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Ronnie C. Chan
Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited; Chairman of Hang Lung Properties Limited
Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited, both publicly listed in Hong Kong, with the latter being a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index. Founded in Hong Kong in 1960, the Group expanded into mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key cities like Shanghai, Tianjin, Wuhan, Shenyang, Dalian, Jinan, Wuxi, and Kunming.
Mr. Chan is Co-founder of Morningside, an international investment group established in 1986 with private equity and venture capital investments in manufacturing, TMT, biotechnology, and clean technology. Morningside is strongly committed to social responsibility through the Morningside Foundation.
In Hong Kong and mainland China, Mr. Chan is Chairman of the Executive Committees of One Country Two Systems Research Institute and of The Better Hong Kong Foundation, Convener of Hong Kong Development Forum, a Vice President of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, and a Governing Board member of the China-United States Exchange Foundation. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund which restores cultural relics in China, and is a co-founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing. He is founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, and founding Chairman Emeritus of Asia Business Council. He is a former government appointed Non-Executive Director of Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, former Chairman of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council, and former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing.
Internationally, Mr. Chan is Co-Chair of the Board of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, a founding Trustee of African-Asian Society and a Director of the Board of Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Committee of 100. Mr. Chan is a former director of Standard Chartered PLC, Motorola, and Enron. He is a former member of the governing boards of World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He is also a former member of the advisory board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.
Mr. Chan is active in education. He is a Court member of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Trustee of the University of Southern California, and a Governing Board member of the Indian School of Business. He serves on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University. He is also an Advisor on Strategic Development to Tsinghua University, a Co-Chairman of Hang Lung Center for Real Estate at Tsinghua University, and a founding member of the International Advisory Board of the School of Management at Fudan University. Mr. Chan previously served as a Trustee of China Foreign Affairs University, a Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of the Advisory Council of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, the International Advisory Committee of The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, and the International Advisory Committee of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. He was a Brittingham Visiting Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Notable philanthropic programs and projects initiated or supported by Mr. Chan include: Morningside Music Bridge; International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM) where the Morningside Medal of Mathematics are awarded; Morningside Mathematics Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences; the Morningside College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong; endowed professorships at Harvard University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and The University of Hong Kong; and various scholarships and programs in Hong Kong and mainland China which has supported over 10,000 students. In 2014, the Morningside Foundation pledged US$350 million to endow the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, named after Mr. Chan’s late father. In the same year, Mr. Chan and his wife pledged US$20 million to endow the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Chan is a frequent speaker at named lectureships and international conferences, and has published numerous articles in Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Fortune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Japan Times. Mr. Chan holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, and was conferred honorary doctorate degrees by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv University. Mr. Chan has received many awards for his contributions to society, which includes: Builder of Bridges Award (Asia Society) for strengthening ties between Asians and Americans; Outstanding Persons Award for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural Relics (China Cultural Relics Protection Foundation); Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award (University of Southern California); US-Asia International Public Service and Philanthropy Award (US-Asia Institute); Philanthropy Excellence Award (Committee of 100); and Chern Prize (ICCM) for exceptional public service in support of mathematics. Mr. Chan is 67 years of age and resides in Hong Kong with his wife.
President of Spain (1982-1996)
Felipe González, the Spanish President who spent the longest term in power during the democracy has been one of the great pioneers in developing relations between Europe and Latin America, always advocating the improvement of the relationship between the two regions. As well as undertaking advisory work and collaborating regularly with journalists, he is the President of the Global Progress Commission of the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party), which is involved in stimulating debate and creating a new platform for ideas and proposals for political action which confront current challenges and problems.
In 2007 the Council of Ministers appointed him Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the celebration of the Bicentenary of American Independence, which began in 2010. Also in 2007, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union at a meeting of the European Council appointed him President of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, known as the Committee of Wise Men, which was dissolved after the relevant report was submitted.
Additionally, González is a member of the European Steering Committee Our Europe, the International Council of the Shimon Peres Centre for Peace, the InterAction Council, the Club de Madrid and the Círculo de Montevideo.
He has published several books such as Mi Idea de Europa, Un estilo ético (My Idea of Europe: An ethical approach), with Víctor Márquez Reviriego and El futuro no es lo que era (The Future is Not What it Used to Be), with Juan Luis Cebrián. As well, he has written the essays El socialismo and Memorias del futuro (Socialism and Memoirs of the Future). His political work has been recognised on several occasions. He won the prestigious Charlemagne Prize, for his contribution to European unity, the Carlos V Prize in 2000, awarded by the European Academy of Yuste, Spain; the Collar of the Order of Isabel la Católica; the Great Golden Cross for Merit of the Republic of Austria and the Order of the Quetzal with the rank of Commander from the Republic of Guatemala, among other distinctions. He is also holds Honorary Degrees from the universities of Toulouse and Lovaina.
After studying Law, Economy and Industrial Relations he joined the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party in 1963, which at that time was forced to operate in secrecy due to the Franco Regime. He was elected Secretary General in 1974, and from then on worked on defining and reinforcing the party’s ideology and theories. Felipe González contributed a great deal to the political transition in Spain. The strong cohesion of his party in the 80s and his unarguable talent enabled his party to win an absolute majority in 1982.
Felipe González was the President of Spain for fourteen years. His governance was marked by enormous reforms: making free public education available to everyone up to the age of sixteen, creating more opportunities for access to university and providing a comprehensive Social Security system. He also carried out a huge industrial restructuring process, as well as reforms to the army, by making its members professional. On the international front, the cornerstone of his policy was Spain’s accession to the European Union in 1986, along with its relationship with Latin America as previously mentioned.
Books and awards
He has published several books such as Mi Idea de Europa, Un estilo ético (My Idea of Europe: An ethical approach), with Víctor Márquez Reviriego and El futuro no es lo que era (The Future is Not What it Used to Be), with Juan Luis Cebrián. As well, he has written the essays El socialismo and Memorias del futuro (Socialism and Memoirs of the Future).
His political work has been recognised on several occasions. He won the prestigious Charlemagne Prize, for his contribution to European unity, the Carlos V Prize in 2000, awarded by the European Academy of Yuste, Spain; the Collar of the Order of Isabel la Católica; the Great Golden Cross for Merit of the Republic of Austria and the Order of the Quetzal with the rank of Commander from the Republic of Guatemala, among other distinctions. He is also holds Honorary Degrees from the universities of Toulouse and Lovaina.
An idea of Europe
What is Europe? What do we want Europe to be? In what direction should its institutions and citizens head in order to be well positioned in a globalised, ever-changing world?
The old continent, the European Union, during this time of uncertainty and crisis, is facing a series of challenges, and its future will be determined by how well or badly they are dealt with. These are: the consolidation of strong leadership and effective operation of the institutions wielding real power; the internal cohesion of its citizens and the integration of immigrants; domestic security and the development of a common course of action on the international scene for conflict resolution; the relationship with other regions such as Latin America and the Mediterranean countries; the response to future challenges like energy supply, technological development, education policy and the balance between economic, social and cultura
Europe is in crisis and it needs the audacity of hope, and the pragmatism of ideas to
approach a promising future. A committed pro-European, witness to and leading figure in the process of European integration, in this book, Felipe González considers with great perspicacity, completely avoiding clichés and directly tackling controversy, the past, present and future of that dream called Europe which is still to be fulfilled.
Director, Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT
Kathleen is Director, Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT, working as a lead organizer of The Engine (www.engine.xyz), a new MIT initiative created to advance innovation. This accelerator, scheduled to open in Spring, 2017, will provide comprehensive support and help to promote transformative ideas from the formative stage to their most effective implementation. In her 16 years at MIT Technology Review, most recently serving as its President, Kathleen helped to redefine the magazine brand and expand the global footprint, developing international programs and producing world-class events. She also served six years as President of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global network of chapters organized around entrepreneurship.
She was in the Rising Scholar program at the University of Virginia and studied accounting at James Madison University. She started her career in accounting at Deloitte and Touche, but quickly found her true calling in media and left the financial world to join a startup which specialized in media research for the film industry. She was awarded the Folio: 40, which recognizes the most innovative and influential people in the media industry, and will be honored in May by the Women of the Harvard Club Leadership Committee as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women of 2017.
Kathleen is a frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurship events around the world and is a skilled moderator on a wide variety of topics. She is very active in the community, serving as a judge for many competitions including the MITX awards, the Inclusive Innovation Competition, and the Lemelson-MIT prizes, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Innovators.” She is a Co-Founder of HUBweek and serves on the executive committee.
Thomas W. Malone
Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.” Professor Malone teaches classes on organizational design, information technology, and leadership, and his research focuses on how work can be organized in new ways to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology. For example, Professor Malone predicted, in an article published in 1987, many of the major developments in electronic business over the following 25 years: electronic buying and selling, electronic markets for many kinds of products, outsourcing of non-core functions in a firm, and the use of intelligent agents for commerce. Then, in 2004, Professor Malone summarized two decades of his groundbreaking research in his critically acclaimed book, The Future of Work (also translated into six other languages).
Professor Malone has published over 100 articles, research papers, and book chapters, including a widely cited 2010 article in Science magazine on measuring the collective intelligence of human groups. He is also an inventor with 11 patents and the co-editor of four books: Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology (2001), Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century (2003), Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook (2003), and Handbook of Collective Intelligence (2015). In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.
Malone has been a cofounder of three software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. He speaks frequently for business audiences around the world and has been quoted in numerous publications such as the New York Times, the Economist, and Wired. Before joining the MIT faculty in 1983, Malone was a research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). His background also includes a B.A. in mathematical sciences from Rice University, an M.S. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in cognitive and social psychology from Stanford University.
Co-founder and honorary chairman of Acer Inc.
Stan Shih, a co-founder and honorary chairman of Acer Inc., is a technology pioneer among the first to recognize the power of micro-processors. He has been promoting public interests after his initial retirement from Acer at the end of 2004. A social entrepreneur all his life, Shih also serves as chairman of the Stans Foundation and iD SoftCapital Group. In recognition of his long-term contributions, he has received numerous accolades, ranging from the Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon, to being featured in Time magazine in the article ‘60 years of Asian Heroes’ about being a leader in PC-manufacturing in the region. To learn more about Shih read this profile of him on Success Stories.