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John Connaughton is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading global alternative investment firm with $105 billion in assets under management in 18 offices worldwide with leading positions in private equity, alternative credit, venture capital and real estate. He also serves as the head of Bain Capital Global Private Equity. Since joining the firm in 1989, Mr. Connaughton has played a leading role in a wide spectrum of prominent healthcare and information/media businesses in which Bain Capital Private Equity has made investments. Prior to Bain Capital, Mr. Connaughton was a strategy consultant at Bain and Company.
Mr. Connaughton currently serves on the boards of IQVIA Holdings Inc. (IQV–NYSE) and the Boston Celtics. Mr. Connaughton previously sat on over two dozen private and public boards including iHeart Media Inc. (IHRT-OTC), Grupo NotreDame Intermedica (GNDI-BR), HCA Inc. (HCA-NYSE), Warner Chilcott (WCRX-Nasdaq), Warner Music Group (WMG-NYSE), ProSieben Sat.1.Media ag (PBSFY), and Stericycle, Inc. (SRCL-Nasdaq).
He is also active in a number of charitable and civic activities including serving as a member of the Berklee College of Music Board of Trustees, the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce Foundation Board, the Roxbury Latin School Board of Trustees, the Harvard Business School Dean's Advisory Board, the Brigham & Women's Hospital President's Advisory Board and the Bain Capital Community Partnership.
Mr. Connaughton received a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker scholar.
Juan is a Vice Chairman and Head of International at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, where he oversees the firm’s Asian and European investment activities and client relationships.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2005, Juan was an Investment Manager at Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. in London, where he focused on mid-market private equity in Europe. Previously, Juan held senior research positions at UK institutions such as the University of Essex and was a lecturer and Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University. Juan began his career as an analyst in Madrid at the SEPI (formerly known as lnstituto Nacional de Industria).
Juan received a Ph.D. in Research Methods/statistics and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and the Securities Institute.
Eric Lang, is responsible for formulating and directing the investment strategy and portfolio construction for 32% of the Trust (14 percent allocation to Real Estate, 13 percent allocation to Private Equity, and 5 percent allocation to Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure). He is a member of the TRS IMD Management Committee. He is also a member of the overall TRS Investment Committee, as well as a member of the Private Equity Investment, Real Estate Investment, and ENRI Investment Committees. Prior to his current position, Eric was a Managing Director of Real Estate at TRS. Previously he was Managing Director of Kennedy Wilson. He also was an asset manager with American General Corporation.
Eric is board director of Home Partners of America. He is Past-chairman and former board member of the Pension Real Estate Association (“PREA”) and is a member of PREA’s Capital Market Trends Affinity Group. He is a current member of the PREA Foundation Board of Directors. He was Chairman of the 2009 PREA Fall Conference. Eric was the inaugural Chairman of the PREA|IPD U.S. Property Fund Index Advisory Board. He is also a member of the University of Texas Real Estate Finance and Investment Executive Council.
Eric received his BBA from the University of Texas in Austin and his MBA from the University of Houston.
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.”
Scott Sandell is the Managing General Partner of NEA. During his nearly 25 years since joining the firm, Scott has led investments in many industry-transforming technology companies including Data Domain, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, WebEx and Workday, and is among the most frequently named venture capitalists to the Forbes Midas List. Scott is currently a director of Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) and a number of private companies including Automation Anywhere, Banjo, Branch, Cloudflare, Coursera, Divvy, Expanse, One Concern, and Robinhood. He also remains actively involved with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), where he served as Chairman of the Board from 2014-2015.
Outside of NEA, Scott serves on the Board of Advisors of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. A frequent guest lecturer at both Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, Scott also recently co-created and is now co-teaching a course at Stanford on principled entrepreneurship.
Before joining NEA, Scott was a product manager at Microsoft. Prior to that, Scott co-founded and ran the European subsidiary of C-ATS Software. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
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.
Thomas von Koch was part of the team that founded EQT in Stockholm in 1994. He headed EQT's Equity business line between 2008-2011 and as of March 2014, Mr. von Koch assumed the role of CEO and Managing Partner. He also became a board member of EQT AB. As of January 2019, Mr. von Koch is Chairman of EQT Asia and Deputy Managing Partner of EQT. He is also Chairman of the business lines EQT Mid Market Asia, EQT Ventures and EQT Public Value.
Previously, Mr. von Koch worked at Investor AB, a Swedish investment company controlled by the Wallenberg family, which he joined in 1992. At Investor AB, he worked within equity research, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. von Koch graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics with two majors (Financial Economics and Accounting & Finance).
Jon Winkelried is the Co-Chief Executive Officer and a Partner of TPG. Mr. Winkelried was formerly with the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. for more than 27 years when he retired in 2009 as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. He became a partner at Goldman Sachs in 1990 and, in addition to holding a series of senior leadership positions, helped build significant businesses for the firm. Mr. Winkelried was also a long-standing member of the firm’s Management Committee, Partnership Committee, Capital Committee and Founding Chairman of the Business Practices Committee. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Prior to joining TPG in 2015, Mr. Winkelried managed JW Capital Partners with investments across a range of industries including technology, real estate, healthcare and natural resources. Mr. Winkelried was also Strategic Advisor and Partner at Thrive Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm focused on technology investing, and an advisor to TSSP Sixth Street Partners, TPG’s special situations and credit platform. Mr. Winkelried serves on the Board of Directors for Evolution Media, McAfee, Delos Living LLC, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bounty Minerals and Cadre, and he serves on the Board of Overseers for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He was elected to the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in 2012, and was elected Chair for the Investment Committee in 2017. He served as a trustee at the University of Chicago from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Winkelried received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1981 and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in 1982.
Lars is a Managing Director and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and the Financial Sponsors Group, Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
In his role as Head of the Asia Pacific M&A business, which he assumed in January 2019, Lars is responsible for driving and overseeing the Firm’s M&A activity across the region.
As Head of the Asia Pacific Financial Sponsors Group, Lars is responsible for leading all Banking relationships and transactions in the Financial Sponsor sector. Lars was appointed to this position in 2015.
Lars is a member of the Asia Pacific Banking OpCo, Chair of the Firm’s Regional Citizenship Council and Banking representative of the BAF committee. He joined Barclays in 2010 in Sydney, as Head of Financial Sponsors Group, Australia.
Lars has 20 years of investment banking experience. Prior to Barclays, he was at Morgan Stanley for 10 years, in London and Sydney in a variety of roles, including Operations Officer for IBD Australia. Prior to his banking career, Lars worked for two years as assistant and interpreter to the Defence Attaché at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow.
He graduated from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in 2000 with a Master of Science in Finance and holds a university degree in Russian Language from the University of Bergen. Lars also graduated from the Norwegian Defence School for Intelligence and Security in 1993 and is a First Lieutenant (reserve) in the Norwegian Army.
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.
Kurt Björklund is the Co-Managing Partner of Permira, a global investment firm that backs market leading businesses in growing segments of the global economy. Founded in 1985, the firm advises funds with a total committed capital of approximately €32 billion. The Permira funds make long-term investments in companies with the ambition of transforming their performance and driving sustainable growth.
Kurt joined Permira London in 1996 and took over the leadership of the firm in 2008 as Co-Managing Partner, after having served as head of the Nordics for 5 years. He serves on the Board of Permira and chairs the Investment Committee of the funds. He is also on the board of pan-European healthcare outsourcing company Pantheon Holdings Ltd, a Permira V investment. Initially Kurt specialised predominantly in growth investing in the technology sector and built his career on finding investment opportunities in disruptive technologies including mobile technology and early internet and broadband technologies. Notable investment successes have included the acquisition of Swedish mobile security software and IT services company AU Systems, the acquisition of satellite business Inmarsat from Telenor and the acquisition in 2005 of Danish telecom monopoly TDC, the biggest European buyout at the time. In 2008, Kurt was promoted to lead the firm alongside Tom Lister. Under their leadership the firm raised to date a further €12.8bn of equity for the private equity strategy and established a very successful pan-European debt investment business, Permira Debt Managers.
Prior to joining Permira, Kurt worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm. He has a degree in Economics from SSEBA, Finland, an MBA from INSEAD, France and also conducted graduate studies at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, USA. Outside of Permira, Kurt supports a number of prestigious universities. He sits on the INSEAD campaign board which is in charge of alumni fundraising and is a financial backer of the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. In his spare time he enjoys nature and is an avid skier, runner and kite surfer.
Nicholas Bloy, Managing Partner – is one of the three founders of Navis Capital Partners. Navis currently manages USD 5 billion in private and public equity funds.
Mr Bloy leads investment teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, sits on Investment Committee and sits on the boards and/or executive committees of several Navis portfolio companies, and is responsible for fundraising. He also sits on the International Advisory Council of CIMB, one of the Southeast Asia’s largest banking groups.
Prior to co-founding Navis, Mr. Bloy worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Asia from 1989 to 1999 after spending 3 years with Bain & Co. In London.
He holds a BA Hons degree from University College, London and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Linda Cai joined Loyal Valley Capital in 2017 as Partner in charge of institutional fundraising and COO. She has 14 years of experience in the private equity sector. Prior to joining Loyal Valley, Ms. Cai was the Head of Cross border investments at Hony Capital for five years, and Head of China for Partners Group prior to that. She graduated from Harvard Business School with a MBA and also holds a MS in Computer Science from California State University Northridge.
As one of the top 5 Women to watch in Asia Tech (Nikkei Asian Review), Carman Chan is a veteran in the technology industry with decades of experience as an entrepreneur with multiple exits, a tech columnist and a globally recognized venture capitalist.
Carman began her entrepreneurship journey when she was in university. In order to pursue her passion for the newly emerging Internet, she passed up a fully sponsored PhD from Imperial College to become a serial internet entrepreneur. Carman’s first company, English Street was acquired by HKET(0423.HK), a Hong Kong listed newspaper group. Her second company was merged with Hiiir in Taiwan and and later acquired by FarEasTone (4904.TW).
Carman is also a best-selling book author for several accelerated learning books. Spending eight years as a tech columnist for IT magazines, she wrote about internet business models and internet marketing.
After several successful exits Carman started Click Ventures, her angel fund. With a focus on providing seed to series A financing to technology startups, Click Ventures is differentiated by offering mentorship from entrepreneurs with over twenty years of first-hand experience.
Click Ventures has grown into a leading investment manager, and two of its funds are featured as Top 5 Seed Fund (Vintage 2003-2015) in the world and Top 4 Funds to Watch by Preqin respectively.
Click’s current portfolio includes 40+ investments including Spotify.com, Docusign, Palantir.com, Memebox.com, Youappi.com...etc. Due to her deep experience, Carman is frequently invited to speak or serve as a panel member for prestigious events around the world. She has appeared in 10+ countries at high profile events including the Web Summit, Slush, AVCJ Private Equity and Venture Forum, and Silicon Dragon.
Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a veteran in the venture capital industry and a strong advocate for the promotion of venture capital, entrepreneurship & socially responsible investing.
Dr. 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 board of SEEDS Capital (Investment arm of Enterprise Singapore) and 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) technology companies.
Dr Chi’s wealth of experience include investment banking (Partner at Pegasus Capital), strategy consulting (senior consultant at Monitor Delloitte) and operations (Managing Director of Spandeck Engineering SEA). Dr. Chi is a CFA 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. The Longreach Group is an established independent private equity firm with offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. The firm focuses on Japan and related Greater China control buyouts in the mature industrial and technology, consumer, business services and financial services sectors. The firm manages three Funds which have accumulated approximately US$2.1 billion of committed limited partner and co-investment capital.
Mark co-founded The Longreach Group in late 2003. Mark's lead responsibilities at Longreach include firm management, senior relationship driven deal sourcing and execution, investments in the financial services sector, and building the firm's capital base and global networks.
Before co-founding Longreach, Mark served as Chief Executive Officer and President of UBS Securities Japan, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Investment Banking Management Committee, Head of Japan Investment Banking and as a member of the UBS Global Investment Bank Board. Previous to this role in Japan, Mark headed the UBS Asia-Pacific Financial Institutions Group.
Mark is an Australian citizen, resident in Hong Kong. He holds First Class Honours degrees in Economics (University of Melbourne) and Law (University of Sydney). Mark is a Rhodes Scholar with a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations (with Distinction) from Oxford University.
Jeremy Coller is CIO and Chairman of Coller Capital; he founded the business in 1990.
Prior to this, Jeremy spent five years at ICI Pension Plan, where he pioneered the acquisition of private equity secondaries and was previously Head of Research at Fidelity International Investment Management in London.
Jeremy holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester, UMIST and an MA in Philosophy from Sussex University. He attended Carmel College and the Diplôme Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne.
In 2013, Jeremy was voted the most influential person in private equity in Financial News’ annual league table of the one hundred most influential people in European financial markets. The publication also named him 'Personality of the Decade' in Europe.
Matt Conger is CEO of Cadence Translate, a firm providing due diligence language assistance to investors and consultants worldwide. Matt was previously a Vice President at Hudson Capital Management in New York. Prior to that, he was at Bain & Company, where his tenure included multiple due diligence projects in the firm's Private Equity Group. He currently teaches courses on the principles of due diligence at two universities in North America and writes about cross-border due diligence issues on LinkedIn. He holds a MS in Management Science from Stanford and a BS in Economics from Wharton. He is based in Los Angeles.
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).
Marcia Ellis is the co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s Asia Private Equity Practice and a member of the firm’s global board of directors. Her practice focuses on private equity transactions and complex mergers and acquisitions involving companies and assets located in Asia.
Having practiced in Asia for more than two decades, Marcia is one of the most experienced PE M&A lawyers active in the Asian market. In the past 12 months alone, she has advised clients on deals the aggregate value of which is well in excess of US$80 billion.
Marcia was named Dealmaker of the Year by Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards in 2018, and is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity and as a leading individual for Private Equity by Legal 500. Clients consider her a “trusted adviser on all aspects of private equity transactions” who is “highly effective and passionate about success and achieving the right outcomes.”
Tim Flower joined HarbourVest in 2008 to focus on European secondary investments. In 2010, he transferred to the Hong Kong office to establish and manage the secondary platform in the Asia Pacific region. Tim has led the Firm’s secondary investment efforts in Asia and has helped HarbourVest establish an exceptional reputation for completing complex transactions in Asia and the emerging markets. Tim also supports HarbourVest’s investor relations in Asia. He serves on the advisory boards of funds managed by Asia Growth Capital Advisors, Absa Capital Private Equity Partners, NewQuest Capital Advisors, and RMB Capital Partners.
Tim joined HarbourVest from Bridgepoint in London, and his prior experience includes positions with MCF Corporate Finance, Nordea Securities, and Ernst & Young, where he received his ACA certification.
Tim graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham in 1997 and speaks conversational Danish.
HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets investment specialist with 36 years of experience and more than $58 billion in assets under management, as of March 31, 2019. The Firm’s powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 500 employees, including more than 125 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $36 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $21 billion in secondary purchases, and invested over $10 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients have access to customized solutions, longstanding relationships, actionable insights, and proven results.
Chris Freund founded Mekong Capital in 2001 and is a Partner. Chris is Chairman of the Board of Directors, a member of the Management Committee, Investment Recommendation Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of a range of investee companies. Chris is also the Mentor for approximately 15 people in Mekong Capital's team.
Chris is currently the Deal Leader for Ben Thanh Jewelry (brand name: "Precita"), and is the Alternate Deal Leader for Red Wok, ABA Cool Trans, Pizza 4Ps, Vua Nem and Yola.
Chris has been involved in all stages of sourcing, due diligence & implementation, post-investment value creation, and exiting for a wide range of investments in Mekong's funds since 2001. Chris has been the Deal Leader for many investee companies, including MobileWorld, an investment which resulted in a 57x return for MEF II.
Chris has played a central coordinating role in the development and refinement of the Vision Driven Investing framework.
Chris originally moved to Vietnam in 1994 and has more than 24 years of direct investment management experience, 21 of which were in Vietnam.
In 2001, Chris was also a co-founder of Navigos Group, owner of VietnamWorks.com and Navigos Search, Vietnam's largest recruitment services firm. Navigos Group was sold in a trade sale to a Japanese recruitment services firm in April 2013 at a 70x return for Chris as a co-founder.
Chris was an early investor and is the Chairman of Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Vietnam's first and preeminent craft beer brand.
Jie Gong, Partner, joined Pantheon in 2013 and has 21 years of private equity experience. Ms. Gong is a member of the firm’s Asia Regional Investment Committee, the Global Co-investment Committee, the Global Diversity Committee and the ESG Committee. Ms. Gong joined Pantheon from Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners' private equity fund of funds group, where she was head of Asia, and before that she worked at JP Morgan in leverage finance. Previously she worked at the International Finance Corporation on emerging market debt and equity investments. Ms. Gong received a Masters in Finance from London Business School, an MA in Economics from University of Miami and a BA in Economics and International Trade from Shanghai International Studies University. Ms. Gong is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA) and serves on its board. She founded and chairs HKVCA’s ESG committee, and co-chairs its LP committee. She is also a committee member of United Nation Principle of Responsible Investment Private Equity Advisory Committee (UNPRI PEAC).
Mounir (“Moose”) Guen is the Chief Executive Officer of MVision Private Equity Advisers, 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 firm in the world.
Moose 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. Moose has previously served on the EVCA Investor Relations Committee, and also the EVCA European Valuation Committee to establish policy currently in use. In 2018 Moose was appointed as Co-Chair of the HKVCA Wine Tasting Committee.
Moose 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.
Partner, joined CVC in 2006. Based in Hong Kong, Brian is co-head of CVC's private equity business in Southeast Asia and also leads our regional industry groups.
Prior to joining CVC, Brian spent nine years working in JP Morgan's M&A department in New York, Hong Kong and Korea offices,
advising on a wide range of M&A and corporate finance transactions. Brian holds a BA degree in business economics and political science from Brown University, US.
Tony Jiang is a co-founder and partner at Ocean Link. He leads all of Ocean Link's investments, and he currently serves on the board of eLong, Mafengwo, Yitiao, New Century Kaiyuan Hotels, Ruby Hotels & Resorts, and Mind Education. Prior to founding Ocean Link, Mr. Jiang was with The Carlyle Group from 2006 to 2016 focused on private equity investments in Asia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jiang worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank. He received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University with full scholarship.
Xiaodong Jiang is the Managing Partner of Long Hill Capital. He focuses on healthcare and consumer services investments, and currently manages GST Clinics, LinkDoc Technology, Hygeia Medical Services, More Health and Simply Psychology 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.
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.
T.J. Kono joined Unison Capital in 2002. He has managed a number of investments in Japan since Unison’s first fund, then led Unison’s expansion to Korea as its founding member. Today, he serves as a member of both Japan and Korea Investment Committee. He has been involved in Unison’s investments in Drug Eleven (Japan), Mine-Mart (Japan), UCOM (Japan), Nexcon Technology (Korea), Gong cha (Korea)/Royal Tea Taiwan (Taiwan), and Forbes (Japan). In addition to investment role, he oversees Unison Group’s investor relations functions. Prior to Unison Capital, he worked at Merrill Lynch Japan.
Mr. Kono has a B.S/B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mr. Sanjay Kukreja is Partner & CIO 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 $4 billion under management in twenty 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, Hero FinCorp, KPIT Technologies, Liquid Hub, Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd, Titagarh Wagons Limited etc. He has led several high-profile investments of the firm such as HCL, Infosys and Cyient and has also worked extensively on managing exits for ChrysCapital, where ChrysCapital has been an industry leader.
He holds an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University and has also attended Executive Leadership Course for top management from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Dennis Kwan is the Regional Head of Asia Pacific and a member of the Global Leadership of MVision Private Equity Advisers, which he joined in 2014.
At MVision, Dennis is involved in global origination as well as managing global fundraisings, and developing and maintaining investor relationships. He is an experienced private equity and infrastructure professional with a strong management consulting and restructuring experience in Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining MVision, Dennis spent seven years with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust (Hong Kong), a subsidiary of one of the largest trust banks in Japan. At Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, he focused on private equity and infrastructure fund investments. Prior to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, he was a senior advisor at KPMG Business Advisory Practice, where he has led numerous restructuring, reorganization and performance improvement initiatives. Dennis also held various senior roles at Sony Corporation in both Asia and Europe.
Dennis received an MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading and Bachelor of Commerce in Finance (With Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
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.
Prior to joining CVC in June 2016, Alvin spent over 11 years with HSBC where he was Head of Investment Banking for Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he worked for the investment banking division of Citigroup / Schroders for over 7 years in Singapore and the UK working on transactions across Asia and Europe. He started his career with the corporate finance division of Coopers & Lybrand. Alvin graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Economics) degree specializing in accounting & finance and he is also a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst.
Brian Lim, Partner at Pantheon, joined the firm in 2009 and has 20 years of private equity experience. Brian is Pantheon’s Head of Asia and Emerging Markets Investment teams and is involved in all aspects of investment activity in those regions. Prior to joining Pantheon, Brian was a Portfolio Director at CDC Group where he helped build their Asia and Emerging Markets portfolio, and before that worked at Watson Wyatt. Brian is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, holds an MBA from the London Business School, and a BSc in Actuarial Science from City, University of London. Brian is a member of the EMPEA Board and the Chair of its Asia Council. Brian is based in Hong Kong.
Simon Marc is Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). He manages PSP Investments’ private equity global team, its C$23.5 billion portfolio and leads transaction opportunities globally - including direct PE investments, co-investment transactions with GPs and primary fund commitments. Based in London, Simon also heads PSP Investments’ London office.
Simon has over 20 years of investment experience. Prior to joining PSP Investments in August 2015, he held several executive-level positions at Permira, Candover and Apax Partners. Simon started his career at Goldman Sachs and is a graduate of HEC Paris School of Management.
Hemal Mirani rejoined HarbourVest's senior management team in Asia in 2015 to focus on investments and investor relations across the Asia Pacific region.
Ms. Mirani 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.
Ms. Mirani 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.
Mr. Rodney Muse is one of two Managing Partners of Navis. He leads Investments teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, sits on Investment Committee and sits on the boards and /or executive committees of several Navis portfolio companies. He has been active in Navis investments across many industries and geographies since Navis' inception.
He co-founded Navis in 1998 with Messrs. Bloy and Foyston with whom he worked while at The Boston Consulting Group.
He holds and MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Hons degree from St. Lawrence University.
With more than two decades of institutional investment experience, Steve Nelson joined ILPA in March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for leading the growing organization in the realization of its mission to engage, empower and connect limited partners on a global basis.
Prior to his role at ILPA, Steve built his career at Cambridge Associates where he served most recently as Board Member, Partner and Chief Operating Officer based in C|A’s Arlington, Virginia office. In that role, Steve was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm, overseeing a staff of approximately 500 in Investment Operations, Portfolio Services, Information Technology, Human Capital and Administrative Services. He also served as a member of the C|A Risk Governance Committee and Compensation Committee.
Steve held a number of senior leadership positions with C|A including co-Head of Global Consulting from 2008-2013, where he was responsible for resource planning, training, staffing, communications, and oversight of C|A investment teams. This work spanned the core client-facing advisory activities of the firm, delivered by a team of over 300 investment professionals operating from 8 offices. Earlier in his career with C|A, Steve was the Head of Asia Pacific where he established firm’s first office in the region, with responsibility for cultivating a network throughout Asia Pacific consisting of institutional investors, investment managers, legal advisors, regulators, industry associations and the press.
From 2002 to 2004, Steve was a member of the Financial Services Committee with the Singapore chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Loudoun Country Day School located in Northern Virginia.
Steve is a graduate of the Carroll School of Management Honors Program at Boston College.
Mr. Mohit Ralhan is the Managing Partner & CIO of TIW Private Equity. Mr. Ralhan specializes in Buyouts, Margin Expansion & Turnaround situations. Prior to TIW, he was an Investment & Operating Professional at Baring Private Equity Partners India Fund II and Fund III. He has served on advisory board of companies in the interest-rate sensitive sectors, FMCG, Technology, Education, Consumption, Media, Digital Businesses, Real Estate & Manufacturing Consumption. He is a thought leader in buyout investments and has been a regular speaker in various industry forums such as AVCJ Japan, AVCJ USA, AVCJ Singapore, Super Investor Asia, GTech Leader’s Meet & Pension Fund Investment Summit to name a few.
Prior to launching Coral Capital, James Riney was a co-founder and head of 500 Startups Japan. With about $100m under management, he’s been a seed investor in over 40 companies. He is also a Board Director at SmartHR, where he was an early investor and led their ~$14m Series B. Prior to 500 Startups, Mr. Riney covered early stage investments for DeNA’s venture arm, focusing on Silicon Valley and Asia. He was listed on the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list for Finance & Venture Capital in 2016.
Before investing, he was the founding CEO of ResuPress (now Coincheck, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan), and the creator of STORYS.JP, the “Medium.com of Japan.” In another life, he worked at J.P. Morgan in New York and Tokyo. He grew up in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese.
David Russell heads the Responsible Investment (RI) Team of USS Investment Management, the fund manager for Universities Superannuation Scheme, where he has worked since 2001. USS is one of the largest pension funds in the United Kingdom, with assets in excess of £68 billion and over 350,000 members. USS has a RI team of five and a RI strategy which focuses on integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into its investment processes across asset classes (including private assets), and on engaging with public equities and other assets where these issues pose a risk to the fund’s investments.
David is a former Board member of the PRI Association and is an advisor to the Board of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), which USS set up in 2001. He is also on the Board of the International Centre for Pensions Management. David was involved in the establishment of the PRI Private Equity Advisory Committee of which he has twice been a member, and was also an inaugural member of the BVCA RI Advisory Board. David has previously worked as an Environmental Manager for a UK retail company, and was for five years a University lecturer in Environmental Management. He has a Masters Degree in Environmental Impact Assessment.
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.
Sarbvir Singh 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.
Before taking over the Managing Partner role at WaterBridge Ventures in 2017, Mr. Singh spent over twelve years working in various investment capacities. This included his stint as Founding Managing Director of Capital18 (Corporate VC fund: 2007-15), alongside serving as the Head of Investments for Network18 and CFO for HomeShop18 (2014-15). Post that, he worked with J.P. Morgan Private Equity as a Regional Advisor for venture capital investments for two years.
Over his career, Mr. Singh 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.
Prior to his roles in venture capital, Mr. Singh 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.
Mr. Singh is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
Yar-Ping specializes in Asian pan-regional leveraged buyouts as well as country-focused funds, specifically in Greater China, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia. She leads the Primary Investment Team’s Asian practice, and actively participates in all fund investment decisions and manages relationships with several of Adams Street's managers.
Prior to joining Adams Street, Yar-Ping was a Senior Vice President of GIC Special Investments (GICSI), which is the private equity arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. She spent more than a decade at GIC and worked in their New York, Redwood City, and Singapore offices. Yar-Ping was the Head of Asia/Emerging Markets based out of Singapore, leading GICSI’s investments in leveraged buyout funds, growth capital funds, and co-investments.
Yar-Ping is a member of the Adams Street Primary Investments Committee.
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.
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.
Shin is Managing Partner at GLOBIS Capital Partners. Shin leads GLOBIS’s 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 (ticker TSE 3660), Aucfan (3674), Kayac (3904), Pixta (3416), and Mercari (4385); M&A Shimauma Print System (acquired by CCC), and nanapi (acquired by KDDI). His portfolio includes Lancers, Viibar, Timers, Coubic, Reblue, and Mirrative etc. Selected as Forbes Japan Midas List Most Influential Venture Investor 2018.
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.
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.
Jun Tsusaka is the Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer and Founding Member of NSSK, an investment business managing several funds with a focus on Japan. Prior to the formation of NSSK, Mr. Tsusaka was a global Partner of TPG and a Managing Director and Representative of TPG Capital Japan, K.K. He was a member of the Global Investment Review Committee, and member of the Global Partner Selection Committee.
Mr. Tsusaka currently serves on various board of directors for NSSK portfolio companies and is President of the Harvard Club of Japan and a member of the Keizai Doyukai. Mr. Tsusaka graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard College where he graduated with Honors and has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction.
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.
Stephen Wesson is a Managing Director and the Head of Global Private Equity of HQ Capital based in New York. He has 26 years of financial experience (with the last 22 years at HQ Capital). He is responsible for the firm’s global private equity business and is the chair of HQ Capital’s private equity Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Wesson worked in the Investment Services Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation where he designed investment programs for clients with a specific emphasis on investments in private equity and other alternative asset classes. He is a member of the advisory boards of various Bain Capital funds, and an Advisory Committee Member of various L Catterton funds, Heidelberg Capital L.P., Rho Ventures IV, L.P., and Sun Capital Partners V. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from St. Lawrence University.
Kathy Wong is the Head of Private Equity and Direct Investment of the Private Markets Division of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”). Since joining the HKMA in 2012, her responsibilities have included leading the review and execution of HKMA’s Private Equity and Real Estate investments, with a focus on co-investments and opportunistic investments. Kathy has 15 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. Prior to joining the HKMA, she was a Vice President at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an Associate at Warburg Pincus prior to that. Kathy holds a MSc in Management and Regulation of Risk from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College London.
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).
Wei Zhou is the Founding Managing Partner at CCV. Before starting CCV, Mr. Zhou was Managing Partner at KPCB China as a founding member, and led its digital practice group in Greater China.
Leading the top-tier Silicon Valley VC China fund for 10 years, Mr. Zhou backed companies at early stage including JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), CreditEase (NYSE:YRD), Rong360 (NYSE:JT), Himalaya FM, Yixia.com, Tan Tan (acquired by NASDAQ: MOMO), VenusTech (SZ:002439), Manzuo.com (acquired by SuNing), Yixia.com, ULUCU (NEEQ:837110), Miaozhen Systems, Asia Innovation Group, Scinor Water (acquired by TRCE:300332), KJY Water (NEEQ:835159), and Arrail Dental. After establishing CCV, Mr. Zhou invested JD Digits, Perfect, Ice Kredit, Zuzuche, Veer VR, Menya, Bizvane, Joyrun, Cowa Robot, Lomotif, Dingdong Class, Shukun Technology, and Yunhu Health. Wanka Online (HKSE:1762) went public in December 2018, less than 18 months after CCV’s series B investment.
Before joining KPCB China as a founding member, Mr. Zhou was the CEO of Shanghai Hanbo Tech Co., a leading e-payment solution provider, which was later successfully acquired. Prior to that, Mr. Zhou held senior positions at Start Computer Group (SH:600734) since 1994. As the youngest executive, he grew from a regional operation leader to the supervisor of the entire e-payment ecosystem and corporate M&A. He led the company throughout its startup stage, IPO, to the following years of fast growth.
Mr. Zhou was named among China’s Top 20 Best Venture Capitalists by Forbes, China’s Top 30 Most Influential Venture Capitalists by Fortune, China’s Top 10 Best Venture Capitalist by CV Awards, China’s Top 10 Influential Investors by Huaxing Group, and China’s Top 50 Founding Partners Voted by Fund of Funds by FoF Weekly.
Mr. Zhou also serves as a governor and treasurer of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (“CVCA”).
Mr. Zhou holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.