New Pivotal Program by CKGSB and Columbia Engineering on Digital Innovation

January 31, 2024 | School News

NEW YORK – Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and Columbia Engineering announce a new program on AI, the future of tech and data science designed for the next generation of unicorn companies who seek to use digital innovation to grow their businesses, make better decisions and create value to society.

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In an exclusive collaboration, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and Columbia Engineering proudly present the launch of “Frontiers in Digital Innovation: AI, Future of Tech & Data Science,” a pivotal program within CKGSB’s Global Unicorn Program series. This initiative is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of unicorn companies with a profound focus on global responsibility, social purpose, long-term vision and sustainable value creation.

This immersive program offers participating decision-makers the unique opportunity to master AI algorithms, data analytics, and future technology landscapes, taught by star professors from both institutions. Participants will gain insights from industry experts and collaborate with entrepreneurs from both the East and West. Through this program, they will emerge as visionary leaders with the ability to strategically integrate innovation, shape industries, and drive growth in an increasingly digital-centric world. The program will be held in person at Columbia University in New York City, and it will run from May 20-24, 2024.


We are thrilled to be one of the first schools to offer a program that reflects our commitment to fostering the next generation visionary leaders who will not only be able to navigate the complexities of AI and data science, but also shape a future where innovation is synonymous with social purpose, global responsibility and sustainability. Our collaboration with Columbia Engineering means that we will be able to offer students a unique experience through the global resources and seasoned faculty presented by both schools.”

— Xiang Bing, Founding Dean and Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB

Program Highlights

  • Strategic Digital Mastery: Develop and implement digital strategies aligned seamlessly with your organization’s vision and objectives.
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making: Harness the power of data analytics to transform raw data into actionable insights that drive innovation and fuel growth.
  • Hands-on Corporate Insights: Benefit from real-world exposure to leading tech companies, learning from their challenges, triumphs, and best practices in the realm of digital innovation.
  • Leadership in the Digital Age: Hone your leadership skills to effectively manage teams and projects in a digital-first environment, fostering a culture of innovation and adaptability within your organization.
  • Networking with Global Executives: Forge valuable connections with a community of global leaders, opening doors for future cross-border collaborations and partnerships.
  • Understanding the Innovation Ecosystem: Delve into the mechanics of digital ecosystems, learning how to create, nurture, and leverage them for sustained business growth.
  • Future-Proof Your Organization: Equip yourself with the tools and knowledge to anticipate future digital trends, ensuring your organization remains at the forefront of the digital revolution.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for those in leadership positions promoting digital transformation in various industries, including retail, banking, energy, entertainment, and more. It is tailored for:

  • Board Members and C-suite Executives—Redefine your organization’s digital trajectory.
  • Senior Leaders—Envision a seamless integration of digital strategies into traditional business models.
  • Pioneers—Become architects of the digital future, not just bystanders.
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About the Organizers

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
CKGSB is China’s first privately-funded, research-intensive and non-for-profit business school. The school aims to cultivate transformative business leaders with a global vision, sense of social responsibility, innovative mindset, and ability to lead with empathy and compassion. Today, CKGSB stands apart for its 55 world-class faculty, more than half of whom previously held tenured positions at world-leading universities, such as University of Chicago and Columbia University. CKGSB’s alumni also represent the best and brightest in Greater China and wider region. In fact, more than half of CKGSB’s 22,000 alumni are at the CEO or Chairman level and, collectively, they lead one fifth of China’s 100 most valuable brands. Moreover, over 4,000 global executives have participated in CKGSB’s English-language Executive Education programs since 2009. CKGSB is the first business school in China, since 2015, and now globally to offer programs specifically designed for unicorn and soon-to-be-unicorn founders. It aims to build a global ecosystem for the next generation of unicorns, with a renewed and enhanced emphasis on global responsibility, social purpose and long-term perspective. Thus far, this ecosystem has nurtured 151 unicorn companies, including 41 unicorn companies listed on CB Insights (2017-2022).


Columbia Engineering
Since 1864, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University has been a resource to the world for major advances in human progress. Today, Columbia Engineering is a global leader in engineering education, research, and impact. Located in the heart of New York City, the school convenes more than 250 faculty members and 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students to push the frontiers of knowledge and solve humanity’s most pressing problems. As impassioned problem solvers and prolific innovators, we are united in our drive to combine deep knowledge with directed action to impact human progress. Columbia Engineering is not only a source of innovation but also a catalyst for entrepreneurial collaboration across multiple fields.

Contact Us

Location: CKGSB Americas
Name: Ms. Renee RONG
Phone: +1(781) 333 9055

Location: CKGSB Europe
Name: Ms. Jennifer WANG

Location: CKGSB Asia
Name: Ms. Mara YUAN

Location: CKGSB Korea
Name: Ms. Madi YOO

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