2015 CKGSB-HKS GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM Responsible Business Leadership in China and the US: Private Sector & Public Value in a Globalized World

February 19, 2018

This conference will convene business and thought leaders — including 40 Chinese CEOs who are part of a joint program between CKGSB and HKS — for a discussion around ways in which companies can accomplish their business goals while also contributing positively to society.

The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) are jointly holding an exclusive symposium on August 7 (Friday) from 12:30-16:30 at the HKS campus in Cambridge, MA.

This symposium will convene business and thought leaders — including 25 Chinese CEOs who are part of a joint program between CKGSB and HKS — for a discussion around ways in which companies can accomplish their business goals while also contributing positively to society.

With the spotlight on corporate practices shining brighter than ever before, companies in the modern age must address the twin challenges of responding to shareholders and giving back to society. Responsible investment, CSR and philanthropic initiatives are relatively new in China, but as an increasing number of Chinese companies go global, they are realizing the need to engage fully in these areas. This event will seek to discuss the ways in which Chinese and US companies can work together for the greater good.

Date: August 7, 2015 (Friday)

Time: 12:30 – 4:30 pm


12:30 – 1:00pm       Reception

1:00 – 2:15pm          Keynote Luncheon

2:30 – 4:30pm          Panel Discussion

Confirmed luncheon speakers:

  • Tony SAICH, Director, Ash Institute at Harvard Kennedy School
    Tony serves as trustee of the National Committee on US-China Relations
  • XIANG Bing, Founding Dean and Professor, CKGSB
    Dean Xiang established CKGSB in 2002 as China’s first independent and, now, leading business school
  • Grace MENG, Member, US House of Representatives and New York Congresswoman
    Grace is the first Asian-American Member of Congress from New York State, and the only Congressmember of Asian descent in the entire Northeast

Confirmed panelists:

  • Bill KIRBY, T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University
    Formerly Dean of Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Bill now serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund
  • TU Weiming, CKGSB Honorary Professor and Chairman of the CKGSB Committee on the Humanities, Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy of Confucian Studies at Harvard University
    Prof. Tu is a world-renowned scholar of Confucianism and the ethics of responsibility in business
  • SUN Ziqiang, CEO of SK China Co., Ltd. and CKGSB Student
    As the first CEO of Chinese origin in Japanese and Korean companies operating in China, Mr. Sun has achieved the best performance for SK since it entered China 20 years ago
  • Leslie YOUNG, Professor of Economics, CKGSB
    Prof. Young, who completed his PhD in Mathematics from University of Oxford at age 20, is a renowned scholar and expert on international financial economics and corporate governance
  • Jack (John) DONAHUE, Faculty Chair of the MPP Program, Harvard Kennedy School
    Jack co-authored the book “Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times” (2011) and is currently working on a book on the same topic, focused on China
  • LIU Dianbo, President of Luye Pharma Group and CKGSB student
    Mr. Liu founded Luye Pharmaceutical Group which is now listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and on Singapore Exchange

This event marks the start of a five-year joint research initiative between HKS and CKGSB, which was inspired by the two schools’ common mission: to create and disseminate knowledge for the betterment of global communities. The collaboration aims to bring together leaders from government, business and civil society sectors to address issues of global relevance and significance. The 2016 CKGSB-HKS Global Symposium will be held in Beijing, China. More information can be found here.


Harvard Kennedy School, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


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