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


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.

Leading Together NOVA SBE Conference – February 20

“Companies in the top-quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 21% more likely to outperform their national industry median on EBIT margin and 27% on EP margin”

“In Portugal, a woman has a chance of becoming a CEO which is 15 times smaller than a man”

“Only 24% of employees believe their CEOs consider diversity one of their top-10 strategic priorities”

These are some of the key conclusions of the study “Achieving gender balance in leadership – why and how” presented by Maria João Ribeirinho, Partner of McKinsey & Company, at the Leading Together Conference last week.

The Leading Together Conference held on February 20 at Nova SBE was a success, with more than 200 people present and a unique opportunity to bring top executives and business leaders together to discuss the importance of gender-balanced leadership in the light of the latest research findings led by McKinsey & Company and INSEAD.

Sadia Khan (President, International Alumni Association) presented Sonae Capital with an award as the nº1 company on the Leading Together Index.

The conference and the studies have since been covered in various media platforms – Sic Notícias, Expresso, Jornal Económico, among other – and we hope the discussion does not stop here!

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2018 INSEAD Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony

Congratulations to our 2018 INSEAD Entrepreneurship Awards winners!

A fantastic turnout of nearly 100 guests filled the venue this latest 31st of January, for the ceremony of the VIII edition of the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Awards in Portugal.

The 2018 INSEAD Entrepreneurship award winner is Paulo Stricker and company Stricker.

The Social Entrepreneurship Award winner is Antonio Bello and company Just a Change.

The runner-ups for each category are:

Entrepreneurship award: BBG, Nonius

Social Entrepreneurship award: SAPANA, Transformers


INSEAD NAA Portugal would like to thank the members of the jury:

João Castello Branco (President of the Jury), SEMAPA

Filipe Santos, Visiting Professor INSEAD
Carlos Azevedo, IES

Jorge Portugal, COTEC
Fernando Amaro, Caixa Económica Montepio Geral
João Ricardo Moreira, NOS
Catarina Soares, INSEAD Alumni Association
Rita Gonçalves, INSEAD Alumni Association

The sponsors of the award:

NOS SGPS Deloitte Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

The partners of the award:

GS1 aicep Portugal Global COTEC Portugal Expresso EDIGMA

And INSEAD Professor Adrian Johnson, responsible for the YFCD course, who gave a special talk about entrepreneurship challenges, with the main message: “(1) Celebrate failure (2) Reward success (3) Punish inaction”.


Congratulations to all winners and runner-ups!