Mark Barnekow Appointed New Executive Director of Hong Kong Campus

July 22, 2019

Effective 1 July, 2019, Mark Barnekow (MBA ’88) assumed the position of Executive Director of the Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. 

Mark will be the primary liaison to the University of Chicago. He will work collaboratively with all University partners who oversee degree and non-degree program offerings in Hong Kong and facilitate communication and coordination between Chicago Booth and University units in Hong Kong. Mark will also take the lead in representing the University in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area and coordinate with the University centers in Beijing and Delhi to drive overall strategy for the Asia Pacific Region.

Mark has nearly three decades of global executive leadership experience within large corporations, management consulting and early stage companies. As the CEO of various technology companies in Silicon Valley for the last 20 years, Mark has driven innovation and strategy from the start-up stage to successful exits. Mark began his career as a University professor in both Taiwan and Sichuan and is always prepared to teach, coach and mentor students and first-time start-up founders who have open, entrepreneurial and innovation mindsets.

Mark is an active alumnus of the University of Chicago having earned his MBA with honors, finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He previously served as a Global Advisory Board Member – Asia, was part of the University of Chicago Beijing Campus launch community, was an Executive in Residence in Career Services at Booth and has often participated as speaker and panelist at Booth-hosted events. 

Mark earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he also began his studies in Mandarin Chinese. Always active in the arts throughout his life, Mark founded Contempor’ati (, a non-profit arts organization based in San Francisco which records and shares the lives and works of international artists with a unique expertise on the Chinese diaspora in the United States.