Changes in Leadership at INSEAD Directors Network

Fontainebleau 14 October  2017

Following INSEAD Directors Network AGM, new committee members and ambassadors appointed

The active alumni group with international board directors that formed the INSEAD Directors Network, following their graduation of the INSEAD International Directors Program and related IDP-C certification, have just concluded their 2017 AGM.

Elected as new Chair and President of the IDN committee was Helen Pitcher, OBE, taking over from previous chair Christoper de Mattos.

Helen Pitcher, OBE, President IDN said
“Board dynamics, behaviour and conduct are under greater scrutiny than ever before. The requirement for directors to be appropriately qualified from both a skill and behavioral perspective has never been more important. INSEAD is developing an enviable cadre of suitably qualified international directors to ensure the right conduct and behaviour is prevalent in Boards throughout the globe. The International Director Network is there to foster connectivity, collaboration and continued development for the members of the network and more broadly within the INSEAD Alumni”

Previous committee members Bill Jones, Gbenga Oyebode and Rosa Villabos were recognised for their appreciated efforts and retired from the network committee.

New committee members elected were Louise Beveridge, Antonio Nieto-Rodrigues and Dominic Nixon, and re-elected members were Christopher de Mattos , Mary Francia, Alison Gaines and Michael Vareika. Remaining current committee member Liselotte Engstam will continue in the committee as previously elected.

The INSEAD International Directors Network Committee Members are now

  • Helen Pitcher, OBE; Chair
  • Louise Beveridge
  • Liselotte Engstam
  • Mary Francia,
  • Alison Gaines,
  • Christoper de Mattos,
  • Antonio Nieto-Rodrigues
  • Dominic Nixon
  • Michael Vareika


The INSEAD International Directors Network Ambassadors are now

  • Mary Francia, Global & Americas
  • Helen Gillies, Australia
  • Luigi Passamonti, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia
  • Xavier Bedoret, Belgium
  • Cleopatra Kitti, Cyprus and Greece
  • Maged Basta, Egypt, UAE
  • Jean du Lac, France
  • Boris Gorella, Germany
  • Lorenza Di Giovanni, Italy
  • Rosa Villabos, Luxembourg
  • Adrian Moors, Mauritius; South Africa
  • Fennemiek Gommer, Netherlands
  • Suleiman Yahyah, Nigeria
  • Rachel Montagu, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
  • Abdulla I Al Mutrif, Saudi Arabia
  • Manik N Saha, Singapore
  • Kolja A Rafferty, Switzerland
  • Jeffrey Scott, United Kingdom
  • For more information about

IDP Network , ,  and reachable via [email protected]

INSEADs corporate governance programs

On behalf of the INSEAD IDP Network Committee,

Liselotte Engstam,
IDP-C, Non- Executive Board Director and Member IDP Network Committee

[email protected]



28 New Board Appointments of Members from INSEAD Directors’ Network

Fontainebleau, October 14, 2017

28 New Board Appointments of Members from INSEAD Directors’ Network

Members Board & Corporate Governance Position Announcements 3Q – 2017 


The INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative was launched in 2010 and undertakes cutting-edge research and teaching tailored to the needs of boards and international directors. It fosters a global dialogue on the challenges of corporate governance and leadership in an international context.

The International Directors Programme has been, to date, completed by 795 participants and the active international alumni group has formed the INSEAD Directors’ Network for continuous sharing, networking and learning.

We are proud and excited to start sharing recent appointments of board and corporate governance positions for the members of our INSEAD Directors’ Network.


INSEAD Directors’ Network – Members New Board & Corporate Governance Positions

Carole Ackermann  – April 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at CAP Rechtsschutz-Versicherungsgesellschaft AG and Supervisory Board Director at Swiss TXT AG (both Private, HQ CH)

Said Fahad AL DAAJANI – May, July 2017 – Supervisory Board Secretary at Middle East Air Conditioners and Supervisory Board Director Zamil Steel Holdingand Zamil Air ConditionersHolding (Private, HQ SA) 

Doris Albisser – May 2017 – Supervisory Board Chair at Leaders Solutions AG (Private, HQ CH)

David Barth – July 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs (Private, HQ LU)

Brigitte Bailer – 2017 –  Supervisory Director Trustee at BVG-Sammelstiftung Swiss Life (Private, HQ CH)

Frans C Cornelis – January 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at NoSoapCompanyBV (Private, HQ NL)

Prieur du Plessis – June 2017 – Supervisory Board Chairman at Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (Private, HQ ZA)

Dominique Eeman – May 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Chair Audit Committee Ter Beke NV (Public, HQ BE)

Liselotte Engstam – May 2017 – Supervisory Board Director Transtema Group and Supervisory Board Chair at Aino Health (both Public, HQ SE) 

Fernard Grulms – Jan, Sept 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Nordea Bank SA, at Liberty Specialty Markets Europe Sarl and at Valueinvest Lux Funds (all Private, HQ LU)

Anita Hauser – Mar 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Roche Holding AG (Public, HQ CH)

 Johan Kördel – August 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Amplyx Pharmaceuticals Inc (Private, HQ US)

 Bruno Lanvin – February 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership (Private, HQ UAE)

Magdalena-Luminita Manea – 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at SC Direct One SA (Private, HQ ROU)

Alain R Mestat – January 2017- Supervisory Board Director at Odyssey Real Estate S.à r.l. (Private, HQ LU)

Oluwagbemiga (Gbenga) Oyebode – 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at African Philantrophy Forum (APF) (Private, HQ NG) and Member of Board of Trustees, Carnegie Hall, New York (Private, HQ US)

Luc Sterckx – September 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Renewi PLC (Public, HQ UK)

 Oern R Stuge – January 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at GI Dynamics INC (Public, HQ US)

Jakob Thomasen- May 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Lundin Petroleum AB (Public, HQ SE)

Kees van der Vleuten – January 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at Met-Pro Practical Education (Governmental, HQ NL)

Willem G van Hassel – May 2017 – Supervisory Board Director at AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group NV (Public, HQ NL)

 Franck A Willaime – 2017 – Supervisory Board Chairman at Polunin Funds (Private, HQ LU)


For more information about : 

INSEAD Directors’ Network :

INSEADs Corporate Governance Programmes :


For members of the IDN, please ensure that you share your new appointments via :  [email protected] or [email protected]

For head hunters interested in finding international board members focused on staying up to date with latest board and governance insights, please contact Mary Francia via [email protected]

For organisations interested in partnering with IDN, please contact IDN President, Helen Pitcher OBE, at [email protected]


On behalf of the INSEAD Directors’ Network Committee,

Liselotte Engstam,
IDN Committee Member
[email protected]