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21 to 24 January | Davos

INSEAD in Davos

SDG Tent, Promenade 139

Transforming Business Education

Featuring Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever (2008-2018),
Sadia Khan, President of the INSEAD Alumni Association,
André Hoffmann, Chairman of the HGIBS Advisory Board,
Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD and 
Subi Rangan, Professor of Strategy and Management at INSEAD.

The global challenges we face and the emerging multilateral framework for addressing these challenges require a rethink of traditional roles and responsibilities. We must find new ways of doing business that are dynamic, nimble and creative to respond to our common challenges.

INSEAD, the business school for the world, established the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society last year. The Institute is committed to lead in transforming business education so that action by leaders and their organizations has a tangible benefit to society and the environment. Through sharing and showcasing ideas and experiences of leaders, we can rethink business education to develop more responsible leaders who are prepared to lead in today’s world.

The panel will draw attention to the need for innovation in the face of challenge, raise the visibility of action already underway and inspire new champions, new business models and new ways of thinking.

Key Details

  Tuesday 22 January

  Panel discussion
followed by a cocktail from 5:15 to 7:00 pm

  SDG Tent, Promenade 139

Thank you for your interest. The event is full, we are no longer accepting RSVPs

Innovative Business Models in Africa

Led by Luk Van Wassenhove,
Professor of Technology and Operations Management,
Director of the INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group.

Confirmed participants: Thomas C. Barrett, Chairman of OECD Infrastructure Governance Forum;
Liz Muange, USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub;
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council;
John R. Allen, The Brookings Institution;
Amandeep Singh Gill, United Nations.

At the current rate, there is no way the UNSDGs will be achieved. Engagement and collaboration are largely insufficient to create and sustain momentum.While considerable progress is  made in some parts of the world, achieving the SDGs for Africa  will require sustained high growth, widespread innovation, extensive policy and institutional development, and substantial job creation for the growing population to ensure sustainable and inclusive development. The challenges as well as the potential in Africa are immense  and currently are  far from being attained. 

Acceleration toward the SDGs necessitates a system approach recognizing the complex interactions between economic, social well-being and environmental sustainability objectives. Hence the need for innovative business models that are inclusive, feature strong leadership and governance and leverage technology to scale learning. But questions remain. How to achieve learning and leadership with solid governance and full engagement from all stakeholders? How to synergise thriving entrepreneurship – especially in Africa’s business revolution – and conventional players finding change daunting and difficult? How to connect the business world with governments, NGOs and universities? Should academia convene stakeholders and further these hard conversations?

This working lunch is designed to identify bottlenecks and suggest innovative ways to overcome them. The discussion will focus on the collective end results and how to course correct individual vertical and often non-aligned initiatives that suffer from poor local engagement and weak governance.


Key Details

  Wednesday 23 January

  Lunch from 12:00 pm
to 1:45 pm

  SDG Tent, Promenade 139

Thank you for your interest in this event. Unfortunately, there are no more seats available and the registration is now closed

The Future of Leadership

Featuring Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork, Rain Yu Long, CHRO at,
Maheen Rahman, CEO of Alfalah GHP Investment Management,
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationand
Feike Sijbesma, CEO of DSM.

Moderated by Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean of INSEAD.

The future is uncertain. However, we can be sure of at least two things. First, the future is rich with opportunity. Second, leaders who can adapt to a dynamic and rapidly changing business environment are poised to seize this great opportunity.

Practically speaking, this raises several questions. What does it take to meet the increasingly outsized expectations placed on leaders today? How can we best form the next generation of leaders who can deliver for all stakeholders? Today’s leaders face new challenges in sustaining financial performance at a time when new organisational forms and fresh talent is challenging traditional notions of authority. We want to explore the increasing expectations for leaders to focus on social and environmental impact of their organisations in the demanding context of digital transformation.

The panel will look at how leaders can and must navigate the increasingly complex business and governance landscape of the Digital Age, with real-world insight and actionable takeaways.

Key Details

  Thursday 24 January

  Panel discussion
followed by a cocktail from 5:15 to 7:00 pm

  SDG Tent, Promenade 139

Thank you for your interest. The event is full, we are no longer accepting RSVPs


SDG Tent
Premenade 139 
Davos (GR) 7260

In addition to INSEAD at Davos events held in the SDG Tent and sponsored by the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, INSEAD and our partners will launch the Global Talent Competitiveness Index on Monday, 21 January.

Combining the academic research and expertise of INSEAD, the international business school, with the business experience and perspective of the Adecco Group and Tata Communications, the GTCI report has for the past six years given governments, cities, businesses and not-for-profit organisations an invaluable insight in to the competitiveness of cities and countries around the world.