INSEAD Digital Transformation Club

Hamilton Mann (CGM’18) [email protected]

As we believe the economic value of a business should only be worth the value it creates for society, it is even more important today to take advantage from exchanges of diverse perspectives on how companies and government institutions can foster progress in our society, leveraging digital transformation efforts while addressing some of the biggest challenges of our time to make the world a better place.

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Digital solutions, such as virtual learning, smart agriculture, and e-health, are transforming the world and people »s lives, and they have the potential to catalyze the necessary transformations to achieve the 17 SDGs. But these 17 SDBs are not 17 siloed goals.

Laurence LAFONT, Vice-President Strategic Industries EMEA Google Cloud at Google shared about how new technologies, AI in particular, could help enable a positive impact on some of these objectives and make a better society.


There is a consensus on the fact that for many operations and tasks, AI should not take over the responsibility that relies on humans and need to keep humans in the loop for critical decisions. However, there is a paradox, when it comes to autonomous vehicles. 

Luc JULIA, Chief Scientific Officer at Renault Group shared about how AI could help make the right decisions on the road, in an autonomous way, and change the world because it should lead us into safer mobility knowing that road injuries are one of the top 10 causes of death in the world. 


The widespread use of technology by companies and individuals has led to a decrease in the cost of doing business. However, accessing this competitive advantage depends on the ability to leverage digital technology. How should leaders guide the adoption of technology and contribute to ensure greater digital impact for good in society?

Sylvie OUZIEL, CEO Shared Platforms at Publicis Group shared about how large companies should be taking their part in supporting small and mid-size companies in succeeding the shift towards digital transformation and digital new business models, to help ensure that this part of the economy won’t be left behind, considering their critical role in society.



How the emergence of business ecosystems are becoming the cornerstone of an organizational model to address the Grand challenges of our century, by multiplying the impact of forces for good, while leveraging the « two-sided network effects » allowed by digital technologies.

Emilie SIDIQIAN, CEO at Salesforce France shared about this new kind of functional meta matrix organization in which several independent organizations decide to act together – as participants around the same conductor – in the greater interest of common purpose, to create « ecosystemic value ».


How « Virtual Twins », powered with AI and combined with the Internet of Things are and will more and more be able to constantly learn and help improve real counterpart, whether it us some « Things » or a « Human ».

Florence VERZELEN, EVP Industry, Marketing and Sustainability at Dassault Systèmes shared about how these exact digital replicas of what exists or may exist in the physical world is and will definitely guide new developments to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (aka Sustainable Development).


« How Digital Transformation is enabling innovations for a safe, sustainable, advanced and customized mobility? »

Grégoire FERRE, SVP Cockpit of the Future, Digital Transformation & Artificial Intelligence at Faurecia shared about the Mobility Grand Challenge, and how digital technologies can help push the boundaries of ‘Autonomy of Movement’ at any age, which is one of the major stake of our society.


How to embrace uncertainty in leading Digital Transformation?

Although leaders often talk about disruption and innovation in their approach to digital transformation, they want it “risk-free”. Yet there are no other options: achieving new things requires not only taking risks, but taking new risks. Based on his role as a digital transformation executive at Thales – a global technology leader in digital identity, security, defence, aerospace and transport with over 80,000 employees worldwide – Hamilton Mann and INSEAD faculty Nathan Furr explore the interplay between digital innovation and uncertainty, with practical frameworks about how to successfully lead breakthrough thinking in your company.


How Digital Transformation can change the world for the better by helping the development of society?

Philippe TROUCHAUD, Partner, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Products Officer at PwC France shared about some of our society’s Grand Challenges and how digital transformation can play an instrumental role in shaping what’s next to make the world a better place »


How Digital Transformation can change the world for the better, helping flat the curve of CO2 emissions?

Gwenaelle AVICE-HUET, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy at Schneider Electric shared about the status quo and the future of the energy landscape, as well as the role Schneider Electric is playing in tackling the biggest challenge of our generation: climate change: embracing both #digital and #electric, at scale, will definitely foster progress in our society and make the world a better place.


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