Connect, Learn and Share: Cocktail Evening with Dean Mihov

AppNexus, 50 Eastcastle Street, London

Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 6.00pm

In appreciation of the tremendous support we have received from mentors to the iW50 Mentoring Programme we held an evening with Dean Ilian Mihov, Sadia Khan, President of the Alumni Association and Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO and founder 20-First. 

During the evening we shared insights and lessons learnt as well as giving an update on the Impact Mentoring initiative – we now have 165 mentors registered.

All-in-all, it was an inspiring evening and an opportunity for us to thank all of our mentors for the incredible support given to the programme.

We would also like to thank Index Ventures for sponsoring the Impact Mentoring intiative through it’s first six months; and AppNexus for hosting the evening.


Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

Professor Ilian Mihov was appointed Dean of INSEAD on October 1, 2013. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Professor Mihov served as Interim Dean and as Deputy Dean for Faculty and Research. 

Professor Mihov joined the INSEAD economics area in 1996. He has taught macroeconomics and econometrics in the MBA, EMBA, PhD and many executive education programmes as well as in the Global Leadership Fellows Programme of the World Economic Forum. He has been nominated several times as one of the best teachers in the MBA and EMBA programmes and has won the Outstanding Teacher Award multiple times.

He holds a PhD degree from Princeton University and a B.S. in business administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina where, in 2006, he was recognised as a Distinguished Young Alumnus.

Sadia Khan, President, INSEAD Alumni Association, CEO Selar Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd

Sadia Khan has pursued a versatile career path traversing investment banking, financial regulation, family businesses and entrepreneurship across three continents. With Masters degrees in Economics from both Cambridge University, U.K and Yale University, U.S.A, Sadia started her career at Lehman Brothers in New York. Since then she has worked with various international institutions and local regulatory authorities, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Philippines, the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the State Bank of Pakistan.

She is currently the CEO of Selar Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, a company she founded in 2011 while working as the Group Executive Director in her family-owned business, Delta Shipping (Pvt) Ltd.

Sadia is the global President of the INSEAD Alumni Association. She has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan France Business Alliance and as the Chairperson of Alliance Francaise. In 2014, the French Government recognized her contributions to France-Pakistan relations by awarding her the prestigious French award, “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (Knight of the National Order of Merit).

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO, Consultancy 20-First

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of 20-first. She works with the CEOs, Executive Committees and top management teams of some of the world’s best known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how best to achieve it.

She has written extensively on the issue, including three books: Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses (Harvard Business Review), How Women Mean Business, A Step by Step Guide to Profiting from Gender Balanced Business (Wiley 2010), and Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution (Wiley 2008). This last won the prestigious Manpower Business Book of the Year award.

Avivah speaks on leadership, ‘gender bilingual’ marketing and talent management across the globe and lectures at business schools, including INSEAD and HEC. She also serves as an executive coach for CEOs and senior executives, writes a blog for Harvard Business Review and is the first female columnist for Der Spiegel’s Manager Magazine. She is the Founder and Honorary President of the European Professional Women’s Network. Canadian, French and Swiss, she has been recognised by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change.

She has a BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD, and recently completed the Women’s Leadership Program at Harvard’s Bunting Institute.

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