Panelists attend a session at the 2018 Harvard College China Forum
On April 12-14, with over 80 high-profile speakers and hundreds of professionals, journalists and students, the 2019 Harvard College China Forum will offer an unparalleled opportunity to engage leaders in business, academia, and politics in a discourse that offers insights and generates ideas.
This year's conference, themed "A Global Community, One Shared Destiny," features 11 panels on Finance, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts, Culture, Entertainment, International Relations & Development, Philanthropy, Consumers & Retail, Music, and Pharmaceuticals. Notable speakers include Kevin Rudd, the 26th Prime Minister of Australia, Jin Liqun, President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Larry Culp, CEO of General Electric, Stephen Orlins President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard University and former Assistant Secretary of Defense.
Founded in 1997, Harvard College China Forum (HCCF) is North America's leading and longest-running student-run conference on China. Dedicated to a constructive dialogue on the challenges, trends, and issues affecting China, the forum has provided an unrivaled platform for world leaders to debate and address China-related issues. The annual forum typically takes place every April in Boston.
HCCF was founded in 1997 as an academic journal, Harvard China Review, by then Harvard graduate students Zhang Ligang, Chairman and CEO for iKang Healthcare Group and Li Bo, Vice Chairman for All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese. Initially run by students at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the journal expanded its staff membership to other Harvard schools and eventually to academic institutions in Greater Boston, publishing both works of student staff writers and articles from scholars. HCCF was launched partly as a publicity endeavor and partly to boost revenue for the journal, as suggested by Hugo Shong. As the conference gained more momentum, however, HCCF leadership decided to focus instead on the increasingly popular forum. In 2019, HCCF will be celebrating its 22nd anniversary as the leading student-run China conference in North America.