Global graduate business school leader INSEAD announced its commitment to a gender-balanced board by 2023 as part of its advocacy and its new role as a HeForShe Champion under UN Women’s HeForShe Alliance.

Besides being a gender-balanced board, INSEAD also takes part in being a globally diverse board, consisting of members from at least 12 nationalities to bring regional perspectives for identifying solutions for advancing gender equity.

HeForShe Champions aimed to spearhead transformative change through advocacy and allyship to accelerate progress in gender equality and strive to achieve a more equitable and sustainable society.

As a business school INSEAD has a fundamental role to play in promoting gender balance and diversity. It is our mission to equip all our students with the knowledge needed to become responsible business leaders who can champion diversity and inclusion programs within their organizations and within the wider society.

-Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

INSEAD’s continuous commitment involves an organization-wide movement where senior-level male allies work in consultation with INSEAD’s Gender Initiative and women leaders to:

  • Further increase outreach to female MBA prospects to reach a minimum of 40% female participants in the MBA program by the academic year 2024/2025 and continue to increase towards parity while maintaining a minimum of 65 nationalities in each cohort.
  • Target 50% female student representation in the new Master in Management program, with a minimum of 35 nationalities.
  • Strive to attract and retain increasingly gender-balanced faculty, including a target to hire 50% women across the next three years.
  • Work with global industry and academic partners to continue our path-breaking research on gender issues to identify effective interventions in different international settings.

With a global reach of over 62,000 alumni from more than 160 nationalities, INSEAD aims to understand challenges and develop solutions for achieving gender equity in different parts of the world. This includes focusing on engaging with partners to conduct further research in Asia. 


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