Feb 21 INSEAD Giving Day // Culmination of the Salamander Challenge

The idea for The Salamander Challenge was born of a conversation between two INSEAD alumni volunteers. The fundraising effort reinforces the importance of investing in our school and its reputation as a leading MBA program, promoting business as a force for good.

The fundraising campaign culminates on INSEAD Giving Day (#INSEADGivingDay) on 21 February 2017.  Join this global alumni-driven initiative by making a gift of any amount to INSEAD on or before INSEAD Giving Day, February 21.

Sami and Sally our global ambassadors are being relayed around the world from NAA to NAA advocating our shared belief in diversity, tolerance and understanding. Their adventures are documented on Facebook and twitter. 

Please “like” our Swiss Sally photos on Facebook to help the Swiss NAA to win the prize for the most “liked” Salamander photos. https://www.facebook.com/groups/450960778624802/  


Feb 9 INVIGORATE Networking [email protected] Haus, Zurich // IWIB

You are invited to the 1st Zurich networking lunch hosted by the Swiss INSEAD Women in Business (IWIB) club.

INVIGORATE Networking [email protected] Haus, Zurich // IWIB
February 9, 2017
Join us for networking and sumptuous vegetarian food at the Haus Hiltl, the Hiltl franchise’s flagship restaurant. We are looking forward to welcoming you to forge new friendships and professional contacts. The IWIB events are open to all alumni, regardless of promotion year, gender, or which type of organization to which you belong. We hope to invigorate professional and personal development for all who attend. This is the first of four Zurich events created by the new Swiss INSEAD Women in Business (IWIB) club. Save the dates for the next three: Jun 15 /Sep 28 / Dec 7.
Book early as seating is limited to 20. Hope to see you soon!

Key Facts

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:00
Where: Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich (intersection of Sihlstrasse and Rennweg)
Tickets: CHF 25 NAA Members/ CHF 45 Non-NAA Members & Guests
Price covers buffet items up to CHF 25. It does not include drinks, coffee, and wine.

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland 
Reto Gygax, MBA’13D, Zurich Chapter President
Mafalda Tenente, MBA’06J, IWIB President, Zurich
[email protected]

Dragon Boat Race Challengers

The 11th Dragon Boat Trophy took place on the Lake of Zürich in August. This time the INSEAD team rowed into third place, after winning the trophy three out of the last six years. The winner was St Gallen in a well-contested competition.


Rajiv Shetty, MBA’06D, who organized the team in 2016, said that besides having a tremendous amount of fun, the young and winning St. Gallen team was a worthy challenger. Since 2011, a dozen INSEAD alumni have been recruited each summer to participate in the annual fun rowing competition organized by SAMBAplus for top business school alumni.

Terrific Fundraising for INSEAD Endowed Scholarship for Swiss Candidates

We are very proud to announce that our fundraising efforts have materialized into the successful creation of the first INSEAD ALUMNI OF SWITZERLAND endowed scholarship for Swiss candidates with over €500,000 paid-in capital to date !

INSEAD has a fantastic alumni community in Switzerland ; your generosity is a sign of friendship, commitment and trust. The achievement of this common goal was celebrated at our memorable “Full Moon Party” on September 16.

The Full Moon Party in Geneva was a celebration of alumni friendship and generosity

The Full Moon Party in Geneva was a celebration of alumni friendship and generosity Photo Credit (C) INSEAD NAA Switzerland

With many thanks to:

  • Every Donor, both large and small 

  • The many alumni who attended our “Full Moon Party” at la Société Nautique de Genève organized by Reinold Geiger, Elisabeth Metzger and Brigitte Reverdin

  • The Swiss Association and our president, Richard Bissonnet, for sponsoring the party thereby allowing our donations to go directly to the Scholarship Fund

  • Cyril de Bournet for the delicious Chilean wine

  • INSEAD’s Joanne Shoveller, Laurence Valette and Nida Januskis

  • Leonidas Los, Chairman, and Dorothée Deuring, Swiss Trustee of the INSEAD ALUMNI FUND. 

Fundraising will continue until the end of 2016 for alumni who wish to contribute to this important initiative as Founding Donors  €50,000, Major Donors  €20,000+ or INSEAD Alumni Donors for other amounts.