InseadAlum Ventures

Gautham Radhakrishnan

Gautham Radhakrishnan (‘00D), Partner, Tata Opportunities Fund

Gautham has been a private equity investor for 15 years operating both in Europe and India. He is currently a Partner of the Tata Opportunities Fund based in Mumbai, and is on the Investment Recommendation Committee. He was until 2013 with Actis in Mumbai and prior to 2009 with Warburg Pincus in London where he started his career in 2001 in venture investments in Technology and Financial Services and moved later into leveraged buyouts of Industrial companies. He has sat on more than 20 Company Boards as a Director or Observer and has invested more than $1bn of equity. Prior to his investment career in private equity, Gautham worked at the BBC, Cricinfo and the Centre for European Nuclear Research (Geneva, Switzerland). Gautham holds a MBA from INSEAD, MSc (Distinction) in Computer Science from Imperial College and MA (Scholar) in Computer Science from St. John’s College, Cambridge University.

Jani Rautiainen

Jani Rautiainen, Founder Property Guru

Jani Rautiainen co-founded PropertyGuru in 2006 and has led its transformation as Asia’s leading property portal group with a presence in 9 countries, directly and indirectly via partners. The Company’s websites are used by 8.2 million buyers, viewing over 65 million property pages and generating over 200,000 sales enquiries for advertisers – every month. Prior to PropertyGuru, Jani earned his MBA from INSEAD and has a Dipl Eng, Computer Science from the The Helsinki University of Technology.

Serguei Netessine

Serguei Netessine, Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation, INSEAD

Serguei has worked on business model innovation with numerous organizations including FAA  (USA), Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls Royce, Comcast, Expedia, ABB and US Air Force. He also advises multiple startup companies and is an active angel investor.  A prolific academic writer, Serguei publishes and holds senior editorial positions in leading academic journals. His work has received extensive media coverage in CIO Magazine, the Economist, Forbes, New York Times, US News and other media. He recently co-authored “The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company” (Harvard Business Press, 2014) and he regularly blogs about innovation on

Ad Ketelaars

Ad Ketelaars (‘87J), CEO, Spinta Pte Ltd

Ad is a seasoned CEO / Managing Director. He has worked in global businesses in the Electronics, Telecom and Enterprise IT markets. He was among others responsible for EnerTel in The Netherlands in the 90’s competing with the local incumbent, for the global Philips PBX business selling it off ultimately to NEC from Japan and for CyberTech, a leading voice recording company for the financial markets with an exit in 2011 to NICE Systems from Israel. Ad has been an angel investor in The Netherlands and since Jan 2015, in Singapore.

Claudia Zeisberger

Claudia Zeisberger, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

Claudia is concurrently the Academic Director of INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI), which she founded in 2008. Throughout her 20 years in Asia, Claudia has worked with clients in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan & the Middle East in the areas of Private Equity, Integrated Risk Management, Structured Products, Private Wealth Management & Portfolio Construction. She continues to advise family offices, sovereign wealth funds and regulators from Asia & the Middle East. Claudia is a founding committee member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) in Singapore and was previously on the Board of the Singapore Venture Capital Association (SVCA).

Raif Jacobs

Raif Jacobs (‘98D), Senior Director, Google

Raif Jacobs heads Google’s European, Middle Eastern and African Finance Leadership team and has over 20 years of experience in financial operations and investments mostly in the technology and media sectors.  Prior to joining Google in 2005, Raif held roles at Reuters Venture Capital in Silicon Valley, Capital One in Virginia and Mars & Co Consulting.  Raif is a member of the Board of Directors of Google Payment Ltd authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  He also serves on the Tate Art Galleries Finance & Operations and Audit Committees.  Raif holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Oxford University, a Master’s degree in Pure Mathematics from UMIST and Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.

Hellmut Schutte

Hellmut Schutte (IEP ‘79), Professor Emeritus, INSEAD Business School
Hellmut joined INSEAD’s faculty in Fontainebleau, France, in 1981 after some years of experience in marketing and banking. He spent most of his professional life in Asia and was one of the pioneers of INSEAD’s campus in Singapore, where he also served as Dean. More recently, he was Dean of CEIBS in Shanghai. Today he is back in Singapore as Professor Emeritus of International Management. Hellmut has invested in multiple online startups including PropertyGuru, Tickled Media and iXiGO, and is a partner in the business angel firm BAF Spectrum.

Christophe Inglin

Christophe Inglin (’93D), Founder & Managing Director, Energetix Pte Ltd

Christophe is a veteran of the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, with two decades of experience throughout the value chain from silicon ingots to turnkey solar power plants. Since mid-2015 he is Managing Director of Energetix Pte Ltd, which designs, installs and maintains rooftop solar power plants and utility-scale solar farms. In 2006 he co-founded Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, which installed PV power plants throughout Southeast Asia as well as India, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. From 1996 to 2006 he was Managing Director of Shell Solar Pte Ltd. Christophe is also Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, and serves the PV sector by teaching PV workshops and speaking or moderating at cleantech forums and seminars.

Herwig van Hove

Herwig Van Hove (‘98D), CEO & Founder Vahoca Pte Ltd

Herwig has been active in wealth management for over 20 years. Herwig has recently bought out Vahoca Pte LTD out of the Notz Stucki group. With his team they are building an Asian focussed Asset Management firm that aims to offer a true alternative for the current Private Banking offering in the region. Before this MBO Herwig was a member of the Executive committee of the Notz Stucki Group. Prior to this, Heriwg held senior wealth management roles Morgan Stanley and Citibank. Herwig holds a degree in Applied Economics from the UFSIA University in Antwerp and is an INSEAD MBA.

InseadAlum Ventures makes first investment in UK-based IoT startup Switchee


  • New SGD1m seed firm targets scalable, fast-growing ventures
  • Wants to leverage INSEAD alumni & faculty networks to propel growth
  • Announces first investment in UK internet-of-things start-up Switchee Limited

PARIS / SINGAPORE, January 10th, 2017 – InseadAlum Ventures announced today the official launch of its SGD1m vehicle to invest globally in startups founded by INSEAD alumni. The fund also announced its first investment in UK-based, smart thermostat startup Switchee where it participated in a GBP480k seed round.

Switchee Ltd. is an early-stage venture aiming to deliver smart home solutions for social housing across various European markets starting with the United Kingdom. The first product is a smart, learning thermostat that enables housing estate owners and managers to fight fuel poverty and conserve energy while also being able to detect mould growth, improve boiler servicing and message residents directly. Switchee serves a consumer niche in the category of smart home solutions specifically for social housing in the UK and other similar European markets such as France, Germany and the Netherlands. Switchee has been able to demonstrate strong, initial success in capturing this market by offering a solution that takes into account the specific circumstances of the social housing residents and estate managers.

Adam Fudakowski, Managing Director of Switchee and an INSEAD graduate said: “We are extremely pleased to become part of the InseadAlum Ventures portfolio. We look forward to working with Will and Deepak, and to leveraging their extensive expertise and that of the INSEAD community as we grow Switchee further”.

InseadAlum Ventures is based in Singapore, but targets global investment opportunities in companies co-founded by at least one INSEAD alum. It will provide seed funding, value-added resources and mentorship to startups with high–growth potentials. The investment firm was founded by two INSEAD alumni with successful track records as both entrepreneurs and investors –  Deepak Shahdadpuri (‘98D) and Will Klippgen (‘03D). InseadAlum Ventures will invest between SGD50k and SGD200k in each start-up and will help develop them to a point where they can easily raise further seed or Series A funding. Entrepreneurs will get access to senior alumni, industry experts, faculty and other investors.

The firm’s investor base includes successful alumni entrepreneurs such as Jani Rautiainen, Co-founder of PropertyGuru, Southeast Asia’s largest property portal and Aloke Bajpai, Principal Founder of India’s largest online travel search portal, INSEAD faculty is also strongly represented by Prof. Claudia Zeisberger, Dr. Hellmut Schütte, Dr. Serguei Nettesine and Dr. Neil Bearden.

Prof. Claudia Zeisberger, a long-term advocate for a closer co-operation between the business school and investors, added: “I believe InseadAlum Ventures adds a new dimension to INSEAD’s ecosystem supporting its alumni entrepreneurs. I look forward to supporting their future portfolio companies.”

Interested alumni can contact InseadAlum Ventures through their online application portal at

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