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Mon, June, 21 7:00 pm

HKUST MBA Art Business Virtual Workshop

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) invites you to join their HKUST MBA x Christie’s Art Business Workshop on Monday, 21st June 2021, from 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM Beijing Time.


  • Seats are limited. Priorities will be given to HKUST DiMBA candidates with complete application submitted by May 31, 2021 (Mon), first-come, first-served. Successful applicants will be informed by Jun 11, 2021 (Fri) via email.
  • HKUST MBA reserves the right of final decision on seat allocation

Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jun 8, 2021, 12:00 noon (Beijing Time)

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Online Info Session Details

  • Topic: HKUST MBA Art Business Virtual Workshop: The US$67 Billion Dollar Business of Art
  • Organizer: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  • Lecturers: Sara Mao, Director, Christie’s Education Asia Pacific; Yi Gao, Programme Lead, Christie’s Education Asia Pacific
  • Date and time: Thursday, 21st June 2021 at 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM (Beijing Time)
  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jun 8, 2021, 12:00 noon (Beijing Time)
  • Location: Online (link will be provided after you register)

To register please complete the form below.

About the Event

What will you learn from this session?

  • Mapping the Art World: Players and the Market
  • Identifying value through case studies of iconic collections & masterpieces
  • Connect with current HKUST MBA students across different programs & Alumni

About the Speaker

Sara Mao
Director, Christie’s Education Asia Pacific

Sara Mao is the Director for Christie’s Education in Asia Pacific, overseeing the development of programmes and partnerships across Hong Kong, China, and South East Asia. Sara joined Christie’s in 2008 and was appointed Specialist Head of Sale for Chinese Modern Paintings in 2015, and then as Director for Christie’s Education in 2018.

Sara has curated over ten seasons of auctions for some of the most iconic paintings in the field of Chinese paintings, nurturing client relationships with seasoned collectors and new buyers, and leading the growth of the category through securing consignments globally for auction and private sales. She was responsible for spearheading record-breaking sales of Fu Baoshi’sThe Song of the Pipa Player for HKD204.8 million, and Zhang Daqian’sAncient Temples Amidst Clouds for HKD102.4 million, in 2017.

Bringing her specialist experience to education, she currently leads programmes in Asian Art, Art Business and Luxury Connoisseurship, with a focus on Women Artists and Art & Tech. She was the curator for Christie’s Art + Tech Summit “Mixed Realities” in 2019, and co-convenor for Christie’s Education’s first online academic conference “The Chinese Art Market”, in 2020.

Sara is also an auctioneer for Christie’s, supporting numerous charity auctions including Save the Children, Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation, The National Kidney Foundation (SNG), and others.

After receiving her B.A. in Philosophy & English Literature at the University of York (UK), Sara acquired her Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School (UK) and a Master of Letters in History of Art and Connoisseurship, with a concentration in Chinese art, from Christie’s Education and the University of Glasgow.

Yi Gao

Programme Lead, Christie’s Education Asia Pacific

As Programme Lead of Christie’s Education Asia Pacific, Yi is responsible for developing course curricula and program content, as well as supporting teaching, studying and recruitment. Prior to joining Christie’s, she completed her M.A. in Art, Law and Business, awarded jointly by Christie’s Education London and University of Glasgow College of Arts. Yi is a qualified attorney licensed to practice in New York and practiced corporate and capital markets law at the global law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. She holds a B.A. in Law from Beijing Foreign Studies University and L.L.M. from New York University School of Law. Yi has studied and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Washington D.C. and London, and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

About The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Established in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-class international research university dedicated to cutting-edge education and research. The University was founded with a mission to advance learning and knowledge through teaching and research, particularly in science, technology, engineering, management, and business studies complemented by humanities and social sciences, and to assist Hong Kong’s socio-economic development. In just over 25 years, this young and high-achieving University has risen with miraculous speed to take its place among elite institutions, climbing to the peaks of international esteem and receiving numerous honors and accolades.

HKUST was ranked No.41 globally among 1,000 universities and No.1 in the world’s top 350 young universities by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2019. Our Schools also fly high individually. The School of Engineering is ranked No.23 in THE World University Rankings by Subject – Engineering and Technology (2019) and No.3 in Greater China. HKUST Business School’s sought-after Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA (EMBA) program has also topped the Financial Times EMBA global rankings nine times in the past 12 years.

About HKUST Business School

The HKUST Business School is recognized as one of the Youngest and Most Respected Business Schools in Asia.

Established in 1991, the HKUST Business School has risen to international prominence in a remarkably short period of time, achieving widespread global recognition and a variety of prestigious academic rankings. Always striving for excellence, our strength lies in our full range of program offerings, our high-quality research, conducted by our world-class faculty, and our diverse and high-caliber students.

Our full suite of degree programs, including undergraduate, MBA, EMBA, MSc, Ph.D. as well as a wide range of executive education programs, means that the HKUST Business School is always at the forefront of educational development and business thinking. The HKUST Business School was the first business school in the region accredited by both the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Register for the HKUST Virtual Info Session by completing the form below.
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