About GDF


In conjunction with the tenth anniversary celebration of Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS), PHBS will host the inaugural Global Deans' Forum (GDF or Forum) in Shenzhen from 23 October to 25 October 2014 at the new PHBS campus building.

This invitation-only event will convene deans and presidents from eminent global business schools and their broader stakeholder groups in the global business community - including senior business leaders, thought and practice leaders and senior policymakers from the region - to explore the provisional theme of "Connecting China to the World; Bringing the World to China - The Role of Business Schools.”

The Forum aims to bring together this select group of about 200 international participants to engage in constructive and open dialogue with one another to bring out practical, fresh insights and Asian perspectives on critical global developments, trends and shifts which will impact business and management education in the new global economy.

Spanning one-and-a-half intensive days, the Forum will feature an engaging mix of keynote addresses, plenary expert panel discussions, parallel track thematic discussions, a networking lunch, and a closing dinner. There will also be an optional one-day program featuring a company visit to a leading Chinese enterprise followed by a half-day of social activities. Participants will be able to experience the sights and attractions of Shenzhen, one of China's most dynamic and vibrant cities; and take part in PHBS’ 10th anniversary celebrations.

Join us at the inaugural Global Deans' Forum this fall in Shenzhen and be part of this exciting discussion to shape the future landscape of business and management education in Asia.

Who Should Attend?

The Forum is an excellent sharing, networking and learning platform for:

  • · Deans, directors and heads of business and management schools
  • · CEOs, top executives and corporate directors of businesses who determine and execute business strategy
  • · Senior members of government and policymakers in the portfolios of education, commerce, economics, finance and investment
  • · Thought leaders, practice leaders and civil society leaders who follow global economic and management issues

About the Organizer

Peking University HSBC Business School (previously known as the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School of Business) was established in 2004. It is located on the campus of the Peking University Graduate School in Shenzhen – the only satellite campus of its parent institution Peking University in Beijing. The school was renamed Peking University HSBC Business School in 2008 following a charitable donation from The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.

Building on Peking University’s tradition of excellence, PHBS aims to become a world-class business school that develops and produces future leaders in business for the new global economy. PHBS currently offers English-language graduate programs in business including MBA, EMBA and Masters in Economics, Finance and Management and a wide range of executive development programs. PHBS is also home to nine research centers covering a range of research fields related to economics, management and finance.

Currently it has an international faculty comprising 42 full time professors augmented by visiting professors from the University of Hong Kong and Peking University.


Provisional Agenda

Speakers & Delegates


The Forum gathers world-leading experts from all corners of the globe that represent a broad spectrum of disciplines who will share their views and insights on issues including management, business education, economics, finance, and investment.

Set out below are the plenary speakers who have confirmed their participation.

Please click here for bios of the Speakers.


Set out below are the delegates who have confirmed their participation.

Please click here for bios of the Delegates.


The Forum will take place at the new campus building of PHBS which is located at University Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China.

Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities

The Forum offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities suitable for organizations of all sizes that wish to demonstrate their commitment and support for thought leadership in the development of management and business education and research from Asian perspectives. The team at PHBS is ready to work with you to create a package tailored to your specific business objectives.

To become a sponsor, or if you require more information regarding sponsorship and partnership opportunities for the Forum, please do not hesitate to contact Esther Tsui or Lyn Ng at forumsecretariat@phbs.pku.edu.cn call + 852 9831 4757/+852 9133 7844.

Contact and Media Enquires

Global Deans' Forum Secretariat

c/o Room 633, Level 6
Peking University HSBC Business School
Peking University Campus
University Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, 518055 China
Tel: +852 9831 4757
Email: forumsecretariat@phbs.pku.edu.cn