The HKU MBA faculty enjoys an impressive academic and professional reputation in Asia and beyond. Permanent and visiting faculty members deliver the school’s top-quality teaching and research by both introducing emerging international theories and practices and incorporating aspects of today’s Asian business environment.
Dr. Christine M.K. Chan
Strategy and International Business
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean (MBA)
Dr. Wen Zhou
Strategy and International Business
Associate Professor & IMBA Programme Deputy Director
Dr. Chun Xia
Dr. Xia is the Chief Research Officer at Noah Holdings (International) Limited
Dr. Xia is currently the Chief Research Officer at Noah Holdings (International) Limited, a leading wealth management services for high net worth individuals and enterprises in China. Dr. Xia has 16 years of experience in economics and investment research and teaching in China, US and Hong Kong.
Dr. Eden Yin
Dr. Yin is a University Senior Lecturer at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
He obtained his PhD in Marketing at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he taught strategy marketing courses. At Cambridge, Dr Yin teaches core and elective courses in marketing for the MBA, EMBA and MOTI programs and executive programs on topics such as brand management, high-tech marketing and marketing strategies. Dr Yin has also taught courses at the Helsinki School of Economics, Australian National University, Hong Kong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Nanjing University (China), University of Pecs (Hungary), University of Arhus (Denmark), University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), and University of San Andres (Argentina). Dr Yin is also a member of the American Marketing Association, INFORMS, AIB and the Academy of Marketing Science.
Dr. Eric Chin
Dr. Chin is Founder & CEO at Futurekids Computer Learning Center
Dr. Chin is one of the pioneers in delivering Information, Communication and Technology Education in Hong Kong. He introduced the Futurekids Computer literacy training program from Los Angeles in 1992. Eric had experience in handling multi-million IT consultant projects in which he was the project director to help building IT school projects coordinating with a wide range of IT vendors.
Dr. Chin is a visiting lecturer in School of Business at the University of Hong Kong and Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 2012 and 2009 respectively.
Dr. Marcus Schütz
Dr. Schütz is Head of Corporate Strategy at Volkswagen Group China.
Before this posting by the Volkswagen AG he was granted a five year academic sabbatical during which he was Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor at The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Business and Economics and the Department of Geography and Visiting Scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
From 2008 to 2009 he served as HKU Assistant Dean EMBA Global Asia in collaboration with London Business School and Columbia University Business School. During his sabbatical, he was also active as Senior Advisor and Vice President of Arthur D. Little China Ltd., Managing Director of McS & Partner Ltd. (UK). He is Non-Executive Board Member of various companies and University programmes and was Academic Director of the Tongji-Mannheim EMBA at Tongji University from 2010 until 2014.
Joining Volkswagen AG in 1999, he held different Management positions as Head of Management Systems and a Manager in Strategic Product Marketing, before he was deployed to Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Limited as Director of Strategic Planning and Change Management from 2003 to 2006. Earlier management positions were with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the Robert Bosch GmbH.
He received his PhD in Geosciences from the University of Essen in the field of boundary layer climatology funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1996 and had academic exchange in Oxford, Keele (UK), Kobe (Japan) and the former Nuclear Research Centre Karlsruhe. He studied Geography, Geophysics and Geology at Cologne University, affiliated to the Department of African Research, where he received the Dr. Prill Prize for his master graduation thesis. He developed numerical models for air pollution control at Wardell Armstrong for British Coal, served as an expert in court cases, gained experience in mining deals during the collapse of the Soviet Union and in Africa and worked on atmospheric toxic gas diffusion models for chemical warfare in the context of Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Dr. Nikhil Celly
Dr. Nikhil Celly is a competitive strategy and emerging markets expert with a keen interest in smart technologies and their impact on firm and city competitiveness.
He has conducted extensive research on the restructuring strategies of large multinationals. This research has been published in the top ranked Strategic Management Journal. One key finding is that firms need to be very careful when cutting assets and/or employees contingent on their industry contexts. Dr. Celly’s second area of expertise involves the competitive strategies of firms in large emerging markets, and specifically in China and India. Firms need to increasingly adopt and simultaneously implement both short-term and long term mindsets and strategies for succeeding in emerging markets. This research received the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference in Philadelphia in 2014.
In addition to research articles, Nikhil has also written several international strategy cases on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and diversification of multinationals including firms such as Eli Lilly, Huawei, Tencent, Haier and Bharti- Airtel. These have been featured in the world's leading strategic management texts and employed in various MBA and corporate training programs.
Dr. Celly was a Professor for the last six years at the MBA Programme, University of Hong Kong. He has taught courses on Competitive strategy, Global Business, China's competitiveness and Doing Business in Emerging Asia.
Prior to his work in academia, Nikhil was a manager, entrepreneur and consultant in diverse industry contexts including software, technology, bio-engineering, education and management consulting. He co-founded an education consulting firm, was a former senior executive in two start-ups (eGurucool.com and Platinum EDU) with venture capital investors including the World Bank, and was a senior business manager with Quality Assurance Institute, a management consulting firm.
Dr. Royce Yuen
Dr. Royce Yuen has over 25 years of brand-building and business management experiences in Hong Kong, China and overseas.
Dr. Yuen is the former Chairman of Ogilvy Hong Kong, a world’s leading branding and communication group. Under his leadership, Ogilvy was rated as number one by Marketing Magazine and Campaign Brief Asia in Hong Kong. From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Yuen was also the Chairman of the HK4As, the trade association of the advertising industry.
Dr. Yuen serves as an advisor to numerous not-for-profit organizations. He is a Council Member of The HK Trade Development Council and The HK Academy for Performing Arts. He also serves on the advisory board for the Commerce and Business Development Bureau of HKSAR and the HK Museum, etc.
Dr. Yuen has lectured marketing at a post-graduate level for over a decade. He is a member of the Appeal Board of the HK Education Bureau.
In his capacity of Visiting Associate Professor of The School of Business, Dr. Yuen has taught this subject in both Hong Kong and Shanghai (Fudan University).
He holds a Master of Arts in Marketing (MA, Macquarie) and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA, HKPolyU).
Dr. Stefan Meisiek
Stefan Meisiek is Associate Professor of Leadership at Copenhagen Business School and Visiting Professor at Nova SBE.
He received his PhD in Management from the Stockholm School of Economics, and his MA from the Free University, Berlin. He has been a visiting scholar at NYU Stern, ESADE, Stanford University, and MIT Sloan. His research interests concern mainly leadership, ideation, and arts&design-based approaches to problem solving and organizing. He has worked with a number of companies on innovation projects, and helped raise 25mil€ in startup capital. Currently, Stefan is working to develop the Studio at CBS (www.facebook.com/studio.cbs), a problem-based, experiential learning space for businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations.
Mr. Elfed Roberts
Mr. Elfed Roberts has been working at the University of Hong Kong for over thirty two years and has taught on the MBA and IMBA communications courses and business ethics at both HKU and at Fudan Universities.
He is also in charge of the MBA International Field Projects to Europe. He has published widely and has just co-authored a new text on Case Study analysis with particular reference to the PRC which will be published soon. He was also a weekly presenter for ten years on television and is Honorary Professor at the University of Inner Mongolia.
Mr. Henri Arslanian
Henri is a regular speaker globally on the topic of FinTech, hedge funds, and entrepreneurship in finance to various audience, ranging from TEDx to Fortune 500 management teams.
Henri currently sits on a number of other finance, academic, civil society, and FinTech-related boards and advisory committees including the HKSFA FinTech Committee and the FSDC Fintech Advisory Team.
Henri was recently with a FinTech start-up and previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong, where he assisted fund managers with every aspect of setting up their own fund – from early-stage investor seed deals and fund structuring to institutional capital raising and expansion.
Admitted to the Bar in both New York and Quebec, Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong, where he advised financial institutions, family offices, venture capital and hedge funds.
Henri is fluent in English, French and Armenian and conversational in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese and has been awarded many academic and industry awards over the years, including the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence and named one of the global "20 Rising Stars under 40" by the Armenian Bar Association.
Henri holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke; and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean's List of Excellence).
Mr. Patrick Low
Patrick Low was the Vice President of Research at the Fung Global Institute.
He served as Chief Economist at the World Trade Organization from 1997 to 2013, having previously worked at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Secretariat from 1980 to 1987.
After joining the WTO in 1995, he worked on trade in services for two years before his appointment as Chief Economist.From 1999 to 2000 he also served as World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Mike Moore’s Chief of Staff. Between leaving the GATT and joining the WTO, Dr Low taught economics at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, from 1987 to 1990, and during this time worked as a consultant for a range of governments and inter-governmental institutions. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as a senior economist in the World Bank’s research complex (International Trade Division). His main areas of research at the Bank were trade policy, trade and the environment, fiscal policy and customs reform.
Dr Low was also an Adjunct Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, during his tenure as Chief Economist at the WTO. He taught two courses there, one on trade theory and the theory of trade policy, and the other on the economics of the environment, trade and climate change. Dr Low holds a BA in Economics from the University of Kent and a PhD in Economics from Sussex University, both in the UK, and has written widely on a range of trade policy issues.
Mr. Pedro Eloy
Pedro Eloy is the Director of Digital & Information Technology at Fung Holdings (major shareholder of the Fung Group of companies) where he heads the digital
strategy and the orchestration of end-to-end digital cross-platform projects for a variety of business units.
Pedro is also Chairman of the United Nations ESCAP Young Entrepreneurs Taskforce and a member of the Sustainable Business Network (UN SBN) Digital Taskforce. In Academia, he is the founder and lecturer of the MBA BusinessLab entrepreneurship program at the Faculty of Business and Economics of Hong Kong University.
With 23 years of professional experience in digital innovation, entrepreneurship, business & strategy, and marketing, and trainings from Stanford University, Financial Times NED, MIT, Bournemouth University and ISCE, he is the recipient of several awards including The Best Rebrand of a Digital Property Gold Award (Asia Pacific) the IMA Outstanding Achievement Award and IACAS Excellence in Product & Service Marketing Award, the Golden Web Awards and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Award.
Recognized by the digital industry, Pedro is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a judge for the Brand Republic Digital Awards, the European Media Awards (WAN-IFRA), the Interactive Media Council Awards and the prestigious Webby Awards hailed as "internet’s highest honor" by The New York Times.
In his advisory capacity, he is an Honorary Advisory Member at the Hong Kong Sustainable Development Research Institute, an Honorary Member of both the Portugal-China Entrepreneurs Association and the SINO Federation of Portuguese and Spanish Spoken Countries.
Mr. Tom Hout
Mr. Hout is senior advisor of the Boston Consulting Group and Fellow, Center for Emerging Market Enterprise at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
He teaches global business strategy in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He has been with the Boston Consulting Group for 35 years and was a partner of the firm for 20 years. His field is business strategy and international competition. He has previously lived and worked in Tokyo, London, and Chicago, and now lives in Boston and Hong Kong.
Mr. Hout is co-author of two books, Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition Is Reshaping Global Markets (with BCG colleague George Stalk) and Japanese Industrial Policy (with BCG colleague Ira Magaziner). He has written six Harvard Business Review articles, on a range of subjects—global competition, manufacturing overheads, compressed time cycles in business, new senior executive roles, the perils of the “new economy,” and most recently on incumbent multinationals’ competing with Chinese and Indian companies. He co-authored the article “Facing Up To the Trade Gap” in Foreign Affairs. He has written numerous op-ed pieces for New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe, and in recent years authored a series of four pieces for Asian Wall Street Journal on China’s business competitive development.
Mr. Hout is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and is a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran.
Mr. Trent Hagland
Mr Hagland has over 25 years experience in the Financial Services industry across retail banking, portfolio management and investment banking.
Mr Hagland served as the Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Hong Kong, where he oversaw operations in Capital Markets, Equities, Rates Trading and Sales, Credit Trading and Sales, and Structured Products. Subsequently in the role of Head of Asia, Mr Hagland oversaw all securities-related business conducted by the Group in Asia-ex Japan. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the MUFG Securities Hong Kong and MUFG Securities Singapore entities.
Prior to working with MUFG, Mr Hagland worked for Merrill Lynch for 12 years across Sydney, New York and London in Fixed Income Trading. Before this Mr Hagland worked in retail banking and then as a Portfolio Manager at the Queensland Treasury Corporation.
Mr Hagland graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master of Financial Management and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics. He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a CFA Charterholder. His Undergraduate Degree was a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology.
Mr Hagland is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He also served as a Board Member of the Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and on the HK SFC (Securities and Futures Commission) Academic Accreditation and Advisory Committee. Mr Hagland remains a current member of the HKU MBA Advisory Board.
Ms. Virginia Morris
Ms Morris brings a broad corporate marketing background spanning several industries, including retail, food and beverage, airlines, publishing and tourism.
As a senior marketing executive of 15 years, Ms Morris understands the demands of an increasingly complex business environment and has extensively used her strategic skills, business acumen and coaching abilities to develop and manage brands across global geographies and cultures.
Ms Morris has held senior global and Asia Pacific regional positions with Starbucks Coffee International, The Economist Group, Eye Corp, Air New Zealand, Ansett Australia, Tourism Australia and Cunard Line, among others. Her experience has been invaluable in executing global brands across local geographies, balancing the need for a consistent global brand voice with one that is locally relevant in Asia Pacific.
Ms Morris holds a Master of Commerce majoring in International Business and Business Mandarin (MComm, UNSW), supported by a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Advanced Japanese Studies (BComm, UNSW).
Ms Morris is also a Board Member for KELY Support Group, a School Councillor (Governing Board) for South Island School, a University of Hong Kong Mentor for Undergraduates, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Prof. Jean-Pierre Lehmann
Jean-Pierre Lehmann is Professor of International Political Economy at IMD and Senior Fellow at the Fung Global Institute (FGI).
His areas of special interest include globalization, global governance, trade and development, the role of business in reduction of poverty and inequality and the socio-economic, cultural, and business dynamics of Asia. He acts in various leading capacities in a number of public policy institutes and organizations, as an adviser to governments and corporations, and as a frequent commentator in the international media. He is the author of several books and numerous articles and papers primarily dealing with globalization, modern East Asian history and East Asia and the international political economy.
In 1995, Professor Lehmann launched the Evian Group, an international coalition of corporate, government, and opinion leaders, united by a common vision of enhancing global prosperity for the benefit of all by fostering an open, inclusive and equitable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework. The Evian Group has developed as a leading global voice on global trade and investment issues that acts as a forum for dialogue and a birth place of ideas; it also engages actively in advocacy to counter the forces of protectionism and chauvinism.
Prior to joining IMD, Professor Lehmann’s academic and business careers encompassed activities in virtually all Asian and Western European countries, as well as North America. He was founding director of the European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) at the Stockholm School of Economics (from 1992) and Professor of East Asian Political Economy and Business. He established and directed the East Asian operations of InterMatrix, a London-based business strategy research and consulting organization (1986-1992). During this time he was concurrently Affiliated Professor of International Business at the London Business School.
Previously, Jean-Pierre Lehmann was Associate Professor of International Business at INSEAD, Visiting Professor at the Bologna Center (Italy) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, twice Visiting Professor and Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tohoku (Japan), and founding director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Stirling (Scotland), where he also taught East Asian history. He also directed the EC-ASEAN 'Transfer of Technology and Socio-Economic Development Programs' (1981-1986).
Prof. K.C. Fung
K.C. Fung is a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
So far, he has supervised 11 UCSC Ph.D. students. His research areas are in international trade and finance, trade policies, multinational corporations, the WTO and the economics of the Asia/Pacific. He has done influential work on trade and network, trade policies under imperfect competition and the Japanese keiretsu. He has also made substantial contributions to the international economics of China. His work includes the correct measurement of the U.S.-China bilateral trade balance, estimation of the domestic value added and foreign content of Chinese exports as well as trade and investment relationships between China and the United States, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. He has also contributed to the economics of production sharing and trade in parts and components.
Fung was a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors in both the Bush I and the Clinton administrations and he received a letter of commendation from the U.S. President. He was a U.S. government delegate to the OEDC and was an advisor and academic collaborator at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC).
He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and a consultant to the World Bank, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI, Tokyo), the Asian Development Bank (Manila) and BBVA. He partnered with the WTO and trained senior government officials from thirty-one countries. He also provided management training to senior executives associated with Alcatel and UTStarcom.
He has taught at Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Hong Kong. At Stanford, he taught a Ph.D. course on trade theory. He was tenured at Mount Holyoke College and he was a visiting scholar/researcher at the University of Tokyo (Japan), Bruegel (Brussels), Tilburg University (Netherlands), The Bank of Finland (Helsinki), Chung Hua Institution of Economic Research (Taiwan) and the National University of Singapore. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy (HIEBS), an Associate Director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research (HKCER) and was an academic consultant to the University of Barcelona, Spain.