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The Global Leader Talent Summit, as a part of the EFMD Deans & Directors Conference, co-hosted by Highered, EFMD and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), concluded in Shanghai on 21st January 2019.


Hundreds of Deans and Directors from over 160 top-ranked business schools in 50 countries and 20 business elites from world-renowned companies, such as Geely, Alibaba, Dell, and CreditEase, participated in the Summit. The Summit provided an exclusive platform for both sides to discuss and exchange unique insights into talent acquisition and placement on a global scale.


The Summit commenced with a welcome speech by Erik Spade, Chief Commercial Officer at Highered, followed by speeches introducing EFMD and Highered by Eric Cornuel, Chief Executive Officer at EFMD Global and Dr. Amber Wigmore Alvarez, Chief Innovation Officer at Highered respectively.


 Eric Cornuel, Chief Executive Officer at EFMD Global is giving a speech 


Eric Cornuel delineated the development of EFMD and its close link to China, stressing the tremendous value created by Highered in connecting EFMD accredited schools with companies that demand top talent. Eric also encouraged companies to leverage Highered platform to build and strengthen cooperations with leading business schools regarding talent sourcing and development.


Dr. Amber Wigmore Alvarez, Chief Innovation Officer at Highered is giving a speech at the pre-session


Dr. Amber Wigmore Alvarez pointed out that “talent” is at the core of corporate development and talent sourcing, development and management are essential topics for companies to focus on. Highered’s mission is to enable people around the world to reach their potential by making the world of talent needs and recruitment more transparent. Highered’s niche in combining access to some of the largest talent pools with cutting-edge assessments, HR technology and insight into organizational needs accelerates the global matching of talent and talent demand.


The panel discussion 


In the afternoon, Mingjun Li, President of CEIBS, gave the keynote speech, Gao Wang,  Associate Dean of Executive Education Programme at CEIBS, hosted the plenary, and representatives from business schools and Chinese companies shared insightful views on topics of the globalization of Chinese companies, the impact of the changing world economic order and the development trend of business schools.


From left to right: Erik Spade, Daisy Wang, Eric Cornuel (Director General & CEO of EFMD), Amber Wigmore Alvarez, Gerard van Schaik (EFMD Honorary President), Emma Hallstrom


A dinner banquet at CEIBS marked the end of the Summit. In the private and informal setting, deans and directors, together with business leaders developed their relationships and further discussed relevant topics in the world of talent.


We look forward to welcoming all who are interested in a continued and deeper discussion on talent management at the Highered Global Talent Summit in Shanghai, May 8 to 10.


Highered is the strategic partner of EFMD, providing digital career services to over 500 schools globally to complement campus career service initiatives. To know more about Highered, reach out to or visit us at