What does it take to lead today? Jean-Claude Biver, INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe 2019

Watchmaking industry legend, Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of the Board, Hublot , is chairing the CEO and Board panel at this year’s INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe in Geneva. His vision transcends the world of luxury goods and can be applied across innovative industries, as INSEAD’s Felipe Monteiro, Affiliate Professor of Strategy said in a recent interview. Jean-Claude Biver will be joined by equally inspiring panel members, Katherine Garrett-Cox, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK), Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich, and Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock.

With such a diverse panel, it is sure to be an insightful and interesting discussion. To make sure you don’t miss it, register now on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/insead-alumni-forum-europe-2019-leading-with-purpose-inst-registration-53136397395

Jean Claude Biver’s three conditions for a successful life in INSEAD Knowledge bog https://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/three-conditions-for-a-successful-life-10156
Profile of Jean Claude Biver in Barnes magazine by Georges Kiener, MBA’82 (English and French) https://www.insead.edu/sites/default/files/assets/dept/events/docs/BLH-4-cover-story-JCB.pdf (pdf)
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29 Mar Fintech Startup Entrepreneur Vaibhav Kadikar

Dear Alumni,
INSEAD and Northwestern alumni are invited to an evening conference in Basel to hear about the startup experience in financial markets.

Fintech Startup Entrepreneur Vaibhav Kadikar,  MBA’11J, Basel
March 29, 2019
Join us for an event that features a case study and the experiences of Vaibhav Kadikar, MBA’11J, CEO of Close Cross, the venture capital-backed Fintech startup developing a blockchain based peer-to-peer derivatives trading platform. The number of places is limited, so we suggest you book now!


Vaibhav Kadikar, CEO Close Cross Ltd.
Vaibhav is a senior executive, entrepreneur, innovator, convergence theorist, digitalization and Blockchain leader. Prior to his current role, Vaibhav held business and corporate development positions at Syngenta, Oerlikon, and  Unisys. In 2011, he created and patented an algorithm used to capture the “Knowledge Value of Time” in financial trading (USPTO 2011).

Key Facts

When: Friday March 29, 2019 18:30
Where: Restaurant Safran Zunft, Gerberstrasse 11, 4001 Basel 
Tickets: CHF 50 INSEAD Swiss NAA & Northwestern Alumni Association Members / CHF 75 Alumni Non-members and Guests
Registration: XING events https://www.xing-events.com/BLCKCHN19

18:30 Welcome & Registration
19:00 Speakers Presentation, Q+A
20:15 Apéro Riche

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Marc Galin MBA’99J, Basel Chapter President
[email protected]

3 Apr IAA Switzerland Leadership Check-up Series 2019

Dear INSEAD Alumni, Join us for a four-session leadership development series exclusively for INSEAD alumni in Switzerland. Apply state of the art methodologies and tools to take your leadership abilities to the next level with coaching from three leading experts in their fields. IAA Switzerland Leadership Check-up Series 2019 To stay on top of their game, elite athletes and teams constantly review and reflect on their performance, taking stock of their achievements while learning from setbacks. Executives can benefit from applying this same philosophy to their leadership development. Setting new personal development objectives regularly and evaluating their progress is the best formula for achieving high performance and promoting lifelong learning and development. In the IAA Switzerland Leadership Check-up Series 2019 (LCS) alumni have an opportunity to reflect on their own personal leadership and apply state-of-the-art methodologies and tools to make sustainable progress on their specific development objectives. The LCS consists of four sessions that will be delivered by leading experts in their fields. Three sessions will be held in Zurich and one session is virtual. The number of participants is limited to 20 alumni. The LCS is a development journey which requires a commitment to attend all four sessions. The LCS was launched with great success for INSEAD alumni in Germany in 2018.
Prof. Vincent H. Dominé Adjunct Professor of Leadership, INSEAD & Consultant in Leadership Vincent H. Dominé is Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD and founding partner of DOMINÉ & PARTNERS, a Zurich-based leadership consulting firm. Vincent consults with senior executive teams and boards and delivers leadership development programs to leading organizations. He is also Director of Leadership Development in the INSEAD Global Executive MBA degree programs and regularly contributes to INSEAD’s Leading from the Chair and International Directors programs. He has co-authored the book The Coaching Kaleidoscope with Prof. Manfred Kets de Vries. He is a member of both the Institute of Coaching and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.
Fabio Coluccia Consultant in Leadership Fabio Coluccia is an Associate Partner at DOMINÉ & PARTNERS. He is also a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach in numerous programs at INSEAD, such as the MBA, GEMBA, AMP and others. Addressing development at the intrapersonal, interpersonal and systems levels, he accompanies senior executives and their teams to reach sustainable results. Fabio is an alumnus of the Art and Practice of Leadership Development program at Harvard Kennedy School and he is a graduate of the INSEAD Coaching Certificate program. He also holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
Mireille Barreau Consultant specialized in Holistic Performance Mireille Barreau consults with professionals and teams to manage their energy sustainably and to maximize their performance. A specialist in sleeping patterns and stress management, Mireille has used sophrology, paced breathing and mindfulness to improve wellbeing for executives across Europe. She is a trainer for the National Institute of Sleep and Alertness in France as well as the European Sleep Center and she runs her own private practice in Paris. Mireille is a Master Specialist in Caycedian Sophrology and has a diploma in sophrology for professionals from the University of Lille.IAA Switzerland Leadership Check-up Series 2019 
IAA Switzerland Leadership Check-up Series 2019 Session 1: Leadership Diagnostics and Outlook at the Individual Level Where do you currently stand in terms of leadership effectiveness? What are strengths that you may not be leveraging to the fullest? What are your possible areas of development? What are some of the drivers and blockers for change and what are concrete action steps you can take to reach your personal development objectives? Session 1 will help you reflect and find answers to these questions. Delivered by INSEAD Prof. Vincent H. Dominé and Fabio Coluccia Timing: April 3, 2019, 14:30h – 19:30h Location: Baker McKenzie, Holbeinstrasse 30, Zurich Session 2: Leadership Diagnostics and Outlook at the Collective Level Leadership never happens in a vacuum – it is always embedded in a context with other people. Whether you are leading or are part of an intact team, a project team, a work group, a committee or a board of directors, one of your key responsibilities as a leader is to continuously manage collective performance. In this session, you’ll be able to assess your ability to achieve team effectiveness, learn about the conscious and unconscious factors affecting group dynamics, and explore drivers and blockers of change affecting collective development. You will then identify specific action steps to increase collective performance. Delivered by Prof. Vincent H. Dominé and Fabio Coluccia Timing: June 3, 2018, 14:30h – 19:30h Location: Baker McKenzie, Holbeinstrasse 30, Zurich Session 3: Complementary Elements – a Holistic Approach to Performance Delivering sustainable high-performance entails managing and balancing multiple influencing factors affecting our personal well-being. Physical activity, nutrition, sleep, recovery and mental energy are fundamental aspects that are often neglected. The LCS helps you to adopt a holistic approach to performance by integrating these and other critical elements. Delivered by Mireille Barreau and Fabio Coluccia Timing: September 23, 2019, 14:30h – 19:30h Location: Baker McKenzie, Holbeinstrasse 30, Zurich Session 4: Progress Review and Follow-through To complete the LCS, this virtual session helps you monitor your progress, re-calibrate your action plan and maintain your momentum to achieve sustainable results. The format will also allow you to experience and practice helpful strategies for effective virtual meetings Delivered by Prof. Vincent H. Dominé and Fabio Coluccia Timing: November 28, 2019, 16:30h – 18:30h Location: virtual
The series is supported by Grow, the digital platform that INSEAD has partnered with to provide a development space for the leadership development programs in the MBA and EMBA. Grow (www.grow360.com) is an online solution that enables leadership development of individuals and teams in companies and business schools.
Key Facts Where: Baker McKenzie, Holbeinstrasse 30, Zurich (other than last virtual session) When: April 3, June 3, September 23, November 28, 2019 Who: INSEAD Alumni (Please note that the upper limit is 20 participants) Prequisite for participation: INSEAD MBA or Executive Development Program, management experience Participation Fee: CHF 1500 Registration: https://de.xing-events.com/LCSWISS19.html Payment: You will be sent online banking payment instructions. Questions: In case of any questions, please contact Alexander Wyss ([email protected]) INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland Alexander Wyss, MBA’01D, President INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland [email protected]  

11 Apr Startup Champions Seed Night 2019 @EPFL

Dear INSEAD Alumni,
You are invited to attend the Startup Champions Seed Night 2019 @EPFL. Immerse in the Swiss startup ecosystem, expand your network, and meet fellow alumnus Steve Anavi, MBA’11D, one of the event’s two keynote speakers.

Startup Champions Seed Night 2019 @EPFL
April 11, 2019
Co-organized by EPFL Alumni, EPFL Innogrants and Venturelab, this an annual startup presentations & pitch competition, bringing together some of the most promising entrepreneurs from EPFL and the rest of Switzerland. This edition will showcase 20 startups, including the winners of the venturelab programs and some of the fastest growing EPFL early stage companies. The event will take place at the Forum Rolex of the EPFL Rolex Learning Center.

17:00 Doors open for startups exhibition
18:30 Welcome words
19:00 Keynote, Steve Anavi, Co-founder & President, Qonto
“My Journey from Engineer to Entrepreneur”
19:15 Pitch competition (selected statups will be announced soon)
20:15 Keynote, Madiha Derouazi, Founder & CEO, AMAL Therapeutics,
“Biotech, alone and over 37 million raised: story of AMAL Therapeutics”
20:30 Final with the four best startups
20:45 Closing word, buffet networking and startups exhibition

Key Facts
When: April 11, 2019
Where: Forum Rolex of the EPFL Rolex Learning Center
Registration: On XING Events https://en.xing-events.com/FPETQGK.html

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Mina Draganova, MAP’17J, President Geneva Chapter
Leila Ojjeh, MBA’01D, Event Organizer
[email protected]



11 Apr Spring 2019 Get Together at Anacapri

Dear Alumni, 
You are invited to join fellow INSEAD alumni for a spring-time social after-work event in Lugano.

Spring 2019 Get Together at Anacapri, Lugano
April 11, 2019
Join us to meet for convivial drinks and a nice social evening overlooking the lake at Anacapri, conveniently located beside the Lugano train station. Hopefully spring will have arrived, and we can enjoy the Anacapri terrace. Don’t miss the chance to reconnect in the new year and get together with friends living and/or working in Ticino. Of course, bring family along! Friends also welcome.

Key Facts
When: Thursday April 11, 2019  19:00
Where: AnaCapri Restaurant & Cafè, Via Clemente Maraini, 6900 Lugano (above FLP station, in front of main FFS station parking)
Tickets: CHF 30 for INSEAD NAA members, CHF 45 for non-members (includes wine and tasty refreshments)
On XING Events https://en.xing-events.com/Anacapri19

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland 
Alessio Ascari, MBA’94J, Ticino Chapter President
[email protected]