Business as a Force for Good Award – 2021

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In the years following World War II, Georges Doriot came up with the idea that the world needed a new kind of educational institution—one that united people, embraced diversity, and leveraged business to rebuild nations and promote peace. He envisioned an institution that could make a meaningful contribution to society.

That institution, of course, was INSEAD. In the decades since its founding in 1957, our school has never wavered from that vision. Our belief in using business as a force for good has come to define who we are, what we stand for and how we conduct ourselves in the world.

The INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore is proud to announce that this year’s “Business as a Force for Good” Award is open for nominations.

What is the Award about?

The award will recognize INSEAD alumni with businesses in Singapore who have demonstrated thought-leadership with respect to “Business as a Force for Good”, have a vision, mission statement and strategy clearly demonstrating their commitment, have developed corporate social responsibility best practices and have achieved remarkable economical results and meaningful societal impact.

The award will be presented during the Association’s Annual General Meeting 2021, which will be hosted on 26 February 2021 in Singapore.

Top nominees and the award winner will gain visibility through various PR activities and social media articles sharing details about the award and their company’s accomplishments.

What is the selection criteria?

A jury made of alumni leaders from various industries will identify the award winner. Selections will be based on the positive impact the organization has had on society through its corporate social responsibility program or its core business activities.

How can you participate?

Please simply complete this link with the name of either your company or a company that you know well, deserving to be nominated. We will need the name of a representative (yourself or another contact person who is an INSEAD alum) whom the selection committee will contact for further details. Nominations must be received no later than 5 January 2021. 

The “Business as a Force for Good” Award is a wonderful opportunity to recognize best practices, to give visibility to deserving companies and to promote INSEAD’s mission. We are very much looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to us.

Business as a Force for Good, Singapore Edition – Past Winners

The company aims to fight climate change in Singapore and Indonesia. RPRE helps businesses operating in remote off-grid areas switch from fossil fuel energy sources to clean renewable energy, primarily solar and batteries. In addition, they have an inclusive hiring policy such as working with the UNHCR to hire Afghanistan refugees in Indonesia and hiring people from disadvantaged backgrounds (such as persons with disabilities) in Singapore.

  • 2019: ECOSOFFT, Marcus Lim TIEMBA’13 and Stanley Samuel TIEMBA’13

This social enterprise aims to address the global challenge of water shortage, scarcity and quality. ECOSOFTT has delivered more than 50 projects, providing safe drinking water to thousands of people; reduced fresh water intake by almost five-million litres per day, and reclaimed millions of litres of dirty water for re-use.

Message on behalf of the MBA students – support with projects

INSEAD students launched a Business Projects Platform in April to connect alumni with current students to work on short-term projects. It has had big success with over 300 projects received and close to 600 student applications in two months. Project topics range from AI to fashion, size from one-founder startups to companies with billions in revenue – all types of projects are welcome.

If you have a project you would like to engage INSEADers for, please fill out this survey and the opportunity will be posted within a couple of days for students to apply for. It is a great way to stay connected with INSEAD and to get some help with your projects & ventures.

Update on Access to INSEAD’s Campuses

INSEAD has started to reopen its global campuses, including the Asia-campus, for in-person programmes, however due to the ongoing pandemic and social-distancing measures the school is not able to welcome alumni and visitors on campus for the time being. The school thanks the alumni for their understanding as we work together to keep our campuses safe for our in-person programme participants. Click here for more details on our re-opening.

Hot Jobs – help source roles for alumni

In the next few months, the INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore will be uploading high paying jobs (≥ S$200K) for alumni in Singapore to INSEAD’s CareerGlobe portal.

To help alumni weather these challenging times, we regularly curate high paying jobs for alumni and post them on INSEAD’s CareerGlobe portal.

Do help the community by sourcing roles from your company’s internal job portal. Please share them with Apo Ozkececi MCCC’19Dec-S who is taking care of the curation and publication.

CareerGlobe is also accessible via your MyINSEAD profile: go to ‘My Resources’, ‘Career Development for Working Professionals’ and click on ‘CareerGlobe’.

Announcing Winner of ‘Business as a Force for Good Award – 2020’


Congratulations to Right People Renewable Energy (RPRE) for winning Business as a Force for Good Award Singapore – 2020 Edition. The Jury was particularly impressed by RPRE’s transformation journey, their commitment to climate and their inclusive company values.

RPRE founder Robin Pho GEMBA’17 has guided his family business, transforming from providing manpower to the energy industry, to fighting climate change in Singapore and Indonesia. His company, RPRE, is a registered social enterprise in Singapore, and is the only certified B Corporation in South East Asia doing renewable energy. RPRE has a triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit, and has an Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) focus. RPRE helps businesses operating in remote off-grid areas switch from fossil fuel energy sources to clean renewable energy, primarily solar and batteries.

Since inception, they have commissioned the largest solar and battery system for an Indonesian dive resort (Gangga Island Resort and Spa), helped Kuhlbarra – Barramundi Asia, the largest sustainable fish farm in Singapore, switch their floating fish farm from diesel generators to 100% solar, and also install solar for zero energy residential homes in Singapore.

Social impact is an important element in their projects. Often the local community including women and children also benefit, with increased employment, increased income, and having access to clean energy in their environment. One project they are working on is with the UNDP, to provide energy to rural fisherman in Indonesia to make ice, so that they can preserve the day’s catch better and prevent fish from spoiling while out fishing. Other projects in the pipeline include the world’s first floating hospital barge in Indonesia, and floating solar systems for island resorts – so that trees are not cut and land does not need to be cleared.

In addition, they have an inclusive hiring policy such as working with the UNHCR to hire Afghanistan refugees in Indonesia and hiring people from disadvantaged backgrounds (such as persons with disabilities) in Singapore.

RPRE has shown thought leadership and leads the way, showing that business can indeed be a force for good.

We would like to thank all participating companies for their time and effort in building businesses which provide societal impact and enrich the world!

2020 Jury: Anne-Ev Juette-Enzmann MBA’01J, Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16Jan, Jean-Francois Legourd MBA’12D & Laurent Simon TGM F/S’14Jul.

Call to Action: Support Singapore residents in need

For alumni looking to make a difference during these trying times: Project Green for Impact is bringing together the global INSEAD community to fight the COVID-19 crisis. To support those most affected here in Singapore, we will be highlighting impactful local initiatives: It’s Raining Raincoats and SUN-DAC.

We’ve already started supporting by donating clothes and healthy snacks to migrant workers hosted at the temporary medical facility in a call by physician Dr Estelle Tan. Thank You to the Alumni community that already supported for last week’s donation drive with clothes and snacks!

Whether you choose to contribute financially or in kind, give your time, or share your encouragement and support with the most vulnerable, these are simple ways you can be a force for good in our community, today:

It’s Raining Raincoats

Foreign Workers Need Our Help! If you are wondering how to help those most impacted by Covid 19 in Singapore, consider donating to ItsRainingRaincoats (IRR).

Founded in 2015 by Dipa Swaminathan, a Haravard educated lawyer, is also the spouse of an INSEAD alum, the organization received the President’s Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy in 2017 for their commitment to improving the lives of migrant workers, and several other awards and recognition since then. They are also featured quite regularly in the media for the unique, authentic and imaginative initiatives they float to bridge the gap between migrant workers and Singaporeans. From distributing raincoats, food, phone cards, Deepavali treats and Xmas gifts to hosting nationwide potlucks to advocating for the ethical rights of these workers, IRR has made its mark in Singapore, bringing to focus the plight of this “invisible” community.

Now, even more so, they need your help. IRR is collecting food and essential items for distribution to the foreign workers in isolation/quarantine. Most needed products are snacks (chips, cookies, nuts, candy bars etc), personal hygiene items (soaps, toothpaste, toothbrush), and hand wash/sanitizers.

If you can source the items above please contact IRR.

To access the one-stop portal for all IRR initiatives to help the migrant workers, click here.

Here’s how YOU can help

Please note they are inundated at the moment and what they ask for are minimal questions and offers of help from individuals and groups who can be self starters, get organised and then reach out for last mile assistance.


The 30 Seconds Challenge – Overcoming COVID-19 and YES to Social Inclusion
#SUNDACCares #SGUnited #30SecondsChallenge #PAssionWaVe

Helping others is happiness, even in difficult times. Physically apart, but still socially inclusive.

This year SUN-DAC marks 30 years of community care service for persons with disabilities and their caregivers. In this current challenging COVID-19 situation, we wish to encourage Singapore and communities that together we can overcome COVID-19, and we also want to encourage Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and vulnerable groups, to do the same! The 30 seconds challenge may be simple, but it may not be so for our vulnerable groups.

Take part and spread hope and encourage others! COVID-19 can’t stop us.

  • Step 1 – Take a pic or video of yourself doing a 30 seconds activity, eg. yoga pose, jumping jacks, running on the spot, steps machine etc. Say/ type “Together we can overcome COVID-19!” and any other encouraging message at the end. Be creative!
  • Step 2 – Copy this message. Post message with your pic or video on social media, tag 5 friends to do the same 30 seconds challenge and post on their social media. I nominate (name1), (name2), (name3), (name4), (name5) to do this challenge, and/or make a donation.
  • Step 3 – Help us serve and support persons with disabilities and caregivers. Say YES to Social Inclusion! Together we can overcome COVID-19!
Join the Challenge


2020 AGM – electronic voting notice

Notice is hereby given that electronic voting will be conducted for 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 14 to 29 April 2020.


Please find the 2019 Annual Report inclusive of the proposed 2019 AGM minutes (pages 21-22) and Financial Reports (pages 18-20) relating to The INSEAD Club of Singapore (INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore). We revised the Constitution and Bye-Laws during the 2019 AGM. The revised constitution was submitted to the Registry of Societies and has been approved.

Please refer to these documents:

Don’t hesitate to contact our President Cintia Tavella MBA’07D, Secretary Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16Jan, or Treasurer Abel Van Staveren EMBA’08Dec if you have questions by 20th April.


Due to Covid-19 and the measures put in place, we have changed the AGM to electronic voting.

Members will receive an email from Jaz Athenia Chua with the subject: INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore Annual General Meeting 2020 – Voting. Do check your SPAM folder if you have not received this email.

We require your participation to vote on 3 motions:

  1. Vote on the proposed 2019 AGM minutes (pages 21-22) and
  2. Vote on the 2019 Financial Reports (pages 18-20) of the 2019 Annual Report
  3. Vote to elect the following:
  • New Board Members at 2020 AGM:
    • Treasurer: Amy Xu MBA’14J
    • Board Member (Clubs & Interests Groups): Julie He MBA’13D
    • Board Member (Professor & Company Visits): Tan Eng Hwa TIEMBA’16Jan
  • Re-Election for a second term for:
    • Secretary: Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16Jan


We thank the following retired board members for their contributions

Retiring in 2020

  • Abel Van Staveren EMBA’08Dec for his role as a Treasurer for 4 years and a mentor to the Exco and Alumni
  • Ankit Kedia MBA’14D for his role as Board Member of Lifelong Learning and Career Development as well as leading Global INSEAD Day 2019

Retired in 2019

  • Lydia Astill for her role as Executive Director for nearly 4 years.
  • Rani Francois-Marie Saad AMP’15N for his role as a Board Member in Clubs & Interests Groups, onboarding clubs during his tenure, onboarding FUTR event for Alumni and his role as the NAA representative for DUAL.
  • Reshmi Rajendran EMBA’16Dec for her role as Board Member (Sustainable Innovation) organising events and panel discussion with industry professionals and professors.
  • Amit Puri MBA’06J for his role as a Vice President and organising company visits and professor series

Updated: Corporate Governance Handbook for Alumni Associations

We are pleased to share with all our INSEAD Alumni community and the Alumni Associations across the world, the newly revised and edited version of the Corporate Governance Handbook for Alumni Associations produced by the Singapore Alumni Association to help build scale and efficiencies for all Associations across the globe.

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Stay Safe, Stay Close Virtually

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to protect our community and our volunteers while staying in touch with each other.

Following a meeting with our Executive Committee this week, we have committed to be an even stronger enabler of connections for our Singapore alumni during these difficult times. We will be launching and moving to virtual / remote events whenever possible. We are also working with other Alumni Associations worldwide and with INSEAD to make available more webinars for our members.

This will allow all of us to stay engaged, educated and connected wherever you are in the world. The online events are free of charge for MEMBERS (join us now). We will give you access with a link sent by email after you register for the event.

The team of Alumni Association of Singapore also remains available for 1o1 meetings and conference calls if you need to reach any of us.

Follow our social media pages Facebook and LinkedIn to stay updated. We have over 1,500 members in our Facebook Alumni Group! All of you can participate and start a conversation.

If you would like to send supporting messages or good wishes to our Dean, Ilian Mihov, please direct your messages to Alumni relations team at INSEAD. They are collecting all the support messages.

As a global business school, INSEAD and INSEAD faculty are also leading from the front during the COVID-19 crisis. Professor Phanish Puranam just launched a short online survey to analyse how it is to really work together when we’re apart. It only takes 5 minutes and we’d love your feedback! Learn more in this article.

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