Oxford University Professor David Gann: The Changing Innovation LandscapeVIEW EVENT DETAILS
05:45 pm Registration
06:00 pm Opening Remarks
06:05 pm Presentation
06:15 pm Dialogue
06:35 pm Q&A
06:55 pm Closing Remarks
07:00 pm Networking Drinks
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Asia Society Hong Kong Center is proud to present Professor David Gann, Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford -- an internationally-recognized expert in innovation and entrepreneurship and an author of Demystifying China’s Innovation Machine: Chaotic Order, a contemporary study of how innovation and entrepreneurship play a central role in China's economic success.
What factors best foster an innovation ecosystem? In conversation with Cindy Chow, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, Professor Gann will draw on his decades studying innovative environments and business leaders, and the experience of entrepreneurs, to inform us of the lessons he’s learned, including from his most recent studies of China’s innovation ecosystem, and to explore how economies and organizations can build their own successful ecosystems.
Professor David Gann is a University of Oxford Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Development and External Affairs; Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School; and Fellow, Magdalen College. David is a university and business leader with extensive international experience in innovation strategy and technology management. His research explores why and how innovation happens, the ways it continually transforms the world we live in, and how it can be managed.
David was previously Vice-President (Innovation) at Imperial College London. He has a PhD in Industrial Economics, is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute.
David is Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, a global leader in the development of fusion energy. He is non-executive director of VenCap International plc, a leading venture fund-of-funds. As an entrepreneur, he has formed several companies, mentors start-ups and advises boards on innovation and technology management. He has been non-executive director of Directa Plus plc, a leading producer of pristine graphene, a company he helped float on the London Stock Exchange. He was Group Innovation Executive at Laing O’Rourke plc. David was a member of the UK Government’s Innovation Expert Group, the Department of Health & Social Care’s Technology Advisory Board, and the Ministry of Defence’s Technology and Innovation Board. He was Chairman of the Smart London Board, responsible for London’s digital strategy, and he developed Crossrail’s Innovation Strategy.
David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to engineering, and received the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences. He was awarded the Imperial College Medal in 2019.
Ms. Cindy Chow is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund (AEF). AEF was founded in 2015 with the mission of helping Hong Kong-based entrepreneurs and young people realize their dreams and visions for their businesses and communities. To fulfil this mission, AEF invests into startups and organizes various activities to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship.
Cindy joined Alibaba Group in 2007 as the Senior Director of International Finance, focusing on financial control and capacity until she assumes her current role. Before joining Alibaba Group, Cindy worked in a number of Hong Kong listed companies, specializing in financing, management reporting and planning. Cindy holds a Master of Business Administration and is a certified public accountant. She is a member of the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation, a member of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research of the HKSAR Government, a member of Occupational Safety & Health Council, a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Global Alumni Advisory Board of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a member of Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, an advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, a director of SEED Foundation and more. Through different initiatives launched by AEF and in her own capacity, Cindy aspires to help young people to unleash their potential and pursue a better future
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