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Sinovation Fellows Program

Sharpen your leadership skills and entrepreneurial savvy.

The Sinovation Fellows Program at Yale is a one-and-a-half-year international learning and networking experience open to China’s most senior, most accomplished business leaders. The fellowship was designed in collaboration with Sinovation Ventures, a China-based venture capital investment company specializing in science and technology. The Sinovation Fellows Program draws on Yale’s renowned research and expertise and Sinovation’s deep industry knowledge and market experience to sharpen participants' leadership skills and entrepreneurial savvy. 

Participants will develop as marketplace leaders, improving their effectiveness in strategic thinking, innovation, and investment, among other topics. Upon completion of the program, Sinovation Fellows stand ready to apply insights from Western and Eastern leadership strategies, methods of management, and marketplace trends. Specially designed to accommodate Chinese speakers with English-to-Chinese translation, the program combines practical and research-based experiences to immerse participants in both the theory and practice of business and technological innovation. 

The Sinovation Fellows Program is hosted at the Yale School of Management. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a prestigious certificate and Yale International Affiliate status, and become a member of Yale’s alumni network. 

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About the Program

What to Expect

  • Since 1701, Yale has cultivated exceptional scholarship in philosophy, history, politics, law, international relations, art, music, and social psychology.
  • Historic campus that features inspiring architecture, learning facilities, and grounds.
  • University resources in management, architecture, design, philosophy, art, law, politics, medicine, music, and sports contribute to rich campus culture. 
  • World-renowned faculty.
  • The Yale School of Management offers courses such as innovation, business growth, international perspectives, and leadership development.

  • The Yale School of Management belongs to the Global Network for Advanced Management, a consortium of global business schools offering a network of resources. 

  • Some sessions may cover the latest technologies such as artificial intelligence, biomedicine, new energy and new materials, high-end manufacturing, aerospace, and future mobility. 
  • Yale Sinovation Fellows designation: a globally unique designation given only to participants who complete all program modules. 
  • Yale International Affiliate status: a past participant status which grants access to Yale’s vast global alumni network of more than 1.3 million alumni.

By immersing themselves in robust, current research as well as campus resources, participants become connected to a top network of scholars, experts, and leaders in domestic politics, business, art, sports, and other fields. Through impactful research and thoughtful conversation they can better understand new perspectives and gain fresh insights.

Who Should Attend

  • Internet and new economy entrepreneurs who want to broaden their international horizons and leadership 

  • Controller, entrepreneur, or successor of listed company 

  • Entrepreneurs in traditional industries who want to seek transformation and innovation breakthroughs 

  • Artists, athletes, investors, and other experts who are well-recognized as being leaders in their fields


Below is a sample of what you can expect to experience in the Sinovation Fellows Program at Yale. Content is subject to change.

  • Break through the problem frame: avoid the narrowness of human thinking 
  • Change in the global economic order 
  • Political tribes: group instinct and national destiny 
  • The rise and fall of great powers 
  • Globalization, trade and employment 
  • Philosophy and ethics: the experiential machine 
  • Fighting empathy: the case for rational compassion 
  • Five ancient secrets to modern happiness 
  • Creative impulses: music and ideas 
  • Drama life acting lessons: a source of adventure and inspiration 
  • Religion and philosophy 
  • Graphic design: the art of visualizing ideas 
  • Founders as brands: why charm and character still matter 
  • Behavioral finance and your business 
  • Effective leadership decision model 
  • Leading organizational change 
  • Non-market strategies for leadership
  • From green to gold: how can smart companies use environmental strategies to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage 
  • Sustainability as a strategic business enabler 
  • Reinvention as an enabler of innovation 
  • Customer management, social media and digital marketing in the age of Big Data 
  • Life sciences and genetics 
  • Frontiers of stem cell research 
  • Brain code and artificial intelligence 
  • Sustainable business model 
  • Brand strategy, world order, and China 
  • Customer management in the era of Big Data 
  • Marketing: behavioral economics in decision making 
  • Frontiers of corporate finance 
  • Strategic human resource management 


Faculty Director

Frank Zhang
X. Frank Zhang

Professor of Accounting

Areas of Expertise: Behavioral Finance, Business Strategy, Financial Markets, Financial Reporting, Hedge Funds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuation

Professor Zhang's research focuses on empirical capital market researches, including stock anomalies, fundamental analysis, investor and analyst behavior, management incentives, and corporate financial reporting. He is interested in both rational and behavioral approaches in studying stock anomalies and cross-sectional variations in stock returns.

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Past Faculty

Christopher Bayes
Christopher Bayes

Professor in the Practice of Acting and Head of Physical Acting, David Geffen School of Drama at Yale

Christopher Bayes began his theater career with the internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Jeune Lune where he worked for five years as an actor, director, composer, designer, and artistic associate. In 1989 he joined the acting company of the Guthrie Theater where he appeared in over twenty productions. His roles included Caliban in The Tempest, Edgar in King Lear, The Herald in Marat/Sade and Harlequin in Triumph of Love. In 1993, commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, he produced his one-man show This Ridiculous Dreaming based on Heinrich Boll’s novel The Clown.

He has received numerous awards and grants including a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant, a General Mills Foundation Artist Assistance Grant, and both a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant and a Career Opportunity Grant. He is a 1999/2000 Fox Fellow. 

He has taught classes and workshops at Cirque Du Soleil, The Dome Studio in Beijing China, Williamstown Theatre Festival,The Big Apple Circus, Interlochen Arts Center, Vassar College, Stella Adler Conservatory, Bard College, Fordham University, University of Texas Graduate Acting and Directing Programs, National Shakespeare Conservatory, University of Minnesota Graduate Acting Program, the Guthrie Theater, Iowa State University and Theater de la Jeune Lune. 

He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard Drama School, the Actor’s Center (founding faculty & master teacher of physical comedy/clown), David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, the Academy of Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C., New York University’s Graduate Acting Program and Tisch School of the Arts. Clinical Professor of Theater, Speech and Dance at Brown University and Director of Movement and Physical Theater at the Brown/Trinity Consortium in Providence, RI.

Christopher has also led many corporate training workshops in Play and Connection for CEO’s from all over China through The Yale Center in Beijing and the Yale School of Management as well as workshops for the Huffington Post and Spotify.

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Amy Chua
Amy Chua

John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law, Yale Law School

The daughter of Chinese immigrants from the Fujian province, Amy was born in Champaign, Illinois and raised in the Midwest and Northern California. She graduated from Harvard College and then Harvard Law School, where she was the first Asian American Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After practicing on Wall Street for a few years, she joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001 and is a noted expert in the areas of foreign policy, globalization, and ethnic conflict.

Amy is the bestselling author of numerous books, including World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (2002), which was selected by both The Economist and the U.K.’s Guardian as a Best Book of 2003, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall (2007); and The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America (2013). Her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was a runaway international bestseller that has been translated into 30 languages. Her latest books include Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (2018) and The Golden Gate (2023).

Professor Chua has lectured widely around the world, including at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In 2011, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, one of the Atlantic’s Brave Thinkers, and one of Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers. She is also a multiple-time recipient of Yale Law School’s “Best Teaching” award.

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Jeffrey Garten
Jeffrey E. Garten

Dean Emeritus and Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice Emeritus of International Trade, Finance, and Business

Jeffrey E. Garten was dean of the Yale School of Management from November 1995 to June 2005 and has been teaching at the school since he stepped down. Prior to serving as dean, he was undersecretary of commerce for international trade, 1993-1995, where he focused on trade and investment negotiations and policy towards big emerging markets—particularly China, India, and Brazil. Before government service, he spent 13 years on Wall Street. As a managing director of Lehman Brothers, he specialized in debt restructuring in Latin America, built up Lehman's investment banking business in Asia, and restructured some of the world's largest shipping companies in Hong Kong. Later he worked on mergers and acquisitions for the Blackstone Group. From 1997-2005 he wrote a monthly column for Businessweek on major challenges facing global business leaders. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and the Harvard Business Review

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Robert Hormats
Robert Hormats

Lecturer in Management

Robert (Bob) Hormats has been a senior official in the administrations of five different American presidents, a top executive on Wall Street and major business leader working with companies in the United States and throughout the world. His most recent government job was Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. He is currently Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc.

Bob began his career as Senior Staff Member on the National Security Council Staff in 1969. During his tenure, he served as senior advisor to Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Brent Scowcroft, and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. In this capacity, he was responsible for international economic policy, global energy issues, foreign trade and investment matters and monetary/financial issues. He played a major role in the opening of U.S. relations with China as Senior White House Economic Advisor to Dr. Kissinger during the early 1970s, the American response to the global energy crisis of the 1970s, international trade negotiations and resolving several financial crises involving Asia, Russia, Latin America, and the U.S. He also participated in American Middle East Diplomacy in the 1970s and 1980s under Dr. Kissinger, including Shuttle Diplomacy after the 1973 Arab- Israel War. He was also a senior member of Goldman Sachs and his last job there was Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International.

He is currently lecturing regularly at the Yale School of Management and recently was a Pacific Leadership Fellow at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Chairman of the Board of the RAND Center for Asia and Pacific Policy. For several years Bob was a member of the Secretary of Defense’s high level Defense Policy Board by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. He is member of the Board of Directors of the American Tower Corporation and Grace Therapeutics.

In the past , Bob has served on the Board of Visitors of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.

Bob has been awarded the French Legion of Honor by the President of France and the Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of Germany. Bob appears as a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg , CNN and Fox. His publications include The Price of Liberty: Paying for America’s Wars from the Revolution to the War on Terror; Abraham Lincoln and the Global Economy; and Reforming the International Monetary System.

Bob earned a BA from Tufts University in 1965, an MA in 1966 and a PhD in 1970 in International Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts. Bob earned a PhD in International Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.

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Registration Information

Program Details

Program dates: November 2024, July–August 2025, June 2026
Location: Yale School of Management, New Haven, CT, USA

Please direct all program-related inquiries, including questions about applications and admissions, to our program collaborator, Sinovation Ventures.

Collaborator contact information: 
Sinovation Ventures
Address: Office 715-116, 7th Floor, Yuanhe Building, 959 Jiayuan Road, Yuanhe Street, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou City
Zip code: 215000
Contact name: Mr. Deng 13713768328

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Program Collaborator

Sinovation Ventures

This program is presented in collaboration with Sinovation Ventures, a China-based venture capital investment company specializing in science and technology. The Sinovation Fellows Program draws on Yale’s renowned research and expertise and Sinovation’s deep industry knowledge and market experience to sharpen participants' leadership skills and entrepreneurial savvy. Please direct all program-related inquiries, including questions about applications and admissions, to Sinovation Ventures.