CKGSB Global Unicorn Programs Workshop

    About this event

    Date: April 3, 3:00 pm BST/4:00 pm CEST/7:00 am PST/10:00 am EST/10:00 pm BJT
    Format: Virtual (Zoom)
    Language: English

    Join us for an informative workshop on scaling up to a unicorn company. Understanding how unicorn companies reach success and how their lessons can be applied to other enterprises is particularly important for founders and decision-makers of start-ups and multinational companies alike, who are looking to build new revenue, bolster resilience, and find growth opportunities. Throughout this workshop, we will explore ways in which CKGSB can help you tap into or become a next generation unicorn.

    CKGSB is the first business school globally since 2015 to offer programs designed for unicorn and soon-to-be-unicorn founders. In collaboration with esteemed institutions such as Columbia Engineering, ESCP, UC San Diego,Stanford, SDA Bocconi and others, we are spearheading initiatives in AI, digital transformation, sustainability, healthcare and technology innovation, to offer founders of companies with at least Series A funding the knowledge, network and strategies that they need to scale up.

    By participating in these pioneering programs, you will become part of a dynamic community of entrepreneurs who have benefited from CKGSB’s expertise and network. 1,200 founders with at least Series A funding, including founders of 151 unicorn companies and 41 unicorn companies listed on CB Insights (2017 to 2022), have studied at CKGSB.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to discover how our programs can empower you to thrive in today’s competitive landscape, whether you are a founder, investor, or senior executive.


    XIANG Bing

    Founding Dean and Dean's Distinguished Chair Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

    PhD, University of Alberta

    Dr. Xiang Bing is the Founding Dean and Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of China Business and Globalization at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Under his leadership, CKGSB has evolved from a fledgling school to one of the most influential business schools in China with a global reputation since 2002.

    Renowned as a foremost authority on China’s business and economy, Dr. Xiang serves as the first opening keynote speaker at the Harvard College China Forum in 2018 and 2023 and the Penn Wharton China Summit in 2023, the closing keynote speaker at the Columbia China Forum in 2024, the first closing keynote speaker at the Harvard College China Forum in 2024, and the closing keynote speaker at the SCMP China Conference on US-China Relations in New York City in 2019. Additionally, he was the First Co-Chairman for the Ditchley Foundation Annual Forum in 2018. He was also a lunch keynote speaker for the Foreign Policy Association’s Board of Trustees in 2018.

    Dr. Xiang has served as an independent board member to several listed companies, including four Fortune Global 500 companies. He was a member of the Global Board of Trustees for United Way Worldwide (US) during 2011-2017.

    His research interests include innovations from China, globalization of Chinese companies, China-US relations, economic disruption, social innovation, and the next-generation unicorns.

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    Hau L. LEE

    Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His areas of specialization include global value chain innovations, supply chain management, global logistics, inventory modeling, and environmental and social responsibility. He is also the faculty advisor for the Stanford Institute for Innovations in Developing Economies, and is a co-director of the Stanford Value Chain Innovation Initiative. Professor Lee has published widely in journals, such as Management Science, Operations Research, Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review, and served on the editorial boards of many international journals.

    Professor Lee has consulted extensively in the public and private sectors. He is a co-founder of DemandTec, which went public in 2007. He is on the board and advisory board of several logistics services and supply chain software companies. Professor Lee obtained his B.Soc.Sc. degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Hong Kong in 1974, his M.Sc. degree in Operational Research from the London School of Economics in 1975, and his MS and PhD degrees in Operations Research from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.


    Founder and CEO, NaviParking (CKGSB Global Unicorn Program – Dubai Participant)

    Alan CHEN

    Assistant Dean of Global Programs, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

    JI Bo

    Chief Representative for CKGSB Europe, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

    Bo Ji is the Founder of China Start, an inspiring TEDx speaker, a China expert, an advocate of EU-China trade, Author of “5G Changes the World” , and Co-Founder of “Impact 17+1” Club.

    Bo is currently the Assistant Dean of Global Executive Education & Chief Representative for Europe at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), a top business school with more than 18,000 chairman/CEO level alumni. Bo had an over-25-year successful business career in Global Business Development, Innovation, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, M&A, etc. He served as the senior executive at the headquarters of many fortune 500 companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Pfizer, Wrigley and Mars. After a long corporate life, Bo became a serial entrepreneur and investor. Bo founded the “China Start” to bring global startups and scaleups to China. He created a paradigm shift for global startups to expand to China instead of Silicon Valley.

    Combining his extensive business experiences and in-depth knowledge, Bo taught EMBA/MBA from some of the world’s most prestigious business schools such as INSEAD, Esade, MIT, New York University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Technology University of Munich, Tsinghua University, CKGSB, Zhejiang University, Sun Yet-Sen University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Taiwan’s National Chengchi University etc.

    Bo is a well sought inspiring speaker at renowned international conferences, forums, TV media and annual corporate meetings. He frequently appears at large scale tech/startup conferences around the world as keynote speaker, such as Mobile World Congress (Spain), London Tech Week (UK), Pioneers 18’(Austria), Wolves Summit (Poland), Horasis Global Meeting (Portugal), UN Empretec Global Summit (Turkey), Arctic 15 (Finland), Info Share (Poland), Startup Village (Russia), Lean Startup Europe (Netherland), Campus Party (Italy), European Startup Days (Poland), OurCrowd Global Investor Summit (Israel), Technology Innovation Summit (China), Startup LaunchPad (Hong Kong), India Blockchain Week (India) etc.


    5 mins | Opening by Emcee

    10 mins | Keynote Speech: A New Generation of Unicorns

    Xiang Bing, Founding Dean and Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

    10 mins | Speech

    Hau Lee, Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business

    10 mins | Alum Sharing on Experience in Global Unicorn Program

    Marek Stawinski, Founder and CEO, NaviParking
    (CKGSB Global Unicorn Program – Dubai Participant)

    10 mins | Program Introduction – US & Asia

    Alan Chen, Assistant Dean of Global Programs, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

    10 mins | Program Introduction - Europe

    Ji Bo, Chief Representative for CKGSB Europe, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

    20 mins | Q&A

    5 mins | Closing by Emcee

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