Lunch with António Carrapatoso – Lisbon, Restaurant Clara Jardim

On the 6th of February at Restaurante Clara Jardim in Lisbon, we had nearly 40 alumni for lunch with António Carrapatoso. In his talk, António explained his professional life journey, highlighting his early involvement in the launch of what would be the second mobile communication company operating in Portugal, Telecel, later on acquired by Vodafone. After ending his mandate as Chairman in Vodafone Portugal in 2014, he started the first online-born media project in Portugal: Jornal Observador.

The talk focused on the discussion of the market opportunity and the barriers to entry posed by the incumbents, the timing of the general public adoption of social media and of the political moment in Portugal that ensured early traction for such a project, and the challenge posed by the operation, to ensure cost efficiency in an environment where dispute for ad revenues is high and where subscription fees do not have enough critical mass.

The talk then moved on to the current political panorama in Portugal, with a comment on the current parliamentary solution and main options in public policy and investment. It was a lively debate, as political spirits fired up in the audience! We’re very happy to create these opportunities for debate within the community.


Lunch at Casa da Música – Porto – 11 December

Today we had lunch at Casa da Música in Porto. We celebrated Christmas and the INSEAD spirit with a merry table of 24 alumni. We said farewell with many requests for a soon to happen encore. We hope those that could not join this time can come next time! We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and an Excellent 2020 ahead!

Hoje ao almoço, na Casa da Música, no Porto tivemos o prazer de celebrar o Natal e o espírito INSEAD num animado convívio de 24 alumni, tendo ficado a vontade de voltar a repetir este reencontro muito em breve onde contamos também com todos aqueles que não poderam estar desta vez. Um Bom Natal e um Excelente 2020!

Prof. Jennifer Petriglieri – Couples that Work – Euronext Lisbon

The 4th of November 2019 we had the presence of Prof. Jennifer Petriglieri in an afterwork event at Euronext Lisbon.

Prof. Petriglieri had recently been featured in WSJ with an article on her new book, with the same title as her talk at Euronext:

We had many alumni and their significant others attend the event and talk. Prof. Petriglieri went through the leading styles and power divides of couples, which may evolve over time. The session was very interactive with a lot of input from the audience. The secret is based on clear communication and expectations for both parties, but there are many ways to balance the decisions. It’s all in the book!


Lunch with Professor Arlindo Oliveira (Artificial Intelligence)

On the 10th of October, at Campo dos Mártires da Pátria in Lisboa, AAA INSEAD Portugal had a lunch with Professor Arlindo Oliveira, President of Instituto Superior Técnico (one of the most reputable engineering schools of Lisbon University).

30 alumni attended the get-together.

Professor Oliveira, a specialist on Algorithms and Complexity, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics and Digital Circuit Design, spoke about Artificial Intelligence in 20 minutes, followed by a 40 minutes very intense Q&A session.

Professor Oliveira approached subjects as diverse as Computer Science, History, Ethics, Law, Philosophy and Neuro Science.

It was a memorable journey!

INSEAD NAA Portugal 1st Padel Tournament

The first INSEAD NAA Portugal Padel Tournament happened the 28th September, at the Padel courts of Quinta do Fojo, in Gaia, with the sponsorship of BEBÉVIDA and RODEL and the support of SuperbockGroup and Jornal Vida Económica.

With a start by 9am, the player roster counted 9 male doubles, divided into 3 groups. The winners of the 3 groups and the best runner-ups went to the semi-finals, which had the following results:

Miguel Teles/Luis Feitas v Rui Vieira/Pedro Telinhos: 6-3/6-2

Paulo Nuno Oliveira/Luis Melo v Eduardo and Henrique Caramalho: 6-3/6-4

The final was Miguel Teles/Luis Feitas v Paulo Nuno Oliveira/Luis Melo: 6-0/6-4, after a long day of padel.

The tournament also counted with 6 mixed doubles, divided into two groups. The final was very even and decided only at super tie-break. The winners were Alexandra Pinto/Luis Feitas who beat Inês Couceiro/Rodrigo Sá by 6-2/4-6/10-5.

The tournament was very lively, in an excellent sunny day, and finished by 19h00. All of the athletes were eager for next year’s tournament. Check the pictures below!

INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum in Madrid

The INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum 2019 took place in Madrid, focused on the theme “Excellent Execution 2: Deeper”. It’s the INSEAD Forum to go if you are a startup or investor looking to expand your business and learn from outstanding speakers from all over the world.
This edition again confirmed the diversity and range in the alumni community: 170 participants from 32 different nationalities flying in from has far as Hong Kong or Canada just to attend the forum.

Next year the Forum arrives for the first time in Lisbon! A huge challenge your alumni association is taking on. Let us know if you want to be part of this endeavor by sending us an email to [email protected]


60th INSEAD Day at Museu do Oriente

The 12th of September 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of INSEAD.

For this year’s event, the Portuguese NAA visited the Museu do Oriente in a special opening, exploring the cultural connections between Europe, Middle East and Asia, a proper tribute for the school with its campi in these locations.

Pedro da Cunha gave an update on the association’s activities, namely the developments in San Francisco, the participation of alumni in the recent events, the outstanding impact generated by the Leading Together initiative, and reminded everyone of the excellent benefits which come with being a member of an INSEAD NAA. Joaquim Paiva Chaves gave the alumni updates on the activities of the IAA, at the upper floor foyer with a sight to Lisbon’s setting sun.

INSEAD Entrepreneurship and Private Equity Club

INSEAD Entrepreneurship and Private Equity Club event the 17th of June at VdA Vieira de Almeida. Thanks to our wonderful speakers:
Pedro Mendes Leal sharing with us how he and his team built and then exited Empark Aparcamientos y Servicios S.A.
Francisco Ferreira Pinto explaining the strategy behind Busy Angels.

INSEAD Iberian Weekend 2019

In the weekend of May 24-25, our NAA Spain and NAA Portugal hosted their 3rd annual Iberian Event in Évora, a Unesco Heritage site in Portugal. Our alumni had a great together in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Professor Theodoros Evegeniou joined them for a special session on AI and Machine Learning.

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18 March – Corporate Governance failures in the Banking Sector

March 18th’s event on #corporategovernance in the #bankingindustry with INSEAD Professors Ludo VAN DER HEYDEN and Peter Nathanial and also Vitor Bento.

Joined by a large audience who nearly filled the Deloitte hub, the panel discussed topics which ranged from opportunities of digitization in dramatic changes to the business model and to transparency, to what the future of regulators will look like with the changes that are about to come.

Organizing credits go to Portuguese IDP Ambassador Susana Gomez Smith.

The Alumni Association also wants to thank Deloitte and INSEAD alumnus Pedro Brás da Silva (’16D) for providing the event venue.