JiaWei Zhang

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Biography

Professor Zhang Jiawei is a visiting scholar of the Jack Austin Center for Asia-Pacific Business Studies at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. He is also a research fellow at the Institute of Strategic Research of Peking University, and the chief research fellow at the World Shipping Research Center of Dalian Maritime University. His research includes strategic planning, new business models, and supply chain management. In particular, Professor Zhang focuses on economic issues related to China and North America as well as the crowdfunding business model and niche market behavior.

Professor Zhang has rich business experience. He was the Chairman and President of a large state-owned company in China for more than ten years. He is an expert in Chinese enterprises’ reform and development and has a deep understanding of China’s Corporation Law. He is also a successful Angel investor and a well-known consultant for companies.

Professor Zhang was the chief architect behind the establishment of the Vancouver 1029 Café, the first Chinese-style crowdfunding coffee shop overseas. Professor Zhang was thus named “the first overseas Chinese applying the Chinese crowdfunding model.” His translated book Niche is one of the bestselling books in China, and his new book The Winning Makers—The Ugly Duckling Management has gained instant popularity among young entrepreneurs in China.

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