Messages from the Deans
Serving as a force for good
During the Age of Enlightenment, several pre-eminent philosophers put forward the idea that a social contract provides political order and security for the citizens in exchange for curtailing some ‘natural rights’. Today, as the world faces challenges from tensions between governments, businesses and citizens, the concept of a social contract is again entering the discourse of leaders and thinkers. We need a new social contract that will drive the transition towards an environmentally, socially and financially sustainable future – one in which business is a force for good.
INSEAD, as a leading business school, must play a major role in the discussions about how business and society can work cooperatively towards a better future. We need to develop leaders who create business models, partnerships and innovations that support both corporate performance and social progress.
Your generous gifts helped us to shape this direction for the school and enabled us to take a huge step forward during the past academic year. Thanks to you, we are advancing our journey to champion business as a force for good.
In 2018, we publicly launched the Campaign for INSEAD: A Force for Good with the aim of raising €250 million to elevate the capabilities of the school. It has been wonderful to see that the theme has so strongly resonated with our alumni and friends.
All the contributions we received during the ‘quiet’ phase of the Campaign – which started in 2013 – led us to the launch and set a strong foundation to reach our goals. Your gifts during this period have supported our work to sustain INSEAD’s values, advance the school’s vision and support new ventures.
The landmark gift from André Hoffmann MBA’90D and his wife Rosalie is a huge endorsement of our mission. The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society will be the beginning of a new way for INSEAD to study and teach business leaders and, by extension, a new way to do business. It is immensely gratifying to witness that the establishment of the Institute has already elicited major support from like-minded donors.
While the many large gifts we received had a tremendous impact on the school, I would like to emphasize that every gift and every donor is important. We can only advance in this work if we do it together, and your participation is essential.
Our global society has reached a pivotal moment in history. We have an opportunity before us—to protect the health of the planet, to create sustainable models for socioeconomic development, to foster an inclusive society that supports all. Every gift you make to INSEAD allows us to work harder towards these goals. Thank you for helping us do our part and for serving as a force for good.
Dean of INSEAD
Thank you for stepping up and recognising our potential to transform business and society. Last year, your collective support reached a record of €54.8million. Your generosity advanced our values, vision and ventures in a number of important ways. For example, your gifts supported Digital@INSEAD, a key initiative that offers insights and strategies for individuals and businesses to thrive in the digital economy. Through the support of the Hoffmann Institute, INSEAD partnered with the ChangeNow Summit that convened inspiring innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders of positive impact. We also launched the first global MBA competition on product games and introduced new courses focused on digital disruption.
Gender balance continues to be a key focus for the school, and we are grateful for support of women’s scholarships and gender research. Events such as the iW50 Summit and INSEAD Celebrates Women successfully engaged men and women in a meaningful dialogue on advancing gender parity.
We were delighted to see a tremendous increase in alumni engagement. The Alumni Forums held in Noordwijk aan Zee, San Francisco and Hong Kong, engaged our community in vibrant discussions on leadership in a changing world, trends shaping the future of business and business as a force for good.
Giving and participation were also outstanding last year. Our community collectively cheered when the second annual Giving Day doubled the number of donors and amount raised over the previous year. Furthermore, returning alumni classes used their reunions to break giving records.
We thank every donor for advancing the school in so many dimensions and all alumni volunteers for tirelessly dedicating their time, expertise and energy to INSEAD. We take this opportunity to specially thank and recognise the leadership of Rémy Best MBA’93D, Chair of the INSEAD Campaign Board; Emma Goltz MBA’98J, Chair of the INSEAD Alumni Fund; and Sadia Khan MBA’95D, President of the INSEAD Alumni Association.
Your extraordinary commitment last year gave us a solid start to the public phase of our Campaign. We are grateful for your continued engagement and funding in our joint commitment to shape business as a force for good. We are already creating a ripple effect. Let us now make the waves of change.
Associate Dean, Advancement
Deputy Dean & Dean of Innovation