Entrepreneurial Talent and Global Competitiveness


23 April 2019

INSEAD Asia Campus


With this sixth edition addressing the theme of Entrepreneurial Talent and Global Competitiveness, GTCI aims to advance the current debate around entrepreneurial talent, providing practical tools and approaches to leverage the full potential of individuals and teams as an engine and a basis for innovation, growth, and ultimately competitiveness. One of the key working assumptions on which this report is based is that entrepreneurial talent cannot be reduced to some innate quality found in successful business founders and leaders. It should rather be regarded as an input to growth, innovation, and employment creation that can be measured and nurtured. There are conditions underwhich entrepreneurial talent can thrive and be stimulated. There are others under which it will be stifled, to remain an untapped or wasted resource. Multiple examples exist around the world of successful ways to generate, grow, attract and retain entrepreneurial talent, from entrepreneurs, from employers and from governments. Such examples deserve due consideration, as well as the ways in which they can be adapted to specific local contexts.

The report, which covers 125 economies and 114 cities, is based on research conducted by INSEAD (led by Bruno Lanvin and Professor Felipe Monteiro) in partnership with The Adecco Group and Tata Communications

The Singapore launch event provides the region a unique opportunity to debate on how digitalization, algorithms and robotics are changing the work and business scene in Asia Pacific, and the path that Asia should pursue through the inevitable global upheavals so as to ensure future prosperity for its businesses and its peoples.


10:00 am     Registration

10:30 am     Opening remarks by Dean Ilian Mihov

10:45 am     Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2019

11:30 am     Panel Discussion on “Entrepreneurial Talent and Global Competitiveness”

  • Ian Lee, Regional Head, Asia Pacific, and Executive Committee member, The Adecco Group
  • Vinod Kumar, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Communications
  • Felipe Monteiro, Academic Director GTCI and Affiliate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD
  • Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD
  • Lara Rath, Co-founder and Director, Secondsguru

12:15 pm     Q&A and Closing Remarks 

12:30 pm     Cocktail Reception


  • Ian Lee

    Regional Head, Asia Pacific, and Executive Committee member, The Adecco Group

  • Vinod Kumar

    Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Communications

  • Felipe Monteiro

    Affiliate Professor of Strategy
    Academic Director of the GTCI

  • Bruno Lanvin

    Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD

  • Lara Rath

    Lara Rath

    Co-founder and Director, Secondsguru

GTCI partners

INSEAD - The Business School for the World

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. 

A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD’s business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 154 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 degree participants annually in its MBA, Executive MBA, Executive Master in Finance, Executive Master in Change and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD’s executive education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD’s programmes on its three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago; the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC and the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York; and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Asia, INSEAD partners with School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. In 2007, the school inaugurated a Centre for Research and Executive Education in the United Arab Emirates and officially opened the Middle East Campus in Abu Dhabi in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all its programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled INSEAD to become truly “The Business School for the World”.


The Adecco Group

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading HR solutions partner. We provide more than 700,000 people with permanent and flexible employment every day. With more than 34,000 employees in 60 countries, we transform the world of work one job at a time. Our colleagues serve more than 100,000 organisations with the talent, HR services and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that meets social needs while driving business innovation.

Our culture of inclusivity, fairness and teamwork empowers individuals and organisations, fuels economies, and builds better societies. These values resonate with our employees, who voted us number 5 on the Great Place to Work®—World’s Best Workplaces 2018 list. We make the future work for everyone.

The Adecco Group is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). The group is powered by nine global brands: Adecco, Adia, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, General Assembly, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Spring Professional and YOSS


Tata Communications Limited

Tata Communications is a leading global digital infrastructure provider that underpins today’s fast-growing digital economy.

The company’s customers represent 300 of the Fortune 500 whose digital transformation journeys are enabled through its portfolio of integrated, globally managed network, cloud, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), collaboration and security services. Today, it connects businesses to 60% of the world’s cloud giants, 4 out of 5 mobile subscribers worldwide and carries nearly 30%
of the world’s internet routes.

This is underpinned by the world’s largest wholly owned and most advanced subsea fibre network and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than 240 countries and territories across 400 PoPs.

Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and is present in over 200 countries and territories around the world.

Practical information

The INSEAD Asia Campus 1 Ayer Rajah Avenue 138676 Singapore is situated at the corner of the Ayer Rajah Avenue and North Buona Vista Road in the KnowledgeHub district of Singapore. The campus is 15 minutes away from the financial district and 30 minutes away from Changi Airport.

Registration will begin at 10.00 am on Tuesday, 23 April 2019. The event will start promptly as scheduled in the programme.
Dress code
The dress code for the event is smart casual.
Electrical equipment
Should you bring any electrical equipment (laptop, hairdryer, shaver etc.), for your convenience, please bring an adaptor (designed for Singapore) with you.
INSEAD Asia Campus’ facilities include 19,000m2 of amphitheatres, working spaces, library, offices, restaurant, bar and residential space. You can connect to INSEAD's wireless internet (Wifi) network for free from anywhere on campus.
Campus shop
The campus shop INstore sells a wide variety of business books, course books, reference books, magazines, stationery, INSEAD souvenirs, gifts, greeting cards, confectionery, postage stamps and phonecards. INstore will be open on Saturday for your convenience.
The Tanoto Library, located on the ground floor, is open 24/7. You will find books, international newspapers, reference books, INSEAD cases & working papers, e-journals and databases. The library will be open as well on Saturday for your convenience.
There are many ATMs in Singapore. If you need to change money, this can be done at hotel, money changers or banks. Please note that most banking hours are usually from Mondays to Fridays, 9.30am – 3pm and Saturdays, 9.30am - 11am/1pm. It is best to check with individual banks on their actual operating hours.
Getting around in Singapore is easy and economical. Singapore has an efficient public transportation network offering taxis, buses and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system.
INSEAD is on the MRT network and with the station exit within metres of our entrance, it could not be more convenient. 
INSEAD is located at the "One North" MRT station on Circle line 8.
From Changi Airport, take the East-West line and transit to the Circle line at 'Buona Vista' station. The trip takes a little over an hour.
Click here for a network map.
The transfer by taxi from the airport to INSEAD will take about 30-45 minutes and will cost around SGD30.00 (around USD23.00).
Taxi Numbers:
    Comfort/CitiCab 6552 1111
    SMRT 6555 8888
    Premier Taxis 6363 6888
Click here for more information on Taxis in Singapore.
Media, filming and photography
Please be aware that journalists and media executives have been invited to attend the Global Talent Competitiveness Index launch, and that all sessions will be filmed. INSEAD will engage professional photographers for this event. We reserve the right to use any film and/or photography from the event in our print and digital marketing collateral. Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should advise us prior to the conference and various events.



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