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Cambridge Judge underlines China focus at Sanya Forum

Cambridge Judge unveils new China Advisory Council and Chinese SME study.

Cambridge Judge underlines China focus at Sanya ForumCambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, today announced a new 15-member China Advisory Council including leading Chinese business figures, and the introduction of an important study into the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises in China.

The announcements come in advance of the Sanya Forum, a gathering of about 1,000 influential political, business and academic leaders in Sanya, Hainan, China, 12-14 December, at which Cambridge Judge is participating in three events.

The 15-member China Advisory Council (CAC), which will be formally launched at an event hosted by Cambridge Judge at the Sanya Forum on Sunday 14 December, is being established to advise the School on its future engagement in China – a very important area to Cambridge Judge in terms of students, faculty, executive education and academic focus. The new panel includes top executives of leading Chinese firms such as banks and media enterprises, as well as academic, spiritual and business leaders from China and the UK.

Christoph Loch, Dean of Cambridge Judge, will at the Sanya Forum formally announce a study he is leading into the competitiveness of small and medium sized companies listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges – companies whose market value is less than 10 billion Renminbi (about £1 billion).

The study will look beyond profitability numbers to issues such as management quality, in order to understand what would make small and medium sized Chinese enterprises more competitive in both China and round the world. The study, whose initial stage will be completed by the middle of 2015, will produce a ranking, but more importantly is designed to provide a framework and analysis tool to investors, policymakers and other businesses.

“Our Chinese friends and colleagues share their challenges with many of the organisations that we have worked with around the world over the years,” Dean Loch wrote earlier this month in a blog post focused on China.

Happily this means we have something valuable to contribute, based on our engagement with companies and on our research.

Simon Taylor, Director of the Cambridge Judge Master of Finance Programme (MFin) and University Lecturer in Finance at Cambridge Judge, will host a panel discussion at diversifying the Sanya Forum on Economic Reform towards a Diversified and Mixed-Ownership of Chinese companies.

The theme of this year’s Sanya Forum is “New Economy, New Balance.” The event will be attended by important business, political and academic figures from China, the US, Europe, the Americas and Asia, and will look at such issues as a slow global recovery, debt and high unemployment in many developed countries, and the role of China and other countries in global governance.

Members of the new Cambridge Judge China Advisory Council are (alphabetic order):

  • Mr Chou Chun-Chi, Chairman, Sinyi Realty
  • Professor Dame Sandra Dawson
    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, TSB Bank; Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.
  • Dr Gong Shaolin
    Chairman, China Merchants Securities; Fellow, Cambridge Judge Business School.
  • Dr Hong Qi
    Chairman, China Minsheng Bank.
  • Ms Anne Lonsdale CBE
    Deputy High Steward, University of Cambridge; Former Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.
  • Sir David Li Kwok-po
    Chairman & Chief Executive, Bank of East Asia.
  • Mr Luo Xi
    President, SinoSure.
  • Professor Sir James A. Mirrlees
    Nobel Laureate in Economics; Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
  • Mr Michael Morley
    Chief Executive, Coutts & Co.
  • Professor Lord Martin Rees
    Astronomer Royal; Former President, Royal Society; Former Master, Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
  • Mr Robert Stefanowski
    Chief Executive Officer, DFC Global; Former Chief Financial Officer, UBS Investment Bank.
  • Mr Wang Boming
    President, Stock Exchange Executive Council; Chairman, SEEC Media Group; Editor in Chief, CAIJING Magazine.
  • Dr Wang Jianzhou
    President, China Association of Public Companies; Former Chairman, China Mobile.
  • Professor Xie Weihe
    Vice President, Tsinghua University.
  • Venerable Master Xuecheng
    Spiritual Leader, China Longquan Temple; Vice President, the Buddhist Association of China; Secretary General, China Committee on Religion and Peace; Member, Standing Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.