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In 2013 INSEAD ranked #1 globally based on the number of publications in the nine top management journals, as reported by the University of Texas, Dallas Top 100 World Ranking of Business School’s. Also in 2013 four INSEAD professors were recognized as Thinkers Top 50, seven more were nominated for the Distinguished Achievement Awards, and four were included among the 30 thinkers “on the radar” for their breakthrough ideas.

Video Interview with Hermina Barra

  Photo Caption: Hermina Barra receiving her top Thinkers 50 Award with Executive Networks sponsors: Mike Dulworth & Terry Shea.

Art Basel – A Soldout Event for Art Lovers and Alumni

artbasel2Art Basel attracted INSEAD Alumni and guests from around Switzerland on June 14th for a Swiss INSEAD Alum- ni Association event to mark the 2013 Basel edition. The INSEAD Art Basel event revealed a great interest in art in our Swiss Alumni community. The event attracted members from Zürich, Lausanne, and Geneva, in addition to Basel. We received the welcome support from two Alumni and their respective companies that made the event truly special for us. Saji Jabbour,CFO at Audemars Piguet (MBA’ 2000)and Hans -Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff AG (AMP’ 92). Thanks to both companies, Alumni were treated to VIP status. Audemars Piguet, which initiated its partnership with Art Basel at its show in Hong Kong in May 2013, provided upgraded passes granting access to the exhibit grounds and to the Audemars Piguet VIP lounge area.

Throughout the day, guests were invited to take a break and sample a cigar, and a drink, at the Davidoff Cigars VIP lounge. A late afternoon cocktail, hosted by Audemars Piguet at their lounge, enabled us to meet Mr. Olivier Audemars, great grandson of one of the founders. He greeted the guests and presented the lounge, the brand’s design and artwork, explaining how these capture the brand’s essence and draws on the company’s roots in the Vallée de Joux. Guests could also view the art of watchmaking ‘live’ at a small atelier in the lounge entrance, as well as marvel at iconic Audemars Piguet timepieces. The INSEAD Art Basel Alumni event ended with a guided tour of the Arts Unlimited section of Art Basel’s Exhibit. A special thanks to Laurence Rochat at Audemars Piguet, Maneesha Baljekar Trees at Davidoff Cigars and Nicole Reber at gcc GmbH for organising a tour of the Exhibit.

INSEAD Healthcare Awards 2013 Highlight Alumni Contribution to Industry

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The fifth annual INSEAD Healthcare Alumni Summit in October in Zürich hosted the inaugural INSEAD Healthcare Awards to recognise significant contributions by more than 2,000 INSEAD alumni active in the healthcare field. The Summit attracted more than 110 participants to Zürich’s SWX Stock Exchange for an event, themed “Disruptive Collaboration”. It drew senior INSEAD alumni and global healthcare experts from around the world to participate in an interactive forum designed to advance discourse about the industry’s future.

“Whether as CEOs and entrepreneurs, our alumni through their knowledge and leadership drive breakthrough business models in healthcare that open up new areas of market growth. The INSEAD Healthcare Awards allow us the chance to highlight the best of the best in our network of global practitioners who are extending the boundaries of this important field,” said INSEAD Dean Ilian Mihov in a statement.

Sponsors of the INSEAD Alumni Healthcare Summit are HBM Healthcare Investments, Civitas, McDermott Will & Emery, as well as partners Elsevier Business Intelligence, European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine (ECPM), and Value Edge…Read more on INSEAD

INSEAD’s Mauborgne and Kim Win 2014 Carl S. Sloane Award

w_chan_kim_-_renee_mauborgneJoining the ranks of former winners of the Carl S. Sloane Award, such as Clayton Christensen (2013), Gary Hamel (2012), and Jim Champy (2010), are INSEAD’s W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, co-directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. The two won the award this year for their “innovative thinking and fresh perspectives that have redefined the traditional approaches to strategy consulting”.

They are the authors of the worldwide bestselling strategy book, Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant, which has been published in 43 languages and sold over 3.5 million copies. It has quickly become a best seller across five continents and has changed the way we think about business strategy, said the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) in a statement. (Image source: INSEAD.EDU)

European Business Schools Gear Up Fundraising Ops

As European schools gear up to compete with elite institutions overseas, they are expanding alumni-relations offices to forge stronger ties to graduates and build fundraising operations that the schools hope eventually will bring in steady, significant gifts, reports the Wall Street Journal.

In earlier times Europe’s subsidized schools had little incentive to build endowments, says the report, but austerity measures across the continent, growing financial-aid needs among students and greater institutional aspirations are the drivers of fundraising appeals.

Each of the leading business schools in Europe face challenges. At INSEAD no single nationality contributes more than 12 percent of the class, so Joanne Shoveller, associate dean of advancement and alumni relations, customizes fundraising appeals accordingly. She said that INSEAD’s US graduates are at ease with support that improves a school’s reputation and quality, while graduates in much of the rest of the world prefer to fund specific scholarships or buildings. For example, alumni based in Asia are particularly keen on donating to INSEAD’s Singapore campus. (Image source: INSEAD Communications)