[Postponed] Preparing for Tomorrow's Challenges, Today - Address Risks in Schools

  • When:
    Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Where:
    BritCham Shanghai, 上海英国商会 (招商局广场南楼 1108室)
    Room 1108, South Tower, M Place, 333 Chengdu Bei Lu, Shanghai
  • Price:
    RMB 150 including drinks and canapés. Members only.

Notice: Given the novel coronavirus outbreak in China and following the Shanghai government's guidance as well as in consideration of health and safety of our members, we have decided to cancel this event on 25 February and postpone it to a later date. When the new date is confirmed, we will inform members accordingly. Thank you for your understanding. 

The Chamber's Education Focus Group invite members to join the event and discuss with the experts from Control Risks on how the education sector could go through the more acute and complex risk landscape that they face, together with the mitigation suggestions.

A school is more than just a physical infrastructure where students receive education. It is more like a complex ecosystem where everything is connected. All students thrive in the environment that supports their development in diverse ways: from offering a coherent and sequential curriculum to providing a comfortable and safe space. Schools take responsibility not simply for academic growth, but personal wellbeing as well. Despite the responsibilities, schools are in fact vulnerable to risks. With China's social environment changing dramatically, schools are now facing new and involving challenges and risks.

上海英国商会教育行业小组邀请会员前来与Control Risks的专家共同探讨教育部门该如何应对日益尖锐和复杂的风险形势。

学校不仅仅是让学生接受教育的一个基础设施,它更像是一个万物互联的复杂生态系统。从提供连贯有序的课程到舒适安全的空间环境,学校以各种方式支持着学生的发展以保证其茁壮成长。 学校不仅要在学术发展方面承担责任,而且还要为个人的身心健康担责。 尽管担有无法避免的责任,但学校也因此受到各类风险的影响, 随着中国社会环境的急剧变化,学校现在正面临着新的挑战和风险。


  • Risk Management principles – why is it critical in the education sector?
  • What risks does the education sector face – case studies from Control Risks’ experience
  • Best practices for identifying, assessing, managing and responding to risks
  • Ways professional firms like Control Risks can support educational institutions

No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. 

Walk-in Policy: Please note that members who attend the event without prior reservation will be charged an extra walk-in fee of RMB50 if spaces are still available.

Speaker Introduction

Michael Hickman

Principal, Control Risks

Michael Hickman is a Principal focused on Control Risks’ Greater China and North Asia region. He is responsible for projects involving risk management, compliance and ethics, and training. A member of the bar in New York, and fluent in Chinese, Michael has been working in China and throughout Asia since the 1980s. His international law practice covered compliance matters, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption matters and regulatory investigations, complex cross-border M&A transactions, private equity investments and foreign direct investment, all involving full use of bilingual and bicultural skills.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Michael worked with several international law firms including Cleary Gottlieb, Simmons & Simmons, Fried Frank and Haiwen, a leading Chinese corporate law firm. Michael has authored numerous articles on mergers and acquisitions and securities regulations in China.

Michael received his Juris Doctor in 1985 from University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature, also from the University of Washington, in 1978.

Nadav Davidai

Director, Control Risks

Nadav is a director at Control Risks in Greater China. Based in Shanghai, he is responsible for supporting all facets of business resilience service delivery as well as developing internal processes and quality management initiatives.

Nadav is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and an expert on business continuity practices and standards, including BS (British Standard) 25999, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1600, and ISO22301. Nadav is also experienced in applying Risk Management and particularly Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) frameworks. These include ISO 31000 Risk Management Principles and Guidelines and the COSO ERM Framework.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in international affairs and international economics from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a double major in history and political science. He is conversant in Hebrew, Arabic, and Japanese.

Thomas Zhang

Director, Control Risks

Thomas is a director in Control Risks’ Crisis and Security Consulting practice for Greater China. Based in Shanghai, he is responsible for consulting in areas of crisis management and response, security support, security vulnerability review, event security, close protection, security system design, complex problem solving, business continuity planning and training.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Thomas held a leadership position in an Asia Pacific-based security solution provider company in Shanghai. He also has five years’ entrepreneurial experience in establishing and running an IT service company.

Thomas earned his master’s degree in business administration from Lancaster University Management School and has been involved in a variety of post-programme consulting projects. Thomas also holds a degree in business administration from Cardiff University Business School. He speaks native Mandarin and Shanghainese as well as fluent English.

Event contact

Hilary Wu