Orly Friedman - Advisors and Partners

Orly Friedman

Orly Friedman is the Founder of Red Bridge School, a new K-8 school in San Francisco with a mission to develop a sense of agency in every child as the foundation for academic and life success. Earlier in her career, Orly spent five years teaching elementary school in Washington DC. She moved to California to get her MBA at Stanford, after which she joined the founding team of Khan Lab School and worked there for four years, serving as Head of Lower School and Assistant Head of School. Orly also holds a BA in Urban Studies/Affairs from Yale University and a MA in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from George Mason University.


Dickie Liang-Hong Ke

Dickie Liang-Hong Ke is a recognised expert and practitioner on entrepreneurship and innovation. He is a renowned veteran of digital business creation, digital disruption, and digital transformation. Dickie‘s main areas of expertise also include new venture creation, digital platform establishment, and business eco-systems building.

As a technologist with over 30 years of experience in global technology management and advisory, Dickie has held executive and leadership roles at Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson Business Consulting, where he established numerous globally pioneering businesses such as cloud computing and mobile internet, working closely with strategic clients such as China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Japan NTT, and other leading internet players in China, to together shape the future of the TMT industry over the years.

Dickie is not only a very active strategy and leadership advisor, speaker, executive educator and coach to many large corporations but also consults for disruptive start-ups and fast growing companies in all stages of development, from founding to IPO. He is also a senior advisor who spearheads business development in China for Europe-based strategy advisory firm Evolution Ltd, founded by Professor Michael Jacobides - one of the Forbes Thinkers50 top global management thinkers, providing Advisory Services and Thought Leadership to the corporate world.

Dickie is a Sloan Fellow, with a MSc in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School. He serves as Adjunct Faculty and Guest Lecturer / Speaker in leading universities and business schools in Europe and Asia, focusing on strategy, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, agility, and technology management. Besides playing the role of a mentor, he also serves as a member of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the candidates selection panel, while also acting as admissions interviewer, in prestigious post-graduate leadership degree programs, such as Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman Scholars and the London Business School Sloan Fellowship program.

Dickie has co-written numerous business cases and an influential book, and most recently, “Innovation and Agility at Tencent’s WeChat” (Harvard Business Publishing, The European Case Centre) - co-authored with Professor Julian Birkinshaw, as well as “Handbook on China and Globalization” (Edward Elgar). Dickie’s works have been published or quoted by Harvard Business Review, Think (LBS Thought Leadership Magazine), South China Morning Post, China Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and others. Dickie appears on media outlets such as CGTN, and he speaks regularly at business conferences in China, the UK, and Europe.