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Peter Cornelius is a Managing Director at AlpInvest Partners, which is part of the Investment Solutions group of The Carlyle Group. At AlpInvest Partners, he is responsible for analyzing the economic and financial environment for private equity markets and examining the implications for the firm’s strategic asset allocation. Mr. Cornelius joined AlpInvest Partners in 2005 from Royal Dutch Shell, where he was Group Chief Economist. Previously, he was chief economist and Director of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Program. Prior to that, he was head of international economic research at Deutsche Bank and a senior economist with the International Monetary Fund. He also served on the staff of the German Council of Economic Advisors. Mr. Cornelius was a visiting professor at the Vlerick Business School, an adjunct professor at Brandeis International Business School and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the BTI Institute and is a research fellow of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Private Capital Research Institute at Harvard Business School and the Institute of Private Capital at the Kenan–Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as on EMPEA’s Latin American Council. Mr. Cornelius studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his doctorate in economics from the University of Göttingen. He is the author of International Investments in Private Equity (Elsevier, 2011) and a co-author of Mastering Illiquidity (Wiley, 2013).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa Kang has over 20 years of private equity investment experience in Asia. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Jupiter Impact Partners, an investment firm founded by a team of seasoned private equity investment professionals that focuses on sustainable and high impact investments in Southeast Asia. Ms. Kang is also the Founder of Jasmine Sustainability Research Institute, a social enterprise that focuses on specialized market research in ESG and high impact investment opportunities in Asia. Previously, Ms. Kang was a Portfolio Manager and the dedicated ESG Officer of Integro, the global impact fund at Morgan Stanley.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ms. Kang worked at IFC, the private sector arm of World Bank Group, where she was a Principal Investment Officer and Regional Lead for East Asia Pacific, responsible for private equity fund investments, based in Indonesia. In that role, she was responsible for new business that covered 15 countries and oversaw $1 billion of portfolio investments, and sat on several advisory boards. In addition, Ms. Kang was also the Global Lead for gender investment for funds at IFC.
Before embarking on impact investing, Ms. Kang was the CEO for a private equity fund of funds business in Asia, a joint venture between ING Investment Management and Pomona Capital, based in Hong Kong. Before that, Ms. Kang had held senior positions at 3i and DBS Bank, responsible for direct investments in Asia. Prior to her private equity career, Ms. Kang spent 8 years in equity investment research and SME finance.
Ms. Kang graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, major in Economics and Political Science. She subsequently earned a Master degree in Applied Finance from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Ms. Kang was a participant at the YMP 2000 program at Insead. Ms. Kang is a frequent speaker at private equity conferences in Asia focusing on ESG, sustainability and impact investing.