Kan Cai

Kan Cai

Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance (PBCSF)

Kan Cai joined PBC School of Finance (PBCSF) when it was first incorporated into Tsinghua University as its 17th school in 2012. Prior to that, he was working as a senior consultant to the EDP Program of Tsinghua’s School of Economics and Management, where he was helping develop new training programs in business model transition and innovation. After the transfer, he became the director of marketing in the newly established Center for Executive Education at PBCSF.

He helped develop the Exec Ed business for the School, leading the effort of building the new center from “0” to “1” and successfully implementing the first international program of the Center during its first year in operation. Since then, the Center has grown to become the leading Exec Ed institution in all of China as well as in Asia in just 5-6 short years.

In 2014, Kan Cai was tasked with setting up a dual-degree Finance MBA program between Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and Tsinghua’s PBC School of Finance. Leveraging his status of alumnus of both universities, he worked effectively with faculty, administration and staff from both sides and quickly launched the program after only a short year’s preparation. Nowadays, the Program is among the most selective programs in China’s MBA market, boasting low admissions (high selectivity) rate of about 1 in 18 applicants, while charging the highest tuition in the whole market.

After transferring back to the Executive Education side in 2016, Kan was in charge of the international programs of the combined EMBA and Exec Ed Center at PBCSF. He played vital roles in developing a joint program with MIT Sloan School, venturing into the Southeast Asian Exec Ed market with new degree and non-degree programs solely created by PBCSF under the theme of Belt & Road Initiative (or One-Belt One-Road, OBOR) and collaborating with the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation under the UN Initiative to launch an annual program series on training industry leaders and government officials from the Global South countries.

Together with his colleagues at PBCSF’s Center for EMBA & Exec Ed, he led the Center to grow at a record-breaking pace, increasing the revenue volume by more than 10 folds over just 5 years while transforming the Center into a leading player in China’s Exec Ed business.

Before entering the business education sector, Kan had worked as a consultant in banking business for 3 years in China and risk management and investment banking for over 10 years in the US, assuming various positions with companies such as Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse First Boston, and Bank of New York.

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