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After clocking out from another February workday, over 60 bright-minded INSEAD alums equally represented across three generations extended their evening to come together on the  Business and Society Theme of “Technology for Good”.  They made their way up the glass elevators to 21st floor of the IBM Watson IoT Centre (in Munich); IBM our gracious host for the evening, dedicated not only their impressive facilities (which, some say, have the best views of Munich), but also their time to join the discussion.  A big thank you to our hosts!

While this was indeed an opportunity to catch-up with familiar faces and network with unfamiliar ones, this 21st of February also marked the Kick-Off of the IAAG Business and Society Community, aligned with the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society

Here’s the net-net of the Tech for Good Event

Sitting in a ‘fishbowl’, we opened with 4 broad viewpoints from our distinguished guests: Alessandra Hawthorne, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Angela Lawaldt, Partner, Bonventure Impact Investors, John Vasquez, Head of Software Development, IBM Internet of Things and Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, Board of Directors, JaguarLandRover, Infineon, Continental, BMW, ASML, Nordex, Autoliv.

John (who holds over 200 patents to his name!!!) inspired us with examples harnessing AI to improve people’s lives (e.g. he built a device that detects obstacles. It enabled a blind athlete to run marathons). Alessandra pointed to the need of predictive analytics for compliance to flag things that could potentially go wrong. Angela spoke to bridging the gap between being a financially viable NPO with a social cause and making a profit – it shouldn’t be a tradeoff. Wolfgang alluded to leaving the world in a better state than the one in which he arrived.  Alums subsequently jumped into the fishbowl and joined the debate and broadened the themes.

We then broke out into individual groups on ethics, social impact investing, youth, workplace automation, and a wildcard topic. As this was an INSEAD alum gathering, wine was optional.

Thumbs up – for now

The objectives of the event were met or at least that was the initial feedback from participants. The discussion inspired our attendees to do “good” in the workplace wherever possible irrespective of role or seniority. It also facilitated learning from and collaborate with each other on business for good.  Some were inspired to volunteer to contribute to future events.

What’s next?

While there are only so many hours in an evening on a workday such as February 21st, there was consensus on the need to maintain the momentum from the event to further build out a community that shares and acts on business as a force for good, making this exchange infectious.  What’s next? is exactly the question we are reflecting on now…and how we can facilitate the conversations to the next level and impact?

Written by Joanna Wardzinski

If you would like to learn more about our design to do your own, or to contribute to next steps on this (however big or small your time commitment) please contact our core team at [email protected] or IAAG.


Founder’s Trek Berlin

The INSEAD Entrepreneurship Club  is happy to announce the organization of a Founders‘ Trek in Berlin on days 21/22/23 of September! In a nutshell, 3 strong objectives:

1) Providing a space for INSEAD students with the ambition to found a company after INSEAD to get clarity on what it means to be a Founder
2) Create meaningful conversations between INSEAD students and Berlin Alumni, Founder and other key actors (VCs, incubators…)
3) Present the Berlin Startup scene to current students

On Friday afternoon (Sept 22nd) we planned a round table session and we are looking for Alumni who would be able to answer to students’ questions such as:

  • How to raise funds?
  • How to build an efficient team?
  • How to build a POC (proof of concept)?
  • How can I choose the right incubator?
  • How can the Alumni help me in my venture?

If you recognized yourself in this description please join us and send a mail to [email protected].”


IAAG Annual Conference 2017 – Media & Entertainment

Meet us in Cologne!

From 8 – 10 September 2017 we will visit thrilling companies, meet outstanding entrepreneurs, enjoy extraordinary locations, meet INSEAD Faculty and explore what makes this city so unique.

Nowhere else in Germany is the media & entertainment industry so creative and so broadly diversified. Whether film or television, ICT or games, whether big companies or vibrant start-ups, the Cologne media companies are open to challenges and working on new developments across all sectors and are market-leading in many areas – sometimes worldwide.
During this year’s Annual Conference, we will get a taste of future media technologies and we will join a debate on perception vs reality and on the balance between independent critical reporting and mass entertainment.

Join us where world-famous cathedral spires tower over Germany’s oldest city and its many cultural and historical treasures. Take a trip through 2000 years of history from the Roman Empire to modern times…