Research Seminar

Seminar Coordinators: Prof. Wenxi JIANG and Prof. Yizhou XIAO

Graduate Business Conference 2017

The Graduate Business Conference is the only annual, global Business School and MBA student leadership conference in the world. We are proud to announce this year's conference will be hosted by our MBA programs on 24-28 May.

30 April, 2017

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We are proud to announce the Graduate Business Conference (GBC) 2017 will be hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School MBA programs at CUHK on 24-28 May, 2017.

The Graduate Business Conference is the only annual, global Business School and MBA student leadership conference in the world. The GBC has been held annually, since 1983, when it was first hosted by Columbia Business School in New York.

The GBC brings together leaders to share common challenges and best practices, enhance (student) leadership potential, discuss solutions & positive impact to business education and society, while creating a strong & lifelong network among the participants. 

The Conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to network with incoming and outgoing student leaders & social entrepreneurs from the 70+ top Business Schools around the world, alumni from the past 30+ years of Graduate Business Conferences and learn from thought-leaders in business, government, from writers, social entrepreneurs, impact investors.




  • 24 May: Arrivals & Social mixer
  • 25-27 May: 3 full days of Conference
  • 28 May: Optional sightseeing

 Who is invited?

  • Elected student leaders of the student associations/ governments of the top 70 Business Schools/ MBA programs in the world (incoming and outgoing Presidents/ VPs)
  • C-suite executives/ senior leaders from business, academia, government
  • GBC alumni of the past 30+ years of our member schools
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Entrepreneurs & student leaders of Social Entrepreneurship/ Net Impact/ CSR Clubs or similar

Theme of 2017: Business 4 Good: The Ultimate Challenge!

  • For long businesses have focused on profit and shareholder value as ultimate parameters of success. This focus is increasingly challenged. Instead, balancing a focus on profit with delivering positive impact to the world is believed to be the path to true prosperity. A complex challenge to innovate the status quo in business and economics today – maybe even the ultimate challenge!

Program and Speakers

The program and speakers will be announced closer to the date. To give you an idea of what you can expect, contact the GBC alumni of your school and/ or view below.

Speakers at prior conference have included:

  • HRH Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
  • President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States
  • President S.R. Nathan, President of Singapore
  • Shashi Tharoor, award-winning Author, politician, former international civil servant at the United Nations, Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership
  • Ken Blanchard, best-selling Author, leadership expert, business consultant
  • John Plender, Senior Editor of Financial Times and Columnist for The Economist  
  • Christoph Franz, Chairman of Roche, former CEO Lufthansa
  • Michael Dell, President and CEO of Dell Computers
  • John Pepper, CEO of Procter & Gamble
  • Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever 
  • Massimo Muzzi, Vice President Robotics of ABB
  • Stephan Chambers, Chair Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Director International Strategy, University of Oxford, Said Business School
  • Dr. Julia Balandina, Author of “Guide To Impact Investing for Family Offices and High Net Worth Individuals” & Sr Adviser, Member of the Advisory Board (Sustainable Sourcing) and Investment Committee, Unilever

Student Leadership & Entrepreneurial Best Practice Workshops have included:

  • Influencing and working with your School Administration
  • Team Structure, Budget, Annual Planning
  • Successful Alumni Engagement
  • Executive Board Transition
  • Career Services
  • Student Engagement
  • Leadership Development
  • Setting up Successful businesses/ non-profits/ community initiatives
Please visit the website of Graduate Business Conference for more details.