International Advisory Board Meeting 2016

On the morning of November 12, 2016, the Lingnan (University) College International Advisory Board held its annual meeting in Shenzhen. The Lingnan International Advisory Board was established in 2012 and consists of eminent international and Chinese business leaders, and academic leaders from leading global business schools. The Board meets once a year and 2016 marks its fifth annual meeting.



Carl P. Zeithaml, the dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, chaired the meeting. Prof Lu Jun, executive dean of Lingnan, gave a presentation titled “Meeting Challenges and the Pursuit of Excellence,” introducing three major achievements Lingnan had accomplished in 2016, and six key challenges facing Lingnan now. Prof. Lu welcomed insights and suggestions from the board members, and called for their support regarding internship and placement opportunities, company visits, lectures, etc.



Prof. Liu Mingkang, honorary dean of Lingnan, gave a presentation on priority issues and challenges that Lingnan faces domestically and internationally, specifying how the board members could help solve these issues. He then returned to the business climate overview of China and urged Lingnan to seize the moment and cultivate proper businessmen and women, and leadership in the new world. 



Following the presentations, the other members of Lingnan’s International Advisory Board asked questions and offered comments and suggestions. Benjamin Hung suggested Lingnan become a talent “feeder” to a unique niche in a particular sector of China, where technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship would be a driving force for China’s future. Peter Wong raised the subject of marketing the university as one of the top 5 universities in China, inviting technology companies like Tencent or Huawei as an advisory committee to the university. Peter explained that technology would help distinguish Lingnan from other schools; Neville Power proposed collaboration between Lingnan and his company.


Before the board meeting, Mr. Chen Biao, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, met with Prof. Liu Mingkang and the International Advisory Board Members.




IAB members and representatives who attended:

(in alphabetical order by surname)


Philip Chen

Managing Director, Hang Lung Group and Hang Lung Properties Limited


Raymond K.F. Ch’ien

Chairman, MTR Corporation Limited and Hang Seng Bank Limited


Jake Cohen (on behalf of David Schmittlein, Dean of MIT Sloan School of Management)

Senior Associate Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

Benjamin Hung

Chief Executive Officer for the Greater China region, Standard Chartered


Koh Beng Seng,

Chief Executive Officer, Octagon Advisors (Shanghai) Co Ltd


Albert Ng (on behalf of Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO of EY)

Chairman, China; Managing Partner, Greater China; Ernst & Young


Neville Power

Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd


Annie Wu, SBS, JP

Standing Committee Member, the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political

Consultative Conference

Honorary Chairman, Beijing Air Catering Company Limited


Peter Wong (on behalf of Stuart T. Gulliver, Group Chief Executive, HSBC Holdings PLC)

Deputy Chairman, Chief Executive of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC Holdings PLC


Carl P. Zeithaml

Dean, F.S. Cornell Professor in Free Enterprise, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

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