INDEVOR Global Club February 2024 Newsletter

INDEVOR Global Club February 2024 Newsletter

Join Us at Alumni Asia Forum March 1; Change Now/Paris March 25; IDN Webinar on ESG X Boardroom, April 10; and our Business & Sustainability Summit at Station F in Paris, May 30th


Raising Alumni Awareness, Advocacy and Action to Sustain People & Planet

We thank the more than 40 INDEVOR members who joined our Annual General Meeting on January 19th, affirmed our 2024-26 Executive Committee, and helped us to plan our 2nd annual Alumni Business & Sustainability Summit.  The latter will take place at Station F in Paris, May 30th. More upcoming events below, and please join our LinkedIN group for ongoing alerts.



Going to the Alumni Forum Asia?  Meet up at the INDEVOR counter and join our Speed Networking Table on Climate Action on Friday March 1, 12:45 pm – 1:10 p.m. IST

NAA India INDEVOR sustainability representative, Ram Chaitanya, CEO of Ecowiser, will host a climate action discussion during Friday’s networking break. Please look for him at the INDEVOR counter (and help him man it) or reach him on our new INDEVOR WhatsApp chat, which you can access with the QR code above.

***If you’re interested in becoming an INDEVOR sustainability rep for your NAA, please contact INDEVOR NAA liaisons Patricia Sennequier at [email protected]  or Jinna Li at [email protected].  We’re planning a “Sustainability Advances” section of this newsletter, beginning April, to publicize related events as NAAs and Global Clubs.  NAA and GC reps, please send your news and links to Jinna.

MARCH 25  27, PARIS:

Do you live within a train, bus or RER ride from Paris?  Join INDEVOR ExCo members Paolo Senes, Jinna Li, and Joanne Schante at the ChangeNow Summit & INSEAD Impact Entrepreneurship Forum on March 25th. Register here for the Forum, evening Networking Cocktail on March 25th 7-9 p.m. and a Pre-Forum Online session on March 19th. Once registered, you will receive a code for a complementary 3-day (March 25th – March 27th) ChangeNOW pass. For more information contact [email protected] (HGIBS), [email protected] (ICE) or [email protected] (INDEVOR ExCo).


APRIL 10, 9 a.m. ET/3 p.m. CET/9p.m. SGT:  WEBINAR on ESG X Governance

Register here for our next free webinar, in collaboration with the International Directors Network, on the topic of “ESG X Governance: The Materiality of Board Leadership,” The event, per banner below, features INSEAD professor emeritus Ludo van der Heyden and INDEVOR ExCo member Kiku Loomis, a sustainability consultant.  IDN Co-Leader Dr. Pamela Ravasio organized the panel and will moderate. Read more about all panelists here.



Second Annual Alumni Business & Sustainability Summit SAVE THE DATE:

INDEVOR Global Club  and collaborating NAAs and Global Clubs will host a second, annual Business and Sustainability Summit on May 30th, 3-7 p.m. in advance of INSEAD’s Annual Volunteers Meetings May 31st.  This hybrid event will have 100 in-person seats at Station F’s Central Room in Paris and 200+ slots for virtual participation, with modest registration fees to cover costs, and no charge to participate live in a lunch-hour biodiversity plunge near the venue.  Come share, learn, build our community of influence and advance sustainable practices that can make business a force for good.  Agenda outline below.  To co-sponsor or suggest speakers please contact: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Pre-Summit:  Noon-2 p.m Biodiversity Plunge (Green Space TBD) – Led by Dr. Andrea Claussen, NAA Germany (Free in person)

Summit – Station F, Central Room, 5, Parvis Alan Turning, Paris (Live & Virtual Registration)

  • 3-5 p.m. Fireside Chat by Katell Le Goulven (Hoffman Institute) with Sustainability VIP (TBD)Expert Sessions on:
  • Cracking Scope 3:  Lightning Talks & Table Topics: Alumni Experts
  • AI & Sustainable Value Chains:  Moderator,  Prof. Theo Evgeniou + Alumni Experts
  • 5-6 p.m.  2024 Community Impact Challenge (CIC) Launch – Measuring Your Carbon Footprint: Moderator,  CIC + INSEAD Climate Journey Team


Networking Cocktail: 6-7 p.m. Central Room 

Central Room Station F Start-Up Incubator, Paris


Signed, the 2024-2026 INDEVOR Global Club Executive Committee

Katie Smith Milway – President/Comms (MBA 93D, NAA US)
Ebru Carter – Secretary  (EMBA 2018, NAA Luxembourg)
Ashish Agarwal – Treasurer (MBA 06D, NAA Hong Kong)
Kiku Loomis – Learning/Webinars (MBA 93D, NAA US)
Joanne Schante – Student liaison  (MBA 13D, NAA France)
Hans Reus – Climate journey liaison  (MBA 90D, NAA Netherlands)
Paolo Senes, CIC president & liaison (MBA 01D, NAA Belgium)
Patricia Sennequier  NAA/GC Co-Liaison (MBA 04J – Senegal)
Jinna Li –NAA/GC Co-Liaison (MBA 19J NAA Netherlands)

Core Volunteers
Christian Ledoux (MBA 93D, NAA France – NAA/GC liaison and annual summit support)
Ram Chaitanya (MBA 16D, NAA India – INDEVOR WhatsApp Group Manager)

Webinar: ESG x Governance: The Materiality of Board Leadership

ESG x Governance: The Materiality of Board Leadership
Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 – 3 PM CEST | 9 AM ET | 9 PM SGT Duration: 60 min.



Boards of Directors are the ultimate responsible of a company’s actions. The latest surge of legislation – notably in the EU but not only – makes this tangible. And yet: What exactly are the roles of boards in this context? What skills do they need? How can they successfully steer a company through this increasingly complex topic while doing what they are expected to do: Preserve the company’s value long-term?

In this webinar we will address these aspects and fathom the role boards of directors must play, and how they can do so successfully.


Ludo van der Heyden – INSEAD Chaired Professor Emeritus in Corporate Governance.


Ludo has been Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD since 1988, the INSEAD Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance since October 2010, and the INSEAD Chaired Professor Emeritus in Corporate Governance since September 2018. He was the founding Academic Director of INSEAD’s Corporate Governance Center, where he co-founded a number of programs: International Directors Program, the Modern Governance in Banking, Value Creation for Owners and Directors, and Advanced Strategy for Directors. He was the first holder of the Wendel Chair for the Large Family Enterprise, which transformed into the Wendel International Centre for the Family Enterprise. He co-authored the book Value Creation for Owners and Directors, with Massimo Massa and Kai Taraporevala (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023).
He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz of Ukraine and is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Seisquare, a software company for estimating natural resource reserves. He was a member of the Board of Bencis Capital Partners and is a co-founder of the Association des Plantes Aromatiques et Médicinales, which is an NGO supporting the restart of essential oils production in Milly-la-Forêt (near Fontainebleau).


Jessica Cheam – Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Business.


Jessica is the Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Business, Asia Pacific’s leading independent media and business intelligence organisation dedicated to sustainable development. She is recognised as a sustainability pioneer with two decades of experience in media, sustainable development and ESG issues globally.
She serves as an independent, non-executive director for Singapore-listed Wilmar International, Asia’s leading agribusiness group, and ComfortDelGro, one of the world’s largest land transport companies. She chairs ComfortDelGro’s Board Sustainability Committee, and is a member of its Audit & Risk; and Digitalisation Committees.


Kiku Loomis – INSEAD MBA’93D, Sustainability Strategy Consultant.


Kiku has over 20 years’ experience in the field of business and sustainability both nonprofit and for profit settings. As a sustainability strategy consultant at Futerra, a UK based sustainability communications and branding firm, Kiku has helped numerous global Fortune 500 companies to strengthen their sustainability programs, mitigate risk, and drive positive impact. Prior to joining Futerra, she served at the Rainforest Alliance as the Director overseeing traceability, claims and the well-known Frog Seal found on thousands of products containing Rainforest Alliance certified coffee, cocoa, tea, and other sustainably grown agricultural products. She also served as a Director of Integration following the merger of Rainforest Alliance and Utz Certified, overseeing its transformation into one of the world’s largest certification organizations. Prior to that, Kiku led the human rights supply chain sustainability program at PVH – the owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger – overseeing more than 1000 factories globally. In 2000 she co-founded World Monitors, a consulting firm specializing in the emerging field of business and human rights. There she worked with apparel and footwear firms to strengthen stakeholder relationships and raise awareness of the importance of human rights in business worldwide. At World Monitors she also helped to launch and lead the Fair Factories Clearinghouse, a tech based platform to help brands and retailers collaborate to improve factory conditions which sold to Worldly in 2023.


Frederik Otto – Founder and Executive Director of The Sustainability Board (TSB).


Frederik Otto is the founder and executive director of The Sustainability Board (TSB), an independent think tank that aims to advance sustainable practices in leadership and governance.
Frederik has been a leader in consulting multinational companies on organisation and human capital strategy for over 15 years, with a recent focus on sustainability and ESG. Since 2019, in partnership with a contributor network of board directors, chairs, advisors, and academics, Frederik and team have undertaken extensive research on businesses’ and boards’ actions on sustainability strategy and governance.
Besides running TSB, Frederik is also the Advisory Lead and Head of Client ESG for a Global Fortune 500 company that is the world’s leading provider of human capital solutions.
Frederik hosts the ‘Leadership Conversations by TSB’ podcast, where he interviews movers and shakers in sustainable leadership. He is also a member of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism and a fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.
He has written articles for several leadership and governance resources such as Board Agenda, Ethical Boardroom, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, and more.


Moderated by: Dr. Pamela Ravasio – Founder and managing director @Shirahime Advisory.


Dr. Pamela Ravasio is the founder and managing director of Shirahime Advisory, a Corporate Responsibility Governance boutique consultancy. She serves as fractional Chief Sustainability Officer for companies and advises boards on ESG and governance. With a background in roles like Global Stakeholder Manager, she played a key role in making the European outdoor industry a leader in future-proofing.
She currently sits on the boards of Polygiene AB and INSEAD’s International Directors Network.


Organized by the INSEAD International Directors Network (IDN) and the INSEAD INDEVOR Global Club.
Co-sponsored by: INSEAD Women in Business Global Club, INSEAD NAA Switzerland and INSEAD NAA USA



The registrations are screened. Please submit your registration by Apr 9th to receive the access link.