GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME
Hong Kong | 7 - 11 August
Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong
Yongji, Shanxi, China | 12 - 18 August
Nvwa Spring Resort & Spa Hotel, Tongguan, Shaanxi, China
US$ 15,000 per participant
Includes course materials, flights (HK to/from Xian), hotels and most meals
Business today face challenges that are complex, global and often appear intractable. The speed and scale of change are shaking traditional economics and management theories at their core. Fresh ideas are needed to challenge business orthodoxy and help companies achieve sustainable growth.
The Global Leaders Programme (GLP) is internationally recognised for its intellectual rigour, beyond-classroom methodology and its output driven approach to leadership development.
MODULE ONE: CHALLENGING BUSINESS ORTHODOXY
Module One facilitates a greater awareness of the drivers of change in today's world, engaging participants in candid discussions and debates related to the role of business in society and the changing realities in different political and economic systems.
Participants are encouraged to think critically about pricing, externalities, the role of the state and ethical dilemmas in business, among other topics as well as to question their own assumptions and challenge conventional notions of global business.
GLP participants will hear from respected leaders in business, civil society and media. Stay tuned for further speaker announcements!
Partner and Head of Leadership Advisory at Hofer Tan & Partners
Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF
MODULE TWO: FIELD PROJECT IN CHINA
China is the world’s largest producer, importer and consumer of food. However, the agricultural sector is facing major food safety, environmental pollution and rural ageing pressures with growing public concerns.
China is pushing forward agricultural supply-side structural reforms with a focus on quality over quantity to meet market demand for safe and high quality farm products and reduce chemical dependency. Switching to ecological farming systems and establishing long-term mechanisms to give smallholder farmers a fair share of the sector’s development is central to the reform and rural sustainability.
By integrating classroom learning with a real world business project, the Global Leaders Programme (GLP) invites participants to apply their leadership skills towards the production of a valuable output for local partners.
In Yongji, Shanxi province, participants will work with Puhan Cooperative, one of the largest multifunctional cooperatives in China, and Shijie Company, an expert in Natural Farming technology, to design a viable system to promote circular farming in rural communities. Building upon Puhan Cooperative’s model, an integrated approach which includes supporting services such as microcredit, mechanised farming and community-based elderly care will be scaled up to cooperatives in neighbouring counties such as Tongguan and Lingbao.
Circular farming promotes soil health through the management of micro-organisms and the symbiotic relationship between livestock and crops. Shijie Company is a pioneer in promoting circular natural farming and has worked with over 300 producers and cooperatives in the past 10 years, including Puhan Cooperative.
Shanxi Puhan Cooperative was established in 1998 to provide farmers with farming technology support and has since developed into an integrated platform serving multifaceted community needs to achieve sustainable agricultural production, community well-being and ecological balance. It has a membership of 3,865 smallholder households, covering 5,000 hectares of farmland.
The Yellow River Golden Triangle is known as the cradle of Chinese civilisation. The programme will take participants to this important region of central China. Site visits will take place in
- Henan Lingbao, home to Hangu Pass where Lao-tze wrote the Tao Te Ching
- Shanxi Yongji, an ancient capital during the rule of Emperor Shun 4,300 years ago
- Shaanxi Tongguan, which played an important role as a strategic military fortress for over 1,300 years
China’s State Council hopes the Yellow River Golden Triangle will be a new engine for economic growth in less-developed central and western China. The area has a total population of 17 million, 68% of whom are smallholder farmers.
OPEN FORUM: RURAL REGENERATION THROUGH NATURAL FARMING
Date: Friday, 18 August
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Venue: Tongguan Huangxin Hotel, Shaanxi Province, China 陕西省潼关县中心街中段黄馨宾馆
You are invited to attend our free public forum on 18 August to hear strategic recommendations from business leaders from around the world and join the discussion on new approaches and investment opportunities to scale up circular farming in the Yellow River Golden Triangle by creating a trusted food system that supports rural regeneration amidst shifting social dynamics in China.