Dubai Tops French Alumni Association’s Best Cities Survey

dubaiChallenges magazine published the results of a survey of 835 members of the INSEAD Alumni Association France ranking global cities with the most desirable environment for personal and professional life. Dubai topped the list, followed by Amsterdam, Toronto, and Singapore. The publisher said it was a surprise that both Dubai and Madrid were came to the top of the ranking because of the dips in both economies in recent years. It apparently does not deter entrepreneurs and expatriates seeking career opportunities and city lifestyles.Paris came in eleventh spot.



Jura Hike: INSEAD Spirit and Alpine Experiences

Five families complete Jura Hike & Lunch

INSEJura Family HikeAD Alumni of all ages and nationalities from a wide range of classes brought their families to the Jura for a Sunday hike, organized by fellow Alum and Geneva Chapter volunteer Simon Sèbstien (MBA 88D). Their children, some of whom are young professionals, had a first taste of INSEAD spirit and camaraderie. The excellent service and tasty simple mountain fare in the Alpine Hut, Buvette de Châtel, for example, croûte au fromage, a garlicy cheese melt, made the lunch stop a pleasure. Timing was just perfect, as the group returned to their cars before the rain started.

INSEAD Alumns Win 9th Alumni Dragon Boat Trophy in Switzerland

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Second victory for INSEAD Alumni in three years[/pullquote]

Overcast skies did not deter INSEAD teamwork, spirit, and determination at this year’s Dragon Boat Trophy in August in Zürich. The INSEAD Alumni team finished first with Rochester second, Stanford finishing third, followed by HSG Omnium. It is the second win in three years for an INSEAD team.The annual race is a fun competition amongst top business school alumni.

Organized by SAMBAplus, a professional instructor provided an introduction and training for all teams. Families, partners and friends joined in to support the paddlers.The INSEAD rowers and event logistics were organized by Zurich Chapter volunteer Rajiv Shetty.

2014 August 31 Dragon boat race 023Members of the Winning Team

Drummer: Christine Keller Peduzzi CCC10

  • Mauricio Tejeda MBA11D
  • Marcel Sheurer MBA13D
  • Stefan Pinggera MBA12J
  • Alexander Brochier CCC03
  • Stefan Keller MBA08J
  • Valeriy Potapov MBA08D
  • Shay Bukshpan MBA11D
  • Urs Lampe MB97D
  • Margherita Fontana EMBA09D
  • Suzanne Rapetti-Hunsicker TIEMBA10J
  • Petra Keil MBA98D
  • Shoko Suzuki MBA02D
  • Support from England: Kaori Shigiya MBA02D


That Night in Rio – JBSB Ball, November 22 Dolder Grand Hotel, Zürich

jbsb 2014 ZurichBem-vindo ao Rio de Janeiro! You are invited to The Joint Business Schools Ball in Zürich on November 22, 2014

Come celebrate with your partner and other alumni Alumni from: Berkeley, Bocconi, Cambridge, Carnegie Mellon, ESADE, Harvard, HEC Paris, Oxford, Rochester, Stanford and more. Enjoy a spectacular night in Rio, the marvelous city (“Cidade Maravilhosa”).

This year’s Joint Business Schools Ball (JBSB) offers a rich program with an 18-piece live big band for ballroom dancers, a DJ who will rock the house for non-ballroom dancers, and a JBSB Table Football Cup for those who want to revive the spirit of the World Cup in Brazil. The 2014 JBSB, in cooperation with the Swiss-based children’s charity Help-for-Hope, will support the ProA Institute in Brazil, which provides the youth living in São Paulo’s favelas with access to professional education. Tax-free JBSB packages are available to support this cause.

Bem-vindo ao Rio de Janeiro at the Dolder Grand on November 22! Register online: or email registration (at)










Geneva Lunch Conference with Robert Salmon, Author of “Heidi réveille toi”

heidbannerDear INSEAD Alumni,

INSEAD Alumnus Robert Salmon’s book, Heidi réveille toi (Wake-up, Heidi!) says it is high-time for some strategic thinking if Switzerland wants to continue its much-envied prosperity.

October 7 Lunch Conference, Robert Salmon, “Heidi réveille toi”

“The Swiss get up early, but wake up late,” a self-deprecating quip made by a former Federal Counselor, is the inspiration for Salmon and co-author Chris Cordey’s book. Today Switzerland is tops in various innovation, productivity, lifestyle and nation-branding indexes but what about the future, ten or twenty years down the road? Hear Salmon’s wake-up call on October 7th in a dynamic and interactive lunch-time presentation.

Key Facts

When: Thursday October 7, 2014

Where: Swissotel Metropole 34, Quai Général-Guisan, 1204 Geneva


12:00 Registration & Welcome Drink

12:15 Lunch & Speaker Presentation

13:15 Q & A

Price: Swiss NAA members CHF 50 / Non-NAA members and guests CHF 65

Registration and Tickets: Online

Speaker Bio

RS2Robert Salmon [MBA INSEAD ‘63] is a bestselling business writer and consultant after a 37 year career at l’Oréal Group, which culminated in his role as Senior Vice President for L’Oréal Luxury Divisions, and head of Group Strategy. He was the first of many INSEAD Alumni recruited by L’Oréal. Robert Salmon’s expertise in the luxury industry and knowledge of local markets is in demand, and makes him a valued global advisor and consultant.

Based in Geneva, Robert travels for business and fun. He is a popular author and speaker. (His books are listed here).


Upcoming Events in Geneva

  • Sept 23 Evening Conference, Yves Daccord, Director ICRC “What future for International Aid?”
  • Oct 11 Annual B-School Ball “Celebrate the 5 Senses
  • Oct 28  Lunch Conference, Benoît Dubuis, Director of Campus Biotech & BioAlps Chairman
  • Nov 17 Denis Jonsson, CEO Tetra Pak Evening Conference

All other Swiss NAA events on

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland Geneva Chapter

Ludovic Choppin (Geneva Chapter President)

Georges Kiener (Event Organizer)