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A rising expert in his field, Zak Dychtwald explores the lifestyles and habits of Chinese Millennials through extensive dedication and research, to better understand the world's consumers of today and tomorrow.
Zak Dychtwald is the founder and CEO of Young China Group, a think tank and consultancy focusing on China’s emerging identity on the world stage and the evolving East and West millennial mindset. He is the author of Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World, which explores how the country’s young generation, born after 1990, feels about everything. A 29-year old Columbia University graduate, he has spoken at forums and summits across four continents as a rising authority in his field.
Dychtwald speaks about the attitudes and consumer drivers of China’s 417 million millennials—who they are, how they stack up against global millennials, their impact on global innovation, what they want, and why they want it. This generation redefines every market they touch, and Dychtwald gives you an insider’s guide into understanding how this generation is changing the world.
How China’s “Millennial Mindset” Will Redefine Global Innovation and Your Business
Despite the stereotypes of “copycat China,” Chinese millennials were bred for highspeed disruption. For rising Young China, how does a lifetime of rapid growth lead to a hyper adaptive innovation ecosystem? How do China’s generation gulfs impact the way the world sees China? In what ways does an ecosystem of rapid change make for a culture of adaptation and early adoption?
In this session, based on research for Dychtwald’s upcoming feature in Harvard Business Review, we will rethink the role China will play in the future of innovation and your organization through the lens of its millennials—as a collaborator, competitor, and engine of global disruption.
Young China: How China’s Millennial Mindset Will Change Their Country, the World, and Your Industry
We often obsess over American Millennials. What are they loyal to? What are their values? Who will they vote for? Will they even vote? What do they want to buy? And yet, when we think China, we often just think of the “China Market”—no nuance necessary.
Chinese millennials are already becoming the most powerful consumer class in the world, redefining every industry they touch. China’s 420 million millennials outnumber American millennials by five times. It’s time to understand the world’s consumers of today and tomorrow.
This session will answer, why does China have generation gulfs compared to our generation gaps? How is “Old China” different than “Young China”? How do American millennials stack up against Chinese millennials? What do they want that is different in their products? In the workplace? For themselves, their families, and their countries? How does a generation of single children understand community, family, technology, and leisure?
3 things the West gets wrong about Chinese Millennials
Aspen Institute Ideas Festival - Zak Dychtwald in "China's Next Chapter" session
Zakary Dychtwald is an extraordinarily gifted communicator of ideas. His passion to understand China together with his deep research to uncover the country’s 400 million millennials – their aspirations, fears, interests, habits, and choices – helps inform audiences of the opportunities brought about by this demographical cohort. For people wanting to understand the dynamics shaping the world’s future, they should speak with Zak.
GRACE H., GLOBAL CONTENT DIRECTOR, CLSA LIMITED, A CITIC BANK COMPANY
Brilliant…I’m glad I didn’t have to follow him!
PETER HARRELSON, GLOBAL CEO, SCHRODERS BANK
Zak Dychtwald is an incredible speaker. He has the charisma, charm, and people skills to catch the audience's attention and captivate them. Zak brings talent, insight, and positivity, and we cannot think of anyone better than him to take the stage.
MAI SALAMA, HEAD OF TALENT, THE WORLD YOUTH FORUM, EGYPT
Zak gave one of the best talks in the history of our investment group. His presentation changed the way many in our group approach China.
ERIC SIPPEL, CO-CHAIR, INVESTMENT AND LIFE PLANNING GROUP
Business leaders who are concerned about the future of China should engage Zak Dychtwald... Zak’s presentation draws the audience in and makes a difficult topic approachable and understandable. My colleagues have been discussing his fascinating presentation for weeks and weeks.
DANIEL KAPLAN, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK 92Y
Extremely impressive! Young China is set to change the way much of our world operates and Zak is the perfect communicator. Zak’s bold and new perspectives dazzled and challenged a room of pre-eminent policy experts at Beirut Institute Summit at Abu Dhabi. I would absolutely recommend Zak as a need-to-hear keynote speaker for those interested in the future.
RAGHIDA DERGHAM, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF BEIRUT INSTITUTE
Zak is a hoot, and worked well with both the large general audience and the more intimate business audience…He infused a good mix of information, humor, and flow for both presentations. I have already gotten some effusive praise for him.
JESSICA SQUIRES, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OFFICE, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA