This is the highest level of distinction through which INSEAD honours these leading supporters whose gifts have enabled transformational developments. Individual donors who contribute €1 million or more and organisations that give €3 million or more become lifetime members of this select Circle. In recognition, the Patrons enjoy special privileges of access and visibility in the INSEAD community.
The school created the Circle of Patrons on 29 September 1995. Its charter members included industry leaders and visionaries who played key roles in INSEAD’s development. This tradition has strengthened over the years.
The Salamander - a legendary creature, famed for its valour and perseverance - was the insignia of King François I. It decorates the Château de Fontainebleau where the first INSEAD classes were held and inspired the INSEAD Alumni Association to choose it as their emblem.
INSEAD recognises Salamander holders on campus donor walls, in the annual Donors Report and at the Dean’s Leadership Receptions.
INSEAD awarded the Salamander statuettes for the first time in 1987 and the pins in 2012. The awards vary according to the giving levels:
*As of 1st January 2020.
Black Donor Pin
For all Salamander holders
Blue Donor Pin
Green Donor Pin
The INSEAD Salamanders are unique pieces, handcrafted by ‘Maison Lappara’ founded in 1893 (see video below)
The INSEAD Investors Circle acknowledges leadership annual giving. Members join a special group of INSEAD friends who collectively help to enhance the school’s excellence every year. Donors who give at any of the levels below are welcomed to the Investors Circle. Recognition in this circle is annual, renewable every year.
Leader €10,000 – €99,999
Supporter €1,000 – €9,999
Young Supporter* €300 – €999
*For students and MBA alumni up to 4 years after graduation
“I support INSEAD as a way to thank the school for giving me one of the most unforgettable, informative and life changing years of my life.”
Hilke De Smedt, MBA’06D
These gifts are a special source of strength and support for the school’s future, particularly as they underscore the donor’s trust and deep bond with the school. The Georges and Edna Doriot Society members are permanently recognised in the Donors Report, receive regular updates from the school and are invited to exclusive institutional events.
“I chose to make a legacy gift as I wanted an enduring expression of my fondness and high regard for the school and my fellow alumni, and to contribute towards INSEAD’s continued success in the future.”
Vivien Godfrey MBA’86J
Every INSEAD Salamander is unique, hand-crafted by Lappara. Founded in 1893, this is one of the oldest and most prestigious goldsmiths in Paris.
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