For Excellence, for Change, for Each Other

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

Dear friends,

The end of 2022 brings me to a moment of reflection and anticipation as I enter the final year of my deanship and the last year of INSEAD’s Force for Good campaign.

When I look at INSEAD today, I see a community united — for excellence, for change, for each other — with so much to be proud of. As this report goes to print, we have just passed the €300M mark for the campaign, which is a remarkable achievement. I am especially grateful for the increase in giving towards scholarships,
a vital source of funding for INSEAD students that more than tripled during the campaign. Each campaign gift, whatever its area of focus, has a distinct ripple effect, stirring change within INSEAD whose impact reverberates out into the world.

I believe our campaign results reflect the deep solidarity alumni feel with INSEAD’s mission. Findings from our recent Alumni Impact Survey reveal that an increasing number of alumni are creating businesses with a social purpose. Many are engaged in the critical issues of our times. One point of pride for me is the creation of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society. This young institute has already  influenced perspectives and practices related to sustainability, and it will continue to make a difference long into the future.

As we emerge from the shadow of a global pandemic it has been exciting to be back on the road to meet alumni around the world. I have been moved by the resilience of our community. It’s been especially gratifying to see alumni come together for reunions, with our campuses back to normal and buzzing with participants in our degree and executive programmes. The dynamic presence of students and faculty creates a vibrant intellectual environment that nurtures and provokes innovative thinking.

Renovating and reimagining the Europe Campus where INSEAD started has become even more vital. This ambitious milestone project seeks to bring the campus in Fontainebleau up to sustainability standards while retaining a unique atmosphere and an ambience that fosters lifetime connections.

As I look toward the final months of my tenure as dean, I feel moved to note what a privilege it has been to work with our many volunteers around the world. Their dedication and passion for INSEAD truly inspire me. I also wish to acknowledge and thank my team at INSEAD, my faculty colleagues and all the staff. And of
course, I thank you, our donors and community.

As I’ve said before, INSEAD would be nothing without its people. The important work we are doing together, made possible by your generosity, is not finished. In fact, with so many challenges to address in our complex world, it is just beginning.

Ilian Mihov

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