Geneva Chapter’s Talent & Innovation Event Now Online

Geneva’s first event of the year, Talent & Innovation, was a hit with more than 80 attendees on hand to hear five keynote speakers, including Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD, along with Xavier Comtesse, Avenir Suisse, Joël Claret, McKinsey & Co, and Fathi Derder, Member of Swiss National Council. Lanvin is passionate about academic research and its potential to make positive change and inspire action. He uses indices because “numbers have less baggage than words” (download his presentation here). His 30 minute talk delivers many surprising insights about the fierce global competition to innovate and how talent is the most important factor, not least of all, he describes what makes Switzerland’s top ranking traits hard to imitate. A panel discussion followed Lanvin’s presentation, moderated by François Schaller (editor-in-chief of L’Agefi). See the article about the event in L’Agefi (pdf)

Geneva Chapter volunteer, Ludovic Choppin, organized the event and edited the high quality video presented for your enjoyment here.

INSEAD Healthcare Awards 2013 Highlight Alumni Contribution to Industry

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The fifth annual INSEAD Healthcare Alumni Summit in October in Zürich hosted the inaugural INSEAD Healthcare Awards to recognise significant contributions by more than 2,000 INSEAD alumni active in the healthcare field. The Summit attracted more than 110 participants to Zürich’s SWX Stock Exchange for an event, themed “Disruptive Collaboration”. It drew senior INSEAD alumni and global healthcare experts from around the world to participate in an interactive forum designed to advance discourse about the industry’s future.

“Whether as CEOs and entrepreneurs, our alumni through their knowledge and leadership drive breakthrough business models in healthcare that open up new areas of market growth. The INSEAD Healthcare Awards allow us the chance to highlight the best of the best in our network of global practitioners who are extending the boundaries of this important field,” said INSEAD Dean Ilian Mihov in a statement.

Sponsors of the INSEAD Alumni Healthcare Summit are HBM Healthcare Investments, Civitas, McDermott Will & Emery, as well as partners Elsevier Business Intelligence, European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine (ECPM), and Value Edge…Read more on INSEAD

The Best Cheese Fondue? Ask Lausanne Alums




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A booked out Christmas dinner in Lausanne in early December brought together alums of all ages to celebrate the 2013 holiday season at a certain café which is known for procuring the freshest and best Vacherin from the alpine dairies in Gruyère and Fribourg for its unique cheese fondue recipes. It is such an insider tip and so hard to get a table there, we are posting the full report for members-only in the blog.

Several new faces joined the gathering at the Café de l’Evêché for this first Lausanne fondue dinner, according to event organizer, Sébastien Simon [MBA 88D]. The age range was wide, from recent grads to those already on their second or third career. The outdoor terrace behind the Café de l’Evêché is also very special in the summer, a hidden gem. Its tables cannot be had without reserving several weeks in advance, notes Simon. It’s clear that INSEAD Alums not only get insider ideas and fresh knowledge from the world’s thought-leaders at regular events in Switzerland, they also learn about unique places for drinks, dinner, and, since it is Switzerland, fondue, naturally. (Featured image source: MySwitzerland)

12/12/2012 – GE:Celebrating Christmas in Style

December 12th 2012 – Given the ambiance… it could have been in Fonty.. but no it was in Carouge, at the Comptoir des Délices that just reopened. Santa Kelly and Santa Ramon welcomed there guests with a little Santa hat and as promised Champagne, Hot wine were here to warm up the atmosphere.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Swiss Alumni!