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 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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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 and Associate Dean for Europe, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD, Princeton University

Professor of Strategy and Economics and Associate Dean for Europe, 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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