01 Dec 2015
Accelerating Research in China
Will Plummer and MBA Class of 2005 ClassmatesTopics:
(L to R) Ke Wei, Julia Yang, Will Plummer, Jing Hong, James Qin, Grace Ge, and Tim Wang (all MBA 2005) are contributors to the MBA Class of 2005 Fund for China
From his perspective as a business leader in Shanghai, William Plummer (MBA 2005) believes that the connections between China and the rest of the world will be critical for future economic growth. “Harvard Business School can play a key role in shaping aspects of these global economic relationships,” says Plummer, the chief strategy officer at TalkingData, China’s leading mobile big data platform. Joining him in this conviction is a group of classmates based in Shanghai and Beijing. Passionate about seeing a growth of research and the exchange of ideas and best practices between the School and China, the longtime friends established the MBA Class of 2005 Fund for China.
The 10th Reunion gift to The Harvard Business School Campaign supports HBS activities and outreach in the country and recognizes “what the Dean has said to all of us—that we, the alumni, are the School,” says Plummer. “Our group takes that message seriously, and we’re working from abroad to help fulfill the HBS mission.” Classmate Jing Hong, a partner at Hillhouse Capital Group, agrees: “HBS motivated me to make a positive change in the world. I would like our contribution to help the School inspire others in China to make more of these kinds of changes.”
Their gift will further HBS research efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. “Our hope is that this fund will help people to think about how they can contribute and how HBS can be a platform for promoting development in China,” says Plummer, who currently serves on the HBS Alumni Board. “The impact will be valuable both to China and to our community of HBS faculty, students, and alumni.”
Class of MBA 2005, Section A