Ning Su

My passion is bridging diverse cultures, using vehicles such as art, design, science and education. Born in China and watching the world from a TV set as a child in the 1980s, I was fascinated by the wonders of civilizations around the globe. Driven by curiosity, I went on to pursue higher education in different parts of the world, receiving a PhD from New York University’s Stern School of Business. The many late nights’ study at libraries in Shanghai, Toronto, Manhattan, and Italy, reading, writing, and having imagined conversations with the greatest minds in history turned out to be one of my most cherished memories. I realized that the subjects I research, design, art, technology, cognition, management, and policy, were themes that could bring humanity together to tackle our common challenges. I became a university professor; my teaching experience includes Ivey Business School in Canada, New York University and Cornell University in the USA, and executive programs in Italy, Denmark, Finland, and China; my work experience includes IBM in New York and STAR, now part of Disney, in Hong Kong; my advisory clients include multinational corporations such as Deloitte, governments, and not-for-profits worldwide; I was fortunate to receive Poets&Quants’ “40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors Under 40” recognition. Every year, I spend time with family and friends in Italy, where I am constantly inspired by her art, design, creativity, and culture.
28 Novembre 2023

How the Met reawakens fashion in 2024: technology beyond the looking glass

  This month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, also known colloquially as “the Met”, announced the theme of the Costume Institute’s Spring 2024 Exhibition: “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” For those interested in fashion – designers, scholars, journalists, entrepreneurs, and, fashionistas – every year's announcement is a highly-anticipated moment. One reason is that this theme will also be featured in the Costume Institute Benefit, an evening the entire fashion industry and beyond will be waiting for and watching closely, also known as the Met Gala. From 1971's "fashion plate" to 2023's "Karl...

11 Ottobre 2023

Puccini’s Turandot: from music box to metaverse

    Among the operatic masterpieces throughout history, Giacomo Puccini's Turandot is one of the most world-renowned works. Puccini's Turandot also has a fascinating and storied history that can be described as “born global”, because the inspiration for this opera came in a music box brought from another part of the globe, thousands of miles away from Italy. Thinking Inside the (Music) Box It has been documented that the inspiration of Turandot came from a music box Puccini received from an Italian diplomat to China at the time, the late-19th century. The music box contained several Chinese melodies, three of which were...

18 Luglio 2023

Why Prada’s partnership with Women’s Football in China is game-changing

    How to receive hundreds of millions views on social media over night, build a foundation for sustained commercial success, and, more importantly, send a positive message of equity, diversity, and excellence to society? Prada might have just found an elegant solution, in China. Queens Wear Prada The Women’s Football World Cup will kick off in Australia and New Zealand in July. When the Chinese national team, a major contender and a former Olympic silver medalist, landed in the airport of Adelaide, the entire team, from the head coach, a former football star in China herself, to the players, showed up in tailored white...

04 Aprile 2023

Opera, what solutions in the digital era?

    In the previous article " Opera, which challenges in the digital era ", I discussed the many and multifaceted challenges opera faces in the digital era. What could be the solutions? One solution, in fact, emerged from the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Also known as La Scala, the famed opera house, since its inauguration in 1778, has been the cradle, and pinnacle, of many of the most influential operas in history. On February 14, 2023, in La Scala's over 200 years' history, for the first time, an opera, Giuseppe Verdi's I Vespri siciliani, was streamed live to audience worldwide through the opera house's online platform,...

14 Febbraio 2023

Opera, which challenges in the Digital Era?

    Opera was my initial introduction to Italy. I vividly remember as a wide-eyed child in the 1980s’ China, worlds apart from Italy, on Sunday mornings, I woke up in birds chirping, gentle sunlight, and, opera songs, played by my parents from our cassette boombox. Fascinated and enchanted, I would close my eyes and imagine: the great concert halls, and the stories, lives, and cultures inside operas, week after week, month after month. Then I blinked, time flew, loved ones aged, world changed beyond recognition. Years later I traveled to New York to study, where I visited Lincoln Center for the first time, home of the...