The 6th GCC Annual Conference
Emerging Trends, Future Impact
Global China Connection - Columbia Chapter
March 30, 2014 (Sunday)
Roone Arledge Auditorium
2920 Broadway, Alfred Lerner Hall
New York, NY10027
Carol Rattray, Co-founder of Zoomdojo
(Columbia University, MIA '80 MBA '81)
Key Note Speaker
Rose Niu, Director of Conservation Programs at the Paulson Institute
*Paulson Institute is an innovative thinktank founded by Henry Paulson, the 74th United States Secretary of the Treasury and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs.
About Paulson Institute
Panel 1: Innovations in Cities: Smart Cities, Smart Planning, Smart Design
Though China’s economic success has largely been built on investments and exports in the last few decades, China is changing to a new model of generating growth through domestic consumptions. The transformation of China’s cities is crucial for this effort. The glittering landmark structures of Water Cube and The GreenPix in Beijing belong to many visitors’ to-see lists. China’s ambition of building the Tianjin eco-city from scratch, which will be equipped with advanced light rail transit system and sun-powered solarscape, captures the world’s attention. But on the other hand, with the recent media littered with its skyrocketing pollution and monster traffic congestions in megacities, as well as inefficient “superblocks” constructions and municipal debts in various second and third-tier cities, there is little doubt that China still needs to look for smarter urban designs. What new approaches to urbanization are China adopting? How successful are these approaches? How can China meet the challenges of urban design to clean up the country’s environment and implement smarter infrastructure plans?
Director, Columbia China Megacities Lab; Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Jennifer Wen Ma
Artist, Littlemeat Production
Emmy Award Winner; Director of The Water Cube project at China National Aquatic Center; Member of the Artistic Committee Beijing Olympics
David A. King
Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Panel 2: Innovations in Business: Current Practices, Future Opportunities
Co Founder Zoomdojo
Global General Sales Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Business
Case-studies: Innovation & Start-ups - A Conversation with Young Entrepreneurs
The remarkable growth of China has largely been driven by the emergence of a group of capable entrepreneurs who have transformed the economy into one increasingly driven by innovation. Recently, China’s Premier Li Keqiang pledged more policies to encourage entrepreneurial activity and support start-up business across China. In particular, the premier promised more effective support for student entrepreneurs in response to a difficult employment market in China. On this panel, we are highlighting four young entrepreneurs who have experience in creating startups both in China and in the U.S. They will share their insights and inspirations of starting their own business. How did they first come up with the idea? How to build a team? What are their visions for future Chinese entrepreneurship?
Global Operations Manager, Village Capital
§ 9:00 AM : Registration, Reception & Networking
§ 9:30 AM: GCC Columbia President Welcome Remark
§ 9:35 AM: Formal Introduction of the Conference by Carol Rattray, Co-founder of Zoomdojo
§ 9:40 - 10:30 AM: Key-note speech by Rose Niu, Chief Conservation Officer, Paulson Institute + Q&A
§ 10:30 - 11:30 AM: "Innovation in Cities" Panel + Q&A
§ 11: 30 AM: Tea-break / Networking
§ 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM: "Innovation in Business" Panel + Q&A
§ 12:55 - 2:00 PM: VIP Lunch with Speakers and other professionals
§ 2:10 - 3:20 PM: "Innovation & Entrepreneurship" Case-studies & Conversation + Q&A
§ 3:25 - 3:30 PM: Conference Director's Closing Remark
About Global China Connection
Global China Connection (GCC) is a global leading non-profit organization for promoting cooperation between premier students in China and the international community. With over 60 chapters worldwide, including those at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Peking University and Tsinghua, Global China Connection has become the most important venue for the promotion of trust and cooperation among future generations of global leaders. For more information about GCC click here.
Co-presenter & Co-sponsor
Zoomdojo was founded by Carol Rattray (MIA '80 MBA '81, Columbia University) and Ritu Banga. It is an online, open resource for college students and young professionals to facilitate their career search. For more information about Zoomdojo click here.