The founding dean of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing will speak Friday in Indianapolis. Xiang Bing will discuss the Asian nation's economic transformation during an America China Society of Indiana event.

May 8, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Dr. Xiang Bing, founding dean of the Beijing-based Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), will lead a full day of high-level Indiana-China business meetings on Friday, May 9 with Indianapolis business and education sector elites. The meetings will be co-hosted by the America China Society of Indiana, Open Prairie Advisors and The International Center.

The day will begin with a breakfast presentation featuring a keynote speech by Dean Xiang on China’s economic transformation. The breakfast presentation will be attended by more than 50 local business leaders, Indianapolis officials and academics.

Dean Xiang will also participate in closed-door roundtables with key CEOs and senior business leaders from Indiana’s top agriculture, medical devices and healthcare companies to discuss industry sector synergies between China and Indiana. They will also discuss potential inbound investments to the Midwest from China, outbound investment opportunities for multinationals headquartered in Indianapolis, and upcoming U.S.-China collaboration plans for business, government and education players in Indiana.

“We are looking forward to our business discussions with State representatives, senior business leaders, and CEOs from top U.S. multinationals based in Indianapolis,” said Greg Marchi, chief representative of CKGSB Americas. “There are immense economic synergies and growth opportunities between the Midwest and China, and CKGSB is excited to be able to help play a role in facilitating greater U.S.-China private-public sector collaboration in Indianapolis.”

CKGSB is a private, non-profit, independent educational institution and the first business school in China with faculty governance. The school offers innovative MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA, Finance EMBA, Doctor of Business Administration and Executive Education programs to both Chinese and international students. In addition to campuses in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, it has offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.

“We're very excited to welcome Dr. Xiang to the Hoosier state,” said Colin Renk, executive director of the America China Society of Indiana. “Thanks to our world-class universities and business-friendly atmosphere, our state is fast-becoming an attractive location for Chinese investment.”

In its ten years of operations, the school has trained approximately 3,000 CEOs from various Chinese companies, with notable alumni including the founder of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma; Fu Chengyu, Chairman of Sinopec; and Wu Yajun, the fifth richest person and richest woman in China, as of 2012.

“Indiana today embraces and is ripe for foreign investment, presenting a vastly different landscape than even a few short decades ago,” said Diane Thomas, president and CEO of the International Center. “This week's blending of top academic minds from China and business elites from Indiana is indicative of the spirit of collaboration that makes and keeps Indiana competitive in the foreign investment arena.”

About Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

Established in Beijing in November 2002 with generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, CKGSB is a private, non-profit, independent educational institution. The school offers innovative MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA, Finance EMBA, DBA and Executive Education programs. CKGSB’s mission is to generate differentiated insights through engaging its world-class faculty who are global authorities in their respective fields, with the goal of developing existing and aspiring business leaders for a new era of global business both in China and beyond.

Over the past 12 years, CKGSB has developed into a prominent business school with over 43 full-time professors, who have received over 67 global academic awards and who’s research have provided the basis for over 300 case studies of both China-specific and global issues. More than half of the 7,000 CKGSB alumni are at the CEO or Chairman level and, collectively, lead one-fifth of China’s most valuable brands. Together, their companies shape over $1 trillion in annual revenue. Last but not least, 9 of the 25 individuals voted as the Most Influential Business Leaders of China by “China Entrepreneur Magazine 2013” were CKGSB alumni, demonstrating the impact and influence of the institution.

In addition to its main campus in the center of Beijing, it has campuses in Shanghai and Shenzhen and offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.

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About the America China Society of Indiana

The America China Society of Indiana (ACSI) is a member-based, 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to promote and facilitate business opportunities between Indiana and China. ACSI has a comprehensive network of more than 75 corporations and individuals to promote a soft-landing zone for Chinese investment. For more information, please visit

About The International Center

For the past 41 years, The International Center has served as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape, and a catalyst for the state’s international growth. Working in collaboration with businesses, organizations, government agencies, educational institutions and individual citizens, The Center expands Indiana’s global interest through a variety of programs and services and through convening diverse interests who share common international goals. The International Center is a member of Global Ties U.S.

Source: America China Society of Indiana

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