Tapping the Emerging Middle Class in Emerging Markets

IPEC Event Report: In February the INSEAD Private Equity Club and the INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland hosted a panel featuring André Hoffmann [MBA’90D], Non-Executive Vice President of Roche Holdings and Givaudan; Jack Clemons [MBA’94D], CEO Bata Shoe Organization, Johannes Müller, CEO of Dätwyler Cabling Solutions AG, and Andries Diener [MBA’05J], formerly Schindler’s Head of Marketing in China and co-founder Diener Syz Real Estate. The event was moderated and organized by Katja Berlinger [MBA, 05 J].

asiapanelThe evening conference attracted 85 participants to hear the challenges and rewards of Asian expansion from panelists who have spent their post-INSEAD careers as executives in Swiss companies doing just that. The special report is now available for download IPECASIAREPORT_FINAL Doc

The Swiss reputation abroad is much better than it is here… They expect us to be a bit more expensive and good quality. They also expect us to be reliable and knowledgeable about sustainability…

Zunfthaus zur Waag is the Venue for Wednesday’s Private Equity in Healthcare Event

ipechealthbanner2You are invited to an Evening Conference with Panel Discussion & Networking Cocktail hosted by the INSEAD Private Equity Club (IPEC) and the Swiss Healthcare Industry Club (cHIC)

“The Role of Private Equity in Healthcare”

Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zürich on April 2, 2014 from 7 to 10 pm


Historically strong returns and low default rates have forged a clear role for private equity in the healthcare sector. For example, two of the largest private equity exits last year were healthcare deals, namely the sale of Bausch and Lomb to Valeant, and the sale of Warner Chilcott to Actavis, each with a valuation of about $8.5 billion. Interest in healthcare provider and services is increasing, while pharma and medtech remain strong. As a result, the competitive environment has become more intense and private equity investors are pursuing more complex deal opportunities, such as those with higher reimbursement and regulatory risk, or assets in need of a turnaround.

Others are aggressively deploying capital around key themes, such as physician consolidation or retail health ventures. Still others target management teams with robust post-acquisition playbooks for longer term investments. In addition, many Western firms seek investments in emerging markets, but they face strong competition there from local firms and strategies.

Our panel of seasoned industry insiders will talk about these strategies in a moderated discussion that is bound to interest and inspire entrepreneurs, corporate finance professionals, as well as investors and life science industry executives.

[warning]Please register before April 1, 2014.[/warning]


April 2, 2014


Zunfthaus zur Waag, Münsterhof 8, 8001 Zürich



19:00 – 19:30 Registration & Welcome Drink19:30 – 20:45 Panel & Q&A Moderated by Arul Ramadurai (MBA J’05)

  • Juergen Raths, Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant (former CEO of Arpida and Correvio)
  • Ludger Schwinn, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International
  • Alain Nicod, Managing Partner, VI Partners
  • Romain Boichat, Senior Vice-President,Genolier Swiss Medical Network SA

20:45 – 22:00 Apéro Riche



60 CHF for INSEAD Alumni Association Members100 CHF for Others and Guests


Tickets on http://www.amiando.com/PEHealthcareZH14

You are welcome to invite friends or colleagues along to the event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Kind regards,

Aleksandar Ruzicic, President cHIC
Chandra Leo [MBA D’02], Vice President cHIC
Andre Aubert [MBA J’00], President IPEC
Arul Ramadurai (MBA J’05) is the volunteer organizer from IPEC Switzerland

chicsponsorsPanelist Bios

Alain Nicod  
Managing Partner VI Partners since 2002. Prior to that AlainNicod  (INSEAD MBA ’83) was a shareholder,  board member, and entrepreneur in fast growing companies, including medical instrumentation and IT industries, for example, Compex, LeShop.ch, SourcingParts, Securicard, and MNC. He started his career in 1980 at Arthur Andersen, and then joined McKinsey in 1983. VI Partners is a venture capital investor backed by blue chip companies. He specializes in IT and Life Sciences portfolio companies. Alain Nicod is a board member of two Swiss financial institutions. He earned an MBA from INSEAD after HEC Lausanne. 
Juergen Raths juergen headshot Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant. Most recently, Juergen Raths served as CEO of Correvio, a privately backed Geneva-based specialty pharmaceutical firm. Prior to that, he was CEO of a publicly-traded Basel-based biotechnology company that he led through a merger. His entrepreneurial experience builds on a 20 years international career in medical, sales, marketing and general management in a global pharmaceutical company. Jürgen is MD from the University of Bonn 
Ludger Schwinn
Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International since 2002. He has two decades of healthcare experience, particularly in senior executive recruitment for the Life Sciences industry, including the Pharmaceuticals, Biopharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Diagnostics sectors. He is a key account leader for a number of top global pharmaceutical companies based in Switzerland. He has performed strategic management assessments, as well doing leadership and talent development programs for key clients. Ludger has a Master of Business and Marketing from the University of Basel.
Romain Boichat

Senior Vice-President,Genolier Swiss Medical Network SA since 2012. Romain joined GSMN as Director in 2011. Before that he was with McKinsey and also Director of the Service des automobiles et de la navigation of the state of Vaud. He has served as the Dean of the School of Management of Technology at EPFL. Romain holds an MBA from IMD Lausanne and a PhD from EPFL. 
Arul Ramadurai
CEO of ExcellGene SA, a privately-owned Swiss biotechnology provider in the field of protein manufacturing. Prior to that Arul Ramadurai (INSEAD MBA J’05) coached a number of privately-backed enterprises. Before becoming involved in management and leadership of quick growing young company, he worked for 16 years in large corporates in the healthcare and energy industries. Arul is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA from INSEAD.

Women Making an Impact

Influence is a rare commodity, and women with power and influence even rarer. But that’s changing as Kristin Envig and Beth Krasna, panelists at the “Inspiring Women” evening conference in Geneva on March 4th, have demonstrated. Women can have a greater impact and there are several ways to do it  One method is to get active at the board level early on in your career.


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Beth Krasna is active on boards in fields as diverse as higher education, banking, and commerce. Another is to participate in professional social networks and get active. Kristin not only participates, she was an early entrant in the global business networking trend and she forged her own successful empowering women netowrking event and conference series seventeen years ago.

Kirstin Engvig’s WIN Conferences take place around the world each year.

There has never been a time in history when women have have been so qualified and have so many opportunities to make an impact as right now, according to INSEAD Alumni Association’s Kelly Richdale (INSEAD MBA ’99), an executive at ID Quantique, and organizer of the “Inspiring Women” event for INSEAD and IMD alums. She says that women are being encouraged to “lean in”, a phrase popularized by the title of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s business book published last year, which rallies well-educated women to stop holding themselves back in their professional lives. The book has sold 1.5 million copies, is currently number 7 on the NY Times bestseller list, and Sony just bought the film rights for it in January. There is an international women’s network springing up around it, as well as social impact project funding efforts.

Clearly, the ways women can “lean in” are many. One growing trend is through professional networking. No one knows that better than Kristin Engvig, founder of the W.I.N  conference series for women entrepreneurs, executives and influencers. Her network includes 30,000 opinion leaders and 150,000 members. The conferences which will be in Tokyo and Berlin this year are supported by the likes of Suntory, HP, IBM, Pepsico, and Unilever, among others.

Another way is to become an active board member as Beth Krasna does it in an incredible range of domains. She is active in commerce, serving on the board of COOP, a multi-billion dollar Swiss-based retailer and Raymond Weil, a global Swiss luxury watch brand, in finance (she’s a board member of Banque Cantonale Vaudoise), in sustainability engineering (board member Bonnard & Gardel Holding), in culture (member of the board of the Fondation en faveur de l’art choréographique), and in higher education (Beth is one four females on the ETH’s 12-member board).

Both of these inspiring and influential women will be on hand to share their experience, ideas, and vision on March 4. Register now on http://www.amiando.com/Inspiring_Women.html

Announcing the Salamander Road Challenge 2014

The Dutch INSEAD Alumni Association announced this week that registration open for its third foray into Salamander Road Challenge rally. It is a social event for INSEAD alumni, and their co-drivers with lots of beautiful routes to cover and picturesque villages to enjoy enroute to Fontainebleau.

Start: Friday June 20 2014 10:00 Tilburg area the Netherlands
Finish: Saturday June 21 2014 18:00 Insead Campus Fontainebleau France

All cars are allowed, bring your favourite junker, klunker, cabriolet, classic, sports car or lease car. This is not about speed, it’s all about your navigation skills and your ability to enjoy the scenery and the informal contacts with your fellow alumni during the breaks.

Fee: 600 euro a car (2p) including 2 lunches for two, 2 dinners for two and 1 night hotel room for two

[important]Open for all INSEAD Alumni associations, if there are more than 15 cars joining by the 1st of May, the event will take place, if there are not, new try in 2015![/important]

Interested? Mail to inseadalumni (at) planet.nl

Go Beyond the Crowdsourcing Headlines

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Learn more about crowd platforms from veteran Simon Schneider, CEO of zyncd, at Geneva Chapter’s first luncheon conference of the year. [/pullquote]Accenture just published a new report identifying the six most disruptive enterprise trends (see Accenture Technology Vision 2014) and crowdsourcing figures prominently in its discussion of the (r)evolution from workforce to crowdsource and how it creates a borderless enterprise. It is hard not to miss the buzzwords crowdsourcing and crowdfunding when reading the news these days.

Here’s a quick list of some headlines in the past week from a range of scientific and mass media publication.

Sharing the wealth: is crowdsourcing about charity or getting things …[The Courier.UK]
Crowdsourcing gains traction as a resource in legal practice [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Kickstarter And Crowdsourcing Are Rapidly Coming Of Age [INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY]

The use of crowd platforms is an emerging trend with potential to make an impact on inducrowdblog1stries, service organizations, including NGOs, and diverse socio-economic groups around the world. Learn more about the trend and how it can affect your business at the upcoming INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland’s Luncheon Conference (click to register) on February 13 in Geneva, featuring crowd platforms veteran Simon Schneider, CEO of zyncd (formerly an executive with InnoCentive and board member of Crowdhut).

Simon will describe how it started with crowdsourcing (ask the crowds for their ideas), then crowdfunding (ask the crowd for their money). And he will answer the question: with crowdsourcing and crowdfunding gaining momentum globally, what’s next?

[notice]Please register & purchase tickets online before February 11th[/notice]