You are cordially invited to the Chicago Booth Greater China Forum and Alumni Retreat Weekend, at Shanghai JingAn Shangri-La Hotel from 31 October to 1 November 2015.


JingAn Shangri-La Hotel
1218 Middle Yan'an Road
Jing An Kerry Centre, West Nanjing Road
Shanghai, China

Event Details

The Chicago Booth Greater China Forum and Alumni Retreat Weekend.

View Chicago Booth Greater China Forum Agenda (Chinese) pdf 
View Chicago Booth Greater China Forum Agenda (English) pdf

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Saturday, October 31, 2015
13:00-13:30 Alumni Check-in and Registration
13:30-13:35 Welcome Opening
Cindy Zhao, '02, President, Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Shanghai
13:35-13:40 Opening Remarks by Sunil Kumar, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management, Chicago Booth 

Booth Women in Leadership
13:40-15:00 "Lean in" Booth Style
Moderator: Lydia Guo, '04, Co-head, Egon Zehnder Asia Pacific Healthcare Team

  • Christiana Chang, '99, President, China Dream Pictures
  • Li Ren, '02, Co-CEO, Orient Securities Asset Management Company Ltd
  • Linda Zhang, '04, Partner-in-Charge Shanghai, Heidrick & Struggles China
  • Xiaolin Zhang, '04, Founding Partner, Shoreline Capital Management, Ltd.
  • Yiting Pan, '05, Head of Corporate Risk, CreditEase
  • Elan Shou, '07 (AXP-6), EVP & MD, Rudder Finn, Inc. Greater China

15:00-15:20 Tea break

Strengthening the Chicago Booth Brand in China
15:20-15:40 Booth Asia Update: William W. Kooser, '81, Associate Dean, Global
Outreach, Chicago Booth
15:40-16:00 The University of Chicago Campaign - Inquiry and Impact: Joseph E. Buck, Associate Dean, Office of Advancement, Chicago Booth
16:00-16:15 Top 3 Booth Priorities for Booth alumni, Tracy McCabe, Executive Director, Alumni Relations, Chicago Booth
16:15-17:15 Alumni Breakout Sessions on top 3 priorities
17:15-18:00 Alumni Networking

Global Leadership Series
17:30-18:00 Check-in and Registration
18:00 Welcome Remarks by Sunil Kumar, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management, Chicago Booth

Followed by GLS Keynote featuring Randall S. Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth

"Bitcoin vs. Banks: Will Innovative Financial Technology Put Central Banks and
Commercial Banks Out of Business?"
Financial technologies such as bitcoin, peer-to-peer lending, and crowdfunding are fledgling industries now, filled with companies that are little immediate threat to traditional commercial banking. But Chicago Booth Professor Randall S. Kroszner will explain that their growth has serious implications for banking, monetary policy, and the ability of central banks to shape them.

19:15-20:00 Cocktail Reception

Booth Alumni Retreat Celebration
20:00-23:00 Alumni Dinner Buffet "Reunion, Recollection, Recognition"

After-party: Calypso
Corner of Tong Ren Road and An Yi Road, Jing An Kerry Centre Piazza; Tel: (86 21) 2203 8888

Sunday, November 1, 2015

8:00-8:30 Check-in and registration
8:30-8:45 Welcome Opening
Cindy Zhao, '02, President, Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Shanghai
8:45-9:30 "State of the School"
Sunil Kumar, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management,
Chicago Booth
9:30-10:30: "Back to the Classroom" "The Financial Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Can it Happen Again?" with Randall S. Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth
10:30-10:45 Tea break

10:45-11:30 Keynote Speech: "Demographics and Economics"
James Liang, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO,

11:30-12:30: Panel: "Finding and Nurturing the Next 'Unicorn'"
Moderator: JP Gan, '99, Managing Partner, Qiming Ventures

  • Wei Zhu, '92, MD & Global Co-Head of Private Equity, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Dennis Zhu, '93, Ex-MD, Oaktree Capital Management
  • Allen Lau, '99, Founding Partner, Colony Yangtze Fund
  • Ching Tan, '00, Managing Partner, CDBI Capital
  • Mingming Huang, '01, Founder, Future Capital

12:30-13:30 Networking Lunch

13:30-14:15 Keynote Speech: "Multi-National Companies in China"
Timothy Y. Chen, '91 (XP-60), President, Telstra International (ex-CEO, NBA China; ex-CEO, Microsoft Greater China; ex-Chairman and President, Motorola China)

14:15-15:15 Panel: "New Trends in Wealth Management in the Internet Era"
Moderator: David He, '06, Partner and China Financial Industry Thinktank Head, BCG Greater China

  • Yiting Pan, '05, Chief Risk Officer, CreditEase
  • Lin Li, Strategy Dept. Head, Pudong Development Bank
  • James Zheng, CFO, Lufax
  • Kevin Guo, Co-Founder & Co-CEO,
  • Roger Gu, Co-Founder, Wacai
  • Xinhe Li, Co-Founder, Renrendai

15:15-15:45 Tea break

15:45-16:45 "Boom in the Leisure and Life Experience Industry"
Moderator: Raymond Yin, '09, Investment Director, Alibaba

  • Jeff Lin, '92, Chief Strategy Officer, Country Garden Holdings
  • Christiana Chang, '99, President, China Dream Pictures
  • Manoj Mehta, '02, Group CEO, Naked Retreats
  • Eugene Zhao, '03 (XP-72), CEO, Dasym Orient
  • Erik Zhang, Executive Director, Shanghai Sharks Basketball Club

16:45-17:45 Panel: "Opportunities and Challenges in Healthcare under the New Normal"
Moderator: Brian Mi,'00, President, China and Southwest Asia, IMS Health

  • Adam Sun, '98, CIO, Concord Medical Services; Chairman, MD Anderson Proton Therapy Centre, U.S.A.
  • Jun Bao, '99, SVP & CBO, Shenogen Pharma Group
  • Warren Wang, '01, VP & MD, Boston Scientific Greater China
  • Hai Mi, '03, Partner, DT Capital Partners
  • Wei Fu, Current Student, Partner & CEO, C-Bridge Capital
  • David Wang, Co-Founder, ZSYD App

17:45-17:55 "Our Future as Engaged Alumni"
Tracy McCabe, Executive Director, Alumni Relations, Chicago Booth
17:55-18:00 Closing Remarks
Cindy Zhao, '02, President, Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Shanghai

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Shanghai
Chicago Booth Greater China Forum Organizing Committee


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Speaker Profiles

Randall S. Kroszner (Speaker)
Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Randall S. Kroszner served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009. He chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. In these capacities, he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure, including rules related to home mortgages and credit cards. He represented the Federal Reserve Board on the Financial Stability Forum (now called the Financial Stability Board), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and the Central Bank Governors of the American Continent and was a director of NeighborWorks America. Dr. Kroszner chaired the working party of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), composed of deputy central bank governors and finance ministers, on Policies for the Promotion of Better International Payments Equilibrium. As a member of the Fed Board, he was also a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee.

From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Kroszner was a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). He was involved in formulating policy on a wide range of issues, including responses to corporate governance scandals, government-sponsored enterprise reform, pension reform, terrorism risk insurance, tax reform, currency crisis management, sovereign debt restructuring, the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and international trade and development.

Since 1990, Dr. Kroszner has taught at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Dr. Kroszner was Director of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State. He served as editor of the Journal of Law & Economics and has been associate editor of a number of other academic and policy journals. He was a member of the board of directors at the National Association for Business Economics. Dr. Kroszner also was a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Department of Labor. He is currently a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the Committee on Economic Statistics of the American Economics Association. He serves on the board of the Financial Management Association and of the Paulson Institute. He is the Booth Academic Director of the CEO Perspectives program.

Dr. Kroszner has been a visiting scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the IMF, the Stockholm School of Economics, the Stockholm University, the Free University of Berlin, Germany, the London School of Economics, and the American Enterprise Institute. He was the John M. Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School the Bertil Danielson Visiting Professor of Banking and Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics, and the SK Chaired Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

His research interests include regulation of financial institutions, international financial crises, the Great Depression, monetary economics, corporate governance, debt restructuring and bankruptcy, and political economy. His paper on managerial stock ownership (with Clifford Holderness and Dennis Sheehan) won the Brattle Prize for best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Finance. His book co-authored with Robert J. Shiller, Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank (MIT Press) appeared on the Washington Post's Book World political best sellers list.

Dr. Kroszner is a frequent commentator in the international media. He provides advice to financial institutions, government organizations, and central banks throughout the world. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the global financial system and is involved with Gates Foundation initiatives on promoting access to financial services for the poor in emerging market countries.

Dr. Kroszner received a Sc.B. (magna cum laude) in applied mathematics-economics (honors) from Brown University in 1984 and an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990), both in economics, from Harvard University.

Sunil Kumar (Speaker)
Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Sunil Kumar joined the Chicago Booth faculty on January 1, 2011 as Dean and Professor of Operations Management. Since then, Kumar has concentrated on broadening and strengthening the intellectual footprint of the school, including expanding the faculty, supporting increasingly diverse student aspirations, and expanding the reach of the school's programs, including formulating and executing a careful global strategy. He has also focused on strengthening the school's ties with its alumni and disseminating the school's intellectual capital more effectively.

Before joining the Booth faculty, Kumar spent 14 years on the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information and Technology. He also served as senior associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing the school's MBA program and leading faculty groups in marketing and organizational behavior. While at Stanford, Kumar was awarded the Finmeccanica Faculty Scholarship, was named a Spence Faculty Scholar and received multiple teaching commendations. He also was named Professor of the Year at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.

Kumar's research includes performance evaluation and control of manufacturing systems, service operations, and communications networks. In particular, he studies systems affected by stochastic variability via mathematical models. He also studies application of optimization methods and control theory to managerial problems. Kumar has served as the editor of the Stochastic Models area of the journal Operations Research. He co-developed a widely used factory simulator for teaching operations management. The simulator, "Littlefield Technologies," has been used in classes at more than 50 business and engineering schools. He also served as an operations consultant to several companies.

Born in India, Kumar received a Master of Engineering degree in computer science and automation from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Mangalore University in Surathkal. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Cindy Zhao, '02