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Ms. Chan joined the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) in 2010 and was appointed Chief Investment Officer (Private Markets) in 2018. She is a founding member of the private markets team and has been leading the HKMA’s efforts in private equity, real estate, credit, infrastructure, co-investments and direct investments globally. She is the honouree of the 2016 Asia Industry Leadership Award of the 100 Women in Finance.
Prior to joining the HKMA, Ms. Chan was a member of the Administrative Officer (“AO”) grade of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) Government responsible for subjects covering home affairs, transport and housing, and financial services and treasury. Key projects included cross-border infrastructure initiatives, the first issuance of Renminbi bonds in the HKSAR by the Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China, the inaugural Asia Financial Forum, and Islamic finance.
Ms. Chan is also a barrister admitted by the High Court of the HKSAR. Before joining the HKSAR Government, her key expertise covered criminal law and judicial review.
Charles R. Kaye, co-chief executive officer, has been with Warburg Pincus since 1986 and has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000. Mr. Kaye lived in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1999, where he was instrumental in the launch and development of Warburg Pincus’ Asia operations.
Mr. Kaye is a graduate of the University of Texas, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and co-chairman of the Partnership Fund for New York City and the International Advisory Board of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). He is the former chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council and The Asia Society. Mr. Kaye is also an investment committee member of Sheridan Production Partners.
Jonathan Lavine is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $75 billion in assets under management. He also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit.
Mr. Lavine founded Bain Capital Credit, formerly known as Sankaty Advisors, in 1997. Bain Capital Credit invests across the full spectrum of credit strategies, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed debt, private lending, structured products, non-performing loans and equities. Bain Capital Credit has more than $33 billion in assets under management, more than 200 employees and offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Dublin, Melbourne and Hong Kong.
Mr. Lavine joined Bain Capital’s private equity group in 1993. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Lavine is active in a variety of charitable and civic activities. He has served as Chair of the City Year Board of Trustees since 2013. He and his wife, Jeannie, endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, which supports training and education of humanitarian aid workers. The Lavines also founded the Crimson Lion Foundation which provides financial support to a number of organizations.
Mr. Lavine is a Vice-Chairman of the Trustees of Columbia University having formerly chaired the Columbia College Board of Visitors. He is a past recipient of Columbia’s John Jay Award for professional achievement, Opportunity Nation’s American Dream Award, Voices for National Service Citizen Service Award and of the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award. In 2016, Mr. Lavine was appointed a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council by President Barack Obama. Mr. Lavine is also a member of the ownership group and a director of the Boston Celtics.
Mr. Lavine graduated from Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and holds an M.B.A with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Ming Lu (Hong Kong) joined KKR in 2006 and is a Member of the firm. He is the Head of Asia Pacific.
Mr. Lu currently serves as a member of KKR Investment Management and Distribution Committee, the firm’s Asian Private Equity Investment Committee and the Asian Portfolio Management Committee.
He has played a significant role in the investments in BIS Cleanaway, MMI, Unisteel Technology Limited, Masan Consumer Corporation, Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd, Goodpack Ltd.
Mr. Lu currently sits on the board of directors of MMI, Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd Goodpack Ltd. He is also a non executive board member on JLL Jones Lang LaSalle’s board.
He was previously a Partner at CCMP Capital Asia (formerly J.P. Morgan Partners Asia). While with JPMP Asia, Mr. Lu has involved in the acquisition of Mando Corporation, a leading auto components manufacturer in Korea, and has also involved in a number of other auto, industrial and consumer product deals.
Prior to joining JPMP Asia in 1999, Mr. Lu was President of Asia Pacific at Lucas Varity, a leading global automotive component supplier. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Lu worked for Kraft Foods International Inc. From 1985 to 1993, he worked for CITIC, the largest direct investment firm in China.
Mr. Lu received a B.A. in Economics from Wuhan University of Hydroelectrical Engineering in China and an M.B.A. from University of Leuven in Belgium.
Nikos is Partner and Member of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee of BC Partners, the international private equity firm. He joined BC Partners in 2005 and has over 20 years experience in private equity. He has been an active investor in the media, telecoms, consumer and retail industries. Prior to joining BC Partners, Nikos was a Partner at Apax Partners in London where he spent seven years working on large buy-out transactions in Europe. Prior to Apax he spent three years as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in London.
Nikos is Chairman of the Board of Acuris (Mergermarket Group), OVS/Gruppo Coin, Cigierre, Dental Pro, and Pharmathen and Vice-Chairman of Migros Turk. Nikos is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Harvard Business School, the Board of Trustees of Impetus-PEF, the Board of Trustees of the American School in London, a member of the council of Serpentine Galleries, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Chairman of the BC Partners Foundation. Nikos holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Business Administration from Athens University of Economics & Business (AUEB).
Mr Tang is the Founding Chairman and Managing Partner of Affinity Equity Partners following its spin-off from UBS in 2004. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of UBS Capital Asia Pacific, the private equity arm of UBS since 1999. Before UBS Capital, he was the Chief Executive for Investment Banking, East Asia at Union Bank of Switzerland since 1995. Following the merger of Union Bank of Switzerland and Swiss Bank Corporation to form UBS, Mr Tang became Chief Executive, Hong Kong, of UBS Group and Asia Regional Head of Investment Banking for UBS Investment Bank. Prior to Union Bank of Switzerland, he served as President and CEO of Banque Indosuez’s Asian investment bank and Chairman of WI Carr (Far East) Limited, one of the leading stockbroking firms in Asia. Mr. Tang began his financial career with Chase Manhattan Bank. During his 17 years at Chase, he served in a number of senior roles in Malaysia and Hong Kong.