Program overview

Impact innovation causes us to think about the social, environmental, and economic implications of what we do and how to navigate these areas.

Impact innovation is the application of innovation principles across all aspects of what we do. Rather than thinking one dimensionally about disruption, it causes us to think about the social, environmental, and economic implications of what we do and how to navigate these areas. Igniting Innovation for Impact program draws together the different strands of impact innovation and brings a leadership lens which supports participants to understand how they can create long-lasting and genuine impact through their roles and organizations.

Who should attend

The program is designed for:

  • The program opens to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organizations involved in furthering the common good while unleashing the power of Impact Innovation to sustain commercially.
  • We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organizations from around the globe who are looking to expand horizons on impact innovation from both the West and the East. In addition, professionals work in an advisory capacity to companies with a desire to introduce or reposition themselves in relation to innovation will also benefit from this program.
  • To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to this live & virtual program. We offer group enrolment benefits to companies sending three or more participants.

This joint program by Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and the Møller Institute of Churchill College in the University of Cambridge is part of a broader program, Impact Leadership in the Era of Global Disruptions, which aims to develop a new generation of business leaders with impact who can contribute to the global future.

The Møller Institute, Churchill College at
the University of Cambridge

The Møller Institute, Churchill College at the University of Cambridge is part of a centuries-old seat of learning that has originated much of the disruptive knowledge which has shaped our world, while CKGSB is at the heart of the next wave of disruption, home to over 35 “Unicorns” which impact on the global economy. This programme is a unique opportunity to blend perspectives, knowledge and insights from East and West, building a platform for participants to build resilient, future-oriented and innovative businesses.

Basic Program Information

  • FormatOnline LIVE & VIRTUAL Classroom
  • CertificateParticipants who successfully complete this course will receive a Certificate endorsed by the University of Cambridge’s Board of Executive and Professional Education (BEPE) and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), and become a member of our Global Impact Leadership Community.
  • LanguageEnglish

Online LIVE & VIRTUAL Classroom

  • Program date


  • Effort

    5-6 hours/week

  • Fees


Since our founding, CKGSB has aimed to cultivate transformative business leaders with a global vision, a humanistic spirit, a strong sense of social responsibility and an innovative mindset, so that they embrace innovation ans strive for social and global good.

Xiang Bing

Founding Dean

Professor of China Business and Globalisation CKGSB


Program Benefits | To You

Discover the concept of impact innovation and be able to position yourselves and your organizations within it

Understand the role in leader in aligning social, economic and environmenatal good from both East and West perspectives

Explore the multiple faces of innovation and how it creates a route to thrive within a disrupted world

Identify the relationship between social and commercial good and develop business models you can adopt to align these

Acquire unparalleled global networks with like-minded leaders to create personal & professional connections for future success

Activate impact innovation project with impact leaders’ advice for implementation within and beyond program

Program Benefits | To your organization

Review different approaches to innovation and the outcomes they create, integrating strategies for positive disruption into your organizations

Apply global perspectives & mindsets to formulate disruptive innovations and create sustainable solutions for your stakeholders

Establish strategies, processes and behaviors within your organizations which lead to purposeful impact innovation

Deliver responsible and commercially sustainable growth via impact innovation

Empower next generation of disruptive innovators & impact leaders to secure future company success

Program Curriculum

  • Week 0

    To begin the programme, join fellow students as we plan
    for the weeks ahead and build the relationships which will
    form the foundations of our community.

  • Preparing to create impact

    Exploring the trends on global investment and trading
    system, global governance, and geo-economics and
    geo-politics in an era of a confluence of technological,
    social, political, and geopolitical disruptions, e.g. US-China
    decoupling. It will set the scenes for aspiring leaders/
    innovators on how to drive impact in a disruptive world

  • Week 1

    Cutting-edge technologies and the impact on our world

    Understanding the 4th Industrial Revolution which is bringing together digital, physical and biological systems that will change us – humans and how we live our lives.

  • Driving impact in a disruptive world

    Innovating for social good

    Successful social innovation approaches and strategies which are changing the world around us as we shift towards system which focuses not just on growth but on maximising human well-being and how we want to live.

  • Week 2

    Harnessing innovation for a better planet

    An examination of how innovation provides the route to creating a sustainable future for the planet and how impact entrepreneurs from both the East and the West are innovating for a net-zero 2050 planet.

  • Disruptive Technologies:

    Activating impact innovation for good

    Share your vision for impact with our community, and take the first steps towards activating the potential of your impact innovation.

  • Week 3
  • Our Shared Future:
  • Week 4
  • Future Earth:
  • Week 5
  • Impact Leadership:
Faculty from two institutions
  • XIANG Bing
    Founding Dean,
    Professor of China Business and Globalisation,
    PhD. University of Alberta;
    Previously taught: HKUST, Peking University

    Business in China, Constructive Innovations, Global Implications of China’s Economic Transformation, Innovation and Globalization by Chinese Companies, Innovation in Management Education, Reform of SOEs, Relationship Between State and Business, Role of Private Sector in China

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  • JI Bo
    Programme Co-Director,
    Chief Representative forEurope,
    Assistant Dean of Global Executive Education,

    Bo has an over-20-year successful corporate career in Global Business Development, Innovation, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, M&A, etc. He served as the head quarters of many fortune 500 companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Pfizer, Wrigley and Mars. After a long corporate life, Bo became a serial entrepreneur and investor.

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  • ZHU Rui (Juliet)
    Professor of Marketing,
    Academic Director for EMBA Program,
    Director of the Social Innovation and
    Business for Good Centre,
    PhD. University of Minnesota Minneapolis

    Branding, Consumer Behavior, Consumer Information Processing and Psychology, Corporate Social Responsibility, Design and Structural Effects of Physical Environment, Innovative Business Models, Modern Philanthropy, Tencent

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  • Richard HILL
    Programme Co-Director,
    Client Director of Møller Institute,
    Churchill College,
    University of Cambridge.

    Richard Hill is an experienced facilitator and Programme Director whose ambition is to support teams, organisations and individuals to realise their potential through developing leadership, purpose and culture. Working to bridge the gap between academic insight and day-to-day working realities, he brings both thought leadership and on the ground experience to enable the success of others.

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    Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation;
    Head of the Institute for Manufacturing;
    Fellow of Churchill College,
    University of Cambridge.

    Tim Minshall is the head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at Cambridge University Engineering Department and head of IfM's Centre for Technology Management. He is the inaugural Dr John C. Taylor Professor of Innovation, a member of the boards of St John's Innovation Centre Ltd and IfM-ECS Ltd, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University, and a member of the IET's Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel. He is a member of advisory/steering committees for groups including ideaSpace, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Cambridge i-Teams and 100% Open.

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  • James STACEY
    Partner at ERM,
    Global Director Climate Change & Low Carbon
    Economy Transition;
    Fellow, University of Cambridge Institute for
    Sustainability Leadership.

    James is an environment and sustainability professional with 23 years’ experience in commercially focused roles in private equity, banking and consulting. His experience covers a breadth of sectors and geographies.

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Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a Certificate endorsed by the University of Cambridge’s Board of Executive and Professional Education (BEPE) and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), and become a member of our Global Impact Leadership Community.

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Møller Institute, Churchill College,University of Cambridge

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