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.


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 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.


Program Highlight


  • A long-term and global view on how organisations and their leaders can best organise themselves for impact innovation
  • A comparative perspective on innovation from both the East and the West, integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines
  • Opportunities to hear from leading speakers and organisations on how they have managed to balance business and social impact
  • A platform for individuals to examine their own leadership and build new practices and behaviours for the future for others to follow
Basic Program Information
  • Start Date
    10th November 2020
  • Location
    Online LIVE & VIRTUAL Classroom
  • Duration
    5 weeks
  • Effort
    4-5 hours/week
  • Language
  • Program Fee
    GBP 1,200
Overview of 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 environmental 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



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




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.



Program Curriculum
Faculty from Two Institutions
  • XIANG Bing
    Founding Dean,
    Professor of China Business and Globalisation,
    PhD. University of Alberta;
    Previously taught: HKUST, Peking University
    Areas of Expertise

    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,
    Areas of Expertise

    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
    Areas of Expertise

    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.
    Areas of Expertise

    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.
    Areas of Expertise

    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.
    Areas of Expertise

    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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