Professor Yu Xiong At ‘Living With Sunny’: “In China, People Work Hard. It Is Due To Our Work Ethic That China Has Managed To Become A Global Superpower”
Professor Yu Xiong joins Sunny (Gurpreet) Singh and Thomas Power in the sixth episode of the ‘Living with Sunny’ Youtube podcast series. The three experts discuss the most prevalent issues in sustainability, entrepreneurship, innovation, China’s development, and more. Living with Sunny’s episode 6 is out now on YouTube and chosen podcast destinations.
Professor Yu Xiong is an academic, researcher and serial entrepreneur. He was trained as a computer scientist, then became a professor in various business schools across the UK. He is active in doing research, growing start-ups, and creating his own companies. He shares his extensive knowledge about innovation with the listeners.
The conversation has included a comparison between Chinese vs. Western work cultures. “In China, people work for most of their time. 12 o’clock, in China, is like daytime in the UK. All the shops are open, especially the food shops and the entertainment centres. However, people don’t just tirelessly, without direction. For each endeavour, the government will have a whitepaper, a document that will say, let’s work on the direction for the next 5 years. Then it’s 5 years. Nothing like in the UK”, says Xiong.
In the sustainability area, Singh has made a plea for the Western leaders to introduce a global green tax: “America says, ok, we’re going to have a global 10% tax rate, mandatory across the world. They were able to achieve that. What makes us think that we are not able to achieve, through the will, through the political and the corporate will, that every corporation in the world has to give X percent, towards sustainability, and if they don’t do that, they get taxed a bit higher. I can live with that”.
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Sunny (Gurpreet) Singh
Sunny (Gurpreet) Singh is the founder of RoundGlass and Edifecs, and the visionary behind the Wholistic Wellbeing concept: the practice of using wholistic health in order to feel whole and at one with ourselves.
A serial entrepreneur and paragon of corporate wellbeing, Sunny has dedicated his life to developing and sharing a sustainable and accessible holistic healthcare model. The culmination of years of work in this field, RoundGlass is Sunny’s magnum opus: a company through which he offers cutting-edge solutions, content, an app, and other technologies to facilitate people’s journeys towards Wholistic Wellbeing.
Sunny’s altruism also shines through his philanthropy, most notably through the RoundGlass Foundation in India. Among other impressive projects, the Foundation has been supporting over 700 villages in India and other exceptional work in wellbeing, education, sustainability, and sports. Offshoots like RoundGlass Sustain and RoundGlass Sports have contributed tremendous progress in their respective areas.
Business advisor and tech trailblazer, Thomas Power is an entrepreneur and serial board member, with expertise spanning multiple industries. He has worked for the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, and now sits on the board for The Business Café, Social Power Limited, Digital Entrepreneur, and, most significantly, 9 Spokes, the software company responsible for the 9 Spokes business management app allowing companies to aggregate meaningful data across their business, apps and banks. In this capacity, Power has harnessed his technical acumen to deliver insights to small businesses so they may improve their efficiency, and offer them access to vital industry information, normally only available to bigger businesses with greater budgets. Supporting corporations from start-ups to household names, Thomas’ input is visionary and scalable to any size, helping businesses grow and thrive.
Pursuing his passion to help others on their journey to corporate success, Power founded Business is Personal, a mentoring service for businesses and professionals, in 2019. He runs the service with his wife Penny, and they offer seasoned advice on Mental Wellbeing for employees as well as bespoke services to enhance the health and vitality of businesses.
With over 1,000 speeches delivered in more than 56 countries, including a TEDx talk on ‘The Future of Social Networks’, Thomas’ three decades at the forefront of tech have earned him enviable status as a speaker. Much of Power’s present time is dedicated to traveling the world, educating and advising corporate clients, and hosting industry conferences.
About Professor Yu Xiong
Professor Yu Xiong is an academic, researcher and serial entrepreneur. He was trained as a computer scientist, then became a professor in various business schools across the UK. He is active in doing research, growing start-ups, creating his own companies. During his career, he has had wide publications in top academic journals and created business impact in multiple industries. His research has been published in world-leading and international excellence journals including the European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics etc. His research has been funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physic Science Research Council), Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategies, British Academy, British Council, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapults, China National Science Foundation etc. Professor Xiong is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is also the President-elect of the Chinese Economic Association of EU/UK.
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