Professor Hongbin Cai is the Dean of the HKU Business School and Chair of Economics. He received his B.A. in Mathematics from Wuhan University in 1988, his M.A. in Economics from Peking University in 1991, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1997.
From 1997 to 2005, he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. From December 2010 to January 2017, he served as Dean of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. He joined the HKU Business School in June 2017 and serves as the Dean since July 2017. He is a National Chang Jiang Scholar (awarded by Ministry of Education of China) and a National Outstanding Young Researcher (awarded by National Science Foundation of China). Professor Cai has published many academic papers in top international journals in economics and finance, in a wide range of areas including game theory, Chinese economy, industrial organization and corporate finance.
Professor Cai was elected as a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He was a member of the National People’s Congress, and a member of the Central Committee of China Democratic League and Vice Chairman of its Committee of Economic Affairs. He was the founding president of The Chinese Finance Association (TCFA, overseas). He serves as an Independent Director on the boards of CCB International (Holdings) Limited, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, and Ping An Bank Company Limited.
The COVID-19 pandemic has subdued our physical economy, but mankind’s innovative spirit is indominable. On November 14, 2020, Professor Hongbin Cai, Dean of HKU Business School, and his PhD advisor cum 2020 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, Professor Paul Robert Milgrom from Stanford University were invited for discussion at the 11th Caixin Summit “Rebuilding Global Trust” on the development of auction theory and the study of market design. Professor Milgrom spiced up the conference by sharing his Nobel Prize worth of masterpiece---a customised auction model that brings Genesis to the United States (US) broadcast landscape.
Hong Kong business school courses, including two top-ranked executive MBAs, have delayed their start dates until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and student objections to online learning.
Professor Hongbin Cai, Dean of HKU Business School with another two Deans from top Business Schools joined The Stanford China Economic Forum to facilitate international collaborations and explore education trends.
Various media on Chinese mainland quote the speech of Prof. Hongbin Cai, Dean of Faculty of Business and Economics, delivered on The Second Hongqiao International Economic Forum themed "E-Commerce in the Digital Era: New Platform and New Vision".