CIC – Sustainable Food Habits Challenge 15 Oct – 12 Dec 2020

Dear INSEAD Friends,

As you might know the Community Impact Challenge (CIC) launched their first campaign in plastics last year. It was very successful, but we also learned a lot and have made improvements to make this next challenge even a bigger success. This time we focus on sustainable food habits.

In our eyes, your awareness and action are already a success for this campaign. What we do on an individual level, might seem like a drop in the ocean, but together we have the potential to create a powerful trickle-down effect. Changes, not only for us but, for our next generations.

Earlier this week, we heard Ronan Harrington speak about how we have 12 years left to take radical action. Be that drop of change and join us in the sustainable food habits challenge.

You can choose from three actions:
1) Consume less meat
2) Reduce food waste
3) Buy locally and seasonally

Watch this interesting webinar for more information.

The challenge starts on 15th October and ends on 12th December. For more details click here.

Best wishes,

Dianne Baunbaek
Sven Cobben (President NAA-NL)
Raymond van Eck (Vice- President NAA-NL)

Building a business in e-Health, September 23, 2020

Hilversum 23 september 2020. Classic-Cars met allure glanzend geparkeerd in de ruimte van de smaakvolle entrée van het kantoor van UMENZ. Het is een ongewoon decor voor een ongewone avond.

Door de Corona lock down was deze avond eerder afgeblazen de organisatoren trokken alles uit de kast om een Corona veilige omgeving te creëren. Niet eerder werd een INSEAD presentatie in Nederland gevolgd door participanten getooid met mond-neusmaskers van goede kwaliteit. Deelnemers kregen bij ontvangst een eigen ‘dinner sandwich bag’. Social distancing, handdesinfectie en ventilatie waren vanzelfsprekend goed geregeld.

Een eerste event weer F2F was geweldig. Al snel ontstond er een open vertrouwelijke sfeer waarin de echte issues en vragen op tafel kwamen. Bevlogen spraken Pieter-Joep Huige (UMENZ) en Oscar van Dijk (Medicine Men) over de ‘struggle’ van het ondernemen in E-Health in Nederland. De passie om waarde te willen creëren en de cliënt als vanzelfsprekend centraal te stellen in hun oplossingen hadden zij gemeen. De waarde verzilveringsvraag bleek een lastige. Het vertrouwen dat die vraag positief beantwoord zal gaan worden is echter rotsvast aanwezig.

Gerichte opbouwende vragen van deelnemers leidde snel tot verdieping en nieuwe oplossingsrichtingen. De sessie deed met momenten denken aan de INSEAD case avonden waarop een van de deelnemers een issue uit zijn eigen praktijk deelt met andere deelnemers en hen uitnodigt mee te denken. Persoonlijk contact maakt zo’n avond in deze tijd extra bijzonder.

Cynthia Go en Thomas Calis

INSEAD Special Interest Group Health Care & Life Sciences


Dear alumni,

I assume that all of you have seen the shocking footage of the devastation caused by the unprecedented explosion in Beirut. Our alumni friends of the IAA Lebanon have started a fund raising campaign to support the Lebanese Red Cross. It would be great if we could all help a bit by donating to their cause.

Please have a look at, where you can easily make your donation. The IAA Lebanon will donate this to the Lebanese RedCross in the name of all the INSEAD Alumni Assocations: A Force for Good.

Any support would be greatly appreciated!

On behalf of the board of the IAA The Netherlands.

Sven Cobben

INSEAD SIN & IN-BOARD Golf Tournament

The traditional annual INSEAD SIN & IN-BOARD Golf Tournament was held on Thursday 9th July 2020 under superb circumstances of the Dutch summer weather. Last year’s winner, Manish Kumar Singh (MBA 2009), hosted a field of contenders at the Eindhovensche Golf, which is one of the leading golf courses in the Netherlands. In spite of, many twist and turns in the organization of the event due to COVID19 pandemic, thanks to the great support from IAA board, the event went on to keep the running legacy.

Lifelong Learning

INSEAD is pleased to bring you a new selection of webinars on a wide range of current topics, all featuring INSEAD thought leaders, faculty, and renowned alumni. Please register for these free webinars here.


Dear friends,

In light of the recent COVID-19 developments and further to recent communication from the school, the INSEAD NAA in the Netherlands feels compelled to cancel all alumni events for the time being. This includes the Young Alumni Drinks scheduled for March 12th, the INSEAD Giving Day Dinner scheduled for March 17th and the Healthcare & Life Sciences event scheduled for April 9th.

We’ll continue to monitor COVID-19 carefully and in close cooperation with the school. Once the circumstances improve and events can be held safely again, we’ll let you know.

For now, we wish all of you stay healthy and be safe.

Best regards,

Sven Cobben
President INSEAD Alumni Association The Netherlands