Events / Doriot Distinguished Speaker Series – Karen Fawcett

Doriot Distinguished Speaker Series – Karen Fawcett

June 5, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Doriot Distinguished Speaker Series
Karen Fawcett (MBA 88D)
Non-executive director, advisor and entrepreneur
Former CEO Retail Banking and Group Head, Brand and Marketing, Standard Chartered
Member of the INSEAD Board of Directors
Tuesday 5 June


This event is sponsored by Deutsche Bank


Is it really too much to ask that we achieve gender parity during our working lifetimes? Please join Karen Fawcett (MBA 88D), non-executive director, advisor and entrepreneur, as she tackles this topical issue and addresses positive ways in which INSEADers can lead the way in taking concrete action.


Karen will look at what has already been achieved using targets, training, awareness and employment policy, and she will assess what remains to be done. Reflecting on the focus of the suffragettes, who took direct, clear means towards a radical end. How can we emulate their success but without the extremism and pain? Do we need a campaign more similar to UK’s approach to the Olympics?


Speaking as we celebrate the first 50 years of women at INSEAD, she will draw on her experience as a banking CEO, as an INSEAD board member and in a range of non-executive and advisory roles to outline a long-term, cross-generational approach to change, arguing that we must speed up practical moves towards gender parity.


Karen will challenge the model for the future… how we move beyond corporate responsibility for parity and how we reach the younger generation. She will consider how her audience can support this, including looking at organisational politics and providing sponsorship, always aiming at accelerating and achieving gender parity.


Karen is a seasoned leader of finance and consulting businesses and is now pursuing sustainable fish farming as co-founder of Katfish Holdings, alongside her non-executive and advisory roles. She is a member of the Girton College Campaign Board and advises fintech and payments businesses.


She was a member of the global management team of Standard Chartered Bank, responsible for global retail banking strategy across 30 countries serving 10 million clients. She was also a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton. Karen has an MA in economics from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.


TIME 19:00 for 19:30
COST Members £25 Members’ guests (non INSEAD) £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés