The Role of Asset Managers in Creating Sustainable Growth

The Role of Asset Managers in Creating Sustainable Growth
Wednesday 24 April, 18:30 for 19:00

Asset managers play a crucial role in promoting sustainable growth by influencing investment decisions, corporate behaviour, and market practices. Sustainable growth is a long-term approach that seeks to balance economic, social, and environmental considerations.

We will cover the following questions amongst others:

• How do asset managers integrate ESG factors in their investment decision making?
• What are the specific challenges when addressing impact investing?
• Does your company have an ESG stewardship code?
• How do innovation and collaboration support sustainable growth?

Jon Coker is one of the Founding Partners of Eka Ventures. Eka is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology companies building a healthy, inclusive and sustainable economy. At Eka Jon led investments in Hived, Hylo, UseAgain, OXcan, Runna, Isla & Axle. Prior to this, Jon spent 11 years at MMC Ventures, ultimately as one of the two Managing Partners. At MMC he led investments in 16 companies including Interactive Investor (1bn) Gousto (1bn), Bloom&Wild (500m), Mubi, Cloudsense, Peak and Total Mobile. Jon has an Engineering degree and technology has been a constant thread in his education and career.

James Pitt (MBA 94D) is a Partner of Lexington Partners, one of the world’s largest managers of private equity secondary and co-investment funds, where he is responsible for the firm’s international direct investments. He has worked in the private equity sector since 2000, prior to which he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London and New York, and a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little. Previously, he served as a warfare and ship’s diving officer in the Royal Navy from 1984-89.

Daniella Woolf is the founder of Danesmead ESG which works with investment managers globally, implementing ESG and responsible investment practices, and aligning with regulations and industry standards. Danesmead ESG specialises in alternative investment strategies including long/short equity and credit, structured credit, infrastructure, and private equity and debt. Previously, Daniella worked at Arrowgrass Capital, where she was a member of the Investor Relations team focusing on ODD and ESG.

Rekha Toora (MBA 11D) is Senior Vice President, EMEA Hotels Capital Markets, part of the JLL European hotels and capital markets team focusing on advising investors on hospitality transactions Europe-wide, with a focus on the UK. Passionate about sustainability, particularly the built environment and green finance, Rekha is a regular panellist and speaker on sustainability in real estate and hotel capital markets. She is a member of the global sustainability committee at JLL and Chair of the Capital Markets Committee of the Energy and Environment Alliance, a hospitality-focused not-for-profit organisation.

Moderator: Gaby Glasener-Cipollone (MBA 93D)

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Record. available! ESG x Governance: Materiality of Leadership


Our April 10th webinar, co-hosted by INSEAD IDN and INDEVOR, explored how ESG factors intertwine with corporate governance. Led by Dr. Pamela Ravasio, it featured INSEAD professor emeritus Ludo VAN DER HEYDEN, Singapore ESG expert Jessica Cheam, US expert Kiku Loomis, and board consultant Frederik Otto. They emphasized the urgent need for boards to embrace sustainability issues summed up in Otto’s CHANGE framework for boards (Climate, Human Rights, AI, Nature, Geopolitics and Equality) Discussions pointed out the challenges of imbuing (vs. siloing) these priorities and shifting boards’s focus from 20th C shareholder value creation to 21st C stakeholder value creation. The latter necessarily includes communities affected by a given business and calls for public-private collaboration to address externalities captured in CHANGE. Please find attached 4 relevant articles that have been hand picked by the speakers:

INSEAD Alumni Business & Sustainability Summit 2024


Please join us for INSEAD Alumni Business & Sustainability Summit: Accelerating Our Race to Net Zero, May 30th at Station F in Paris, in collaboration with multiple INSEAD Alumni Global Clubs and National Alumni Associations.

This will be an unprecedented gathering of alumni expertise in sustainability with a goal of informing a change agenda for our work and lives. INSEAD faculty, staff and alumni experts will seed our thinking, and we all will participate in discussions to apply insights to our own climate journeys.



Date: May 30, 2024, 3:00-7:00 p.m. CET

Venue: Hybrid/Station F, 5 Parvis Alan Turing Paris 75013

Attendees: Limit: 100 in person; 200 virtual




Noon -2 p.m.: Biodiversity Plunge near Station F (Green space tbd) led by Dr. Andrea Claussen, Founder, I Am Wilderness GmBH



3-3:30 p.m.: How Companies Can Accelerate Decarbonization – Fireside Chat
Interviewer: Prof. Theos Evgeniou, INSEAD Professor of Decision Sciences and Technology Management with Côme Perpère,MBA’11J, Chief Sustainability Officer, Microsoft France.


3:35 – 4:20 p.m.: Cracking Scope 3 – Lightning Talks and Table Discussions

Moderator: Attila Cselotei , INSEAD Chief Operating Officer
Alumni Experts

  • Shipping: Pernille Dahlgaard, NAA Denmark, GEMBA’14, Entrepreneur in Residence.
    Chief Officer Government, Business & Analytics, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.
  • Construction: Dr. Andrea Claussen, NAA Germany, EMCC’12, Supervisory Board, Hering International, systematised construction solutions.
  • Air Travel: Philippe Lacamp, INSEAD Finance for Executives 2016, CEO of SkyNRG.


4:30 – 5:15 p.m.: AI & Sustainable Value Chains – Expert Panel
Moderator: Prof. Theos Evgeniou, INSEAD Professor of Decision Sciences and Technology Management
Alumni Experts:


5:20– 6 p.m.: 2024 Launch of Community Impact Challenge: Measuring Your Carbon Footprint.
All participate.


6-7 p.m.: Cocktail and Canapes with Dean Mark Stabile, Dean of Degree Programs and Europe Campus.


Registration Fees:
Non-NAA member in person: EUR 75

NAA member in person: EUR 50

Virtual attendance: EUR 15



INDEVOR, Community Impact Challenge and the Hoffmann Institute



TechAlumni Club, International Women in Business ClubEnergy Club, International Directors network Club, the USA National Alumni Association, France National Alumni Association, The Netherlands National Alumni Association and UK National Alumni Association.



Loyal VC

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.

Dispatches from Dubai – COP28

Dispatches from Dubai

COP28 is underway in Dubai. Got FOMO like me? Well don’t worry! INDEVOR has 2 special envoys to the summit who will be keeping us up to date on the goings on from their perspective. Megan Pillsbury, and Ram Chaitanya, will be sharing their learnings and observations straight from the conference right here. Stay tuned on this channel for their Dispatches from Dubai.

P.S.: Have you checked our new YouTube Channel? 


Webinar: Investment and Action to Address Global Food Crisis

Investment and Action to Address Global Food Crisis

An Expert Panel Discussion post-Global INSEAD Day on the Food Crisis and Engineered & Nature-Based Solutions

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023 3 PM CET | 9 PM ET Duration: 1 hr

Once you register for the event, double-check if the time is set right on your calendar.

In this webinar, we’ll hear from INSEAD alumni across three decades who are working to address our climate-driven global food crisis from an investment perspective, straddling stockholding, carbon credits, and newer biodiversity credits.

The event is co-sponsored by INSEAD Global INDEVOR ClubINSEAD Global Energy ClubINSEAD Alumni Association Australia & New ZealandINSEAD Alumni Association CanadaINSEAD Alumni Association United Arab EmiratesINSEAD Alumni Association USA and the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society.




Robin Millington (MBA ’87). Robin brings extensive experience of working on global issues requiring transformative change across the climate, land use and food sectors before helping found Planet Tracker in 2018. She has wide senior management experience in philanthropy and industry, having worked for many years with the European Climate Foundation and headed organisations including the Centre for European Policy Studies and Wetlands International. Robin currently sits on the Capitals Coalition Board as well as numerous advisory groups within the Natural Capital and ESG space.


James Stewart (MBA ’11). James is CEO of Always Carbon, which delivers projects for biomass processors to turn their waste biomass costs into highly useful biochar, and deliver new additional revenue from permanent carbon removal credit sales. We help partners by delivering profitable projects that safely lock CO2 out of the air permanently at large scale, by turning waste plants into a solid form of charcoal. Projects deliver new revenue for agriprocessors by issuing high-value carbon credits. The biochar we make is a highly useful resource for regenerative agriculture and is used to boost farm productivity/profits.

James is a UK Chartered Mechanical Engineer (C.Eng., MIMechE), holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MEng (Manufacturing Engineering) and MA (Cantab) Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is an angel investor, an investor in two VC funds, an active advisor to tech/startup companies, and part-time venture partner for the INSEAD-aligned global fund Loyal VC. James held senior roles in scaleup tech companies and corporate innovation, was a strategy consultant at BCG (Boston Consulting Group). Originally from the UK, James is now an Australian, lives in Sydney and is an active surf lifesaver patrolling Bondi Beach.


Philippe Dongier (MBA ’93). Philippe is Executive Director of CECI since 2021. CECI is an international NGO working for women’s climate resilience and economic empowerment in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

After graduating from INSEAD in 1994, Philippe worked 5 years at McKinsey & Co and later played leadership roles in sustainable development at The World Bank (1998-2016) and at General Electric (GE) (2016 to 2021).

At GE, Philippe was global managing director for Government Affairs and Policy (2016-2021). He was based in Nairobi and led sustainable development investments and programs across the world in renewable energy and sustainable healthcare.

At the World Bank, Philippe was regional director for infrastructure and regional integration in the South Asia region (2015-2016), Country Director for Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi (2012-2015), and global sector manager for telecom policy and digital development (2006-2012). He earlier led a reorganization initiative for World Bank operations (2004-2005) and led World Bank support to Afghanistan reconstruction (2001-2004).


Maria Fedorova. Maria Fedorova has over 15 years of professional experience in culture and higher education, with over a decade spent in international roles across diverse environments.

In her recent position at INSEAD Hoffmann Institute, Maria has been working on fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships to address UN Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at uniting stakeholders to contribute to solving social and environmental challenges. She has orchestrated partnerships focused on advancing SDGs in business education while effectively identifying suitable channels for content promotion. Her work includes organising a high-profile panels at COP26, SDG Tent within the WEF-affiliated program at Davos, institutional partnership with United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) and United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), institutional partnership with social impact summit ChangeNOW, and Les Echos. For the past three years she has been the project manager of the school’s GHG Emissions Reduction Project.

Outside her professional responsibilities, Maria actively contributes to volunteer work across diverse domains, including supporting orphanage houses in Russia, participating in academic and social impact conferences, UNESCO, NGOs in Ukraine.

She lives in Fontainebleau with her family, loves sports climbing, bouldering, yoga, contemporary art and spending time in the forest.




Katie Smith Milway (MBA ’93), principal of MilwayPLUS social impact advisors and the president of the Global INDEVOR Club will moderate the panel and audience questions.

Global INDEVOR – Annual General Meeting [Jun 10]

Hello INDEVOR Alumni!

We will be holding the INDEVOR alumni global club Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 10th, from 5 to 6:30 PM, CET.

(NYC – 11 AM / London – 4 PM / Paris – 5 PM / Singapore – 11 PM)

We hope you can join us!

Please register for the virtual meeting by Wednesday, June 7th so that we can send you a Zoom invite and the background documents.

The event is EXCLUSIVE TO MEMBERS of the Global INDEVOR Club. If you want to join the Club, please sign up through your MyINSEAD profile.

MyINSEAD > my profile > email subscriptions preferences > sign up for the Global INDEVOR mailer.




Meeting Agenda:

1. Meet the 2023 INDEVOR Executive Committee and ratify appointees since the last AGM (in orange).

2. Discuss the nomination and election process to fill three ExCo positions that will become vacant in 2024.

3. Review finances & membership and brainstorm how we can best collaborate with and promote sustainability events at other clubs.

4. Review and discuss 2023/24 activities and the 2nd annual Sustainable Biz Summit.

5. Review and discuss organizational partnerships, including CIC partnership and student club partnership.

If you are unable to join the meeting, we welcome you to email [email protected] with your thoughts and suggestions. We look forward to seeing all who can attend.

Kind regards,

Your INDEVOR Alumni Club Executive Committee,

Katie Smith Milway, MBA’93D. President

Carla Belitardo, MBA’07D. Vice-President / Communications
Ebru Carter, EMBA’18Dec. Secretary
Ashish Agarwal, MBA’06D. Treasurer
Arnaud Bertrand, EMBA’18Dec. CIC Liaison
Philippe Dongier, MBA’93D. NAA Liaison
Joanne Schanté, MBA’13D. Student Liaison
Jai Karia, EMBA’18Dec.
Cintia Tavella, MBA’07D.

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Sustainable Business Summit – Recording now available!

Dear INDEVORites – For those who made our inaugural sustainability summit last week, thank you for your engagement, terrific questions and commitment to climate action.  For those unable to make it, please find recordings and passwords at links below -and feel free to share broadly.  

The first recording captures Ravenous author Henry Dimbly’s session on “Rethinking Food” on the path to Net Zero (get the book – it’s outstanding), as well as a video and short talk by leaders of INSEAD alumni Community Impact Challenge, who have created a platform  as part of their Start Now challenge, which each of us can join to track our progress decarbonising and share ideas with others. 

The second session, in partnership with The Global Energy Club, is on Rethinking Energy, featuring Julian Critchlow, who was UK’s net zero czar and Tom Delay, CEO of The Carbon Trust.  In all cases we heard that the majority of change needed rests in the hands of individuals and the way we choose to eat, heat, move about, invest our savings and more.  Let’s START NOW to make those changes.   – INSEAD Alumni’s INDEVOR Global Impact Network


Fueling Our Future: Rethinking Food

Fueling our Future: Rethinking Energy


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INDEVOR + CIC Sustainable Business Summit [Mar 23]@hybrid

Please join the summit on Fueling our Future: Rethinking Food and Energy in conjunction with the INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe


This hybrid, interactive convening will take place on March 23rd, 2-5 p.m. at 40 Strand, London, and feature overviews, expert talks, and networking around the sustainable future of food and energy production and delivery. All are welcome as learners, idea contributors, and solution co-creators

Sponsored by INDEVOR Global Impact Club, the Energy Club, and the Community Impact Challenge and hosted by Bain & Company, the event marks the 30th anniversary of INSEAD’s INDEVOR Global Impact Club and the 3rd anniversary of the Community Impact Challenge.



Rethinking Energy Fireside Chat:
Julian Critchlow: Former UK Dir. General Energy Transformation & Clean Growth, U.K. Government. Energy Carbon & Transition Center, Bain & Company.

Tom Delay: CEO, UK Carbon Trust


Rethinking Food Fireside Chat:

Henry Dimbleby: Author of Ravenous: How to Get Ourselves and Our Planet Into Shape, co-founder of Leon restaurants and director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Katell le Goulven: PhD Agricultural Economics,  Executive Dir. of INSEAD’s Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society.



Henry Dimbleby

UK author of The National Food Strategy, The School Food Plan and Ravenous: How to Get Ourselves and Our Planet Into Shape, co-founded the Leon restaurant chain. He is also co-founder and Director of The Sustainable Restaurant Association and of London Union, which runs some of London’s most successful street food markets. He was appointed lead non-executive board member of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in March 2018.

Henry previously worked as a Strategy Consultant at Bain & Company (1995-2002) where he advised businesses on strategy, performance improvement and organizational design.

Julian Critchlow
Julian is an advising partner at Bain & Company’s Energy and Carbon Transition Center and the former head of the firm’s global Utilities and Alternative Energy practices. He served as the UK Government Director General of Energy Transformation and Clean Growth, leading cross-government action to deliver Net Zero domestically and internationally, including integrated and inclusive governance for climate action. His commitment to clean propulsion extends to swimming the English Channel – four times so far.

Katell le Goulven
Katell is the Executive Director of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society. Previously with UNICEF, she founded a Policy Planning unit to analyze global trends and emerging issues and inform UNICEF’s strategic positioning, and led UNICEF’s corporate engagement with International Financial Institutions. Katell holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics, an MS in Tropical Agronomy, and an Engineering degree. She recently moderated food industry discussions at Davos.

Tom Delay
Tom is CEO of the UK Carbon Trust, a world leader in advising businesses and governments on Net Zero and developing low-carbon technologies, markets, and businesses. He has taken the company’s unique capabilities to China, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa, extending its mission to accelerate decarbonization. Prior to Carbon Trust, Tom worked for Shell for 16 years in commercial and operations roles in Africa and Europe before moving into management consultancy with McKinsey and A.T. Kearney. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southampton and has an MBA from INSEAD. In 2018, he was awarded a CBE by the Queen for services to sustainability in business.


Date / Time:
March 23, 2023

2 PM – GMT

Hybrid event
Online attendance:
The link will be distributed closer to the event date.

In-person attendance:
Bain & Company
40 StrandLondon, England,

Limited spots available!



Riding the energy transition webinar – Recording now available

Dear webinar panelists and registrants,

Thank you for your interest in  “Riding the energy transition.”  We were grateful to an interested audience and panelists for sharing their valuable knowledge.

Please find the conversation recording at this link, and feel free to share it.  Please also consider registering for the INSEAD Global Impact Network (INDEVOR) at, subscribing under “Global Alumni Clubs,”  and joining our LinkedIn group here: to receive alerts for future webinars related to social and environmental impact.

Yours sincerely,  INDEVOR – INSEAD Global Impact Network, thanks to co-sponsor INSEAD Women in Business Global Club.