The Fung Scholars Leadership Conference 2017 was successfully held on 14-15 October 2017 in Hangzhou, China. The theme this year was “Innovation”. It was attended by over 100 Fung Scholars and Fung Fellows from different countries. The first day of conference was held at the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University. The conference was kicked off with the welcoming remarks by Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, President of Victor and William Fung Foundation and opening remarks by Professor Yonghua Song, Executive Vice-President of Zhejiang University, which was followed by a keynote speech from Dr. Victor Fung, Chairman of the Victor and William Fung Foundation. The next session was a dialogue with Mr. Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group, who shared something about the Alibaba business and his career, in response to questions from the moderator, Ms. Barbara Meynert, Board Member of the Foundation. After that the participants had a Q & A session Mr. Zhang, Dr. Fung and Professor Song.
In the afternoon, the Fung Scholars visited the Alibaba Group Campus in Hangzhou to discover the firm’s lines of businesses, dashboard and cloud computing capabilities. The participants then traveled to the new International Campus of Zhejiang University in the evening. The last event of the day was the cultural performances of the Fung Scholars.
On the second day morning, Dr. Lu Gang, Founder and CEO of the TechNode was invited to share his entrepreneurship experience with the participants. Apart from Dr. Lu, four Fung Scholars, Mr. Raymond Huang (FS2011-12, Nanjing University), Founder and CEO of zhishiQ.com, Ms. Magdalena Kohut (FS2015-16, The University of Oxford), Restyle Lead, Conscious Layers, Ms. Yaki Wo (FS2007-08, The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Swap and Lead, Conscious Layers and Mr. Adam Knight (FS2012-13, The University of Oxford), Co-founder, Tong Digital, were also invited to share their real world experience of entrepreneurship in a start-up context and responded to questions from the audience. The conference was ended with Idea Sharing Session from Mr. Zhaolei Shi (FF2012-13, Harvard University) spoke about his research and work on “China Rural Education Problem”, whilst Mr. Oliver Chan (FS2012-13, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) suggested some ideas about a “Revolutionary Recruitment Assessment Process”, Ms. Jiayang Ding (FS2016-17, Harvard University) spoke about “Eldercare”, and Ms. Marie-Therese Png (FS2016-17, The University of Oxford) gave a talk on her research, entitled “Technology Combining VR to Attenuate Racial Bias, and EEG Neurofeedback to Track Behavioural Change”