Welcome to the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre

INSEAD Global Leadership Centre is a unique institution within one of the world’s leading business schools. We aspire to deliver the best leadership development experience of any leadership centre in the world. The foundation of this ambition is impactful services and products rooted in rigorous research from a dedicated community of scholars and leadership development professionals.

We believe that effective leadership development starts with self-awareness. This helps our clients make their leadership personal, so that they become the best leaders they can be. We then help translate personal change into organisational change. Leadership development, in other words, involves personal change, but it also involves helping leaders to change their organisations. In today’s fast-changing environment, it is absolutely critical that leaders distribute important leadership tasks to wherever the best information and capabilities reside in their team and organisation.

This is where INSEAD Global Leadership Centre excels. By helping individual leaders understand how they can distribute leadership throughout the ranks, we help them create not only organisations that are more adaptive and innovative, but also organisations that offer meaning and dignity to their members.

Henrik Bresman
Academic Director, INSEAD Global Leadership Centre
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

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 Global Leadership Centre 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.


Leadership 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.


Leadership Development Research

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

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 the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre. Our founder Professor Manfred Kets de Vries pioneered the academic study of leadership. In addition, Professor Herminia Ibarra, winner of the Thinkers 50 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.
The INSEAD Global Leadership Centre also acts as an interdisciplinary centre 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


The INSEAD Global Leadership Centre is well known for the quality and diversity of its coaches. Our 100+ multi-cultural expert leadership 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.

Have experience at C-suite or board level
Have held a senior HR position
Have lived and worked abroad
Speak at least two languages
Are women

Who We Are


At the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, 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.


Henrik Bresman

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Henrik Bresman is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and Academic Director of the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre (IGLC). He studied economics at the Stockholm School of Economics, philosophy and Japanese at Lund University, and financial management at Keio University. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Bresman's current teaching at INSEAD focuses on developing principled and effective leaders. He co-directs the Management Acceleration Programme. His teaching at INSEAD has been awarded with the Deans'€™ Commendation for Excellence in EDP Teaching, Excellence in EDP Direction, and Excellence in MBA Teaching. He has also been nominated Best MBA Core Course Teacher.


Mark Roberts

Associate Dean, Executive Education

Mark Roberts is currently Associate Dean of Executive Education at INSEAD. He has been at INSEAD for 6 years, is a member of the school’s executive committee and has global responsibility for developing and running INSEAD Executive Education. With three full campuses in Singapore, France and Abu Dhabi, INSEAD is one of the largest providers of executive development programmes in the world.

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


Delphine Parmenter

Executive Director, INSEAD Global Leadership Centre

Delphine Parmenter is Executive Director of the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre. Based in Singapore her stewardship spans across our campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Delphine partners with the IGLC global network of professionals – nearly 150 coaches, professors and researchers – to offer unique cutting-edge experiences and tools to support the leadership development of executives in organisations world-wide.

Delphine has spent the last twenty years specialising in management education. During that time, she has worked with business teams, corporate universities and international business schools to design and deliver learning initiatives through a combined focus on leadership and strategy. She holds an MBA from SciencesPo, Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Leadership Development Practice Directors


Derek Deasy

Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Derek Deasy 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.

His research and practice in these areas are informed by a systems-psychodynamics approach that takes into account how group tasks, organisational structures and cultures are affected by, and affect, individuals'€™ experience at and of work. 


Vincent H. Domine

Adjunct Professor of Leadership

Vincent H. Dominé is Adjunct Professor of Leadership. His research focus is leadership development from an '€œinside-out'€ perspective with an emphasis on group dynamics. In addition, he is Coaching Practice Director at the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre and the Director of the Leadership Development Programmes in the Global Executive MBA programmes in Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. He is a visiting faculty and executive coach at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and within the Global Leadership Programme of the World Economic Forum in Geneva. 


Peter Firnhaber

Leadership Development Practice Director

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

Adjunct Professor of Leadership

Dr Thomas Hellwig, adjunct professor at INSEAD, works as an independent consultant, executive coach and a Coaching Practice Director for INSEAD and three other leading business schools. He has been associated with the leadership center for more than 5 years. He is a trained physician with a doctorate in psychotherapy (University of Leipzig/Germany) and an MBA from the INSEAD. 


Ann Houston Kelley

Leadership Development Practice Director

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

Leadership Development Practice Director

Kavitha Iyer is a qualified Executive Coach and Leadership Development Specialist, based in Singapore. She is the Director of Cresca Consulting, supporting the leadership development needs of senior executives and organisations.

Kavitha Iyer 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 also an Executive Coach at the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre (IGLC) 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

Leadership Development Practice Director

Aideen Lucey is an organisational consultant and executive coach. She is a visiting leadership consultant at INSEAD. She has her own consulting practice, Aideen Lucey Consulting, in the UK. Previously she was a principal consultant and director of development programmes at Tavistock Consulting in the UK. 

Aideen Lucey 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.


Jean-Claude Noel

Adjunct Clinical Professor

French born and a United States citizen living in New York since 1991, Jean-Claude Noel has lived on three continents and has conducted business in different industries and in every part of the world. In addition to his understanding of cross-cultural environments, he brings to Executive Coaching and Leadership Development a ‘real life’ global experience at Board level. In 2001, deepening his interest in the human aspects of organisations, he participated in the first INSEAD/HEC programme in Consulting and Coaching for Change, based on Clinical Organisational Psychology. With a thesis on ‘The Human Dimension of Change’, he obtained the HEC Masters in Consulting and Coaching with Honors.


Michael Sanson

Leadership Development Practice Director

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 Sanson 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. He has also taught leadership coaching at the EGADE Business School in Mexico City and coached at several other leading business schools. Michael Sanson works with a range of corporate clients on a variety of executive coaching and team development assignments, and maintains a private practice in which he coaches individuals both in person and virtually. Prior to becoming a coach Michael’s earlier career included spells with Arthur Andersen and Motorola.


Mette Stuhr

Leadership Development Practice Director

In 2008 Mette Stuhr left a long corporate career and founded her own consultancy and executive coaching company. She works primarily with international organisations and she 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

Leadership Development Practice Director

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

Leadership Development Practice Director

Kai Foong Tan is an organisational psychologist who has worked with senior business leaders of Fortune 500/Global 1000 organisations and NGOs globally for the last 20 years. Her specialty lies in the area of individual change in the context of executive coaching, assessment and development of leaders. Her current portfolio of work revolves around coaching senior leaders and their team in a quest to build “purpose-driven” organisations, facilitating the building of a coaching culture to achieve organisational growth and learning, and working with institutions of higher education like INSEAD in their executive programmes.


Els Valk

Leadership Development Practice Director

Els Valk set up her own private practice, focusing on Executive coaching as well as consulting for organisational transformation and change. She works with a variety of international clients. Additionally, Els works as Coaching Practice Director for the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre (IGLC) in Fontainebleau, France. She is regularly involved in both open enrolment programmes as well as company-specific programmes.


Martine Van den Poel

Leadership Development Practice Director

Martine van den Poel develops Leadership programmes and does executive coaching since 2003 in various INSEAD Programmes, for example the Advanced Management Programme, and the Leadership Transition; customised programmes for Daimler, SAP, Pfizer, HSBC, SocGen, Akzo and others. Privately she works for a number of global companies such as GSK, Total, Sonepar, CocaCola, Chanel. Her expertise is in leadership transitions, team and group dynamics, developing emotional intelligence and onboarding executives into C-level positions. She has also developed an expertise in female leadership challenges and leads the coaching for senior female leadership programmes for Deutsche Bank, Unilever and Siemens and IWF (International Women’s Foundation).


Franklin Vrede

Leadership Development Practice Director

Franklin Vrede is Coaching Practice Director 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 Coaching Practice Director he also engages with corporate clients on the design and positioning of coaching within larger development programmes. 


Graham Ward

Adjunct Professor of Leadership

Graham Ward is Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD Business School in France.

His expertise is in leadership, high performance teams, group dynamics, team dysfunction and change. His doctoral dissertation, published in 2013 is a theory of small group executive coaching using a psychodynamic approach. Teaching modules include the psychology of leadership, the application of fair process in teams, sustainable relationship building and developing a high performance teams and culture in organisational life. 


Operations Team


Marie-Laure Fevre

IGLC Operations Manager




Olivia Choo

Co-ordinator, IGLC Events, Communications & Operations




Amandine Coulon

IGLC Operations Co-ordinator




Aurelie Morle

IGLC Operations Co-ordinator




Delphine Naudin

IGLC Personal Leadership Development Programme Co-ordinator




Shiryl Ann Empaces

IGLC Personal Leadership Development Programme Co-ordinator




Leadership Development
Across INSEAD Programmes



If you have any questions related to the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, we are here to help you.


. Contact Us

Insead Personalised Experience




Save & Manage



It is easy, simply log in:

Via Social

  • icons
  • icons
  • icons


Use your email address