Think Tank



Ageism is the practice of prejudging or discriminating against people or groups because of their age. For example, « young people » are alternately perceived as irresponsible and impulsive, or flexible and enthusiastic, while « seniors » are often seen as not very dynamic and not inclined to change. Age discrimination is the most common form of discrimination in the French workplace, far ahead of gender, race, and disability. Employers often have negative attitudes towards older workers or young people with no work experience, while women face multiple discrimination because of their gender and age. Only the 30-50 age group is relatively unaffected by this phenomenon. This form of discrimination, which is specific to France, is difficult for those concerned, threatens the balance of our social protection and pension system, and prevents businesses to reap the full benefits of a more inclusive labor market. Concrete actions must be put in place to fight against this phenomenon and promote age diversity in companies.

Full version in English : Combating age discrimination and promoting a multigenerational and inclusive workforce in business 

Full version in French: Lutter contre la discrimination fondée sur l’âge et promouvoir une main-d’œuvre multigénérationnelle et inclusive dans les entreprises


Conference: Purpose or Profit in Post COVID times : will Business for Good thrive or just survive?

What is the impact of the COVID crisis on “Business for Good” policies and strategies?
Will businesses emerge from the crisis strengthened, or weakened in their practices of Corporate responsibility?
What new stances will be adopted by businesses worldwide in a post- Covid world?

Though the question of profit vs purpose is raised quite frequently, our intention is to go deeper, with remarkable panellists, exploring the topic of the existing tensions within the business sphere between profit and purpose (as recently illustrated by the Danone case) and the effect that the Covid crisis has on what we could call responsible capitalism.


How are AI Ethics & Data Economy going to evolve ?

“A data economy is a global digital ecosystem in which data is gathered, organized, and exchanged by a network of vendors for the purpose of deriving value from the accumulated information. » [Wikipedia]

In many areas (e.g. healthcare) regulation and/or technological choices have ensured a strict level of control of personal data. However, we are also witnessing that the “data economy” has a strong impact on the way we interact with the world. It raises some fundamental questions around the role of algorithms from some companies to track our behaviours (asymmetry of knowledge, privacy, ethics and shared values, etc.) and possibly influence them (recommendations of news or products, polarization impact, potential discrimination, etc).

On the business side, the sanitary and economic crisis may reinforce the dependency of many companies to the algorithms of major actors of the data economy, while others may decide to be much more open with the usage of the data that they collect from their customers or employees.

The realisation of the extent of this problem is emerging on a European scale with the work around the regulation of Big Tech companies (Digital Services Act, Digital Market Act, etc.). How can we help them counter the unwanted trends and mitigate these risks?

A panel of seasoned leaders will offer their perspectives on these questions, with Philippe Poggianti and Alain Duhalde as moderators:
– Maya Bacache-Beauvallet, member of collège de l’ARCEP at ARCEP
– Theos Evgeniou, Professor at INSEAD
– Anton’Maria Battesti, Responsable des Affaires Publiques Facebook France

Philippe Poggianti (TIEMBA’11Jan) and Alain Duhalde (PSD’07Jul) are INSEAD Alumni and Think Tank team members from INSEAD Alumni Association France.