Business Magnate Dr Allan Zeman Sheds Light on Entrepreneurship at UC RUSAL President's Forum


UC RUSAL (SEHK: 486, Euronext: RUSAL/RUAL, Moscow Exchange: RUALR/RUALRS), a leading global aluminum producer, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) hosted the UC RUSAL President's Forum today, featuring Dr Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group and Chairman of Ocean Park Corporation.

At the Forum, hosted by Prof Tony F Chan, President of HKUST, renowned businessman Dr Allan Zeman shared his insights on: 'Entrepreneurship: Turning “I Wish” into “I Will” ‘ with HKUST students, faculty and members of the public. Dr Zeman said: "One of the most important tenets for an entrepreneur is to dream big. The entrepreneur must be driven to take that dream and make it a reality. Do not dwell on the past because it has already gone. But look ahead as you can still change tomorrow."

"As an entrepreneur, you need to have confidence and decide for yourself what you really love in life. If you truly love what you are doing, you will be good at it and you will be able to advance in the future. Don't be afraid to think out of the box, and always see the beautiful side of things. You should strive to always turn a negative around into a positive and use it to your advantage. And be a leader, be brave enough to lead. Being a leader is to paint a clear picture of your enterprise, so that you can involve your employees and they can understand how they can be part of the vision that you see," Dr Zeman added.

Dubbed the "Father of Lan Kwai Fong", Dr Allan Zeman miraculously developed the network of narrow streets behind Hong Kong's central business district into a world-class entertainment area and a must-visit destination. He has exported the Lan Kwai Fong brand to Mainland China in recent years. He also turned Hong Kong's Ocean Park marine theme park into one of the world's top-50 most visited destinations.

Living in Hong Kong for over 40 years, Dr Zeman has taken on public service roles in a number of key government and community organizations, including Member of the Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and Chairman of its Performing Arts Committee. He is also a member of the Economic Development Commission Working Group on Convention and Exhibition Industries and Tourism. He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star and Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2004 and 2011 respectively. HKUST conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration on Dr Zeman last year in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to society.

The UC RUSAL President’s Forum
The UC RUSAL President’s Forum is organized under the auspices of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study and is held biannually in Hong Kong. Prestigious scholars and scientists as well as successful business leaders and entrepreneurs are invited to share their views on varied topics, including the latest trends in science and technology and their relationship with and impact on humankind, knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity. Speakers also engage in a dialogue with the HKUST President. Previous Forum speakers have included UC RUSAL CEO Mr Oleg Deripaska; Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Prof Christopher Pissarides; then-Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Dr Jim O’Neill; Chairman of Esquel Group Ms Marjorie Yang; and Physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Prof John Ellis.

UC RUSAL ( is a leading, global aluminum producer, in 2012 accounting for approximately 9% of global production of aluminum and 8% of alumina. UC RUSAL employs about 72,000 people in 19 countries, across five continents. UC RUSAL markets and sells its products primarily in the European, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, South East Asian and North American markets. UC RUSAL’s ordinary shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock code: 486), global depositary shares representing UC RUSAL’s ordinary shares are listed on the professional compartment of Euronext Paris (RUSAL for Reg S GDSs and RUAL for Rule 144A GDSs), and Russian depositary receipts that are issued on common shares of the Company are listed on Moscow Exchange (RUALR/RUALRS).

About the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) ( is a top-ranked international research university excelling in science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. Internationally renowned for its academic rigor and accomplishments, the University promotes interdisciplinary studies and provides holistic education, nurturing well-rounded graduates with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and relevant skills to thrive in a knowledge economy. As an international university with strong ties to global thought leaders, HKUST has wide-ranging connections with Mainland China while aspiring to be a global premier knowledge hub and a center of research breakthroughs. HKUST was ranked Asia’s number one for the third year in a row in 2013; and placed first globally for universities under 50 years. The University was ranked No.18 in the high-profile Global Employability University Ranking 2013. The Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA (EMBA) program topped the Financial Times EMBA global rankings for the fifth year.

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 Dr Allen Zeman
Dr Allen Zeman
 Dr Allen Zeman (left) and Prof Tony F Chan lead a discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Dr Allen Zeman (left) and Prof Tony F Chan lead a discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship.
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