INSEAD celebrates outstanding women

Updated 18 June 2018
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INSEAD celebrates outstanding women

INSEAD, a leading business school, has unveiled 50 big ideas from 50 of its female academics through its “50 Years, 50 Women, 50 Ideas” key initiative. These ideas, from the school’s female faculty and doctoral alumnae, celebrate 50 years of INSEAD women leading academic excellence.
The initiative was launched in honor of the school’s year-long celebration of iW50, a campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the first female graduates from the INSEAD MBA program. For each year of action and progress toward gender diversity, 50 female academics from INSEAD share their big idea, which encapsulates the essence of their thought-leading research.
Laurence Capron, dean of faculty at INSEAD and professor of strategy, said: “These 50 women reflect the heart and soul of INSEAD’s academic environment: Diversity in research and teaching methods, with no single school of thought predominant. They focus on what matters most, which is rigour and impact on management as a practice and a discipline. We are proud to celebrate their achievements and thought leadership.”
Some of the big ideas from INSEAD female faculty members include:
l Annet Aris (Strategy): In a digitizing world, boards will have to focus significantly more on understanding customers and delivering superior value.
Linda Brimm (Organizational Behavior): Global cosmopolitans experience a complex array of challenges and opportunities when living and working in multiple countries.
Laurence Capron (Strategy): Firms that diversify their growth strategies last longer than those using M&A (mergers and acquisition) alone.
Lily Fang (Finance): Women should learn from men and tap into their social networks.
Maria Guadalupe (Economics and Political Science): Anti-takeover provisions reduce firm value and do not give managers additional bargaining power to obtain a higher price in the takeover negotiation.
Zoe Kinias (Organizational Behavior): Self-affirmation, achieved by reflecting on personal values, can eliminate gender gaps in business students’ performance.
Xiaowei Rose Luo (Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise): Widely held cultural views shape security analysts’ assessment of family firms.
Renee Mauborgne (Strategy): Lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans” — untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.


Saudi students to visit Huawei HQ in China

Huawei recently held a special ceremony for students participating in the program at the CITC headquarters in Riyadh. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Saudi students to visit Huawei HQ in China

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is collaborating with Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, to launch Huawei’s fourth edition of the “Seeds for the Future” program. 

This year the Seeds for the Future program is expected to attract numerous projects from a wide range of universities in Riyadh, each with the potential to be selected for incubation. The initiative aims to develop ICT talent among Saudi students who will become tomorrow’s leaders. They will also receive focused mentoring from top Huawei executives and a chance to travel to Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, to gain exposure to the ICT solutions provider.

The company recently held a special ceremony for students participating in the program at the CITC headquarters in the Saudi capital. The event was attended on behalf of the CITC governor by Ahmed Al-Jarboo, vice president of corporate communications; Zhou Xinglong, counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Saudi Arabia; and Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Ltd. 

CITC has been collaborating with Huawei since 2015 on Seeds for the Future. A total of 51 students have directly benefited as a result of the program, including through their visit to Huawei HQ in Shenzhen.

Al-Jarboo thanked Huawei for its efforts in “serving the community and its keenness on upgrading the Kingdom’s ICT sector.” He also urged students to benefit from the experience in expanding their knowledge.

Xinglong said: “This is another example of the close relationship we have with Saudi Arabia. I am proud of Huawei’s commitment to social responsibility and the important role played by this prestigious company in the development of Saudi youth.”

CEO Zhang said: “We are pleased to announce that we will continue to partner with the CITC for the Seeds for the Future in 2018. Saudi Arabia has a huge segment of young people and we are proud to announce our solidarity to empower these young people and give them the opportunity to sharpen their skills and help them become the leaders of tomorrow in the field of information and communication technology.”

He added: “Huawei is seeking to collaborate with government partners to develop an ecosystem for the ICT sector, and the key to this is to guide and support outstanding young talents in the field of ICT not only in Saudi Arabia, but to provide them with access to institutions to develop technologies that will help the Kingdom achieve its goals in its Vision 2030.”