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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Prof. Yu Xiong is a Fellow of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, he is also a Chair Professor of Business Analytics at Surrey Business School, and Associate Dean International for Surrey University.



Professor Xiong's research focuses on sustainable and technological issues in global supply chains, where he has published in leading international journals, including European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, and Journal of Operational Research Society.  He has been guest editors to International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Technovation, International Journal of Technology Management etc.  

Professor Xiong's research has been funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physic Science Research Council), Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategies, British Academy, British Council, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Satellite Application Catapult, China National Science Foundation etc. Professor Xiong is a Fellow of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Visiting Professor in the Computer Science at University of York. He also carries visiting positions in several leading Chinese universities including Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Central South University, Chongqing University etc. He has brought in more than 26 million pounds to the UK's innovation projects.

Professor Xiong has created impact in several industries:

Activities in Innovation Commercialization

Professor Xiong has extensive experience by working as director/chair of companies. He was co-Chair of Cocoon Global Limited, this is a £13 million investment that established the largest innovation centre in central London, with 7000 square meters. The innovation centre supports technology commercialization activities and has helped hundreds of start ups and SMEs to get fund to reach market. Apart from this, he was the initiator of the first overseas Tsinghua University Science Park, which was built in Newcastle. This is a £6 million investment innovation centre which has created significant impact to eco-system innovation in North of England.

Activities in Sustainability

Apart from Professor Xiong’s research in sustainability, he spent a lot of his time developing real world projects for sustainability. From 2014-2016, he was company director for ADAPT Group, which was owned by University of East Anglia, and run a £50 million Low Carbon Innovation Fund. He then worked for UNESCO on a number of projects relevant to Sustainable Development Goals. He is a board director of 99P Recycling Limited, one of the largest plastics recycling and exporting company in the UK, the company’s turnover in 2019 was about 26 million dollar. He is also one of the trustees of the Charify, Magna Carta World Peace and Sustainability Foundation. 

Activities in Blockchain

Professor Xiong became the Chair of Management Board of the Blockchain Finance company, UKDE Limited, based in London. This company provides several types of finance service for the businesses between China and the UK. Professor Xiong is chief scientist of the Jiukuan Tech Ltd, which is specialized in developing leading blockchain applications, the Pxbee App, which has daily active user ranked No. 2 in the world. He is a member of Expert Board of All Party Parliamentary Group in Blockchain in the UK, and one of the 30 Committee members of the China’s National Finance Innovation and Stability Forum, chaired by Mr. Hongzhang Wang, the ex-Chairman of China Construction Bank, the second largest bank in the world.

In 2012, he was invited by the London Olympic Committee to be a London Olympic Torchbearer. In 2015, he got the prestigious May 4th Medal by Chinese provincial government, to recognize his significant contribution for international innovation collaboration.   Professor Xiong is currently President-Elected of the Chinese Economic Association in EU/UK, and Vice President of the International Association of Supply Chain and Operations Management. 

Professor Yu  Xiong
Chair Professor of Business Analytics, Surrey Business School
Associate Dean International, Surrey University