Living Our Mission
Your generous support this year goes beyond sustaining our mission; it ignites our shared vision and values, empowering us to innovate and lead in global change. Thank you for being a pivotal part of this journey.
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Donations of any amount mean so much to INSEAD. They fortify our school’s mission and ensure that INSEAD remains a leader in management education. We are pleased to acknowledge all donors whose new pledges, gifts and pledge payments were received between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023. Thank you!
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“When I look at the way today’s students, faculty, alumni, and friends are bringing INSEAD’s founding vision to life through their generosity, I am filled with admiration and gratitude. Our purpose-driven community, deeply rooted yet forward-leaning, is a force for good. As we honour our history and dream boldly, I am excited to see the business school of the future emerge from our collective efforts.”
“The campaign was particularly important for Claude and myself, as alumni rose to the challenge to support INSEAD so generously, to sustain INSEAD into the future, as Claude had wished, with the wonderful final result Claude did not see. We were happy to contribute by creating a scholarship and I was touched that it is our gift that enabled the campaign to pass the threshold of €300 million.”
For Tuulikki and Claude, who was a co-founder of the school in 1957, INSEAD has been their life’s work. Stalwart stewards of the school, they have played a pivotal role in championing INSEAD, on the global stage and behind the scenes, for decades. Without their immense courage, generosity, and support, INSEAD would not have achieved its current standing as the world’s leading global business school.
“Everything I have done since earning my MBA can be traced to INSEAD. Now it’s time to give back. Building on the success of the Campaign, I look forward to encouraging our talented and engaged alumni to invest in the school as a growing force for good, more relevant today than ever before.”
“For me, giving to INSEAD is an investment. The returns come in the form of knowledge you can take advantage of through lifelong learning, solutions to global challenges fostered by INSEAD's research, pride in the quality and diversity of INSEAD students, and the friendship and support from the school and its alumni. That’s so much more than a financial return on a similar investment.”
Anna has been giving regularly to INSEAD since 2008. Most recently she has made contributions to the Dean’s Fund and scholarships. Anna has also been a committed fundraising volunteer for her class reunions.
“I consider my time at INSEAD as one of the best years of my life from a professional and personal standpoint. I made life-long friends and got access to a high-quality network. That is why I am committed over the long term as an alumnus and a donor. I often remind myself that our beloved school can only be strong if our alumni network is too.”
Frédéric has been a loyal donor to INSEAD for 20 years. He has chosen to support projects such as scholarships and research on sustainability so that his gifts can be used in different ways to make an impact.
“The Robin Hood Scholarship brought me joy and a sense of belonging. Participating in the campaign was more than just fundraising; it was a commitment filled with fun and emotion. We created a supportive community, celebrating a new batch’s success. This experience highlighted the heartwarming side of scholarship initiatives, showing that giving and receiving can be moments of genuine connection and shared happiness at INSEAD.”
In addition to being the MBA’23D Robin Hood Scholarship recipient, Chaimaa was also a lead volunteer for her class in their fundraising efforts. The class achieved great results thanks to wide mobilisation and inspiring leadership.
“When starting at INSEAD, we never imagined the wealth of deep, warm friendships and the life-transforming evolution we’d be immersed in, nor our own partnership. If we can each pitch in our own little bit and help INSEAD grow future leaders to tackle today’s challenges, we will all have helped to carry the light, the force for good. In memory of one of our finest jedi knights, Julia.”
Deyi and Nicolas met while on the programme and the bonding and collective kindness of their promotion strongly influenced their lives. They have both been committed and active volunteers, particularly for their class scholarship in memory of Julia Lawrence, as well as loyal donors.
"It was great seeing the United States and MBA'08D as the top country and class donors this year. INSEAD giving is not only important to help deserving students live the INSEAD dream but also to further the school's mission of business as a force for good. Our world needs this mission now more than ever."
It was particularly meaningful for Al, a scholarship recipient himself, to support his class reunion project. Al was an engaged volunteer, inspiring his fellow MBA’08Ds. He also provided the Celitech eSIM service for the June 2023 reunions.
“INSEAD was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It opened doors to the world and enabled me to meet and make friends with outstanding people. Without INSEAD, I would never have ended up where I am now, and it is my pleasure to give something in return and contribute to the future of the best business school for the world.”
A regular donor to the school for many years, Robert has generously supported the Dean’s Fund and other initiatives. He was also an active and engaged volunteer for his 40-year class reunion and helped his class achieve great results.
“After attending INSEAD and raising our four daughters in Hong Kong, we've been captivated by Asia's dynamic spirit and seen remarkable potential of individuals from modest backgrounds. To support these promising talents, we established this scholarship. Our aim is to help them pursue an INSEAD MBA, nurturing future business leaders and strategic thinkers. This investment in their future is a contribution to the region's growth and prosperity.”
Loyal donors to the school, John and Anne Witt have been unwavering supporters of students from Southeast Asia through their scholarship initiative. Last year, they generously endowed their scholarship, empowering a greater number of students to pursue their education in the INSEAD MBA programme.
“My 40th Reunion made me realise that donations are vital and constitute an undeniable standard for school excellence. Antoine and I are very sensitive to the benefits of high-quality education and are confident that the Basile Antoine Meguerdiche Scholarship, created in our late son's name, will enable top talent to join this best-in-class institution while also helping INSEAD maintain its competitive advantage.”
Last year, Samia and her husband Antoine Meguerdiche established a scholarship in memory of their son to help future students benefit from a life-changing experience. Samia also dedicated time and energy as a fund volunteer for her class reunion.
“My parents believed that, in my life journey, I would encounter people who would help me realise my desire for positive impact. And they were right. My INSEAD scholarship is proof. Someone I did not know offered me the chance to ‘change orbits’ and expand my circle of impact. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to pay it forward.”
Mikah’s parents, workers of modest means in Cameroon, told their son he could transform his country and offer other Africans a new dawn. That is exactly what Mikah plans to do, leveraging his INSEAD MBA to build bridges between Africa and the rest of the world through business.
“Ever since college, I have dedicated myself to the public sector, serving others. The scholarship I received is making it possible for me to experience everything INSEAD has to offer as I strive for the best MBA that will give me even greater impact. One day I hope to help future generations of INSEADers achieve their goals, just as my benefactors are helping me.”
Before INSEAD, Georgia earned a law degree and was involved in ensuring the enforcement of fair labour laws and practices at a distinguished labour court in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With her modest salary as a civil servant, a scholarship was crucial to putting an INSEAD MBA within Georgia’s reach.
“My mother and grandmother were strong role models who taught me that women can do whatever they aspire to. But as I was rising in the ranks at a multinational logistics company, I was often the only woman in the room. Through hard work and equipped with an INSEAD MBA, I hope to hold a position where I can empower other women in their careers.”
Inspired by her MBA experience, Maria, an Austrian, is planning her trajectory as a change agent — leading a business unit for a global enterprise and, someday, joining a board of directors, where she can shape company culture. Her aspirations illustrate the ripple effect of an INSEAD scholarship.
“Opting for an MBA was an important and life-changing decision for me as a first-generation student from Indonesia. The scholarship I received took a huge burden off my shoulders and gave me an invaluable opportunity to pursue my dreams. I am very grateful to my donors. Knowing that someone believes in my potential has fuelled my motivation to elevate my skills and knowledge at INSEAD.”
Ricky came to INSEAD after working in strategy and operations for a major e-commerce company in Southeast Asia. Named an emerging sector leader, he plans to transition back to the technology industry to maximise the impact of his MBA and become a catalyst for positive change in his community.
“Taking in the view of Earth from the International Space Station, I was struck by the diversity of the landscape and the way the planet lives and breathes — the sheer beauty and fragility of it all. Supporting INSEAD and its commitment to sustainability in business is one way we can advance innovative, entrepreneurial solutions for our home planet.”
Mark, who travelled as a commercial astronaut aboard Axiom’s Space-Ax-1 mission, made two exceptionally generous gifts to INSEAD last year: one to support a new Initiative and the other to create an endowed chair.
“Gender inequality remains one of the most pressing issues of our day. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we have been able to generate new ideas and insights around the subject of gender equality, shaping conversations on gender in the classroom as well as in business organisations.”
Kaisa and her team spearhead the INSEAD Gender Initiative, dedicated to generating and sharing knowledge that advances the progress of women leaders. The initiative’s goal is to involve individuals of all genders, inspiring collective action toward greater gender equality.
“If we continue with the same business practices, we will harm the planet we depend on. It’s time for businesses to prioritise long-term prosperity over short-term profitability. Together, we must shape a future where business and sustainability go hand in hand, and I believe we all have a part to play in taking care of our planet for future generations.”
André and Rosalie are deeply committed to people, planet, and INSEAD. Their support over many years culminated in the establishment of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society. This institute forms future leaders capable of aligning organisational interests with urgent social and environmental issues and actively contributes to generating business value with a positive societal impact.
“I support activities that are centred on education. These include a scholarship for African students at INSEAD, a school for girls in Ghana to study maths and science, and early childhood development in the Gambia. I am pleased to be able to donate towards the renewal of the Fontainebleau campus. It is important that INSEAD’s academic standards can be matched by the quality of its teaching facilities.”
David steadfastly supports the school, notably championing MBA scholarships. Most recently, he generously contributed to the Europe Campus Re-Imagining project. In recognition, Amphi A has been renamed the David Suddens MBA’78 Amphitheatre. David also took the lead in orchestrating fundraising initiatives for his class's 45-year reunion.
“We are honoured to be the first Founders Pledge donors. We are committed to this important initiative and hope many alumni will join us. Giving back to the school, where we first met, is very important to us. We support and encourage all other INSEAD founders to do the same.”
Loyal donors since graduating, Paul and Luminous recently made a generous gift as part of their Founders Pledge commitment. They dedicated their contribution to their class scholarship on the occasion of their 10th reunion.
While all gifts are welcome, the Singapore Government mandates that only gifts to the Singapore Scholarship Fund (MBA, EMBA, TIEMBA, MIM, etc.) to Singapore citizens and permanent residents, qualify for a 250% tax benefit.
While you can donate to any designation, including scholarships (other than Singapore Scholarship Fund), gifts to these designations will not qualify for a tax benefit under current Singapore regulations.
As we are unable to issue refunds for gifts, please review the selection of your gift designation carefully.
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