a Lead Coach at INSEAD Executive Coaching and the Director of the Leadership Development Programmes in the Global Executive MBA programmes in Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore.



Veronique Doux

Veronique Doux coaches international executives on a broad range of INSEAD programmes developing their self-awareness, identities, behaviours and performance at Board level, C-suite, on-boarding as GM as well as developing potential with Global Executive MBAs, and building teams and culture in specific corporate programmes. For the past 10 years, in her practice, she has been focusing on enabling sustainable transitions at individual, team or organisational level by building reflective capacity and leadership in action. She also brings her past 15-year experience as a C-Level corporate communications Director for Fortune-500 companies.


Peter Firnhaber

Peter Firnhaber combines management experience in diverse multicultural business environments with long expertise in coaching on executive level. Peter has worked with organisations worldwide, and across a variety of sectors, helping them recruit, assess, select and develop talent on all levels. He has designed recruitment processes, helped to design large scale selection projects, and implemented psychometric testing solutions. Over the past 10 years, he has accompanied management development and learning activities in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Asia, South Africa and the US.


Thomas Hellwig

Dr Thomas Hellwig works as an independent consultant, executive coach and a Lead Coach for INSEAD. He has been associated with the leadership center for more than five years. He is a trained physician with a doctorate in psychotherapy (University of Leipzig/Germany) and an MBA from the INSEAD.



Ann Houston Kelley

Ann Houston Kelley enables international executives in global organisations to have crucial conversations about the ‘things that matter’. She raises the topics ‘above and below the table’ that lead to choices and change. Her clients see her as a trusted, strategic partner in business conversations. She uses a combination of assessment, challenge and support to enable them to succeed personally and professionally in measurable ways.


Kavitha Iyer

Kavitha Iyer is a qualified Executive Coach and Leadership Development Specialist, based in Singapore. Kavitha works with Global and Asian organisations supporting the development of their senior talent and consulting with them on leadership development and learning initiatives, both at the individual and group level. She is an Executive Coach at INSEAD Executive Coaching (IEC) where she coaches senior executives either in small groups or individually, in both their company specific and open enrolment programmes for C-suite leaders.


Aideen Lucey

Aideen Lucey is an organisational consultant and executive coach. She is a visiting leadership consultant at INSEAD. Previously she was a principal consultant and director of development programmes at a UK consulting firm. Aideen provides executive coaching for individuals and consultancy interventions for teams and organisations. Her particular areas of expertise are in leadership and group dynamics. Together with colleagues, she has been designing and delivering leadership development programmes using experiential learning methods at INSEAD since 2007. She has also been involved in leadership development work at a number of other international business schools.


Bruce McFee

Bruce McFee has extensive experience in Strategy and Organisation Development having assisted leading corporations through multi-year transformational programmes. A key element of this has been working with senior executives and leaders to guide them through periods of ambiguity and uncertainty. His work is strongly influenced by reflective and meditative practices that allow the unseen and unsaid to be brought into consciousness, allowing for real dialogue and work to begin.


Betina Rama

Betina Rama specialises in organisational change and diversity where it is fundamental to go deeper than just the business analysis and understand the human variables that prevent the successful implementation of the strategy. Her interests also include the dynamics of high performance teams that positively impact the triple bottom line of their organisations. Betina is currently coaching several board members, executive teams and individuals in INSEAD executive programmes in the Americas and Europe.


Michael Sanson

Michael Sanson is a British Executive Coach who specialises in leadership and team development. He is devoted to supporting individuals, teams and their organisations in clarifying and achieving what is important to them. Michael has coached corporate and executive clients from all around the world, notably Europe, the United States and Latin America. He is a visiting leadership coach and consultant at INSEAD’s three campuses and works with a range of corporate clients on a variety of executive coaching and team development assignments. Prior to becoming a coach Michael’s earlier career included spells with Arthur Andersen and Motorola.


Margot Schumacher

Margot Schumacher has been coaching with INSEAD Executive Coaching for over 7 years. She is also an Adjunct Professor in leadership development at TIAS business school. She studied Industrial Engineering, has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Coaching & Consulting for Change. Prior to joining INSEAD, she gained a sound business background with 15 years of experience in the industry (Unilever and Heinz). She has lived and worked in Shanghai (China), Pittsburgh (USA), London (UK) before returning to the Netherlands in 2014.


Mette Stuhr

Mette Stuhr works primarily with international organisations and is involved in a range of different interventions with organisations, groups and individuals. Her work has spanned across numerous industries around the world. She works with individual transitions and change related themes and has extensive experience with designing and running global leadership programmes for senior executives and high potentials. Mette Stuhr’s main focus is leadership development and group dynamics.


Camilla Sugden

Camilla Sugden is a highly experienced coach who specialises in working with board level executives and senior management in Asia. Her clients are predominantly multinationals in the finance, professional services, IT, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare, luxury goods and leisure industries. In her coaching engagements, Camilla addresses both the emotional and intellectual aspects of good leadership. The former includes building relationships, engaging people and developing cultural flexibility. The latter includes the articulation and implementation of strategy, problem-solving, and managing transitions, either into new roles or to change gear within an existing role in order to manage business change and growth.


Kai Foong Tan

Kai Foong is an experienced business psychologist with over 20 years of global experience in leadership assessment and development. She works with leaders at C-suite and board levels in Fortune 500/Global 1000 and regional Asian family businesses in 1-1 and team interventions designed to accelerate insight, reflective and adaptive capacity. She is a Lead Coach at INSEAD where she coaches senior executives, and acts as a Faculty Coach on the newly launched INSEAD Coaching Certificate. She is also the Head Coach for the MBA Personal Leadership Development Program, where she manages and supervises coaches to deliver the program in the Singapore campus.


Els Valk

Els Valk focuses on Executive coaching as well as consulting for organisational transformation and change. She works with a variety of international clients. Additionally, Els works as a Lead Coach for INSEAD Executive Coaching in Fontainebleau, France. She is regularly involved in both open enrolment programmes as well as company-specific programmes.



Franklin Vrede

Franklin Vrede is a Lead Coach and executive coach at INSEAD business school. His areas of interest include: Leading Complex Change, Making the Executive Transition and Dealing With Power Dynamics in Leadership Teams. He is intensively involved in the leadership development component of the Global Executive MBA, delivering both small group and individual coaching interventions. Franklin regularly works with executives in broad range of open and customer specific programmes on all three campuses. As a Lead Coach, he also engages with corporate clients on the design and positioning of coaching within larger development programmes.


Svenja Weber

Svenja is Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour. For the past ten years, she has served on the faculty and coaching staff of numerous INSEAD open-enrolment and company-specific programmes including the Executive MBA. From 2019, she is part of the faculty teaching on INSEAD’s Coaching Certificate programme. She also consults and coaches executives in corporations around the world.



Hande Yasargil

Hande Yasargil is an executive coach and leadership development consultant with an Organisational Clinical Psychology background. Her areas of expertise are leadership psychology, group dynamics at the board level, women in leadership, and family business. She has long-term entrepreneurial experience as founder and managing partner of a successful international coaching business in Turkey and the Middle East. Her prior corporate executive experience in human resources management and her family therapy training give a unique perspective to her coaching approach. Hande initiated a non-profit programme called "The Cross Company Mentoring Programme for More Women on Boards," and now she serves as the founding chair of ‘Women on Board Association of Turkey.”.


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