INSEAD Alumni Survey – let your impact be seen.

Let your impact be seen and celebrated by INSEAD and the world! INSEAD is conducting a survey to understand the diversity, depth and breadth of our alumni and their impact on the world. Last week the survey was sent to all alumni (subject line: “Survey of INSEAD Alumni”) with a unique link inviting you to participate in the survey. If you didn’t receive the survey and would like to participate please contact INSEAD Alumni Relations ([email protected]).   


What to expect from the ECB
According to Antonio Fatas, INSEAD Professor of Economics, the ECB will likely move ahead with its plan to slowdown asset buying.  CNBC   Singapore – 26 October

What workers want
According to a joint study between INSEAD and Universum, the main motivator for millennials in Asia to take a job is cultural fit—not prestige. The study found that millennials’ top fear, when it comes to their future career, is not being able to find a job that matches their personality. They also want to feel at home at work by being valued and respected. HRO Today US – October

The MBA gender gap: Poets, not quants
MBAs are frequently split into two tribes: “poets”, with a liberal-arts background who enrol on an MBA course, and “quants”, who have swotted up on the rigorous statistical knowledge that can carry them through their programme. A new study suggests this dividing line could also be applied to gender, with women, falling into the poet category, and men into the quant. That dividing line between women and men is just one of the findings of a recent paper by academics at INSEAD and Columbia Business School. The Economist UK – October

European MBAs May Cost Less Than Elite U.S. B-Schools
INSEAD was the first institution in Europe to offer an MBA programme, starting in the late 1950s. INSEAD’s one-year program became the standard model for European b-schools while most U.S. institutions have retained a two-year programme.U.S. students may want to look to Europe, where shorter programmes can lead to cost savings and faster career growth. Virginie Fougea, Director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at INSEAD, says that INSEAD has received an increase of 35 percent of applicants from North America for its September intake compared to the previous year. US News & World Report USA – 24 October

过度忠诚会抑制创新 (Loyalty Taken Too Far Can Inhibit Innovation)
According to Morten Bennedsen, The André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise at INSEAD, and Brian Henry, Research Fellow at INSEAD, when it comes to business models, loyalty for the sake of loyalty can become a liability and roadblock to success, since loyalty taken too far can inhibit founders of family firms from adopting innovative business models until it is too late. 家族企业 (China Family Business Review) China – September edition In Chinese 

From Salamander Magazine…


One of INSEAD’s core strengths is its diverse community. Students are encouraged to understand different perspectives and are offered tools to thrive in an ever-changing global business ecosystem through a curriculum that leverages personal differences and conflict to achieve intellectual and professional growth. Alumni continue to strive to be effective leaders in their chosen field and to advance their professional and personal goals. Most alumni rely on their INSEAD experience and alumni connections to support their ongoing efforts….Read article here.



Preparing teams to lead innovative change
Henrik Bresman, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, is an expert on leading high-performance teams and the co-author of the top-selling book X-Teams: How to Build Teams that Lead, Innovate, and Succeed. Preparing teams to initiate strategic change will usually require strategic investments on the part of companies. He isolates three areas of critical importance towards which companies should consider directing time and resources. Management Issues UK – 18 October

Meet INSEAD’s MBA Class Of 2018
INSEAD Dean and Professor of Economics Ilian Mihov states that the school’s mission is to bring people together from all over the world. Current participant Shane Zhu from China, declares that “it’s impossible not to be international” at INSEAD. Indeed, such cultural exchange is the heart of the programme – and its biggest attraction to the incoming class. “It all summed up to diversity,” says another INSEAD MBA participant Alda Kule Dale, a native of the Congo who worked in private equity. “I wanted a school that would provide me with the ability to travel in a classroom”. Poets & Quants
USA – 18 October

Seoul urged to open up financial market
Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD Executive Director for Global Indices, says that the degree of sophistication and efficiency of domestic financial markets are important components of national overall competitiveness. The Korea Times
Korea – 18 October

What you should –and should not– say when fundraising for a crowdfunding project
New research by INSEAD Professor of Marketing Amitava Chattopadhyay has revealed that claiming your product to be both “novel and useful” may actually ruin your chance to reach the crowdfunding goal.  e27
Singapore – 18 October

Additional coverage:
UK – Growth Business 
Singapore – The Independent

Success attracts new players to private equity
Beset by historically low interest rates, few investors can afford to ignore unlisted companies, writes Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, and Academic Director of the INSEAD Global Private Equity Initiative. LSE Business Review
UK – 18 October

Axioma’s Amaury Dauge Named Chief Operating Officer
Axioma appointed INSEAD alumnus Amaury Dauge as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, who will continue to serve as their CFO. Axioma is a leading provider of enterprise risk management, portfolio construction, and risk and regulatory reporting solutions. PublicNow
Canada – 17 October

INSEAD’s Fatas Says Central Banks Have Correct Stance
INSEAD Professor of Economics Antonio Fatas discusses central banks’ monetary policies on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.”  Bloomberg
Singapore – 16 October

Additional coverage:
UK – Yahoo finance
Bulgaria – [http://INSEAD’s%20Fatas%20Says%20Central%20Banks%20Have%20Correct%20Stance] 

Last days to sign up:  Is Deep Tech the driving force behind FinTech innovation?

 Is Deep Tech the driving force behind FinTech innovation?

 Thursday 19 October 2017 @ INSEAD Campus from 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Join us as we dive into the future of FinTech, with a focus on Deep Technology providers and the investor perspective

Event highlights: 
Learn from two FinTech startups on how to drive innovation in financial services through deeptech by seeing their product demos: Lenddo and CashShield.

Hear from a prominent investor on what they are looking for when they assess FinTech: Atsushi Taira, Mistletoe

Panelists Include:

Atsushi Taira, Mistletoe Inc. Atsushi is in-charge of facilitating the growth of the portfolio companies as well as sourcing the investment opportunities, and providing mentoring, advice and business development ideas through his experience and business networks. Mistletoe invests, incubates and grows startups and venture companies in US, Japan and Asia / India (with Taizo Son, brother of Masa Son)

Martyna Malinowska FRM, Account Management Director, APAC, Lenddo. Martyna runs account management for Lenddo APAC, and drives digital transformation for the clients, that aspire to adopt financial inclusion strategy. She works with financial institutions across the region, on formulating their new business strategies and assists them with operational and technological changes.


Samantha Lim, CashShield. As Head of Business Development, Samantha manages the APAC sales operations (BD, training, SOPs etc.). CashShield is an online fraud risk management company that protects enterprises against fraudulent payments and accounts.


  • Introduction: Laurent Simon and Arvin Singh
  • Deep Tech Inventors:  Lenddo, CashShield.
  • Deep Tech Investors: Mistletoe.

Register at 6.30pm for a precise start at 7pm.


Link here to sign up 


NEWS – Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index

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The latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index, representing the six-month outlook of 86 firms, slipped to 69 for the September quarter from 74 three months before. Business confidence among Asian companies fell for the first time in three quarters in July-September as escalating geo-political tensions outweighed an improved performance by most economies in the region.

While China, India and South Korea led the fall in sentiment in the third quarter, reflecting regional tensions and sluggish growth, most Southeast Asian economies and Australia put in a stable performance, limiting the downside in the overall index.

Companies expressed concerns this quarter about trade and diplomatic tensions not only in the region but also in the world,” said Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics at INSEAD. “This brought the index down, in a reflection of cautiousness because of the potential risks that could derail the current state of the economy,” he added.

To view the full report, visit here