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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INDEVOR April 2024 Newsletter

1. INSEAD Alumni Business & Sustainability Summit 2024: Accelerating the Race to Net Zero – May 30th 3-7 pm. CET, Paris/SF/Virtual

Venue: Station F (Central Room)/SF Hub/Hybrid, 5 Parvis Alan Turing Paris  75013
Attendees:  300 alumni (100 in-person – 20 spots left; 200 virtual – 100 spots left, including at SF Hub)

Join fireside chat keynote Côme Perpère, Chief Sustainability Officer, Microsoft France, MBA11J, INDEVOR Global Club president Katie Smith Milway MBA93D, NAA France Sustainability Lead, Solenn Marquette, MBA09D, INDEVOR GC NAA Liaison Patricia Sennequier MBA04J and Global TechAlumni Club president Vikas Pandurkar at  Station F for our May 30th summit, sponsored by Loyal VC.


For N. American alums: 

SF Hub will pipe in summit session: AI & Sustainability: Opportunities and Risks at 8 a.m. breakfast event May 30th, with panelist Sid Chaturvedi of Microsoft US present to lead discussion.  Register here

20 Spots for Pre-Summit Workshop on “Sustainability Leadership” at Station F Felicite building/Jardin Charcot (adjacent) May 30th, 12h -14h30

Dr. Andrea Claussen, NAA Germany, medical doctor, leadership coach and founder of I Am Wilderness will offer this leadership workshop pro-bono to first 20 summit participants to email [email protected]  with “pre-summit” in subject line.

2. Check out our YouTube recording of the International Director Network’s April 10 webinar on ESG X Governance: the materiality of board leadership.

3. Attend the next sustainability events in your geographies, including: 

April 24th 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in London, sponsored by NAA UK
Location: Artefact, Rex Building, 1st Floor, 62-64 Queen Street, London EC4R 1EB.

May 6th Amsterdam, 18h30 – 21h15 sponsored by NAA The Netherlands with the Energy Global Club and Health Care Global Club

The Future of Electric Vehicles hosted at EVBox’s Amsterdam office:
Kabelweg 47
1014 BA Amsterdam

  • Remco Samuels, CEO EVBox, Chairman of ChargeUp Europe
  • Anja van Niersen, CEO Milence, ex-CEO of Allego
  • Arjan Keizer, Global Head of Industrial & FMCG at Shell Fleet Solutions
  • Sacha Muller, candidate for Volt Europa for the European Parliamentary elections, ex-McKinsey

4. Become INDEVOR Global Impact Network’s Inaugural Communications Volunteer 

INDEVOR is seeking a communications volunteer join our team and lead our branding and website refresh, working with president Katie Smith Milway on strategy and web administrator Nicole Harari on implementation. This includes content management and links to related INSEAD alumni organisations like CIC and INDEVOR student club. The role will also work with our club president on our bimonthly newsletter and social media messaging.

Commitment: 2 hours per week. Experience in writing, editing and website content creation desirable. This is a core volunteer role, which may convert in time to Executive Committee member.  If interested, please send your CV and expression of experience and interest to INDEVOR Global Club Secretary [email protected].

5.  Kudos to new steps on INSEAD’s Climate Journey

As part of the Europe Campus Reimagination project geothermal well drilling began in March at Fontainebleau. This sustainable energy source will take care of 86% of the new MIM building’s heating and cooling needs. It is another important step for delivering on the school’s greenhouse gas reduction pledge.

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: Katell le Goulven, Executive Dir., Hoffmann Institute 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

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)

INDEVOR-GIN December 2023 Newsletter

INDEVOR-GIN December 2023 Newsletter 

Meet the New INDEVOR ExCo
Raising Alumni Awareness, Advocacy and Action to
Sustain People & Planet


In this newsletter we welcome INDEVOR Global Impact Network’s 2024-2026 executive committee, including Community Impact Challenge president Paolo Senes, who will officially liaise with CIC. And we recognize our growing NAA/Global Club network of sustainability reps. Together we create a vibrant alumni hub for furthering awareness, advocacy and action to work and live in ways that promote equity and sustainability for people and planet.

We also profile recent and upcoming events, including: “Dispatches from Dubai” alumni reports from COP28, current search for the next CIC president, INDEVOR’s 2024 AGM on January 19th, upcoming webinars, ChangeNOW conference in Paris March 25th and our Alumni Sustainable Business Summit May 30th.


1.    Welcome to our INDEVOR-GIN 2024-2026 Executive Committee & NAA/GC Network

A big thank you to INSEAD alumni who self-nominated to join INDEVOR Global Impact Network’s executive committee.  Our outgoing 2020-2023 ExCo voted unanimously this month to welcome all nominees!  We added five new voting members, up to our limit of nine, and an official volunteer, a category that allows committed individuals to help with a specific ExCo committee or initiative.  Come meet and ratify our leadership team at INDEVOR’s 2024 AGM on January 19th, 2024, 8 a.m. ET/2 p.m CET/9 p.m SING).  See agenda at point 3 below.  REGISTER HERE

The 2024-2026 INDEVOR-GIN Executive Committee will be:

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 19D NAA Netherlands)
Official Volunteer Christian Ledoux (MBA 93D, NAA France – NAA/GC liaison and annual summit support)


Our growing network of NAA and Global Club sustainability reps are bubbling up initiatives from their constituents that INDEVOR can promote and making their constituents aware of INDEVOR events and initiatives they can join.  We are grateful for the following network allies and look forward to expanding the network as GCs and NAAs contact our liaisons: Patricia Sennequier [email protected] and Jinna Li [email protected].  As of December 2023, INDEVOR is linked to the following GC/NAA Sustainability Reps and looking to grow the network:


2. Search for the next Community Impact Challenge president:

CIC is taking nominations for president when Paolo’s term ends after Q1 2024.  Interested in applying?  Click here for detailed information on the leadership role and its requirements. The application deadline is Sunday, January 28, 2024, 11pm PST. Interviews will be conducted in February 2024.


3. December 2023: Dispatches from Dubai

COP28 has delivered both promising pathways and some cognitive dissonance on the world’s way forward to decarbonize.   Read our frontline reports from alums Megan Pillsbury and Ram Chaitanya at INDEVOR-GIN’s LinkedIN Group  (and join the group if you haven’t).  Thanks to Kiku Loomis and Nicole Harari for curating and posting!  In addition INSEAD captured videos of alums in attendance.


4. January 2024: AGM 1 hour, January 19th

8 a.m. NY/ 2p.m. CET / 9 p.m. Singapore

Register here:

Please join us and meet INDEVOR 2024-2026 leadership and our growing network of sustainability reps.  The agenda will focus on two items:

  1. Meeting each other and ratifying our 2024-2026 global leadership team
  2. Ideating in breakout rooms elements of our annual Alumni Sustainability Summit, May 30th, Fontainbleau (hybrid ideas that create local nodes especially welcome).  We’ll send breakout room options once we see our numbers.


5. Q1 2024 Webinars

Save these dates for our next two webinars, registrations to come:

February 1, time TBD:  Launch of 2024 Community Impact Challenge, curated by CIC
April 10th, 9 a.m. ET:  Sustainability & ESG in the Boardroom, featuring Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden, curated by IDN
Check out videos of past webinars and events at our new INDEVOR YouTube channel.
If your NAA or GC has ideas for an INDEVOR-related webinar contact Kiku Loomis, [email protected]


6. March 2024: Change Now Summit & INSEAD Impact Entrepreneurship Forum

The Hoffman Global Institute for Business and Society and Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship are creating opportunities for students and alums at the 2024 ChangeNow Summit in Paris 25 March 2024.

For INSEAD students, the Hoffmann Institute will sponsor transportation and tickets to the ChangeNow Summit, and in parallel organize a career trek to Paris-based companies with a sustainability focus.  INDEVOR is collaborating with the Hoffmann Institute to organize an alumni-student networking event at ChangeNow.  If you work in sustainability, can offer a trek stop for students, or join the networking event  please contact [email protected] (HGIBS) and [email protected] (INDEVOR)

For alums working in sustainability: The INSEAD Impact Entrepreneurship Forum: Driving Systemic Change will be held March 25th from 4:00pm – 8:30pm, Blue Bubble, Grand Palais Ephemere, Paris, during the ChangeNow Summit.  It aims to foster connections and conversations on how impact entrepreneurship can drive systemic change for people and the planet.  To RSVP for the event, please complete a short form by DECEMBER 30, 2023:  Selected applicants can secure their seat in February 2024 with a 25€ registration fee.

In addition to the forum, note that there is a Global Call for applications to showcase INSEAD alum solutions at the ChangeNow Summit via an exhibitor booth.  Learn more HERE.


7. May 2024: Second Annual Alumni Business & Sustainability Summit

The agenda for this will be our focus at the January 19th AGM.  The plan is to host the summit at Fontainebleau campus on May 30th, in advance of INSEAD’s annual board and volunteers meetings, to limit one-off travel.  We aim to time it so we can offer hybrid participation from other campuses and become a demo for a high-quality hybrid alumni event. Lots of alumni experts have begun planning the agenda, which we’ll share for further ideation at INDEVOR AGM.   Register here


Kind regards,

INDEVOR Global Club ExCo:

Katie Smith Milway, President, NAA/GC Liaison

Carla Belitardo, VP & Communications
Ebru Carter, Secretary
Ashish Agarwal, Treasurer
Joanne Schante, Student Liaison
Arnaud Bertrand – CIC Liaison
Jai Karia
Philippe Dongier
Cintia Tavella, IAA Sustainability

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? 


INDEVOR Global Impact Network Newsletter: October 2

Greetings INSEAD Sustainability drivers, investors and promoters.
We have a lot going on to advance social impact and climate action!

This newletter

  • Launches our self-nomination process for INDEVOR 2023 Executive Committee Elections seeking candidates for three specific roles to advance awareness building, advocacy and action for social and environmental impact.
  • Invites you to join the Community Action Challenge’s Start Now October initiative to reduce your carbon polluting actions at work and home.
  • Invites students to INDEVOR week webinar series on jobs in social impact
  • Reminds you to get your tickets to NAA USA’s Sustainable Resilience forum – November 9-11th at the San Francisco hub.
  • Provides take aways from our Sept 26th expert alumni panel on “Investment and Action to Address Global Food Crisis,” with comments from more expert alums in the audience.


1. INDEVOR EXCO Election: Self Nominations open Oct 1 – Nov. 15, 2023

ATTENTION ALL INDEVOR GLOBAL IMPACT NETWORK ALUMS! We have three openings for 3-year terms on our Executive Committee (ExCo) beginning January 2024 and are thrilled to open the nomination process October 1st. The ExCo is INDEVOR’s governing body with a total of 9 members from around the world, including several leaders of the Community Impact Challenge initiative, INDEVOR serves as host Global Club. We meet for 1 hour every two months and share the load leading events, including webinars and an annual Alumni Sustainability Summit.

To self-nominate, please fill out this form by November 15th. Our selection committee will review nominations and propose a slate of candidates for e-voting the week of December 4th. We are specifically looking to fill three roles:

  • INSEAD Climate Journey Liaison: We need someone familiar with INSEAD’s carbon footprint reduction commitments who is knowledgeable and curious about best practices in climate action. This role will keep INDEVOR updated on progress and alert to places that alumni voices can be helpful encouragers of the journey.  INDEVOR plans to weave INSEAD climate milestones across its learning and advocacy agenda.
  • NAA/GC Sustainability Reps Liaison: We have been organically building INDEVOR/Sustainability reps across National Alumni Associations and need someone with a vision for systematizing the network and info flows and event cross-promotions to and from NAAs.  This role would help develop a cross-NAA/Global Club (GC) advocacy agenda for sustainability learning and action.
  • Webinar Lead: Our learning agenda includes a bimonthly webinar series on social and environmental impact in collaboration with specific NAAs and Global Clubs (GCs).  This role will champion and facilitate webinars with our webinar administrator and NAA/ GC partners to create a repeatable approach to planning, promotion, implementation and feedback. 

Above all, we seek leaders who are passionate and committed to mobilizing the INSEAD alumni community toward positive social and environmental impact to imbue our alums with sustainable life and work practices for people and planet. Many of our members are part of the Community Impact Challenge initiative. Many work in NGOs, CSR, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, international organizations, microfinance, while others are interested in bringing sustainable practices to their corporate workplaces.

As part of our vision, launched at INSEAD’s June 2023 Annual Volunteers Meeting, INDEVOR, with CIC as an action arm, serves as hub of a growing alumni sustainability network across NAAs and Global Clubs in alliance with the IAA and school (including the Hoffman Global Institute for Business and Society and INSEAD Climate Journey, and the INDEVOR student club – where it all began back in 1993.


2. Join the Community Impact Challenge (CIC) – StartNOW Oct 2023 Edition!

Dear INSEAD Alumni and fellow climate warriors,We are thrilled to announce that the Community Impact Challenge (CIC) is back and better than ever for its 5th Challenge! It’s time to roll up our sleeves, unite, and embark on a journey towards high-impact climate action. The StartNOW Oct 2023 Challenge invites you to Learn, Act, and Connect as we collectively strive for a more sustainable future.

What is the Challenge about?
The StartNOW Oct 2023 Challenge is designed for INSEAD Alumni who share a deep passion for Sustainability and are eager to connect with like-minded individuals, take meaningful action, and make a positive impact on our planet. Over the course of 4 weeks, you will have the opportunity to:

✅ Learn: Access a wealth of tools and resources to measure your carbon footprint, gaining valuable insights into your environmental impact.

✅ Act: Choose from a selection of 4 Acts that resonate with you the most. This flexible approach allows you to focus on the areas where you are most passionate and committed.

✅ Connect: Engage with a vibrant community of climate impactivists, sharing ideas, experiences, and support as you work towards a common goal.

When does it start?
Mark your calendars for October 9th, 2023, as that’s when the StartNOW Oct 2023 Challenge officially kicks off. This is your chance to be part of a movement that is making a real difference.

How to Register:
Ready to take the plunge and be part of this incredible initiative? Simply visit our website at to register and be a part of the StartNOW Oct 2023 Challenge.

Reflecting on CIC’s 4th Challenge
As we gear up for this exciting new challenge, let’s take a moment to celebrate the
achievements of our past participants in CIC’s 4th Challenge, which took place this past
summer. Here are some impressive statistics:

  • 139 enthusiastic participants joined forces.
  • Participants identified an average emission reduction of 10.6 tons, making strides in areas such as travel and transportation, as well as energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings.
  • A remarkable 30% of the 139 participants completed the challenge and earned a well-deserved certificate.
  • Volunteer facilitators played a vital role in moderating conversations across 7 WhatsApp groups and leading engaging weekly calls.

These numbers are a testament to the incredible impact that individuals can achieve when they come together with a shared purpose. Let’s make the StartNOW Oct 2023 Challenge even more impactful! Join us as we Learn, Act, and Connect towards a greener, more sustainable future. Together, we can make a world of difference.


3. Register for INDEVOR Week Webinar Series on Jobs in Social & Environmental Impact for current MBAs

Interested in careers in impact? Join us for INDEVOR Week, 2-6 October. Social impact consulting webinars organized by Indevor student club on both campus:

Who: The Bridgespan Group
When: 2 October, 3pm-4pm CET [ask for recording]
Sign up:

Who: Dalberg
When: 3 October, 4pm-5:30pm CET
Sign up:

Impact-oriented Venture Capital
Who: Kamal Hassan, MBA 93D and founder of Loyal VC
When: 6 October, 2pm CET
Where: Amphi Forster & Zoom

When: 6 October, 3pm-5pm CET
Where: Freddy’s


4. Get 20% off Registration for INSEAD Americas Conference – Nov. 9-11 Sustainable Resilience: Catalyzing Innovations

INDEVOR Global Impact Network members passionate about tackling climate change are meeting at this America’s forum! Come to the conference and use this code for a 20% discount: INDEVOR20. You will learn what it will take to transform your industry with more sustainable business solutions. The conference will be held at the INSEAD San Francisco Hub for Business Innovation from Nov 9-11, 2023. On day one, you will meet brave entrepreneurs betting on the business opportunities that sustainability offers. On day two, explore, learn, and connect with experts from a diverse pool of industries (from construction, plastic, and food to tech) to better understand how small and large players are already transforming their business models to combine prosperity and the environment. On day three, become an agent of change and get active in one of the many workshops featured, including INDEVOR Global Impact Network’s working group at 10:45 a.m. November 11th.

More Info:

Get Your Ticket(s):

N.B. On Nov 10th, we will announce the winners of Karel Cool and Ataly Atasu’s INSEAD’s Business Sustainability Awards. We are honored to have the new Dean, Francisco Veloso, and Andreas Jacobs, Chairman of INSEAD’s Board of Directors, join us for an awards ceremony and celebrations.


5. Wake Up Call on Global Food Crisis – and Some Promising Solutions

INDEVOR had a terrific turnout and panel expertise at its September 26th webinar on “Investment and Action to Address Our Global Food Crisis” in collaboration with Community Impact Challenge. For the full recording access here!

For the highlights, read on:
We heard from Robin Millington (NAA UK) and CEO of Planet Tracker about six ways our food system is killing itself by spiking climate change, and we heard of six priority actions that food investors and consumers can take to turn it around – and profit.

We heard from James Stewart (NAA Australia/NZ) and cofounder of Always Carbon, about an engineered solution to advance regenerative agriculture: Biochar, and we heard from Philippe Dongier (NAA Canada), executive director of global NGO CECI, about a nature-based solution to advance regenerative agriculture: Biodiversity tagging and credits.

Finally, Maria Fedorova, from the Hoffman Global Institute for Business and Society spoke of INSEAD’s own climate journey and how they are influencing food systems by defaulting to vegetarian meals, lowering dairy and vetting suppliers.

We thank our attendees, who contributed insightful questions and commentary and our webinar co-promoters: Alumni Engagement, HGIBS, NAA Australia/NZ, NAA Canada, NAA US, NAA UAE and the Global Energy Club. As always, we invite you to join INDEVOR in galvanizing awareness, advocacy and action to advance sustainability for our work, communities and the planet.


Kind regards,

INDEVOR Global Club ExCo:

Katie Smith Milway, President, NAA/GC Liaison
Carla Belitardo, VP & Communications
Ebru Carter, Secretary
Ashish Agarwal, Treasurer
Joanne Schante, Student Liaison
Arnaud Bertrand – CIC Liaison
Jai Karia
Philippe Dongier
Cintia Tavella, IAA Sustainability

INDEVOR Global Impact Network

Dear members of INDEVOR & Community Impact Challenge.  Did climate change affect you this summer? Don’t miss the following, upcoming sustainability events to learn what you can do at work and home to take pragmatic action.  Also:
  • Read this account of INDEVOR’s July webinar with NAA Brazil on globally reknowned social entrepreneur Edu Lyra’s innovative approach to poverty alleviation in favelas, and…
  • Stay tuned for news later this month on upcoming self-nominations for INDEVOR executive committee, which will open in October for voting in early December (For questions, reach out to [email protected]).

Webinar September 26th

INDEVOR-CIC Webinar (for the month of Global INSEAD Day)
Investment & Action to Address Our Global Food Crisis

INDEVOR-CIC’s next webinar on Business as a Force for Good will take place September 26th at 9 a.m. ET/3 p.m. CET, co-sponsored by Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, the Energy Global Club and NAAs from Australia/NZ, Canada, US and UAE.  We’ll be tackling “Investment & Action to Address Our Global Food Crisis” with an expert panel of INSEAD alums providing data and analysis of the problem and discussing both nature-based and engineered solutions.

Register here:

November 9th – 11th, 2023
Americas Conference
Sustainable Resilience: Catalyzing Innovations

Today, companies are asked not just to innovate but to innovate sustainably.  To remain competitive, companies must accommodate consumers who embrace circularity and demand that companies operate in an eco-friendly, sustainable fashion.

The Americas Conference, to be held at the INSEAD San Francisco Hub of Business Innovation, provides an exceptional platform to rethink and discuss, with faculty, alumni, and senior business and government leaders, how companies can integrate environmental, social, and financial factors into their decision-making as well as generate new business ideas and organizational models. The event promises to be three full days of meaningful connections, interactive learning, deep conversations, and unforgettable fun! It is open to all industry professionals and welcomes friends and networks to join in the fun.

On Nov 10th, we will announce the winners of Karel Cool and Ataly Atasu’s INSEAD’s Business Sustainability Awards. We are honored to have the new Dean, Francisco Veloso, and Andreas Jacobs, Chairman of INSEAD’s Board of Directors, join us for an awards ceremony and celebrations.

Save the date: Nov 9-11, 2023
Location: INSEAD San Francisco Hub


We hope to see you at these two events.

INDEVOR Global Club ExCo:

Katie Smith Milway, President, NAA/GC Liaison
Carla Belitardo, VP & Communications
Ebru Carter, Secretary
Ashish Agarwal, Treasurer
Joanne Schante, Student Liaison
Arnaud Bertrand – CIC Liaison
Jai Karia
Philippe Dongier
Cintia Tavella, IAA Sustainability

INDEVOR Global Impact Network June 2023 Newsletter


June 2023

Thanks to the small but mighty group of INDEVOR Global Impact Network Members who made our Annual General Meeting on June 10th.  We took care of the following business as the global “umbrella” club for engaging alumni and promoting events and resources around all things related to sustainability, a role that saw us formalize a tight collaboration with Community Impact Challenge (CIC) this year and spur a robust and growing membership:

  1. We voted unanimously to amend INDEVOR club’s charter to: focus on sustainable development – both social and environmental impact; collaborate closely with all INSEAD clubs and initiatives that care about sustainability; and explicitly invite NAAs and Global Clubs that want to formalize collaboration with INDEVOR to invite their members to join INDEVOR’s mailing list through MyINSEAD.  See amended Charter here.
  2. We ratified by large majority the appointments of Ebru Carter (Secretary), Ashish Agarwal (Treasurer) and Arnaud Bertrand (Community Impact Challenge Liaison) to the INDEVOR-GIC Executive Committee, all of whom are both CIC and INDEVOR members and have been filling critical ExCo roles that were vacated during COVID.
  3. We provided updates on our collaborations with: CIC on annual sustainability summit and StartNOW challenge, shared back office services and merger exploration; with student clubs and HGIBs on sustainability careers mentoring; and with NAAs & GCs on joint programming.
  4. We planned our late fall ExCo election to fill three seats vacating at year end and agreed election with be open to all members, with promotion across the INDEVOR/Sustainability reps within each NAA or Global Club to surface nominations.  Election date TBD in late November or early December.
  5. We brainstormed ideas for our May 2024 second annual Sustainable Business Summit and agreed it will start with a morning nature plunge in the Fontainebleau forest to ground ourselves in the stakes of biodiversity before we meet for panel discussions.  Please send more ideas to [email protected].
  6. Looking forward, this Saturday, we’ll co-sponsor a summer jobs/internships kiosk before and after HGIBS Summit (see below), and roll out more programming with NAAs, and other GCs on creating social and environmental impact, starting with our next webinar July 6th co-sponsored with NAA Brazil on using tech to eradicate poverty (See announcement below.)

June 17th

HGIBS will celebrate 5 years of its Force for Good actions on Saturday 17th June from 2-6 pm in Fonty with panels (featuring some of our dear classmates) and a cocktail at the Château (line up here), and a jobs corner for sustainability internships and full-time roles for students, co-sponsored by INDEVOR global club and INDEVOR and Environment & Business student clubs.

The jobs corner will be held during the following times (and its exact location posted at the Summit):

  • one hour before (1-2 pm)
  • one hour after (6:15-7:15 pm)
  • during the mid-conference break (3:50-4:10 pm)

Why? To meet potential employers / INSEAD Alumni in the “business & society” sphere in person who have available opportunities for students.

Please fill in the following survey here to let us know of your presence and the areas in which you’re looking for an internship or a job.

Webinar July 6th
Using Tech to Eradicate Poverty: The 3D (Dignity, Development& Digital) Approach That’s Working in Brazil’s Favelas

REGISTER NOW  for this fireside chat with globally acclaimed social entrepreneur Edu Lyra on using tech to eradicate poverty.  Sponsored by INDEVOR-GIN, NAA Brazil, HGIBS.  Time 10 am NYC/ 4 pm Paris/ 10 pm Sing.

EDU LYRA (Speaker)
Founder & CEO @
Gerando Falcões*

Edu Lyra, 34, is the founder and CEO of Gerando Falcões, an NGO that makes social impact projects possible in the peripheries and favelas of Brazil. It is a reality that he knows from his own experience and seeks to transform through globally recognized actions.

One of the country’s most active and admired social entrepreneurs, Lyra is also a sought-after speaker, having been invited to speak at universities such as Harvard and Babson College and at companies such as Google, Ambev, and Accenture.

The World Economic Forum selected Edu Lyra as one of the fifteen young people who can change the world, thus joining the Global Shapers team. He wrote the book “Jovens Falcões” and contributed to the film “Na Quebrada” screenplay.

Recently spoke at the UN to present the Favela 3D project at the invitation of the UN Global Pact in Brazil.


Executive Director @
INSEAD’s Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society

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 Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, an MS in Tropical Agronomy, and an Engineering degree. She recently moderated food industry discussions at Davos.



NAA Brazil INDEVOR Club Leader
Director @ LALA Brazil Hub

Rafael is an economist from Unicamp and MBA from INSEAD, 19D cohort. He started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked across a wide range of industries and practices, and spearheaded social impact initiatives within the São Paulo office. He also worked at Fundação Lemann and is currently the Brazil Director at Latin American Leadership Academy (LALA), a leadership development non-profit that aims to build the next generation of principled and purpose-driven leaders for Latin America.


Kind regards,

Your INDEVOR Alumni Club Executive Committee,

Katie Smith Milway, MBA’93D. President

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

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