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Amit Anand is the Founding Partner of Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based Venture Capital Firm that invests in and helps build tech category leaders from Asia.
Mr. Anand brings 15 years of experience in Asia having played go-to-market and corporate development roles for startups and corporations alike. He later presided as Deputy Chairman for Business Angels Network South East Asia (BANSEA). A Kauffman Fellow, Mr. Anand is passionate about creating global companies from Asia and currently works with Founders at companies such as RedDoorz (Indonesia) , Kredivo (Indonesia), Livspace (Singapore/India) and Pomelo Fashion (Thailand) amongst others.
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.
Nicholas Bloy, Managing Partner – is one of the three founders of Navis Capital Partners. Navis currently manages USD 5 billion in private and public equity funds.
Mr Bloy leads investment 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, and is responsible for fundraising. He also sits on the International Advisory Council of CIMB, one of the Southeast Asia’s largest banking groups.
Prior to co-founding Navis, Mr. Bloy worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Asia from 1989 to 1999 after spending 3 years with Bain & Co. In London.
He holds a BA Hons degree from University College, London and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Joe Bryant is an Investment Director at the UCLA Investment Company. The UCLA Investment Company is the discretionary investment advisor for The UCLA Foundation's $2.5 billion endowment. The endowment's performance ranked #1 in 2017 compared to peers across all US universities and endowments above $1 billion. Joe is responsible for overseeing 25% of the endowment assets across global public and private markets, including (i) a venture capital portfolio comprised of direct and indirect investments; (ii) investments in emerging markets in Asia including India, S.E. Asia, China and Japan; and (iii) the global long-only and developed markets hedge fund portfolio for the endowment.
Ms. Bryant has 12 years of experience in the international asset management industry, across private equity, venture capital, public equities and emerging markets. Prior to UCLA, Ms. Bryant was Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at an Asia-focused asset management firm. Prior to that, Ms. Bryant spent a decade in private practice with global firms in New York, Asia, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles advising on cross-border corporate transactions and structuring investment platforms for GPs across the spectrum of alternative investments, as well as university endowments, multinationals, sovereign wealth funds and family offices, including 5+ years as counsel to Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO).
Ms. Bryant was a UC Regent and Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, earned her doctorate degree in law from Columbia University, and obtained a Master’s degree from NLSIU. Ms. Bryant serves as Chairman of Global Reach Out Initiative, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on imparting vocational, leadership and entrepreneurial skills to the Deaf. She is a Vice Chair on the American Bar Association’s Asia Committee and is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia. Ms. Bryant serves on several boards and advisory committees.
Ilfryn Carstairs is a Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer overseeing the global investment strategy for Värde. He co-chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Based in Singapore, he joined the firm in 2006.
Ilfryn played a key role in building Värde’s team and business in the European region. Through his career with the firm he has invested across a wide spectrum of financial assets ranging from corporate restructurings and liquidations to more actively traded opportunities, such as those stemming from the European financial and sovereign crisis. Prior to being named Co-Chief Investment Officer he served as Co-Head of Corporate and Traded Credit, managing Värde's liquid investing activities globally.
Before joining Värde, Ilfryn worked for Deutsche Bank London in the Financial Sponsors Group, and Pacific Equity Partners, an Australian leveraged buyout firm.
Ilfryn received a B.C. with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland, Australia and an M.B.A. from INSEAD, France.
Ms. Chan joined the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) in 2010 and was appointed Chief Investment Officer (Private Markets) in 2018. She is a founding member of the private markets team and has been leading the HKMA’s efforts in private equity, real estate, credit, infrastructure, co-investments and direct investments globally. She is the honouree of the 2016 Asia Industry Leadership Award of the 100 Women in Finance.
Prior to joining the HKMA, Ms. Chan was a member of the Administrative Officer (“AO”) grade of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) Government responsible for subjects covering home affairs, transport and housing, and financial services and treasury. Key projects included cross-border infrastructure initiatives, the first issuance of Renminbi bonds in the HKSAR by the Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China, the inaugural Asia Financial Forum, and Islamic finance.
Ms. Chan is also a barrister admitted by the High Court of the HKSAR. Before joining the HKSAR Government, her key expertise covered criminal law and judicial review.
Lorna Chen is head of Greater China of Shearman & Sterling LLP, and also leads our asset management and investment funds practice in Asia. Lorna's combined experience working in New York and Asia has proven to be invaluable in advising clients in cross border transactions.
She is one of the most senior international lawyers in Asia who serves clients in the fund formation area, focusing on the structuring, restructuring, formation and operation of alternative investment products, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, hedge funds and funds of funds. Lorna has extensive experience in representing investors in making investments in private funds and co-investment projects around the globe. Lorna is also respected by clients as an expert on regulatory and compliance matters related to investment funds and their managers.
Lorna’s clients include major financial institutions such as sovereign wealth funds, banks, development financing institutions, wealth management firms, as well as family offices and startups.
Lorna is a frequent speaker at major Asian private fund conferences and is also frequently quoted in the financial media in Asia. She has been rated by various independent industry agencies including Chambers Asia, IFLR1000, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Asialaw Leading Lawyers as leading attorney.
Dr. Jeffrey Chi joined Vickers in 2005, and is a member of the Investment Committee. He is based in Shanghai and Singapore. Dr. Chi is currently the Chairman of the Singapore Venture Capital Association. His experience spans a variety of industries, including information technology, healthcare and media.
Prior to joining Vickers, Dr. Chi was a Corporate Finance Specialist and an Executive Director at Pegasus Capital from 2002 to 2004, where he had managed engagements for a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors. He was a senior consultant with the Monitor Group from 2001-2002. Dr. Chi’s operational background includes working on the management team of an engineering and construction group where he oversaw operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia from 1992 to 1998. As the Managing Director, guided the group into tripling its revenue in a mere 3 years, which helped the group clinch a spot in the Enterprise 50 awards in Singapore.
Dr. Chi is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Jing Jin Electric, Matchmove Entertainment, Lumina Looque, Roomorama, Affordable Luxury Network, Spicy Horse, Play Peli, California Intercontinental University, Mobinex, Inc., Alo7.com, Chinaway, Lotaris and Tenfen Technology. He was formerly a Board member of Cambridge REIT, Sunfun Info and UUCUN as well as an alternate director of the Asian Food Channel. Dr. Chi was also involved in the exits/partial exits of UUCUN (Trade Sale, China), Sunfun Info (IPO TT:5278, Taiwan), Cambridge Real Estate (IPO SGX: J91U.SI & Trade Sale, Singapore), Real Time Gaming Asia (Trade Sale, Singapore), TWG Tea (Trade Sale, Singapore) and Asian Food Channel (Trade Sale, Singapore).
Dr. Chi graduated from Cambridge University with 1st Class Honors in Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organizational knowledge and information technology. As a CFA charter holder, he actively promotes entrepreneurship and speaks frequently at conferences hosted by associations such as the Asian Venture Capital Journal and The CFA Institute of China. He sits on the Committees of the Singapore Venture Capital Association and the Engineering & Technology Management Departmental Consultative Committee at the National University of Singapore.
Dr. Chi is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Mark Chiba is Group Chairman and Partner of The Longreach Group. Longreach is an established independent private equity firm with offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. The firm focuses on Japan related buyouts in the mature industrial and technology, consumer related, business services and financial services sectors. The firm manages three Funds with approximately US$1.9 billion of committed limited partner and co-investment capital, and has a strong track record of portfolio company value creation and realizations.
Mark co-founded The Longreach Group in late 2003. Mark's lead responsibilities at Longreach include firm management, senior relationship driven deal sourcing and execution, investments in the financial services sector, and building the firm's capital base and global networks.
Before co-founding Longreach, Mark served as Chief Executive Officer and President of UBS Securities Japan, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Investment Banking Management Committee, Head of Japan Investment Banking and as a member of the UBS Global Investment Bank Board. Previous to this role in Japan, Mark headed the UBS Asia-Pacific Financial Institutions Group. Mark is an Australian citizen, resident in Hong Kong. He holds First Class Honours degrees in Economics (University of Melbourne) and Law (University of Sydney). Mark is a Rhodes Scholar with a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations (with Distinction) from Oxford University.
Jeremy Coller is CIO and Chairman of Coller Capital; he founded the business in 1990.
Prior to this, Jeremy spent five years at ICI Pension Plan, where he pioneered the acquisition of private equity secondaries and was previously Head of Research at Fidelity International Investment Management in London.
Jeremy holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester, UMIST and an MA in Philosophy from Sussex University. He attended Carmel College and the Diplôme Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne.
In 2013, Jeremy was voted the most influential person in private equity in Financial News’ annual league table of the one hundred most influential people in European financial markets. The publication also named him 'Personality of the Decade' in Europe.
Doug Coulter joined LGT Capital Partners in early 2007 to lead its Asia Pacific private equity investment activities. Prior to LGT, Doug was a Senior Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation (the direct investment arm of the World Bank), based in Hong Kong and responsible for sourcing, structuring, monitoring and exiting Asian investments in the TMT, retail & consumer and life sciences sectors.
Mr. Coulter has over 15 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. He previously worked at Nomura Securities in Hong Kong and as a lawyer at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto, Canada. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. from Queen's University in Canada.
LGT Capital Partners is a leading alternative investment specialist with USD 50 billion in assets under management and more than 400 institutional clients in 33 countries. An international team of over 300 professionals is responsible for managing a wide range of investment programs focusing on private markets, liquid alternatives, and specialized long-only and multi-asset class solutions. Headquartered in Pfaeffikon (SZ), Switzerland, the firm has offices in New York, Dublin, London, Vaduz, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. LGT Capital Partners has recently been selected as the winner of a number of prestigious international private equity awards and was also selected as best private equity Fund of Funds in Asia by AsianInvestor in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and the Asset in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Willson Cuaca co-founded East Ventures and started investing in 2010 when no one believes in Indonesia digital economy. The firm has invested in hundreds companies and consistently nurtures enterpreneurship in technology sector.
Mr. Cuaca started his career as network and cyber security professional. He founded and run Apps Foundry, a mobile app company, before exited to large media group.
Currently Mr. Cuaca sit on advisory board of Indonesia VC association.
John Dado is the head of the venture capital practice group. His practice is focused on the formation and operation of private equity firms, including venture capital funds, buy-out funds, fund of funds and investment advisory businesses. He has been involved on behalf of the sponsor in the formation of hundreds of venture capital or buy-out funds in his career, ranging in size from multibillion-dollar buy-out partnerships to very small early-stage venture capital firms.
John has experience in the formation, governance and investing activities of investment partnerships, including securities law matters, partnership agreement terms and conditions, investor relations and relevant tax and accounting considerations. His practice includes structuring and design of the general partner and management company enterprises operating and managing such buy-out and venture capital funds.
John regularly counsels teams of investment professionals with respect to their internal affairs relating to the formation and operation of venture capital or buy-out funds, and he has significant experience with respect to the departure of senior investment professionals from such firms. His practice also encompasses the representation of various types of private equity funds in private financing transactions.
He is a regular speaker at private equity industry conferences and symposia.
Dr. Michelle Deaker is a Managing Partner of OneVentures and has been primarily responsible for the foundation of OneVentures firm and capital raisings of OneVentures Funds. The firm now has $320M in funds under management. Dr Deaker serves on the investment committee of OneVentures three main Funds, leads the technology practice within the firm and is responsible for investor relations managing the supervisory boards of OneVentures funds.
Dr. Deaker has over 20 years experience in the development of high growth technology companies in Australia and the US, has served on the boards of large and small listed and unlisted companies and has established financing syndicates with Australian, Asian and US investors. She is a current Director of OneVentures portfolio companies Smart Sparrow, Employment Hero and Incoming Media. She is a former member of the NSW government’s Digital Economy Taskforce and the Advisory Board of Head Over Heels. Dr Deaker is also a former Director of Seven West Media (Seven Network, Pacific, WAN, Yahoo7) and Australia’s ICT Centre of Excellence, NICTA (now Data61).
Dr. Deaker established OneVentures in late 2006, coming into the venture capital industry as a successful IT industry business owner, entrepreneur and subsequently angel investor. The Company she founded in 1999, E Com Industries (www.giftvouchers.com), became the leading prepaid card and electronic voucher provider in Australia, servicing over 100 major retail brands including Coles Myer and Woolworths, managing $700m in Australian retail liability and eventually expanding operations into the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand. E Com was acquired by UK publicly listed company, Retail Decisions, in 2005, in a transaction returning to investors 4.6xcapital and an average IRR of 70%. Notably, E Com industries was one of only a handful of Australian companies that successfully migrated the dotcom boom and crash through to a successful outcome for investors. Prior to E Com Industries, Dr Deaker established IT enterprise business, Networks Beyond 2000.
Dr. Deaker holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours 1st class), Master of Science and a PhD (Applied Science). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW).
Juan Delgado-Moreira is a Vice Chairman at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm's Hong Kong office, where he is an Investment Committee member and oversees the firm's Asian investment activities and client relationships.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2005, Juan was an Investment Manager at Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. in London, where he focused on mid-market private equity in Europe. Previously, Juan held senior research positions at UK institutions such as the University of Essex and was a lecturer and Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University. Juan began his career as an analyst in Madrid at the SEPI (formerly known as Instituto Nacional de Industria).
Mr. Delgado-Moreira received a Ph.D. in Research Methods/statistics and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and the Securities Institute.
Mr. Detor is a managing principal and member of the Investment Committee for CarVal Investors, responsible for leading the firm’s investment strategy and management. He also leads the firm’s high-yield and transportation investments and oversees capital formation and emerging markets for the firm. Mr. Detor joined CarVal from Morgan Stanley, where he most recently served as managing director and co-head of the global distressed and U.S. leveraged loan business. Mr. Detor has also served the U.S. government as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, as well as serving in the U.S. Army Reserves and New York National Guard. Mr. Detor received his M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business and his B.S. in Accounting from SUNY Albany and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
CarVal Investors is a leading global alternative investment fund manager focused on distressed and credit-intensive assets and market inefficiencies. Since 1987, our experienced team has navigated through ever-changing credit market cycles, opportunistically investing $103 billion in 5,300 transactions across 79 countries. Today, CarVal Investors has approximately $10 billion in assets under management in both credit and real estate strategies.
Paul DiGiacomo is a Managing Director. He joined BDA in 1997, and has lived in Asia since 2000. Mr DiGiacomo founded and heads BDA’s SE Asia practice, and oversees the teams in Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Singapore. Mr. DiGiacomo has advised clients on transactions in most Asian markets. He has advised both blue chip corporate clients such as Arkema, Celestica, Ecolab, Jardine Matheson, Minor Group, Molex, Rexel, ST Technologies, Thomson Education, and ThomsonReuters, and financial sponsors such as Actis, EQT, Fortress, LDC, Mekong Capital, Navis Capital, Prudential, Standard Chartered PE and VinaCapital. Mr. DiGiacomo was educated at Trinity College (BA Hons, Political Science).
Tim Flower joined HarbourVest in London in 2008 to focus on European secondary investments. In 2010, he transferred to Hong Kong to establish and manage the secondary platform in the Asia Pacific region. Tim has a focus on both traditional and secondary direct transactions.
Tim joined HarbourVest after four years with Bridgepoint in London, where he was involved in several investments, including Alliance Medical, ERM, 1st Credit, and Diaverum. Prior to that, he was an associate director of MCF Corporate Finance, where he focused on private equity transactions in Germany and the Nordic region. His previous experience also includes positions at Nordea Securities and Ernst & Young, where he received his ACA certification.
Richard Folsom founded Advantage Partners in Tokyo in 1992 with Taisuke Sasanuma. Between 1992 and 1997, they started and managed two new businesses, one a Value-Added Tax (VAT) reclaim service for corporations, formed with partners in New York and London with an operations center in Ireland and marketing hubs in New York and Tokyo, and the other an insurance brokerage and risk management business formed to sell new insurance products in the Japanese market as deregulation changed the dynamics of the industry. This company, Advantage Risk Management went public in Japan in December 2006.
In 1997, Richard and Taisuke established Japan's first buyout fund, and Richard 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 55 acquisitions and buyouts, of which they have successfully exited 34 and partially exited 7. Recent investments include the acquisitions of YARUKI Switch Group Holdings, Co., Ltd. (Individual tutoring schools, English language conversation schools, early childhood education), Net Protections, Inc. (EC payment services provider), and Ichiboshi Co., Ltd. (seafood importer/processor).
Before founding Advantage Partners, Richard's previous experience was in management consulting with Bain & Company, primarily in their Tokyo office, where he accumulated eight years of experience in developing and implementing strategies for both foreign and domestic corporations in the Japanese market. Richard spent 30 years in Japan and is now based in Hong Kong. He received his undergraduate degree in Japanese and Economics from Brigham Young University, and received an MBA degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ted Goldthorpe joined BC Partners in 2017. Ted was previously President at Apollo Investment Corporation and the Chief Investment Officer of Apollo Investment Management where he was the head of its U.S. Opportunistic Platform and also oversaw the Private Origination business. He was also a member of the firm‐wide Senior Management Committee. Prior to Apollo, Ted worked at Goldman Sachs for 13 years where he most recently ran the bank loan distressed investing desk. He was previously the head of Principal Capital Investing for the Special Situations Group. Ted launched BC Partners' credit business in 2017 and oversees a team of experienced credit professionals. As a Managing Partner of the Firm, Ted is also a member of the Investment Committee of the private equity business. Ted has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queens University.
Alicia Gregory has worked within the PE program for the last 11 years and brings with her significant experience as an investor and leader. Alicia returned to Australia in January this year having spent three years in London as Head of European PE.
Alicia has over 17 years' experience in the financial services sector. This career includes investment research with the ThreeSixty Investment Strategy & Research team and prior to that she worked at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in various research and credit related roles. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney, is a CFA charterholder and has completed the General Management Programme at INSEAD.
Zhihpeng Gu is the CEO and member of the investment committee of JD Capital. Under his leadership, the firm currently manages USD 5 billion committed capital investing growth opportunities in Chinese mid-market. Prior to firm’s CEO, he served as Head of the Investor Relations, Managing Director overseeing investments in Northern China, and Investment Director of healthcare industry.He accumulated nearly 15 years of experience in Chinese private equity alongside with the growth of JD Capital.
Mr. Gu holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tianjian University, and is pursuing an MBA degree from Tsinghua University.
Mounir (“Moose”) Guen is the Chief Executive Officer of MVision, which he founded in 2001. He is a veteran fundraising specialist, adviser and manager, with 30 years of experience in the industry during which he has worked on over 350 General Partnership funds totaling over $200 billion in capital committed across these funds. He has led MVision to the point where it is now the leading private equity capital raising firms in the world.
Mr. Guen is an active industry participant and sits on the EMPEA Investor Relations and Marketing Member Community Steering Committee. He also chaired the Invest Europe working group revising the Guidance for Placement Advisers on the application of the Code of Conduct, which was originally drafted under his chairmanship in 2009 and has been fundamental in establishing best practices in the industry. Mr. Guen has previously served on the EVCA Investor Relations Committee, and also the EVCA European Valuation Committee to establish policy currently in use. In 2018 Mr. Guen was appointed as Co-Chair of the HKVCA Wine Tasting Committee.
Mr. Guen is a member of the New York University President's Global Council and the Liberal Studies Dean’s Council and sits on the faculty of London Business School and is a mentor in the Hong Kong University MBA Mentorship Programme.
Melissa Guzy is the Founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures and has more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and as a venture investor. Previously from 2001-2012, Melissa was Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee at VantagePoint Capital Partners. In 2007, Melissa moved to Hong Kong to build VantagePoint’s investment practice in the region, establishing offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. During her tenure at VantagePoint, she invested in early stage technology companies in Asia, Europe and Silicon Valley. Prior Investments include Finisar (FNSR), NuCore (Mediatek), Pure Digital (Cisco), Oxford Semiconductor (PLX Technology) and iWatt (Dialogics). Current board positions include DemystData and Exchange Corporation.
Ms. Guzy attended Wellesley College and received a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida. She is the author of the paper “Venture Capital Returns and Public Market Performance”. She has been a guest lecturer on the Venture Capital Industry at the University of Florida, Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Ms. Guzy is a member of the Venture Operating Committee for HKVCA, a Hopkins Fellow and participated in the Women’s Leadership Program at Harvard University.
Gregory Jania is the Head of Fund Investments for Private Equity at APG US Asset Management Inc.
Prior to joining APG, Mr. Jania was a Managing Director, Partner, and member of the investment committee at WP Global Partners, a 25-person, $2 billion private equity firm founded in 2005. WP Global’s clients include sovereign wealth funds, international insurance companies, endowments, and pension plans. WP Global invested in global buyout, debt, and venture funds and was also an active co-investor.
Prior to that, Mr. Jania was a Senior Vice President in the Investment Management Group of GE Commercial Finance, which managed a $2.5 billion private equity portfolio consisting of over 230 buyout, mezzanine, and venture funds and direct equity investments. Prior to joining GE, he was a Vice President at One Equity Partners, a subsidiary of Bank One that invested more than $1 billion in private equity funds during his tenure and managed a $2.2 billion private equity portfolio with over 125 fund investments. Mr. Jania started his career in credit analysis and debt underwriting at American National Bank, a subsidiary of Bank One in Chicago.
Mr. Jania received an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and earned a B.A. in political science and economics, magna cum laude, from Wabash College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. 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.
Xiaodong Jiang is the Managing Partner of Long Hill Capital. He focuses on healthcare and consumer services investments, and currently manages GST Clinics, LinkDoc Technology, Hygeia Medical Services, More Health, Simply Psychology, 51Offer and OFashion on behalf of Long Hill Capital.
Xiaodong began his investing career at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading global venture capital firm he joined in 2005 as its first full time Chinese employee and opened its China office. As Partner and Managing Director, Xiaodong led the on-the-ground China investing practice for NEA over the last 11 years, which has achieved nearly $500 million in realized investment returns with notable exits such as Spreadtrum, LineKong, LianLian Pay, WeDoctor, CITIC Pharmaceutical, and New Journey Hospital Group.
Xiaodong received a Master's degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree from Nanjing University in China. He was a doctoral candidate in computer science at University of California, Berkeley as a United Nations Fellow and a Mayfield Fellow.
Wooseok was appointed the Head of the Asia-Pacific region in 2018; he joined ICG in 2013 as the Head of Korea, Equity and Mezzanine.
Prior to joining ICG, Wooseok was a Director with Providence Equity Partners in Hong Kong. He started his career in private equity at Affinity Equity Partners in Seoul, prior to which he was an analyst at Morgan Stanley in corporate finance.
Wooseok holds a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Atul Kapur co-founded and currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer of the Everstone Group, an India and South East Asia focused Private Equity and Real Estate investor. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has over 260 employers across 7 offices (Singapore, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Mauritius, London and New York) and manages over USD 4 billion.
Based in Singapore, Atul divides his time between all the Everstone offices to successfully oversee investments in each location. Before the foundation of Everstone in 2006, Atul spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Managing Director in the Principal Strategies Group, based out of London. Prior to this, Atul worked in the Principal Investment Area Group of Goldman Sachs in both Asia and Europe, deploying the Goldman Sachs Capital Partners family of funds.
Atul holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
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.
Ralph Keitel is Principal Investment Officer and Regional Lead for PE funds in Asia-Pacific in the Private Equity and Investment Funds group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Since joining IFC in early 2006, he has been responsible as Regional Lead for IFC’s private equity fund activities in Eastern Europe/Russia (2006-2008), Africa (2008-2011), Latin America (2011-2014) and East Asia (since 2014).
Prior to joining IFC, Ralph was with Caisse de Dépot et Placement de Québec (CDP) in Montréal, where he managed a portfolio of VC funds in North America and Europe. Previously, he spent five years with Technologie-Beteiligungs-Gesellschaft mbH (“TBG”, now part of the KfW Group, Frankfurt), providing early-stage venture capital financing for technology start-up companies before assuming responsibility for TBG’s funds portfolio.
Ralph holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Bonn (Germany) as well as a post-graduate degree in Finance and Management (Dean’s Honour List and recipient of the American Express Award for outstanding academic achievements) from McGill University in Montreal (Canada).
During his 17 years in the funds industry, and working for 3 different institutional investors, Ralph has lead more than 30 investments in funds across all regions (both developed and emerging markets), stages and industries and sat on more than two dozen advisory boards. In addition, Ralph has been involved with both secondary- as well as numerous co-investment transactions. He also served as trustee on the World Bank Pension Fund’s board of trustees between 2013 and 2015 and currently serves as a board member of the SVCA (Singaporean Venture Capital Association).
Mr. Yup S. Kim is a Senior Portfolio Manager at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (“APFC”), a $65 billion sovereign wealth fund, where he helps lead their private investment activities. He serves on the investment committees for the $12 billion global private equity and special opportunity mandates and serves as a board observer on several portfolio companies. Previously, he worked at DB Private Equity, where he served on the investment committee, Performance Equity, Silver Point Capital and began his career at Citigroup in New York.
Yup was recognized as a "Top 30 Sovereign Wealth Fund Rising Star" by Trusted Insight in 2016 and as a "40 under 40" by Chief Investment Officer Magazine in 2017. In 2018, APFC was voted "Limited Partner of the Year - Americas" by industry peers through Private Equity International Magazine. Yup guest lectures for a private equity course at Harvard Business School and has written articles for Privcap Media, Chief Investment Officer Magazine, Trusted Insight, the Alaskan Chamber of Commerce, Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News.
Yup received his B.A. in Economics from Yale University and speaks six languages.
T. J. Kono joined Unison Capital in 2002. He is a founding member of the Seoul office, and is leading Unison's Korea initiative for portfolio company value creation as well as sourcing new investment opportunities. Prior to Unison Capital, he worked at Merrill Lynch Japan, where he was responsible for M&A advisory operations.
Mr. Sanjay Kukreja is Managing Partner with ChrysCapital and is part of the core team that helped the firm scale from a startup to India’s leading private equity firm with over $3 billion under management in eighteen years. Mr. Kukreja joined ChrysCapital in April 2000 and currently leads the Business Services, Financial Services and Manufacturing verticals for the firm. Mr. Kukreja has been on the board of several companies such as Infogain, KPIT Technologies, Liquid Hub, Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd, Titagarh Wagons Limited etc. He has led several high-profile investments of the firm such as HCL, Infosys and Cyient and has also worked extensively on managing exits for ChrysCapital, where ChrysCapital has been an industry leader. He holds an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University and has also attended Executive Leadership Course for top management from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Dennis Kwan joined MVision in 2014. He is an experienced private equity and infrastructure professional with a strong management consulting and restructuring experience in Asia and Europe.
At MVision, Mr. Kwan is the Regional Head of Asia Pacific. He is involved in global origination as well as managing global fundraisings, and developing and maintaining investor relationships.
Prior to joining MVision, Mr. Kwan 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. Mr. Kwan also held various senior roles at Sony Corporation in both Asia and Europe.
Mr. Kwan 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.
Jonathan Lavine is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $75 billion in assets under management. He also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit.
Mr. Lavine founded Bain Capital Credit, formerly known as Sankaty Advisors, in 1997. Bain Capital Credit invests across the full spectrum of credit strategies, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed debt, private lending, structured products, non-performing loans and equities. Bain Capital Credit has more than $33 billion in assets under management, more than 200 employees and offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Dublin, Melbourne and Hong Kong.
Mr. Lavine joined Bain Capital’s private equity group in 1993. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Lavine is active in a variety of charitable and civic activities. He has served as Chair of the City Year Board of Trustees since 2013. He and his wife, Jeannie, endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, which supports training and education of humanitarian aid workers. The Lavines also founded the Crimson Lion Foundation which provides financial support to a number of organizations.
Mr. Lavine is a Vice-Chairman of the Trustees of Columbia University having formerly chaired the Columbia College Board of Visitors. He is a past recipient of Columbia’s John Jay Award for professional achievement, Opportunity Nation’s American Dream Award, Voices for National Service Citizen Service Award and of the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award. In 2016, Mr. Lavine was appointed a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council by President Barack Obama. Mr. Lavine is also a member of the ownership group and a director of the Boston Celtics.
Mr. Lavine graduated from Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and holds an M.B.A with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
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.
Pang Lee's practice is focused on the formation and operation of various private investment funds, with a focus on venture capital funds, buy out funds and special situation funds. His Asian funds practice is focused particularly on fund managers making investments in China and India.
Pang obtained his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2003 and his BS in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997.
Pang is admitted to practice in New York and Hong Kong.
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.
Judith J. 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.
Bernard Liautaud is the Managing Partner at Balderton Capital. Balderton Capital is Europe’s largest early stage venture capital investor, focused on European technology companies at Series A. Based in London, the firm manages $2.6bn and invests in entrepreneurs building globally ambitious businesses. Balderton’s Partners and advisory team include the founders and operational leaders of multi-billion dollar companies including Business Objects, Dropbox, Uber and Autonomy. Previous investments include Betfair (FTSE: BET), Magic Pony (Twitter), NaturalMotion (Zynga), Sunrise (Microsoft) and Yoox Net-a-Porter (BIT: YNAP). Among Balderton’s current portfolio of 76 companies are: Aircall, Carwow, Citymapper, Contentful, GoCardless, The Hut Group, Kobalt Music, Nutmeg, Prodigy Finance, Recorded Future, Revolut, ROLI, SOPHiA Genetics, Talend (NASDAQ: TLND), Vestiaire Collective, and Vivino.
Prior to Balderton Capital, Bernard Liautaud co-founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994.
In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time.
Bernard is now a member of the SAP Supervisory Board. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2013 to 2018. He is now a member of the Stanford Global Advisory Council to the President.
In 2009, he co-founded Dashlane, a leading software company providing digital identity solutions for consumers and small businesses.
He has received several distinctions including "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe's Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.
Bernard holds a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Paul Liu is the founder and CEO of Huisheng Consulting, who has garnered abundant experiences in Due Diligence, Corporate M&A and Restructuring of Financially Distressed Companies. Under his leadership, Huisheng Consulting deploys professional teams who have successfully delivered more than 1400 Due Diligence projects for the institutional investors in a wide range of areas such as Medical industry, Consumption, TMT, Finances, Education, Culture and Entertainment, Tourism, Automobiles, Manufacturing and Real Estate. As of today, Huisheng Consulting provides services for 70% of the first-class Private Equity doing investment here in China.
Mr. Liu used to serve as the Director and General Manager of SY Capital where he had led more than 10 transactions related to equity investment and corporate M&A in areas including New Materials, Consumption, Agriculture and Industrial Manufacturing.
Also, Mr. Liu used to serve as the VP of the SY AMC project as well as the Deputy General Manager of Business Division where he engaged mainly in the pricing, acquisition and settlement of NPL. The size of the OPB on NPL that Mr. Liu priced and managed exceeds RMB 20 billion.
Mr. Liu has acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
Bonnie is a founding partner and COO of NewQuest. Bonnie oversees the finance, investor relations, operations and administrative functions of NewQuest.
Bonnie has nearly 20 years’ experience in finance and investing. Prior to taking on the COO role, Bonnie was co-head of China business for NewQuest. Prior to founding NewQuest, Bonnie was a Director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BAML) Asia Private Equity group focusing on investments in Greater China. Bonnie has also held other positions within BAML including in the Corporate Principal Investments and Investment Banking groups. She also previously worked at 3i Group plc focusing on growth capital investments in Greater China.
Bonnie has an Executive MBA from EMBA-Global Asia, a joint program between Columbia Business School, University of Hong Kong Business School and London Business School. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and East Asian Studies, magna cum laude, from Brown University in Providence, RI.
Bonnie also serves on the Board of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA). Bonnie is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Patrick's practice focuses on the representation of high-growth emerging technology and life sciences companies as well as venture capital and other firms that invest in those companies. As a specialist in corporate and securities law, he has counseled company clients and investors in a wide variety of projects, including company formations, spin-offs, private and public financings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and other strategic transactions, employee equity incentives, corporate governance matters and SEC reporting and compliance. Patrick counsels companies in a variety of industries, including the wireless, hardware, Internet, software, telecommunications and biotechnology, healthcare and medical device industries.
Patrick received his JD, summa cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1999, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Lead Editor of the San Diego Law Review. He completed joint Bachelor's degrees in International Relations and Anthropology, with an emphasis in Latin America, at Stanford University in 1988. Patrick is bilingual in Spanish and English and has lived in Ecuador.
James heads the firm's Shanghai Business and Finance Practice. He focuses on China-related corporate and securities transactions, including foreign direct investment, venture capital financing, private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. He also has broad experience advising clients on complex cross-border commercial transactions involving unique structures and contractual arrangements designed to comply with legal requirements in multiple jurisdictions, including licensing, joint venture, manufacturing and distribution arrangements in the life sciences and high-tech industries in China. James is a frequent speaker in local and international conferences and has spoken extensively on topics relating to China's venture capital and capital market environment.
Prior to joining Cooley, James held marketing management and business development positions in the life sciences industry and worked in the United States for organizations including the Eastman Kodak Co., Life Technologies Corp. and several startups. He focused on commercialization and has 10+ years of experience working with scientists and technology transfer professionals to transform ideas into successful products.
James is a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in English.
Ming Lu (Hong Kong) joined KKR in 2006 and is a Member of the firm. He is the Head of Asia Pacific.
Mr. Lu currently serves as a member of KKR Investment Management and Distribution Committee, the firm’s Asian Private Equity Investment Committee and the Asian Portfolio Management Committee.
He has played a significant role in the investments in BIS Cleanaway, MMI, Unisteel Technology Limited, Masan Consumer Corporation, Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd, Goodpack Ltd.
Mr. Lu currently sits on the board of directors of MMI, Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd Goodpack Ltd. He is also a non executive board member on JLL Jones Lang LaSalle’s board.
He was previously a Partner at CCMP Capital Asia (formerly J.P. Morgan Partners Asia). While with JPMP Asia, Mr. Lu has involved in the acquisition of Mando Corporation, a leading auto components manufacturer in Korea, and has also involved in a number of other auto, industrial and consumer product deals.
Prior to joining JPMP Asia in 1999, Mr. Lu was President of Asia Pacific at Lucas Varity, a leading global automotive component supplier. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Lu worked for Kraft Foods International Inc. From 1985 to 1993, he worked for CITIC, the largest direct investment firm in China.
Mr. Lu received a B.A. in Economics from Wuhan University of Hydroelectrical Engineering in China and an M.B.A. from University of Leuven in Belgium.
Haseeb Malik is Head of Asia Corporate and Traded Credit. Based in Singapore, he joined the firm in 2006 and relocated to Singapore in 2008 to assist in opening the office.
Prior to joining Värde, Haseeb worked as an Associate at Ripplewood Holdings LLC, a global private equity fund focusing on leveraged buyouts in the U.S. and Japan. Prior to that, Haseeb was an investment banking Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney, where he provided mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory services.
Haseeb received his B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and attended the M.B.A. program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tadasu Matsuo oversees Japan Post Insurance’s alternative investment, ranging from private equity and infrastructure funds to real estate and hedge funds since September 2016. Before joining JP Insurance, he headed Daido Life’s alternative investment. Served as Senior Managing Director, he also engaged in private equity fund investment and headed a business development of Alternative Investment Capital (AIC), a leading private equity FOF manager and gatekeeper in Japan. Before seconded from Daido Life to AIC, he managed Daido Life's private equity and other alternative investment for five years. Previously he was in charge of group's business development and investor relations at T&D Holdings, a listed holding company of Daido Life. Prior to joining Daido Life, Mr. Matsuo held such posts as Director and Managing Director and served as an M&A advisor to various insurers' transactions at PwC Financial Advisory Services Japan from 1999 to 2002. Earlier in his career, he worked for Nippon Life Insurance Company for 13 years, where he managed overseas sovereign credit loans and investments. Mr. Matsuo received his MBA from Duke University and BA in Economics from The University of Tokyo. He passed the US CPA exams.
Mark McCombe is Head of the Americas region, responsible for driving the growth of BlackRock's client businesses in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Iberia. Mark is also the Global Co-Head of Client Portfolio Solutions.
Mr. McCombe is a member of BlackRock's Global Executive Committee (GEC) and the GEC's Talent Subcommittee, and chairs the Americas Executive Committee. He previously served as the Chair and Global Head of BlackRock Alternative Investors, Global Head of BlackRock's Institutional Client Business, and as Chairman of BlackRock's Asia Pacific region.
Mr. McCombe is also one of the Global Executive Sponsors for the Out and Allies network and a founder of the LEAD program within BlackRock helping grow top talent within the firm to be our future leaders.
Mr. McCombe has had an international career in finance spanning more than 20 years across 11 different countries. Before joining BlackRock, he served as Chief Executive Officer in Hong Kong for HSBC. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd. and Chairman of HSBC Global Asset Management (HK) Ltd. Prior to that, he was based in London where he was Chief Executive of HSBC Global Asset Management.
Mr. McCombe has served on a number of finance industry bodies during his career. He was a member of the Risk Management Committee of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, a member of the Banking Advisory Committee for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, a committee member of the Hong Kong Association of Banks, and a council member of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC), an advisory body established by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Mr. McCombe earned an MA degree from Aberdeen University and attended Wharton Business School, where he completed the Advanced Management Program. He was recognized in the Queen's New Year HonoursList in 2006 with an OBE.
Hemal Mirani rejoined HarbourVest's senior management team in Asia in 2015 to focus on investments and investor relations across the Asia Pacific region.
Hemal first joined HarbourVest in 1997 and spent eleven years developing relationships with leading Asian private equity managers and working with our investors and consultants across the region to advance and optimize their private market investment programs. She rejoined HarbourVest after six years with CVC Capital Partners in Hong Kong, where she was head of investor relations in Asia and Chief Administrative Officer.
Hemal received a BA in Commerce from Sydenham College (Bombay) in 1989, an MA in International Studies with a Japanese language concentration from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School in 1997. The latter two were part of a joint degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. Hemal speaks fluent Japanese.
Rodney Muse is one of two Managing Partners of Navis. Mr. Muse leads investment 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.
Mr. Muse co-founded Navis in 1998 with Messrs. Bloy and Foyston with whom he worked while at The Boston Consulting Group.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Hons degree from St. Lawrence University.
With more than two decades of institutional investment experience, Steve Nelson joined ILPA in March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for leading the growing organization in the realization of its mission to engage, empower and connected limited partners on a global basis. Prior to his role at ILPA, Steve built his career at Cambridge Associates where he served most recently as Board Member, Partner and Chief Operating Officer based in C|A’s Arlington, Virginia office. In that role, Steve was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm, overseeing a staff of approximately 500 in Investment Operations, Portfolio Services, Information Technology, Human Capital and Administrative Services. He also served as a member of the C|A Risk Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. Steve held a number of senior leadership positions with C|A including co-Head of Global Consulting from 2008-2013, where he was responsible for resource planning, training, staffing, communications, and oversight of C|A investment teams. This work spanned the core client-facing advisory activities of the firm, delivered by a team of over 300 investment professionals operating from 8 offices. Earlier in his career with C|A, Steve was the Head of Asia Pacific where he established firm’s first office in the region, with responsibility for cultivating a network throughout Asia Pacific consisting of institutional investors, investment managers, legal advisors, regulators, industry associations and the press. From 2002 to 2004, Steve was a member of the Financial Services Committee with the Singapore chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Loudoun Country Day School located in Northern Virginia. Steve is a graduate of the Carroll School of Management Honors Program at Boston College.
Khailee Ng is a Managing Partner of 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Beyond investing in Silicon Valley, 500 has set up more than a dozen funds in emerging markets, providing seed capital and growth programs to countries in the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Since 2010, the firm has invested in over 2,000 startups in 70 countries, in line with its goal of developing an inclusive and globally connected innovation economy.
With the firm, Mr. Ng has led over +100 investments in Southeast Asian tech startups, including Grab, Bukalapak, Carousell, and other regional champions. Prior to this, he was the founder of Groupsmore (acquired by Groupon) and Malaysia's largest online media company, Says.com (acquired by Media Prima).
As every industry continues to be disrupted by new technology and evolving consumer landscapes, Mr. Ng and 500 Startups specialize in discovering patterns of economic opportunity and investing in the entrepreneurs who will realize them. His investment activity and industry opinions are featured by Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune, and the 500 Startups portfolio of companies have collectively raised over $10Billion USD.
Since entering venture capital industry in 2000, Mr. Yipin Ng has worked in the industry for 18 years. He is a shuttle traveler between China and the United States and is very familiar with start-up ecosystems in both countries. Mr. Yipin Ng has long focused on early and mid-term investment opportunities in the fields of mobile internet, IoT, robot, AI and Big Data. He has played a leading role in investment in Chinese and the U.S. startups, including ACC Technologies (02018), SINOSUN (300333), Meihua Biotech (600873), xFire, Heptagon, PingCAP and TigerGraph.Mr. Yipin Ng boasts rich experience in intelligent hardware entrepreneurship and supply chain management.
Before founding Yunqi Partners, Mr. Yipin Ng had a long service at GGV Capital. From 2004 to 2008, he worked at GGV’s Silicon Valley Office to help develop the company’s intelligent hardware investment business in the United States. From 2008 to 2014, he worked at GGV’s Shanghai Office. In 2014, he and Mr. Michael Mao co-founded YUNQI PARTNERS.
From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Yipin Ng worked at GIC, Singapore government investment company. Prior to that, he worked at Sun Microsystems and the Singaporean Navy.
Mr. Yipin Ng holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Nanyang Business School,and a Bachelor’s degree from University of San Francisco.
Robert Ohrenstein has over 20 years' experience advising direct investors on transactions. Currently Robert leads KPMG's Global Private Equity practice which delivers a full range of services to our private equity clients and their portfolio companies. These range from M&A deal origination, buy and sell side deal execution and a broad range of strategic and operational consulting services to enable fast and effective creation and realisation of value within portfolio companies. Robert looks after several of KPMG's larger clients and their investee companies including Advent International, CVC, Carlyle and KKR. He was worked on some of the most complex global and cross-border transactions on both the buy and sell side across a variety of industries. Whilst spending most of his time advising larger buyout private equity clients, Robert has also worked for a variety of infrastructure, sovereign wealth, pension funds and family offices.
Robert is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School. He trained and was made a partner at Andersen before joining Deloitte and subsequently KPMG in 2004.
Rahul is a member of the Credit Capital Markets team, responsible for the Asia Ex-Japan Leveraged Finance efforts within the Asia Financing Group. Previously, he spent five years between Hong Kong and London in the Leveraged Finance Group, including one year with the Sponsor Coverage team. Rahul joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as an associate and was named managing director in 2011.
Prior to joining the firm, Rahul spent four years in the Leveraged Finance Group at Merrill Lynch in London and two years with the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Merrill Lynch in Asia. During his career, he also worked at TDR Capital, a private equity firm in London, for two years.
Rahul earned an MBA from INSEAD in 2004 and a BCom from the University of Mumbai in 1995.
Bobby Pauly is a founding member of the Tata Opportunities Fund, a USD 600 million third-party private equity fund that invests in attractive off-market transactions leveraging the network and relationships of the Tata group. Based in Mumbai, Bobby champions new investment opportunities and drives value creation as the fund's nominee on the Board of select portfolio companies. Bobby joined Tata Capital in 2007 and has helped conceptualize, nurture and build the firm's private equity franchise, which today manages about USD 1 billion in AUM.
Prior to this, for 7 years, Bobby served at a strategy consultant at Tata Strategic Management Group, where he helped establish his firm's private equity practice. Bobby started his career with the TVS Group.
Bobby secured his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and graduated from the Mechanical Engineering program of College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University. In the year 2000, the Confederation of Indian Industry honoured Bobby as a Young Business Leader of Tomorrow.
Mr. Pitt is a partner of Lexington Partners primarily engaged in the origination, evaluation and management of non-U.S. equity co-investments. Prior to joining Lexington in 2006, Mr. Pitt was a managing director and head of AXA Private Equity’s London office. Prior to that, he was a managing director at Whitney & Co. and a vice president in Morgan Stanley’s leveraged finance and M & A groups.
Mr. Pitt graduated from City University, London with a BSc (Honors) in management science and from INSEAD, France with an MBA.
Heads Japan Post Bank's nascent private equity investment program and is responsible for all aspects of its creation and construction. Prior to joining Japan Post Bank in February 2016, spent most of his career at Nippon Life Insurance Company, where he was portfolio manager establishing and leading Nippon Life's private equity operations out of its US subsidiary and also was Head of Product Development at Nissay Asset Management Co. the asset management subsidiary of Nippon Life just prior to joining Japan Post Bank, among other various roles he held there.
He has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo, LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School, has passed the New York Bar Exam and also is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan.
Katja has been a Senior PE Portfolio Manager at Ilmarinen since January 2000. Ilmarinen is mutual pension insurance company based in Helsinki, Finland, managing 46 billion euros. Currently 6 % is invested in PE.
Before joining Ilmarinen, she worked at the Shell UK Pension Fund in London with the analysis of private equity funds and monitoring of a global private equity portfolio with over USD 1 billion of commitments, and earlier as an Investment Analyst in the European team at private equity specialists Pantheon Ventures.
Katja has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Helsinki, is a CFA charterholder and is fluent in Swedish, Finnish, English and French.
Rakesh Saraf is the Head of Private Investments for the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board (ATRF). Mr. Saraf is responsible for developing the strategic growth plan and ongoing implementation of ATRF's private equity and infrastructure investment portfolios. Mr. Saraf participates in asset allocation decisions and contributes to the management of ATRF's overall investment portfolio as a senior member of the investment team. He joined ATRF in March 2010; previously he served as a Senior Vice President and Head of Private Equity at Alberta Investment Management Corp. ("AIMCo"). Prior to joining AIMCo, Mr. Saraf was the CEO of Stratcap Securities, the largest independent fixed income securities brokerage in India, from 1998 to 2000. He has also held positions at Dresdner Bank as Dealer, Money Markets and Fixed Income Securities and began his career as a fixed income and currency trader at American Express.
Mr. Saraf has an MMS from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management studies, University of Mumbai, India and is a CFA charter holder. He also holds an ICD.D designation. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Edmonton CFA Society.
Mr Saraf is the Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of Samena Capital. He oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at Samena Capital, as well as its strategic direction. Mr. Saraf founded Samena Capital in 2008 as a unique principal investing firm to collectively invest with highly pedigreed families from the Asian, Indian and Middle-Eastern regions, to create the new ‘Asia Inc.’. He remains the Investment Manager and Director of the Samena Special Situations Funds and Samena Limestone Holdings.
Mr. Saraf holds numerous directorship and leadership positions across Samena’s portfolio companies. In March 2018, Mr. Saraf joined the Board of Softlogic Holdings, one of the largest conglomerates in Sri Lanka with leading businesses in healthcare, financial services and retail. In November 2016, Mr. Saraf was appointed to the Board of Directors of Dynamatic Technologies Limited, a global business which designs and builds highly engineered products for Automotive, Aeronautic, Hydraulic and Security applications. Since August 2016, Mr. Saraf is on the Board of Directors of Tejas Networks, an India-based optical and data networking products business with clients in over 60 countries. In June 2014, Mr. Saraf led the acquisition of a significant stake in RAK Ceramics PSC, a company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and one of the world’s largest ceramics manufacturers with annual revenues of approximately US$1 billion. He is currently the Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors and Chairman of its Executive Committee. Since September 2014, Mr. Saraf has been on the Board of Directors of RAK Logistics (previously Alliance Global Logistics), a cross-regional platform for an integrated, ASEAN-headquartered logistics company. He has previously held numerous directorships including Aramex Holdings, Commercial Bank of Oman SAOG, EFG Hermes and Amwal Capital (Qatar).
Prior to founding Samena Capital, he was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Abraaj Capital, which grew to become one of the largest private equity firms operating in global growth markets. During his tenure (2002-2007) at Abraaj Capital, he was involved in several landmark private equity and block purchase transactions such as the buyout of Aramex, EFG Hermes, Egyptian Fertilizer Company, Arabtec, ONIC, SAOG Oman, Amwal Capital (Qatar) and he also pioneered and managed the special situations funds.
In 1998, Mr. Saraf founded Oriel Investment Company, which emerged as one of the leading regional corporate finance firms. While at Oriel Investment Company, he became one of the largest founding shareholders of US-based E-Ink Corporation, the world's leading developer and provider of electronic paper and displays.
Mr Saraf is actively involved with the ‘Little Dreams Foundation’, a not-for-profit initiative with Phil and Orianne Collins and is a Director on the Board. In 2015, he founded the ‘Shirish Saraf Scholarship’ at Charterhouse House School, providing an education for underprivileged children with all around excellence. In 2016, Mr. Saraf established the Samena Foundation, an initiative set up to facilitate global charitable and benevolent causes.
Mr Saraf was educated at Charterhouse (England) and the London School of Economics.
Mr Shah is a managing partner and co-founder of Gaja Capital and is based in Mumbai. Prior to co-founding Gaja Capital in 2005, Mr Shah had over 24 years of operating experience as an entrepreneur and manager.
Over 13 years at Gaja Capital, Mr Shah has led investments in the consumer and financial services sectors. He currently serves on the board of three of Gaja Capital’s active portfolio companies.
Prior to co-founding Gaja Capital in 2005, Mr Shah has held CXO roles in the telecom, technology and luxury sectors and also worked with leading investment banking and management consulting firms in India. As an entrepreneur, Mr Shah co-founded an asset finance company which he took public. He had been an active public markets investor and has also made personal private equity and corporate venture capital investments.
Mr Shah has an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from IIT Bombay. He is a member of the CII – PE/VC National Committee and is closely involved with the Ross School’s activities in India.
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.
Mr. William Shen, is the CEO of CRE Alliance (HK) Co., Ltd. Prior to joining CRE Alliance, Mr. Shen was Senior Partner and Head of Greater China at Headland Capital Partners. Prior to joining Headland in 2004, Mr. Shen worked at Vertex China Investment, managing its PRC private equity investments. He also worked at Shanghai Industrial Holdings Limited, managing the firm's venture capital investments, as well as in Bain & Company in the US and Hong Kong. Mr. Shen serves on the Board of Scholar Education. He served as Non-Executive Director at Bosideng International Holdings Ltd. from 2006 to 2013 and also served as Director of Yonghui Superstores Co., Ltd. from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Shen received an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University with a specialization in strategy and venture capital investments in June 1997 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum. laude.
Jason Shin is a co-founding partner of VIG Partners, which was founded in 2005. Mr. Shin sits on the investment committee of the Firm and is responsible for sourcing proprietary investment opportunities and overseeing execution of new investments and exits. He also acts as the primary partner in charge of several portfolio companies where he serves as the head of their management committees and leads the close monitoring of their operational and financial performances. VIG Partners is currently in its 3rd fund and have invested in 17 companies, 15 of which have been for outright control.
Mr. Shin brings extensive experience and network as one of Korea’s leading M&A bankers during his years at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Shin also has significant legal experience as a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie and Kim & Chang prior to becoming an investment banker in 1995. Prior to joining VIG, Mr. Shin was a Managing Director and the Head of Morgan Stanley’s Korea investment banking group and is credited with execution of many of Korea’s landmark M&A transactions, representing the Korean government, leading Korean banks and financial institutions, top 20 chaebol groups, and numerous multinational companies.
Mr. Shin earned his JD from the University of California, Berkeley Law School and holds a BA with honors from Northwestern University.
Jordan Silber's practice is concentrated on the formation and representation of private investment funds, primarily venture capital and private equity funds in the United States, China and internationally. He serves as primary fund counsel to 60+ fund managers, and he has acted in a leading legal capacity over the last nearly 20 years in the raising of more than $50 billion in private fund interests, including more than $30 billion in Asian private fund interests.
Jordan represents a diversified base of fund managers in terms of substantive investment areas, although a large percentage of those managers, both in the US and Asia, are focused on information technology, cleantech and/or life sciences investing. He also represents certain multinational corporations, high-net-worth individuals and other investors in their investment activities in private funds.
Jordan's Asian funds practice is focused particularly on fund managers making investments in China and India. He currently advises 40+ fund managers active in these regions, including some of the earliest institutional venture capital funds in China and one of the largest Indian private equity funds. With respect to China, he has organized numerous USD-denominated funds offshore from the PRC and is specialized in the raising of those funds, counseling fund managers in terms of their investment structuring for investing the resulting USD capital base in portfolio companies in China, and advising with respect to the establishment of upper-tier subsidiary entities inside the PRC through which those fund managers conduct local operations.
Jordan has also assisted certain multinational fund managers in a capacity as global legal counsel with respect to the structuring, documentation and implementation of RMB-denominated fund vehicles. His experience includes work on Sino-foreign joint ventures and domestic and foreign partnerships domiciled in China. He has served as global counsel in respect of the raising of several funds sponsored by Chinese governmental entities, including the governments of Shanghai and Suzhou.
Jordan is a regular panelist and participant at US, Caribbean and Asian industry seminars and events, speaking on a broad range of legal topics related to venture capital and private equity fund formation and investing.
Padmanabh (Paddy) Sinha is the Managing Partner for the flagship private equity fund platform of the Tata group - Tata Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining Tata Capital as a founding partner of the Tata Opportunities Fund, Mr. Sinha was the Managing Director for India at Temasek Holdings. Mr. Sinha was part of Temasek's founding India team in 2004 and during his tenure at Temasek also led global special projects for Temasek. He has worked with ICICI Venture previously as well as an entrepreneur where he was the President of an e-learning company funded by ChrysCapital, Star TV and International Finance Corporation, which he eventually sold to a listed Indian corporation. Mr. Sinha has served on several corporate boards, including select Tata companies. He is the current Chairman of the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA).
Nikos is Managing Partner and Member of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee of BC Partners, the international private equity firm. He joined BC Partners in 2005 and has over 20 years experience in private equity. He has been an active investor in the media, telecoms, consumer and retail industries. Prior to joining BC Partners, Nikos was a Partner at Apax Partners in London where he spent seven years working on large buy-out transactions in Europe. Prior to Apax he spent three years as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in London.
Nikos is Chairman of the Board of Acuris (Mergermarket Group), OVS/Gruppo Coin, Cigierre, Dental Pro, and Pharmathen and Vice-Chairman of Migros Turk. Nikos is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Harvard Business School, the Board of Trustees of Impetus-PEF, the Board of Trustees of the American School in London, a member of the council of Serpentine Galleries, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Chairman of the BC Partners Foundation. Nikos holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Business Administration from Athens University of Economics & Business (AUEB).
Oliver Stratton is a Managing Director for Alvarez & Marsal's Asian practice in Hong Kong. With 25 years of experience in consulting and private equity in Asia, his primary areas of concentration are business strategy, performance improvement, operational turnarounds and M&A. Mr. Stratton has worked with clients across a range of industries including private equity, financial services, telecommunications, consumer goods and retail, industrial products and services, transportation and logistics and energy and resources.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Stratton spent 20 years with Bain & Company, including 10 years as a Partner. Mr. Stratton also spent two years as a Managing Director with Candover as part of its Asia leadership team.
In these roles Mr. Stratton has served many of the global, regional and major local country funds operating in Asia. Working with those clients, he has led due diligence and portfolio company performance improvement assignments across a range of industry sectors in Greater China, Korea and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Stratton earned an MA in engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A British national, Mr. Stratton has been based in Hong Kong since 1988.
Mr. Frank Su is the Managing Director, Head of Private Equity Asia at CPPIB, responsible for private equity investments in Asia. Mr. Su has 20 years’ experience in private equity, strategic consulting and operations in the region. Prior to CPPIB, Mr. Su took various positions at Bain Capital, Bain & Company, Ericsson and COFCO.
Mr. Su received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from University of International Business and Economics.
Derek Sulger is a partner at Lunar. Lunar invests in companies where the Chinese consumer is driving explosive growth through a control-oriented, operationally involved, platform-building investment strategy. The Firm takes an industry-insider approach to sourcing, professionalizing management, and driving innovation in products, services, marketing and distribution by leveraging its team of investment professionals and over 5,000 team members in the businesses that Lunar presently controls. The Firm has completed over 20 buyouts, through a control-oriented, operationally involved strategy. Presently, Lunar owns a controlling stake in several leading brands in the apparel, snack foods, condiments and related sectors, and has generated returns through upgrading, modernizing and innovating across its portfolio. Prior to Lunar, Derek founded Lunar’s predecessor companies including Linktone (Nasdaq: LTON), SmartPay (Acquired by Ping An), and served as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs after receiving his BA from Harvard University.
Dr. Finian Tan is Chairman of Vickers Venture Partners, an international venture capital company with presence in Singapore, Shanghai and California. Prior to this, Dr Tan was Managing Director and head of the Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) group of banks in Singapore.
Prior to joining CSFB in 2002, Dr. Tan was Partner and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Eplanet, in charge of their Asia Pacific Operations. Whilst there, he spearheaded the investment into Baidu in the year 2000, which at that time, was a small startup, with no revenues and with just one customer for its search engine. Dr Tan invested US$7.5 million for 25% of the company and had 2 board seats out of 7. Baidu was listed on the NASDAQ in August 2005 and its market capitalization shot to US$4 billion on the first day of trading. Baidu is worth US$75 billion today, a multiple of 1600x over the valuation at entry.
Mr Tang is the Founding Chairman and Managing Partner of Affinity Equity Partners following its spin-off from UBS in 2004. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of UBS Capital Asia Pacific, the private equity arm of UBS since 1999. Before UBS Capital, he was the Chief Executive for Investment Banking, East Asia at Union Bank of Switzerland since 1995. Following the merger of Union Bank of Switzerland and Swiss Bank Corporation to form UBS, Mr Tang became Chief Executive, Hong Kong, of UBS Group and Asia Regional Head of Investment Banking for UBS Investment Bank. Prior to Union Bank of Switzerland, he served as President and CEO of Banque Indosuez’s Asian investment bank and Chairman of WI Carr (Far East) Limited, one of the leading stockbroking firms in Asia. Mr. Tang began his financial career with Chase Manhattan Bank. During his 17 years at Chase, he served in a number of senior roles in Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Ravi Thakran has been working in various leading positions at the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey Group (LVMH) since 2001. He has been the Group President of LVMH South & Southeast Asia and Oceania from 2007.
LVMH is the world's largest luxury goods company with over 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 3 Billion in 27 companies across Asia Pacific; including leading companies in India like PVR and Fab India.
In 2016, Ravi Thakran led his team for a merger with America's largest consumer focussed Private Equity fund formed through the partnership of Catterton, LVMH and Groupe Arnault.
Ravi Thakran is now the Chairman and Managing Partner of the merged entity called L Catterton, now the world's largest consumer focused Private Equity fund with over USD 15 Billion of assets under management; operating six distinct fund strategies out of seventeen offices located across five continents.
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.
Ivan Vercoutere is a Managing Partner at LGT Capital Partners Ltd and co-founder of its private equity activities in 1998.
Bringing 25 years of private equity experience, Mr. Vercoutere is responsible for leading and coordinating the global private equity investment activities of the firm and chairs its global investment committee. Prior to LGT, Mr. Vercoutere worked at Pacific Corporate Group in La Jolla, California since 1992 where he was responsible for U.S. and European private equity investments on behalf of institutional investors including CalPERS, State of Oregon, World Bank pension fund among others. He received a BSc in Finance from San Diego State University.
Mr. Vercoutere serves on the advisory boards of a number of private equity funds globally and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
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Ke Wei joined China Renaissance in 2017 as a Partner and member of the Investment Committee of the firm’s Huaxing Growth Capital, which invests in innovation-driven ‘new economy’ entrepreneurial ventures in China’s burgeoning technology, media and entertainment industries. He focuses on investments related to trends in consumption, ranging from e-commerce to entertainment and education, as well as internet technologies that can transform traditional industries and business processes.
Ke previously served as a Managing Director with the global private equity firm General Atlantic where he focused on investments in China’s TMT and consumer sectors. During his eight years at General Atlantic, Ke led and participated in a number of significant deals including investments in the online classifieds and listing platform 58.com, the real estate portal Fang.com, and Meituan, the local services e-commerce marketplace that subsequently merged with Dianping.
Prior to General Atlantic, Ke was an Investment Principal at the global private equity firm Actis. He also worked at Boston Consulting Group as a project manager.
Ke earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Science and Technology Beijing.
Esther Wong is head of strategic investment in SenseTime, also a founding partner of SenseTime’s AI fund with AUM of RMB 5bn. SenseTime investment focuses on investing companies in AI ecosystem and finding long term strategic partners.
Esther previously ran Equity Capital Market in Bocom International, China's fifth largest bank, where she was in charge of overseas IPOs and equity placements. Esther began her career 20 years ago as an analyst on Wall Street with ABN Amro; her last role in New York was Head of Sales and Trading for Cazenove Asia (acquired by JPMorgan) whereby she was the first Chinese and first woman to be appointed that position. She moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to support launching of CICC’s US office, and in the process, rated as one of Greater China's Top Institutional Sales by Asia Money Magazine 5 years on a row.
Esther graduated with Associate Degree in Hospitality Administration in Glion Institutes, Switzerland; followed by BA(s) in Economics and Political Science in SUNY Stony Brook.
Maverick Wong is a Managing Director and the Head of Private Equity for China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings) Limited (“PAOH”). He is in charge of global private equity investments for PAOH, including direct investments, fund investments and co-investments.
Mr. Wong was a Managing Director in GIC’s Private Equity division (“GICPE”). He was one of the senior leadership team members of GICPE, and sits on its Investment Committee and its Management Committee. His recent roles at GICPE included being the Head of Funds and Co-investments Group, Asia and Americas, and the Head of Direct Investments Group, Asia. Mr. Wong represented GICPE on numerous fund advisory committees and boards of directors.
Mr. Wong graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1995, and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. He completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 2017. Mr. Wong is a CFA charterholder.
Georg Wunderlin is Chief Executive Officer of HQ Capital Group based in Frankfurt & New York.
Mr. Wunderlin is responsible for developing and executing the firm's strategy as well as leading HQ Capital's investment, investor relations & marketing teams. With more than 18 years of experience in investment and finance, Mr. Wunderlin joined HQ Capital PE in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Wunderlin was a Managing Director at UBS holding various senior management positions, including as Member of the Executive Committee with responsibility for leading the mid-market banking division in Germany and as Head UBS Group Strategy in Zurich. He started his career at The Boston Consulting Group advising clients in M&A and corporate finance. Mr. Wunderlin studied at the University of St. Gallen and Stockholm School of Economics and holds a PhD and Masters Degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Henry Yin advises clients on mergers and acquisitions (including cross-border/outbound investments), private equity, early and late-stage venture capital and growth investments, joint ventures, PIPEs, financings, going-private transactions and other general corporate matters associated with companies in and outside of the US and China in such diverse industries as life sciences, technology, film, digital media, financial services, ecommerce, software, hardware, education, manufacturing, consumer, logistics, automotive, real estate, reinsurance, pharmaceuticals and infrastructure.
Henry started his legal career in the New York office of Skadden Arps and was a partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis prior to joining Cooley.
Henry is a native Mandarin speaker and is also fluent in English. He is admitted to practice in New York.
Emre is Principal at Globis Capital Partners, leading investments mainly in Fintech, AI, drones and internet media. His track record includes GLM (Electric vehicle startup, acquired by O-Luxe Holdings in Hong Kong) 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 digital creative agency), Photosynth (smartlock IoT) and work closely with Money Design (roboadvsior) and other unannounced investments.
He currently teaches at Globis University Graduate School of Management (MBA).
Emre graduated from Harvard Business School (MBA) and Ohio State University (magna cum laude).
Yichen Zhang is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited. Mr. Zhang began his career on Wall Street in 1987, having joined Greenwich Capital Markets, Bank of Tokyo as Head of Proprietary Trading, and Merrill Lynch as Managing Director of Debt Capital Market for Greater China. In 2000, he joined CITIC Group as the President of CITIC Pacific Communications and Executive Director for CITIC Pacific (now CITIC Limited). He founded CITIC Capital in 2002 and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since then. Under his leadership, CITIC Capital led a number of landmark deals, investing in some of China’s leading companies, Alibaba, Sina, Harbin Pharmaceutical, SF Express, AsiaInfo and Focus Media. He is the Chairman of the Board of McDonald's master franchised business in China & Hong Kong. He also sits on the boards of Sina Corporation, Shenhua Group Corporation Limited, Harbin Pharmaceutical, AsiaInfo and SF Express.
Mr. Zhang is a leader in the alternative investment industry. He is a board member of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), Executive Committee Member and former Chairman of the China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). He is also a Vice Chairman in Beijing Private Equity Association (BPEA), Tianjin Private Equity Association, and a Vice Chairman of the PE and Buyout Funds Committee under the Asset Management Association of China (AMAC).
Mr. Zhang is also a leader in political, economic and social communities. He is a member of the Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Senior Vice Chairman of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a member of the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Foundation Board at the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the China Economic and Social Council (CESC).
He obtained his degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A strong believer in education, Mr. Zhang has been supporting the Andover Asia Council as its Co-Chairman, Yale Asia Development Council as a Council Member, Dalton Foundation as a Board Member, and Duke Kunshan University as an Advisory Board Member.
Wei Zhou is the Founding and Managing Partner of China Creation Ventures (CCV). Before starting CCV, Wei was Managing Partner at KPCB China and led its TMT investment group. The companies that he backed include JD.com (NASDAQ IPO: JD), JD Finance, VenusTech (Shenzhen IPO: 002439), Manzuo.com (acquired by SuNing), ID5.com, CreditEase (NYSE: YRD), Rong360, China Valley Mobile Finance, Ximalaya FM, Miaopai Mobile Video (Yixia.com), ULUCU (NEEQ: 837110), Miaozhen Systems, Asia Innovation Group, Tan Tan Mobile Social, Meican.com, Scinor Water (acquired by TRCE: 300332), KJY Water (NEEQ: 835159), Arrail Dental, etc.
Before joining KPCB China as a founding member, Wei was the CEO of Shanghai Hanbo Tech Co., a leading e-payment solution provider, which was later successfully acquired. Prior to that, Wei 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.
Wei has been honored as Most Influential Venture Capitalist by Fortune, FT China Leader Venture Capitalist, and China Venture Best Venture Capitalist, 21st Century Economy Annual Investor, CV Awards Best Venture Capitalist.
Wei also serves as a governor and treasurer of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (“CVCA”).
Wei 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.