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10 November 2022, 9 AM – 11.00 AM

The Human Development Committee will hold a in-person meeting on the INSEAD Campus on the topic of
“Rethinking Business Leadership”.


Leadership in business organisations following the Covid pandemic is being redefined by a host of new priorities for businesses coming from environmental, economic and social changes. In this session we will spotlight 4 new areas that require a rethinking of traditional leadership in business. 

  • Sustainability is becoming a capability, not just a compliance issue
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are becoming ethical imperatives for business
  • Leading in the future of work requires different leadership roles and behaviours
  • The multigenerational workforce requires leading people with different values and experience. 

This session is an opportunity for human development professionals to hear how leadership experts are rethinking the role of leaders.

Dr Vinika Devasar Rao of INSEAD will provide a keynote overview of new leadership priorities and co-host a discussion with Eurocham members on their leadership needs and challenges. She has led a broad range of leadership initiatives at INSEAD including steward leadership, sustainability, DEI, career development and emerging market leadership. 

Mr Pascal De Petrini, Founder & President – Co-Future will share his experience and learnings from working for several leading European multinationals such as Danone.

The presentations will be followed by an open dialogue with invited Members of the Eurocham Human Development Committee, moderated by the Committee Chair, Mr Bob Aubrey from AHDO



08:30 am: Registrations and networking
09:00 am: Welcome by INSEAD
09:05 am: Opening Remarks by Moderator
09:10 am: Keynote Presentation by Vinika Rao “Rethinking business leadership”
09:40 am: Presentation by Pascal de Petrini on changes needed in leadership
10:00 am: Dialogue and experience sharing by EuroCham Members
10:25 am: Closing Remarks by Moderator
10:30 am: Conclusion followed by optional short campus tour



Dr. Vinika D. Rao, Executive Director, Gender Initiative & Africa Initiative, Asia Director, INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society – INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute

Dr Vinika D. also serves as Adjunct Professor, Singapore Management University. Her research is in diversity in leadership, allyship, millennials and inter-generational influences on the future of work. She is frequently invited to speak on related topics and is quoted/ published in leading business publications. She started her career with an MNC bank and went on to become Managing Director of an Asian conglomerate, before making a serendipitous transition to education. Prior to joining INSEAD, she was Associate Professor of Strategy at S.P. Jain School of Global Management. She has taught MBA, EMBA and undergraduate students and conducted specialised programmes for corporate clients. She has an MBA from IIM Bangalore, an award-winning doctorate in leadership diversity from the Singapore Management University, and various programs from INSEAD and CEIBS.

She currently sits on the boards of a non-profit organisation and a think tank and advises Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at global organisations. She is also Ambassador, Power Women of India; International Advisory Committee, Mody University for Women & SP Jain Return to Work Programme; Ambassador, She2030 and Advisory Board, Nine by 9. Vinika believes that business has the potential to be a force for good, led by managers who value social impact and are committed to the UN Sustainability Development Goals. She is passionate about supporting women managers to make fulfilling work-life decisions, aiming to do this through active sponsorship rather than mentorship alone. She strives to engage both men and women in the effort to foster gender balance in their organisations and communities.


Pascal De Petrini, Founder & President – Co-Future

Pascal De Petrini was the Senior Vice President Chairman Asia at Danone from 2017-2022 and has worked in senior management positions in the food and beverage industry for more than 35 years. Pascal joined Danone in 1984 and worked in France until 1998 when he became the General Manager of Danone’s Biscuits division in China. From 2002 until 2011, he had general management responsibilities at a country level and regional level in Waters and Early Life Nutrition categories. After a period as Chief Executive Officer of Food & Beverage at Fraser and Neave Ltd, he joined Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd as Managing Director Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa in October 2013. In 2015, Pascal returned to Danone as Executive Vice President of Strategic Resource Cycles until moving to his current role.

He has a wealth of experience in Boards of listed (Asia Pacific Brewery, Vinamilk, Yakult Honsha, Mengniu Dairy..) and non-listed companies in Asia. From 2015 until 2017 he was Chairman of Danone Ecosystem Fund and on the Board of Livelihood Fund for Family Farming, two important social innovation funds created by Danone. He graduated from École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy in France with a Master of Science in Engineering degree in 1981 and obtained a Master of Science in Management degree from ESSEC Business School in France in 1983.


Dr Bob Aubrey, Chair of the EuroCham Human Development Committee

Dr Bob Aubrey is Chairman of the Human Development Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Human Development Organisation (AHDO). He has led a varied career as a business consultant, entrepreneur, writer and teacher. He has lived in the USA, Europe, China and Singapore and his work has taken him to more than 25 countries across 6 continents. He is an award-winning consultant working with Asian and European multinationals on leadership acceleration, organisations, learning and the human development function. As a business school professor, he has taught Europe, China, Australia and Singapore. As a writer, he has published 14 books translated into 9 languages on the theme of leadership, learning, human development and the future of work. He is currently writing The Ethics of ASEAN in partnership with the ASEAN University Network and has recently published Human Development Careers: Leading the Future of Work (2020), Leading Human Development in ASEAN (2019), Measure of Man (2015). He has written numerous studies and white papers for international organisations. Bob Aubrey has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Paris and an MBA from Neoma business school.


This meeting is only open to members of the Human Development Committee. If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Anna Odlen at anna@eurocham.org.sg