Navigating Uncertainty and Opportunities Amidst Disruptions

  • Date: September 13, 2022 8:00 pm
  • Location: Webinar
  • Language: English

About this event

In light of the tectonic changes we are facing— including the widening income and wealth inequality gap within and between nations, the challenges brought by the pandemic to global healthcare systems, the rising inflation and declining economic growth, the diminishing social mobility, the growing de-globalization trend and the myriad of disruptions brought by technology, it is vital for business leaders to understand and tackle uncertainty and find opportunities within it. Business schools have a duty to cultivate global leaders who can successfully navigate such disruptions, while making a positive impact on the world. This webinar will shed light on the responsibility and role of business schools to that end.

  • • What’s the role of business schools in the era of uncertainty?
  • • How to forge a path to sustainable development leveraging advanced technology?
  • • How can schools better prepare current and future leaders to identify opportunities amidst declining economic growth?
  • • What has the pandemic taught us and how can we apply these lessons?

Date: September 13th, 20:00 – 21:00 Beijing Time

Platform: Zoom webinar

Supporting Organizations



Founding Dean, 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 Professor of China Business and Globalization at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). CKGSB is China’s first faculty-governed, independent and private business school with headquarters in Beijing, campuses in Shanghai and Shenzhen and representative offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.

He has served as an independent board member of a number of companies (including four Fortune Global 500 companies) listed in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United States. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC) in Brazil, a member of the Global Advisory Board of Yonsei School of Business in Korea, a member of the International Advisory Council for the Royal Academy of Management (RAM) in Oman, a member of the Advisory Board of Asia House in London and a Counselor for One Young World Summit in Dublin. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for United Way Worldwide (US) from 2011-2017.

Dr. Xiang’s research interests include the reform of state-owned enterprises, innovation and the role of the private sector in China, and economic disruptions. He is a leading authority on China business, innovations in China, globalization of Chinese companies, China’s development models, global implications of China’s transformation, social innovation, economic disruptions, China-US relations, global trade and investment systems and global governance. His writings and cases on these subjects are considered among the most influential in China and beyond.

Dr. Xiang has served as keynote speaker at influential forums and conferences around the world. These events include Harvard China Forum (closing keynote, 2017; first keynote, 2018; opening keynote, 2019; first keynote, 2023; Harvard University), Morgan Stanley Twenty-first Century Asia Pacific Summit (November 16-17, Singapore; keynote), SCMP China Conference: USA 2019 (December 10, 2019; New York City; closing keynote), FT Banking Summit 2017 (November 30, 2017; London; closing keynote), CKGSB-Brookings US-China Forum 2016 (December 14, 2016; New York City; opening keynote & Dialogue with Dr. Henry Kissinger) and US Committee of 100 Annual Conference 2016 (April 16, 2016; Los Angeles; opening keynote). He has been invited to prestigious webinars such as Bo’ao Dialogue 2020, Asian Leadership Conference 2020, 2022 and 2023 (Seoul, Korea), World Knowledge Forum 2021 (Seoul, Korea) and World Chinese Economic Summit 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

He has participated in many prominent closed-door conferences, including Ditchley Foundation Annual Forum (2010, 2012, 2018 (First Co-Chairman) and 2021), Yale CEO Summit (2016) and Rome Roundtable (2017—2020 and 2022). He was also an invited speaker for forums such as the World Economic Forum, Bo’ao Forum for Asia and Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, and for institutions like the Foreign Policy Association (September 27, 2018; New York City; lunch keynote for members of the Board of Trustees), Center for Strategic and International Studies (September 28, 2018; Washington D.C.; lunch keynote and roundtable panelist) and Pheu Thai Party in Thailand (September 2, 2019; Bangkok; a special talk for 350 parliament members).

Dr. Xiang was named the “China Philanthropist of the Year” in 2018, 2020 and 2022 by China Philanthropy Times. He was awarded the “Vanguard for Social Responsibilities” in 2020 by Southern Weekly.

Dr. Xiang received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Alberta in Canada, and his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. 

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Antonio Batista da Silva Junior

Dean of FDC


  • • Ph.D. in Business Administration – Fundação Getúlio Vargas – EAESP/FGV, Brazil,
  • • B.Sc. in Business Administration – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, UFMG –


  • • Dean at Fundação Dom Cabral – FDC.
  • • Former Executive Director of Custom Programs at FDC.
  • • Professor of Competitive Strategy and Strategic Alliances in organizational
    development programs at FDC.
  • • Corporate Partnership Coordinator (2002-2004) and Director of Process, People and
    Development (2004-2007) at FDC.
  • • Main areas of interest: Strategy, Nets, Alliances and Partnership.


  • • Author of several articles and the book: Da Silva, A. B., Jr. (2006). A Empresa em Rede: Desenvolvendo Competências Organizacionais. Rio de Janeiro, RJ: Campus.

Soumitra Dutta

Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Soumitra Dutta has been Dean of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford since June 2022. Previously he was the founding Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. He is the President of Portulans Institute, Chair of the Board of the Global Business School Network and member of the Global Board of Dassault Systemes.

Professor Dutta is an authority on innovation in the global knowledge economy. He is the co-editor and founder of the Network Readiness Index, published by Portulans Institute and the Global Innovation Index, published by the WIPO.

Professor Dutta received a B. Tech. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi a MS in both business administration and computer science, and a PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2017 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus from his alma mater IIT Delhi.

Dan LeClair

CEO of the Global Business School Network

As CEO of the Global Business School Network, Dan is leading efforts to improve access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world. He also advises several education startups, including Edorer, Inc. in the US, Nurture Higher Education Group in the UK, and the Positive Impact Rating (PIR) in Switzerland; and serves on the advisory boards of Hanken School of Economics in Finland, Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC) in Brazil, Davis Akilah College in Rwanda, and Centrum PUCP Graduate Business School in Peru.

Prior to GBSN, Dan helped transform AACSB from a US accrediting body to a global thought leader and internationally-respected quality assurance agency. His 19 years at AACSB includes nearly three years as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, seven years as Chief Operating Officer, and five years as Chief Knowledge Officer. Dan played the lead role in creating a think-tank joint venture with the European Foundation for Management Development and was recognized for pioneering efforts in the formation of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education.

Recognized as a thought leader in management education and talent development, Dan is the author of more than 100 research reports, articles, and blogs, and has delivered more than 170 presentations in 30 countries. Before AACSB, Dan was a tenured associate professor and associate dean at The University of Tampa. He earned a PhD from the University of Florida writing on game theory.

TAO Zhigang

Professor of Strategy and Economics, Associate Dean for Global Programs, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD. Princeton University

Professor of Strategy and Economics, Associate Dean for Global Programs, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD. Princeton University

Areas of Expertise: Economics of Strategy and Organization, China Business and Economy, International Economics

Zhigang TAO is Professor of Strategy and Economics at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. He taught at University of Hong Kong from 1998 to 2021, and at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 1992 to 1998. Professor Tao received his B.Sc. in management science from Fudan University in 1986, and PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1992. He has published in various economics and management journals, and his work has been widely cited.

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Alexander Triantis

Dean of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Alexander Triantis became the third dean of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2019. He has built a reputation throughout his career as a strong, personable, and pragmatic leader skilled at building consensus around a strategic vision.  

During his tenure as Carey’s dean, the school has revised and launched several programmatic initiatives, including its full-time MBA with emphasis in the fields of health, technology, innovation, leadership and business analytics; a distinctive flex MBA program allowing for specializations and dual degrees within the stellar Johns Hopkins University system; new programs for working professionals; and the Women and Leadership Academy. Additionally, Carey has achieved gender parity in its overall student body and across most of its programs, and has advanced its comprehensive and ambitious commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.  

Prior to joining Carey Business School, Triantis served as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland from 2013 to 2019, and chair of the Finance Department from 2006 to 2011. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and an assistant and associate professor of finance at the University of Wisconsin. Triantis received his PhD in industrial engineering (with a specialization in finance) from Stanford University and his BASc and MEng degrees from the University of Toronto.

An expert in the areas of corporate financial strategy and valuation, Triantis has published articles in numerous prestigious academic journals, served on several journal editorial boards, and has consulted and led training for many multinational corporations. Businessweek named Triantis an Outstanding Professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, and he is a two-time recipient of Maryland Smith’s top teaching award for faculty.

Triantis became vice chair and chair-elect of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Board of Directors on July 1, 2022. He has also served as vice president for global services for the Financial Management Association International.

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