Fuelling the Future of INSEAD

Christoph Rubeli MBA’92D believes in supporting the next 
generation of responsible business leaders

Each student that occupies a seat in the Christoph Rubeli MBA’92D Amphitheatre on the INSEAD Europe Campus is a reminder of the generosity of the alumnus whose classroom bears his name.

Christoph, a Swiss national who is currently an Advisory Partner at global private markets investment management firm Partners Group, has maintained an active relationship with INSEAD throughout his career. In addition to generously naming the Christoph Rubeli Amphitheatre through his leadership gift, he serves as a Campaign Board Member and has established the “Christoph Rubeli MBA’92D Scholarship”.

View of the Christoph Rubeli MBA’92D Amphitheatre in Fontainebleau

Christoph was first drawn to INSEAD because of its “global dimension and values of inclusion and diversity.” His firm belief in supporting future talented students motivated him to give back to the school upon completion of his MBA. Not only has he created his own diversity scholarship fund, he has also given generously to other INSEAD scholarships, such as the Swiss Alumni Scholarship Fund.

“I believe that for an institution of INSEAD’s standing, it is vital to have access to excellent candidates, some of whom might be great talents but are lacking the resources to pursue an MBA programme,” he said.

Scholarships as a tool for development

Christoph believes that providing gifted individuals the chance to be admitted to INSEAD by way of a scholarship will in turn help to foster entrepreneurship, management skills and good governance, particularly in developing countries where it is most needed. “My hope is that my scholarship will help to develop talents that will have an impact in these regions,” he said.

That seems to be the case, judging by recent recipients of his scholarship Sang Tran Duc MBA’22D, Alyssa Yu MBA’22D and Tamuna Bakhtadze MBA’23J.

Sang was born and raised in a small town in Vietnam. He recounted the “joy and pride” his parents had felt when he informed them that he had received the scholarship. “INSEAD is not just my dream, it’s the lifetime dream of my parents as well,” he added.

“An education from INSEAD is one of those things that can truly change and transform a person’s life. Christoph Rubeli’s support has made it possible for me to begin my journey of getting a world-class education to accelerate my growth as a female entrepreneur in the Philippines,” said Alyssa.

Tamuna feels the same way. “My future plans include active participation in the development of my country, Georgia. I also aspire to be able to grant the opportunities given to me to the younger generations.”

From left: Scholarship recipients Sang Tran Duc MBA’22D, Alyssa Yu MBA’22D and Tamuna Bakhtadz MBA’23J in front of the Christoph Rubeli MBA’92D Amphitheatre

A renewed commitment for the future

Christoph’s most recent gift is in support of the future renewal of the INSEAD Europe Campus. This gift further solidifies his longstanding commitment to the school and highlights the need for a more sustainable campus. The INSEAD campus renewal project is set to unfold over the next several years and aims to create new learning spaces, enhance the on-campus experience and better accommodate the growing INSEAD community of faculty, staff and students. “A great school deserves the physical appearance to match. So in a way, I’m supporting the software and the hardware of INSEAD.”

Christoph’s generosity underscores his engagement in the school’s mission to create socially responsible business leaders and his fundamental belief that business should ultimately be a force for good.

The INSEAD Europe Campus renewal project hopes to create a more sustainable and accessible campus in the forest

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