Riding the energy transition Webinar – 13th June, 2022

 

Riding the energy transition – separating the truly sustainable projects and investments from greenwashing and waste

 

There are trillions of dollars chasing ESG investments and virtually every company is portraying itself as sustainable. However, when applying unbiased natural sciences, it becomes clear that, despite good intentions, some approaches are merely a wasteful draw on our planet’s precious limited resources, whereas others are more sustainable than they might initially appear.   

The questions we will address in this panel discussion:

  • How useful is the ESG framework to pick truly sustainable investment projects? 
  • What is a measurable way to help to cut through this?
  • What are examples where this approach leads to radically different insights?

How would you embed this type of thinking in a practical way to day-to-day investment decision-making within companies to make themselves more sustainable over time?

Join us for this 1-hour panel talk full of insights from three seasoned leaders from the financial investment industry and large corporations to learn how to cut through the hype. 

 

Register HERE


Moderator:

Gaby Glasener Cipollone (MBA 93D) 

Gaby Glasener-Cipollone is a business transformation consultant and independent board advisor. Gaby is working with the INSEAD Community Impact Challenge to support the United Nations’ Climate Change’s ‘Race To Zero’ (RTZ) campaign, through which she has advised numerous organizations on becoming carbon neutral.

Gaby has worked for more than 20 years in business and digital transformation, having led multiple initiatives at Fortune 500 financial services companies, Big 4 consulting and PE firms. Gaby is also an entrepreneur, having owned and led digital start-ups from inception to exit.

Gaby is passionate about supporting businesses and expanding their horizons to tackle digital growth and promote sustainability/climate issues and societal impact. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Ph.D. with summa cum laude in Neurobiology from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Panelists:

Chris McNally

Chris McNally is a Senior Managing Director for Evercore ISI and leads coverage of Global Automotive & Mobility equity research out of their London office. 

Prior to joining Evercore in 2015, Chris gained more than two decades of global buy-side experience covering Industrials/Autos for buy-side firms such as SAC Capital, RWC Partners, Occitan Capital & Karsch Capital. Chris’s early-stage AutoTech research has played a pivotal role in the expansion of Evercore ISI’s global automotive research coverage into the new worlds of Electrification (Charging, Hydrogen), ADAS/Autonomous & Shared Mobility (Uber/Lyft co-coverage).

He earned a B.S in Business from Cornell University, an M.B.A in Finance from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and most recently joined the Advisory Board of the BioPhysical ECOnomics Institute in early 2022.

 

Patrick Kent:

Patrick Kent is the lead portfolio manager for the US Opportunistic Equity strategies and head of the Small-Mid Cap Equity Research team at Newton Investment Management group. 

Prior to Newton, Patrick was a portfolio manager at Wellington where he developed and co-managed the firm’s global impact investing strategy, which paired top-down thematic research with bottom-up stock selection and focused on positive social and environmental impact. 

 

Jan-Pieter Oosterom (executive program M&A ‘09):

Jan-Pieter Oosterom (JP) is president of the Biophysical Economics Institute, a non-profit that seeks to enhance economic decision-making using natural science (www.bpeinstitute.org). He is also a board advisor for energy companies going through corporate transformations. He has 18 years of experience at Royal Dutch Shell plc in executive roles across its businesses in Europe, Asia and North America. 

JP is passionate about finding ways to accelerate sustainable transformation at large corporations and about enhancing investment decision-making to better navigate the energy transition. 

JP has extensive experience in corporate transformations and corporate investment decision-making through roles as finance director on executive leadership teams, transformation leader, head of planning and reporting, and senior manager of Mergers & Acquisitions. He is also a Fellow with CPA.

 

Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine Webinar – Recording now available

Dear webinar panelists and registrants,

  • Thank you for your interest in  “Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine: Challenges and Breakthroughs.”  We were grateful for an audience full of expertise in both relief work and the region, and for panelists able to reveal the complexity of the crisis and its knock-on effects to global transportation and food security.  The message was clear and unanimous from panelists, that we best help out from work and home by sending unrestricted $ to relief organizations we trust that have skilled, Ukrainian-speaking, personnel on the ground and an ability to move $ to related crises as needs shift.

Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine: Challenges and Breakthroughs Webinar

 

More than four million Ukrainians have fled the scourge of war to take refuge in neighboring countries since Russia’s invasion February 24th, and two-thirds of Ukraine’s children have been displaced, according to UNICEF officials.  Sadly, Ukraine’s is the fastest growing refugee crisis in recent history.  INSEAD faculty, alumni and NGO friends are close to and involved in humanitarian response.  Join our webinar April 25th at 11 am EDT/ 5 pm CEST / 11 pm SGT to learn about “Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine: Challenges and Breakthroughs” and best ways to help as individuals.  Sponsored by INSEAD’s Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, INDEVOR Global Alumni and Global INSEAD Women in Business clubs.

 

Register HERE

 

N.B.  This event follows April 21st INSEAD Careers Zoom: “Support Ukrainians in Finding Jobs,  9 -10 am CDT, to form a coalition of employers 

 

Moderator:  Katell Le Goulven, Executive Director, Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society (and former UNICEF official)


Panelists: 


Professor Luk Van Wassenhove, head of INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group

CEO Jocelyn Wyatt, Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee) and trustee of airbnb.org

Jean-Cedric Meeus, Chief of Global Transport, UNICEF


Katell Le Goulven:

Katell Le Goulven joined INSEAD in April 2018 as the Executive Director of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society. Previously with UNICEF, she founded a Policy Planning unit to analyse global trends and emerging issues and inform UNICEF’s strategic positioning, and led UNICEF’s corporate engagement with International Financial Institutions.

 

Katell has held senior positions with high-level commissions that defined the policy implications of the data revolution, climate change, and global public goods for the development agenda. She has 19 years of professional experience at the interface of research and decision-making designing policies and strategies, and advising senior executives in international organizations and governments.

 

Katell holds a PhD in agricultural economics, a Msc. in tropical agronomy, and an engineering degree.


Dr. Luk Van Wassenhove:

Professor Van Wassenhove currently focuses on aligning business models and new technologies with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, e.g. closed-loop supply chains, circular economy, and disaster and health logistics. He recently co-edited special issues on humanitarian operations for the Journal of Operations Management, the Production and Operations Management Journal and the European Journal of Operational Research.

Professor Van Wassenhove is Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS 2005). In 2006, he received EURO’s Gold Medal. He is Distinguished Fellow of the Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Society (MSOM 2009), and Honorary Fellow of the European Operations Management Association (EUROMA 2013). In 2018 he was elected Fellow of INFORMS and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Thessaloniki.

At INSEAD Emeritus Professor Van Wassenhove holds the Henry Ford Chair in Manufacturing, as emeritus. He created the INSEAD Social Innovation Center and acted as academic director until 2010. He currently leads INSEAD’s Humanitarian Research Group and its Sustainable Operations Initiative.


Jocelyn Wyatt

Jocelyn Wyatt is a social innovation thought leader and an entrepreneurial executive with more than 20 years of experience. In her role as CEO, Jocelyn leads Alight’s 3,000-person team across 19 countries. She spends her time developing the vision and strategy and overseeing the implementation of Alight’s programs to serve displaced communities around the world. 

 

She works closely with Alight’s Board of Directors, partners, affiliates, and donors and oversees a $65 million annual operating budget. Prior to Alight, Jocelyn was the co-founder and CEO of IDEO.org, a nonprofit design studio with a mission to design a more just and inclusive world. Jocelyn grew IDEO.org to become a 75-person, global organization with studios in Nairobi, New York, and San Francisco.  She has served on the boards of organizations such as Airbnb.org and Marketplace.


Jean-Cedric Meeus, Chief of Global Transport, UNICEF

Jean-Cedric Meeus’s work since 2001 has focused on improving UNICEF supply chains. He is currently Chief of Global Transport at UNICEF Supply Division based in Copenhagen and covering offshore and inland transport. Since 2001, Jean-Cedric has held different supply chain roles with UNICEF, based in Mozambique, HQ New York City  (Supply Emergency Response Officer), HQ Copenhagen (Chief Emergency Supply Manager), Dakar Regional office (RO) of Western and Central Africa (RO Supply Chain manager).

 

Prior to UNICEF, Jean-Cedric worked as a supply and program technical specialist with Medècins Sans Frontière over nine years in different countries. He has led and managed emergency operations and supply chain teams in a wide range of global humanitarian crises and development programs over the past three decades. He strives to improve delivery of humanitarian aid by influencing and implementing practical, innovative changes. Through Jean-Cedric’s different positions he managed supply of pharmaceuticals, immunization, health, education and WASH commodities to participants in UNICEF and government programs.

Webinar – Radical Corporate Sustainability [30th Nov]

Sustainability, no longer a marketing hype but an integral part of every major business and industry, supported by metrics, new ESG standards and the UN Sustainability Goals. A lot of initiatives, investments and innovative actions are being taken by both smaller and larger enterprises. However, driving so called “radical sustainability” across multiple dimensions and getting the results is a much more difficult task, especially when it comes down to the actions taken and communication towards your customers and suppliers.

Join industry experts Cope Willis and Bill Weil for their insights and thoughts on how to drive true sustainability across domains and dimensions and what this really means for organizations and their customers in terms of profits loss and how to navigate through this fairly new and unknown field with confidence. Under the guidance of prof. Craig Smith, INSEAD Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility, who has done extensive research on this topic resulting in numerous case studies, they will deep dive and discuss the bottlenecks, pitfalls and opportunities for driving radical sustainability in your organization.  Sven Fischer, founder of INDEVOR’s US Alumni Club will introduce the panel, and INSEAD Women In Business (WiB) Global Club co-president Liana Slater will moderate questions.

 

Liana Slater, co-president, INSEAD Women in Business Global Club

Sven Fischer, founder, INDEVOR Alumni U.S. Club

 

About the speakers:

Cope Willis is Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Solutions at Harsco Corporation and has over 17 years experience in sustainability, business strategy and operations. He is leading the global sustainability and environmental program for Harsco Corporation, a global leader in environmental solutions operating in more than 30 countries. Before his current role, Cope worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) advising Fortune 500 companies on how to leverage sustainability to minimize operating costs, mitigate risks, increase revenue and enhance reputations. His clients have included some of the world leaders in financial services, industrial products, energy, healthcare and consumer goods industries.

Bill Weil is focused on catalyzing market-based solutions to climate change. His experience spans Private Equity investing and working with major multinational corporations on renewable energy, recycling and energy efficiency. He has served as an active director on more than a dozen boards, led teams of investment professionals, worked on operational turnarounds and been directly responsible for hundreds of million of dollars invested to date. Amongst others, he has served as lead funder for the Climate Action 100+ initiative to bring together companies and investors to drive investment in and reporting on climate reduction initiatives.

Moderator:

Professor N. Craig Smith has been on the INSEAD faculty for the past ten years as the INSEAD Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is also the Academic Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics Research Group in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, with a focus on Radical Sustainability. Prof. Smith’s research is at the intersection of business and society, encompassing business/marketing ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability strategies. He is the author, coauthor or coeditor of seven books and numerous academic articles in journals such as, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review, a regular public speaker, and serves on the Scientific Committee of Vigeo, the corporate social responsibility rating agency.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9pnBWSabSOym85V93OsUXg#the-main-content

Make an Impact! Eliminating Gender & Racial Bias in The World.

Make an Impact! Eliminating Gender & Racial Bias In The World.

Empowering Change Through Education.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 27th October, 9AM ET / 3PM CEST / 9PM SGT

Leslee Udwin is one of the most extraordinary people some of us have had the privilege of meeting and this is your chance to meet her too!

Join us for this global INSEAD Alumni event, co-created by INDEVOR (INSEAD Global Impact) ClubUSA INSEAD Alumni Association, INSEAD Women in Business Global Club and the ThinkEqual organization.

The making of the BBC documentary film India’s Daughter, based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh on a moving bus in Delhi, changed Leslee’s life dramatically. Making the documentary brought her face to face with Jyoti’s rapist-killers, the police, lawyers, members of the legislature and government, and the murdered rape victim’s her parents. Her experience of the ubiquitous and entrenched gender bias against women and girls shook her. The exposé was banned and never released in India and saw her unable to re-enter the country.

This month we’re bringing this exciting conversation and opportunity for the INSEAD Alumni community, to learn more about this global issue, get involved in a global movement to end discriminatory mindset and make an impact! Sign up for the event today and join the conversation! Come prepared for an interactive and eye opening session!  

For more information and to register, click here

Panel – Measurement is not a proxy for progress [6th July, 2021]

Tuesday July 6th 2021 – 17:00 – 18:00 CEST

Register here

“The impact of the measurement and reporting movement has been oversold. During this same 20-year period of increased reporting and sustainable investing, carbon emissions have continued to rise, and environmental damage has accelerated. Social inequity, too, is increasing. It turns out that reporting is not a proxy for progress.”

So argues Kenneth P Pucker, former COO at Timberland in a Harvard Business Review article.

In this online event organised in collaboration with the Radix Centre for Business, Politics and Society, Ken will share his views on the state of play and what might be needed for real ‘progress’ to happen. We will explore whether pressure from the investor community provides a credible route to change in a low return environment. Does public policy need to go further and is there any evidence that there is any appetite for that at the European level?

Panel

Kenneth P. Pucker is a senior lecturer at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a lecturer at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He is an advisory director at Berkshire Partners and was formerly the chief operating officer of Timberland.

Joanne Kellermann is the chair of Pension Fund Zorg & Welzijn, the pension fund for the care and welfare sectors of The Netherlands. She currently also chairs the board of supervisory directors of NWB Bank NV, the board of the University of Utrecht and Aflatoun International, an NGO that empowers 10 million children annually worldwide through social and financial education.

Willem Vriesendorp is the founder of Brussels-based #SustainablePublicAffairs, the first Public Affairs firm to only take on cases that have a positive impact on the environment. Qualified as a lawyer he moved into public affairs, specialising in competition and environmental issues. Previously, Willem was a partner with FIPRA International as co-head of the competition practice and head of the environment practice.

Moderator

Fritz Lietsch is the founder of the sustainability portal www.forum-csr.net. As editor-in-chief of the decisionmaking magazine “Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften” he is a co-designer of the transformation of economy and society. Fritz Lietsch is author of numerous books and magazine contributions, moderator and speaker in matters, CSR, shaping the future and sustainability. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious B.A.U.M. Environmental Prize.

Impact Investing panel: webinar recording now available

Impact Investing: Getting to Sustainability & Getting Involved

Thanks to everyone for joining INDEVOR’s webinar on April 21st with Sir Graham Wrigley (MBA’89), chair of CDC group; Jasjit Singh, INSEAD chaired professor of sustainable development; and Emilie Abrams (MBA’21), president of INSEAD student impact investing club.

We had a rich conversation about the evolution of the field of impact investing and how to get involved in it, with Q&A from the audience on topics ranging broadly, from measuring social and environmental returns to career development. For those of you who were unable to join us, please find a recording of the event here and feel free to share on social media.

If you enjoyed the event, please do follow the INDEVOR Student and Alumni LinkedIn pages as well as our Twitter page (@INDEVORtweets) to stay tuned for all future events

Keep well,

Katie Smith Milway (MBA’93),

INDEVOR alumni committee

Impact Investing: Getting to Sustainability and Getting Involved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us by registering here for a webinar panel and discussion April 21st, at 12:30 p.m. CET / 6:30 p.m. SGT, on impact investing as a field and a career, featuring:

Sir Graham Wrigley, Chairman of the Board of CDC Group, a world leader in impact investing

Jasjit Singh, INSEAD strategy professor and global thought leader on social impact

Emilie Abrams, President of INSEAD’s Student Impact Investing Club

Co-moderated by Philippe Dongier, President, INDEVOR alumni global impact network (INSEAD’s global impact network) and Gen Shiraishi, student leader with INDEVOR and INSEAD’s MBA Impact Investment Network and Training – MIINT.

Please send questions in advance via this link

Panelists will debate the quest for sustainability in impact investing, covering:

  • How operating with an aim to create social impact can add financial value both for investors and the social enterprises they support
  • How the field can avoid “impact washing,” investments that yield financial returns, but don’t sustain benefits to communities.
  • How INSEAD students and alumni can learn more about and pursue successful careers in impact investing and social enterprise

Panelist Bios

Sir Graham Wrigley (MBA’86) is Chairman of the Board of CDC Group, one of the world’s leaders in impact investment and the UK’s development bank. Graham earlier was a founding partner of Permira, a leading private equity firm with more than $20 billion under management. He also works with charities, including Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust UK, where he serves as Chairman, and has volunteered for over 35 years. He is a visiting professor at INSEAD.

Professor Jasjit Singh is professor of strategy at INSEAD, focused on Innovation, Sustainable Development, Purpose-Driven Business, Impact Investing and Impact Evaluation. Jasjit has written numerous articles for leading journals on these topics. He earned a PhD in Business Economics (Strategy) at Harvard Business School and an MA in Economics at Harvard University, having earlier obtained a BTech in Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Delhi and a double-MS at Georgia Tech.

Emilie Abrams (MBA’21) is president of INSEAD’s Student Impact Investing Club, co-founder of the school’s Sustainable Food Club, and founder of AgTech Mexico, a group of entrepreneurs, nonprofits, researchers and investors creating collaborative spaces for the creation and transfer of technologies in Mexico’s agricultural sector.

Gen Shiraishi is an MBA21, is a member of the leadership team of both INDEVOR and  MIINT, INSEAD’s MBA Impact Investing Network and Training organization.

Philippe Donger, MBA 93D, is chair of INDEVOR’s global alumni network and has held leadership posts with McKinsey & Company Canada, the World Bank and General Electric.

 

REGISTER NOW!

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Steve Davis: Recording Now Available

A Conversation with Steve Davis on Using Business to Achieve SDGs

Thanks to everyone for joining INDEVOR’s fireside chat Nov. 9 with Steve Davis, author of Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism, and MBA ‘93D alumna Katie Smith Milway.

We had a rich conversation about five macrotrends reshaping global, sustainable development that we can leverage as a ‘Force for Good’. We also had the opportunity to hear Steve’s thoughts on Q&A from the audience on topics ranging broadly, from social impact measurement to career development. For those of you that were unable to join us, please find a recording of the event here and feel free to share on social media.

If you enjoyed the event, please do follow the INDEVOR Student and Alumni LinkedIn pages as well as our Twitter page (@INDEVORImpact) to stay tuned for all future events!

Keep well,

Benjamin Pidduck