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Workshop: Economic Disruption and the Next Generation of Unicorns

    About this event

    Date: 29 April, 2024 (Monday)
    Time: 10am-1pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
    City: Melbourne, Australia
    Event hosts: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, City of Melbourne
    Supporting Organizations: CHIN Communications, BMYG Financial, Laurel International
    Format: By invitation only

    This in-person, invitation-only seminar to be held in Melbourne, Australia, on April 29, will convene renowned government officials, business leaders and academics for a talk by CKGSB Founding Dean Xiang Bing on the topic of ‘Economic Disruption and the Next Generation of Unicorns.’ The event will also feature remarks from Melbourne’s Deputy Lord Mayer Nicholas Reece and other notable figures in Australia.

    Together, our seasoned speakers will shed light on the landscape and importance of unicorn companies, and what constitutes the next generation of unicorns; the outlook of globalization and economic development; and growth opportunities through cross-border collaboration.

    CKGSB’s Global Unicorns Programs have established partnerships across various countries with renowned universities like Stanford, Columbia and UC San Diego. Committed to fostering a global ecosystem for emerging unicorn companies, this series of programs aims to facilitate exchange and learning opportunities between soon-to-be unicorn companies, investors and governments worldwide.

    *Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

    Speakers

    The Hon. Bruce ATKINSON

    Former Member of Victorian Parliament

    Katherine CHEN

    Founder of Laurel International Group, CKGSB EMBA Alumni

     Founder of Laurel International Group
     Alumni of the 35th EMBA intake of CKGSB

    Charles QIN OAM

    Co-Founder and Managing Director of CHIN Communications

     Co-Founder and Managing Director of CHIN Communications
     Medal of the Order (OAM)
     NAATI Level 5
     Accredited and Certified Conference Interpreter
     AUSIT Senior Practioner

    Nicholas Reece

    Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne

     Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne
     An executive in Chancellery at the University of Melbourne

    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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    Agenda

    10:00-10:15 | Arrival and Registration

    10:15-10:20 | Opening Remarks

    Prof. Charle QIN OAM, Co-Founder and Managing Director of CHIN Communications

    10:20-10:25 | Opening Remarks

    Mr. Nicholas REECE, Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne

    10:25-10:30 | Opening Remarks

    Mrs. Caroline HARTNETT, Acting Director of International Education & Study Melbourne of Victorian Government

    10:30-11:30 | Keynote: Economic Disruption and Next-Generation Unicorns

    Prof. and Dr. Bing XIANG, Founding Dean and Distinguished Chair Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

    11:30-12:00 | Q&A

    12:00-12:05 | Closing Remarks

    Mrs. Katherine CHEN, Founder of Laurel International Group, CKGSB EMBA Alumni

    12:05-12:10 | Closing Remarks

    The Hon. Bruce ATKINSON, Former Member of Victorian Parliament

    12:10-13:00 | Light Lunch

    Australian Eastern Standard Time*

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