Senior Industry Professionals
Takuya Fukumoto has been Director of the Industrial Finance Division and Startup and New Business Promotion Office since July 2015. He joined the Japanese Government in 1996. From July 2012, he was appointed Director of the Corporate Accounting, Disclosure and CSR Policy Office. He was involved in various projects concerning corporate governance, investment chain reform and corporate communication with stakeholders, including “Competitiveness and Incentives for Sustainable Growth: Building Favorable Relationships between Companies and Investors” Project (“Ito Review”), Guidance for Integrated Corporate Disclosure and Company-Investor Dialogue for Collaborative Value Creation -ESG integration, non-financial Information disclosure and Intangible Assets into Investment - (“Guidance for Collaborative Value Creation”). From June 2018, as a director of secretariat, he in charge of the "J-Startup" initiative, which aims to create successful, cutting-edge Japanese Startups in global market and attract prominent entrepreneurs from around the world.
Timothy C. Collins is the CEO and Managing Partner of Ripplewood Advisors LLC, the successor to Ripplewood Holdings LLC, which he founded in 1995. Ripplewood has successfully invested in and built companies globally, including in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It has consistently delivered superior returns from investments totaling over $30 billion in enterprise value. Ripplewood played an instrumental role in transforming and strengthening several prominent financial institutions including: AS Citadele banka of Latvia, Commercial International Bank of Egypt and Shinsei Bank of Japan. Ripplewood has invested in a broad range of industries including: telecom, food, real estate, consumer electronics, chemicals and automotive. Several Ripplewood investments remain public companies.
Before founding Ripplewood, Mr. Collins worked for Cummins Engine Company, Lazard Frères & Company and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Mr. Collins formerly served on a number of public company boards including RHJ International, Gogo Inc., Citigroup [after it accepted public funds], Commercial International Bank of Egypt, Shinsei Bank Ltd., Asbury Automotive, Advanced Auto and Rental Services Corp. Mr. Collins also served as an independent director at Weather Holdings, a large private emerging markets telecom operator that was sold to VimpelCom.
Mr. Collins sits on the Board of Directors of Banque Saudi Fransi, EFG Hermes and SODIC. He is the Chairman of AS Citadele banka and is involved in several not-for-profit and public sector activities, including the Council on Foreign Relations, NEOM, McKinsey and Yale Divinity School Advisory Boards and the Trilateral Commission. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for YSOM, co-chair of the Advisory Council of the Global Institute for Advanced Study and a member of the Investment Advisory Committee to the New York State Common Retirement Fund.
Mr. Collins has a BA in Philosophy from DePauw University and an MBA in Public and Private Management from Yale University’s School of Management. Mr. Collins received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from DePauw University in 2004 and has been an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Fellow at New York University. He has served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale Law School and is Senior Fellow.
Masanori Asawaka has been a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Denso Pension Fund since June 2015.
Prior to his current role, he had served as Global head of Finance & Accounting and Director of Internal Control at Denso Corporation. During his time as the Internal Control Officer, he introduced Sox Law to the group companies on a consolidated basis.
He has spent most of his career in business planning, finance and IR as management, where he was responsible for wide range of business: developing business and capital strategy, asset management, financing, foreign exchange and cash management, tax and financial reporting matters including introducing IFRS.
He also contributed to Denso's overseas business expansion through his work at Denso’s European Headquarters in Netherlands for several years. In addition to his current role, he had been the head of Aichi Prefecture Pension Fund Association. He holds a BA in Economics from Keio University.
Kirk M. Beaton is a partner of Lexington Partners and manager of Lexington’s Hong Kong office. Mr. Beaton is engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of Asian private equity and alternative investments, and sourcing Asian co-investment opportunities for funds managed by Lexington. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2011 to open the Lexington office, Mr. Beaton spent eight years as an investment professional in London with Lexington. Mr. Beaton was previously an analyst in investment banking at Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Beaton graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with an LLB (Honors) and Universität Hamburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a European masters in economics and law.
Masashi Kataoka is General Manager of Alternative Investment Department at Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company where he heads the venture direct and fund investment team. Prior to his current role, he had led various teams since 2014; hedge fund team, PE / infrastructure / venture team. He worked 4 years until 2014 at Dai-ichi Life’s NY office and led the manager selection / due diligence practice as well as strategic activities with US asset managers. Since joining Dai-ichi Life in 1997, he has about 20-year-experience in investment related sections including Investment Planning Department where he engaged in the asset allocation of entire Dai-ichi Life’s general account asset. He also has an experience working at an US based hedge fund as a trainee in 2007. He earned Bachelor of Economics in Keio University and is a chartered member of Securities Analyst Association of Japan (CMA).
Tomoko Kitao is a Managing Director at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s Tokyo office, where she is primarily responsible for management support and development of the firm’s client relationships in Japan. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in October 2012, Ms. Kitao was with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, most recently as Chief Manager in the International Credit Division. Previously, she was Senior Manager in the Structured Finance Division, where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of global private equity fund investments. She also has extensive experience in the Credit Division, having worked out of the bank’s New York and London offices. Ms. Kitao received a B.A. from International Christian University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Japan. Ms. Kitao currently holds a Sales Representative Qualification Class 1, 2, and an Internal Administrative Qualification with the Japan Securities Dealer Association.
Chris Kojima is a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Asset Management where he has worked for 24 years.
At Goldman Sachs, Mr. Kojima is the global head of the Alternative Investments & Manager Selection (AIMS) Group. With over 200 professionals worldwide, Goldman Sachs’ AIMS Group manages over $200 billion in assets across leading private equity, hedge fund, real estate, credit, ESG and public-market strategies around the world, investing as a limited partner, secondary-market investor, seed-capital provider, direct company investor, or management company partner.
Mr. Kojima has led the AIMS Group since its inception in 2008 and also serves as the AIMS co-chief investment officer, overseeing the AIMS investment committees in primaries, secondaries, co-investments, and GP stakes. Prior to 2008, Mr. Kojima led the Consumer & Investment Management Division’s private equity activities and secondary-market investing businesses, prior to their incorporation into the broader AIMS Group.
Mr. Kojima also serves on Goldman Sachs’ Partnership Committee and the Executive Committee of the Consumer & Investment Management Division. Mr. Kojima first joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 in its Leveraged Finance Group, and was named Managing Director in 2002 and Partner in 2008.
Mr. Kojima is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served as adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, with research published in The Journal of Private Equity and The Journal of Alternative Investments. Mr. Kojima is also vice chair of the board of The Juilliard School, and serves on the boards of the New York Philharmonic and The Interlochen Center for the Arts. He serves on the investment committees of The Juilliard School and Collegiate School.
Mr. Kojima received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and is a member of the New York Bar. He also earned a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Manitoba, and a Master of Philosophy in Finance from The University of Cambridge.
Kimiyasu Kono is a managing director in the Alternative Investments & Manager Selection (AIMS) Group, based in Tokyo, where he is a member of the AIMS Advisory Solutions team. Previously, he was responsible for marketing activities related to alternative investments, focused on private equity and real estate. Mr. Kono joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division in Tokyo and rejoined the firm in 2012. He was named managing director in 2013.
Prior to rejoining the firm, Mr. Kono was a principal at Advantage Partners, a private equity fund in Japan, where he was engaged in a variety of investment projects from 2008 to 2012. Earlier in his career, he worked at Arthur Andersen for six years.
Mr. Kono earned a BA in Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Tatsuya Kubo joined the Firm in 2010 as a managing director. He focuses on enhancing and building relationships with institutional investors and general partners in Japan. Mr. Kubo joined the Firm from Fortress Investment Group Japan, where he served as Managing Director and Head of Business Development after launching the Japan-based business. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years as a senior manager at Norinchukin Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in Japan, where he built and managed an alternative investment portfolio. He received a BA in Economics from Waseda University in 1988 and an MBA from Duke University in 1994. Mr. Kubo speaks fluent Japanese and English.
- Founding member of the team since 1997
- Currently co-heads investments to Private Equity / Private Debt funds with Mr. Takata and supports Infrastructure fund investment team.
- 26 Years of investment experience, including 22 years of private equity fund investment experience
- Serves on the advisory boards of several private equity funds
- Master of International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and B.A. in Economics from The University of Tokyo
Mr. Kumura headed the Private Equity Department of Tokio Marine Asset Management Co., Ltd. since its creation in 2002 until July 2012. Prior to that, he was responsible for private equity fund investments at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. (“Tokio Marine”) since 1997. Mr. Kumura began his career at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. in 1983. Mr. Kumura is a Chartered Member of The Security Analysts Association of Japan.
John Lee is a Principal of Lexington Partners based in the Hong Kong office, and is primarily engaged in the evaluation of secondary purchases of non-U.S. buyout, mezzanine and venture capital interests, and the origination of non-U.S. equity co-investments.
Prior to joining Lexington in 2014, he was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, where he executed numerous transactions for corporate and financial sponsor clients as a member of the Asia Pacific Mergers & Acquisitions team.
He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics.
Dennis McCrary is a member of Pantheon’s Partnership Board, Chair of the Co-Investment Committee and the Global Secondary Investment Committee and is a member of the U.S. Regional Investment Committee, the Global Credit Committee and the International Investment Committee. Mr. McCrary was previously the head of the U.S. Partnership Team at Adams Street Partners where he was responsible for primary and secondary fund investments, and was a member of the firm’s global investment committee. Previously, Mr. McCrary held several investment banking and principal investing positions during a 20-year career with Bank of America and Continental Bank. Mr. McCrary received an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Michigan State University.
Reinier Mikami joined HarbourVest in 2019 and focuses on supporting investor relations and marketing services in Japan.
Mr. Mikami joined the Firm from Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, where he was most recently focused on executing investments in a variety of private equity and infrastructure partnerships for the bank and institutional investors. His prior experience at the company includes holding the role as a financial advisor for cross-border M&A transactions.
Mr. Mikami received a BA in Communication in 2008 and an MA in International Communication in 2010, both from Aoyama Gakuin University. While pursuing his degree, he spent a year at the University of Washington. He is a native Japanese speaker.
Tadashi Nishizawa is a Director of Private Equity Investment Department of Japan Post Bank (JPB). He has over 15 years of private equity investment experience. Before joining JPB in 2016, he was the Head of Private Equity Division of Daido Life Insurance Company between 2013 and 2016. Prior to that, he spent about 8 years at Alternative Investment Capital Ltd (AIC), an investment advisory firm in private equity investments, where he was most recently Senior Vice President and involved in the management of more than 100 private equity funds portfolio globally. Earlier in his career, he was with Daido Life Insurance Company where he had been in charge of private equity investments since 2002 as well as foreign government bond investments since 1997. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hokkaido University.
Shinji Ohno joined Asahi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (currently Asahi Kasei Corporation) in 1984. He worked in various roles including as sales manager, business planner and business developer over twenty years. He moved to the Finance Department in 2004, where he was involved in M&A finance, capital policy and pension fund management. Mr. Ohno has held his current position as Senior General Manager of Corporate Finance, Asahi Kasei Corporation and Chief Investment Officer of Asahi Kasei Pension Fund since 2017. He is chartered member of the Security Analyst Association of Japan and holds a BA in Economics from Waseda University.
Kaoru Onishi is Deputy General Manager of Foreign Equity & Alternative Investment Department of Nippon Life Insurance Company. She is responsible for leading and enhancing equity investment program of Nippon Life.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Onishi leads Asia/Japan private equity funds investment primarily for Nippon Life. She is also in charge of wide range of alternative investments including private equity and infrastructure especially for third party clients.
She been with Nippon life Insurance Company since 1996, and she had been in charge of ramping up Nippon Life’s international private equity fund investment program since 2003.
Isamu is a Partner and a member of the Client Service Team. He works closely with clients in the management of their portfolios, including providing assistance in the development and monitoring of their private equity programs. Additionally, he is actively involved in the portfolio construction and ongoing monitoring of the various fund of funds programs and separate accounts. Isamu is also involved in the development of consultant relationships.
Isamu spent 15 years with UBS Global Asset Management as a Managing Director and Head of Pension Funds Marketing. As a senior member of the Tokyo team, he was responsible for business development and relationship management of large institutional clients/consultants in Japan.
From 1990 to 1998, Isamu worked for LTCB, a Japanese bank for FX administration, corporate finance including company due diligence for loan lending, client relationship management and business development.
Isamu is a certificated member of the Securities Analyst Association of Japan (CMA).
Katsushi Sakurai is a Principal in Hamilton Lane’s Relationship Management Department, based in the firm’s Tokyo office, where he is primarily responsible for client relationships.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2016, Mr. Sakurai spent more than 8 years with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, most recently as a Head of Investment Group where he led the global private equity funds portfolio management and investment activities. Prior to joining Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, he was a Manager at Softbank Telecom (now Softbank) and General Services. Mr. Sakurai started his career as a business consultant at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (now ABeam Consulting) where he was involved in a number of business reengineering projects.
Mr. Sakurai received a B.A. in Policy Management from Keio University.
Soichi Sam Takata has been with Tokio Marine Asset Management since the creation of the private equity investment team in 2002. Before that, Mr Takata was at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance (Tokio Marine) working in their alternative investment team from 1997 to 1998, and again from 2001 onwards, managing a global portfolio of private equity, hedge funds, infrastructure funds, CDOs/CLOs and other alternative assets.
Mr. Takata spent three years at Tokio Marine Capital, Tokio Marine's private equity investment arm, working on management buyout and development capital transactions in Japan. During this period, he also spent time at private equity houses in the US and the UK. Prior to that, he spent over two years on secondment to the Export-Import Bank of Japan (now the Japan Bank for International Cooperation) working on project finance transactions around the world.
Mr Takata began his career in the international investment department of Tokio Marine overseeing an international portfolio of managed assets. He has a BA in economics from Harvard College.
Yasuyuki Tomita manages global private equity/infrastructure fund investments for Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) and Japanese institutional investors. He joined Development Bank of Japan in 1999 and launched asset management business of DBJ Group in 2012. He has approximately fifteen-year experience in alternative investments.
He has a Bachelor of Economics from Tohoku University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mingchen is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Asia Investments, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2014, Mingchen was a Senior Fund Manager at Tokio Marine Asset Management in Japan, where he was responsible for private equity fund investment globally. Previously, he worked at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and Mizuho Securities.
Mingchen received an M.B.A. from Hitotsubashi University and a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Atsushi Akaike is a Partner, joined CVC in 2015.Mr. Akaike is a member of CVC Japan team and is based in Tokyo. Prior to joining CVC, he spent over eleven years at Advantage Partners as a Senior Partner, he led Management and Leveraged Buy-Out transactions. Prior to this, he worked for McKinsey & Co., Tokyo, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Atsushi holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The University of Tokyo.
Joined Advantage Partners in January 2002. Katsuya has been responsible for Advantage Partners’ investor relations, ESG, and middle/back office administration functions since 2018 and is a member of AP’s investment committee for Japan buyouts. As an investment partner prior to assuming the role of CAO, he was responsible for investments including Polygon Pictures Inc., Nihonkaisui Co., Ltd., and Xacti Corporation. After graduating from university, he joined Bain & Company Japan Inc. and was engaged in various strategic and operational projects for clients across broad industry sectors (financial services, software, auto, electronics, and others). He subsequently transitioned into venture investment and incubation activities for e-commerce and software-related start-ups before joining Advantage Partners. Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Asian Studies, University of Tokyo; Master of Business Administration (MBA), Harvard Business School.
Katsunori Banno is a Partner leading ERM’s Transaction Service (TS) team in Yokohama, Japan. Before joining ERM, Mr. Banno worked in one of the biggest construction companies in Japan for nearly 20 years, where he was involved in over 100 site remediation projects, national radioactive waste repository plannning projects and municipal/ industrial waste management and planning. As a TS team leader, he has conducted and managed numerous environmental site assessments (document reviews, Phase 1s and Phase 2s, client consultation) in inbound/outbound M&A transactions. Further he has practical hands on contaminated site management including planning and managing intrusive site investigations and environmental remediation projects, asbestos abatement, and PCB waste management. He was a member of the policy discussion group in the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industries, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure Transportation from 2006 to 2008.
Mr. Boyle joined Bain Capital Credit in 2007. He is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in the Private Credit Group based in Bain Capital Credit's Boston office. He is responsible for Bain Capital Credit’s Senior Direct Lending strategy and Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. Mr. Boyle started his career with Bain Capital Credit, over which time he has been a member of the portfolio analytics team, the Industry Research team, and the Liquid Credit portfolio management team. Mr. Boyle received a B.S. from Boston College.
Tim Burroughs is managing editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal, having joined the publication in May 2011. He is responsible for all editorial content put out under the AVCJ brand, including Asian Venture Capital Journal, AVCJtv, AVCJ Awards and AVCJ.com. Tim previously spent five years at China Economic Review, serving as editor-in-chief and then editorial director. Located in Greater China since 2003, during which time he has lived in Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong, Tim has been a China-based contributor for publications including The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, BBC and China Daily. Prior to moving to China, he trained and worked as a journalist in the UK. He was honored at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and at the State Street Institutional Press Awards - Asia in 2012.
Kee Lock, Chua is CEO of Vertex Holdings (“VH”), a Singapore-headquartered venture capital investment holding company. Vertex Group is a global venture capital network comprising 4 early stage technology-focused funds (Vertex Ventures China, Vertex Ventures Israel, Vertex Ventures USA, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), an early stage healthcare-focused fund (Vertex Ventures HC) and a growth stage fund (Vertex Growth). Each of these funds is managed by independent and separate General Partnerships and investment teams, with VH providing anchor funding alongside significant 3rd party capital commitments. Mr Chua is concurrently Managing Partner of Vertex Ventures SE Asia & India as well as Chairman of Vertex Growth Fund. Prior to this, he held senior positions in Biosensors International Group, Ltd., a developer / manufacturer of medical devices; Walden International, a US-headquartered venture capital firm; NatSteel Ltd., a Singapore industrial products company, and Intraco Ltd., a Singapore-listed trading/distribution company. Mr. Chua co-founded MediaRing, provider of voiceover-internet, which later listed on Singapore’s stock exchange. He currently serves on the boards of several companies, including Yongmao, a Singapore public-listed company.
Mr. Chua graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.Sc. degree from Stanford University.
Ryo Fujii joined Permira in 2015 and is Partner and Head of Japan. He has been involved in a number of transactions including Akindo Sushiro and John Masters Organics.
Prior to joining Permira, Mr. Fujii was at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) for 9 years, where he took a leadership role in the private equity in Asia and was involved in a number of investments including Intelligence Holdings and Panasonic Healthcare. Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo working on financial advisory and principal investment activities. Prior to that, he served as the government official at the Ministry of Finance, Japan.
Mr. Fujii currently serves on the board of Permira Advisers KK, John Masters Organics Group Inc. and Japan Private Equity Association. Mr. Fujii used to serve on the board of Sushiro Global Holdings, Panasonic Healthcare Holdings, Intelligence Holdings and KKR Capital Markets Japan.
Mr. Fujii received a Bachelor in Law from the University of Tokyo, and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Kelvin Goh is Executive Director and General Counsel of Openspace Ventures. He is a lawyer by training and has worked on significant venture capital and private equity transactions across Asia and Europe over the last decade. With Openspace Ventures, he executes Series A and B technology transactions across South East Asia.
He has worked in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Dubai before relocating to Singapore in 2013. He graduated from the London School of Economics with graduate and post-graduate degrees in law.
James Greenwood joined Permira Debt Managers in June 2007 and has led the business since January 2009. Mr. Greenwood is a member of all PDM investment committees.
Mr. Greenwood has more than 25 years of experience in European Leverage Finance including time spent at Continental Bank, Bankers Trust, Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, and Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director in Leverage Finance.
He joined Lehman Brothers in 2003 as co-head of European Leverage Finance, before moving across to the Financial Sponsor Coverage group in 2005.
Mr. Greenwood holds a degree in Economics from Bristol University, England.
Mr. Hedberg is chief financial officer for CarVal Investors. In addition to leading finance and operations globally for the firm, Mr. Hedberg also manages capital formation activities, including investor relations and fund financing strategy. Mr. Hedberg joined Cargill in 1996 and has held a variety of financial management positions, including serving as global controller for CarVal’s corporate credit business and manager in Cargill’s internal audit department. Prior to joining Cargill, Mr. Hedberg was with Dain Bosworth. Mr. Hedberg received his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and his B.S. in finance, magna cum laude from the University of Colorado. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Managed Funds Association (MFA).
George Hicks is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Värde Partners, and a member of the firm's Investment Committee. As a founder of Värde in 1993, Mr. Hicks was an original architect of the firm's investment thesis and philosophy. He has presided over the growth of the firm, overseeing its transition from a start-up to a global enterprise with the infrastructure required to support offices around the globe and a diverse investor base. He has served as a lead creditor in a number of corporate restructurings and has served on the boards of a number of the portfolio companies owned by the Värde funds. Prior to founding Värde, Mr. Hicks served as senior vice president of Cargill Financial, the financial services subsidiary of Cargill, where he helped build and manage the company's worldwide merchant banking department. A lawyer by training, Mr. Hicks also served as counsel in the Cargill legal department. Mr. Hicks is currently a member of the Asia Society board of trustees. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota with a B.A. in Economics and History, and received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Yuichi Hiromoto has been CEO of JIS Fund II since 2016, and he had also joined in JIS as a part time director overseeing the JIS Fund I since 2010. Mr. Hiromot has more than 25 years of widely-ranged investment experiences at Mitsubishi Corporation as EVP, Group COO at Industrial Finance, Logistics & Development Group, SVP, Division COO at Industrial Finance Division, as well as founder & CEO at Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty, one of the largest J-REIT asset managers in Japan. During that time, he was a director of the Investment Trusts Association as well as chairperson of the Association for Real Estate Securitization's international committee. He earned a bachelor degree of law from the University of Tokyo, and an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, gained “university”status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.
A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the EO Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Wilson Center (based in the US).
In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit - a Japanese version of the WEF's annual Davos Forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as President, and Mr Hori's publication of "100 Actions," a vision for a better Japan.
Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. Mr. Hori now serves as the President of the KIBOW Foundation and manages the KIBOW Impact Investment.
An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013. He also serves as Ambassador for his hometown Mito City and Ibaraki Prefecture. In April, 2016, he purchased the Ibaraki Robots Sports Entertainment and serves as its CEO and principal owner.
He has authored several books including “Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies”, “Six Dimensions of Life”, and “My Personal Mission Statement”.
Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Akira Iinuma joined Polaris in November 2004 after serving at the Investment Banking Group of Mizuho Securities in the areas of food & beverages, retail, and media sectors. At Mizuho Securities, Mr. Iinuma was also engaged in M&A transactions in various sectors, such as industrial products, energy, and financial services as vice president of the M&A Group. Before that, he worked at The Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), first in the international finance division, then in the debt capital markets division (IBJ Securities). He received a BA in International Relations from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.
Tony Jiang is a co-founder and partner at Ocean Link. He leads all of Ocean Link's investments, and he currently serves on the board of eLong, Mafengwo, Yitiao, New Century Kaiyuan Hotels, Ruby Hotels & Resorts, and Mind Education. Prior to founding Ocean Link, Mr. Jiang was with The Carlyle Group from 2006 to 2016 focused on private equity investments in Asia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jiang worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank. He received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University with full scholarship.
Tatsuo Kawasaki is one of the founding Partners of Unison Capital founded in 1998. His investment experience ranges from retail, service, food, financial service, to manufacturing sector. Prior to joining Unison, he worked for Goldman Sachs Japan, McKinsey, and NextCard, an online credit card venture based in San Francisco. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Shinichiro Kita joined Advantage Partners in October 2003. Responsibilities to date include ACTUS Co., Ltd., Seidensha Co., Ltd., Keyport Solutions Inc., MEI Inc./NIPPON CONLUX CO., LTD., CommunityOne Co., Ltd., Interac Co., Ltd., KATITAS CO., LTD., ESG Holdings, United Cinemas Co., Ltd., Wavedash Co., Ltd., IONIC Corporation, Japan Popcorn Co., Ltd., United Precision Technologies, MP Kitchen, Net Protections, Inc, Material Group Inc. and YARUKI Switch Group Holdings, Co., Ltd. Responsible for projects include developing management strategies for auto, finance, telecommunications, food products, trading houses, and healthcare whilst working at Bain & Company Japan after graduating from university. Shinichiro Kita is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo. Shinichiro Kita also has an MBA from business school at UC Berkley.
Megumi Kiyozuka currently serves as President & Representative Director of CLSA Capital Partners Japan. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall investment activities of the firm and serves on the board of numerous portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Kiyozuka was a Director focusing on Japanese buyout opportunities in the consumer, healthcare, and industrial sectors with The Carlyle Group in Tokyo. He spent 6 years at Carlyle and was one of the founding members of Carlyle Japan. Prior to his tenure at The Carlyle Group, he was a Senior Manager at MUFG Bank, Ltd., where he accumulated over 10 years of experience in M&A and syndicated loans across various countries in Asia. Mr. Kiyozuka received a B.A. in Economics from Shiga University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.
T.J. Kono joined Unison Capital in 2002. He has managed a number of investments in Japan since Unison’s first fund, then led Unison’s expansion to Korea as its founding member. Today, he serves as a member of both Japan and Korea Investment Committee. He has been involved in Unison’s investments in Drug Eleven (Japan), Mine-Mart (Japan), UCOM (Japan), Nexcon Technology (Korea), Gong cha (Korea)/Royal Tea Taiwan (Taiwan), and Forbes (Japan). In addition to investment role, he oversees Unison Group’s investor relations functions. Prior to Unison Capital, he worked at Merrill Lynch Japan.
Mr. Kono has a B.S/B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Todd Kropp is a Managing Director in the Deal Advisory practice of KPMG FAS in Tokyo where he is focused on serving both private equity and corporate clients. Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Kropp was the General Manager of a private equity owned specialty chemical manufacturing company with responsibility over operations in Japan and Korean. Before he was appointed General Manager, Mr. Kropp was CFO for North America and Asia. In his roles within the company, Mr. Kropp focused primarily on implementing improvements both in financial reporting as well as the operational side of the business to drive top line and profitability growth. Prior to his role within the portfolio company, Mr. Kropp was a partner with Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services in New York and Tokyo where he worked with private equity and corporate clients advising on transactions in various sectors.
Mr. Kropp holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Economics from Temple University and speaks Japanese fluently.
Chris Lerner is a global Partner and Head of Asia for Eaton Partners where he leads the origination and execution of fundraises, secondaries and strategic advisory. Mr. Lerner has over 18 years’ experience in private markets investments and investment banking with over $15 billion in completed transactions. He is based in China where he has lived and worked for fifteen of the last twenty years. He began his career with Citigroup and its predecessor firms, Salomon Brothers and Smith Barney.
Mr. Lerner received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Tufts University. He also earned a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the College of Foreign Languages in Beijing. Under his leadership, Eaton Partners has been awarded Private Equity International’s fund placement firm of the year in Asia for the past three years, and secondary advisor of the year in Asia for 2016.
Greg Margolies is a Partner in the Ares Credit Group, the Head of Markets for Ares, and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management and is Vice President of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. Additionally, Mr. Margolies serves as a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, the Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund Investment Committee and the Ares Private Equity Group’s Special Opportunities Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2009, Mr. Margolies served as a Managing Director and Global Head of Leveraged Finance and Capital Commitments at Merrill Lynch & Co. and was a member of the Executive Committee for Merrill Lynch’s Global Investment Banking Group. Previously, Mr. Margolies was Co-Head of the DB Capital Mezzanine Fund. Mr. Margolies serves on the Board of Directors for the International Organization for Women and Development, the Advisory Council for University of Michigan’s Life Science Institute and the Board of Trustees for The Juilliard School. Mr. Margolies holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan in International Economics and Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
Kazuki Nakamoto served Representative Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer at Daido Life Insurance Company.
He worked as Managing Director and was in charge of Investment Planning Department, Securities Investment Department, and Investor Relations Department of Daido Life Insurance Company.
He began his career at Daido Life Insurance Company in 1976, and he is a pioneer in alternative investments in Japan. He started Daido’s PE investment program in 1999.
He is now serving as an Audit ＆ Supervisory Board Member of The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners Co. LTD., a Member of Investment Committee of Kindai University and an advisor to Crosspoint Advisors, INC..
He received BS in Mathematics from Osaka University.
Ryoichi Ogawa is a Partner, Head of Operations Group, and Head of IR Group of Polaris. Mr. Ogawa most recently served as Managing Director and CIO of Polaris CG Singapore Pte. Ltd., and an Investment Committee Member of Altair Capital Advisors, a buyout fund that is focused on SMEs in the ASEAN region. Before joining Polaris as a Principal of Investment Group in 2007, Mr. Ogawa worked as a Project Manager at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). His project experience at BCG includes strategy and corporate development, and major organizational- and operational-change efforts in various sectors. Prior to joining BCG, he worked at Mitsui & Co., Ltd., one of the largest international trading companies. Mr. Ogawa received a BA in Political Science from Waseda University and an MBA from London Business School.
Jovasky Pang is the CEO of Archipelago Capital Partners, a Southeast Asian private equity firm. Archipelago focuses on mid-cap buy-out and majority control investments in Southeast Asia, particularly in financial services and consumer related sectors.
Prior to co-founding Archipelago, Mr. Pang was the Global Head of SME and Consumer Banking at Fullerton Financial Holdings (FFH), the financial services investment arm of Temasek Holdings. He was responsible for FFH’s investments in financial institutions and the strategy and management of these companies. He also served for six years as the CEO of BOC Fullerton Community Bank and built it up to become the largest village bank network in China. BOC Fullerton Community Bank had won numerous national awards for excellence in service and innovation, and Mr. Pang was named Banking CEO of the Year (small bank category by the Economic Observer).
Mr. Pang started his career at a global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. He worked extensively with clients across many markets (e.g. Korea, China, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, etc.) and was one of the founders of McKinsey’s Financial Institution Practice in South-east Asia. A Singaporean national, Mr. Pang holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in United Kingdom.
Prior to launching Coral Capital, James Riney was a co-founder and head of 500 Startups Japan. With about $100m under management, he’s been a seed investor in over 40 companies. He is also a Board Director at SmartHR, where he was an early investor and led their ~$14m Series B. Prior to 500 Startups, Mr. Riney covered early stage investments for DeNA’s venture arm, focusing on Silicon Valley and Asia. He was listed on the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list for Finance & Venture Capital in 2016.
Before investing, he was the founding CEO of ResuPress (now Coincheck, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan), and the creator of STORYS.JP, the “Medium.com of Japan.” In another life, he worked at J.P. Morgan in New York and Tokyo. He grew up in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese.
Taisuke Sasanuma founded Advantage Partners in Tokyo in 1992 with Richard Folsom. Between 1992 and 1997, they started and managed two new businesses, one a Value-Added Tax (VAT) reclaim service for corporations and the other an insurance brokerage and risk management business named Advantage Risk Management (TSE8769).
In 1997, they established Japan’s first buyout fund, and Mr. Sasanuma has since focused his time on the development of this private equity investment practice. In addition to the 1997 fund, subsequent funds were raised in 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2013, and most recently in 2017. Through the funds, Advantage has made over 70 buyouts and investments, of which they have successfully exited 50. Recent investments in Japan include the acquisitions of Material Inc. (Public relations agency, staffing agency for marketing professionals) and YARUKI Switch Group Holdings, Co., Ltd. (Individual tutoring schools, English language conversation schools, early childhood education). The firm’s investment activities have also expanded to Greater China and Southeast Asia, where recent acquisitions include Elise Fashion Limited, Vietnam’s women apparel company and EKO Grp Industries Holdings Sdn. Bhd., a metal solution provider specializing in aluminium and zinc die casting in Malaysia.
Earlier in his career, he worked for several years with Sekisui Chemical Corporation. In 1986, he joined the Tokyo office of Bain & Company and worked with several major U.S. and Japanese corporations to develop and implement medium- and long- term strategies. He later joined Monitor Company in its Cambridge headquarters and then moved back to Tokyo where he helped to open Monitor’s Tokyo office in 1989.
He has also served as a part-time instructor at Keio Business School and Chairman of the Japan Private Equity Association. Mr. Sasanuma received a BA in Law from Keio University, an MBA from Keio Business School at Keio University, and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Tomoya Shiraishi co-founded Phronesis Partners, a Japanese private equity firm focusing on small-cap control investments with its differentiated strategy for value creation by supporting further growth of portfolios companies. Since the firm launched the first fund in 2015, it has built a promising investment track record. Its portfolio includes T.N., a leading nail polishing salon chain and FLAVA, a leading online men’s apparel company.
Mr. Shiraishi started his career at JAFCO in 1986. He gained experience in venture capital in Silicon Valley and Asian countries for more than ten years and he led the buyout investment team in Japan as CIO until he left the firm in 2005. Early venture portfolio included ResMed, a U.S. developer of medical equipment for sleep-disordered breathing, which is now listed at $8.0 billon market cap. The buyout portfolio included metal coatings specialist Tocalo, the first privatization in Japan led by a financial sponsor. The company went public with $250 million market cap.
Prior to co-founding Phronesis, Mr. Shiraishi was the head of Japan office of Permira, a leading global private equity firm. At Permira, he led the acquisition of Arysta LifeScienece at $2.2 billion.
He also has a profound knowledge about social impact investment. He founded Social Investment Partners, the first full-scale venture philanthropy organization in Japan. He is also a member of the national advisory board of G8 Impact Investment Task Force.
Mr. Shiraishi holds a bachelor of law from Hitotsubashi University in 1986.
Sarbvir Singh is a seasoned investor with over two decades of experience in venture capital, public market investing and operating experience in consumer products, digital and media sectors.
Before taking over the Managing Partner role at WaterBridge Ventures in 2017, Mr. Singh spent over twelve years working in various investment capacities. This included his stint as Founding Managing Director of Capital18 (Corporate VC fund: 2007-15), alongside serving as the Head of Investments for Network18 and CFO for HomeShop18 (2014-15). Post that, he worked with J.P. Morgan Private Equity as a Regional Advisor for venture capital investments for two years.
Over his career, Mr. Singh has led venture investments in BookMyShow, Yatra, Network Play, Webchutney and DEN Networks via Capital 18; and strategic investments into HomeShop18 and Infomedia Press via Network 18.
Prior to his roles in venture capital, Mr. Singh spent five years as a buy-side analyst for Citi in New York and five years in Business Development and Sales/Marketing roles with Emerson Electric in Hong Kong.
Mr. Singh is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
Jun Tsusaka is the Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer and Founding Member of NSSK, an investment business managing several funds with a focus on Japan. Prior to the formation of NSSK, Mr. Tsusaka was a global Partner of TPG and a Managing Director and Representative of TPG Capital Japan, K.K. He was a member of the Global Investment Review Committee, and member of the Global Partner Selection Committee.
Mr. Tsusaka currently serves on various board of directors for NSSK portfolio companies and is President of the Harvard Club of Japan and a member of the Keizai Doyukai. Mr. Tsusaka graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard College where he graduated with Honors and has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction.
Yasushi Ujioka has dedicated two decades of his career to sustainable development across water and energy sector spanning Asia and Europe, in various capacity from engineering and operation management to principal and private equity investment. Most recently, Mr. Ujioka was a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee at Armstrong Asset Management, manager of the Armstrong S.E. Asia Clean Energy Fund, a USD 162 m private equity fund that has been investing in more than 300 MW utility scale renewable energy IPP projects across SE Asia. Through Armstrong’s investments, Mr. Ujioka has gained a significant hands-on experience in capacity building for local SMEs in the renewable sector including ESG and Corporate Governance practice. Prior to that, Mr. Ujioka spent years in energy efficiency space in Asia, first as Business Development Director of Veolia Energy in Asia, then as Investment Director of China District Energy Fund, closing more than USD 200 million investments. Before coming back to Asia in 2003, Mr. Ujioka spent 8 years as engineer with Degrémont, a world leading water treatment EPC arm of Suez Group, based in Paris and London, becoming Deputy Technical Director in its world HQ in Paris in 2001 providing technical support for the company’s world-wide EPC operations. Mr. Ujioka holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering from the University of Tokyo and MBA from Insead. Mr. Ujioka is fluent in French, English and Japanese, and have good command of other regional languages including Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia.
Kazuhiro Yamada is a Managing Director and Head of Carlyle Japan buyout advisory team. He is based in Tokyo.
Since joining Carlyle in 2001, Mr. Yamada has played a leading role in several of Carlyle’s successful investments, including Asahi Security Co. Ltd, Kito Corp., Rhythm Corp., Gakusei Engokai Co. Ltd, Covalent Materials Corp., AvanStarte Inc., Walbro Co., Ltd., Simplex Inc．and WingArc1st Inc.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yamada was a Senior Vice President of Daiwa Securities SB Capital Markets Co. Ltd (“Daiwa”) where he engaged in cross-border M&A deals along with Lazard Freres. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking for five years, project finance for five years, and commercial banking for five years at Sumitomo Bank (currently "Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation").
Mr. Yamada is a board member at ARUHI Corporation.
Mr. Yamada received a B.S. from the Doshisha University in Kyoto, and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2010.
Reijiro (Ray) Yamamoto, a founding Partner of Integral has over 20 years of experience in investment banking activities including domestic and cross-border M&A, MBOs, LBOs, going-private transactions, debt-restructuring, workouts of multi-national insolvent companies and sales of non-performing loans in Japan, Europe and the US. He is extremely knowledgeable on deal financing issues, having arranged, structured, negotiated financing for numerous transactions.
Mr. Yamamoto began his career with Mitsui Bank (the current Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)) in 1984. In 1990, he joined AT Kearney as a management consultant in Chicago and subsequently, he moved to London in 1991, where he engaged in Sakura Bank’s (currently SMBC’s) structured finance. After 7+ years in London, he returned to Japan in 1998 and joined Sakura Bank’s Mergers and Acquisitions Department (currently SMBC’s M&A firm) where he was in charge of the cross-border M&A group. In 2000, he joined Unison Capital, one of the first buyout funds in Japan. When he was with Unison Capital, he played a key role in the success of Unison’s first fund. He provided advisory services to his portfolio companies often taking on the director role at the companies in which the fund invested.
While at GCA, he structured and closed the MBO of World Co., Ltd., the largest MBO in Japan and also led a lot of landmark M&A deals of Japan such as a US$19 billion worth merger between Hankyu and Hanshin railway companies. He was also an investment committee of Fund I of Mezzanine Corporation, a 100% subsidiary of GCA and the first independent Mezzanine investment firm in Japan.
Yoshinobu Yarita joined PAG in October 2016. He formerly worked at Nomura Securities and has held senior positions across various business strategies for over 29 years, including head of business development of Nomura Principal Finance, where he managed large buyout transactions. Mr. Yarita graduated from Yokohama National University with a degree in international economics.
Daniel Yeh is a Partner and Head of Private Equity in Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong. He has over 15 years of combined experience practicing in Hong Kong and New York.
Mr. Yeh regularly advises global and Asia-based private equity sponsors and other financial investors in connection with their transactions across jurisdictions in Asia, the U.S. and globally. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including public and private acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, tender offers, PIPE transactions, preferred equity investments and joint ventures. Mr. Yeh also advises clients on a variety of corporate and securities law matters.
Masa Yoshizawa is Representative Director and Partner of The Longreach Group, Inc. (“LGI”) which he co-founded in 2003. LGI is a Tokyo based consulting firm that provides investment consulting services in Japan with a focus on the mature industrial and technology, business services, consumer related sectors, and financial services.
Mr. Yoshizawa’s lead responsibilities include investment strategy, advisory on business development, research, and execution of opportunities in Japan. Mr. Yoshizawa has had key origination and advisory roles in conglomerate divestitures such as the acquisition and exit of OCC Corporation, SANYO Electric Logistics, Hitachi Via Mechanics, Sol-Plus Group, Primo Japan, Nippon Outsourcing Corporation, Kohikan and Fujitsu Component. He is involved in management of the businesses he advises and is a member of the board.
Before founding LGI, Mr. Yoshizawa was Managing Director and Head of Technology and Healthcare Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in Japan, where he focused on advising large Japanese conglomerates on execution of major carve-outs of non-core businesses in the semiconductor, computer industrial technology and other healthcare related areas. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he spent seven years at Robertson, Stephens & Company as Managing Director and Head of the Tokyo office where he established its start-up operations in Tokyo including investment banking, equity sales and asset management business. Mr. Yoshizawa started his banking career at The Sumitomo Bank, Tokyo.
Mr. Yoshizawa holds a Bachelor of Laws from Hokkaido University and was Valedictorian of his class of 1984. He served as the Chairman of Japan Private Equity Association for two years from September 2015. Mr. Yoshizawa is also a member of Japan Association of Corporate Executives.
Emre Hidekazu Yuasa is Principal at Globis Capital Partners, leading investments in IT startups targeting digital transformation of various industries. His track record includes GLM (electric vehicle startup, acquired by a Hong Kong based public company) and he sits on the board of Sensyn Robotics (integrated drone solution), MFS (mortgage and personal credit scoring), Global Mobility Service (auto loan, IoT), TABILABO (digital media and brand studio), Photosynth (smartlock IoT) and work closely with Shippio (digital freight forwarder), and CADDi (procurement platform for manufacturing parts).
Prior to joining Globis Capital Partners, Mr. Yuasa worked for Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (Tokyo) and KPMG Management Consulting (Tokyo), where he specialized in overseas expansion and Post Merger Integration.
He currently teaches at Globis University Graduate School of Management (MBA).
Mr. Yuasa graduated from Harvard Business School (MBA) and Ohio State University (magna cum laude).
Since joining J-STAR as a founding member in 2006, Tatsuya Yumoto has been involved in origination, execution, monitoring, and exiting. He also leads sourcing project of the company. His supervising investments include Nihon Hoken Service, Nurse Call, Tokai Trim, Apo Plus Station, Tokachi, and Tachibana. In prior to joining J-STAR, he worked at JAFCO, where he performed investments for Medical Tribune and Showa Yakuhin Kako. At JAFCO, Mr. Yumoto also gained experience in venture capital investments for companies in the information, electronics, logistics and service industries. He oversaw investments for 11 companies and planned exit strategies for 9 companies, 2 of which were IPO exits.
Wei Zhou is the Founding Managing Partner at CCV. Before starting CCV, Mr. Zhou was Managing Partner at KPCB China as a founding member, and led its digital practice group in Greater China.
Leading the top-tier Silicon Valley VC China fund for 10 years, Mr. Zhou backed companies at early stage including JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), CreditEase (NYSE:YRD), Rong360 (NYSE:JT), Himalaya FM, Yixia.com, Tan Tan (acquired by NASDAQ: MOMO), VenusTech (SZ:002439), Manzuo.com (acquired by SuNing), Yixia.com, ULUCU (NEEQ:837110), Miaozhen Systems, Asia Innovation Group, Scinor Water (acquired by TRCE:300332), KJY Water (NEEQ:835159), and Arrail Dental. After establishing CCV, Mr. Zhou invested JD Digits, Perfect, Ice Kredit, Zuzuche, Veer VR, Menya, Bizvane, Joyrun, Cowa Robot, Lomotif, Dingdong Class, Shukun Technology, and Yunhu Health. Wanka Online (HKSE:1762) went public in December 2018, less than 18 months after CCV’s series B investment.
Before joining KPCB China as a founding member, Mr. Zhou was the CEO of Shanghai Hanbo Tech Co., a leading e-payment solution provider, which was later successfully acquired. Prior to that, Mr. Zhou held senior positions at Start Computer Group (SH:600734) since 1994. As the youngest executive, he grew from a regional operation leader to the supervisor of the entire e-payment ecosystem and corporate M&A. He led the company throughout its startup stage, IPO, to the following years of fast growth.
Mr. Zhou was named among China’s Top 20 Best Venture Capitalists by Forbes, China’s Top 30 Most Influential Venture Capitalists by Fortune, China’s Top 10 Best Venture Capitalist by CV Awards, China’s Top 10 Influential Investors by Huaxing Group, and China’s Top 50 Founding Partners Voted by Fund of Funds by FoF Weekly.
Mr. Zhou also serves as a governor and treasurer of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (“CVCA”).
Mr. Zhou holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.