Professors and Experts

Management programme in cooperation with INSEAD – be inspired and challenged by skilled professors

Björn Lindbäck

Senior Partner & Adviser, XLNS Consulting Group AB

Björn H. Lindbäck is a leading practitioner with experience from working with strategy in both executive and advisory positions. He consults with companies and organizations in projects and assignments, and has dedicated his work to strategy on a global basis since 1987. Björn holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Lund University (Sweden) and a global certification as Management Consultant (CMC). Being specialized in the area of Strategy, he also holds a Kaplan-Norton Master Class certificate in ‘Strategy Management & Execution’. Recognized to be a thought-leader in the field and discipline of strategy, he often lectures for various organizations, and gives keynote presentations to associations around the world in the subject matter area.

Rupert Millington

Director & Co-Founder Curious Industry, London

Rupert Millington is a consultant on strategic innovation and works to identify and develop new products and brands. He has designed and delivered some of the marketing industry’s most successful innovation systems and education programs, and has been responsible for creating global communication strategies for clients such as Dyson, Philips, IKEA and Heinz. He has worked at Y&R (in London and Stockholm), and most recently was global head of strategic innovation at the communications agency, Aegis plc.

Manuel Knight

Speaker – High-performing Teams and Organisations

Manuel Knight is one of Europe’s most sought after speakers in the field of performance and motivation.

This seminar is about what we should do to develop an organizational culture where all individuals feel motivated and empowered to perform at their best. Other seminar themes are how to build teamwork in a culture that creates desire and energy, communication in multinational companies as well as living values.

Manuel Knight has an exciting and different background. From a ghetto in Atlanta, Georgia, to a life as an internationally successful consultant – a life journey that has given him the unique experience and a deep understanding of human behaviour and driving forces.

Jesper Klit

CEO & Communications Advisor

Jesper Klit is one of the most popular and inspiring European communication and leadership speakers. He is CEO at Jesper Klit & Partners and previously worked at Weekendavisen, TV2 and at Nordisk Film TV, where he was CEO for six years.

He specializes in personal communication and impact development, media coaching and business storytelling and advises companies and leaders in personal and strategic communication. Among Jesper Klit’s clients are several Fortune 500 companies.

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Andrew Shipilov

Professor and Programme Director

Andrew Shipilov is a Professor of Strategy and the John H Loudon Chair of International Management at INSEAD. In 2014, Professor Shipilov received a prestigious Emerging Scholar Award from the Strategic Management Society. He is an expert in the areas of strategy, innovation, and networks. His current academic research examines how social networks, strategic alliances, and partnerships affect firm’s competitive advantage.

His newest book is Network Advantage: How to Unlock Value from Your Alliances and Partnerships. He has a blog on Networks and Innovation.

At INSEAD, Professor Shipilov teaches and directs Executive Education programmes on competitive strategy, collaborative strategy, and Blue Ocean Strategy. From 2010, he is an Academic Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy open programme. Andrew Shipilov is directing Building Digital Partnerships and Ecosystems

His clients include Abbott Labs, IBM, Microsoft Corp., Bayer, BNP Paribas, Royal Dutch Shell and other well-known companies.

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Nathan Furr

Associate Professor of Strategy

Nathan Furr is an Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, where he teaches innovation and technology strategy. Nathan earned his PhD from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University and holds BA, MA and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University. He has held permanent or visiting positions at INSEAD, ESSEC, and BYU.
Nathan Furr is directing Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation and Innovation in the Age of Disruption and Building Digital Partnerships and Ecosystems

Nathan’s research focuses on innovation and technology strategy, particularly how new and established firms adapt to technology change and enter new markets. Published papers include explorations of how to capture new opportunities, how to balance the need for execution and flexibility, how firms develop innovative business models, the determinants of success for firms changing industries, and the impact of learning on new market success. His research has been published in leading journals, such as Strategic Management JournalOrganization ScienceStrategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He has received various awards, including the Best Dissertation Award from both the Technology & Innovation Management Division and the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, as well as Best Paper Awards or finalist distinctions from the Business and Public Policy Division of the Academy of Management, the Kauffman Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and other recognised academic institutions.


Nathan is also a recognised expert in innovation, entrepreneurship, and value creation, co-authoring Innovation Capital (Harvard Business Review Press, 2019), Leading Transformation, (Harvard Business School Press, 2018), The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business School Press, 2014) and Nail It then Scale It: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating and Managing Breakthrough Innovation (NISI Institute, 2011). His articles appear in Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. In addition, Nathan contributes to Forbes, Inc. and other magazines on issues of innovation, value creation, and technology strategy

Professionally, Nathan has acted as the founder or advisor to corporations and startups in healthcare, clean technology, professional services, the internet, retail and financial services industries. Nathan also sits on the investment board of the Kickstart Seed Fund, an innovative early-stage venture fund, and was the founder of the International Business Model Competition, which attracts thousands of innovative teams from around the world in an international competition. Nathan also worked as a consultant at Monitor Group, a premier international strategy consulting firm, working with senior executives on a range of strategic and market discovery initiatives.

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Manuel Sosa

Management Program Professor

Manuel E. Sosa is an Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management and the Director of the Heinrich and Esther Baumann–Steiner Fund for Creativity and Business at INSEAD. He received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela) and an SM and a PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He directs the Innovation by Design Programme.

Professor Sosa teaches in the MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes covering topics related to innovation and operations management. His teaching achievements include the development of a programme with the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California) to integrate business and design disciplines for successful product development.

His professional experience includes systems engineering in the petrochemical industry and development and deployment of computer-aided engineering software applications.

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Derek Deasy

Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Derek Deasy is Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. His interests include leadership development, burnout and resilience and the impact of emotionally demanding tasks on work groups.

His research and practice in these areas are informed by a systems-psychodynamics approach that takes into account how group tasks, organizational structures and cultures are affected by, and affect, individuals’ experience at and of work.

Derek works regularly in leadership development programmes for high potentials and senior executives at INSEAD. He has contributed to open and in-company executive Programs, as well as to the full time MBAs, at IMD in Switzerland.

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Nana von Bernuth

Professor and Business Coach

Nana von Bernuth is a Professor and Business Coach with a focus on Innovation, Strategy, and Leadership. Her passion lies in helping participants to transform learnings into action.

Since 2003, she combines consulting, research activity, programme design and teaching at INSEAD, which allows her to remain at the forefront of the latest insights and developments in these fields.

Nana collaborated with Morten Hansen and Jim Collins on their books Collaboration and Great by Choice, respectively as well as on Herminia Ibarra’s book Act Like a Leader, Think like a Leader  on how to successfully step up to leadership.  Her work on “The 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” is published each year in Harvard Business Review.

Prior to her career in academia, Nana was a senior management consultant with KPMG Corporate Finance in Berlin and Milan. Companies she has worked for include among others: LG Electronics, Johnson & Johnson, Santander, Starwood Hotels, Renault, EdF, Lego as well as a lot of small and medium sized companies. Since 2016, she is on the board of the Artificial Intelligence company Addventa, Paris.