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Ms. Chan joined the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) in 2010 and was appointed Chief Investment Officer (Private Markets) in 2018. She is a founding member of the private markets team and has been leading the HKMA’s efforts in private equity, real estate, credit, infrastructure, co-investments and direct investments globally. She is the honouree of the 2016 Asia Industry Leadership Award of the 100 Women in Finance.
Prior to joining the HKMA, Ms. Chan was a member of the Administrative Officer (“AO”) grade of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) Government responsible for subjects covering home affairs, transport and housing, and financial services and treasury. Key projects included cross-border infrastructure initiatives, the first issuance of Renminbi bonds in the HKSAR by the Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China, the inaugural Asia Financial Forum, and Islamic finance.
Ms. Chan is also a barrister admitted by the High Court of the HKSAR. Before joining the HKSAR Government, her key expertise covered criminal law and judicial review.
Jonathan Lavine is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $75 billion in assets under management. He also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit.
Mr. Lavine founded Bain Capital Credit, formerly known as Sankaty Advisors, in 1997. Bain Capital Credit invests across the full spectrum of credit strategies, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed debt, private lending, structured products, non-performing loans and equities. Bain Capital Credit has more than $33 billion in assets under management, more than 200 employees and offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Dublin, Melbourne and Hong Kong.
Mr. Lavine joined Bain Capital’s private equity group in 1993. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Lavine is active in a variety of charitable and civic activities. He has served as Chair of the City Year Board of Trustees since 2013. He and his wife, Jeannie, endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, which supports training and education of humanitarian aid workers. The Lavines also founded the Crimson Lion Foundation which provides financial support to a number of organizations.
Mr. Lavine is a Vice-Chairman of the Trustees of Columbia University having formerly chaired the Columbia College Board of Visitors. He is a past recipient of Columbia’s John Jay Award for professional achievement, Opportunity Nation’s American Dream Award, Voices for National Service Citizen Service Award and of the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award. In 2016, Mr. Lavine was appointed a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council by President Barack Obama. Mr. Lavine is also a member of the ownership group and a director of the Boston Celtics.
Mr. Lavine graduated from Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and holds an M.B.A with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Ming Lu (Hong Kong) joined KKR in 2006 and is a Member of the firm. He is the Head of Asia Pacific.
Mr. Lu currently serves as a member of KKR Investment Management and Distribution Committee, the firm’s Asian Private Equity Investment Committee and the Asian Portfolio Management Committee.
He has played a significant role in the investments in BIS Cleanaway, MMI, Unisteel Technology Limited, Masan Consumer Corporation, Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd, Goodpack Ltd.
Mr. Lu currently sits on the board of directors of MMI, Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd Goodpack Ltd. He is also a non executive board member on JLL Jones Lang LaSalle’s board.
He was previously a Partner at CCMP Capital Asia (formerly J.P. Morgan Partners Asia). While with JPMP Asia, Mr. Lu has involved in the acquisition of Mando Corporation, a leading auto components manufacturer in Korea, and has also involved in a number of other auto, industrial and consumer product deals.
Prior to joining JPMP Asia in 1999, Mr. Lu was President of Asia Pacific at Lucas Varity, a leading global automotive component supplier. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Lu worked for Kraft Foods International Inc. From 1985 to 1993, he worked for CITIC, the largest direct investment firm in China.
Mr. Lu received a B.A. in Economics from Wuhan University of Hydroelectrical Engineering in China and an M.B.A. from University of Leuven in Belgium.
Nikos is 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).
Mr Tang is the 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.
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.
Amit 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, Amit is passionate about creating global companies from Asia and currently works with Founders at companies such as TradeGecko (Singapore) , Livspace (India). Kredivo (Indonesia) 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.
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 advisor to UCLA's $2.5 billion endowment. The endowment performance ranked #1 in 2017 across all US universities and endowments above $1 billion. Ms. Bryant directs the endowment’s allocations to opportunities in venture capital, private equity and emerging markets (including public equities) and oversees a venture capital portfolio comprised of direct and indirect investments.
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.
Ms. Lorna Chen is Head of Greater China of Shearman & Sterling LLP, and also leads the firms’ Asia Asset Management and Investment Fund Practice. Ms. Chen advises clients in the structuring, restructuring, formation and operation of alternative investment products, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, funds of funds, project funds and co-investment structures. She is also an expert on regulatory and compliance matters related to investment funds and their managers. Ms. Chen has extensive experience in representing investors in making investments in private funds and making co-investments around the globe. Her clients include institutions, funds of funds, sovereign wealth funds, affluent individuals and family offices. Ms. Chen is active in the Asian private fund industry and is frequently interviewed by the media for related topics. Ms. Chen is rated by various independent industry agencies such as 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.
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.
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 is a Managing Director and Head of International 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).
Juan 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).
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.
Mounir Guen founded MVision in 2001. He is a veteran fundraising specialist, advisor and manager, with 25 years of experience in the industry. He has led MVision to the point where it is now, one of the leading private equity capital raising firms in the world.
Previously Mounir spent 13 years at Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director and was responsible for building up the international non-US business, both on the General Partner and Investor level, and creating a particularly strong franchise. He established an innovative proactive origination program for Europe and extended the concept to a global model. Prior to that, he trained at JP Morgan whilst working at the Saudi International Bank.
Selected as one of Private Equity's 100 most influential personalities of the decade, Mounir is on the EMPEA Investor Relations and Marketing Member Community Steering Committee and has served on the EVCA Investor Relations Committee as well as the EVCA European Valuation Committee to establish policy currently in use. He is also a member of New York University President's Global Council, an Executive Fellow of the Accounting Department and on the Faculty of the London Business School. He regularly lectures at the London Business School's Private Equity Masterclass, and other universities.
Mounir completed Postgraduate ABD studies in Economics and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Georgetown University, and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
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.
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).
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.
At MVision Dennis manages a number of fundraisings as well as maintaining and developing relationships with both general partners and limited partners across Asia.
Previously, Dennis was a Principal with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust (Hong Kong), where he focused on private equity and infrastructure funds investments. Prior to that, he was a senior advisor at KPMG Advisory Services. He also held various senior roles at Sony Corporation in Asia and Europe.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
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.
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.
Gabriel Morrow serves as Senior Investment Officer for Private Equity for the $190 billion New York City Retirement Systems. He joined in early 2016, after serving as Senior Vice President at a New York-based family office for eight years, advising on private equity M&A transactions at Lazard Middle Market for four years, and working in investment banking and the real estate investment fund at Lehman Brothers for two years. He previously worked at the National Economic Council of the White House. He holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from New York University.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 is a partner in the global private investment funds group and a member of the Cooley LLP business department. He joined the firm in 2002. He is resident in the San Francisco office and works regularly from the firm's Shanghai office.
Mr Silber's practice is concentrated in the formation and representation of private investment funds, including venture capital, private equity and funds-of-funds, both in the United States and internationally. He serves as primary fund counsel to over 50 fund managers and has acted in a leading legal capacity in the raising of over USD14bn in private fund interests since 2005, including over USD8bn in Asian private fund interests. He 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 in Asia, are focused in information technology, clean tech and/or life sciences investing. Mr Silber also represents several institutional secondary buyers in their acquisition activities with respect to private fund interests, as well as certain multinational corporations, high-net-worth individuals and other investors in their primary investment activities in private funds.
Padmanabh (Paddy) Sinha is the Managing Partner for the flagship private equity fund 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 Vice Chairman of the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA)
The Tata Opportunities Fund is a USD 600 million third party private equity fund which invests in select Tata group entities as well as other independent Indian businesses. The Fund's investees benefit both from its capital as well as from access to the Tata group's global reach and wide ranging long established industry presence. The fund is sector and stage agnostic and invests in both minority and control deals.
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.
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.
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.
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.