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GCC & Zoomdojo Present: The 6th Global China Connection Annual Conference, Columbia University

Columbia College Young Alumni

Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)

GCC & Zoomdojo Present: The 6th Global China...

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The 6th GCC Annual Conference


Emerging Trends, Future Impact





Presented by

Global China Connection - Columbia Chapter


March 30, 2014 (Sunday) 

Columbia University,

Roone Arledge Auditorium

2920 Broadway, Alfred Lerner Hall
New York, NY10027


Welcoming Remark

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.  


*保尔森中心是由亨利.保尔森(Henry Paulson),美国第74任财政部长,高盛前任主席及首席执行官创立的。牛女士曾由保尔森先生介绍给前任中国国家主席江泽民,并长期与保尔森先生共同开展密切的工作研讨、计划及执行。

About Paulson Institute 

Panel Discussion

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?


Jeffery Johnson 

DirectorColumbia 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


Joshua Chaiken

Principal, Kohn Pederson Fox 


Panel 2:  Innovations in Business: Current Practices, Future Opportunities 




Ritu Banga 

Co Founder Zoomdojo 



Leong Ying

Global General Sales Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.


Paul Marks


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? 


Mable Chan

President, Founder of China Personified LLC 



Jason Wang 

Founder and CEO, Xi'an Famous Food



Jason Gui 

Co-founder and CTO, Vigo



Yang Zhong

CEO & Founder, aizhibo.tv


Lily Bowles

Global Operations Manager, Village Capital

Village Capital风险投资基金全球運營經理

Conference Schedule
§ 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.

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When & Where

Columbia University
2920 Broadway
Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium
New York, NY 10027

Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)

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Columbia College Young Alumni

About Columbia College Young Alumni (CCYA)

Columbia College Young Alumni (CCYA) is an active community within the greater Columbia College Alumni Association for our alumni who are graduates from the last ten years. CCYA has two important goals:

  • Building a rich network of connections and advisors for our Young Alumni
  • Providing interesting and dynamic opportunities for Young Alumni to engage, lead and leave a mark on Columbia College, its students or the community at large

Both goals create fun ways to stay involved with a close cohort of friends and former classmates but also help young alumni impact other groups of Columbians, including current students and older alumni. Alumni are automatically members until 10 years after graduation.

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