Around the World in 14 days…IMD MBA Discovery Expedition 2018!
2 weeks, 3 countries and countless learning experiences! Setting off from Lausanne the cohort first travelled to San Francisco, then flew to Singapore and finally landed in Bangalore. We visited companies, small and large, to learn first hand about what role they play in an ever so fast changing economic landscape. The trip provided us with thought provoking insights into the challenges that today’s leaders face.
4am June 17th! Off we go to San Francisco!
Nancy all checked in and ready to board…
Good spirits despite the early start!
Ready for boarding!
For those who can’t sleep, there is always the self-service “beverage corner”
Welcome apero at Thierry Maupilé’s (IMD Alumnus)
Jim Pulcrano organised the Silicon Valley leg of the Discovery Expedition
Pascal Finette from the Singularity University, gives us a talk about scientific progress and exponential technologies
Looking good despite the 14h flight from Lausanne only a few hours ago!
Ladies in Red!
Keeping up with the IMD tradition!
Candice teaches Juho how to throw!
The class poses next to the iconic statue of Herbert Boyer and Robert Swanson, the founders of Genentech.
DocuSign telling us about how they are disrupting traditional document handling
Office with a fantastic view
The class attending a lecture by Joel Marc Podolny Dean of Apple University
Touring the Google Mountain View Campus
An absolute masterclass from Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell about his journey to turn back Logitech from tough times
Bill Diamond, President of SETI, hosting the IMD Alumni networking event
Design Thinking Workshop by Carissa Carter, Director of Teaching and Learning at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University
The Stanford University campus was simply amazing
Joel Barbier, Director, Digitalization Office, Cisco Systems
Linus So, Director of Corporate Strategy, Cisco
CISCO/IMD alumni provides insights about their journey from IMD to the Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco Systems
San Francisco done! Now time to head to Singapore!
SFO -> SIN = 19.5 hours flight!
Introduction to the Singapore Program
Visiting the National Museum of Singapore to learn about Singapore’s history and how it rose from the ashes to an economic powerhouse
Gyopi, Gitte-Marie (and Sandeep) tirelessly chaperoning the class around! Kudos to them
Intimate conversation with seasoned entrepreneurs at Collision 8
Joe Tusin, CEO and Founder of Chynge talking about his Fintech ventures
Marina Bay Sands
David Gledhill, CIO of DBS, takes us through the DBS’s journey of digital transformation
Raju Nair, Regional Head of Customer Journey Experience, talks about “Customer Journey thinking”
Next up: Presentation on The Unilever Foundry, Level 3 and Padang & Co, all helping startups accelerate business innovation on a global scale
So much love!
Singapore by Night!
Tomorrow is a free day! Party at Marina Bay Sands!
Panel discussion with Juliana Lim (Head, Talent Networking SGInnovate), Edmas Neo (Executive Director of Action Community for Entrepreneurship) and Chan Cheow Hoe (Chief Information Officer Govtech)
AI Singapore presented Singapore’s progress and journey in becoming one of the world’s top technology hubs, and how it plans to further its vision of SMART Nation
Time to pack the bags and head to the airport again! Next destination: Bangalore!
A truly inspirational speech by Ravi Venkatesan about India’s response and role to the 4th Industrial Revolution
Parthasarathy N. S. (Partha), Executive Vice Chairman and COO of Mindtree explaining the origins of the company and how they navigated tough times to becoming one of the main players in IT services in India.
Lunch at Mindtree
Key note speech by Dr Pramod Varma, Chief Architect of Aadhar/UID, on “Digitising and empowering billion Indians through Unique Identity”
Team Indus, India’s entrants to the Google Lunar X Prize
Adithya Kothandhapani explained how Team Indus is pivoting after the conclusion of the Google Lunar X Prize Competition.
The Team Indus Moon Lander
Rakeshh Mohanarangan explaining the design of the Lunar Lander
Karan Vaish demonstrating the Team Indus Lunar Rover
Workshop for evaluating business models and revenue streams
Visit to ABB India. The company has inaugurated one of the first smart factories in Bangalore for production of electrical protection and connection solutions.
The class visited BlackBuck, a startup that is building an online marketplace platform for freight where shippers and fleet operators can engage seamlessly.
Key note speech by Dr Arjun Jayadev on “India’s past development and future pathways”
Closing dinner at the specular Leela Palace
Our lovely ladies in traditional Indian saris
Sean Meehan concluding the two weeks round the world trip.