Mamadou Balde








What and when did you study at INSEAD? 

Executive Master of Business Administration, January 2023

Tell us about your career to date.

As a leader with a background in Engineering and extensive international experience in the alumina industry, I started my career at the very first alumina plant established in the South of France back in 1893. After a year, I was seconded to Australia, where I helped build alumina plants in India and around Australia, including one in Gove. Gove was a remote location with breath-taking water bodies filled with daring crocodiles and dirt roads that took 10hrs to travel on for delicacies like McDonalds.

After doing internal consulting and auditing plants worldwide, I managed a plant and its people in Jamaica. That is when I decided to take a course at Harvard, and the experience piqued my interest in pursuing INSEAD’s GEMBA program that could effectively support my transition from a technical specialization to a more general management role.
Currently, I am the Technical Director for Aurecon Group’s mineral & metals division in Brisbane.

How can the INSEAD community help you?

I believe the INSEAD community can help me by providing mentorship and diversifying my professional networks, particularly as I transition from a technical expert to a C-suite position. I welcome any insights from fellow alumni who have undergone similar career transitions.

How can you help the INSEAD community?

As for how I can contribute to the INSEAD community, I have extensive knowledge in the Alumina industry and am willing to share this knowledge with any fellow alumni. I am also willing to contribute to the expansion of INSEAD through recruitment forums (etc.) within Australia and can guide or share information with anyone seeking business interactions in Jamaica. Please reach out to me at [email protected] if you need any assistance or would like to connect.

How did INSEAD transform your life?

INSEAD has significantly impacted my life by enhancing my leadership skills and other soft skills, leading to a more balanced lifestyle. This positive transformation has improved my ability to reflect on personal and professional relationships and has given me the confidence and credibility to pursue a career transition. Additionally, through the INSEAD program, I have formed lasting friendships with like-minded individuals, who offer intellectual stimulation, emotional support, and opportunities for personal growth. Lastly, I am pleased to share that my wife and I welcomed our lovely INSEAD baby, Binta.