Apr 19 Women on boards: what value do they add? Panel Discussion

Dear Alumni,
You are invited to engage with a distinguished panel about the value-added of diversity on boards, with a focus on gender diversity, a contribution of the INSEAD Women in Business Club to the celebration of Women at INSEAD.

Women on boards: what value do they add, Geneva
April 19, 2018
Join us to walk through journeys to board work with our panelists, all alumnae and well-qualified to address the evening’s discussion topic. The panel will cover what board work means for us, how we came into these roles, positives negatives and how diversity has been additive to board processes and decision-making. The panel will share experiences of different board situations: publicly traded, private equity-owned, private companies, family businesses and across different countries and sectors. Join us to exchange experience and perspectives!


Stéphane Rousset, YMP’88Sep
Business angel, board member/chairperson, mentor, advisor.
Stéphane focuses on Swiss technology startups. His corporate career was in the Information and Communications Technology industry. He was a general manager with focus on go-to-market and sales, He held C-level positions at Fujitsu and Oracle, after various leadership positions at Digital Equipment, AT&T, and Global One. He is an alumnus of EPFL, the University of California at Berkeley, and INSEAD.

 Christine Blondel, MBA’81
Adjunct Professor
Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, INSEAD
Christine has been working in the field of family business since 1997. She teaches at INSEAD (where she was the first Executive Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise) and advises family firms on topics linked to governance and transmission. Her own experience as a Board member started in 2001, and she currently sits on the boards of INSEAD Foundation and D’Ieteren (a 200 year-old, family-controlled company, traded on Brussels Stock Exchange). Her prior experience includes 9 years at Procter & Gamble in Marketing and Finance – as well as raising four boys. She is a graduate of INSEAD and Ecole Polytechnique France.
Brigitte Reverdin, MBA’81
INSEAD ALUMNI FUND Trustee and INSEAD Swiss board member
Brigitte Reverdin is Founder of MARKETrends Family Office providing independent wealth management advice to entrepreneurs and families. Before that she had an international career in banking and finance. Brigitte is a board member of AB Science, Paris (pharmaceutical company) and served on the board of Triskel Integrated Services SA (pharmaceutical consultancy), Puilaetco Suisse SA (Private Bankers), and Enterprise IQ (business analytics). She is President of the International Advisory Board of the International Museum of the Reformation in Geneva. She holds a BA in Political Science from Skidmore College (NY) and a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Nadya Wells, MBA’00D

Board positions in public and private companies
Nadya is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Supervisory Board of Sberbank (Russia) and on the boards of Eastnine AB (Sweden), Barings Emerging Europe plc (UK) and responsAbility Investments AG (Switzerland). She is active in sustainable investment and innovative financing consulting with a focus on global health financing and is a Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She spent 13 years with the Capital Group until 2014, as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst with a focus on EMEA markets. Prior to that, she was a portfolio manager at INVESCO Asset Management

Key Facts
When:  Thursday, April 19, 2018 18:45
Where: Spaces,Quai de l’ile 13, 1204 Genève
Tickets:  CHF 40 INSEAD Swiss NAA Members (paid up)// CHF 60 INSEAD Alumni
Non-members & Guests

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18:45 – 19:00 Welcome & Registration
19:00 – 20:00 Panel Discussion, Q&A
20:00 – 21: 00 Networking Cocktail

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Nadya Wells, MBA’00D, Event Organizer
Brigitte Reverdin, MBA’81, Event Organizer
Laurence Amand-Jules, MBA’99D, IWIB President, Geneva