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Camilla Axvi is Head of Private Equity at the Second Swedish National Pension Fund (AP2). Mrs. Axvi is since 2015 responsible for a global portfolio of Private Equity and Venture funds with a current NAV of approximately 2 billion USD. The main focus is to maintain and develop the strategy, to identify and evaluate investments, portfolio construction and to evaluate team, organizations and performance. As part of being an active investor Mrs. Axvi is a member of several Advisory Boards in the funds. Mrs. Axvi joined AP2 in 2001 and has over 20 years of experience from asset management, which also includes Risk Management between 1996-2008 and for being responsible for manager selection and portfolio construction within externally managed public Fixed Income and Equity mandates between 2008 and 2015.
Mrs. Axvi has a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law (1996) and a CeFA from the Stockholm School of Economics IFL Executive Education in association with The Swedish Society of Financial Analysts (SFF) in 2004.
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.
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.
Jamie is a fifth-generation principal of a UK based family business. The original shipping business, founded in the mid 19th Century, evolved into an investment conglomerate post World War II.
A dedicated single-family office was established in the mid 1980’s when Caledonia Investments became the principle family investment vehicle.
Caledonia holds a portfolio of public equity, private company and fund investments.
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.
Shannon has over 18 years’ experience in financial industry. She is currently a Principal in Hamilton Lane’s Relationship Management Department, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, where she is responsible for all aspects of client relations in the Asia ex-Japan & Korea region. In this capacity, she works closely with institutional clients such as sovereign wealth funds, insurance company and public pensions and the investment team in portfolio construction and development.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane, Shannon was a Vice President, Sales in BMO Global Asset Management where she was responsible for the distribution of investment products including ETFs and private equity funds. Previously, she was a Vice President, Lead Relationship Manager in Northern Trust for institutional clients including central bank, pension funds and university endowment funds.
Shannon also worked in HSBC and Invesco Asset Management where she was a Business Development Manager for alternative funds services and Relationship Manager for institutional pension clients respectively in the Asia Pacific region.
Shannon received a Bachelor degree from The University of Hong Kong. She also obtained a qualification of Certified Financial Planner and is a member of the Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong.
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.
Jonathan is a Managing Director of Portfolio Advisors, based in Hong Kong, and serves as a voting member of the firm’s Asia Investment Committee. He joined Portfolio Advisors in 2007 and, as Head of the Asia Investment Team, leads the firm’s Hong Kong office, primarily engaged in sourcing, evaluating and recommending investment opportunities in Asia private equity primary, secondary and co-investments. Prior to joining Portfolio Advisors he was an Associate with Abbott Capital Management for over five years, responsible for investing, marketing and fundraising on behalf of Abbott’s private equity fund of funds vehicles. Jonathan is serving as an Advisory Board member of sixteen private equity partnerships.
Dominic Goh joined HarbourVest in 2012 and focuses on secondary investments. This includes analyzing, structuring, and monitoring a wide range of secondary transaction types.
Dominic was previously at Coller Capital where he evaluated secondary opportunities, and contributed to deal sourcing and fundraising efforts in Asia. Prior to that, he was an investment banking associate at ABN AMRO London in the Financial Institutions Group.
Dominic received a BSc (First Class Honours) in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. Dominic is fluent in Mandarin.
Edward J. Grefenstette serves as President/CEO and Chief Investment Officer of The Dietrich Foundation, a ~$950 million charitable foundation that was formed following the passing of William S. Dietrich II in October 2011. The Dietrich Foundation primarily supports higher education institutions and other civic and charitable organizations in Western Pennsylvania. Ed previously served as Treasurer/Chief Investment Officer of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he was responsible for managing its endowment and tax-exempt debt program. Prior to CMU, he co-founded a small-cap private equity fund, following seven years in investment banking and law. He earned his AB in Economics with honors from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctor with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MBA in Finance and Strategy with honors from CMU. He currently serves as a trustee, director and/or investment committee member of CMU, the University of Pittsburgh (IC chair), the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), The Hillman Company, and The Hillman Family Foundations, as well as an advisory board member of Commonfund Capital.
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.
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.
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.
John Lee is a Principal of Lexington Partners based in the Hong Kong office, and is primarily engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of private equity fund interests in the Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to joining Lexington in 2014, he was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Asia-Pacific M&A team based in Hong Kong, advising various corporate and financial sponsor clients in the region.
John graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics.
Bryan Lewis is the chief investment officer of the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System, a defined benefit and deferred compensation plan serving over 236,000 members. In this role Bryan is responsible for leading the investment office in managing over $32 billion in assets to assist with providing retirement income and benefits to its members and their families. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System, Bryan worked for the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois as executive director and the North Carolina State Treasurer as the deputy chief investment officer/chief operating officer of the investment management division. In addition to his professional pursuits, Bryan has been involved in the communities where he has lived by serving on boards of organizations that work to increase the financial capability of community members. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Maryland and MBA from the University of Miami. Bryan is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Sherry heads global venture capital for Willett Advisors, a large single family office which manages the philanthropic and personal assets of Michael R. Bloomberg. She is also leading Willett’s efforts in Asia with the opening of a Hong Kong office.
Previously, Sherry was a Managing Director and Head of Asia for Mousse Partners, a single family office based in New York. Sherry joined Mousse in 2005 and was initially responsible for directing its global private equity portfolio, leading new initiatives in venture capital, Asia and direct investments. Sherry established the Asia offices of Mousse Partners where she led a diversified portfolio of fund and direct investments, with an emphasis on China and growth-oriented strategies. She has anchored many emerging managers who have now become successful core managers. She has also underwritten over 50 direct/ co-investment deals.
Prior to Mousse, Sherry worked with the Chief Investment Officer of The James Irvine Foundation to manage its endowment portfolio. Prior to this, she was a Technology mergers and acquisitions banker and Internet and Media equity research analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco, and Insurance equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Sherry holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a JD/MBA from Northwestern Law/ Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and is a member of the California State Bar Association. She is a member of Young President's Organization (YPO) Hong Kong Chapter where she currently serves on its Executive Committee, an Aspen Institute China Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Eric Marchand is Principal within the Private Equity team. He joined Unigestion in August 2012. Mr. Marchand began his career in 2003 with General Electric in the company's corporate finance and audit departments across various businesses. He then took over responsibility for GE Capital Equity's European funds portfolio and financial services investments. In 2010, Mr. Marchand joined CDC Group as Investment Manager focusing on the firm's Asian funds portfolio. Mr. Marchand holds a MSc in Management from EM Lyon business school in France and an undergraduate degree in Management and Applied Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine.
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.
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.
David G Pierce is Managing Director and Head of Asia for HQ Capital, a private investment group owned by the Harald Quandt Family of Germany.
HQ Capital represents the family’s financial services businesses that have been operating over the past 25 years with a focus on alternative investments in private equity and real estate. The group includes Auda International, a global investor in private equity through commingled primary funds-of-funds, secondary funds-of-funds and direct/co-investment funds, as well as through investments made on behalf of separately managed accounts; Equita, a private equity fund manager focused on making direct, entrepreneurial investments in small and mid-cap companies in the German-speaking markets; and Real Estate Capital Partners, a U.S. real estate investment advisor and real estate asset manager. Together these firms have approximately US$12 billion in assets under management.
Prior to joining HQ Capital in June 2014, Mr Pierce was Partner in FLAG Squadron Asia, a position he assumed following the 2012 acquisition of Squadron Capital, an award-winning private equity fund-of-funds manager of which he was CEO. Prior to forming Squadron Capital in 2006, Mr Pierce was a Senior Managing Director of Search Investment Group, a family investment office based in Hong Kong and active in making alternative investments globally.
In addition to his executive role with HQ Capital, Mr Pierce is currently chair of the Asia Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, a member of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council Financial Services Advisory Committee and a member of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, US Department of State. He was chair of the Hong Kong Venture Capital & Private Equity Association from 2010-12 and remains a member of the HKVCA Board.
Mr Pierce holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School and a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.
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.
Manjot has been with CPPIB since 2011, initially focused on European credit before relocating to Hong Kong in 2016. At CPPIB, Manjot is currently responsible for leading the APAC Credit business.
The APAC Credit group focuses on sub-investment grade corporate, structured and real asset credit solutions in Asia-Pacific. The group invests both at the asset and corporate level utilizing a variety of instruments including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, convertible bonds, mezzanine loans and structured credit products.
Prior to joining CPPIB, Manjot worked at a distressed focused private equity fund with over $2.5 billion in assets under management. Previously, Manjot worked in the Leveraged Finance Group at Barclays Capital and Citigroup in New York.
Manjot holds a BS in Finance and International Business from The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University
Sam Robinson is Managing Partner of North-East Private Equity Asia, which focuses on Asia private equity funds. Mr. Robinson is based in Singapore and has worked in private equity since 1998, initially joining Schroder Ventures in the UK. In 2001, he was one of the founder members of SVG Advisers, a fund of funds business, where he managed the global investment team. SVG Advisers was acquired by Aberdeen Asset Management in 2013, whereupon Mr. Robinson became Head of Asia Private Equity Fund Investment until his departure in 2015.
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.
Catherine serves as Managing Director of ACA LTD., is a single family office, for the past 12 years, and in this capacity she has participated in transactions from various roles, limited partner, principal and advisor with venture capital, private equity, mergers & acquisitions and long short hedge funds including: Projects of Energy Investments Corp (Panama), Sands China, Ltd. (Macau), Frontier Resource Group (then privately held, now listed on SEHK), Starr International Co. Inc. (Asia), Dragon Capital Group (Vietnam), Vision Investment Management (Hong Kong) in strategic developments and Equinox Group (Nigeria). She has served as a member and observer on various boards of portfolio interests, and has been seconded time to time to various organizations in special situations: She was Special Advisor to the Chairman of Equinox Group, a Nigerian based resource and real estate corporation on in bound investment projects; and previously, Special Advisor to the Deputy CEO of UC Rusal during their dual listing on the Securities Exchange of Hong Kong and NYSE-Euronext Paris Exchange, and Autorité des Marchés Financiers building out their compliance and institutional investor and retail programs; Executive Advisor to the Chairman at Prudential Corporation Asia she advised on the proposed acquisition of $1.3Bn AIG Global Investments Asia Real Estate Fund portfolio.
She has previously been affiliated with Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, a New York based law firm; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, a New York based global law firm, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a Palo Alto based law firm.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in political science with minor in biochemistry, and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center with election to The Tax Lawyer as Associate Editor. Dr. Shiang is admitted to the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, First Department, and U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York and the State Bar of California.
Daina Spedding is an Investment Manager at Lewis Trust Group, the family owned group that created and still fully owns River Island, one of the most successful fashion brands in the UK. Daina joined LTG in 2011 and focuses on sourcing and executing investment opportunities in e-commerce, fashion and wider consumer sectors. Prior to joining LTG, she was in the Valuations & Strategy team at PwC. Daina holds M.Sc. in Strategic Management from EDHEC Business School in France and B.Sc. in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
Josh Stern joined the Investment Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in January 2012. At the Foundation Mr. Stern is part of the group overseeing all private investments. Mr. Stern came to the Foundation from Rockefeller University where he was responsible for the private investment portfolio. In that role he oversaw a portfolio of Venture Capital, Buyout and Growth Capital and Real Assets investments. Previously he worked at Standard & Poor's as a director in the Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Group, which was part of the Public Finance Department. At S&P Mr. Stern worked closely with a large number of universities and foundations across the United States. Over the course of his career he also worked as an investment banker, focusing on higher education institutions. Mr. Stern received an M.P.A. in public finance from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, an M.S. in non-profit management from New York University and a B.A. in history and sociology from Binghamton University.
Anders Strömblad is since 2001 in charge of alternative investments at the Second Swedish National Pension Fund – AP2 (Total assets approx. 40 billion USD). The alternative investment portfolio includes investments in private equity, real estate, timber- and farmland, credit strategies and China A-share investments. The alternative portfolios NAV is today approximately 23% of the total AP2 portfolio and is expected to growth further.
In alternative investments Mr. Strömblad, have designed the investments strategies and business plans and are responsible for portfolio implementation as well.
Since 2007 Mr. Strömblad is also responsible for all public assets that are managed externally. These assets are mainly global equities, global credits, emerging markets equities and debt and global tactical mandates.
As well-known globally for well thought through strategies, successful implementation and portfolio management. Mr. Strömblad have been a very important “brick” in the building of the well-known AP2 brand.
Before he become head of alternative investments in AP2 he had more than 10 years of senior management positions (in the management team) in the manufacturing/food industry.
Mr. Strömblad started his career as an auditor of corporations at the Swedish Tax Office.
Due to expertise and experience Mr. Strömblad is an advisory board member for several fund investments. As responsible for the alternative portfolio he is also a board member in a couple of portfolio companies.
Mr. Strömblad is since many years active in the” global private capital industry”. He speaks and attend panels on conferences globally. He is also active in responsible investments strategies and are a member of the UN PRI Advisory Board for Private Equity.
Mr. Strömblad was the first non-US / Canada board member of the ILPA board. He is still very active in ILPA as a board member and a member in their Public Affairs Committee.
Mr. Strömblad holds a BSc in Business & Administration.
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.
Weichou Su is a Partner and head of Asia with the StepStone Group. He is responsible for the firm’s investment activities in the Asia, including primary, secondary and co-investments. With more than $250 billion of total capital allocation, StepStone cover the spectrum of opportunities in private market with its 18 offices across globe.
Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Su was a Managing Director of the Hina Group, an investment banking and private equity firm with a focus on Greater China. Before that, Mr. Su held a number of senior executive positions with leading global telecom and technology companies. Mr. Su was also Managing Director of the United States Information Technology Office (USITO) in China.
Mr. Su holds a joint MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and an MA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Yukie Tanaka is a member of the business development team, focusing on the Japanese private equity market.
Prior to StepStone, Ms. Tanaka was a representative in Japan / marketing director at Greenpark Capital, a secondary private equity fund. Before that she had extensive experience of business development and liaising with Japanese institutions through her work with Capital & Marketing and Bear Stearns. Previously Ms. Tanaka was a manager at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities in investment banking, a research advisor at Mitsubishi Research Institute.
Ms. Tanaka graduated with a MA from The University of York in UK.
Edward Tong is Head of the Asian Private Debt business unit, based in Singapore. He is a member of the Global Direct Debt Investment Committee. He has 14 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked at ING Bank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics, UK.
Sebastiaan is Chief Investment Officer, Alternatives for Arch Investment Management, an Insurance company with approximately $20 billion AUM. Sebastiaan’s previous experience also includes senior positions with Sun Hung Kai & Co. where he was Head of Principal Investment, HarbourVest Partners (Asia) where he was Managing Director and Head of HarbourVest’s Hong Kong office. In addition, he held positions with AlpInvest Partners in Amsterdam, and Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and London. Sebastiaan received an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1996.
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.
Nicholas Vickery is the Global Portfolio Manager for private equity funds at IFC. His team is responsible for the supervision of IFC’s investments in around 220 funds for a committed exposure of around US$3.8b illion. Prior to this, Nicholas was an investment officer in IFC’s Financial Markets Department, working on investments across all regions. He also headed the IFC Mumbai office from 2003-2005, where he was responsible for business development for the financial sector in South Asia. He joined IFC in 1998 as part of the MBA Program. He holds a Masters from ESSEC Business School and a MBA from INSEAD.
Sean Warrington joined the Alfred I. duPont Charitable Trust in 2010 and holds the position of Director of Private Markets. His primary responsibilities include developing, sourcing, and executing investment strategies for the Trust’s Private Markets portfolio, with a primary focus on Private Equity.
Mr. Warrington earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida and his MBA from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Alex Wilmerding evaluates investment opportunities and monitors existing investments in Asia and is a member of Pantheon’s Asian Regional Investment Committee. He also manages Pantheon’s Asian client services team. Most recently, Mr. Wilmerding was a director at Citi Private Bank with a focus working with financial sponsors including private equity and venture funds. He previously spent nine years as a partner at Boston Capital Ventures where he sourced, structured and managed investments in the areas of business process outsourcing and distribution as well as the areas of information, hospitality and transportation services. Prior to working for Boston Capital Ventures, he served as Commercial Manager Eastern China for the Fednav Group, as well as in management positions for Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Jakarta. Mr. Wilmerding has a BA from Yale University and MBA from Columbia Business School. Mr. Wilmerding is based in Hong Kong.
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.
Kelvin Yap joined HarbourVest in 2006 to focus on growth equity and buyout co-investments in Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2009, Kelvin transferred to HarbourVest’s Hong Kong team to focus on primary partnership fund investments and direct co-investments in Asia Pacific. Kelvin currently serves as a board observer at APIIT Education Group, Ascender, and Sea Swift.
Kelvin joined HarbourVest from Deloitte in London, where he managed merger and acquisition (including demergers and IPOs) due diligence for both private and public transactions. Prior to that, Kelvin was a senior associate at PwC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He received a BC with a double major in Accounting and Finance from Monash University in Australia in 2001. Kelvin is a Chartered Accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. In addition, he received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2007 from the CFA Institute. He speaks fluent Cantonese, Indonesian, and Malay.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) from Australian National University and an associate member of CPA, Australia.
Rohaya began her career in 1988 with Arthur Andersen & Co., before it merged with Ernst & Young as Financial Consultant in the Audit Division. In 1990, she joined Maybank Investment Bank and was appointed as Executive Vice President for Corporate Investment Banking in 2005. After 18 years of acquiring vast experience in Maybank Investment in areas of Fixed Income, Equity and Corporate Finance, Rohaya joined Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in 2008 as Head of Corporate Finance. During her tenure with EPF, Rohaya was appointed as Head of Capital Market Department, Investment Division in 2010 where she oversees Domestic and Global investment in loans and bonds. Currently she serves as Head of Private Market, Investment Division whose primary function is to invest in private equity, infrastructure, global and regional real estates.
She sits on the Boards of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB), Plus Malaysia Berhad, Projek Lebuhraya Usahasama Berhad and United Plantation Berhad (UP).
Tony Zhang is Partner overseeing the Direct Private Investments at Jeneration Capital, a global investment firm managing US$2 billion in capital. Jeneration Capital provides primarily growth and expansion capital to private technology and technology-enabled companies in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on Greater China.
Prior to joining Jeneration Capital, he was a Partner and Head of Asia at Coatue Management. Before that he was a Principal at DCM. Tony has almost a decade of investment and finance experience and has led numerous other successful deals, including investments in VIP shop, 58.com, Tuniu, Didi Chuxing.
Tony graduated with honors from Peking University with a B.A. in Accounting and Harvard Business School with an MBA.
Gaurav Ahuja is a Managing Director with ChrysCapital and has been with the firm since 2004. He is responsible for the LP Relations and Fund Raising functions at ChrysCapital. Mr. Ahuja is a member of the Investment Committee and sits on the board of Infogain, ChrysCapital’s IT Services portfolio company. Prior to joining ChrysCapital, he was in the M&A group at Lazard Freres in San Francisco and Merrill Lynch in New York.
Mr. Ahuja received an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Ai is the founding member and managing partner of China Everbright Limited New Economy Private Equity. He has over 10 years of investing experience and has led a great number of high-profile investments in the New Economy sectors, including iQIYI, Meituan-Dianping, NIO, Uxin Group, SenseTime, Neteast Cloud Music, Terminus, 4 Paradigm, Miss Fresh, Mashang Finance, Wish, ChinaUMS, Circle, Tantan, i.am+, acquisition of Osram lighting business Ledvance, HC SemiTek’s acquisition of MEMSIC INC, Shanghai Film Art Academy and etc.
Prior to joining Everbright, he was one of the core founders of EBA Investments, one of the largest real estate funds in China, which managed approximately USD 10bn assets. Prior to that, he worked for investment banking division of J.P. Morgan New York and Hong Kong.
Holds Master of Science degree in finance from Washington University in St Louis in the US, and BA in economics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
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.
Joined Advantage Partners in January 2002. Katsuya Baba is responsible for Advantage Partners’ investor relations, ESG, and middle/back office administration functions and is a member of AP’s investment committee. Investment responsibilities to date include Polygon Pictures Inc., Nihonkaisui Co., Ltd., and Xacti Corporation. After graduating from university, he joined Bain & Company Japan Inc. and was engaged in various strategic and operational projects for clients across broad industry sectors (financial services, software, auto, electronics, and others). He subsequently transitioned into venture investment and incubation activities for e-commerce and software-related start-ups before joining Advantage Partners. Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Asian Studies, University of Tokyo; Master of Business Administration (MBA), Harvard Business School.
Nicholas Bloy is one of two Managing Partners of Navis and an Investment Committee member. 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.
Natasha Buckley joined the PRI in 2011. She is responsiblefor the PRI's work in private equity, through which the PRI acts as a globalplatform to understand and share good practice, develop reporting practices andestablish LP-GP alignment on expectations around responsible investment.
Before joining the responsible investment industry, Ms.Buckley held roles at UBS, the NHS and Simmons & Simmons (Paris). Ms.Buckley has an MSc in International Relations from the London School ofEconomics, a BA in History from University College London and has completed theOxford Private Equity Programme at the Saïd Business School, University ofOxford.
Tim Burroughs is managing editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal, having joined the publication in May 2011. He is responsible for all editorial content put out under the AVCJ brand, including Asian Venture Capital Journal, AVCJtv, AVCJ Awards and AVCJ.com. Tim previously spent five years at China Economic Review, serving as editor-in-chief and then editorial director. Located in Greater China since 2003, during which time he has lived in Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong, Tim has been a China-based contributor for publications including The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, BBC and China Daily. Prior to moving to China, he trained and worked as a journalist in the UK. He was honored at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and at the State Street Institutional Press Awards - Asia in 2012.
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.
Ravi Chachra is the founding partner and Chief Investment Officer at Eight Capital. Eight Capital has a twelve year track record of investing in distressed and special situation opportunities in India. The manager’s Fund has been ranked amongst the best distressed emerging market funds by Bloomberg, HFR and Barclays. Ravi has a consistent track record of making profitable investments in distressed and special situation opportunities for 25 years. Prior to launching Eight Capital in 2005, he developed his skills as an investment analyst and portfolio manager in New York and London at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, J. Goldman and TCG Group. Ravi has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jackson heads the distribution of the firm’s alternative assets offerings in Asia. He has more than 20 years of institutional sales and marketing experience in the alternative space. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, Jackson headed the business development function at Hamilton Lane in Asia, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing and client servicing of all the group’s alternative solutions and products to Asian investors. Previously, he held similar positions at Ramius, SGAM and SAIL Advisors. Jackson began his career as an investment consultant, working at both Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Tower Watsons, assisting a number of major Asian institutional investors in developing their investment strategies in the alternative asset class.
Jackson received his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Actuarial Studies from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has also served as committee member for a number of non-profit associations in HK; the most recent one being the Finance and Administration Committee Member for the HK YWCA.
Kathy Chen has financial and operational experience in the field of asset management companies. She joined SBCVC in 2010 and serves as partner and CFO of the company.
Prior to join SBCVC, Kathy had close to 20 years experience in finance and accounting. Kathy was the director and CFO for a branch of Credit Suisse. Before that, she was a tax consulting manager of Arthur Andersen LLP and Ernst & Young LLP.
Ms. Chen is a certified public accountant. She received undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance from NYU Stern Business School, and master degree in taxation from Fordham University.
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 formations 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.
Her 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.
Mr. Scott Chen is a Partner and Managing Director of TPG, one of the largest diversified alternative investment firms in the world. Mr. Chen is head of TPG’s Beijing office and leads investment opportunities for TPG Capital in Greater China. Mr. Chen’s investment focus spans across all industries but specializes in healthcare, and consumer/retail industries.
Since joining TPG in 2001, Mr. Chen has been based in TPG’s Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing offices and has evaluated and executed private equity transactions across multiple industries spanning across most Asia-Pacific countries. Mr. Chen currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board and has served as interim Chief Operating Officer of Untied Family Healthcare (the largest private premium healthcare service platform in China) and has served or serves on the Board of Directors of DuXiaoMan (formerly known as Baidu Finance), OPC (a leading Greater China/Korea Clinical Research Operator (CRO)), Novotech (a leading Asia-Pacific CRO), Kangji (a leading Chinese medical consumables company), Li Ning (a leading Chinese sports apparel company), HCP (a leading cosmetics packaging company), and Taishin Bank (a leading Taiwanese bank) as well as Board observer at Mobike (a leading bike sharing company in China).
Shane Chesson is Founder and Partner of Openspace Ventures (formerly NSI Ventures), a Singapore-headquartered VC focused on Series A and B investments in Southeast Asia-based technology companies. Selected Openspace investments overseen by Mr. Chesson include Go-Jek, Chope, Tradegecko, CXA, Topica, Oway, HaloDoc, Sale Stock and Pathao. Mr. Chesson was previously Managing Director and Co-Head (Technology Investment Banking, of Citigroup Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Chesson has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD Singapore where he was a recipient of the IAA Asian Campus scholarship.
Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a Managing Director of Vickers Venture Partners, Vice Chairman of Vickers Capital Group and a member of its Investment Committee. He is also former Chairman and currently Ambassador of the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. Dr. Chi also sits on the advisory panels of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the commercialization arm of A*Star and the National University of Singapore Division of Engineering and Technology Management. Based out of Shanghai, Dr. Chi heads Vickers Venture’s investments in Asia and has investments in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, education, e-commerce, healthcare/wellness and financial services (including fintech).
Formerly a corporate finance specialist with and Executive Director at Pegasus Capital, he has managed engagements for large and small clients in both the public and private sectors. Prior to Pegasus Capital, Dr. Chi was a senior consultant with the Monitor Group. Dr. Chi's operational background includes seven years on the management team of an engineering group with operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Indonesia. As its Managing Director, he led the group into the Enterprise 50 in 1997 in Singapore.
Dr. Chi is a C.F.A. Charter holder and graduated from Cambridge University with 1st Class Honours in Engineering. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organizational knowledge and information technology.
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.
Jason Chong is the CFO of Asia Pacific Region of EQT, a leading global investments firm with approximately EUR 50 billion in raised capital from over 600 global institutional investors across 27 funds. EQT has invested more than EUR 22 billion in around 210 portfolio companies in Asia, Europe and the US. Jason joined EQT Partners in 2012, is based in Hong Kong and has over 11 years of experience from finance roles within the private equity industry. Prior to joining EQT, he worked at CITIC Capital. Jason is also a fellow member of ICAEW and a member of HKICPA. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000.
Kee Lock, Chua is CEO of Vertex Holdings (“VH”), a Singapore-headquartered venture capital investment holding company. Vertex Group is a global venture capital network comprising 4 early stage technology-focused funds (Vertex Ventures China, Vertex Ventures Israel, Vertex Ventures USA, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), an early stage healthcare-focused fund (Vertex Ventures HC) and a growth stage fund (Vertex Growth). Each of these funds is managed by independent and separate General Partnerships and investment teams, with VH providing anchor funding alongside significant 3rd party capital commitments. Mr Chua is concurrently Managing Partner of Vertex Ventures SE Asia & India as well as Chairman of Vertex Growth Fund. Prior to this, he held senior positions in Biosensors International Group, Ltd., a developer / manufacturer of medical devices; Walden International, a US-headquartered venture capital firm; NatSteel Ltd., a Singapore industrial products company, and Intraco Ltd., a Singapore-listed trading/distribution company. Mr. Chua co-founded MediaRing, provider of voiceover-internet, which later listed on Singapore’s stock exchange. He currently serves on the boards of several companies, including Yongmao, a Singapore public-listed company.
Mr. Chua graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.Sc. degree from Stanford University.
Mr. Colcord is a managing director for CarVal Investors, responsible for originating and executing investment opportunities in emerging markets and loan portfolios across Asia. Mr. Colcord first joined Cargill in 1993 in the Strategy and Business Development Group in Minneapolis. In 1997, Mr. Colcord moved to Shanghai to start Cargill’s Trade and Structured Finance Group’s office there. In 2004, he transferred to CarVal Investors where he led China investments until 2014. Mr. Colcord rejoined CarVal in 2017 after working as an independent consultant to funds investing in Greater China. Prior to joining Cargill, Mr. Colcord worked in investment banking for Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York and Hong Kong. Mr. Colcord received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and his B.A. in economics and psychology from Yale College, graduating magna cum laude.
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.
Jaideep Das is a Partner in ERM and the Account Director for services to Private Markets clients. Jaideep also acts as the global lead for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) advisory services and his work has included supporting Fund Managers apply market-leading approaches to integrate ESG factors in their strategy, investment and ownership processes. Jaideep has worked extensively for Private Markets clients including Permira, Bain Capital, Bridgepoint, Carlyle, EQT, Partners Group, KKR, MidEuropa, Advent, IFM and Inflexion and Limited Partners (LPs) such as PGGM and APG. Jaideep was retained by InvestEurope from 2012-2015 to co-develop and deliver their Integrating ESG training course to 60+ Fund Managers and LPs. Jaideep was an author of the PRI-ERM guidance on ESG Monitoring, Reporting and Dialogue in Private Equity published in 2018. Jaideep is an environmental engineer by background and has a Masters in environmental economics and sustainability management from Strathclyde Business School.
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 $330M in funds under management across three main funds and is raising its fourth fund. Dr Deaker serves on the investment committee of OneVentures 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 Phocas Group, Employment Hero and My Mobile Data (trading as OVO) and board observer for Smart Sparrow. 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).
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).
Gordon Ding is based in Hong Kong, joined Warburg Pincus in 2009 and focuses on investments in the technology, Internet, media and education sectors in China and other parts of Asia. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Ding worked at Citadel Investment Group and also in the investment banking divisions of Morgan Stanley and UBS in Asia. He is a Director of Liepin, Yuanfudao and Sensors Data. Mr. Ding holds a B.S. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and an M.B.A. degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the United States.
Dr. Federle is the General Counsel and Head of Group Compliance as well as a member of the Executive Committee of Samena Capital. He is a Senior Managing Director of Samena Capital Investments Limited in Dubai. He has more than 20 years of experience advising on M&A, private equity, fund structuring as well as corporate governance and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Samena Capital, Dr. Federle was a Co-Founder, Partner and General Counsel of ESO Capital Group, a US$500 million investment manager focusing on alternative assets across Europe. Prior to this, Dr. Federle was a partner and the Head of Private Equity for Germany at the law firm Dewey Ballantine. Previously he was a partner at Norton Rose and an attorney at Hengeler Mueller.
Dr. Federle holds a JD and PhD (Dr iur) from the University of Freiburg i.Br. (German Academic Foundation Fellow), a Licence en Droit from the Université D’Aix-Marseille, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of California at Los Angeles (Fulbright Fellow). He is also qualified as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Matt works with clients in B2B industries, with particular focus on industrial products and services.
Matt brings over 20 years’ and 300+ engagements advising industrial clients and private equity across the globe. His client work typically covers M&A, growth and entry strategies. Previously, Matt spent over 15 years in China as Founding Partner of a leading strategy firm and the last few years relocated to California as a leader in their Western US, Industrials and PE practices.
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.
Paul Ford leads KPMG Japan’s Private Equity Deal Advisory practice, with over 20 years of deal execution and industry experience in Japan, Hong Kong and Canada. In this capacity, Paul directly acts for global private equity clients operating in Japan, and leads KPMG’s broader support of domestic Japanese private equity funds and their portfolio companies. Paul also focuses on the technology sector more broadly, helping Japanese technology leaders such as Rakuten and SoftBank execute their global M&A program.
Paul also leads KPMG Japan’s Deal Advisory digital transformation initiative, exploring how data and analytics can transform the insights KPMG delivers to clients in-deal and post-deal, in particular to help private equity clients identify hidden value attributes during the diligence phase and execute the value creation agenda post-deal.
In addition to 15 years with KPMG, Paul has held executive management roles in the PE and technology industries, including the senior Finance role in a venture-backed life sciences software company. Paul is a permanently Japan-based partner of KPMG FAS Co., Ltd.
Mr. Edwin Fua is a Partner of Navis based in Malaysia and an Investment Committee member. Mr. Fua joined Navis in 2006 and he is focused on deal origination and transactions in Malaysia, Indonesia and increasingly, in Philippines. He has been involved in evaluating investments across South East Asia including in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Australia. His investment experience spans across the consumer, retail, medical, manufacturing, education and the retirement sectors. He also sits on and works closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of several Navis portfolio companies in Malaysia and Australia.
Prior to joining Navis, Mr. Fua was involved in investment research, financial analysis and auditing in JP Morgan and in PwC. Mr. Fua was raised in Malaysia and educated in Malaysia and Australia.
He holds Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from Monash University, is a qualified accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder from 2009 to 2013.
Teck Loon Goh is the Head of Investor Relations and responsible for GGV's LP relationships globally. Before joining GGV in 2016, Teck Loon was a member of the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs for 12 years, and a founding member of Goldman Sachs' Asia private equity fund of funds business in 2006 where he focused on making private equity fund investments, secondary transactions and co-investments.
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.
Professor Oliver Gottschalg is Head of Research at PERACS, a specialized advisory firm providing advanced private equity fund due diligenProfessor Oliver Gottschalg is Head of Research at PERACS, a specialized advisory firm providing advanced private equity fund due diligence and benchmarking services. He is part of the Strategy Department at HEC School of Management, Paris. He serves as HEC’s Academic Dean for the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program, directs the HEC Private Equity Observatory and teaches courses on strategy, entrepreneurship, venture capital financing and management buyouts. He holds a Wirtschaftsingenieur Diploma from the University of Karlsruhe, an MBA from Georgia State University and a M.Sc. and PhD degree from INSEAD. His current research focuses on the strategic logic and the performance determinants of private equity investments. His work has been published in leading academic journals in strategy and finance and in various publications for practitioners and was featured over 300 times in the business press. He regularly presents his research at academic conferences and private equity symposia and serves as an advisor to leading investors in the private equity industry. He has been involved as expert advisor in the ongoing debate about a possible need for regulation of the Private Equity industry in Europe at the national and European level.
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.
Herry is Founding Partner of Lightspeed China Partners (LCP), a leading China-focused early-stage venture capital firm with investments in mobile Internet, consumer services, and enterprise IT. LCP manages around $1B assets through three USD funds and one RMB fund. Previously, Herry was an Executive Director with Lightspeed Venture Partners (LSVP), and joined the Shanghai office in 2008. Headquarted in the Silicon Valley, LSVP manages over $4B assets and has offices globally.
Herry’s investments at LCP and LSVP include Tujia, Full Truck Alliance (Yun Man Man), Fang Duo Duo, Xing Bian Li, Trusted Doctors, Ifchange, PPDai (NYSE:PPDF), LianLuo Interactive (SHE: 002280) and MediaV (acquired by Qihoo), etc.
Herry was on the 2018 Top 100 VC in China by China Venture. Herry was on the 2017 Top 50 VC Investors in China by Jiemian, Toutiao and Golden Rolls. Herry was on the Cyzone.cn's list of “China Top 40 Investors under 40" for year 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Previously, Herry was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, assisting clients in hi-tech, telecom, media, automotive, and energy industries. He worked closely with board members at Fortune 500 and domestic clients. Additionally, he interacted closely with various domestic government bodies and on NGO projects.
Prior to McKinsey, Herry worked as an engineer at Microsoft China. He is the founder of a McKinsey alumni investors' group, ExMcK@Investment, which has more than 200 VC and PE members across China.
Mr. Han joined VIG Partners in 2011. Mr. Han is responsible for overseeing execution of new investments and exits, as well as sourcing proprietary investment opportunities. Prior to VIG Partners, Mr. Han worked as an Associate at Credit Suisse Korea’s Investment Banking Division, where he focused primarily on M&A advisory for financial services and consumer retail industries.
Mr. Han holds a BA in Business Administration from Seoul National University.
Lyndon Hsu joined Standard Chartered Bank as Global Head, Leveraged and Structured Solutions in July 2017. Mr. Hsu is based in Singapore and is a member of the
Corporate Finance Management Team.
Mr. Hsu is responsible for leading the Leveraged and Structured Solutions business, comprising acquisition financing and bespoke structured financing, with an increased
focus on originating and structuring solutions that are best suited for Standard Chartered’s clients present across Asia, Africa, Middle East, Americas and Europe.
He has 29 years of corporate financing experience in the Asia Pacific region. He was most recently HSBC’s Head of Leveraged and Acquisition Finance for Asia Pacific,
based in Hong Kong, where he established and maintained a leading Asia Pacific acquisition financing business. Prior to that, Mr. Hsu spent over a decade in Credit
Suisse, based first in Australia and then Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the origination of large corporate ‘event’ or acquisition financing and syndicated lending.
Mr. Hsu holds a Master of Commerce (Finance) from University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from La Trobe University, Australia.
James Huang joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers China as a managing partner in 2011 and focuses on the firm’s life sciences practice. His main investment interests are innovation around China’s growing healthcare markets and helping entrepreneurs build companies. James has made more than 15 investments in China since 2007.
Before coming to KPCB China, James was a Managing Partner at Vivo Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in life sciences investments. While at Vivo, James led numerous investments in China. Before joining Vivo in 2007, James was president of Anesiva, a biopharmaceutical company focused on pain-management treatments. During his 20-year career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, he also held senior roles in business development, sales, marketing and R&D with Tularik Inc. (acquired by Amgen), GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Bristol-Meyers Squibb and ALZA Corp. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson).
Meanwhile, James Huang is also founding and Managing Partner to Panacea Venture, Panacea Venture is focusing on investments in innovative and transformative early and growth stage healthcare and life sciences companies worldwide, is established and managed by experienced partners Mr. James Huang whom is KPCB China’s managing partner.
James is Chairman of Board at Kindstar Global, JHL Biotech and XW Laboratory and Director at GenScript, ChiralQuest, Zenesis, CVie Therapeutics, CASI and Omni Pharmaceuticals.
James received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Ieong has more than 25 years of private equity investment and asset management experience. Prior to founding Pagoda, Mr. Ieong was a senior executive at CIC, China's Sovereign Wealth Fund and QIC, Australian Sovereign Wealth Fund. Pagoda Capital Partners is a seasoned private equity manager that captures opportunities arise from consumer upgrade with a dedicated focus on healthcare, and other opportunistic unicorn deals across multiple sectors.
Mr. Ieong holds Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Finance from RMIT University and Master's Degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University in Australia.
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, Orient Speech Therapy, 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 over $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.
Mr. Jinyo(J.Y)Jung joined KOTRA, the investment promotion agency of the Korea government for both inbound & outbound investment in February 2016. Invest KOREA, Korea’s national investment promotion agency, was established as part of KOTRA to support the entry and establishment of foreign businesses in Korea. Mr. Jung supports foreign investors making investment in Korea for both direct and indirect investment.
Mr. Jung’s previous positions include Manager at LG Group, he has been involved M&A for overseas energy and raw material investment projects and worked for establishing the Natural Resources Fund in Korea.
Mr. Jung holds a BCom in Accounting & Finance from the University of Sydney.
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.
Charles R. Kaye, co-chief executive officer, has been with Warburg Pincus since 1986 and has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000. Mr. Kaye lived in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1999, where he was instrumental in the launch and development of Warburg Pincus’ Asia operations.
Mr. Kaye is a graduate of the University of Texas, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and co-chairman of the Partnership Fund for New York City and the International Advisory Board of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). He is the former chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council and The Asia Society. Mr. Kaye is also an investment committee member of Sheridan Production Partners.
Kapil Kirpalani serves as KKR’s Chief Compliance Officer for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Kirpalani was the Legal & Compliance Officer at HarbourVest Partners covering the funds, secondaries and direct co-investing businesses across Asia. He was previously with Ortus Capital Management and Pacific Harbor Capital (a Citigroup affiliate) where he covered a broad range of businesses including currency trading and special situations, debt & equity investments. He began his career in private practice. Mr. Kirpalani holds an LL.B.(with honors), an LL.M. and has completed further business studies at the University of Cambridge.
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 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.
Scott Kupor is the managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he is responsible for all aspects of running the firm. He has been with the firm since its inception in 2009 and has overseen its rapid growth, from three employees to 135 and from $300 million in assets under management to more than $6 billion.
Mr. Kupor was previously vice president and general manager of Global Customer Support & Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard. Mr. Kupor joined HP in 2007 as part of the $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware (previously Loudcloud), where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions. Mr. Kupor joined Opsware shortly after the company’s founding and held numerous executive management positions including vice president of financial planning and vice president of corporate development. Prior to Opsware, Mr. Kupor represented software companies in both financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Kupor graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy. He also graduated from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar Association.
Mr. Kupor is chairman of the board of Genesys Works, cofounder and co-director of the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College, cofounder and co-director of the Stanford Rock Center’s Guide to Venture-Backed Board Membership, and Executive in Residence at Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law. Mr. Kupor also serves on the investment committees of St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, Stanford Hospital, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Lick Wilmerding High School.
Shota Kuwaki currently serves as Director of CLSA Capital Partners Japan. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall investor relations activities of the firm. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Mr. Kuwaki previously worked as an investor relations professional at domestic buyout fund, Advantage Partners,where he engaged with both overseas and domestic investors. Prior to his tenure at Advantage Partners, he was involved in equity research at Macquarie Securities and Mizuho Securities. Additionally he has experience in the field of insurance at AIG. Mr. Kuwaki received a B.A. in Economics from Keio University.
Bert Kwan is a Managing Director at Northstar Group, a leading Southeast Asia-focused private equity firm with $2.9 billion of committed capital.
Bert has 18 years of growth equity and leveraged buyout investment experience across a broad range of sectors in Asia and the United States. Prior to joining Northstar last year, Bert was a Managing Director and Head of ASEAN at Standard Chartered Private Equity, where he spearheaded the platform’s entry into Vietnam and led investments in Golden Gate Group, NKid, M-Service, and Loc Troi Group.
Earlier in his career, Bert spent nearly a decade with the private equity investment arm of Lehman Brothers in New York, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.
Bert graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School and a A.B. from Princeton University.
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.
Principal, joined CVC in 2005. Alvin is a member of the CVC Operations team in Asia. He is based in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining CVC, Alvin was a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group's Greater China practice and worked for Philip Morris International in a regional business development role.
Alvin holds a BSc Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, US.
Dr. Thomas Lanyi is a Managing Director at CDH Investments. Established in 2001, CDH is a leading alternative assets fund management company, managing close to US$20billion in assets for a global pool of institutional clients. The firm specializes in China-based or linked investment transactions in the consumer and healthcare sectors. Based in Singapore, Dr. Lanyi leads CDH’s Southeast Asian and global ‘Cross-border’ investment activities.
Dr. Lanyi is a senior Private Equity investment professional with 18 years of relevant experience and a strong record of achievement in the Asian emerging markets, especially China and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining CDH, Dr. Lanyi held senior roles at Mekong Capital in Vietnam and Templeton Private Equity in Singapore.
Dr. Lanyi has been an Executive Committee Member of the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA) since 2015, and been its Chairman since 2017.
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.
Grace Lee is a Partner and the CFO of Qiming Venture Partners leading the firm’s finance and legal functions, overall fund operation and USD funds’ investor relationship. Grace has 18 years of experience in the venture capital industry covering investment, fund operation and fund raising. Prior to joining Qiming in Jan 2009, Grace was the Deputy CFO and Compliance Officer of the Asian investment arm of C.V. Starr, overseeing the firm’s finance and compliance functions, and the management of a strategic listed portfolio. Previously, Grace had extensive investment experience in private equities and listed securities when she worked at BNP Paribas Private Bank as a Vice President, JAFCO Asia as a Vice President and Paribas Principal Investments as an Assistant Director. Grace worked at Arthur Andersen as an auditor in the early part of her career life. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London. She is a fellow member of HKICPA and a CFA charter holder. Grace is a co-founder and the current Vice Chairlady of The Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association.
Qiming Venture Partners is as one of the leading venture capital firms focusing on investments in China. The firm has deep domain knowledge and industry connections in the sectors of internet and consumer, healthcare, IT and clean technology. Qiming currently manages USD funds and Rmb funds with USD 4 billion in combined assets. The firm has offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Hong Kong and United States.
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.
Ms. Jireh Li joined Source Code Capital in 2018 as Chief of Staff to serve in the CEO Office. Ms. Li has over a decade of experience in asset management, investments, and business development. Before Source Code, she was the Chief Representative and Head of Asia Pacific for Commonfund Capital, where she led Venture and Private Equity investments in Asia Pacific, held multiple Advisory Board seats, managed relationships and directed due diligence. She helped formulate Commonfund’s Emerging Market and Greater China investment strategies and contributed to fundraising. Previously she was an Investment Banker at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York doing Leveraged Buyouts. She continues to be a frequent speaker at industry conferences globally.
Ms. Li graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is currently pursuing the Tsinghua-INSEAD Dual Degree EMBA.
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.
Paul Liu has acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, as well as a lawyer’s qualification certificate.
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.
Rupert Manduke-Curtis is a seasoned acquisition finance banker and has worked on some of the largest regional and global transactions, either in a lending or advisory capacity. In 2017, he founded AMC Capital Advisors – an independent debt advisory service, targeting global and Asian private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as credit funds and corporate clients.
Prior to founding AMC, Mr. Manduke-Curtis was head of origination, non-Japan Asia at Mizuho Bank, where he worked on LBO, sub-investment grade, and highly structured transactions for both private equity and corporate clients. Before taking over the origination business in Asia, he was responsible for Mizuho’s Asian leveraged syndication business.
Mr. Manduke-Curtis has direct transaction experience across all layers of the capital structure in Asia, Europe, and the US (senior, term loan B, European institutional tranches, second lien, mezzanine, high yield bonds, and PIK). Having also worked at CIBC World Markets and ING Bank NV in London, Mr. Manduke-Curtis benefits from a global and multi-cultural perspective. He holds a B.A. (Hons) in French and Spanish from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University.
Darren is Managing Partner of NewQuest Capital Partners, a Hong Kong-based private equity manager with over US$1.25B in committed capital and three funds under management. Prior to launching NewQuest in 2011, Darren led Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Asia Private Equity Group based in Hong Kong and spent over eight years at the International Finance Corporation. Darren has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA from Cornell University.
Mr. TC Meenakshisundaram (TCM) is Founder & Managing Director of Chiratae Ventures India Advisors. He has over 32 years of industry experience, including 13 years of venture experience.
Earlier as part of Walden International’s team, TCM was involved with investments in Mindtree, Venture Infotek and Jobstreet.
Prior to Chiratae Ventures, TCM served as Chief Financial Officer and President – Corporate Services at Venture Infotek, a leading payments processing company in India. Prior to Walden International, TCM has worked for 14 years at Wipro where he last served as General Manager – eCommerce Division.
TCM is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Chennai. He is a Chartered Accountant by qualification.
James is Founding Partner of Lightspeed China Partners (LCP), a leading China-focused early-stage venture capital firm with close to $1B under management.
James ranks No 59 on Forbes 2018 VC Midas List of Top VC globally, and is also on Forbes China Media List of Top VC.
James's early stage investments at Lightspeed include MeituanDianping (3690.HK), Pingduoduo (PDD: Nasdaq), Rong360 (JT: NYSE), Innolight (SHE:300308) and Lianluo (SHE: 222280).
James brings 16 years of operations experience at leading high-tech companies and startup. Before founding Lightspeed China, James was global partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners (LSVP), a leading early stage venture capital firm in US. Prior to LSVP, James spearheaded Google’s early efforts in China, first as its Head of Asia Products and the Chief Representative of Google China, and later as a Director of Corporate Development, responsible for strategies, products and investments. During this tenure, he led investments in leading Chinese Internet companies, including Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), Dianping (3690.HK), Xunlei (NASDAQ: XNET) and Ganji (Acquired by 58, NYSE: WUBA).
Before joining Google, James co-founded a venture-backed startup, iTelco Communications, a VOIP global communication products and services company. Prior to iTelco, James was with Intel, where he held management positions in engineering, marketing, product management, and business development. He co-invented MLC NOR Flash technology, which developed into Intel's billion-dollar StrataFlash business.
James received a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a B.S. in Physics from Fudan University. In addition, James received executive management training at Stanford University. James holds 14 U.S. patents in flash memory, communications, Internet security, and commerce.
Chester Moynihan is a founding Partner of Allegro Funds. Mr. Moynihan has over 24 years’ experience in private equity investing, corporate advisory, executive management and turnaround. Prior to Allegro Mr. Moynihan worked at Permira Advisers in London, Gresham Private Equity in Sydney and KPMG in both New Zealand and South Africa.
Mr. Moynihan is a Chartered Accountant and has a BComm and Post Graduate Honours from the University of Natal, SA. Mr. Moynihan holds an Investment Management Certificate from IMRO in the UK and the Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice II unit from the University of Queensland.
Mr. Moynihan is currently on the boards of Endeavour Learning Group, Pizza Hut Australia , Carpet Court NZ and Experience Australia.
Rodney Muse is one of two Managing Partners of Navis and an Investment Committee member. 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.
Sanjay Nath is a Co-founder & Managing Partner at Blume Ventures ( www.blumeventures.com ), India’s leading homegrown early-stage VC. Founded in 2010 by Karthik Reddy and Sanjay Nath, Blume has invested in over 100 startups since its inception.
Blume's portfolio includes notable exits such as Taxiforsure (acquired by Olacabs), Zipdial (acq by Twitter), Promptec Renewables (acq by Havells), Minjar (acq by Nutanix), and most recently Mettl (acq by Mercer). Its growing base of emerging portfolio stars include Grey Orange Robotics, Unacademy, Servify, Locus, Railyatri, Nowfloats, Tricog, Belong, Webengage, Carbon Clean Solutions, Stellapps amongst others. Mr. Nath serves as a board advisor on several Blume portfolio companies including Locus, Tricog, Little Black Book, Dataweave, Yulu Bike and others.
Prior to Blume, Mr. Nath was also an active angel investor through Mumbai Angels. His angel investments include Inmobi, LittleEye Labs (acquired by Facebook), Tonbo Imaging, Svasti Microfinance, 6Dbytes (Blendid), amongst others.
Mr. Nath’s experience spans the US and India, and ranges from management consulting (PwC and IBM Global Services), product marketing and operations (Sun Microsystems) and angel investing (thru Mumbai Angels). Most recently, prior to founding Blume, he co founded Loxodrome, a legal outsourcing company with dual-shore operations in San Francisco and Pune, India. Early in his career, Mr. Nath supported the growth of Kanbay (Nasdaq IPO in ’04), then acquired by Cap Gemini for $1.25BL in ‘06.
Mr. Nath has earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management and also holds an undergraduate major in Information Systems from BITS, Pilani.
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.
Charles Ong is the Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of RRJ Group.
Prior to joining RRJ in 2012, Mr. Ong was with Temasek Holdings for 10 years, where he held various positions including Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. From 2009 to 2011, he was the CEO of Seatown Holdings International, a global investment firm and a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek.
Prior to joining Temasek, he was with Deutsche Bank in Singapore as a managing director from 1998-2002 where he oversaw their investment banking business in South-east Asia. He started his career with Lazard Frères & Co., New York in 1989 and thereafter relocated to Singapore in 1995 in setting up the new operations of Lazard in Asia.
Mr. Ong graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in 1989, and he holds an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1995.
•Wilson leads KPMG China’s Special Situations team, helping Chinese state-owned enterprises on restructuring and reform. This team also provides commercial solutions to local banks how to deal with traditional non-performing loans (impaired loans) as well as those overdue and problematic performing loans with distressed signs.
•Wilson was Head of China, Special Opportunity Fund & Senior Investment Professional – TRG Management Hong Kong Limited (known as The Rohatyn Group) and was responsible for the China investment opportunities which included sourcing, executing, managing and exiting investments in Greater China, as well as the fund raising (PE), pre-IPO and growth equity.
•Prior to TRG, Wilson was also a Director of Citigroup’s Global Special Situation Group responsible for Greater China distressed assets, NPLs portfolios, pre-IPO and growth equity.
Professional and Industry Experience
•In the past 3 years, Wilson and hi team had assisted both Chinese and foreign banks to dispose 359portfolios with an OPB over CNY220bn
•Since 2014 Wilson acted as the NPL financial and transaction advisor for a number of banks including 2 big 4 state-owned banks, 4 joint-equity commercial banks, 1 policy bank, one city bank and 1 foreign bank
•Acting as the financial advisor of Agricultural Bank’s NPL securitisation project
•Acting as the financial advisor for the onshore bank steering group of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (HKEx stock code:1638.hk), with a total debt of USD10.32bn, to review the restructuring plan and financial forecast as well as the monitoring of the implementation process.
•Acting as the Financial Advisor for a central state-owned enterprise (SOE) to resolve its non performing trade receivables triggered by steel trading crisis
•During his time at TRG, Wilson acted as a pre-IPO strategic investor to invest in the convertible bonds of Evergrande Real Estate, China South City Holdings and Zhejiang Sunflower Light (SHE:300111)
•Wilson ran and managed a China NPLs joint venture, Platinum One Limited working with China Cinda Asset Management Corporation, China Huarong Asset Management Corporation and Silver Grant Investment Industries Limited (HKEx Stock Code:0171) on two NPLs portfolios in excess of RMB 90 bn
•Wilson was appointed as Board of Director of the Northern China German Auto Co. Ltd. (the first WOFE which owned the BMW’s distributorship for Northern China), where he acted as advisor to comment business plans.
•From February 2009 – February 2013, Wilson was appointed as the INED and the Chairman of Audit Committee of Winteam Pharmaceutical Group Limited (HKEx Stock Code:0570)
•Before June 2004, Wilson completed the restructuring of Hia Tai Group and Guangdong Holdings Limited and the credit review project for HSBC and China Construction Bank while he was in KPMG’s corporate restructuring Division
•Banking & financial services, securities, energy & natural resources, real estate, retail and luxury goods.
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. Qiu joined PAG Asia Capital, the private equity arm of PAG, in 2015. Prior to joining the company, he was a senior partner and a key member of the Executive Committee at Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China, where he was responsible for deal execution and for the management of the private equity team. He brings extensive knowledge of the consumer retail, energy production and real estate sectors. Prior to joining Hony in 2005, Mr. Qiu was a Vice President and Head of Equity Direct Investments at China Yintai Investments. He also served as Chairman & CEO of Ningbo Hualian, one of Yintai’s portfolio companies, where he was responsible for executing its turnaround. As CEO of the Yintai Department Stores chain, Mr. Qiu built one of the largest privately-owned retail groups in China. He started his career at Huaneng Group, a Chinese diversified energy conglomerate listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Qiu holds a joint MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University.
Jean Eric Salata is the Chief Executive and Founding Partner of Baring Private Equity Asia (or “BPEA”), Chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Portfolio Management and Exit & Liquidity Committees. Mr. Salata oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at the Firm, as well as its strategic direction. Mr. Salata has been responsible for the investment activity of the Firm since 1997 when he started the regional Asian private equity investment program for UK-based Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. Mr. Salata later led the management buyout of this program in 2000 to establish BPEA as an independent firm. Before that, Mr. Salata was a Director of Hong Kong based AIG Global Investment Corporation (Asia) Ltd., the Asian private equity investment arm of AIG. Before that, he was the Executive Vice President of Finance of Shiu Wing Steel, a Hong Kong based industrial concern, and prior to that a management consultant with Bain & Company based in Hong Kong, Sydney and Boston. Mr. Salata has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1989, and graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton school of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance and Economics. Mr. Salata was born in Chile and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Baring Private Equity Asia is one of the most experienced, best-resourced and strongest performing private investment firms in Asia. The Firm has a 20-year track record and advises over $16 billion of committed capital .
The Firm runs a pan-Asian private equity investment program focusing primarily on mid- and large-cap buyouts and corporate partnering transactions across the Asia Pacific region, as well as a pan-Asian real estate investment program and a private credit fund. The Firm also invests in the US and Europe in companies seeking to expand to Asia. Notable investments include Nord Anglia, the world’s largest premium international school operator, St. Georges University, the world’s largest private medical college, HCP, a leading prestige packaging company for cosmetic products, and Hexaware Technologies, a leading Indian IT services company. BPEA has been investing in Asia since its formation in 1997 and has over 160 employees located across offices in Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia Japan and Singapore. BPEA currently has over 30 portfolio companies active across Asia with a total of 158,000 employees and sales of approximately USD30 billion (as of June 30, 2018). The Firm has received numerous awards for its outstanding performance, including 2015 “Large Cap Firm of the Year in Asia” by Private Equity International. Asian Venture Capital Journal selected Baring Asia as the 2015 winner for “Fundraising of the Year – Large Cap” and Jean Salata as “PE Professional of the Year.”
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.
David T. Shen is Regional Managing Director of Olympus Capital Holdings Asia, an independent private equity group focusing on middle market companies in Greater China, Southeast Asia, India, Japan and Korea. Since joining Olympus Capital in Hong Kong in 1998, he has led several of the firm’s investments in the agribusiness, business services, financial services, and telecommunications and technology sector in various markets across the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining Olympus Capital, Mr. Shen was with William E. Simon & Sons (Asia), the Asian affiliate of the direct investment group founded by Mr. William Simon Sr., the former U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Nixon and Ford. Before that, Mr. Shen was with Goldman Sachs Group in New York and Hong Kong. Mr. Shen holds an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree from Cornell University.
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.
Sarbvir is a seasoned investor with over two decades of experience in venture capital, public market investing and operating experience in consumer products, digital and media sectors. Throughout his career, he has managed over $100 million in Venture Capital investments with a strong track record of realized returns.
Before taking over the Managing Partner role at WaterBridge Ventures in 2017, Sarbvir spent over twelve years working in various investment capacities. This included his establishment of a Corporate VC fund (Capital 18), alongside his stint as the Managing Director, Head of Investments and CFO (for HomeShop18) for the Network 18 media group in India.
Sarbvir has led venture investments in BookmyShow, Yatra, Network Play, WebChutney and DEN Networks via Capital 18; and strategic investments into HomeShop18 and Infomedia Press via Network 18.
Sarbvir also worked with J.P. Morgan Private Equity as a Regional Advisor for venture capital investments for over two years. He also spent two years with Hercules Capital, an India-based hedge fund which he co-founded. During his time with J.P. Morgan, he led several exits through initial public offerings (IPOs) as well as merger and acquisitions for companies such as Equitas, Matrimony and mCarbon.
Sarbvir has been a part-time angel investor for five years and contributed seed capital to start-ups such as Inclov, ZipLoan and Travelkhana.
Outside of investments, Sarbvir spent five years as a buy-side analyst for Citi in New York and five years in Business Development and Sales/Marketing roles with Emerson Electric in Hong Kong.
Sarbvir is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
Nikos is 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.
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.
Mr. Frank Sun currently serves as Managing Director with Yunfeng Capital focusing on healthcare investment opportunities. Prior to joining Yunfeng Capital, Mr. Sun served as the Head of Asia Healthcare Group and Managing Director of UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Sun has focused on healthcare in Asia for well over a decade. He has led over 100 capital market and advisory healthcare transactions in the region with aggregate deal value of c. US$150 billion. Prior to UBS, Mr. Sun was a healthcare Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley based in New York, and a research scientist with Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Mr. Sun obtained an MBA degree with honors from the Stern Business School of New York University. He also has a Master's degree in pharmacology from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University.
Shin is General Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at GLOBIS Capital Partners. Shin leads investments in mobile, digital media, and web services. Shin takes a hands-on approach to his portfolio companies initiating strategy development, organization/process development, partnership development, and global expansion.
His track record includes: IPO iStyle (TSE 3660), Aucfan (3674), Kayac (3904), and Pixta (3416); M&A Shimauma Print System (acquired by CCC), and nanapi (acquired by KDDI). His portfolio includes Lancers, Viibar, Mercari, and Coubic etc.
Prior to Globis, Shin led management consulting projects at Arthur D. Little where he developed corporate strategy, new business strategy and innovation strategy for leading IT service providers and software companies. Shin received BA in Economics from University of Tokyo (graduation thesis with Honor), and MBA from Harvard Business School (Second Year Honor). Shin has 8+ years of overseas experience in England, Holland and the US.
Serena Tan is a funds partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. She has extensive experience in forming and investing in private investment funds (including offshore funds, RMB funds and dual-currency funds). A native Mandarin speaker with significant international experience, she has represented many of the most prominent sponsors and institutional investors. Ms. Tan represents Asia-based and international sponsors in the formation of a variety of private investment funds, including buyout funds, growth funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, fund-of-funds, separate accounts and co-investment funds. In addition, she advises sponsors on their regulatory matters, carried interest plans and various operational matters. She regularly represents institutional investors in their investments in private investment funds, including insurance companies, banks, and asset management firms. Ms. Tan was recently named among Asian Legal Business’ top “40 Under 40”.
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.
Emmett joined Advantage Partners in 2007 to lead the firm's activities in Asia ex-Japan. Advantage Partners is one of the leading Private Equity firms in North Asia, having invested over US$ 3.0 billion in more than 70 companies over the last 20 years. Emmett has led investments for Advantage Partners in a variety of industries including media, telecom, retail and business services.
He currently serves as the Managing Partner of Advantage Partners Asia Fund. He is on the Boards of several Advantage Partners portfolio companies. In addition, he oversees Advantage Partner’s portfolio company activities in Asia ex-Japan. Emmett started his career in Tokyo at TSE-listed SMC Corporation, the factory automation manufacturer. Subsequently he spent 18 years at the Monitor Group, the global strategy consulting firm, the last 10 of which he was President of Asia. Currently, he is a Director of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong, and serves on the MBA Advisory Board of Hong Kong University. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A in Economics, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has resided in Asia for more than 25 years.
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.
Ron Thompson is a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal Asia and leads Asia’s Restructuring Practice. Mr. Thompson is based in Hong Kong.
With close to 30 years of experience in China and Asia, Mr. Thompson brings expertise in finance, credit and restructuring in Asia. Mr. Thompson’s primary expertise lies in financial restructuring and has significant experience acting in the capacity as a creditor, investor and advisor related with in court restructurings and liquidations as well as out of court processes or government influenced restructurings. Mr. Thompson has extensive experience as an investor in sourcing, valuing, acquiring and managing NPL portfolios in addition to having managed the sale process of individual credits as well as non-performing loan portfolios. Mr. Thompson, in the capacity as an investor and as a board member, has participated in multiple operational turnaround situations. Mr. Thompson’s has broad industry expertise including fast moving consumer goods, power generation, metals and mining, construction, manufacturing, telecom and technology and financial institutions.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Thompson was at Standard Chartered where he headed the workout team in Taiwan, worked in the Mezzanine and Alternative Solutions Team for Principle Finance and most recently was the Chief Credit Officer for China. Prior to Standard Chartered, Mr. Thompson worked in corporate finance at Bear Stearns and Bank of China International and oversaw the China business for Clearwater Capital.
Mr. Thompson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colby College, studied Chinese literature at Peking University and holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Mr. Thompson is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Ms. Stella Silu Tian is Investment Director of Strategic Investments at Sensetime Group, also director and founding member of Sensetime's RMB 5bn AI Fund. Sensetime investment focuses on investing companies in AI ecosystem and finding long term strategic partners.
Ms. Tian specializes in investments across a wide range of AI ecosystem technologies and companies. Her prior experience includes covering Emerging Technologies at AllianceBernstein, where she focused on hardware, semi and AI/AR/VR technologies and supply chain. Previously, Ms. Tian worked within M&A and TMT teams at Citi Investment Banking across New York, Paris and Hong Kong where she executed a number of significant cross border M&A transactions, including multiple global divestments following LaFarge/Holcim, one of the largest European mergers, and privatization of Trina Solar etc. Ms. Tian was also formerly a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer and led the legal department at JA Solar. Ms. Tian graduated with a bachelor's degree from Peking University Law School. She also holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master's in Law from University of Virginia Law School.
Mr. Trevor is a partner and IC member of Cornell Capital. Mr. Trevor was most recently at Avenue Capital, where he served as a Portfolio Manager focused on private debt, private equity and distressed for control investments. Prior to joining Avenue in 2012, Mr. Trevor was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, a member of the Management Committee and Global Co-Head of Morgan Stanley’s Merchant Banking Division and Private Equity Group. Mr. Trevor joined Morgan Stanley in 2007 from Goldman Sachs, where he was a Partner in the Merchant Banking Division, Co-Heading its Industrials investing effort, and was a member of the Investment and Operating Committees. He joined Goldman Sachs’ New York office in 1992, working in Energy and Power. In 1994, Mr. Trevor moved to Hong Kong and worked first in Corporate Finance and then in the Merchant Banking Division. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Trevor was based in London and led Goldman Sachs Capital Partners’ investing activities in Germany. He became a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in 1999 and was named a Partner in 2002. Mr. Trevor served on the boards of various Goldman Sachs portfolio companies including Berry Plastics Corporation, Capmark Financial Group, Cobalt International Energy, L.P., Cognis, Deutsche Kabel, Messer Griesheim Holding and Wincor Nixdorf, amongst others.
Mr. Trevor holds a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He was a member of the United States Olympic Fencing Teams in 1984 and 1988.
Mr. WANG Lin, Founding Partner of CDH Investments, has been actively investing in China since the late 1990s. WANG Lin is the Managing Partner of CDH Venture and Growth Capital Fund, which focuses on financing fast growing, innovative companies that are driving change in China’s domestic consumption sectors including healthcare, supply-chain/consumer, and Artificial Intelligence.
WANG Lin has played a key role in more than $1 billion of equity investments in more than a dozen companies since joining the CDH Founding Partners in 1999. While WANG Lin has invested in a variety of sectors in China, he has focused on the healthcare sector since early in the 2000s. Some of his notable investments include Ciming Healthcare, HarMoniCare Medical (1509.HK), Kanghong Pharmaceutical (002773.SZ), Sunshine Insurance and a number of other healthcare and consumer related companies.
Prior to CDH, WANG Lin worked for China International Capital Corporation Limited in the Direct Investment Department and China National Investment and Guaranty Co. Ltd. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degree from the Research Institute for Fiscal Sciences of the Ministry of Finance and his B.S. degree from East China Jiao Tong University.
Mr. Steven Wang is former senior partner and investment committee member of CDH. He has more than 10 years of experience in the medical industry and healthcare investment and focuses exclusively on healthcare services, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to CDH, Mr. Wang served at Avenue Capital, Lehman Brothers (London) and Becton Dickinson Group. Over the last ten years, Mr. Wang was responsible for transactions totaling more than 1.5 billion dollars, including mergers & acquisitions, restructuring of publicly listed companies, growth and early stage investments.
Some of Mr. Wang's representative deals include WuXi AppTec(603259), Kanghong Pharm (002773), KangNing Hospital (HK.02120), New Century Hospital(HK.01518), Yuwell (002223), New Eyes (430140), Linwha(835637), STA(832159), Poly(300630), Phamaron, Mindray, Angel’s Women and Children Hospital, Zhonghe Pharmaceutical, Kintor Pharmaceutical, Malo Clinic, Dr. Cuiyutao , General Healthy etc.
Yu Wang is an Of Counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. He has more than 10 years of experience advising on securities offerings, private equity and other corporate transactions. Holding a Ph.D. in Bio-inorganic chemistry, Mr. Wang represents corporate clients including life sciences companies, investment banks and private equity funds on various capital market transactions, private equity transactions, financial derivative products and litigation related matters. Mr. Wang’s representative life sciences experience includes advising on Genscript Biotech Corporation’s HK$524million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
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.
Eric Xin is the Senior Managing Director and Managing Partner of CITIC Capital China Private Equity. Previously, Mr. Xin was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Mr. Xin has an MBA from Harvard Business School, with Honors, and a BA from Peking University.
Kazuhiro Yamada is a Managing Director and Head of Carlyle Japan buyout advisory team. He is based in Tokyo.
Since joining Carlyle in 2001, Mr. Yamada has played a leading role in several of Carlyle’s successful investments, including Asahi Security Co. Ltd, Kito Corp., Rhythm Corp., Gakusei Engokai Co. Ltd, Covalent Materials Corp., AvanStarte Inc., Walbro Co., Ltd., Simplex Inc．and WingArc1st Inc.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yamada was a Senior Vice President of Daiwa Securities SB Capital Markets Co. Ltd (“Daiwa”) where he engaged in cross-border M&A deals along with Lazard Freres. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking for five years, project finance for five years, and commercial banking for five years at Sumitomo Bank (currently "Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation").
Mr. Yamada is a board member at ARUHI Corporation.
Mr. Yamada received a B.S. from the Doshisha University in Kyoto, and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2010.
Jessie Yan is a Director at Lunar. Lunar invests in companies where the Chinese consumer is driving explosive growth through a control-oriented, operationally involved, platform-building investment strategy. Jessie has more than a decade of private equity and M&A experience and focuses her efforts across structuring transactions, due diligence and monitoring, and general administration of the Firm. Prior to Lunar, Jessie served as a Director at Citic Securities in their private equity group and was with White & Case, and was for a time seconded the Global M&A Competence Centre of Nestle in Vevey, Switzerland. Jessie, a native to Beijing, received her Bachelor degree from University of Adelaide in Australia.
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 Hidekazu Yuasa is Principal at Globis Capital Partners, leading investments in IT startups targeting digital transformation of various industries. His track record includes GLM (electric vehicle startup, acquired by a Hong Kong based public company) and he sits on the board of Sensyn Robotics (integrated drone solution), MFS (mortgage and personal credit scoring), Global Mobility Service (auto loan, IoT), TABILABO (digital media and brand studio), Photosynth (smartlock IoT) and work closely with Shippio (digital freight forwarder), and CADDi (procurement platform for manufacturing parts).
Prior to joining Globis Capital Partners, Mr. Yuasa worked for Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (Tokyo) and KPMG Management Consulting (Tokyo), where he specialized in overseas expansion and Post Merger Integration.
He currently teaches at Globis University Graduate School of Management (MBA).
Mr. Yuasa graduated from Harvard Business School (MBA) and Ohio State University (magna cum laude).
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.
Mr. Zhu has vast experience in investment and business operations, focusing on finding and building companies that reshape the automotive, energy and technology industries in both China and around the world.
A member of the investment committee, he currently is managing partner of NIO Capital as well as managing the fund's daily operations.
Prior to NIO Capital, he was managing partner of Tsing Capital and led many investments in new energy vehicles, connected vehicles, artificial intelligence, new materials, smart grid and energy storage. As one of the first investors who foresaw the opportunities within new energy and intelligent cars in the Chinese market, he led his team to invest in Atieva (Lucid), Jing-Jin Electric, Jidou, Horizon, Enevate, iView, Phononic, and various others. Many of these companies have become star enterprises in their respective fields. At NIO Capital Mr. Zhu is also responsible for fund raising, industry research, social responsibility assessment and various other tasks related to the management and supervision of the fund's operations.
Mr. Zhu has ample experience in business and management. Previously he held roles at AT&T in America and led an advanced technical team to develop enterprise-class intelligent business systems. He was also in charge of the Chinese branch of Destinator, an international navigation software company to develop markets and sales channels and build navigation network alliances.
Mr. Zhu graduated with a double degree in Physics and Economics from Peking University and has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.