Senior Industry Professionals
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.
Pamela Fung is an Executive Director for Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Private Equity Fund of Funds group, and leads AIP's Asian investment activities. She has 15 years of industry experience. Prior to AIP, Pamela was a consultant with McKinsey's corporate finance practice in Hong Kong; she has also worked for Monitor Group and Lehman Brothers. Pamela has Business and Law degrees (first class honors) from the University of Hong Kong and an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
J. C. joined MVision Private Equity Advisers in 2016 and plays a key role in the origination, planning and execution of the firm’s capital raising mandates in the Asia Pacific region. MVision is widely recognized as one of the leading private equity capital raising firms with a long-standing reputation for working with current and future market leaders across the globe, in both the developed and emerging markets.
Prior to joining MVision, J. C. was an Analyst at Yuan Asset Management (now CM Asset Management) where she was involved in the hedge fund business of the firm.
J. C. graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Shannon is Venture Partner at GOBI PARTNERS is a Southeast Asian/ Chinese Focused Fund, managing over 1.1 Billion USD across 11 funds in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and now Thailand. We focus on multi-stage investments – IT, Tech, digital media and consumer-facing startups and SMEs.
In 2013 – 2017 - Shannon Co-Founded Orami, and was the former Chief Marketing Officer of [formerly MOXY] - the largest e-commerce destination for women in Southeast Asia, with 3 M&As under its belt, and global investors such as Eduardo Saverin [Facebook], and Gobi Partners [Alibaba Fund Manager, HK, China], and was one of the first Thai companies to roll out a regional play.
An Entrepreneur and a passionate Equality Advocate. She is a mover and a shaker, dedicated to building businesses and deeply connected in sectors of Technology, Business, Entertainment & Media, and Social Development for Equal Rights and Education in Thailand and in Asia.
Shannon is deeply involved in the Start up, Technology and Business sectors and devotes time to Mentorship, Programs and Projects. She is currently a Mentor at the MOX China Accelerator, UNDP
Regional Hub’s Youth Co:Lab, Mentor for DTAC Accelerate Batch 5, 6, 7 [2017 - 2019], frequently invited Speaker and Judge at various Conferences, Venture, Start Up, Case Competitions through out the region, such as Tech in Asia, Unbound Innovfest, e27’s Echelon, WPP Stream, Siam Commercial Bank’s Digital Venture, Thammasat University Case Competitions, to name a few. In 2016, Shannon was chosen to represent Asia at the FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Summit, nominated in the "40 under 40" to watch by Campaign Asia and honored to be Thailand's Founder of the Year at the Start-Up Awards.
Shannon is a Women's and Equality Advocate and remains active in the non-profit sector, a board member at Pratthanadee Foundation, a foundation that helps disadvantaged women and girls in Thailand, and frequently speaking at the UNDP and UNESCO and other United Nations events and forums. She has helped to raise awareness and funds via celebrities and socialites with good causes, such as mentorship and scholarship programs and aiding the fishing rehabilitation projects during the Andaman Tsunami Disaster in 2005. In 2017, Shannon joined the UN Women's HeForShe campaign to be a voice for Gender Equality.
Junko Katayanagi joined Unison Capital in 2006. Prior to Unison Capital, she worked at the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley Japan, where she was involved in corporate finance and M&A advisory.
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.
Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, Asia's first gender lens venture capital fund, which targets early stage companies relating to the She Economy. She co-founded She Loves Tech, a global initiative focusing on technology by women and technology for women, which also houses the world's largest competition for women and technology startups, held across more than 20 international locations. Virginia Tan is also the co-founder and president of Lean In China, one of China’s leading nonprofit platforms with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 100 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women.
Virginia's background is in law and finance, where she was an experienced finance lawyer for more than 8 years specializing on energy, resources and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets, and has worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America for 2 magic circle firms. She moved to Beijing in 2013 to work on strategic investments related to the "One Belt One Road" initiative on behalf of Chinese state-owned companies and financial institutions. In 2014, she was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper.
Her work has been covered by Forbes, the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, BBC, Global Times, People’s Daily, China Daily, CCTV, etc. She has spoken at some leading institutions such as Alibaba, Baidu, Bloomberg, Dell, Disney, DSM, General Electric, P&G, HP, Medtronic, Peking University, Tsinghua University, UNICEF, UN Women, etc.
Virginia has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper in 2014 and was named by Fast Company as one of China’s 100 most innovative people in business in 2019.
Rebecca Xu is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asia Alternatives. Ms. Xu leads Asia Alternatives’ Beijing and Shanghai offices and splits her time among Asia Alternatives' Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. She is on the Firm's Investment Committee and co-leads Asia Alternatives' investments in expansion and growth capital funds, focusing most of her time on Asia Alternatives' China investments.
Prior to starting Asia Alternatives, Ms. Xu was a Senior Investment Officer at the Funds Group of the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. There, she had the primary responsibility of leading IFC's fund investing and portfolio supervision in Asia for over six years. Previously, Ms. Xu also worked at McKinsey & Co, Inc. (Washington D.C.) and HSBC (Hong Kong).
Ms. Xu received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China. Ms. Xu is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English.
Ms. Xu currently serves on the Advisory Boards for several of Asia Alternatives' China and India private equity funds. In addition, she serves on the Boards of the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA), and China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and the Chun Hui Bo’ai Children Foundation.
Vivian Zheng is a Partner at Advantage Partners, a mid-market buyout fund manager founded in Japan 25 years ago. As firm’s Greater China head, she has been leading the investment activities in the region and have made buyout investments in F&B, packaged food, kids education, and modern services industries, etc.
She has over 20 years of experience in private equity investment, management consultancy, and corporate management. Prior to joining the Advantage Partners, she was a Managing Director at PineBridge Investments (former AIG Investments), where she led the China PE investments in automotive, luxury retail, entertainment, and education industries. In addition, she has been serving on the board of Minth Auto Group (a leading global automotive supplier) and Fufeng Group (a leading corn-based fermentation bio chemical company), both of which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange main board.
Before joining PineBridge, Ms. Zheng was a senior partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group for more than 12 years. Being a pioneer in China's management consulting industry from mid 90’s, Ms. Zheng has extensive experience in strategy development, organizational restructuring, brand management, global sourcing, JV strategy, and post-merger integration.
Ms. Zheng also served as Group Vice President and President of Brilliance Auto Group Sales Company, leading the company’s restructuring as an outgrowth of her engagement as a consultant at BCG. She started her career in the computer industry in China and the US in the early 90's.