Tourism and its desirability is a challenge posed to countries the world over and Scotland is no exception. In 2019, tourism brought £11 billion to the Scottish economy, against a backdrop of increasing resentment amongst local residents in some rural and island communities as well as the main cities. As the industry tries to look beyond Covid, and the Scottish Government and local councils try to balance the demand for tourism with the needs of the residents, our four speakers give their perspectives on the industry and will take questions. There will be an opportunity to network afterwards.

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

May 17, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

We are privileged that such an exceptional speaker has agreed to speak to INSEAD alumni and guests. Dame Shirley’s TED Talk in 2015 received a standing ovation from more than a thousand of the world’s most recognised technical entrepreneurs, thinkers, creators and doers has received 2.6m views.

Nurturing my Self-Compassion

May 18, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Whether it’s in our health, finances, work or relationships, fallibility and imperfection are unavoidable aspects of being human.

Yet we often react to our inevitable human failings with self-criticism and negativity, which lead to stress, anger, anxiety, and depression. The antidote to this is self-compassion – something we can cultivate so we face our ‘failings’ with kindness, patience and understanding. This helps build positive and productive relationships with ourselves and others.

Have ever wondered as you go back to your home how come we have people sleeping in doorways nowadays?

Join Françoise Call and speakers from Centrepoint and St Mungo’s to hear more about the causes of homelessness in the UK and what is being done to tackle it.

PE and VC Group: Summer Spritz

June 17, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join colleagues in Private Equity and Venture Capital for a virtual Summer Spritz. Until we can all meet in person again, let’s catch up and reconnect or simply share a glass of something chilled with fellow alumni.

Energy Group: View from the Edge

June 23, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Much has been said about the role of decentralised power and demand side response in changing the energy landscape. A recent report by the Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions highlighted the importance of demand side solutions in the journey towards net zero. One only has to look at the proliferation of domestic solar panels and consumer battery systems in the UK in the last few years to see examples of the way our energy system is changing. In the US, reports following the power outages in Texas at the beginning of the year have confirmed the growing popularity of solutions such as the Tesla Powerwall.

2020 accelerated digital transformation of retail and changed consumer habits for good. This has impacted the ways in which we buy and consume groceries online and offline. As lockdown lifts, business will have to reset and transform operations to win in a post-Covid world.

Stakeholders in grocery and technology will discuss how the pandemic has shaped their strategies and accelerated the adoption of new technologies.