Seminar: Building a World Class University from Scratch: The Case of Duke Kunshan University

Date: June 17, 2016

Venue: Room 206 Runme Shaw Building, HKU

Speaker: Dr Denis Simon

Chair: Professor Gerard Postiglione

Dr Denis Simon is Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. He also holds a faculty appointment as Professor of China Business and Technology Affairs in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He received his B.A. degree in Asian Studies from the State University of New York in 1974, M.A. degree in Asian Studies in 1975 and Ph.D. in Political Science in 1980 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr Simon previously held international affairs leadership positions and faculty appointments at several top-tier universities in the United States and China. An expert in S&T policy and innovation strategy, he also has extensive private sector experience, having held China-based leadership roles at both Monitor Consulting Group and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has written and lectured widely regarding innovation, high technology development, foreign investment and corporate strategy in the PacificRim and is frequently quoted in the Western and Asian business press regarding commercial and technology trends in China, Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. In 2006, he received the China National Friendship Award from former Premier Wen Jiabao, China’s highest form of recognition for foreign experts.