Aspiring Directors Programme

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Jose Luis Álvarez is Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. He teaches in the MBA Program (where he received three times the Best Teacher Award) and mostly in executive education programmes, where he has also received several teaching and directing recognitions. He serves as academic director of the Leadership Transition Programme, the Leading for Results Programme as well as Transition to General Management. Professor Álvarez was a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School and at Cambridge University.

Professor Álvarez holds degrees in Law and Philosophy from the University of Barcelona, an MBA from IESE Business School, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. His research has been published in the MIT-Sloan Management Review, European Management Journal, Organization Studies, Organizations, Corporate Governance, and he has published six books, on corporate governance, senior executive careers and the political facets of the managerial work. His book Sharing Executive Power: Roles and Relationships at the Top published by Cambridge University Press was selected as one of the top three books in 2007 by the Academy of Management.

His current work, to be published in 2019 by Oxford University Press, centers on the executive functions and roles in corporate governance. His consulting experience has focused mostly on issues of corporate governance, organisational design and change.


Stanislav Shekshnia is Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD.

Stanislav Shekshnia directs the Leading from the Chair Programme.

His research concentrates on leadership, leadership development and effective governance at emerging markets and organizations.

Stanislav Shekshnia is a senior partner at Ward Howell talent equity advisory, which has offices in Moscow, Paris, St. Petersburg, Kiev, and Alma-Aty. Stanislav provides advice and personal coaching to business owners, senior executives and executive teams. 

Dr. Shekshnia is a Chair of board of directors of Russian Fishery and a board member at NLMK and NIS. He has served as a Chair of SUEK, Vimpelcom-R and a board member of a number of Russian and international companies. 

In 1991-2002 Stanislav Shekshnia held positions of CEO, Alfa-Telecom, President and CEO, Millicom International Cellular, Russia and CIS, Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom, Director of Human Resources, Central and Eastern Europe of Otis Elevator. 

Dr. Shekshnia is the author, co-author, or editor of 7 books, including Coaching: How to Manage Free People (2010, 2013, 2015), The New Russian Business Leaders (2004 with M.Kets deVries, K. Korotov, E. Florent-Treacy), Corporate Governance in Russia (2004, edit. with S. Puffer and D. McCarthy). His articles appeared in such journals as The Academy of Management Executive, the European Management Journal, Harvard Business Review Russia, Harvard Business Review Germany, Journal of West-East Business, Case Research Journal, California Management Review, Compensation and Benefits Review, Journal of Management Inquiry, The International Executive, L’Expansion Management Review, Russian business daily Vedomosty, Expert, Management, Personnel Management, Personnel Mix, Kariera and Kompania magazines.


Aude started her career in 1999 as an equity portfolio trader and portfolio manager in New York and London as well as a Senior Risk Arbitrage specialist for ICAP.

In 2009 Aude co-founded Link Management, an art advisory specialist firm and launched recently an art-backed securitization fund with the banking Group Reyl & Cie to provide non-recourse art loans to collectors and offer asset-backed notes with fixed interest rates to investors.

Aude is a member of the Board of Directors of AXA Wealth Europe and the Chairman of Equilibre, a Think Tank that promotes gender complementarity in middle and top management.


Anne Reuland is Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer and member of the Executive Committee of LuxTrust S.A. She joined SES as Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate & Finance in 2011 until 2018, after having spent 9 years as a lawyer in the Banking and Finance team of Arendt & Medernach.

In 2012 she became member of the Board of KBL epb, chairing the Legal & Compliance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of the Fondation de Luxembourg since 2017.

She holds a Master Degree in Business law from the Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg (France), a LL.M Degree in Banking and Corporate law from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and is an ILA Certified Director.

VOSS Denise

Denise Voss, Conducting Officer of Franklin Templeton Investments, has worked in the financial industry in Luxembourg since 1990.

Denise joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1995 and is currently Conducting Officer and board member of Franklin Templeton International Services S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based management company.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments, Denise worked for over 9 years in the audit division of Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, USA and Luxembourg.  Denise holds a Massachusetts C.P.A. license and obtained an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, as well as a masters degree in accountancy from Bentley University.   She is Chairman of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) and has been a member of the ALFI board of directors since 2007.   Denise is also Chairman of the EFAMA Investor Education Platform.

BENS Daniel

Daniel Bens is a Professor of Accounting and Control at INSEAD, which he joined in August 2012. He has served as Area Chair for the department since 2015. He was a member of the University of Arizona faculty from 2005 to 2012, serving as Associate Dean of MBA programs for the last three years. Daniel was on faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 1999 to 2005.

Daniel received his PhD in Accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his MBA in Finance from Indiana University, and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University. He was a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Pennsylvania, working for Price Waterhouse and then Westinghouse prior to attending graduate school.

His research focuses on the determinants and effects of discretionary disclosure in financial reports. That is, why do some firms just disclose the minimum of information as required by securities laws while others voluntarily exceed that benchmark considerably? Further, are there tangible financial effects from these decisions? He also examines real economic effects that firms may experience when they make seemingly cosmetic accounting choices. For example, he has studied how firms alter their share repurchase strategies to improve earnings per share (EPS) performance, while at the same time cutting long-term investments to finance the strategy.

Daniel has taught in full-time and Executive MBA programmes, as well as non-degree executive education. He received the INSEAD Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching in 2013-2015 and has been twice nominated by INSEAD MBA students as Best Core Course Professor. His research has been cited or he has been quoted in Fortune, Business Week, and various US newspapers via the Associated Press and Reuters news services. His research has appeared in the leading academic journals including The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Accounting Research.

LEAN Venetia

Venetia Lean is a Member of the Board of Banque Havilland S.A. Luxembourg.

Mrs. Lean moved to Luxembourg in 2009 to assist with the acquisition and set up of Banque Havilland S.A., the private bank owned by her family. From 2012 Mrs. Lean was appointed to the Board of the bank. She is also a Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Strategy Committees of the bank.

Venetia Lean is also the Founder and Managing Director of Fordham S.A., a multi-family office established in 2015 in Luxembourg and regulated by the CSSF as a specialised PSF. 

Prior to moving to Luxembourg Mrs. Lean was working for her family’s business in London, and responsible for the set-up and daily operation of the FSA-regulated investment management business, Blackfish Capital Management Limited. 

Before joining the family business Mrs. Lean worked as a management/strategy consultant for Ernst & Young and Syzygy (the digital arm of the WPP group) advising companies from a variety of sectors (government, banking, energy, retail etc.) on all aspects of their business strategy and processes including digital and technology strategies. 

Mrs. Lean graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA (Joint Honours) in Spanish and Business Studies, and also holds a Post-graduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK.


Ravi Fernando holds a MBA from the University of Colombo and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing(UK),he holds a Diploma in International Management and completed the Advanced Management Program at the INSEAD Business school in (France) .He is an Alumni of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership having Completed the Climate Leadership Programme in 2007 and the Post. Grad. Certificate in Sustainable Business at Cambridge University in 2008 with Distinction and is in the pioneer cohort to complete a Masters in Sustainable Leadership at Cambridge University in 2013.

He is Operations Director – Malaysian Blue Ocean Strategy Institute since Dec 2011.

He was the United Nations Global Compact Focal point for Sri Lanka 2003-2010 and was the founder of the UN Global compact Sri Lanka network in 2010.

His career with Multi-nationals – Unilever, Sterling health International, Smithkline Beecham International and Reckitt Benckiser covered Africa, Middle East and Asia in CEO/Marketing Management positions. He was the first CEO SLINTEC (Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology) in 2008-2010 and member of the National Task Force on Development of the 5year Science and Technology strategy 2010.

In Academia, He was a faculty member of the INSEAD Advanced Management Program from 2005-2010 and an Executive in Residence at the INSEAD Social Innovation centre from September 2010.He is also a visiting faculty member at the Deusto Business school, Universtat of Pompeu Fabra in Spain and University of Colombo MBA. In September 2007 he won a “Global Strategy Leadership award” at the World Strategy Summit for his work on Ethical branding for the Sri Lankan Apparel and Tea sectors.


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Date and Time

From 24/06/2019 08:30
To 28/06/2019 18:00

CPD Hours

40.0 hours


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