Bilanz Gives 5 Stars to IPEC’s Investing in Asia Panel Event

Be Humble!

Business magazine Bilanz reported on the recent IPEC “Investing in Asia” panel discussion event in Zürich. We translated the one pager into English, and you can read the original German here (pdf)bilanzjpg.

If Big Shots start talking about their experiences in Asia, the result is highly concentrated know-how, and that was the case when the INSEAD Private Equity Club (IPEC) invited André Hoffmann, VP Roche and Givaudan, Jack Clemons, CEO of shoe company Bata, Johannes Müller, CEO of Dätwyler Cabling Solutions, and architect Andries Diener (Diener Syz Real Estate) to a panel discussion to talk about their investments in Asia.

As intriguing as the anecdotes are, so simple are the lessons: those who will be successful in China must above all be humble and eager to learn, according to Diener. A multi-level management and internal communication system to prevent corruption, doesn’t hurt either. “It is not enough to have only a Swiss CFO in place,” added Mülller.

Byline: Karin Kofler/Text; Markus Senn/Photos

Bilanz Auftritt Report Card

  •  Information quality = 5 stars
  •  Networking opps = 3 stars
  •  Entertainment factor = 4 stars
  •  Market Capitalizations = 2 stars

The Art of Financial Storytelling for Entrepreneurs – Geneva – April 3, 2014

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amiandomiltzINSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland’s Geneva Chapter and EO present an

Evening Conference & Networking Cocktail,

featuring Alan Miltz

“The Art of Financial Storytelling” 

miltzbanner Cercle De La Terasse, Thursday April 3, from 18h to 21:30h

The INSEAD Alumni Association of Switzerland, in partnership with the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), invites startup company founders, business development managers, CFO’s, and corporate finance professionals to learn from Alan Miltz who has built a career based on compelling financial reporting skills. There are ways to be more effective in communicating business strategy and relevant financial facts to banks, boards, financiers, and members of the management team to fund long term growth, and it can be done in a one-pager.

Miltz uses interactive tools and case studies to highlight and share his view on which cash flow measures are critical to measure and understand your business, how banks review performance, and make decisions about debt versus equity financing options. He is a popular public speaker and corporate executive who has shared his insight with more than 5000 business leaders around the world.

Even financial professionals who thought they had seen and heard it all have been impressed and inspired by Alan Miltz’s penetrating analysis, according to the EO. So come and learn how to tell the success story about your company, business, or project and great opportunity for entrepreneurs to discover EO.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Cercle De La Terasse

Rue Jean-Gabriel Eynard 4

1205 Genève


 18:00 – 18:30 Registration & Welcome Drink  

18:30 – 20:00 Presentation Q&A

20:00 – 21:30 Networking Cocktail


SFr 40 for INSEAD NAA members

SFr 60 for non-members and guests


Register online at


[important]Seating is limited so book your tickets early – first come first served basis. Deadline for registration: March 28th 2014. [/important]

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Kind regards,

Leila Ojjeh (MBA ‘01D)

IAA Switzerland President Geneva Chapter

Zunfthaus zur Waag is the Venue for Wednesday’s Private Equity in Healthcare Event

ipechealthbanner2You are invited to an Evening Conference with Panel Discussion & Networking Cocktail hosted by the INSEAD Private Equity Club (IPEC) and the Swiss Healthcare Industry Club (cHIC)

“The Role of Private Equity in Healthcare”

Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zürich on April 2, 2014 from 7 to 10 pm


Historically strong returns and low default rates have forged a clear role for private equity in the healthcare sector. For example, two of the largest private equity exits last year were healthcare deals, namely the sale of Bausch and Lomb to Valeant, and the sale of Warner Chilcott to Actavis, each with a valuation of about $8.5 billion. Interest in healthcare provider and services is increasing, while pharma and medtech remain strong. As a result, the competitive environment has become more intense and private equity investors are pursuing more complex deal opportunities, such as those with higher reimbursement and regulatory risk, or assets in need of a turnaround.

Others are aggressively deploying capital around key themes, such as physician consolidation or retail health ventures. Still others target management teams with robust post-acquisition playbooks for longer term investments. In addition, many Western firms seek investments in emerging markets, but they face strong competition there from local firms and strategies.

Our panel of seasoned industry insiders will talk about these strategies in a moderated discussion that is bound to interest and inspire entrepreneurs, corporate finance professionals, as well as investors and life science industry executives.

[warning]Please register before April 1, 2014.[/warning]


April 2, 2014


Zunfthaus zur Waag, Münsterhof 8, 8001 Zürich



19:00 – 19:30 Registration & Welcome Drink19:30 – 20:45 Panel & Q&A Moderated by Arul Ramadurai (MBA J’05)

  • Juergen Raths, Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant (former CEO of Arpida and Correvio)
  • Ludger Schwinn, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International
  • Alain Nicod, Managing Partner, VI Partners
  • Romain Boichat, Senior Vice-President,Genolier Swiss Medical Network SA

20:45 – 22:00 Apéro Riche



60 CHF for INSEAD Alumni Association Members100 CHF for Others and Guests


Tickets on

You are welcome to invite friends or colleagues along to the event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Kind regards,

Aleksandar Ruzicic, President cHIC
Chandra Leo [MBA D’02], Vice President cHIC
Andre Aubert [MBA J’00], President IPEC
Arul Ramadurai (MBA J’05) is the volunteer organizer from IPEC Switzerland

chicsponsorsPanelist Bios

Alain Nicod  
Managing Partner VI Partners since 2002. Prior to that AlainNicod  (INSEAD MBA ’83) was a shareholder,  board member, and entrepreneur in fast growing companies, including medical instrumentation and IT industries, for example, Compex,, SourcingParts, Securicard, and MNC. He started his career in 1980 at Arthur Andersen, and then joined McKinsey in 1983. VI Partners is a venture capital investor backed by blue chip companies. He specializes in IT and Life Sciences portfolio companies. Alain Nicod is a board member of two Swiss financial institutions. He earned an MBA from INSEAD after HEC Lausanne. 
Juergen Raths juergen headshot Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant. Most recently, Juergen Raths served as CEO of Correvio, a privately backed Geneva-based specialty pharmaceutical firm. Prior to that, he was CEO of a publicly-traded Basel-based biotechnology company that he led through a merger. His entrepreneurial experience builds on a 20 years international career in medical, sales, marketing and general management in a global pharmaceutical company. Jürgen is MD from the University of Bonn 
Ludger Schwinn
Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International since 2002. He has two decades of healthcare experience, particularly in senior executive recruitment for the Life Sciences industry, including the Pharmaceuticals, Biopharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Diagnostics sectors. He is a key account leader for a number of top global pharmaceutical companies based in Switzerland. He has performed strategic management assessments, as well doing leadership and talent development programs for key clients. Ludger has a Master of Business and Marketing from the University of Basel.
Romain Boichat

Senior Vice-President,Genolier Swiss Medical Network SA since 2012. Romain joined GSMN as Director in 2011. Before that he was with McKinsey and also Director of the Service des automobiles et de la navigation of the state of Vaud. He has served as the Dean of the School of Management of Technology at EPFL. Romain holds an MBA from IMD Lausanne and a PhD from EPFL. 
Arul Ramadurai
CEO of ExcellGene SA, a privately-owned Swiss biotechnology provider in the field of protein manufacturing. Prior to that Arul Ramadurai (INSEAD MBA J’05) coached a number of privately-backed enterprises. Before becoming involved in management and leadership of quick growing young company, he worked for 16 years in large corporates in the healthcare and energy industries. Arul is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA from INSEAD.

June 25 – Sixth Annual B-Schools After Work Event – Geneva


halledille2geCome and join us for the sixth Business Schools’ After Work Cocktail on Wednesday, June 25, from 6.30 pm, at Brasserie des Halles de L’Ile, Place de l’Ile 1, 1204 Geneva. For the football fans, the match will be broadcasted live!

The cocktail is a joint event of the top Universities’ and Business Schools’ alumni associations such as Cambridge, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Boston, École des Ponts et Chaussées, ESADE, Harvard, HSG, IMD, Insead, London Business School, Northwestern, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, Wharton, University of Virginia, EPFL, EMLYON, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Sciences Po Paris, ENSAM, Supelec, Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), ESCP Europe, Ecole Centrale Paris, ESSEC and HEC.



·When: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 18.30 h

·Where:Brasserie des Halles de L’Ile

·Location: Place de l’Ile 1, 1204 Geneva



In order to ensure ease organization, we would be grateful if you sent an email specifying the number of people you intend to bring along. Please  send it to insead at Feel free to bring a friend or a guest!

The event has a facebook page you can promote.