Cambridge Innovation & Sustainability Programme 2024

Cambridge Innovation & Sustainability Programme 2024


The HKMA Institute of Advanced Management Development (AMD) invites participation in an experience aimed at informing of the latest approaches to innovative and sustainability planning and practice, working with leading developers and practitioners and engaging with leaders of successful innovative and ESG companies. The balanced mix of lectures, workshops, innovation centres and company visits and interactive sessions with entrepreneurs and highly distinguished speakers will provide special insights and connections of unusual breadth and depth. The programme will be of interest to those in businesses aiming at global growth and success in tomorrow’s world. The focus will be on creative approaches to practical implementation of innovation and sustainability strategies.

The 2024 Programme

The Programme will offer a balanced mix of activities, designed to provide participants with exceptional learning and networking opportunities. Apart from seminars and talks, the itinerary will include visits to innovation centres and companies, as well as cultural activities. A reception and dinner will be held on 15 September to welcome participants, followed by a formal college dinner on 19 September to conclude the programme.

Programme at a Glance*

Sunday, 15 September

  • Welcome Reception and Introductory Briefing
  • Informal Dinner and Networking

Monday, 16 September

  • Frugal Innovation
    Prof Jaideep Prabhu
    Professor of Marketing & Jawaharlal Nehru; Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • The Cambridge Phenomenon – the World’s Leading Innovation Ecosystem
    Prof Alan Barrell
    Former Entrepreneur in Residence of the Cambridge : Kate Kirk
    Co-Author of the ‘The Cambridge Phenomenon’ Judge Business School
  • Business Model Innovation and Social Innovation
    Prof Shahzad Ansari
    Professor of Strategy and Innovation of the Cambridge Judge Business School
  • The Cambridge Walking Tour and Commentary
    John Preston
    Historic Environment Consultant, Artist and Lecturer
    Former Historic Environment Manager for Cambridge

Tuesday, 17 September

  • Methodologies in Innovation Strategy
    Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou
    Head of Solution Development, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge
  • Rewiring the Economy – Translating Sustainability into Action by Business, Finance and Government
    Dr Jake Reynolds
    Head of Client Sustainability & Environment, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Highlights of significant advances in Digital Education and Learning
    Dr Imogen Casebourne
    Innovation Lab Research Lead
    Digital Education Futures Initiative (DEFI), The Bridge, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
  • Gamification for Learning
    Dr Jan Storgards
    CEO of Cambridge Gamechanger Ltd
  • Sustainable Finance – Practical Considerations regarding Climate Change Issues
    Dr Giorgio Caselli
    Assistant Director of the Centre for Business Research of the Cambridge Judge Business School

Wednesday, 18 September (Day of Visits)
During these visits, participants will have the chance to interact with resident entrepreneurs, successful practitioners, and gain insights from real-world success stories.

  • Visit to St John’s Innovation Centre
  • Visit to Cambridge Science Park
  • Lunch
  • Visit to Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge
  • Punting on River Cam

Thursday, 19 September

  • Urban Development, Sustainability and Land Economy
    Prof Peter Tyler
    Professor of Urban Economics, University of Cambridge
  • The story of CMR – Cambridge Medical Robotics – a Unicorn Experience
    Martin Frost
    Founding CEO of CMR Ltd
  • Power2Inspire – A Llife’s Journey Leading to an Organisation Making Possible Inclusion Through Sport
    John Wills
    CEO and Founder of Power2Inspire
  • Formal Dinner at St Catharine’s College
    Guest of Honour: Prof Peter Tyler, Professor of Urban Economics, University of Cambridge

Friday, 20 September
Depart College

*Topics and itinerary are subject to change. Participants will be updated in the event of any changes.

Cultural Activities

Participants will have the unique opportunity to join a guided walking tour of Cambridge, where expert commentary will shed insights into the historical value and conservation efforts of the city’s remarkable architecture and planning. Additional, a delightful punting experience on the serene River Cam, will add a touch of enjoyment to this captivating journey.

Accommodation and Facilities

Accommodation, seminars, and talks will be hosted at Magdalene College, located in the city centre within the University of Cambridge campus. In addition to the Welcome Dinner and Closing Dinner, complimentary breakfasts, lunches, and refreshments will be served throughout the programme.

The 2023 programme can be found here. The information is intended for reference purposes only.

Who Should Attend

This intensive programme is tailored for senior executives, business leaders, and professionals who are seeking inspiration and are ready to embrace challenges in order to generate new visions, innovative thinking and practical implementation of innovation and sustainability strategies. Past participants have represented a diverse range of sectors and disciplines, including public utilities, finance and investment, entertainment, education, manufacturing, retail, and marketing, to name a few. They encompassed enterprises from both Hong Kong and Mainland China, as well as multinational corporations.

Information at a Glance


15 – 19 September 2024

Programme Fee for HKMA Members:

HK$45,800 / HK$42,800 (early bird)

Programme Fee for Non-HKMA Member:

HK$48,800 / HK$45,800 (early bird)

Group Discount:

HK$3,000 deduction per person for two or more participants enrolling together

The fee is inclusive of accommodation in a college of University of Cambridge, breakfasts and meals as described in the Programme Schedule. Participants are responsible for arranging their return air tickets to and from the UK and round-trip airport transfers.

Special Discount:

HK$39,800 by Early Bird

Special Discount Rate for NGO, Schools and Past Participants of the HKMA Global Innovation Award (Innovation Rising Stars Only)

Deadline for Registration:

(The delegation size is limited. Apply early to secure your seat.)

Early Bird Deadline:

2024 Brochure


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Programme Director

Professor Alan Barrell
Professor of Practice
HKMA Institute of Advanced Management Development


For reservations and programme details, please call Dr Victoria Lo on 2774-8528 or via email

For general enquiries, please call Mr Patrick Law of Customer Services Department on 2774-8500.

The Programme is offered by the Institute of Advanced Management Development (AMD) of The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA), which contracts Cambridge Colleges for the use of facilities. All enquiries should be directed to the contact persons at HKMA.