Events / Overcoming Self-doubt

Overcoming Self-doubt

October 27, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesday 27 October, 12:00 – 13:00 BST


We all face self-doubt, however talented or high-achieving we are. Despite past successes, we can still doubt our ability to realise our ambitions for the future. When we face career hurdles – be it the post-graduation job hunt, finding a new path after a job loss, transitioning into a new sector, or combating Covid-related challenges these doubts can surface. Whilst some self-doubt drives us to improve, persistent self-doubt can hold us back.


Are you taking the first career steps during the early years after graduation? Join us to hear three speakers on their personal journeys and discover strategies to help you to step onto the path to overcoming self-doubt and achieving success and inner peace.


Utkarsh Amitabh (MBA 13D) is the founder and CEO of Network Capital (, one of the world’s largest career intelligence communities. He is a writer at Harvard Business Review, Chevening Fellow at University of Oxford and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper who represented the community at the Annual Meeting in Davos. His new book “The Seductive Illusion of Hard Work” has become a global best seller. He also writes for Mint, Economic Times and World Economic Forum. Utkarsh graduated from INSEAD where he was the Andy Burgess Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship. He is also the Torchbearer of Ashoka University’s Young India Fellowship.


Stephane Ponce holds a Master’s degree in Business from INSEEC. His experience includes eight years working with entrepreneurs to launch and develop their businesses in France and 13 years with INSEAD Singapore. Stephane leads the consulting sector at INSEAD globally and has built a strong network of decision-makers across regions in consulting but also in Tech, with start-ups and FMCG companies. Stephane has coached hundreds of talented INSEADers and is passionate about unleashing potential and building strong connections. Stephane will share his perspective on recruitment and his observations on INSEADers approach job search.


David Tarsh (MBA 92J) is a corporate events and communications specialist, a qualified executive coach and board member for the Impact Mentoring Programme. After graduating from INSEAD, he joined the UK’s leading corporate events company (part of the Saatchi Group), winning clients including Microsoft, Nokia, VW and several UK government departments and secured a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. In 2001, he founded a strategic communications consulting practice, securing many hundreds of millions of pounds worth of media coverage, and influencing the UK government to block damaging proposed EU legislation and to change pension rules to allow Forces widows to remarry. When the pandemic struck, he co-founded a new technology company, OK2Roam, to help revive international travel safely.


Cecily Liu (MBA 21J) is a communications specialist with experience in journalism, public policy and non-profit organisations. Starting out as a London-based finance journalist for China Daily, her role took her on news reporting assignments in 15 countries. She then worked as Senior Research Advisor for City of London Corporation, providing expert advice and support to teams focusing on public policy, trade and investment, and innovation in financial services. Cecily is the Managing Director of Visionary Education, a project which has empowered tens of thousands of children in rural China since its founding in 2008.


Moderator: Gaby Glaesener-Cipollone (MBA 93D)