In celebration of the past 50 years

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This week marks the grand finale to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Insead.

Since the beginning of the year there has been a certain buzz around campus as everyone has been busy preparing for the events of this week.

On Friday, 14 May Insead will host the Leadership Summit 2010 on the Fontainebleau campus in France. Global leaders from business, academia, government, media and the social sector will be reflecting on the lessons learned from the crisis and deliberating on ‘Creating a new architecture for business and society: which way forward?’

The Insead Private Equity conference is an annual event that has developed into one of Europe’s leading student-run Private Equity events. This year, the conference is being held as a stand-alone track within the summit, attracting leading industry figures to air their views on the role of private equity in creating sustainable economic solutions.

As part of this summit, Insead will also be announcing the final selection for ‘50 alumni who changed the world’ who will all be present at the event.

Perhaps the most anticipated event is ‘The Great 50th Anniversary Ball’, taking place on Saturday, 15 May, open to alumni, students, faculty and staff. The event will be replacing the annual Summer Ball, but at a much grander scale. Usually, the annual ball is held at the Fontainebleau chateau, but this year is the first time that the campus will be transformed to make way for the expected 2,000 participants.

The rush to buy tickets and tuxedos has begun in anticipation of a night of parades, fireworks, champagne and music! My biggest regret is that I will be stuck in Singapore during this time and won’t be able to enjoy the festivities – but will do my best to experience the event vicariously and report back on the celebrations.

More information on the events is available on the 50th Anniversary website.

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