Women in Business Student Club Mentor Program

The INSEAD Women in Business Student Club is excited to announce the kickoff of the IWiB mentorship program for the current 17D class and beyond.
We are seeking INSEAD alumni, both male and female, with at least 3 years of post-MBA work experience, or EMBA participants, who are interested in mentoring a current MBA student. This will involve supporting an MBA student in their personal and professional development through occasional phone calls / in-person meetings depending on preferences and geographic proximity.
The exact nature of the commitment can be fully at the discretion of specific mentor-mentee pairs. Our expectation is that mentors and mentees connect in person or via phone once every few months as well as exchange occasional emails. The duration of the commitment is also open, but we are hoping to establish long-term relationships that can continue through a student’s early career and can ultimately prove mutually beneficial.
We would be extremely grateful if you could pass this information along to the members of your club, and if anyone is interested in being part of this program, please let us know. We will match each mentor to a mentee based on job/industry, location, and background.
Due to overwhelming interest on the mentee side, we would love to sign up as many mentors as possible. It would be fantastic if you could pass this on to any additional alumnae you know who may be interested! Contact Jennifer


(Video) INSEAD’s growth in Asia 
Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD and Professor of Economics, speaks with CNBC award-winning anchor Christine Tan about INSEAD and the rise in demand for MBAs from INSEAD Asia campus as students seek greater exposure to the region. 

Singapore – June


The 16 Most innovative Countries in the world
INSEAD, Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organization, have released the 10th annual Global Innovation Index in Geneva. Switzerland, Sweden and The Netherlands are the three top most innovative countries in the world. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of the Indices at INSEAD, was at the press conference in the UN as INSEAD spokesperson.

Business Insider
UK – 15 June


(Video) What a soft Brexit entails
Antonio Fatas, INSEAD Professor of Economics, says a soft Brexit would involve things staying close to the status quo, but the U.K. would be unable to influence EU decisions.

Singapore – 15 June


Apparently You Act Drunker If You Think You’re Drinking a Vodka Red Bull
INSEAD Professor of Marketing Pierre Chandon and his co-researchers found in a recent study that drinkers had less inhibitions when told they consumed the popular energy drink cocktail.

Food and Wine 
USA – 13 June


The World’s Most Powerful Languages
Reprinted from INSEAD Knowledge
Kai Chan, Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD Innovation and Policy Initiative, created the Power Language Index to compare the efficacy of more than one hundred languages in the five domains of his research. English is ranked first, Mandarin second and French third, with strong results in geography and diplomacy. Spanish, Arabic and Russian fill in the next three spots.

India – 12 June

KKR’s North Asian mission 
Claudia Zeisberger, Academic Director of the Global Private Equity Initiative at INSEAD, says that among Asian family business owners, there is a greater awareness of private equity and the value a private equity partner can bring to the table.  

Private Equity International
UK – 9 June

INSEAD Private Equity Initiative Survey for Family Businesses

INSEAD Private Equity Initiative Survey

Your Family Business – A Competitive Edge?

INSEAD has launched a research project with family firms in Asia that seeks to measure relative competitive advantage and their ability to produce sustainable growth. Through an online survey, INSEAD will assess each participating firm’s institutionalisation score according to six key attributes then test whether high-scoring firms are better equipped to produce superior operating performance than their peers. The final report will outline practical steps that all family firms can take to improve their performance, drawing on academic research and interviews with successful family firms. For a detailed project overview, see here.

To deliver value and foster a like-minded community at INSEAD, families that participate in the project’s 10-15 minute survey will receive:

  1. Free benchmarking report: On completing the survey, respondents receive The Family Business Map, a customised report allowing them to benchmark their business against their peers.
  2. Invitations to exclusive INSEAD events: A series of by-invitation-only events and workshops that build on this research.
  3. Prime access to the final report: The Institutionalisation of Asian Family Firms, where we will share the challenges faced and tactics to address them.

SURVEY: Get Started

To make the outcome for the business meaningful, the survey requires input from senior family leaders or a non-family member with deep insight into the family dynamics and the operating business. 

Any questions, please contact: Bowen White, or Alexandra Albers.


28 April 2017


The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2017 Asian Launch was held on INSEAD Asia campus in Singapore on 18 April. INSEAD Dean Ilian Mihov gave the opening address and highlighted the important role of education and how educational systems have to help learners foster learning agility.

The GTCI is an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability of countries to compete for talent. It combines the academic research and expertise of INSEAD led by Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices, and Professor Paul Evans, Academic Director, Global Talent Competitiveness Index, the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore (HCLI) and The Adecco Group. In Asia Pacific, Singapore is ranked second globally for the fourth consecutive year while Australia (6th), New Zealand (14th), Japan (22nd), Malaysia (28th) and South Korea (29th), rank within Top 30 globally. 

Focusing on “Talent and Technology”, the 2017 report explores the effects of technological change on talent competitiveness and the future of work, arguing that while routine jobs at all levels continue to be replaced by machines, technology is also creating new opportunities. Project and collaborative skills become essential for the innovative work that is opening up. At the Asian Launch, Professor Paul Evans elaborated on this year’s findings and moderated a panel discussion centred around what countries, organisations and people can do to harness the benefits of technology while minimising the drawbacks.

From right: The panel discussion was moderated by Professor Paul Evans, Academic Director and co-editor of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index. The panel of global talent experts consisting of Su-Yen Wong, CEO, Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore (HCLI); Christophe Duchatellier, CEO Asia Pacific, The Adecco Group;  and Janet Ang, Vice-President, Industry Solutions & Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific, IBM Industry Academic Member, shared their views with the audience. 

Singapore Is Asia’s Best in Attracting Talent Amid Digital Push

US – 18 April

Singapore tops talent competitiveness index in Asia Pacific for the 4th year running

Channel NewsAsia  
Singapore – 18 April



INSEAD in the NEWS Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 201


Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2017

INSEAD has been partnering with Cartier and McKinsey for the past eleven years, supporting the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an annual business plan competition to celebrate women entrepreneurs around the world. This year, INSEAD hosted the Awards week programme on its Asia campus in Singapore, including media training and coaching sessions for the finalists as well as jury evaluation.

The Awards ceremony was held on the 12th of April at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in the heart of Singapore. The event celebrated women entrepreneurs under the theme “Transform, Lead the change you want to see”, and brought together speakers and change makers passionate about women’s visions and values. During a panel discussion, Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD and Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier, exchanged with entrepreneurs Privahini Bradoo and Rosaline Chow Koo about their experiences at corporate and start up level as well as the role educational institutions can play in shaping future leaders and entrepreneurs.

Ilian Mihov joined Cyrille Vigneron to announce the six laureates for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2017.