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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.
Mr. Jin Ho Chai is a Partner and Head of Investment Division II at STIC. He joined STIC in 2010, and played roles of deal sourcing, execution, and portfolio management. He played key roles in STIC’s secondary and special opportunity strategies. Mr. Chai has extensive network and capability to make proprietary deals, which differentiates the fund’s investment portfolio from those of competitors.
Prior to joining STIC, Mr. Chai was the chief executive officer and co-founder of GoldenPole, a corporate restructuring consultancy firm. Before that, he was a project manager at Korea Corporate Restructuring Corporation (KCRC), an M&A advisor for distressed companies. He began his career as an equity research analyst at Shinyoung Securities in 1998.
Mr. Chai holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in economics from Seoul National University.
- The Hill School (1992–1996)
- University of Southern California - Bachelor of Economics and East Asian Cultures and Languages (1996-2001)
- Yonsei University - Master of Business Administration (2010-2013)
- Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (2018.09-present)
Head of Invest KOREA
- Oversee foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction activities (investor targeting, investment promotion, etc.)
- Manage overseas investment (including outbound M&A)
- Cooperate with government, domestic & foreign agencies on inbound/outbound FDI
- Incheon Global Campus Foundation (2013.08-2018.08)
University Relations Team
- Attracted foreign universities (The State University of New York, George Mason University Korea, The University of Utah Asia Campus, etc.) and supported campus operations
- Conducted national projects and tasks including the establishment of bio-centers
- Established the business incubator center and attracted foreign accelerators & VC
- CBRE Korea (2007.06-2010.06)
Manager, Consulting Team
- Created and consulted on real estate asset optimization portfolios
- Consulted on financial validity and risk management of overseas projects
Cliff Chau joined HOPU Investments in 2012 and serves as CFO, Co-COO and Partner in charge of healthcare investments. Cliff has over 20 years of experience in international financial industry with in-depth financial advisory and management experience in both the U.S. and China. Besides his CFO and Co-COO duties, he focuses on building a HOPU healthcare ecosystem and investing in biotech, medtech and healthcare services companies.
Cliff brings a wealth of experience in investments, risk management, operations and sales & marketing to his approach to healthcare industry. His current portfolio companies include Ambrx Inc., a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in San Diego, Mevion Medical Systems, a proton therapy system company headquartered in Massachusetts and I-Mab Biopharma, a China-based global player in innovative biologics and he sits on the boards of Ambrx and Mevion. In the early stage of his career, Cliff was responsible for the sales and marketing of clinical and laboratory products of Beckman Instruments, Bio-Rad and Merck in China.
Prior to joining HOPU, Cliff was the Managing Director and Head of Finance Department of China Investments Corporation (CIC). He was a member of CIC’s risk management committee and an observer of investment committee. He also represented CIC sitting on the boards of CITIC Capital and China Jianyin Investment Limited. Before CIC, Cliff was a Partner of KPMG’s Transaction Services Practice, where he advised numerous cross-border transactions and was deeply involved with assisting companies to implement their China strategies. He worked at KPMG’s Beijing office and Los Angeles office.
Cliff also sits on the boards of Advisory Committee for the Quantitative Finance Program of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Sinopec Marketing Company, and The China Tea Company.
Cliff holds an MBA from State University of New York, a BSc. in Biochemistry from CUHK and a C.P.A. State of California.
Wonpyo Choi is a partner in Bain & Company's Seoul office. He leads Bain Seoul's Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices.
Wonpyo joined Bain & Company Korea in 1998.
He has extensive experience advising global and local private equity clients on fund strategy, deal screening, due diligence and post-acquisition value creation. He also led dozens of M&A strategy and PMI projects for Korean and multinational corporate with specialty in due diligence and post-merger integration in cross-border M&A.
He has served clients on various industries, spanning consumer goods, food and beverages, general and specialty retail, e-commerce, machinery, shipbuilding, airlines, logistics, media, telecom, software, healthcare, financial services, leisure and services.
Wonpyo’s extensive consulting experiences covers corporate portfolio strategy, growth strategy, organization, change management and operational full potential.
Wonpyo earned an MBA with the highest distinction (Palmer Scholar) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Finance. He is a graduate of Seoul National University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with honors (summa cum laude).
Fred supports all aspects of the decision-making process of the Private Credit Investment Team, including sourcing, structuring, reviewing, and negotiating deal opportunities.
Prior to joining Adams Street, Fred was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs. In this role, he focused on investing capital out of various private debt vehicles, including the firm's first Business Development Company (BDC), as well as managing initial credit reviews, structuring the financing, business due diligence, participating in Investment Committee approval, negotiating deal terms, and coordinating legal documentation.
Fred’s other experience includes a Vice President role at Fifth Street Asset Management, an Associate role at Greenhill & Co. and Golden Arc Capital, and an Analyst position at Banc of America Securities. Frederick commenced his career at Lehman Brothers, as an Analyst within the Credit Derivatives team.
Fred is a member of the Private Credit Investment Committee and the Portfolio Construction Committee.
Managing Director, joined CVC in 2016. Myunghoon is a member of the CVC Korea team and is based in Seoul.
Prior to joining CVC, Myunghoon worked at the Carlyle Group's Asia buyout team. Myunghoon received his BS in mechanical engineering from Seoul National University, MA in international economics from John Hopkins University SAIS and MBA from INSEAD.
Jim Hildebrandt is a Managing Director of Bain Capital in Hong Kong and a founder of the Bain Capital Asia business.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Hildebrandt was a partner at Bain & Company, helping to establish Asian offices in China, Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia. Mr. Hildebrandt served on the Global Operating and Compensation Committees, and had regional leadership responsibility for the Private Equity and Financial Services Practices.
Mr. Hildebrandt received an MBA from Stanford Business School and graduated as the Henry Ford II Scholar. He received a JD from the University of Toronto and studied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario.
Andy Ho is Managing Director and Chief Investment Executive of VinaCapital, where he oversees the capital markets, private equity, fixed income and venture capital investment teams. Previously, Mr. Ho was Director of Investment at Prudential Vietnam’s fund management company, where he managed the capital markets portfolio and Prudential’s bank investment strategy. He has also held management positions at Dell Ventures (the investment group of Dell Computer Corporation) and Ernst & Young. Mr. Ho is a leading authority on capital markets investment, privatisations, and private equity deals and structures in Vietnam, where he has led private placement deals totalling over USD700 million. He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.
Mr. Jang has joined the firm in November 2015 as a Chief Investment Officer of POBA. As the CIO, he has senior management oversight of the firm's investments totaling around US$ 11 bil. and leads the firm's strategic expansion in overseas investment area, reflecting the growing importance of asset size and portfolio diversification. He is responsible for portfolio investments including equity, fixed income, and alternatives. Previously, Mr. Jang was the Assistant Director in the Financial Supervisory Services (FSS) of Korea. With more than 20 years of experience in the Korean investment industry including managing equity and PEF portfolios for the National Pension Fund, he is an all-rounded investment executive, who has worked across multiple functions including the CEO of AllianceBernstein Asset Management (Korea) and across private and government sectors. Mr. Jang earned a MBA from University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Dongguk University.
Mr. Kim joined PAG in March 2010 and is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of PAG Private Equity, the private equity arm of PAG, based in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Investment Team for PAG Asia Capital, which manages the firm’s buyout funds. He is also responsible for investor relations and fundraising activities for the firm’s private equity buyout and growth strategies. Mr. Kim has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, including 15 years at Lehman Brothers in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul and Hong Kong. Prior to joining PAG in 2010, Mr. Kim was head of the Asia Financial Institutions Group at Nomura International and Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Yale College, a Master of Science degree in aeronautics from Caltech and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Eric J. Kim is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital, a global venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley with over $800 million in AUM. Eric has led investments into leading digital companies such as Kakao (IPO – KOSDAQ:035720), Musical.ly (acquired by Bytedance / Tik Tok), Coupang, Xendit, Zenefits, Memebox, Frank & Oak, Viva Republica (Toss), Pager, Tophatter, Simple Health, Everlywell, Anomalie, and Dote.
Prior to co-founding Goodwater, Eric was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital where he helped to build Maverick's private investment practice during his tenure. Eric was also on the executive team of two technology companies spun out of Stanford University. Eric began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Eric first learned to code as an undergrad at Yale University where he majored in Cognitive Science (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and was a member of the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos. Eric also received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Eric serves on the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology and the board of St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University.
Jinman is a member of the Asian Client Service team, focusing on Korea and Japan. He was previously with Macquarie where he worked on principal investment and M&A advisory. He has an MBA from London Business School and Bachelor of Science in aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University. In addition to his native Korean, Jinman also speaks Japanese. Jinman is based in Seoul.
Jong-Ho (James) Kim is Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at KIC. Mr. Kim was previously responsible for both fund investments and direct investments as Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure at KIC. Prior to joining KIC, he was Head of Finance and Acquisitions at HSEC, Hanwha Group’s solar downstream investment arm, and a senior manager responsible for M&A and corporate strategy in the Chairman’s Office of Hanwha Group. He also worked for Hanwha Life Insurance, where he led overseas alternative investments including private equity, real estate, and infrastructure.
Mr. Kim received a BS from Seoul National University and a master’s in real estate from Harvard University.
Soomin Kim is a partner of Unison Capital. He established the firm’s Korea operation.
Before joining Unison Capital, Mr. Kim was a partner of Bain & Company, where he established and headed the firm’s Private Equity Group and M&A Group in Korea.
Mr. Kim also worked in Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, where he advised major Asian companies on various M&A and corporate finance projects.
Mr. Kim earned an MBA with concentrations in finance and general management from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Seoul National University.
Taeyub Kim is a Partner, and Head of Korea for Affirma Capital, based in Seoul. He has 18 years of experience in consulting and private equity investment, and raised five private equity funds in and outside Korea. Since joining the platform in 2008, he has served as an investment committee member of Affirma Capital (formerly known as Standard Chartered Private Equity (“SCPE”)) executed more than 15 investments and currently serves on the boards of Environment Management Corporation (EMC), AJ Networks, Daelim Motor, Sung Gyung Food, Sunwoo MT, and Hwasung Cosmetics.
Prior to joining Affirma Capital (formerly, SCPE), Taeyub played an integral role as a founding member of Shinhan Private Equity, where he was actively involved in the execution of seven investments. Before that, he worked as a specialist in corporate finance at the Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on portfolio management, strategy development, and financial restructuring.
Taeyub received a BS in psychology and a MBA from Seoul National University, and an MPA in International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Yi-Dongis the Head of Deal Advisory 5 in KPMG Korea, with over 17 years experience asa partner specializing in financial advisory services (Fund Investment Advisory& Corporate Finance).
Yi-Dong focuses on providing corporate finance and investment advisory services, including mezzanine investment fund, merger and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures, and valuation services.
Regarding M&A services, Yi-Dong recently provided buyer-side advisory services for the acquisition of Wonbang Tech Co., Ltd., and KCI Limited. He also provided sell-side advisory services for the sale of KDA Ltd., Donghae Machinery & Aviation Co., Ltd., and NOX Corp.
Regarding private equity investments, he provided numerous advisory services to the private equity such as Affinity Capital (acquisition of HK Savings Bank), IMM PE (acquisition of cosmetic company and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries), Crescendo Capital Partners (investment in semiconductor manufacturer and Hancom), and Bain Capital (acquisition and sale of Carver Korea, and acquisition of Hugel)
Regarding Valuation services, Yi-Dong performed various DCF valuations of corporations (such as Yahoo Korea, Kia Motors and LG Card) subject to Primary-CBO.
As for mezzanine deal experience, Yi-Dong established aircraft acquisition fund to successfully raise capital from Korean institutional investors for its project fund (acquisition of 2 A330 Aircrafts)
As for US deal experience, Yi-Dong established the investment fund of KRW 100 billion for Chapter 11 companies with Aladdin Capital in the U.S., and advised on the investments of the fund. Furthermore, he also established the ABS investment fund of KRW 340 billion, using the U.S. bailout loans including term asset backed loan facility with U.S-based BelstarGroup and advised on the investments of the fund.
Lastly, Yi-Dong has advised on a number of institutions, including Korea Investment Corporation, Government Employees Pension Service, Public Officials Benefit Association and Dongbu Fire Insurance, and investments on an individual project basis.
Dennis Kwan is the Regional Head of Asia Pacific and a member of the Global Leadership of MVision Private Equity Advisers, which he joined in 2014.
At MVision, Dennis is involved in global origination as well as managing global fundraisings, and developing and maintaining investor relationships. He is an experienced private equity and infrastructure professional with a strong management consulting and restructuring experience in Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining MVision, Dennis spent seven years with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust (Hong Kong), a subsidiary of one of the largest trust banks in Japan. At Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, he focused on private equity and infrastructure fund investments. Prior to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, he was a senior advisor at KPMG Business Advisory Practice, where he has led numerous restructuring, reorganization and performance improvement initiatives. Dennis also held various senior roles at Sony Corporation in both Asia and Europe.
Dennis received an MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading and Bachelor of Commerce in Finance (With Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Chulmin Lee is a founding member of VIG Partners, where he joined in 2005. Mr. Lee worked as a Senior Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (“BCG”) for five years, engaged in numerous post-merger integration, operational improvement, strategy development, commercial due diligence, and corporate restructuring projects. Mr. Lee managed most of BCG’s M&A and post-merger integration projects in Korea, including overseas strategic investments and cross-border post-merger integrations. Mr. Lee’s experience spans various industries, including industrial goods, financial services, consumer electronics, and telecommunications. Mr. Lee holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and graduated with a BS in Computer Science and Statistics from Seoul National University.
IMM Private Equity, Inc. is one of the leading private equity investment firms in Korea with approximately US$3 billion under management.
At IMM, Hae-Joon Joseph Lee is responsible for sourcing and executing private equity investments in Korea and Asia and cooperating with Korean and international investors on fund and co-investment opportunities.
Previously, Mr. Lee was with Fortress Investment Group, Morgan Stanley, and Skadden, Arps in New York. Mr. Lee served in the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army as an officer in the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mr. Lee graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Chemistry and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a CFA charterholder.
Jay Hyun is a managing director in the Principal Investment Area, managing investments in Korea.
Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division for seven years. Jay Hyun joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as an associate and was named managing director in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan, KPMG Korea and Korea Long Term Credit Bank.
Jay Hyun serves on the boards of Woowa Brothers Corp., Zigbang Co., Ltd., HappyCall Co., Ltd. and SIB Sunin Co., Ltd. He is also a board member of the Foundation of the Milk Delivery to Check-in on the Elderly in Korea.
He earned a BA in Economics from Seoul National University in 1997 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.
Jung Yup Lee is a Senior Principal, Private Equity Asia at CPPIB. He was a partner and head of Korea at Headland Capital Partners. He worked with Headland for more than 13 years and was responsible for private equity investments primarily in Korea. He was also a member of the investment committee. He began his career in 2000 with H&Q Asia Pacific Korea in Seoul.
Mr. Lee holds a BSc in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University.
Mr. Makam joined Oaktree in 2001 and currently serves as co-portfolio manager for the Middle-Market Finance Group. His primary responsibilities include oversight of the group’s professionals, portfolio construction and overall management of the Mezzanine Finance and Middle-Market Direct Lending strategies. Prior to joining Oaktree, Mr. Makam worked at Banc of America Securities LLC (previously NationsBanc Montgomery Securities LLC) for four years in their Leveraged Finance/High Yield Group. During that period, he specialized in bridge finance and was responsible for deal origination, market analysis, structuring, due diligence and legal documentation. Prior to joining Banc of America Securities in 1997, he worked for five years as a senior software engineer at Montage Group Ltd. and Dantec Electronics Inc. Mr. Makam received a B.S. degree with distinction in engineering from the Bangalore Institute of Technology, India. He then went on to receive an M.S. degree in engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio and an M.B.A. in finance from Yale University.
Mr. Rodney Muse is one of two Managing Partners of Navis. He leads Investments teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, sits on Investment Committee and sits on the boards and /or executive committees of several Navis portfolio companies. He has been active in Navis investments across many industries and geographies since Navis' inception.
He co-founded Navis in 1998 with Messrs. Bloy and Foyston with whom he worked while at The Boston Consulting Group.
He holds and MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Hons degree from St. Lawrence University.
Heeeun Park scored with the mobile dating service IUM she founded in Korea in 2010 and led within four years to a market-leading position of more than 1million subscribers. Her encore: join the firm that backed her startup, Altos ventures, and it relatively large $395 million Korean fund. She has been in charge of Korea investment for the past five years since the formation of the company's first Korean fund. A star in the Seoul startup scene, she has invested in more than 30 Korean mobile and consumer tech companies. Starting her career as a strategy manager at online gaming publisher and developer NCsoft. She received a B.A in Communications from the Seoul Nat’l University and was selected by Forbes as the 30 under 30 in 2016.
Jaeuk Park is the founder and CEO of VCNC, a company building mobile communication service for couples called Between. Between provides private online space for couples to communicate and share their memories. It is the first and the biggest private social media for couples in the world. VCNC had acquired by SOCAR, Korean no.1 mobility company in 2018. Jaeuk became COO of SOCAR after joining SOCAR.
After the acquisition, VCNC launched TADA, no.1 premium ride-hailing platform in Korea.
Jaeuk majored in both electrical engineering and business administration at Seoul National University.
Aaron is a managing director and co-founder of Ascendo Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Korea that invests in tech-based startups and accelerates their growth via cross-border business development. Aaron was previously an Asia Investment Partner at Formation 8. Aaron led investments in a variety of industries including virtual reality, big data, healthcare, consumer technology and entertainment.
Prior to Formation 8, Aaron served as an investment professional at Softbank Ventures Korea, a venture capital subsidiary of Softbank Corp., focusing on startups and growth stage companies in e-commerce, digital content and other technology sectors. Aaron began his career as a co-founder and CTO of NodeNIC in South Korea, where he invented a patented domain lookup technology and led software development.
Aaron earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Seoul National University in South Korea.
Mr. Vadim Shpak joined Vickers in 2016 as Managing Director. He contributes to Vickers’s overall investment strategy, by, among other things, participating in investment selection and recommendation, and portfolio monitoring. In this regard, he also maintains relationships with portfolio companies and works with them to enhance strategic and financial value.
Vadim also participates in the ongoing management and monitoring of both the financial and operational aspects of Vickers’s fund investments. He establishes and maintains relationships with institutional and individual investors to provide comprehensive and current updates and reports of the Vickers funds to enhance understanding of the value created by the firm.
Mr Tsang has been in the finance industry for over 20 years, in particular he has close to two decades of experience in private equity and venture capital. Mr Tsang’s industry experience includes: education and professional services, real estate, natural resources/mining, advanced manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, retail, consumer products, logistics, TMT, environmental products/services, energy and alternative energy, financial services etc. The companies he has been involved with include Noah Education Holdings Limited, Minsheng Education Group (1569.HK), Galloping Horse Media Group Limited, Kangda International Environmental Protection Holding Limited (6136.HK), Pansoft Group Limited, Ambow Education, Hidili Industry International Development Limited (1393.HK), Launch Tech Co Ltd (2488.HK), Great Wall Auto (2333.HK, 601633.CN), Nord Anglia Education, Kasca Education, China Mini-Storage. Prior to founding Strategic Year Holdings Limited, he spent 13 years at Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”), where his last position was Managing Director. He was the Founding Partner of Baring Asia’s Beijing office. Prior to that, he was with Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific doing equity research, focusing on media and retail sectors. In the 1990s, Mr Tsang began his career at Peregrine Investment Holdings, where he was involved with Asian fixed income sales and marketing.
Mr Tsang is currently President, Co-Chairman of PRC Committee and Co-Chairman of Real Assets Committee of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA). Previously, he was Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s Chairman of the Board (2013-2015). Mr Tsang is a Member of the Mainland Business Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). He is also the Co-Chairman of the Financial Services Committee of Hong Kong China Chamber of Commerce (HKCHCC). Prior to founding Strategic Year Holdings Limited, he was an Asia Senior Advisor with Apollo Education Group.
Mr Tsang obtained a Master’s Degree in Management Studies at University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (First Class Honors) at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, United Kingdom.
CBN Weekly, “2011-2012 Most Valuable Partners 50 in China”
Forbes China Magazine, “2008,2009, The 50 Best Venture Capitalists in China”
Top Capital Magazine, “2008 The Best PE Investor of The Year”
China Most Valuable Venture Enterprises Awards, “2008 The Best PE Investor”
Zero2IPO Group, “2007, 2009, Top 10 PE Capitalists in China”
World Eminence Chinesebusiness Association, “Top 100 Most Visionary Chinese Investors (2007, 2008)”
China Venture Group, “2008 The Top 30 PE Investors of The Year”
Mr. Bing Xu is the co-founder of SenseTime who is passionate about building AI innovations for a better tomorrow. Before founding SenseTime, Bing was a PhD candidate conducting research on deep learning and computer vision at the Multimedia Lab of Chinese University of Hong Kong. Bing, together with several co-founders from the same university lab, founded SenseTime in 2014 and cultivated the company into the largest AI pure-play globally in 5 years. Bing is a key executive of the company, primarily managing corporate development strategies and overseeing fundraising activities. Bing’s efforts have raised over $2.5Bn in capital for SenseTime thus far. Bing was named one of the most promising innovators under 35 in China by the MIT Tech Review and is featured on Forbes 30 under 30 Asia List.
Bing holds two bachelor’s degrees in Information Engineering and in Mathematics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
David is a Managing Director at Top Tier and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. He also leads the corporate development team and is responsible for the management, development and growth of Top Tier’s offerings. His thirty plus years of industry knowledge and networking uniquely equips him to be a liaison and international ambassador not only for Top Tier’s brand, but also the broader venture community. In 2000, David joined Phil Paul to lead the fund of funds team at Paul Capital which spun out in 2011 to form Top Tier. Over the past three decades in Silicon Valley and during his tenure on different trading desks on Wall Street, including posts at Chase H&Q, Volpe Welty & Co., Drexel Burnham Lambert and Paine Webber, David has developed an extensive network among private equity managers, particularly venture capitalists. David graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering.
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.