29 Nov The future of commodities: “it’s all about smart”

Dear INSEAD Alumni,
You are invited to join guests of Saxo Bank, and members of Swiss Blockchain Association, Foreign in Banks in Switzerland, and the Commodity Club on November 29, 2018 for an evening conference in Geneva about technology and ecosystem trends in commodity trading.

The future of commodities: “it’s all about smart”, Geneva
November 29, 2018
What will the new tech order in commodity trading be? What developments shape and challenge the market participants? Can we assume that the commodity trading market will be ‘smart’? And if so, can anyone outsmart the market? Our keynote speakers and esteemed panel experts will allow for a rare insight into the fascinating and fast-moving realities of the commodity trading ecosystem and put into practice the structural forces of technology. Join us for an inspiring evening full of trends and discuss with the experts your take of the commodity trading market!

Key Facts

When: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 18:30
Where: Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva, 19 Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva
Tickets: This event is free of charge. Seats will be allocated on first come first serve basis.
Registration: https://app.saxobank.ch/events/app/index.html


18:30 – 19:00: Welcome & Registration
19:00 – 19:45: Keynote Speech
“Where is blockchain” by Toon Leijtens, CTO Komgo
Keynote Speech
“Does oil have its Kodak moment?” by Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy Saxo Bank A/S
19:45: Panel Discussion
“What is smart about the future of commodities trading”
Chaired by Richard Bissonnet, INSEAD MBA’81, M&A AdvisorPanelists
Toon Leijtens, CTO Komgo
Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy Saxo Bank A/S
Marco Montefiori, Head of Product Trading
Jennifer Wu-Schwab, CFO and Director of Strategy      ScanTrust SA

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Mina Draganova, MAP’17J, Geneva Chapter President
Patrick Hunger, MCCC14S, CEO Saxo Bank (Switzerland) Ltd., Event Organizer
Richard Bissonnet, MBA’81, Event Organizer
[email protected]

4 Dec Anything is possible! w/ Celine van Till

Dear INSEAD Alumni,
You are invited to a lunch conference in Geneva featuring Celine van Till, an inspiring speaker, a Paralympic athlete, champion, writer, entrepreneur, Board member, and a model of resilience.

Celine van Till, Paralympic athlete and entrepreneur
A gifted and talented horse-rider, Celine started riding at the age of 6 and soon revealed her strong competitive spirit. In 2007, she won a 5th place in the junior Swiss dressage championships, which opened the doors of the national junior team. But in 2008, her life totally changed: while training in Germany, she had a serious horse-riding accident and was plunged into a month-long coma, which she came out of partially tetraplegic, aphasic, and partially sighted.A strong, beautiful and resilient mind, she gradually regained trust in herself and her horse. Just two years after her accident, she was able to reach the highest level in para-dressage and went on to represent Switzerland at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In 2018, she closed the horse-riding chapter of her life and now focuses on her next objective: to represent Switzerland in athletics at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games, which she is striving for with more determination than ever.

Key Facts

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018  12:00
Where: Tiffany Hotel, rue de l’Arquebuse 20, 1204 Genève Switzerland
Tickets: CHF 50 Alumni Association Members (paid-up) // CHF 65 Alumni Association Non-members & Guests
Registration: Online at https://de.xing-events.com/CVT2H18

12:00-12:15: Arrival and registration
12:15-13:00: Speaker
13:00-14:00: Networking lunch

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Mina Draganova, MAP’17J, President Geneva Chapter
Dimitri Chichlo; GEMBA’17, Event Organizer
[email protected]

5 Dec Chocolate Experience: Philippe Pascoët Chocolate House

Dear Alumni,
Experience chocolate making and taste sensations with a prize-winning Master Chocolatier in Geneva.

Chocolate Experience: Philippe Pascoët Chocolate House
December 5, 2018
Join us after work for a private chocolate masterclass at Philippe Pascoët Chocolate House. You will have the opportunity to mix your own unique chocolate recipe and enjoy the sensation of various flavors. We suggest booking early. The limited number of tickets will go quickly.

Key Facts

When: Wednesday December 5, 2018 17:30 to 19:45
Where: Philippe Pascoët, Rue Saint-Joseph 12, 1227 Carouge
Tickets: CHF 55 INSEAD NAA members (paid up) // CHF 75 Non-NAA Members and Guests
Registration: On XING Events https://www.xing-events.com/CHOCO2018

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Mina Draganova, MAP’17J, President Geneva Chapter
[email protected]


6 Dec INVIGORATE Networking Lunch w/ Veronique Larcher

Dear INSEAD Alumni,
You are invited to a networking lunch ahead of the holiday season with a special guest. We will discuss the future of audio with Veronique Larcher, Director of AMBEO Immersive Audio, at global audio company, Sennheiser.

INVIGORATE Networking Lunch w/ Veronique Larcher, Director of AMBEO Immersive Audio (Sennheiser)

December 6, 2018
Join us for this special holiday season INVIGORATE lunch in Zurich at the Hiltl flagship restaurant, near Jelmoli. The event is hosted by the Swiss INSEAD Women in Business (IWIB) club in Zurich. 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. Seats are limited to 20 participants, so book early!!

Special guest

Dr Veronique Larcher, AMBEO Immersive Audio (Sennheiser)

Dr. Veronique Larcher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and finances from the Paris institute of Political Studies and a Ph.D. in 3D Audio for Virtual Reality from Ircam (France). In 2001 Dr. Larcher joined Creative Labs in Santa Cruz (USA) as a 3D Audio Scientist and worked for four years on Audio effects for consumers soundcards. She went on to join Sennheiser in 2005 to found and manage their Strategic Innovation office in San Francisco, California, a research entity responsible for incubating and developing new digital technologies and disruptive concepts. Now in Switzerland, Veronique is director of “AMBEO Immersive Audio”, Sennheiser’s sub-brand for 3D Audio products and services.

Key Facts

When: Thursday December 6, 2018 12:00
Where: Hiltl Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich  (Located at the intersection of Sihlstrasse and Rennweg)
Tickets: CHF 40 NAA Members/ CHF 65 Non-NAA Members & Guests.
Price covers buffet items up to CHF 40. It does not include drinks, coffee, and wine.

On XING Event  https://en.xing-events.com/IWIBZHDEC6

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


Oct 2 Perfume-making Experience// Private Tour & Lunch, Geneva

Please note that the event is sold out.

Join us to visit of Firmenich, founded in 1895, and now the world’s largest privately owned company in the fragrance and flavor industry.

INVITATION:  Firmenich Perfume Experience & Tour; Welcome by Patrick Firmenich 
Monday October 2, 2017 10:45-15:00
Meet Patrick Firmenich, MBA’90, Chairman of the Board of Firmenich, who will introduce alumni to the company, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, the group will attend interactive workshops, have a taste modulation experience and be taken on a tour of the new state-of-the art perfumery plant in Meyrin (Geneva). Register early as  the maximum number of participants is 20.

Monday October 2, 2017
10:45-11:00 Arrival at Firmenich Reception
11:00-12:00 Welcome & Introduction to Firmenich by Patrick Firmenich, Chairman
12:00-13:00 Lunch & Networking with Firmenich INSEAD alumni
13:00-13:05 Introduction to the Workshops by Nollaig Forrest, VP Corporate Communications
13:05-15:00 Four Interactive Workshops to Discover the World of Firmenich
13:05-13:35 Introduction to palette of Ingredients & to Perfumery Creation
13:35-14:05 Visit of Perfumery Plant “Léman”
14:05-14:30 Discovering the World of Taste
14:30-15:00 Taste Modulation Experience
15:00 End of visit

Key Facts

When: Monday October 2, 2017, 10:45
Where: Firmenich,  Rue de la Bergère 7, 1217 Meyrin
Tickets: CHF 30 (Alumni Association Members only)

Registration: https://en.xing-events.com/YMDVWTW

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Ludovic Choppin, MBA’12D, Geneva Chapter President
Georges Kiener, MBA’82, Vice President Geneva Chapter
[email protected]