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Prof. Dr. Han Zheng



Professor Dr. Zheng HAN is goetzpartners Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies (CDHK), Tongji University, in Shanghai. He is guest professor and senior research fellow at the Asia Research Centre of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.


Prof. Han studied and worked in Germany, Switzerland, the U.S. and Singapore and holds an Industrial Engineering Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering of TU Braunschweig, one of the elite technical universities in Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and was scholar of the Swiss National Science Foundation, visiting scholar of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and the Wharton-SMU Research Centre in Singapore. His articles appear in renowned international journals such as International Journal of Technology Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, and R&D Management.


Before his academic career he gained relevant practical experience working for McKinsey & Company in Germany. Prof. Han served as Chief Representative and Chief Investment Advisor of the Haniel Group, a Fortune Global 500 company, in China for 7 years. In this capacity he was responsible for strategic investments and the expansion strategy of portfolio companies in the region. Prof. Han teaches MBA, EMBA and top executive programs for leading international business schools and universities such as ESSEC, Manchester Business School, Mannheim Business School, IEDE, ETH Zürich, Skolkovo Moscow School of Management and University of St. Gallen. He frequently gives workshops, trainings and keynote speeches for MNCs and works on strategy, marketing and innovation advisory projects. His clients include various MNCs and “Hidden Champions” in the automotive, mechanical engineering, chemical & pharmaceutical and trading sectors such as AMETEK, BASF, Bosch, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brueckner Group, Heraeus, Kiekert, Leica Camera, Metro Group, Mitsubishi, Stora Enso, and Volkswagen.