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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.
Shane is Founder and Partner of Openspace Ventures, a Singapore-headquartered VC focused on investments in Southeast Asia-based technology companies. Openspace currently manages 4 funds with total committed capital of over US$350M. Selected Openspace investments overseen by Shane include Gojek, HaloDoc, Whispir, Biofourmis, Finnomena and Tanihub Group.
Openspace’s inaugural fund is consistently performing top 5% of VC funds globally according to Cambridge Associates benchmark. As of June 2020, a total of US$6.5 bn follow-on capital has been raised by Openspace portfolio companies. In 2018, Shane was a finalist for Asian VC/PE “Professional of the Year” as coordinated by the Asian Venture Capital Journal.
Shane was previously Managing Director and Co-Head (Technology Investment Banking, of Citigroup Asia-Pacific. As a technology banker, he spent over thirteen years advising Asian technology companies and financial sponsors on capital raising and M&A strategies. Over this time, his clients have included strategic players such as Qihoo, Mediatek, Pactera, Acquity, Hisoft, ASE, SAS and sponsors such as Temasek, Khazanah, ATIC, GGV, CVCI and DCM. Shane has acted as advisor on many technology M&A transactions including SaS acquisition of Covalent, sale of Singapore Computer Systems to NCS in 2009 and the private equity buyouts of SPI, Unisteel, MMI and Acument. Prior to his banking career, Shane was a strategy consultant with Bain and Company and GEM Consulting in Australia.
Shane has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD Singapore where he was a recipient of the IAA Asian Campus scholarship and a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce from UWA.
Willson Cuaca is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of East Ventures, a Southeast Asian early-stage investment fund and the VC pioneer of Indonesia. The firm started investing in 2009 when no one believed in the potential of Indonesia’s consumer Internet.
East Ventures has funded hundreds of early-stage companies in Southeast Asia since their early days. Most of the companies have received subsequent funding rounds and are riding on top of Indonesia’s middle-class consumer growth. The firm has also exited investments through M&A to local and international companies. Last year, East Ventures was named the most consistent top performing VC fund globally by Preqin, and most active investor in SEA and Indonesia by various media.
Suresh Dalai is a Senior Director in Alvarez & Marsal’s Asia practice and is based in the Singapore office. He has 20+ years of experience leading transformations in retail and consumer businesses, in Asia and the U.S. He has worked for brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna China, Levi Strauss Asia, Unilever, and the retail consultancy Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA).
Over the last two and half years, Mr. Dalai was seconded as Interim COO and Board Member to a US$600M PE-backed Indonesian footwear and children’s retailer. Mr. Dalai was embedded in the management team and led the execution of several value-creation initiatives to improve the company’s end-to-end product flow and retail operations. Mr. Dalai was also part of an A&M interim leadership team that led the turnaround of the China BU of a global fast-fashion brand.
Prior to A&M, Mr. Dalai was part of the management teams for Zegna in Greater China and Levi’s Strauss, Asia. In both brands, he led the development of end-to-end merchandising, planning, and supply chain capabilities.
Mr. Dalai has an MBA from Columbia University and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Mr. Dalai has worked in the U.S., China, SE Asia, Japan and India.
Robin oversees Asia-Pacific coverage for Inframation. A 22-year news veteran, with 13 of them spent editing financial news, Robin has worked for the world's leading news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. He has been a regular on live television, commenting mainly on Chinese government and central bank policy. At Inframation he is responsible for daily news coverage and analysis written by a team of journalists spread across Greater China, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia.
Principal, joined CVC in 2014. Atiff is a member of CVC's private equity operations team in Asia and is based in Singapore. He is on the Board of 5 portfolio companies spanning FMCG, Retail, QSR and Healthcare across SEA.
He has worked in the retail and consumer goods field in Europe and Asia for 25 years, and as a CEO of 3 companies. Prior to joining CVC, he worked as CEO of Lacoste (China) based in Shanghai. Prior to that, he worked for Kingfisher plc, Kurt Salmon Associates, Metersbonwe, and Williamson-Dickie.
Atiff holds a BSc Degree from London University and is a Post-Graduate from Oxford University.
Alicia Gregory is currently Head of Private Equity at Future Fund, Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund where she has responsibility for in excess of $22bn in assets invested in private equity. Prior to that she worked for MLC for 17 years, most recently as Head of Private Equity.
Alicia has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector and holds a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney, is a CFA charterholder and has completed the General Management Programme at INSEAD.
Ben Hart focuses on the development of institutional client and consultant relationships, and works with other members of the investor relations team to serve the needs of Adams Street Partners’ clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Ben worked at Capital Dynamics as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Asia, overseeing the firm’s business development efforts in Asia and North America.
Before Capital Dynamics, Ben served as Managing Director at Aircom International, focused on improving regional business performance. He also held senior business development positions at Convergys Corporation, Alliance Digital, Inc., and the JM Network.
Saifulbahri Hassan is a Senior Vice President with Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) [“KWAP”], Malaysia’s largest public sector pension fund where he leads the Private Equity and Infrastructure investment efforts for the organisation.
Professionally, Saiful has early industry exposure in Information Technology and Electronics Manufacturing. The last 18 years of his career has been in private equity, venture capital and developmental finance. Prior to joining KWAP, he was the Vice President of Malaysia Venture Capital Management Ltd (MAVCAP), a venture capital firm.
Saiful obtained his degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA and his master’s degree in Management from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
Alicia García Herrero is the Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis. She also serves as Senior Fellow at European think-tank BRUEGEL and non-resident Research Fellow at Madridbased political think tank Real Instituto Elcano. She is currently Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and member of the advisory board of Berlin-based China think-tank MERICS. Finally, Alicia is advisor to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s research arm (HKIMR) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as well as a member of the board of the Hong Kong Forum and co-founder of Bright Hong Kong.
In previous years, Alicia held the following positions: Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Member of the Asian Research Program at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Head of the International Economy Division of the Bank of Spain, Member of the Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Head of Emerging Economies at the Research Department at Banco Santander, and Economist at the International Monetary Fund. In addition, Alicia has always combines her professional career with academia, having served as visiting Professor for John Hopkins University, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and Carlos III University in Madrid.
Alicia holds a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and has published extensively in refereed journals and books (see her publications in ResearchGate or Google Scholar. Alicia is also very active in international media (Bloomberg and CNBC among others) as well as social media (Twitter, LinkedIn and Weibo). As recognition of her leadership thoughts, Alicia has recently been nominated TOP Voices in Economy and Finance by LinkedIn.
Andy Ho is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer 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.
James Huang is Founding Managing Partner of Panacea Healthcare Venture Capital (RMB 615m Fund & USD180.5m Fund). He has devoted his passion、diligence、intelligence and loyalty into life science and investment industry over 30 years. He is a successful entrepreneur、investor and an opinion leader in Venture Capital healthcare sector in China. Panacea Venture is focusing on investments in innovative and transformative early and growth stage healthcare and life sciences companies worldwide.
James Huang is also managing partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers China. He joined the firm in 2011 and focuses on the firm’s life sciences practice. His main investment interests are innovation around China’s growing healthcare markets and helping entrepreneurs build companies. James has made more than 15 investments in China since 2007.
Prior to that, James was a Managing Partner at Vivo Ventures, a Venture Capital firm specializing in life sciences investments. While at Vivo, James led numerous investments in China. Before joining Vivo in 2007, James was president of Anesiva, a biopharmaceutical company focused on pain-management treatments. During his 20-year career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, he also held senior roles in business development, sales, marketing and R&D with Tularik Inc. (acquired by Amgen), GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Bristol-Meyers Squibb and ALZA Corp. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson).
James is Chairman of Board at Kindstar Global, JHL Biotech and XW Laboratory and Director at GenScript, ChiralQuest, Zenesis, CVie Therapeutics, CASI and Omni Pharmaceuticals.
James received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nainesh Jaisingh is a Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Affirma Capital. He is based in Singapore and also directly manages the Private Equity business in South East Asia.
Prior to leading the MBO of Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) to form Affirma Capital, Nainesh was a founding member of the business within Standard Chartered Bank in 2002, and most recently the Global Head of the Principal Finance business of the Bank.
Nainesh’s early career was with ANZ Investment Bank and ANZ Grindlays.He is an Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), BHU, and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.
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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.
Judith Li, is a Partner at Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV), based in Hong Kong / Shanghai and focused on early and growth stage investments across biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics both domestically and cross-border. Judith holds board appointments at a variety of LAV’s portfolio companies, including Nextcure, Just Biotherapeutics, Gritstone Oncology, and Tmunity. Her prior experience includes McKinsey’s New York office, hospital administration at Partners Healthcare, and co-founding an interventional nephrology medical device venture. Judith holds a B.A. in Neurobiology from Harvard and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and currently resides in Hong Kong, splitting her time between Hong Kong, Shanghai, and the Bay Area.
Chris is a Managing Director with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets with coverage responsibility for South East Asia. He joined Macquarie in 2006 and is based in Singapore. Chris has led numerous investments across the region including the $1.3bn take private of Energy Development Corporation of the Philippines, of which he currently serves as a director on the board. Chris has a master’s degree in Management from Imperial College London and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the London School of Economics
Daniel is responsible for Société Générale’s Natural Resources & Infrastructure practice in Asia Pacific. The team’s activities include conventional and renewable power, oil & gas, LNG, base and precious metals, transportation and social infrastructure. He is based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in Société Générale’s New York-based Energy Project Finance Group, where he was responsible for originating and executing transactions in the conventional power, renewable energy, LNG and oil & gas sectors in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Daniel has over 18 years of experience in structured finance and has focused on the Energy and Natural Resources sectors for the past 15 years.
Daniel has been involved in several important transactions in the renewable energy sector across the region, including the 126 MW Formosa 1, the 370 MW Formosa 2, the 500 MW Yunlin and the 589 MW CXFD offshore wind farms in Taiwan, as well as the 140 MW Akita offshore wind farm in Japan – the five first offshore wind farms to be project-financed in Asia Pacific -, several projects in Indonesia such as the 180 MW Asahan 1 hydro power project, the 39 MW Hasang hydro power project and the 320 MW Sarulla geothermal project, 18 wind and solar power projects in Australia over the past 3 years, several hydro power projects in China, Chile and Peru, a 300 MW wind farm in Mexico and approximately 5000 MW of wind and solar capacity in the United States and Canada.
Daniel graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris.
Valerie Mantot-Groene joins Apex from SANNE GROUP to continue leading the firm’s growth and performance across the APAC region. Reporting directly to the Global Head of Fund Solutions, Srikumar T.E., she brings more than 18 years’ experience in investment management. A qualified Lawyer with a broad ranging set of skills and experience, she is well positioned to lead Apex across APAC and continue to deliver its single-source message to the local market; across fund solutions, financial solutions and corporate solutions.
Sunil Mishra specializes in the sourcing and execution of Asian investments ex-China, specifically in India, Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Korea.
Prior to joining Adams Street, Sunil worked for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore performing financial and business analyses of local and regional companies. Previously, Sunil worked in India as an Investment and Strategy Associate in Tacogroup, the automotive technology and engineering investment arm of the Tata Group of India, where he worked on business planning, feasibility studies, and localization plans for new ventures.
Sunil manages relationships with several of Adams Street’s managers and sits on advisory boards of more than a dozen private equity firms within the Adams Street Partners portfolio.
Sunil is a member of Adams Street’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee.
Jeffrey Perlman is a Managing Director, Head of Southeast Asia and a member of the Firm’s Executive Management Group at Warburg Pincus. Mr. Perlman leads Warburg Pincus’ investments in Southeast Asia in addition to his focus on real estate investments across the greater Asia-Pacific region. He currently serves as the Chairman of ESR Cayman Limited (1821.HK) and also serves on the Board of Directors for ESR Cayman Limited, ESR Fund Management (ESR REIT), ARA Asset Management Holdings, Gojek, Lodgis Hospitality Holdings, Mofang Apartments, Nova Property Investment, NWP Retail, Trax Technology Solutions, Online Pajak and Momo. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 2006, he worked in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse.
Mr. Perlman received a bachelor's degree in business administration (B.B.A.) from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Sam Robinson is Managing Partner of North-East Private Equity Asia, which focuses on Asia private equity funds. Mr. Robinson is based in Singapore and has worked in private equity since 1998, initially joining Schroder Ventures in the UK. In 2001, he was one of the founder members of SVG Advisers, a fund of funds business, where he managed the global investment team. SVG Advisers was acquired by Aberdeen Asset Management in 2013, whereupon Mr. Robinson became Head of Asia Private Equity Fund Investment until his departure in 2015.
Riddhima Saxena is the Emerging Markets Editor for Mergermarket and oversees the management and editorial content for SE Asia and India. Based in Singapore, she has been spearheading the regional coverage. Riddhima was earlier based in India where she focused on covering pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and Industrials. Riddhima has 12 years of reporting and writing experience.
Dr. Helmut Schuehsler, CEO & Chairman, TVM Capital Healthcare, has raised more than US$1bn in committed capital from more than 50 international investors, has overseen more than 120 investments in the health and life science market, and more than 50 IPOs and 30 M&A exit transactions. He leads the investment activities of the firm in SEA and MENA. He is based in Singapore and Dubai.
Kyle Shaw is the founder and managing partner of ShawKwei & Partners, a private equity fund manager based in Hong Kong and Singapore investing in Asian advanced manufacturing and service industries. ShawKwei is actively involved in managing portfolio companies and has specialist operating skills in areas such as revenue growth, margin expansion, and capital efficiency.
Kyle has managed investment portfolios starting in 1990 with Security Pacific National Bank in Hong Kong, then in 1993 with the Tudor Investment Group in Shanghai, and in 1998 establishing ShawKwei & Partners. Prior to private equity, Kyle worked in the oil industry with Union Texas Petroleum in Houston and Tidewater in Louisiana and Singapore. During his private equity career, Kyle has served on the board of directors of numerous companies in China, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan including Flextronics, China Fangda Group, YongLe Tape, Amos Holdings, and Beyonics.
Kyle received an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and a BS Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1983. He studied Mandarin Chinese at Taiwan’s National Normal University Language Institute for foreign students in 1985, and has lived over 30 years in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan.
Rajesh Sreenivasan heads the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice at Rajah & Tann, one of the most established and respected practices in its field in the Asia Pacific region. His team works closely with the highly-regarded transactional practice of the Rajah & Tann Asia network to provide strategic legal support to industry-leading private equity, joint venture and M&A transactions across Southeast Asia and beyond.
Furthermore, his work includes advising clients on legal, regulatory and policy matters relating to technology, cybersecurity, data protection, telecommunications, electronic commerce, cloud computing, digital forensics and digital media for over twenty years. Rajesh has also been working together with the Financial Regulatory practice addressing the burgeoning area of FinTech in legal and regulatory work spanning across Initial Coin Offerings to Virtual currency regulatory issues.
Rajesh is named as a Leading Lawyer for TMT in publications such as Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2008. According to Chambers Asia Pacific, Rajesh is “highly prized by multinational technology companies for his expertise in data protection, telecoms regulation and cybersecurity.”
His clients include state governments and multinational corporations in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software sectors, social media, government linked companies and statutory boards. On the regional front, Rajesh has been engaged by the ASEAN Secretariat to facilitate a pan-ASEAN forum on legislative and regulatory reforms to collectively address convergence of IT, telecoms and broadcasting across all 10 members countries and by the Commonwealth Secretariat to co-lead an e-government capacity building exercise involving all member Caribbean nations.
Dr. Staples received his medical training at Columbia University and his Post-Graduate training in Hawaii. Prior to joining UFH in 2016, Dr. Staples worked in the Middle East for 5 years, where he was recruited by The Cleveland Clinic as CEO of Sheik Khalifa Medical City, the largest hospital in the UAE. He subsequently served as the Group COO for the Al Noor Hospital Group, also based in the UAE, where he led a highly successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to his time in the Middle East, Dr. Staples was Division President of North Asia for the Parkway Group, and was based in Shanghai. Dr. Staples has lived abroad, in Asia and the Middle East, for more than 20 years.
Josh Stern joined the Investment Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in January 2012. At the Foundation Mr. Stern is part of the group overseeing all private investments. Mr. Stern came to the Foundation from Rockefeller University where he was responsible for the private investment portfolio. In that role he oversaw a portfolio of Venture Capital, Buyout and Growth Capital and Real Assets investments. Previously he worked at Standard & Poor's as a director in the Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Group, which was part of the Public Finance Department. At S&P Mr. Stern worked closely with a large number of universities and foundations across the United States. Over the course of his career he also worked as an investment banker, focusing on higher education institutions. Mr. Stern received an M.P.A. in public finance from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, an M.S. in non-profit management from New York University and a B.A. in history and sociology from Binghamton University.
Syed Yasir Arafat Syed Abd Kadir is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a member of the Investment Committee and a Board Member of Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas). He was appointed as the CEO on 1 March 2016 and he had been with the organisation since inception in 2009. He led Ekuinas’ Investment team as the Managing Partner, Investment prior to his current role. He currently serves as a Board member of several portfolio companies including Orkim Sdn Bhd as Chairman and Icon Offshore Berhad where he is also member of the Audit Committee and Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
Syed Yasir Arafat is also a member of the Malaysia Venture Capital and Private Equity Development Council (MVCDC) under the purview of Securities Commission.
Prior to Ekuinas, he spent 15 years in Investment Banking in various organisations and capacities. He was the Country Manager (ING Wholesale Banking) overseeing both ING Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and ING Bank (Labuan) operations in Malaysia. He was with ING Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for nine years, starting as VP Corporate Finance specialising in areas of mergers and acquisitions, equity and equity-linked fund raising, debt fund raising and financial advisory for some of the regions’ leading companies in banking, plantations, automotive, telecommunications and property, among others.
Prior to that, Syed Yasir Arafat was attached to United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad, Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad and Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad.
Syed Yasir Arafat graduated from the University of Essex, United Kingdom with a B.A. (Hons) degree in Accounting & Financial Management.
Choon Hong joined Northstar Group in 2011. Prior to joining Northstar Group, he was Director of Special Projects at CS Partners, a multi-family office, responsible for direct investments across Southeast Asia. From 2005 to 2007, Choon Hong was with the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation where he helped build the private equity investment portfolio in South Asia focusing on Indonesia. Choon Hong holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Engineering from Cambridge University.
Geoffrey Tan is a Managing Director at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). As DFC’s regional representative based in Bangkok, Thailand, he is responsible for Asia-Pacific business development. Mr. Tan has worked in emerging markets investment financing for over 20 years. Since joining Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – now DFC - in 2003, he has worked primarily on power, renewable energy, water, toll roads and port projects, but has also diversified into future flow and financial institutions transactions. These projects have been across Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Prior to OPIC Mr. Tan worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong focusing on project and structured finance, and for Emerging Markets Partnership in Singapore focusing on private equity infrastructure investments. Mr. Tan is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia, and also attended the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Ravi Thakran has been working in various leading positions at the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey Group (LVMH) since 2001. He has been the Group Chairman of LVMH South Asia & Southeast Asia, Australia and Middle East from 2007.
LVMH is the world’s largest luxury goods company with over USD 200 Billion in market capitalization, USD 50 Billion in revenue and USD 7 Billion in profit. The group owns over 70 world famous brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Hublot, DFS, Sephora, Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon and others.
Ravi Thakran is also the founder of L Capital Asia. From its foundation in 2010 the fund has invested USD 4 Billion in 32 companies across Asia Pacific; including leading companies like Charles & Keith, Gentle Monster, Bateel, YG Entertainment, R. M. William, Owndays Japan, Will’s Fitness China, FabIndia and PVR. 5 of L Capital's investment grossed USD 1 Billion in revenue and its maiden investment in China, Guangdong Marubi, is now listed in Shanghai Stock Exchange with market cap of over USD 4.5 Billion.
Prior to his time in LVMH, he had held senior management positions at the Swatch Group, Nike and the Tata Group. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Andrew Thompson has over 24 years of experience with KPMG principally focused on major Corporate and Private Equity transaction due diligence and deal advisory. In late 2013 he relocated from Sydney, where he led KPMGs Australian Private Equity team, to Singapore to lead KPMGs Private Equity team across Asia-Pacific encompassing M&A deal origination, deal execution services and portfolio value creation activities. Andrew has directly led the transaction execution support work on more than 300 significant transactions with an aggregate deal value of more than $200 billion with the majority being Private Equity sponsored.
His major location experience include: London (5 Years), Sydney (13 Years) and New York (2 Years) and Singapore. In addition he has led deal teams across most SE Asia locations, China, Hong Kong, India and Japan. Andrew has acted for most leading Private Equity sponsors including: KKR, CVC, Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Texas Pacific Group, Macquarie, CHAMP Private Equity, Goldman Sachs PIA, CSFB / DLJ, AMP Capital Investors, Deutsche Bank Capital Partners, TA Associates, Ripplewood, Veronis Suhler, and Morgan Stanley. He has also assisted major Sovereign Wealth and pension funds in analysing direct and co-investment opportunities with Private Equity sponsors.
Alasdair Thomson is a managing partner and co-founder of Sierra Madre, a Philippines-focused private equity fund. Sierra Madre differentiates itself from global and regional investors through the long established local networks and extensive local investment track records of its team. Mr. Thomson has been deeply associated with the Philippines for over 25 years, speaks passable Tagalog and returned permanently to Manila in 2012.
Prior to Sierra Madre, Mr. Thomson was a partner at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, which he joined from Apax Partners. His early career was spent in operational management with Coats Plc in Asia, Europe and South America, and in private-equity focused consulting at Bain & Company.
He holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD and a First Class Honours degree in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde in his native Scotland. He is a director of Transnational Diversified Group, Inc and EasyCall Inc.
Martin is Head of Overseas Strategic Investments, in which role he supports Ping An’s group companies, particularly the technology focused ones, in overseas expansion and transactions/deals with overseas companies.
Martin joined Ping An in 2007 and has in previous roles covered M&A, private equity and other forms of overseas investments for Ping An Overseas Holding, Ping An Securities and Ping An Asset Management.
Prior to Ping An, Martin spent five years at Asian Development Bank, where he was responsible for direct investments in financial institutions and infrastructure projects, as well as for providing advice to Governments on capital markets and financial sector development.
Before ADB, Martin was a VP for the tech investment company Speed Ventures, and an Associate in Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division, in Hong Kong, Singapore and London, where he executed a variety of M&A and capital raising transactions in a range of industries and countries.
Martin holds an MSc (BA and Economics) from Stockholm School of Economics and a CEMS master from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in France. He is married with three children.
Mr Tsang has been in the private equity and venture capital industry for 20 years. Mr Tsang’s industry experience includes: education and professional services, TMT, retail and consumer products, real estate, natural resources/mining, advanced manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, logistics, 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, Teky Holdings, Carsome. 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 Senior Advisor, Asia 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”
Thomas is Senior Investment Officer at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral financial institution with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia by investing in sustainable infrastructure and other productive sectors. At AIIB, Thomas is responsible for originating, structuring and executing innovative, developmental and profitable debt and equity transactions, including fund investments, across all infrastructure sectors in Asia.
Prior to AIIB, he was an adviser to the German Federal Ministry of Finance to support the establishment of AIIB and advise the German Chief Negotiator on AIIB’s institutional, operational and financial policy framework. Earlier in his career, Thomas worked at KfW Development Bank, where he was responsible for managing equity investments and structuring loans for infrastructure projects in developing countries and emerging markets in Asia, including managing a EUR450-million p.a. infrastructure investment program for China.
Thomas earned a BBA and M.Sc. in International Business Administration from European University Viadrina, Germany and an MBA from Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Stanley Yang is Executive Vice President of First Pacific and oversees the group’s corporate development and investment activities including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other portfolio company initiatives. Prior to joining First Pacific in 2013, Mr. Yang worked at Deutsche Bank where he led investment banking coverage for the diversified industrials sector in Asia. He also previously served as a director in Deutsche Bank’s mergers and acquisitions department, where he advised clients on transactions in Asia and the United States. Mr. Yang began his career in New York where he gained transaction experience in principal investments and investment banking. He received a BSc degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Xiaolin is a Director in JD’s Strategic Investment team, and is responsible for developing and implementing the group strategy of JD via investments and M&A.
Prior to JD, Xiaolin co-founded and held the title of Head of Business Development at YouJieYouHuan, a China fintech start up company
Xiaolin started her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch in 2009, and was an associate in Deutsche Bank’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications team between 2011-2014. She was born and raised in China and received a full scholarship to study in Singapore and the US, graduating with a First-Honor Bachelor Degree (Major in Quantitative Finance) from the National University of Singapore.