While the Covid-19 pandemic rages around the world, individuals, businesses and governments are put to the test. In this webinar, we learn how Merck's China Innovation Hub quickly bounced back and continues to foster innovation during the pandemic.

Join this webinar with Sophie Sun (Managing Director, Merck China Innovation Hub and Vice President, Merck Strategy and Transformation China) to learn how she became an inspiring leader within the Merck Group and led the development of the Merck China Innovation Hub.

Main topics may include:

· Why and how to establish an innovation hub in China

· Driving innovation as a female leader

· The importance of innovation, especially at a time of crisis and uncertainty

· How cross-sector partnerships have played an essential role in a time of slow recovery

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science, and performance materials sectors. Officially established in February 2018, Merck China Innovation Hub scouts, incubates and invests in new technologies and differentiated innovative solutions to help tackle China-specific challenges and support China's transformation into an innovation-driven economy, by partnering with startups, academic institutions, businesses and local governments, while nurturing Merck employees' innovative mindsets and capabilities for win-win results.

Microsoft Teams (web or app) is required to access this webinar. Registration is required and a weblink / URL will be provided for successful registrants to access the webinar through Microsoft Teams on Thursday July 2 afternoon.


9 AM - 9:05 AM
Opening remarks by Elina Jiang and Su Cheng Harris Simpson
9:05 AM - 9:30 AM
Establishing an innovation hub from scratch as a female leader
9:30 AM - 10 AM
Sustaining innovation during a time of uncertainty
10 AM - 10:25 AM
10:25 AM - 10:30 AM
Wrap up


  • Su Cheng Harris-Simpson (Founder and CEO of SCHS Asia)

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and CEO of SCHS Asia

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson is the founder and CEO of SCHSAsia, a boutique consultancy company, specializing in marketing and strategic events. Su Cheng uses her extensive client relations and project management skills along with her over 20 plus year of marketing background to assist a number of not-for-profit organizations, community organizations, bilateral associations and multinational corporations succeed in the China and Asian Countries. Since moving to China in 1997, Su Cheng has been actively involved in the Beijing business community, served on the Board of AmCham and is currently a co-chair for the AmCham Women Professional Committee, SME and Golf Committee. She has forged relationships with the American, British, Japanese and Australian Chambers of Commerce, the U.S. Embassy and a range of Beijing civic groups. Before becoming an social entrepreneur she was engaged in the corporate arena and held management positions at The Boeing Company, United Technologies Corporation, and The Capital Club in Beijing.

    view more
  • Elina Jiang (Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia)

    Elina Jiang

    Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia

    Elina Jiang is currently Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia. In this role she leads projects within women empowerment and leadership.

    Prior to joining SCHS Asia, Elina was the Programme Manager at the Business for Peace Foundation in Oslo, Norway where she led cross-sectoral conversations, bringing together leaders from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to create meaningful change.

    Elina aspires to bring new thinking into old business practices to ensure that the future is more sustainable, inclusive and long term oriented. She has coordinated projects on sustainable businesses and future leadership featuring participants and companies from around the world.

    view more
  • Sophie Sun (Managing Director, Merck China Innovation Hub and Vice President of Merck Strategy and Transformation China)

    Sophie Sun

    Managing Director, Merck China Innovation Hub and Vice President of Merck Strategy and Transformation China

    Sophie Sun is currently Managing Director of Merck China Innovation Hub and VP of Merck Strategy and Transformation China. In this role, she leads the corporate efforts of driving strategic planning and initiatives of innovation and digitalization for Merck in China. Sophie is a member of the global leadership team of Group Strategy & Transformation, and a member of China Country Council for Merck. She is also the Chair of China Digital Council for Merck.

    Sophie joined Merck in 2009 and took different roles with increased responsibilities in the field of communications, sales, marketing, strategy and business development in China and US. In the US she worked on the global launch of Merck’s first immuno-oncology drug, as Director Global Commercial Oncology among other roles.

    Before joining Merck, Sophie worked as a consultant for over eight years in China and France serving clients such as IPG and WPP in industry sectors such as healthcare, technology, chemicals and finance.

    Sophie holds a MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and a MA degree from Renmin University of China. Sophie translated and published two books in the psychology management area and is a member of Bayhelix Group and served as a board member of MIT Club of Shanghai. She is an active speaker on innovation, digitalization and female leadership, and mentor and jury member for several startup incubators, accelerators and other organizations or programs.

    view more


AmCham Cardholder
Member Price RMB 50
Employee of Member Company
Standard Price RMB 50
Standard Price RMB 100
Women Advisory Council Member
Standard Price Free

Prepaid Event Access

BUY NOW to save on ticket cost, paperwork, and the trip!

*The Prepaid Event Access is only applicable for card holding members and employees of member companies.