Apr 6 Craft Beer Cross B School Event Zurich


Dear Alumni,
You are invited by the ESADE Alumni Zurich Chapter to attend its cross B-school craft beer symposium and networking event during the 2018 Zurich Bier Festival


Zurich Cross B-School Craft Beer Social

April 6, 2018
Beer connoisseurs and anyone simply interested in networking with fellow B-school alumni are welcome! The first 25 registrants may join our private craft beer symposium hosted by the festival director. The first 30 attendees to arrive will receive a complimentary welcome beer from the Cervezas Alhambra Brewery in Spain. Alumni from Bocconi, Columbia, IE, IMD, INSEAD, MIT Sloan, and St. Gallen are welcome.
Register as an “Invited Member” via the link below to attend.

Key Facts

When: April 6, 2018, 18:30 to 20:00
Where: Zurich Bier Festival 2018. Lindenplatz 5, 8048 Zurich

Follow the link to review the program and register as “Invited Member”

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Reto Gygax, MBA’13D, Zurich Chapter President
e[email protected]





Apr 10 State of Private Equity Industry, Zurich

You are invited to an evening conference hosted by the INSEAD Private Equity Club (IPEC) on April 10, 2018 in Zurich.

State of the Private Equity Industry
April 10, 2018, Zurich
2017 was a year to celebrate in Private Equity: countless successful exits and strong fundraising put GPs in a comfortable position. But working in Private Equity is never easy. This year, new investments often come at a high price due to competition. There is also growing uncertainty about how long the steady global economic growth of the past few years will continue; a correction is expected.
For the second time since 2016, INSEAD alumni and guests have the opportunity to gain insight and an outlook on the Private Equity industry from INSEAD alumnus Rolf-Magnus Weddigen and Moritz Vielhauer from Bain & Co.’s private equity practice. Their presentation is followed by a panel discussion with leading PE practitioners, networking and an apéro riche.

Keynote Speakers

Rolf-Magnus Weddigen, MBA 92D, Partner
Bain & Co., Munich

Based in Munich, Rolf-Magnus Weddigen is a Bain & Company partner, leading Bain’s German and Swiss Private Equity practice. He is a Mergers & Acquisitions expert, and has worked for Bain in Munich, Stockholm and Boston. Prior to joining Bain in 1989, he worked for companies in the information technology and bio-technology industries in England and Denmark. Rolf-Magnus has an Industrial Engineering degree from Technical University of Karlsruhe (KIT) and an INSEAD MBA.


Moritz Vielhauer, Partner,
Bain & Co., Zurich

Moritz Vielhauer is a partner in Bain & Company’s Zurich office. He is an expert in Bain’s Full Potential Transformation, Industrial Goods & Services and Private Equity practices. He has worked on PE transactions across industrial goods, consumer and retail. He holds deep expertise in full potential transformations, strategy development, performance improvement and operational due diligence. Moritz holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York, where he graduated with honors and a BA in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.


Dr. Peter Hammermann, Partner, HBL Partners
Hammermann founded HBL Partners in 2018. Until 2017, he was Managing Director at Equistone (formerly known as Barclays Private Equity) in Munich. He founded the company’s German operations in 1998. From 2011, he also served on the advisory board of Equistone Partners Europe. Before that he worked for several years at Robert Bosch GmbH. Prior to that, he also worked in banking and co-founded a PE fund in Germany. He is a graduate of Universität Hamburg with a PhD in economics.
Ulrich Köllensperger, Partner, EQT
Ulrich Köllensperger is a partner at the investment firm EQT. Ulrich is based in Zurich and board member of Charleston and Unilode Aviation Solutions; in addition, he was involved with the portfolio companies EEW Energy from Waste and Parkia. Prior to joining EQT in 2010, Ulrich worked as Vice President at J.P. Morgan in London focusing on infrastructure and transportation transactions in EMEA. Ulrich holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business and a CEMS Master of International Management from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen.





Velina Peneva, Head Private Equity, Swiss Re
Velina Peneva is responsible for steering portfolio construction and for committing capital across primary funds, secondaries and co-investments.  Prior to joining Swiss Re, Velina spent nearly 20 years at Bain & Company focusing on Private Equity. Velina holds a B.A. from Wellesley College in Economics and Computer Science and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Key Facts
When: Tuesday April 10, 2018 18:30 to 21:00
Where: Haus zum Rüden, Limmatquai 42, 8001 Zurich
Swiss NAA Member  CHF 55
Alumni Non-members & Guests  CHF 75

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18:30 Registration & Welcome Drink
19:00 Highlights of Bain & Co 2018 Global PE Report – Rolf Weddigen, Moritz Vielhauer
19:30 Discussion + Q&A – Moderated by Martin Spirig
20:30 Apéro Riche

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland iPEC & Geneva Chapter
Martin Spirig, MBA 06J, IPEC President
Reto Gygax, MBA 13D, Zurich Chapter President
[email protected]

May 1 The art of Champagne

Dear INSEAD alumni,
You are invited for an evening dedicated to the art of Champagne.


 Tzvetan Mihaylov is a Wine, Bar & Sommelier lecturer in IHTTI School of Hotel Management and owner of Vin-import.ch – Les Champagnes de Gastronomie. In love with wine, he developed a particular passion about Champagne which led him to win the prestigious competition of Swiss Ambassador of Champagne in 2011. Regularly invited as a member of the jury in international wine competitions, Tzvetan was lately elected vice-president of Association des Sommeliers Suisses Professionels.

Key Facts

When: Tuesday May 1st, 2018
Where: Tiffany Hotel Geneva, Rue de l’Arquebuse 20, 1204 Genève
Tickets: CHF 50 NAA members / CHF 65 Non-members and Guests

Online at https://www.xing-events.com/CHAMPAGNEGE

18.30 -18.45   Welcome
18:45 – 19:00  Presentation by Mr. Mihaylov
19:00 – 21:00  Champagne Tasting&Cocktails

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Mina Draganova, MAP’17J, Event Organizer
Ludovic Choppin, MBA’12D, Geneva Chapter President
[email protected]


Apr 19 Women on boards: what value do they add? Panel Discussion


Dear Alumni,
You are invited to engage with a distinguished panel about the value-added of diversity on boards, with a focus on gender diversity, a contribution of the INSEAD Women in Business Club to the celebration of Women at INSEAD.

Women on boards: what value do they add, Geneva
April 19, 2018
Join us to walk through journeys to board work with our panelists, all alumnae and well-qualified to address the evening’s discussion topic. The panel will cover what board work means for us, how we came into these roles, positives negatives and how diversity has been additive to board processes and decision-making. The panel will share experiences of different board situations: publicly traded, private equity-owned, private companies, family businesses and across different countries and sectors. Join us to exchange experience and perspectives!

Stéphane Rousset, YMP’88Sep
Business angel, board member/chairperson, mentor, advisor.
Stéphane focuses on Swiss technology startups. His corporate career was in the Information and Communications Technology industry. He was a general manager with focus on go-to-market and sales, He held C-level positions at Fujitsu and Oracle, after various leadership positions at Digital Equipment, AT&T, and Global One. He is an alumnus of EPFL, the University of California at Berkeley, and INSEAD.

  Christine Blondel, MBA’81
Adjunct Professor
Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, INSEAD
Christine has been working in the field of family business since 1997. She teaches at INSEAD (where she was the first Executive Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise) and advises family firms on topics linked to governance and transmission. Her own experience as a Board member started in 2001, and she currently sits on the boards of INSEAD Foundation and D’Ieteren (a 200 year-old, family-controlled company, traded on Brussels Stock Exchange). Her prior experience includes 9 years at Procter & Gamble in Marketing and Finance – as well as raising four boys. She is a graduate of INSEAD and Ecole Polytechnique France.
  Brigitte Reverdin, MBA’81
INSEAD ALUMNI FUND Trustee and INSEAD Swiss board member
Brigitte Reverdin is Founder of MARKETrends Family Office providing independent wealth management advice to entrepreneurs and families. Before that she had an international career in banking and finance. Brigitte is a board member of AB Science, Paris (pharmaceutical company) and served on the board of Triskel Integrated Services SA (pharmaceutical consultancy), Puilaetco Suisse SA (Private Bankers), and Enterprise IQ (business analytics). She is President of the International Advisory Board of the International Museum of the Reformation in Geneva. She holds a BA in Political Science from Skidmore College (NY) and a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
  Nadya Wells, MBA’00D

Board positions in public and private companies
Nadya is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Supervisory Board of Sberbank (Russia) and on the boards of Eastnine AB (Sweden), Barings Emerging Europe plc (UK) and responsAbility Investments AG (Switzerland). She is active in sustainable investment and innovative financing consulting with a focus on global health financing and is a Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She spent 13 years with the Capital Group until 2014, as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst with a focus on EMEA markets. Prior to that, she was a portfolio manager at INVESCO Asset Management

Key Facts
When:  Thursday, April 19, 2018 18:45
Where: Spaces,Quai de l’ile 13, 1204 Genève
Tickets:  CHF 40 INSEAD Swiss NAA Members (paid up)// CHF 60 INSEAD Alumni
Non-members & Guests

On XING Event https://de.xing-events.com/wmnboardGE

18:45 – 19:00 Welcome & Registration
19:00 – 20:00 Panel Discussion, Q&A
20:00 – 21: 00 Networking Cocktail

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Nadya Wells, MBA’00D, Event Organizer
Brigitte Reverdin, MBA’81, Event Organizer
Laurence Amand-Jules, MBA’99D, IWIB President, Geneva
[email protected]


Apr 12 After work drinks Geneva Soleil Rouge

Dear Alumni,
Join us for one of our regular after work get-togethers at Soleil Rouge in Geneva!

INSEAD After Work Drinks, Geneva

April 12, 2018
Feel like having drinks with fellow INSEADers in Geneva and region? Meet and chat with old and new INSEAD friends at the conveniently located Soleil Rouge, Geneva’s first wine bar specialising in Spanish wines, tapas, and music. The drinks and refreshments are pay-as-you-go. We hope you’ll join us!

Key Facts

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018  19:00 to 21:00
Where: Soleil Rouge, Boulevard Helvétique 32, 1207 Genève
Price: Free, but we ask that you register on XING Events


INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Ricardo Sousa, MBA’05J, Event Organizer
Ludovic Choppin, MBA’12D, Geneva Chapter President
[email protected]