Events / Lunchtime Sessions: Thriving in the Gig Economy

Lunchtime Sessions: Thriving in the Gig Economy

July 20, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunchtime Sessions: Thriving in the Gig Economy

Monday 20 July 12:30-13:45


Join fellow INSEAD alumni to share ideas, tactics and strategies on how to enjoy the benefits of our gig economy. Leveraging your network, crafting your elevator pitch and acclimatising to the highs and lows of the gig economy will be discussed amongst your peer group. The lively discussion should be valuable to alumni seeking to build a work portfolio of consulting gigs, freelancing, interim management and volunteering.


Dr Nermeen Varawalla (MBA 00D), MD, DPhil (Oxon), MBA, Managing Director, Clinstrat is an experienced business leader who has founded, grown and exited from global life sciences businesses in entrepreneurial and corporate settings. She is a recognised expert in the clinical development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.


Nermeen’s most recent corporate role was Senior Vice President and Head of Clinical Development at BTG International plc, a FTSE 250 speciality pharmaceutical and medical device business. Following its recent acquisition by Boston Scientific Corporation, Nermeen has transitioned to set up Clinstrat, a Life Science and Healthcare Business Consultancy.


Nermeen completed her medical training at the University of Mumbai, before receiving a Rhodes Fellowship to the University Oxford for her doctorate. Following an MBA at INSEAD; Nermeen worked at Accenture’s Strategy Consulting Practice before joining the clinical trials sector where she has held senior roles within contract research organisations, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.


Moderator: Rahima Valji (MBA 03D) is a Chair of the Lunchtime Sessions. As a strategic growth and innovation advisor to CEOs and leadership teams, she has launched new products, businesses and innovation programmes across three continents. She focuses on helping corporates and scaleups grow, through innovation, scaling and international expansion and by building strategic partnerships and relationships. She spent a recent gap year eating and cooking her way around the world, ending up as a guest chef in an Italian restaurant in Mozambique feeding CEOs, ambassadors and Italians! All of them are still alive.



About Lunchtime Sessions:

Launched in June 2020, the lunchtime sessions are a bimonthly forum for freelancers, independent consultants and job seekers to connect, exchange ideas, and support one another. What better sounding board than a fellow INSEAD alum? Sessions will generally have a speaker, followed by ample time for cross-promotion networking in small breakout groups to facilitate connection and conversation. Join us as a participant, speaker or moderator!