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Fung Scholars Leadership Conference 2019

Date: 08/11/2019 - 10/11/2019
Time: All Day
Location: Shanghai

About the Event

On 8-10 Nov 2019, 89 Fung Scholars and Fung Fellows from mainland China, Singapore, Japan, USA, UK and Hong Kong convened together in Shanghai for the annual Fung Scholars Leadership Conference 2019.


Themed with Big Data: Business Innovation and Application”, the 2019 conference was a 3-day experience of learning of big data, digitalization, design thinking and ideas sharing around the topic of innovation, social enterprise and businesses, together with excursions to a world-class expo and sightseeing in Shanghai.


This year, the conference was tied around the 2nd China International Import Expo, where Fung Scholars and Fung Fellows paid a visit to the Fung Group booth to learn about the Group’s 113-years of experience in convening the global consumer goods supply chain and our leading solutions and technology across trading, logistics, distribution and retail.


At the conference, Dr. Victor Fung shared his insights on the changing geopolitical landscape which has resulted in a new flow of trade and the reorganization of the global supply chain.

Dr. Victor Fung, Chairman of Victor and William Fung Foundation


Other keynote speakers include Reto Matter, Head of Data of Li & Fung, and Herbert Chia, Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China Fund, who both provided insights on application of big data and data analytics, followed by two discussion panels around the topic of Humanities and Technology and Innovation.

Mr. Reto Matter, Head of Data of Li & Fung Limited


Mr. Herbert Chia, Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China Fund


Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Samuel Galler (FS 2009-10, Harvard University) with Mr. Herbert Chia (Middle), Mr. Reto Matter (Right)


Discussion panel : Technology and Innovation

Discussion Panel: Humanities


In the afternoon, the Fung Scholars and Fung Fellows were divided into groups and were given the chance to solve a business problem: “How Might We Imagine the Future of Retail?” Participants were given the chance to learn about design thinking and the mindset required to create a human-centric experience and innovation ideas.


The post-conference activity was the excursion to the French Quarter organized by local Fung Scholars Shanghai Chapter.  The participants were able to learn the history of Shanghai and to see this city from a different perspective. The annual Fung Scholars Conference came to the end with fun and laughers!