Reciprocity Ring

“For new information and ideas, weak ties are more important to us than strong ones”  because ”….friendly outsiders bring us news of opportunities from beyond our immediate circles – and so the more of those acquaintances we have, the better.”

The pilot INSEAD PH Reciprocity Ring was held virtually last week composed of 14 alumni (half young and the other half, seasoned). 

Reciprocity Ring facilitates making the ASK and matching the help from fellow participants – basically a more constructive way of networking. In this pilot run which took 90 minutes, ASKS ranged widely from career transitions sideward (getting into VC/PE, and from tech to non-tech) and upward (C-suite mentoring to board roles), seeking tech (solutions/co-founders), fundraising or investing, across a broad of industries from real estate, education, health, fashion and celebrities.

Thanks to Marco for this initiative which he himself experienced a few times during his time at INSEAD demonstrating his way of paying  it forward. We are looking to run this more regularly and would be happy to have you join future sessions. Please indicate your interest in joining and nominating a friend to join by emailing [email protected]

Confidentiality is key and remains within each ring, as we want to ensure a safe space for matching for all to share their needs.


Your ExCo started planning an exciting 2020 for you starting with our alumni cocktails this Feb 6 in Ortigas Area followed by our Annual General membership meeting at Rockwell on Feb 15..  Check our events calendar under Get-together to see what’s in store for you.

Any volunteers are welcome to help out, just email [email protected] or show up at one of our events. To find out more, click here.

Rockeoke 2019

Another Rockeoke party where alumni sang their hearts out to a live band.

Lechon and Pansit along with wine and beer were enjoyed while singing to a live band.

Chia at the mic singing to her favorite tunes

Paolo singing along with the band.

Launch of the France Alumni Philippines Association

INSEAD supports the launch of the France Alumni Philippines Association with the support of the French Embassy to unite former students of French institutions for professional and social networking.  Held at the Raffles Long Bar last Dec 2019.

FAPA Trustees (L-R): Secretary Ria de Borja (ESSEC), VP Rebecca Disini (Le Cordon Bleu), VP Bobby de Ocampo (SKEMA), President Ann Tan (INSEAD), Treasurer Daniela Laurel (HEC/ESSEC)

Gab Holigores (INSEAD) on left socializing with fellow alumni along with French Embassy’s Cultural Councillor Jean-Jacques Forte (center) and Ann Tan (President, FAPA and INSEAD Alumni Association PH) on 2nd from right enjoying the famous Singapore Sling.

Grace David (2nd from right) with other alumni from Le Codon Bleu and ESSEC.

Antoine Blanc (President HEC Alumni PH) on left with Gab Holigores (2ndfrom right) and French EMbassy’s Education Attaché Emma Briffaut (rightmost)

Joint MBA Schools Event by HBS along with Wharton & Stanford

Harvard Business School alumni Henry Motte-Munoz ( founder) and Jesse Maxwell (Magsaysay Group) invites INSEAD alumni at Manila House for an evening of cocktails.  A good show of our alumni was present which prove our high engagement rate.  It’s INSEAD’s turn to host the next joint MBA event (perhaps for an early Christmas Rockeoke or Thanksgiving)?