Alipay-NUS Enterprise Social Innovation Challenge

Alipay-NUS Enterprise Social Innovation Challenge
Application closes on 15 January 2019.

Ant Financial, the parent company of Alipay, and NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore, are committed to promoting equal development opportunities in the Southeast Asia region.

The Alipay-NUS Enterprise Social Innovation Challenge is a joint initiative to seek out the most innovative social impact enterprises, with a focus on digital technology towards building an inclusive society. Top innovations will receive further support to amplify their positive impact on the society.

The challenge will be accessible to all start-ups which aim to achieve social impact in Singapore and/or Southeast Asia (starting with Indonesia and Malaysia first) by leveraging digital technology to solve social issues relating to equality development and opportunities.

The proposed challenge aims to attract start-ups that are ready to scale based on proof of concepts. Up to 10 start-ups will be shortlisted in each country where on-site pitching will be carried out.

Full details here on the website or on Facebook.




展望2019 | 欧元20周年,欲再挑战美元霸权地位
Douglas Webber, Professor of Political Science at INSEAD, comments on whether the eurozone can strengthen the international status of the euro at its 20th anniversary in 2019. China Business News ( 
China, 1 January 
In Chinese  
Other coverage:  Sina 


(TV) 28 Dec 2018 Singapore Tonight (From 32m6s)
Amitava Chattopadhyay, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD, elaborates that when setting New Year’s resolutions, aiming to keep things as they are (status quo), is perceived as more difficult than achieving small but higher goal. Channel NewsAsia
Singapore, 29 December


(Radio)  Does expensive wine really taste better?
According to a study by Hilke Plassmann, the INSEAD Chaired Professor of Decision Neuroscience and Associate Professor of Marketing, people appeared to enjoy wine they’re told is expensive more than wine they’re told is cheap – even if it’s exactly the same wine. Money FM 89.3
Singapore, 26 December 


Asian business confidence wallows near 3-year low on trade worries
The 2018 Q4 Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index edged up to 63 in the October-December quarter, slightly above a near three-year low of 58 seen in the previous period. Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics at INSEAD, comments.  INSEAD Press Release
Asia, 19 December 
Media coverage: 

ReutersSohuThe Business TimesYahoo!,
MoneyFM 89.3MoneyControlThe Asahi Shimbun,  
Arabian Post,  InteraksyonLianhe ZaobaoSinchew,
Business StandardThe Edge (Singapore),  Taipei TimesDaily TimesMalay MailABS-CBNInvestor TaiwanMoney Link


Top business authors share their greatest leadership advice
CNBC Make It interviewed the authors of some of the best business books to find out their greatest advice to set one on the path to becoming a successful future leader. W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, Professors of Strategy at INSEAD, and Linda Brimm, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, are featured. CNBC Asia
Singapore, 19 December  


(TV) Singapore Tonight: “Eat less for a happier holiday season” 
Pierre Chandon, INSEAD Professor of Marketing, discusses how the human brain is terrible at judging portion sizes and how marketers can adopt innovative solutions to better align business growth with consumer health and wellbeing.  Channel NewsAsia
Singapore/France, 18 December 

(For the video, please email us.)


(TV) First Look Asia with Professor Douglas Webber
Douglas Webber, Professor of Political Science at INSEAD, discusses the latest development of Brexit.  
(For the video, please email us.) Channel NewsAsia
Singapore, 14 December


NAA Singapore seeking Volunteers

NAA Singapore seeking Volunteers

The NAA Singapore is seeking volunteers in a number of areas. If you are interested in helping out to serve and grow this diverse community, please contact us. Assistance is needed in the following specific areas:

  • Treasurer succession
  • Clubs and groups
  • Social
  • Senior graduates events
  • Family and sports events



Business, Government and Media must regain public trust 
Following the launch of the Campaign for INSEAD: A Force for Good event at its Europe Campus, focus turned to Singapore, where the recent INSEAD Forum Asia and the Campaign for INSEAD Launch brought together leaders from across Asia to discuss more responsible leadership. INSEAD Press Release
Global, 13 December 
Media coverage: 

StreetInsiderWallstreet OnlineL’essential

(TV) EU ‘not likely’ to backtrack on Brexit, professor says
Douglas Webber, Professor of Political Science at INSEAD, discusses the possibility of getting the Brexit deal through the parliament. CNBC Asia
Singapore, 12 December  
Other coverage:
(Radio) Money FM 89.3MSNYahoo! UK


(Podcast) Wie käuflich sind wir? Werbung, Schnäppchen, Sonderpreise – was uns wirklich beeinflusst
Hilke Plassmann, INSEAD Chaired Professor of Decision Neuroscience, PI at the Brain and Spine Institute, Sorbonne University and Associate Professor of Marketing, shares her research on price placebo effects. She discusses her two recent research papers showing that price labels influence our liking of wine: The same wine tastes better to participants when it is labeled with a higher price tag with some suggestions about what customers can learn from this effect for the holiday season.
Germany, 12 December 
In German 

(TV) First Look Asia with Professor Antonio Fatas
Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics at INSEAD, comments on the latest development of Brexit.  
(For the video, please email us.) Channel NewsAsia
Singapore, 11 December




Wage transparency works: Reduces gender pay gap by 7 percent
INSEAD Professor of Economics Morten Bennedsen’s latest research shows for the first time that that wage transparency really works, reducing gender pay gap. The results of this study, Bennedsen says, raise the bar for policy makers and business leaders.   INSEAD Press Release
Global, 6 December 
Media coverage: 

BloombergAsian CorrespondentHuman Resources (Singapore)Peru 24The Business Times (Singapore)Fin24El ComercioThe Edge (Malaysia)Finance and CommerceValor Economico

Is the European Union on the brink of disintegration?
Douglas Webber, INSEAD Professor of Political Science, analyses in his new book European Disintegration? The Politics of Crisis in the European Union, whether the European Union’s foundations are strong enough to maintain unity should crises emerge.  INSEAD Press Release
Global, 5 December 
Media coverage: 
Harvard Business Review

(TV) China has the upper hand in a long drawn out trade war: Professor Antonio Fatas
The U.S. and China may be on equal grounds right now, but over time, the Chinese economy will become bigger than the U.S. and that will give Beijing the upper hand over Washington, says Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics at INSEAD. CNBC Asia 
Singapore, 2 December  
Other coverage:
CNBCUDN News (Taiwan)



Haier’s CEO gives distinguished lecture at INSEAD
On 23 November, INSEAD welcomed Mr Zhang Ruimin, Chairman and CEO of Haier Group, to its Europe campus in Fontainebleau, France. Mr Zhang shares about Haier’s Rendanheyi model and how it enables Haier to maintain the vitality of venture enterprises in the Internet Age. Peter Zemsky, INSEAD Deputy Dean, and Felipe Monteiro, Affiliate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, comment. INSEAD Press Release
Global, 26 November 

Media coverage: 
China.orgPeople.cnEastDayChina.comHebei FinanceJiangsu China,  Human Resources Director

Hope something productive comes out of G-20: Analyst
Pushan Dutt, Professor of Economics & Political Science at INSEAD, says that the best we can hope for is that the U.S. and China negotiate in good faith; but he expects the trade imbalance to deteriorate further.  CNBC Asia
Singapore, 30 November 
Other coverage: 
Yahoo! FinanceMSN

CFOs: This is How You Help Staff Set Goals Especially During Tough Times
Amitava Chattopadhyay, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD, points out that business leaders and senior management executives might want to set small incremental goals for their staffers rather than a status quo one especially when expecting a tough time ahead. 

CFO Innovation
Hong Kong, 30 November 






(TV) Channel NewsAsia – Primetime Asia News: Wed 28 Nov 2018 (9m20s) 
Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics at INSEAD, analyses the impact of a hard and soft Brexit deal. He shares what he thinks would be the most likely outcome and what this means for Asia.  Channel NewsAsia
Singapore, 28 November