Breaking Down Barriers: Collaboration and Cooperation as Keys to Innovation and Creativity

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Breaking Down Barriers: Collaboration and Cooperation as Keys to Innovation and Creativity

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For companies looking to develop real innovation and creativity, it is clear that you have to build collaboration, particularly across business functions.

People are naturally collaborative and cooperate well as a group, however, most companies tend to promote executives who are individualistic and competitive. This creates barriers for collaboration within and between teams, and in turn, the opportunity for innovative ideas to grow.

While geopolitically, there are those pushing for more closed borders and protectionism, the long-term business trend to greater international working and collaboration is clear.

Join us for a discussion led off by Francois Ortalo-Magne, Dean of the London Business School – ranked number one business school in Europe for four consecutive years by the Financial Times.


About the speakers

François Ortalo-Magné is described by thought leaders in business and education as a truly innovative thinker, inspiring visionary and courageous achievement, with a demonstrated ability to engage diverse stakeholders, foster a trusting environment, and achieve unprecedented outcomes. François joined London Business School from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Business School, where he was Dean from 2011-2017. He is recognised internationally for transforming business education through novel collaborations and a focus on outcomes, resulting in an increased impact on faculty research, improved learning experiences for students, and a growth in alumni donations.



Karin Munasinghe has more than 20 years work experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries, having started her career in the UK and having spent the last 17 years in Asia, based out of Hong Kong. She has held various senior management positions for MNC’s such as Eli Lilly, Medtronic and Baxter. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Asia Pacific region at Fresenius Medical Care. Karin’s business experiences include Strategy Development & Implementation, Sales & Marketing Management, Business & People Development, Corporate Transformations and Mergers & Acquisitions. She has an MBA from London Business School, a Ph.D. in Genetic Engineering (King’s College, London) & recently completed the Financial Times Non Executive Director’s diploma. In her spare time she mentor’s Hong Kong healthtech start-ups & is one of the Co-founders of the Healthcare Drinks networking event (


Tak Lo works as a partner at, an early-stage funding programme for Asian artificial intelligence and machine learning companies. As a technology incubator professional, investing in and actively helping commercialise complex technologies, Tak is also a Committee Member in the Hong Kong Government Committee on Innovation and Technology. Tak believes in taking early stage concepts to the next level by building business around the technology – with the aim of growing globally competitive hi-tech businesses.

He was awarded his MBA at London Business School in 2011.


Ticket includes full hot English breakfast buffet.

Please note that Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club - collared shirts must be worn by men, and jeans, sandals and sports shoes are not permitted. To see the full list of club rules on dresscode, please click here.

Member $ 400.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 520.00 HKD
Y-Network $300.00 HKD
Startup $300.00 HKD
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Breaking Down Barriers: Collaboration and Cooperation as Keys to Innovation and Creativity

Fri, October 19, 2018
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Francois Ortalo-Magne, Dean, London Business School


Karin Munasinghe, Senior Vice President, APAC Marketing, Fresenius Medical Care


Tak-Chun Lo, Partner,

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