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Loic Sadoulet

Affiliate Professor of Economics


Loïc Sadoulet is Affiliate Professor of Economics at INSEAD, and Visiting Professor at CEDEP. Loïc holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. He has been teaching at INSEAD since 2000 in Executive Development Programmes, MBA and Executive-MBA programmes.

His MBA and E-MBA teaching cover macroeconomics, economic development, negotiation analysis, and projects-based courses, using both theoretical and practical approaches to analyse the business environment, develop negotiation skills, and consulting skills to work in unfamiliar and changing settings. For Executives, he designs and directs programmes around innovation for new markets in an evolving world and in emerging markets. He also develops week-long programmes in South Africa, India, China, Korea, Japan, the Silicon Valley, as deep-dive learning journeys for companies like retail bank, telecom or entertainment groups, petroleum or pharmaceutical companies. In all these programmes, the objective is to get executives to think about emerging opportunities in a changing world.

In 2008, Loïc launched the INSEAD Africa Initiative, one of the initiatives of the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. His research focuses on business development and expansion in emerging economies, both by local efforts and through entry by multinational companies. His interests lie in creating profitable agreements in environments with substantial information gaps. A major line of his research has concentrated on the design of financial services that can be extended (profitably) to traditionally neglected segments. Recently, he has also been involved in investigating ICT-based solutions to create new profitable markets for a range of activities: health, information services, financial services.

Previously, Loïc has worked for the World Bank; in a microfinance institution in Guatemala; at the European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) at the Free University of Brussels; and at the Solvay Business School (Belgium) where he was twice rewarded by the Teacher of the Programme Award by the part-time MBA students.

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Lessons from the Merchants of Venice

Giovanni Tassini & Loic Sadoulet

Many innovations underpinning Venice’s commercial success during the late-medieval period hold true today.

Leadership & Organisations

Five Steps to Embed Cutting-Edge Innovation

Loic Sadoulet & Jean-Marc Frangos

Distancing innovation teams from company headquarters can help incubate new ideas.

Leadership & Organisations

Leadership Lessons from the Paris Terror Attacks

Loic Sadoulet & Gerlinde Silvis

In times of crisis, be clear about where you want to go and flexible in how you get there.


The “Africa” Framework for Start-ups in Tough Places

After an 11-year career at GE, Swaady Martin adopted many of the strategies and tactics instrumental to its successful African expansion to launch YSWARA, an African, global luxury brand.
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Three Questions to a More Enlightened Business

Loic Sadoulet & Gerlinde Silvis

By regularly “checking-in” with employees, leaders create emotionally sound companies able to help drive organisational change.

Leadership & Organisations

Is The Time Ever Right to Flout Procedure?

Is company procedure cast in stone or is there leeway to take your own path in the spirit of a greater compliance?
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