Corporate/Institutional Sponsors

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, (formerly China Eastern Airlines established in 1988), was founded in April 1995 with the headquarters located in Shanghai. As one of the three major Airlines in Mainland China, it operates 49 overseas offices and 10 domestic branches. Moreover, it holds controlling shares of over 20 subsidiaries including Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Yunnan Airlines, China Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd, China United Airlines. In 1997, China Eastern was listed simultaneously in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai stock market.

Flying a fleet of 380 wide and narrow-body aircrafts with an average age of less than seven years, China Eastern serves nearly 70 million travelers annually and ranks among the world’s top 10 airlines in passenger transportation volume. Taking Shanghai as the main hub, it serves 197 destinations and operates a world-wide flight network covering China, connecting Asia, Europe, America and Oceania. As an official member of SkyTeam, China Eastern’s flight network will be extended to 926 cities in 173 countries via the close cooperation with SkyTeam member airlines. Members of Eastern Miles can earn and redeem miles with all 15 member airlines. Gold card holders, when travelling international flights, can go to any one of more than 490 VIP lounges across the world on their departure dates.

Following the concept of “providing heart-to-heart service to our worshipful customers”, China Eastern has been striving to become a superexcellent enterprise that “be cherished by the staffs, be preferred by the customers, be satisfied by the shareholders and be trusted by the societies”. China Eastern has successively been rewarded the “Annual Laureate Award” and “10-Year Cordial Service Award” by IATA as well as the “Five-Star Diamond Award” by American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. In recent years, China Eastern has been rewarded the golden prize for 6 times in China’s customer satisfaction surveys and takes a leading position in terms of flight safety and on-time performance among Chinese Civil Aviation Industry. China Eastern has been offered the Five-Star Flight Safety Award by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) after the carrier has safely operated for five million hours transporting 280 million passengers up to the end of July 2011.

Founded in 2003, Hony Capital is a pioneer in China’s home grown private equity industry. Sponsored by Legend Holdings, a leading Chinese conglomerate, Hony has blazed the trail in formulating private equity investment strategies suitable for Chinese conditions by combining a deep understanding of local environment and people with global resources and international best practices. Today, with over USD 6.8 billion in assets under management across 7 funds and investments in over 60 companies, Hony is a leading China-focused private equity firm.

Adhering to the “value creation” investment philosophy, Hony partners with managers and entrepreneurs to build their businesses into sustainable leaders in respective industries. Hony focuses on sectors where it has developed expertise: pharmaceuticals and healthcare, consumer & retail, media & entertainment, financial services, construction materials, machinery, and alternative energy & resources.

Over the course of past investment practice, Hony has identified opportunities and developed successful investment models in following areas: 1) Buyout and privatization of Chinese SOE’s, 2) Growth capital investments in private companies, 3) Cross border investments with China focus.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is the largest bank in the world by profit and market capitalization. It is one China's “Big Four” state-owned commercial banks. In 2010, in the midst of the most difficult financial conditions, it took active measures to align with the global financial regulatory reform and merge into China's economic transformation. The priority was to speed up business re-orientation and stay focus on credit structure adjustment and development changes. It sustained its market position as the largest public bank in the world by market value, customer deposit and profit, with a base of top-quality customers, diversified business structure, strong innovation capacity and market competitiveness.

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, founded in Germany in 1967, is one of the world's leading strategy consultancies. With roughly 2,500 employees working in 46 offices in 34 countries worldwide, we have successful operations in all major markets and industry sectors, including financial services, consumer/retail, automotive, energy, technology, pharma / health care, transportation and public sector. The strategy consultancy is an independent partnership exclusively owned by more than 200 Partners.


We welcome analytical problem solvers who are flexible, resourceful and able to effectively communicate and interact with senior clients to consider joining our team. Please feel free to contact our representative in NY for further discussion:

Mr Damien Ko, Partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Email: damien_ko@rolandberger.com; Mobile: +1 917 603 3697

Holiland LLC was founded in 1992 and is now China’s largest bakery chain, with more than 1000 stores and 9000 employees nationwide. The company pioneered automated production processes, tailoring western-style cakes to local tastes and reviving Chinese traditional pastries to be more healthy and trendy. The company also branched out to philanthropy in 2006 and created an environment foundation aimed to educate the youth of environmental matters.

China Young Development Program (CYDP) is committed to foster the growth of young talents in a global learning community. With transformational value education, CYDP has trained hundreds of excellent college and EMBA students from top universities in Mainland, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and other areas. Their common denominators are a record of achievements and demonstrated leadership. We work with colleagues from Harvard University, Columbia University, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Cambridge, and other world-class institutes. Our educational partner in USA is American International Education & Exchange Association (AiEEA). We are grateful to receive support from leading international companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and IBM. CYDP welcomes inquiries from corporations and educational institutes looking to create innovative educational programs together.

The Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business serves as the focal point for Columbia Business School’s major international programs and initiatives and supports, sponsors and promotes thought leadership and frontier research on topics related to the global economy and business. The Chazen Institute plays a leading role in shaping international business policy and education through research, symposia and conferences, experiential learning programs, curricular innovation and the creation of intellectual content and its translation to wider international business communities.

Columbia Business School Asian Alumni Club’s mission is to strengthen the role of Columbia Business School and its alumni in business development relating to Asia Pacific. CBS Asian Alumni Club: http://www7.gsb.columbia.edu/alumni/network/clubs/asian-alumni-club

Columbia Business School Executive Education helps executives lead their organizations through increasingly complex conditions and challenges. The broad portfolio of learning opportunities features nondegree, open-enrollment programs in leadership and strategy, marketing, and finance. Customized programs for client-corporations’ individual strategic goals and programs that build leadership in the not-for-profit and public sectors are also offered.

CBS Executive Education: http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/execed

Strategic Partners at Columbia University

Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CUCSSA) was established in 1996 as an officially recognized student group. Now it is one of the biggest and most prominent overseas Chinese organizations on the east coast of the United States. Besides Columbia students, CUCSSA also has members of Columbia Chinese alumni and overseas Chinese who have joined the organization.

The Greater China Initiatives (GCI) of School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University has been aiming to promote interaction and discussion among students interested in the economy, politics, culture and media of the Greater China region. GCI seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas between the American and Chinese youth in both academic and professional arenas. Moreover, GCI seeks to improve the US academic and business world's understanding of China's changing social, economic and business world, particularly in multilateral relations and political.

Asia-Pacific Development Society (CUASIA) is a student organization affiliated with Columbia University. We devote ourselves to creating and building innovative international programs that facilitate the communication and exchange between the citizens in the United States and those in the Asia-Pacific region.

Future China Initiative (FCI) is Originated from Teachers College Chinese Student Club (1913), Future China Initiative is a student organization serving Chinese students and scholars. Its mission is to focus on the development of, and to set a stage for, members to make contributions to the community and the society. It promotes the cooperation of people from different fields, and creates projects to use knowledge for the public good, especially in the educational exchange between U.S. and China.

Media Partners

21st Century Media Corporation is one of the largest media conglomerates in China,operates four online media platforms, China Business Radio, and six national business publications including 21st Century Business Herald and Forbes China. With more than 480 editorial staff members and 20 awards for Excellence in Journalism, it is considered as an institutional journalism excellence hybrid in China. Headquartered in Guangzhou, 21st Century Media has regional offices in Beijing and Shanghai, with news bureaus in most major cities in China, and 10 overseas reporter stations. Over the past ten years, 21st Century Media has built 12 printing facilities across China, and extended its distribution network nationwide.

Caixin Media Company Limited is a media group dedicated to providing financial and business news and information through periodicals, online content, mobile apps, conferences, books, and TV/video programs. Caixin Media aims to blaze a trail that helps traditional media prosper in the new media age through integrated multimedia platforms.

Special Thanks to Other Partners

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