I spent my summer in Nairobi, Kenya, interning at ALX, which I refer to as an education startup, but which is ultimately much more than just that. ALX is on a mission to transform Africa by developing and connecting a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.
If you know me, you probably know that I sit at the Camembert every morning. Experiencing what it is like in the middle of the busiest paths of the Asia Campus (understandably, it is next to the caffeine hub), I get to encounter a plethora of individuals on a daily basis. Be it students or staff, I would always get someone stopping by to have a chat: either to find out about my day, or to talk about theirs. Either way, we both benefit from a mutual exchange of words or a smile.
During my summer internship in Jakarta, a former colleague from Unilever, Dorothy, asked me if she was “missing out” because she wasn’t living abroad. She then asked me to be more specific, “Can you give me the top five points?”
Winnow is addressing a problem that weighs approximately 1.3 billion tonnes each year. That’s over four times heavier than the weight of every person on earth combined. What could possibly be that heavy? The food wasted every year, or about one-third of all food produced. It’s a $1 trillion problem globally and it costs $100 billion to the hospitality industry alone.
After INSEAD, I am no longer afraid of stepping into a foreign country.
I wanted to have an amazing year living the experience that only an MBA programme can offer!
An advantage of being in INSEAD’s December graduating class is the option to do a summer internship. It’s the chance to gain experience in an industry or topic you’ve never worked in before. My pre-INSEAD background was in public policy, so any internship was going to be a change of pace.
Find your own balance between being exploratory and focused.
The Personal Leadership Development Programme (PLDP) is designed to provide INSEAD MBA students with a new standard of excellence in self-awareness that will enhance their career success. The programme that runs parallel to the MBA consists of personal and interpersonal assessment tools, communication effectiveness, leadership skills development, as well as professional and peer-based feedback on experiential learning opportunities.
What does ambition mean to you? Do we define success the same for both men and women? In episode 4, we discuss how ambition doesn't favour any particular gender and how you can support gender initiatives in your career and leadership positions. INSEAD is committed to developing the next generation of global leaders who will change the world with initiatives such as the Force for Good Campaign and the INSEAD Gender Initiative. Find out what the next generation of leaders can do to facilitate women’s success in business? Joining us in Episode #4: