Professor Dr. Zheng HAN

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Professor Dr. Zheng HAN is goetzpartners Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies (CDHK), Tongji University, in Shanghai. He is guest professor and senior research fellow at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and founder of HAN Executive Advisory and Development, a boutique for In-house training programs.

Prof. Han studied and worked in Germany, Switzerland, the U.S. and Singapore and holds an Industrial Engineering Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering of TU Braunschweig, one of the nine elite technical universities in Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and was scholar of the Swiss National Science Foundation, visiting scholar of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and the Wharton-SMU Research Centre in Singapore. His articles appear in renowned international journals such as International Journal of Technology Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and R&D Management.

Prof. Han served as Chief Representative and Chief Investment Advisor of the Haniel Group, a Fortune Global 500 company, in China for 7 years. Prof. Han teaches MBA, EMBA and top executive programs for leading international business schools and universities such as ESSEC, Manchester Business School, Mannheim Business School, IEDE, ETH Zürich, and University of St. Gallen. He frequently gives workshops, in-house trainings and keynote speeches for MNCs and works on innovation, marketing and strategic leadership topics. His clients include various MNCs and “Hidden Champions” in the automotive, mechanical engineering, chemical & pharmaceutical and trading sectors such as BASF, Bosch, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brueckner Group, Covestro, Continental, Credit Suisse, Freudenberg, Haniel Group, Heraeus, Kirchhoff Group, Leica Camera, Metro Group, Meyer Werft, Mubea, Roland Berger, Schindler Elevators, Schott, Siemens, Voith, and Volkswagen.


  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China
  • “Double Click Society” – New Retail and Digitalisation in China
  • The Future of Mobility


  • English
  • German
  • Mandarin