Mr Mark Barnekow
Executive Director, University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus, Hong Kong
As Executive Director of The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex, The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong, Mark is the primary liaison to the University of Chicago for all aspects of the Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. He works collaboratively with all University of Chicago partners who oversee degree and non-degree program offerings in Hong Kong and facilitates communication and coordination between University of Chicago and Chicago Booth units in Hong Kong. Mark leads the University of Chicago in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area and coordinates with the University of Chicago Centers in Beijing and Delhi to drive overall strategy for the Asia Pacific Region. Mark has nearly three decades of global executive leadership experience within large corporations and management consulting firms. As the CEO of technology companies in Silicon Valley prior to his current role, Mark drove innovation and strategy from the start-up stage to successful exits. Mark is always prepared to teach, coach and mentor students and first-time start-up founders who have open, entrepreneurial and innovation mindsets. Mark is an active alumnus of the University of Chicago having earned his MBA with Honors in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He previously served as a Global Advisory Board Member – Asia and was part of the University of Chicago Beijing Center Launch Committee. Mark earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he also began his studies in Mandarin Chinese. Always active in the arts throughout his life, Mark founded Contempor’ati (www.contemporati.com), a non-profit arts organization based in San Francisco and Hong Kong which shares the lives and works of international artists. Contempor’ati has a unique expertise on the Chinese arts diaspora in the United States.