Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business presents Eurasia’s first unicorn-themed program for next generation business leaders, in partnership with The World Government Summit of UAE, The Executive Council of Dubai, Whampoa Group, Seoul Municipal Government & Maekyung Media Group.

60+

Leaders of the future

3-4

Days
(Each program)

10+

Professors

20+

Unicorns

30+

Experts

10x

Businesses

Acquire unparalleled regional knowledge: Form a holistic perspective and deep dive into the world’s fastest growing regions: GCC, RCEP, and East Asia.

Harness the power of exponential tech: Web 3.0, blockchain, smart manufacturing, AI, rapid prototyping, quantum computing and beyond.

Construct your own regional ecosystem: Gain access to a highly curated network of like-minded leaders, investment bodies, government support and highly relevant local resources.

Thrive in today’s world of accelerating change: Receive guidance from professors, industry experts and successful unicorn founders from RCEP to fast-track your business growth in the region.

Global Unicorn Program Series by CKGSB

With the aim to build a global ecosystem to foster a new generation of unicorns with an enhanced emphasis on global responsibility, social purpose and a long-term perspective, the unicorn programs are tailored to the following organizations and individuals:

Global Unicorn Program in Dubai

As part of UAE’s Entrepreneurial Nation Initiative to support start-ups and to have 20 unicorns by 2031, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business will co-host the Global Unicorn Forum with the World Government Summit. This program will start with this half-day, invite-only forum, followed by 2.5 days of training. This 3-day program will play a critical role in building a global ecosystem and fostering a new generation of unicorns with a renewed and enhanced emphasis on global responsibility, social purpose and long-term perspective.

Benefits

Regional ecosystems – attend an exclusive briefing with UAE ministers, learn first-hand knowledge from founders of unicorn companies, and visit a top innovation hub (DIFC, home to more than 500 tech companies).

Relevant insights – learn from a global faculty of unicorn founders and industry professionals about the most recent tech and ESG concerns impacting unicorns, such as economic disruptions and digital transformation.

Peer learning & networking – establish connections and potential partnerships with like-minded peers through events such as the welcome gala dinner and the VIP Desert Safari event, etc.

Roadshows with investors, local entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and government officials.

Global Unicorn Forum – opportunity to gain entry to the Global Unicorn Forum (part of the World Government Summit, a member-only exclusive event for leaders, global experts, and decision-makers from around the globe)

CKGSB Global Entrepreneur Community – join the 1,000+ growing network of like-minded business leaders.

Program Information

  • LanguageEnglish

Global Unicorn Program in Dubai

  • Dates

    Feb 15-17, 2023

  • Tuition

    USD 6,000 (GBP 5,000)

    CKGSB Alumni receive a 20% discount
  • Contact
    Jennifer Wang
    Email: jenniferwang@ckgsb.edu.cn

Program Agenda

  • Wednesday Feb 15 - Forum & Program

    (09:00-12:35)  Global Unicorn Forum

    • (09:00-09:15) 
      Opening Remarks and Keynote Speech: Nurturing Future Unicorns: GCC Macro Environment and Start-up Ecosystem in UAE, GCC, Central Asia and India 
      H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama | Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, United Arab Emirates
    • (09:15-09:30) 
      Keynote Speech: Economic Disruption to Foster the Next Generation Unicorns 
      Dean XIANG Bing | Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB
    • (09:30-10:30) 
      Fireside Chat: Effectively Market To Millennials and Gen-Z 
      David Bell | Former Chaired Professor, Wharton, and Co-founder and President, Idea Farm Ventures 
      Moderator*
    • (10:30-11:00)  Networking Break
    • (11:00-12:30) 
      Panel Discussions: The Roller-Coaster Ride to Become a Unicorn 
      Panelists: unicorn founders and soon-to-be unicorn founders from GCC and other regions (including Africa, China, Europe, India and Korea)
      KUANG Ming | Founder & CEO, ClouDr. Group Limited, China
      Jong-yoon KIM | CEO, Yanolja & Yanolja Cloud, Korea
      Mudassir Sheikha | Co-founder & CEO, Careem, GCC*
      Nuno Sebastiao | Founder & CEO, Feedzai, Europe*
      Ritesh Agarwal | Founder & Group CEO, OYO, India*
      Moderator: LI Wei | Associate Dean for Asia and Europe, Professor of Economics, CKGSB
    • (12:30-12:35) 
      Closing Remark
      LI Yang | Associate Professor of Marketing, Executive Academic Director for MBA Program & Executive Education Programs, CKGSB

    (12:35-13:30)  Break

    (13:30-18:00) 

    • Unicorn Program Orientation
      Mohammad Al Gergawi | Minister of Cabinet Affairs, UAE*
      or H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama | Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, UAE*
    • An Era of Tectonic Transformations, Pathways to “Common Prosperity” and the Role of Economic Disruptions & Unicorns
      XIANG Bing | Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB

    (18:00-20:00)  Gala dinner for VIP speakers and guests

    *Speakers TBC

  • Thursday Feb 16 - Program

    (09:00-12:00) 

    • The Future of “Better for You” Consumption and its Implications for Start-ups and Scaling
      David Bell | Former Chaired Professor, Wharton, and Co-founder and President, Idea Farm Ventures

    (12:35-13:30)  Break

    (13:00-18:00) 

    • Unicorn Marketing in the Age of New Media: Decentralization, Fragmentation, and Digital Sameness
      LI Yang | Associate Professor of Marketing, Executive Academic Director for MBA Program & Executive Education Programs, CKGSB
    • Unicorn Case Studies: Unicorns from GCC and other regions (including Africa, China, Europe, India and Korea)
      Moderator: LI Yang
      Speakers*

    (18:00-20:00)  Team Building Activity: VIP Desert Safari Cultural Experience

    *Speakers TBC

  • Friday Feb 17 - Program

    (09:00-12:00) 

    • New Business Models and Trends: Best B2C Practices in China
      Jianwen (Jon) LIAO | Professor of Managerial Practice and former Associate Dean of CKGSB, former Chief

    (12:35-13:30)  Break

    (13:00-15:30) 

    • China’s Technological Innovation & Disruptions and its Lesson for Global Businesses
      Edward TSE | Professor of Managerial Practice of Strategy, CKGSB; Former Chairman, Greater China for Booz & Company

    (16:00-17:30) 

    • How to Create a Unicorn from a Small Domestic Market: Case Studies from Korea, ASEAN, and Europe
      Moderator: Edward TSE
      Speakers*

    (18:00-20:00) 

    • Visit DIFC Innovation Hub (Dubai International Financial Centre)
      Leading Innovation Ecosystem in UAE with over 500 tech firms
      Roadshow with investors, local entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and government officials.

    *Speakers TBC



Regional Experts
  • Mohammad Al Gergawi
    Minister of Cabinet Affairs, UAE

  • H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama
    Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, United Arab Emirates
  • Unicorn Founders*
    Founders from GCC, UAE and other regions
    *Speakers TBC
  • XIANG Bing
    Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB
  • David Bell
    Former Chaired Professor, Wharton, and Co-founder and President, Idea Farm Ventures
  • Edward TSE
    Professor of Managerial Practice of Strategy, CKGSB; Former Chairman, Greater China for Booz & Company
  • LI Yang
    Associate Professor of Marketing, Executive Academic Director MBA Program & Executive Education Programs, CKGSB
  • Jianwen (Jon) LIAO
    Professor of Managerial Practice and former Associate Dean of CKGSB, former Chief Strategy Officer of JD.com

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