After earning an MBA at INSEAD in 2013, alumnus Jed Ng embarked on an ambitious triple career switch – changing industry and country as well as his role. Today he heads up a successful angel syndicate along with a school for would-be investors seeking to set up their own shared enterprises.We sat down with Jed to find out how he did it and the role that INSEAD’s MBA programme has played in his success.
Five years ago I was in Abu Dhabi for one of my last INSEAD GEMBA modules by Professor Philip M. Parker. It was titled Al Strategy for Startups and C-Suites. This elective course was designed to introduce, demystify and investigate value creation strategies in ecosystems relating to AI, machine learning (ML) and and advanced analytics. I was curious and apprehensive as I knew nothing about AI beyond science fiction. And especially how this could be applied in my daily life or work.
The pursuit of entrepreneurship is a journey that requires more than just a brilliant idea; it demands a profound understanding of the business landscape, access to relevant resources, and a network of like-minded visionaries. When it comes to equipping aspiring entrepreneurs with these essential tools, INSEAD's MBA programme stands out as a global leader.
The CDC helped me translate the vision I had in mind to identify roles and company types I should be looking for. Once offers started coming in, brainstorming together and having an outsider's perspective was a huge advantage.
The INSEAD experience helped me hone my business acumen, better understand and analyse industry trends and remain relevant in areas I am interested in - in my case, sustainability, energy and infrastructure.
The programme's rigorous curriculum, case studies, and experiential learning opportunities will equip me with the tools to develop and launch innovative business ideas
INSEAD was my first choice because of its incredibly diverse student body, the one-year length of its MBA programme, the ability to study in both Singapore and in France, and of course its reputation for providing an outstanding, globally-focused education.
I knew that to prepare for the entrepreneurship path, I needed deeper exposure to other business domains than marketing and data. INSEAD, with its reputation for nurturing entrepreneurship and diversity, was my top choice.
I chose the INSEAD MBA because it runs, without a doubt, the premier MBA programme in Southeast Asia, the region in which I had decided to establish myself.
At INSEAD, no two people have exactly the same background: you’re just as likely to meet someone having spent ten years in the army as you are to find a fashion designer who became a business entrepreneur.