Nov 23 INSEAD Board Training: IN-BOARD Switzerland 2017




Dear Alumni,
Promoting INSEAD´s principle of life-long learning, the INSEAD Board (IN-BOARD) Initiative is an executive education program organized by the International Alumni Association for our alumni who are involved in or aspire to play a role on boards of directors or advisory boards – from small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to listed corporations.

Announcing INSEAD Board Training (IN-BOARD) 2017-2018 (5th edition)

The kick-off weekend on campus in Fontainebleau is led by INSEAD Professor Erik van de Loo and will introduce IN-BOARD participants from the Belgian, Dutch, German, Norwegian and Swiss National Alumni Associations (NAAs) to board dynamics and effectiveness. A full day of leadership development coaching will also be incorporated. Subsequently, local modules developed for the Swiss NAA on Legal, Strategy, HR, Accounting & Auditing and Startup board topics are offered by top-level professional service firms and well-known Business Angels in a series of Zurich-based workshops, tailored specifically to the Swiss corporate environment.

Nov 23-25, 2017 (Group 1)
Nov 24-26, 2017 (Group 2)
Arrival & welcome dinner on 22nd / 23rd
Board Dynamics INSEAD (Fontainebleau)
January 18, 2018 Legal Baker & McKenzie
March 8, 2018 Strategy McKinsey & Company
April 5, 2018 HR Egon Zehnder
May 17, 2018 Accounting PriceWaterhouseCoopers
June 21, 2018 Startups Balz Roth & Peter Pfister

Each Zurich module takes place from 2pm – 6pm and will conclude with a networking dinner, offering the opportunity for further learning and discussion.

Limited to 15 people. The cost is CHF 6,000 (includes the program fees and the networking dinners; it does not cover travel expenses and hotel accommodation).

Please contact Bernhard Escher ([email protected]) if you are interested in participating and for any further questions.
INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Alexander Wyss, MBA 01D, President Swiss NAA
Bernhard Escher, MBA 10J Head of IN-BOARD Initiative Switzerland.




Jan 11 Blockchain: Functionalities & Possibilities, 2018





Dear Alumni,
Join us for the first INSEAD alumni event of the New Year, featuring Ming Chan from the Ethereum Foundation, a key organization contributing to the ecosystem for Ethereum-based blockchain distributed computing.

Blockchain: Functionalities & Possibilities, Zurich
January 11, 2018

Ethereum has become the leading platform for blockchain application development. Novel business models have been created on or powered by Ethereum, many of which have used Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as a new avenue of financing. Perhaps more importantly, business, trade, industry and other sectors around the world are already incorporating Ethereum into their systems to provide more value to their customers as well as improve their internal systems. Stiftung Ethereum, the Swiss Foundation based in Zug, leads and supports development of the Ethereum platform.
Ming Chan will give a primer on Ethereum and will address the audience’s questions. Moreover, she will highlight the importance of supporting a growing evolving ecosystem.


  Ming Chan, Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation

Since 2015, Ming Chan has managed growth and continual improvement of the Ethereum Foundation in her role as ED.  She has a background in enterprise IT and management consulting, and has founded and grown businesses  working with top educators, scientists, and inventors to bring inspiring research and tech  innovation to life

Key Facts
When: Thursday January 11, 2018 18:30 to 21:30
Where: Au Premier Restaurant, Les Trouvailles, Zurich Main Train station HB, Bahnhofplatz 15, 8001 Zurich
Tickets: CHF 55 NAA Members/ CHF 80 Non-NAA Members & Guests


18:30 Registration & Welcome Drink
19:00 Keynote by Ming Chang + Q&A – Moderated by Martin Spirig
20:00 Apéro Riche

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Martin Spirig, MBA’06J, Swiss INSEDAD Private Equity Club (IPEC) President,
Event Organizer
Reto Gygax, MBA’13D, Zurich Chapter President
[email protected]

Jan 19 Annual Verbier Ski Weekend #20


Dear INSEADers,

We are thrilled to announce the 20th anniversary of the annual INSEAD Verbier Ski Weekend! Find registration and accomodation information below.

INSEAD Verbier Ski Weekend, 20th Edition, Friday January 19, 2018

Enjoy a fun weekend and a great INSEAD tradition that has been going strong for 20 years now! Meet friends new and old. Activities during the day and on Friday night will be announced closer to the date. There will be an optional group dinner at Scalco Restaurant on Saturday night.
(Book it separately on

). This year we have negotiated special room rates for participants, described below. In all cases, it is advisable to book accommodation as early as possible due to the high demand during that period. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you and your guests in January!

Key Facts

When: Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21, 2018
Where: Verbier, Switzerland
Registration: Participation is free but registration on XING is required.

Dinner  (Optional)
Three-course dinner at Scalco, Chemin des Moulins 5, 1936 Bagnes
CHF 95 per person until December 1, 2017
CHF 115 per person  from December 2, 2017 to January 12, 2018

Dinner Registration: on XING
Please note that dinner tickets are set up on a different webpage from the main registration page.

Accomodation (Optional):

Hôtel A Lârze – Le Châble, Val de Bagnes
2 night rate, without balcony : CHF 140 per night
2 night rate, with balcony : CHF 160 per night
1 night only : CHF 180
Please book via [email protected] to the attention of Albane and mention “participant INSEAD 2018″ to receive the rates described here.

Hôtel Montpelier – Verbier, Rue du Centre sportif 37, 1936 Verbier, Switzerland
CHF 323 per night, Suite Deluxe, breakfast included.
Please book via [email protected]. Mention the code “INSEAD 2018 “ when booking to receive special rate. Note that the rooms cannot be cancelled once booked.
Hôtel Montpelier Reservations Desk +41 27 775 50 40
Find helpful tips on other accommodations and ski rentals on

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Yves Haldemann, MBA ‘94D Event Organizer
Isabelle Schirmer MBA ‘94D Event Organizer
Philippe Mauron MBA ‘95J Event Organizer
[email protected]



Nov 8 What Innovations In The Service Of The Most Deprived? Antenna Foundation, Geneva

Dear Alumni,

You are cordially invited to visit the alumnus-led Antenna Foundation, a social impact organization, in Geneva.


November 8, 2017
Join us to meet alumnus Denis von der Weid and hear about the innovative work of the Antenna Foundation, which aims to reduce extreme poverty and improve public health in developing countries. For more than 25 years, the Antenna Foundation has been deeply involved in the research and dissemination of technologies adapted to the essential needs of the most deprived populations. Today, Antenna has 60+ projects in over 30 countries. In collaboration with an international network of scientists, it undertakes and participates in research projects in the fields of nutrition, drinking water, agriculture, energy, medicine, and microcredit. To find out more about Antenna Foundation, see its latest annual report (pdf). You can also watch 3-minute video introduction on YouTube. This is surely to be a memorable event with insights into challenges and rewards of running a tech-savvy global social good organization.

Speaker Bio

Denis von der Weid, Founder and Director, Antenna Foundation

After earning a PhD in law from the University of Fribourg and an INSEAD MBA., Denis von der Weid left Switzerland for Colombia to focus on the issues of North-South and hunger. Upon his return to Fribourg, he taught development economics and set up an organisation in the same field; he taught at INSEAD in Fontainebleau and was a Managing Director at Sandoz (1969-1973) before returning to the field, in India. In 1984, he set up Antenna, as an association, as a network of lawyers – and as a supplier of clandestine radio transmitters to assist human rights activists in many countries. By 1989, the organisation evolved into Antenna Technologies to build up the role of scientific research in the struggle against extreme poverty.

Key Facts

When: Wednesday November 8, 2017, 18:30 to 19:30
Where: Antenna Foundation, 24 av. de la Grenade, 1207 Genève
Tickets: Free

Please register by email before November 2nd with Céline Perino on [email protected]

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Ludovic Choppin, MBA’12D, Geneva Chapter President
Yves Haldemann, MBA’94D, Event organizer
[email protected]


Oct 26 Objects of Beauty: Moving from idea to launch and beyond in fine craftsmanship.




Dear Alumni,

Join alumni who are equally passionate about fine craftsmanship and design for an evening of informal discussions about starting a new venture in this space.



Objects of Beauty: Moving from idea to launch and beyond in fine

October 26, 2017, Zurich
Are you curious about what it takes to launch a fine craftsmanship business? Maybe you have an idea for one and would like to learn how other entrepreneurs did it? Or maybe you just enjoy the intellectual challenge of first act cases. Then this fall we have a second edition Objects of Beauty developed for you. We are back with two
award-winning, daring Swiss-based entrepreneurs who recently launched a new business in well established segments, one in art furniture and one in jewelry. They will share their stories, learnings so far, and the opportunities and challenges still ahead. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the one to “crack the case” and bring an idea to help them succeed in the next stage of their entrepreneurial journey. Do register now to ensure you can participate on October 26!


Eckhard Beger, Founder, ArteNemus, MBA’91J
Eckhard Beger is the founder of ArteNemus Contemporary Art Furniture, in Geneva. His creations have been awarded more than 20 international design awards and appeared in exhibitions at Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan as well as at Venice Design in the context of the Art and Architecture Biennale. Prior to setting up his own business, he worked for Patek Philippe and Sulzer Winterthur. Eckhard studied mechanical engineering at ETHZ and holds an INSEAD MBA

Claudia Schweitzer, Founder & CEO, Design for Desire

Claudia Schweitzer is the founder and CEO of “design for desire”, creator of high-end jewelry, distinct through its clear and pure lines. All jewelry is hand-made in limited editions only, or individually manufactured for customers. Claudia Schweitzer graduated summa-cum-laude from the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna with a Master of Arts and is a certified goldsmith. She started her career as a designer at the renowned Viennese Jeweler Schullin, where she later became designer-in chief. She has received the Austrian State Price for Design,
has been nominated for De Beers Diamond International Award in London, among numerous other awards and acknowledgements.

Key Facts

When: Thursday October 26, 2017 18:00 to 21:30
Where: Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zurich
Tickets: CHF 75 Swiss NAA Members (paid up) //
CHF 110 INSEAD Alumni Non-NAA Members and Guests

Tickets for sale on XING EVENTS

18.00 to 18.30: Registration
18:30 to 19:00: Presentations
19:00 to 19:45: Panel Discussion Moderated by Mafalda Tenente
19:45 to 20:15: Q&A
20:15 to 21:30: Apéro Riche & Drinks

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