🗓️ When: Saturday, June 1st, 2024
📍 Where: INSEAD Europe Campus (Boulevard de Constance, 77305 Fontainebleau, France).

Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BS4CL) brings together leading alumni from its eight partner schools in a unique conference to explore how to accelerate the financing of the climate transition.

Participating Schools: Cambridge Judge Business School, HEC Paris, IE Business School, IESE Business School, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), INSEAD, London Business School, and Saïd Business School (University of Oxford).

The objectives of the conference are to:

Please note that participation in the forum is by invitation only.


8:45 – 9:00 am: Welcome Coffee
Location: Camembert Area’        

9:00 – 9:30 am: Welcome & Presentation by the BS4CL Executive Committee
Location: Auditorium MAAG

9:30 – 10:15 am: Keynote Address – Window into the future: What’s next in sustainability?

Keynote Speaker:

10:15 – 11:00 am: Financial Innovation to Fund the Transition


Moderator: Lucie Tepla; Senior Affiliate Professor of Finance, INSEAD

Description: Achieving Net Zero by 2050 will necessitate a massive reallocation of capital around the world that will only succeed if both public and private sector financial organisations ensure that their financing decisions and other actions support decarbonisation efforts in the real economy. In this session, we focus specifically on the role of financial innovation in delivering the climate transition. Can new investment products or financing mechanisms, such as transition and blended finance, accelerate impact at scale in the real economy? What are promising new developments but also challenges in this field?

11:00 – 11:15 am: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00 pm: Deans’ Panel – New Era of Business Education


Moderator: Liz Perkins; Night News Editor, Express Newspapers

Description: We all agree that business schools have a crucial role to play in enabling that critical transition to a more equitable and sustainable society and one that places the global climate and crisis at the centre of all considerations. The challenge at hand is about ensuring business schools be agents of change at a scale and speed that is needed to address the world’s environmental and social crises.  What are business schools doing to equip future leaders to act responsibly and drive sustainable, meaningful change in business? How are business schools motivating students to embrace the concepts, tools, and frameworks connected to sustainable development practices? How are business schools engaging their alumni communities in projects positively impacting communities around the world, extending a ripple effect far beyond our classrooms?

12:05 – 12:20 pm: Group Photograph
Location: The Cercle

12:20 – 1:30 pm: Networking Lunch
Location: The Cercle

2:00 – 2:45 pm: Climate Transition Dilemmas: Transitioning from Fossil Fuels to Renewables


Moderator: Stefanie Hauer; Founder and Host, Planetary Business

Description: There is a huge disconnect between where we should be on our journey to net zero and where we are. What is keeping us from transitioning faster? Which are the moral, technical, social and financial dilemmas? What effect is energy having on geopolitical developments, and how can we make it a just transition? Panellists with a truly international background share best practices in system leadership, tech and finance.

2:45 – 3:30 pm: Climate Transition Dilemmas: Scaling New Solutions and Circular Economy Models


Moderator: Christopher Caldwell; CEO, United Renewables

Description: By breaking free of fossil fuels, we are entering a new technological odyssey, in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence on natural resources and rare metals that have become vital to our new ecological and digital society. But what does it really mean in terms of environmental impact, economic costs, and geopolitical considerations? We see great investments being dedicated to the deployment of user infrastructures, but what about the sourcing of raw materials – how can we improve the mining industry and reduce externalities? The battle against China – the challenges that countries face to compete with such a dominant player.

3:30 – 3:45 pm: Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:30 pm: Tales from the Trenches: Careers with Impact


Moderator: Ray Rajarshi; Climate Subject Matter Expert, SLB

Description: This panel comprised of VCs and founders will be sharing their inspirational stories, their challenges, and aspirations for the future. What are the opportunities and threats in financing green projects and startups? What is their take on ESG? Is the right talent available and what role are governments and legislators playing in this space?

4:30 – 5:15 pm: Alumni Networking Workshop: Driving Action Ahead of COP29
Location: Auditorium MAAG + Breakout Rooms   

5:15 – 5:45 pm: Closing Remarks

5:45pm – 7:00 pm: Networking Cocktail
Location: INSEAD Restaurant

*This programme is subject to change

Forum webcards available here.

🗣️ Confirmed speakers:

Stay tuned for upcoming further information!