Leadership - 2019
Meet the leaders driving organisational excellence at INSEAD
Instability in geopolitics and the natural environment along with uncertainty in technology and the economy have created a paradigm shift for business leaders and the institutions that educate them. In academic year 2018/2019, INSEAD responded by calling for a rethink of the social contract and engaging leaders around the idea of business as a force for good.
When we look back at the history of INSEAD, there are striking similarities between the challenges of today and the time when the school was founded. Established during the uncertainty and instability that followed World War II, INSEAD was instrumental in bringing cultures together and ushering in an era of peace and prosperity in Europe.
In the six decades that followed our founding, the values deep in our institutional DNA shaped the school. Diversity, independence, rigour and relevance in teaching and research, closeness to business and entrepreneurial spirit. As the world became more connected and business became increasingly global, the pursuit of excellence, guided by these values, brought INSEAD to the cutting edge of business education.
Today, INSEAD is charting a new course for business education in the 21st century. Our curriculum is focused on business and society, in line with our mission to develop responsible leaders. Our research provides practical knowledge that helps leaders navigate unpredictable markets in turbulent times. We engage a broad spectrum of these leaders to explore how business can be a force for good. Our leadership is united behind the idea that business must be active in overcoming the world’s most pressing challenges.
Over this past academic year, INSEAD’s resolve has strengthened into action. We established the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society to champion prosperity with positive social impact, introduced a Master in Management programme to respond to the changing educational needs of our global society and launched the Campaign for INSEAD to tackle world-scale problems, further our ground-breaking research and reimagine the future of business.
We have also made progress in several areas crucial to our mission. The long-planned San Francisco Hub for Business Innovation opens in 2020. The Europe Campus Renewal is moving into the design phase with support from the Fontainebleau community. Our Middle East Campus is growing in size and stature. Our number of resident faculty – and the quality of their research – has reached an all-time high.
This has been a year in which INSEAD has innovated, inspired and mobilised our global community to be a force for good, now and into the future. We are proud to share some of the milestones from the last academic year.
Last October, we launched a €250 million capital campaign rooted in our distinct values, vision and ventures that has brought our community together to chart a bright future for the school.
The Institute opened in October and convened a conversation on the role of business in meeting global challenges, inspiring INSEAD to be smarter about aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.
A dedicated team of INSEAD leaders and alumni worked to open our first facility in North America, solidifying our global presence and bringing our business insights to the world’s most innovative business ecosystem.
Our world-class faculty is often recognised for their thought leadership and research, our case studies are international bestsellers and our professors sit at the top of the Thinkers 50 list of management influencers.
We scaled up innovation through the LaunchPad at STATION F, the addition of Blockchain Research Institute co-founder Don Tapscott to the faculty, Executive Education on design thinking and AI, and Tech Talks on the Middle East Campus.
We prepared to celebrate 60 years of excellence by looking at the values that have shaped us as an institution and a community and drawing inspiration from our founders.
The 2018/2019 Annual Report showcases a year of achievement by our INSEAD community – faculty, students, alumni, donors, supporters and staff. Such accomplishments are only possible through dedication, hard work, talent and teamwork. We want to thank everyone who has helped write this chapter of the INSEAD success story.
This has been a year to bring people together and make INSEAD a force for good. We have seized the opportunity to honour the rich history of the institution and remain true to our values. With a strong and growing community standing together, we have the foundation in place to build a better future for the school and for the world.
Thank you for your continued support.
Chairman of the Board
Dean of INSEAD