INSEAD GII Says Switzerland Leads Innovation Ranking 5th Year in a Row

Global Innovation Index // The World’s Most Innovative Countries, version 2015


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The latest version of the GII report ranks Switzerland as number one for the fifth year in a row. The report is rich in information and data. It pinpoints the real reasons for Silicon Valley’s success and highlighst the policies that can help other countries and regions of the world capture the same kind of growth and create an environment to build great companies. The report’s media center and downloads are here.

About Switzerland it says: “The Swiss recipe stands out for its historical engineering culture, its strong emphasis on education, especially of the vocational sort, and its open mindset where talent comes and goes freely.”


2015 TOP 10
1. Switzerland
2. United Kingdom
3. Sweden
4. Netherlands
5. United States
6. Finland
7. Singapore
8. Ireland
9. Luxembourg
10. Denmark

25 Nov – Visit to Audemars Piguet Manufacture

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Audemars Piguet Manufacture Tour & Lunch, November 25, 2015, Geneva

Worn by Michael Schumacher, Serena Williams and other outstanding competitors who are passionate about their game, Audemars Piguet timepieces match their owners in perfection and excellence. Join us for a rare chance to visit the brand’s watchmaking museum and see its latest breathtaking collections. Seating is limited, so book early. Please note, a second group of 10 people can be organized if there is demand.

Key Facts

When:  Wednesday November 25, 2015 09:00

Where:  Route de France 16, 1348 Le Brassus

Tickets: CHF 10 for INSEAD Alumni members (paid up) / CHF 50 for non-members and guests


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  • 9:00 Welcome
  • 9:30 Tour of Musée Audemars Piguet
  • 11:30 Collection presentation
  • 12:15 Lunch at Hôtel des Horlogers

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland

Ludovic Choppin, MBA 12D, Geneva Chapter President

[email protected]

INSEAD Team Wins Dragon Boat Trophy, Again!

INSEAD won the 10th Dragon Boat Trophy on the lake of Zürich this weekend for the third time in five years. Scorching sun and high temperatures did not deter INSEAD alumni from defending the trophy. Teams from MBA-HSG and Stanford alumni clubs finished second and third.

The annual race is a fun competition amongst top business school alumni and is organized by SAMBAplus. INSEAD alums have been participating in the race since 2011. INSEAD was also the winner in 2012. The INSEAD team was recruited and organized by Swiss NAA volunteer Rajiv Shetty, MBA 06D.

Save the Date: August 28, 2016 for the next edition of the Dragon Boat Trophy!

11942339_551287765025385_7744425905587688219_o2015 Dragon Boat Crew

  • Christine Keller Peduzzi CCC10 (drummer)
  • Suzanne Rapetti-Hunsicker TIEMBA10J
  • Margherita Fontana EMBA09D
  • Stefan Pinggera MBA12J
  • Stefan Keller MBA08J
  • Marcel Sheurer MBA13D
  • Emanuel Salmona MBA11D
  • Alexander Brochier CCC
  • Mourad Aboubakr
  • Mauricio Tejeda MBA11D
  • Urs Lampe MB97D
  • Laurent Tchang MBA14D
  • Olivier De Ruelle MBA13D

24 Sept – Swiss AGM in Basel

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Swiss National Alumni Association on September 24 in Basel.

Private Jet Customization Trends & AGM at Schloss Bottmingen, Basel, September 24, 2015


The Schloss Bottmingen, one of the Rhein region’s lovely castles and easily accessible by public transportation, is the location of this year’s AGM. Its ambience and Gault Millau rating make it special. Immediately after the AGM, we will have a look into the fascinating world of private jets and their interior customization presented by alumnus Marc Galin, Jet Aviation’s Director Completions Sales & Market Development. Dinner and wine will follow. A vegetarian menu is available. Join us for an INSEAD Alumni highlight of the year.

Key Facts

When:Thursday, September 24, 2015 17:30 to 21:30

Where: Schloss Bottmingen, Schlossgasse, 4103 Bottmingen




17:30 Welcome Drinks & Registration

18:00  AGM (Swiss National Alumni Association Members Only)

19:00  Marc Galin, Private Jets & Cabin Completion (Open to all Alumni & Guests)

19:30 Dinner & Wine (Open to all Alumni & Guests)


INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland

Richard Bissonnet, MBA 81, President

Marc Galin, MBA 99J, Basel Chapter President

Monika Naef IEP FS 02 Basel Chapter Treasurer

[email protected]

23 Sept – INSEAD Refresh Lunchtime Event

Announcing a new series of lunchtime events. Fine food and refreshing relationships are on the menu at all of our INSEAD Alumni Geneva Chapter lunchtime networking events


INSEAD Refresh // Lunchtime Event, Geneva, September 23, 2015 

Online networking is efficient and we all use it, but it doesn’t have the same spontaneity and energy as face to face networking has. So refresh your INSEAD spirit by joining us at Auberge La Mère Royaume at noon on September 23, 2015. Please note that after this kickoff event, we will be hosting INSEAD Refresh lunches at the same venue every second Wednesday of every second month until May 16, 2016.

The next one is on Wednesday November 11, 2015.

Key Facts

When:   Wednesday September 23, 2015, 12:00

Where: Auberge La Mère Royaume

Price: CHF 50 Swiss IAA paid-up members / CHF 70 for Alumni who are not yet paid-up members. Payable in cash upon arrival.



Please sign up by sending an email to [email protected] with your full name and coordinates. Please register by Monday 21.09.2015 noontime. Kindly let us know in advance if you have to cancel your reservation.

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland

Philippe Mauron, MBA’95J, Geneva Committee Member

Yves Haldeman, MBA’94D, Geneva Committee Member

Andrea Bastreghi, CIM’95Jul , Geneva Committee Member

[email protected]