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Asia Private Equity Forum 2023

Date: Friday, 13 January 2023
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai
Time: 08:45 to 18:30

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January 13, 2023 (Fri)

8:45 Call to order by Conference Co-Chairman
Eric Mason, The Church Pension Fund
8:47 Welcoming Remarks by HKVCA Chairwoman
Rebecca Xu, Asia Alternatives
8:50 Opening Remarks 
9:05 Regional GP Panel: PE market landscape in Asia 
Moderator
Jie Gong, Pantheon Ventures (HK)
   
Panelists
K.Y. Tang, Affinity Equity Partners
Eric Xin, CITIC Capital
Brian Hong, CVC Capital Partners
Chin Chou, Morgan Stanley Asia
10:00 Coffee Break
  Stream A Stream B Breakout Session
10:05     2023 Investment Allocation and Strategy for Family Offices (By invitation only)
Moderator
Terrance Philips, Citigroup
  
Panelists
Patrick Tsang, CTFE
Dixon Wong, Invest Hong Kong
Danny Lee, VCA Capital Limited
10:20 Secondary Panel
Moderator
Joe Ma, AlpInvest Partners
  
Panelists
Jolie Chow, PJT Partners
James Ford, Allen & Overy
Colin Sau, TR Capital
Bonnie Lo, NewQuest Capital Partners
Exit Panel: Impact of exits during the capital markets volatility 
Moderator
Collwyn Tan, Hamilton Lane
  
Panelists
Ridwan Budijono, Capsquare Asia Partners
11:05 Legal and Regulatory Challenges Panel: Can Asia successfully attract more funds? Are more private capital funds domiciling in Asia?
Moderator
Lorna Chen, Shearman & Sterling
  
Panelists
TBC  
ESG Panel: Climate change in Asian Private Equity 
Moderator
Queenie Ho, Affinity Equity Partners
   
Panelists
Mohit Grover, Deloitte
Erika Rodriguez, KKR
Jason Cheng, Kerogen
Jennifer Signori, Neuberger Berman
 
GBA (Mandarin Session)
Moderator
TBC 
  
Panelists
Tony Zhang, China Resources Capital Management
Witman Hung, Shenzhen ZebraS Technology Startup Acceleration Limited
11:50 Fireside Chat 
Interviewee
Jean Eric Salata, BPEA EQT
  
Interviewer
Rebecca Xu, Asia Alternatives
12:20 Lunchoen session 
  Stream A Stream B  
14:00 Panel Discussion: Will Real Estate in Asia remain a safe haven from inflation or is it late-cycle?
Moderator
Calvin Chou, Invesco Real Estate 
  
Panelists
Bryan Southergill, Ares SSG
Ian Cohen, Apollo Global Management
Christopher Heady, Blackstone
Andrew Moore, Schroders Capital
Crypto/Blockchain Panel 
Moderator
Catherine Leung, MizMaa Ventures
 
Panelists
TBC
 
14:45 India & SEA Panel 
Moderator
Gabriel Ng, Neuberger Berman
  
Panelists
Danny Koh, Tower Capital Asia
Kee Lock Chua, Vertex Holdings
Abrar Mir, Quadria Capital
Sudhir Variyar, Multiples Equity
North Asia Panel: Opportunity of Zero Interest Rate Policy 
Moderator
Akihiko Yasuda, Asia Alternatives
  
Panelists
Kevin Lee, Crescendo Equity Partners
Yuki Kashiyama, J-STAR
Jay Kim, Orchestra Private Equity 
Ryoichi Ogawa, Polaris Capital Group
 
 
15:30 Coffee Break
15:50 LP Panel: Investing in the age of maximum uncertainty
Moderator
Eric Mason, The Church Pension Fund
  
Panelists
Doug Coulter, LGT Capital Partners
Raju Ruparelia, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
 
16:35 Fireside Chat 

Ben Morley, Boston Consulting Group
Daniel Oehling, Boston Consulting Group

16:55 Closing remarks by Conference Co-Chairman
Kent Chen, Neuberger Berman Asia
  
17:00 Cocktail reception

  

Speakers

K.Y. Tang, Founding Chairman & Managing Partner, Affinity Equity Partners
  
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.
   
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Queenie Ho, Partner, Affinity Equity Partners
  
Queenie Ho is a Partner and Head of Investor Relations at Affinity Equity Partners. Queenie joined Affinity in 2004. She is a Member of the Investment Committee, and Valuation and Portfolio Review Committee of Affinity.  She currently serves on the board of directors of Trimco International. Before joining Affinity, Queenie was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Queenie holds a BSc in Economics with first-class honours from the London School of Economics, a MPhil in Finance with distinction from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  
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James Ford, Partner, Allen & Overy
  
James co-heads Allen & Overy's Asia Pacific Funds & Asset Management group. His practice focuses on clients active in private equity and other alternative assets, where he has a broad range of experience covering traditional fundraisings, secondary transactions, mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and capital markets transactions. He regularly guides clients in structuring funds and transactions to address a wide range of regulatory, tax and transactional issues. James is recognised as a leading lawyer by the industry’s most prestigious legal publications, including Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, Legal 500, and IFLR1000. 
One long-term client applauds James for being “very knowledgeable about the market.” Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 Investment Funds, Greater China (International Firms)
   
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Joe Ma, Principal, Secondary and Portfolio Finance, AlpInvest Partners
 

Joe is a Principal in the Secondary and Portfolio Finance team where he is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing transactions in Asia. He joined AlpInvest Partners in 2013 from Morgan Stanley where he worked within the investment banking division. Joe received a BS in Business Administration from the University of California in Berkeley.

   
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  Ian Cohen, Partner, Real Estate in Hong Kong, Apollo Global Management
   
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Bryan Southergill, Partner & Head of Real Estate, Ares SSG
  
Mr. Southergill is a Partner and Head of Real Estate in the Ares SSG Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2022, Mr. Southergill was a Managing Director on the Real Estate team at KKR, Hong Kong, where he led Asia real estate acquisitions and was responsible for advancing the firm's Asia real estate investment strategy. Additionally, he served on KKR's Asia Real Estate Investment Committee, Asia Real Estate Portfolio Management Committee and India Real Estate Non-Bank Finance Company Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Southergill was Managing Director and Head of Asia Real Estate Investing in the Global Special Opportunities Group at J.P. Morgan, where he led its proprietary, special situations-style, real estate investing business in Asia. In addition, Mr. Southergill spent the first decade of his career at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for real estate investing projects and corporate finance advisory mandates in the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Southergill currently serves on the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) Hong Kong Chapter Board, is Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute's Asia Pacific Capital Markets Council and is Co-Chair of the Real Estate Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Mr. Southergill holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College in Economics and Political Science.
   
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Akihiko Yasuda, Managing Director, Asia Alternatives
  
Akihiko Yasuda is a Managing Director of Asia Alternatives. Mr. Yasuda leads and is based in Asia Alternatives' Hong Kong office. He is on the Firm's Investment Committee. Mr. Yasuda co-leads the Firm's investments in Japan, Korea and Australia and co-leads Asia Alternatives' investments in buyouts, secondaries and special situations.
  
Mr. Yasuda has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of corporate finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance, fixed income investing and private equity investing. Prior to joining Asia Alternatives, Mr. Yasuda was most recently an Executive Director and Head of Private Equity at the Sumitomo Trust Finance (H.K.) Limited, an investment advisory arm of The Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. Mr. Yasuda managed the global private equity fund investment advisory group in Hong Kong for the bank's pension clients as well as the parent bank proprietary investments.
   
From 2003-2007, Mr. Yasuda was Director at CITIC Capital Partners (“CITIC Capital”), a private equity arm of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited. At CITIC Capital, Mr. Yasuda worked in the Tokyo and Shanghai offices as one of the core founding members for the firm's first private equity fund. He also served on the Board of Directors for Pokka Corporation, a leading Japanese beverage company and one of CITIC Capital's portfolio companies.
   
Mr. Yasuda received an M.B.A. from Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley and holds a Bachelor in Economics from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. He is fluent in Japanese and English.
  
Mr. Yasuda currently sits on the Advisory Boards for several of Asia Alternatives' Japanese, Korean, Australian, Pan Asia and Special Situations private equity funds. In addition, he sits on the Research Committee of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA).
  
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Rebecca Xu, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Asia Alternatives Advisor Hong Kong
 
Rebecca Xu is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asia Alternatives. Ms. Xu splits her time between Asia Alternatives’ Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. Ms. Xu is on the Firm’s Investment Committee and co-leads Asia Alternatives’ investments in growth and venture 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 a number of Asia Alternatives’ China and India private equity funds. In addition, she serves as the Chairwoman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA), Vice Chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and on the Board of the Chun Hui Bo’ai Children’s Foundation.
  
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Christopher Heady, Sr. Managing Director & Head of Real Estate Asia, Blackstone
  
Christopher Heady is the Chairman of Asia Pacific and the Head of Real Estate Asia. Mr. Heady is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Real Estate group’s investment activities and personnel in Asia.
  
Mr. Heady joined Blackstone in 2000 and has been involved in a variety of real estate acquisitions and initiatives in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Heady was with Morgan Stanley in London and New York, where he was involved in real estate private equity. Mr. Heady received a AB in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors.
  
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Ben Morley, Partner & Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group
  
Ben Morley is a Partner & Associate Director with Boston Consulting Group’s Boston office. He leads BCG's support of the ESG Data Convergence Initiative, and works with private equity investors on a variety of ESG topics.
  
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Daniel Oehling, Partner, Boston Consulting Group
  
Daniel Oehling is a Partner with Boston Consulting Group’s Singapore office. He leads BCG’s ESG work with investors across Asia-Pacific, and has deep experience spanning across ESG due diligences, ESG value creation, ESG impact investing, and related ESG topics.
  
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Ridwan Budijono, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Capsquare Asia Partners
  
Ridwan Budijono is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Capsquare Asia Partners, an Indonesia-focused middle-market private equity firm focusing on growth and buyout investments.  Previously, Ridwan was at Headland Capital Partners (previously HSBC Private Equity Asia).  He spent his early years in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan.  Ridwan holds an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and undergraduate degrees from Dartmouth College and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.
  
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Jean Eric Salata, Head of BPEA EQT, Chairperson of EQT Asia
  
Jean Eric Salata is the Head of BPEA EQT and Chairperson of EQT Asia. Previously Jean was the founder of the regional Asian private equity firm Baring Private Equity Asia and was responsible for the investment activity
of BPEA until 2022, when the company joined forces with EQT and was renamed BPEA EQT.
   
Prior to BPEA, Jean was a Director of Hong Kong-based AIG Global Investment Corporation (Asia) Ltd., the Asian private equity investment arm of AIG. Prior to that, Jean 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.
   
Jean holds a B.S. (Hons) in Finance and Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude.
  
Jean has lived and worked in Asia since 1989. He is member of the Executive Committee.
  
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Tony Zhang, Deputy General Manager & Co-CIO, China Resources Capital Management
  
Dr. Zhang has over 15 years’ experience as senior management in PE/VC funds and M&A business. Since 2016, as the Co-CIO in China Resources Capital, he has covered several sectors and different investment stages with accumulated AUM of 5 billion USD. He is also a member of the Innovation Committee and the Investment Consulting Committee of China Resources Group, where he takes an active role within the group.
  
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Eric Mason, Managing Director, The Church Pension Fund
  

Eric Mason is a Managing Director of The Church Pension Fund. He joined the Church Pension Fund in 2009 as the head of the Fund’s new Asian office based in Hong Kong and has been based in Asia for almost 25 years. Mr. Mason and his team are responsible for the Fund’s investments in Asia across all asset classes with a focus on private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, credit and real estate. The team manages approximately $3.0 billion in investments in Asian based managers.
  
Prior to joining the Fund, Mr. Mason was the head for the Carlyle Group’s Asia Leverage Finance Fund and before that spent 13 years at JPMorgan most recently as Asian regional head of Leveraged Finance. In these roles, Mr. Mason has developed experience in structuring, underwriting and investing in private equity and credit transactions. Mr. Mason first came to Asia in 1990 to teach at the Foreign Affairs University in Beijing with Princeton-in-Asia, prior to that he worked in Washington DC for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Mr. Mason earned a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware. Mr. Mason speaks Mandarin Chinese.
  
The Church Pension Fund is a private tax exempt organization based in New York City with more than US$17 billion in assets under management. The Fund has been in continuous operation since 1917 and provides pension benefits to those serving the Episcopal Church. The Church is an extensive investor in alternative assets and has been investing with many of the global leaders in venture capital and private equity for decades.  
  
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Eric Xin, Senior Managing Director, CITIC Capital
   

Eric Xin is the Managing Partner of Trustar Capital, a leading buyout-focused private equity firm in China.
Mr. Xin received an MBA from the Harvard Business School with Honors and a B.A. in Economics from Beijing University.  
  
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  Terrance Philips, Managing Director, Asia Head of Private Equity, Client Coverage, Citigroup
   
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Kevin Lee, Managing Partner, Investment, Crescendo Equity Partners
  
Dr. Kevin Kidoo Lee is Managing Partner and Founder of Crescendo Equity Partners. He leads both investment and business management of the firm. Previously, Dr. Lee was the Korea country head at Excelsior Capital Asia, a regional private equity fund, covering investments in technology and export driven Korean midcap companies. Prior to that, he was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, focusing on private equity, semiconductor, and mobile telecom sectors in Korea, Japan, the US, and the Netherlands. Dr. Lee started his career as an engineer and has previously worked at Intel and LNL Technologies.
  
Dr. Lee graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Lee was selected as one of the top 100 young innovators by MIT Technology Review in 2003
  
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  Patrick Tsang, CTFE
   
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Brian Hong, Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners
   
Mr. Brian Hong, Managing Partner, joined CVC in 2006 and is based in Hong Kong. Brian is a Co-Head of CVC's private equity business in Southeast Asia and also Head of Financial Services. Prior to joining CVC, Brian spent nine years working in J.P. 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.
  
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Mohit Grover, Partner, Climate & Sustainability, Hong Kong, Deloitte
   

Mohit is the lead partner for Climate & Sustainability services in Hong Kong and brings with him over 25 years of professional experience. He specializes in climate change risk, adaptation, resilience and sustainability strategy. He has worked across Asia Pacific region advising clients from different sectors to navigate some of their most pressing climate change and sustainability challenges. He has led the development of their sustainability strategies, carbon management plan, sustainability disclosures, climate risk assessments and organisation capability in sustainability & social impact. These engagements involves deep research and analysis, sector knowledge, stakeholder engagements, facilitation of workshops, and generation of thought leaderships

Mohit has been invited to lead policy shaping initiatives in the areas of waste management, green label programmes, sustainable supply chain, and sustainability & social impact strategies. Mohit also represented Deloitte Singapore in ISCA (Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants) Sustainability committee, driving the awareness & capability building for Sustainability reporting

Prior to joining Deloitte, Mohit held regional and global leadership Positions in AstraZeneca, a global Pharmaceutical company. Mohit led initiatives across a range of strategic topics including innovation in commercial selling models, business transformation and enterprise technology
    

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Collwyn Tan, Managing Director, Co-Head of Asia Investments, Hamilton Lane
   

Collwyn is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Asia Investments at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2011, Collwyn was an Associate at China Renaissance Capital Investment, a China focused growth equity general partner investing across various industries. Previously, he held investment banking positions with J.P. Morgan Securities in their Financial Institutions Group and Principal Investment Management.

Collwyn received an M.B.A from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University.

    
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Calvin Chou, Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific and Co-CIO, Invesco Real Estate 
   

Calvin Chou is the Co-Chief Investment Officer and the Head of Invesco Real Estate in Asia Pacific.
   
Calvin began his investment career in 1998 and joined Invesco Real Estate in 2015. Prior to joining Invesco, he was the head of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI) for Greater China and Southeast Asia since 2006. Calvin worked for Morgan Stanley from 1998 to 2015 in New York, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Based in Asia since 2000, Calvin has extensive experience in all phases of real estate investing across the Asia Pacific region and has worked with many of the leading local operators and fund managers in the region. Calvin has served as an executive board member of the Asian Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV), co-chair of the Real Asset committee of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA) and a member of the Urban Land Institute in Hong Kong.
   
Calvin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee and serves as chairman of both Asian Executive Committee and Asian Investment Committee of Invesco Real Estate.

   
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Dixon Wong, Head of Financial Services and Global Head of Family Office, Invest Hong Kong
   
Mr Wong was appointed as the Head of Financial Services at Invest Hong Kong (“InvestHK”) in March 2019 and the Global Head of Family Office in April 2021. InvestHK is the government department and the Financial Services and Family Office teams at InvestHK are responsible for investment promotion and business facilitation, i.e. helping overseas and Mainland financial institutions and family offices to establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong.
   
Before joining InvestHK, Mr Wong held various senior positions in a number of different departments in an international bank for more than 20 years. Before that, he worked in the assurance and advisory department of a big four international accounting firm.
  
Mr Wong has obtained a LLB (Hons) degree and a MBA degree from the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA, Aust & NZ), Fellow Certified Public Accountant (FCPA, Hong Kong), Fellow Chartered Governance Professional (FCIS/FCG, UK) and Fellow Chartered Secretary (FCS, Hong Kong). Mr. Wong is also a member of HKTDC Financial Services Advisory Committee and Steering Committee member of Asian Financial Forum.
  
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Yuki Kashiyama, Partner, J-STAR
  
Yuki Kashiyama made investments in and is supporting the management of 11 companies (+6 add-on investment) at J-STAR. Through his experience in star-up business overseas (founded and exited from a biotech company in U.S. and Chile), management of SMEs, and consulting at Boston Consulting Group for large corporations , he collaborates with the management teams of portfolio companies in various stages and cycles for value creation. MBA from UC Berkeley and B.E. from the University of Tokyo.
  
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Jason Cheng, CEO & Co-Founder, Kerogen
  

Jason co-founded Kerogen in 2007, an independent energy specialist PE manager with around US$2 billion in AUM and offices across London, Hong Kong and San Francisco. Jason is responsible for the overall running of the firm, its investment strategy, as well as sourcing and providing senior oversight on the portfolio.  He spearheaded the firm’s digital strategy and led the firm’s net-zero carbon commitment, with Kerogen being the first energy PE fund manager globally to do so. CelerateX has been formed as the dedicated energy transition platform of the group. 

Jason has around 30 years’ commercial experience across investing, operations and investment banking. He was formerly Managing Director of Jade International Capital Partners Limited in Beijing, and had previously worked in energy investment banking at J.P. Morgan and Schroders. Jason holds a Masters degree (Finance and Management) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelors degree (Economics and Econometrics) from the University of Melbourne.
  
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Erika Rodriguez, Vice President, Sustainable Investing and ESG, Asia Pacific, KKR
   
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Doug Coulter, Partner & Head of Private Equity, Asia-Pacific, LGT Capital Partners
   

Doug Coulter joined LGT Capital Partners in 2007 to lead its Asian private equity investment activities. Prior to LGT, Doug was a Senior Investment Officer at the IFC, responsible for direct investments in the TMT, retail & consumer and healthcare sectors. He previously worked at Nomura Securities in Hong Kong and as a lawyer at Fasken in Toronto. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a M.Sc. from the LSE, 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 over USD 80 billion in assets under management and over 230 private equity professionals worldwide. Headquartered in Pfaeffikon, Switzerland, the firm has offices in New York, Dublin, London, Paris, Frankurt, Vaduz, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. LGT Capital Partners was selected as Alternatives Manager of the Year in Asia in 2016 and 2017 and Alternatives Fund House of the Year in 2018 by AsianInvestor, was named Alternatives House of the Year in 2020 and 2021 by Asia Asset Management and was named Fund of funds of the year in Asia in 2018 and 2019 by Private Equity International.

   
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Catherine Leung, MizMaa Ventures
  
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Chin Chou, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Asia
 
H. Chin Chou is the Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia and a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, based in Hong Kong.  Mr. Chou also serves on the Firm's Asia Pacific Executive Committee, which is comprised of the Firm's senior business leaders within the Asia Pacific region.
  

Mr. Chou joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 in New York and has spent 33 years at Morgan Stanley, with the past 29 years in Asia.  Mr. Chou has led MSPE Asia's five private equity funds to date: the $330mm MSGEM Fund (1999), the $525mm Asia Fund II (2005), the $1.5bn Asia Fund III (2007), the $1.7bn Asia Fund IV (2013), and Asia Fund V, currently investing.  Mr. Chou also oversees the Firm's China RMB Fund private equity business as well as the Firm’s Thailand Fund private equity business.  Mr. Chou was also part of Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity Group in New York in the late 1980s.  
   
He was previously a Director of CTCI, eAccess, ECVision, HTL, Hyundai Rotem, ITest, Landmark, Ssangyong Corporation and YesAsia.  Mr. Chou holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
  
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  Sudhir Variyar, Managing Director & Deputy CEO, Multiples Equity
   
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Jennifer Signori, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman
   

Jennifer Signori is a Managing Director at Neuberger Berman, and joined the firm in 2017. Jennifer leads the development and implementation of impact investing strategies with a portfolio management focus on private equity. Jennifer also oversees environmental, social, and governance integration in private markets and multi-asset class solutions. Previously, Jennifer was a Director at Bridges Fund Management, a specialist impact investing private equity fund manager, where she played a key role in fund expansion and executing due diligence and impact management of investments. Jennifer began her career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, where she conducted credit analysis and structured syndicated leveraged loans and bonds. Jennifer also worked in a number of investment and advisory roles focused on impact investing, including at Imprint Capital and Next Street. Jennifer received a BS of Foreign Service in International Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer is on the Principles for Responsible Investment Private Equity Advisory Committee, Wharton Private Equity Venture Capital Association Board, and Impact Management Project Advisory Board.
   
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Gabriel Ng, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman
   

Gabriel Ng is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman Private Equity in 2018, Gabriel was part of the GIC Private Equity Funds and Co-investments Group, where he focused on global secondary transactions. Previously, he worked at Providence Equity Partners in Hong Kong, where he focused on buyout and growth transactions in the Asia Pacific region. Gabriel also worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Asia M&A group. Gabriel received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 
  
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Kent Chen, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman Asia
  
Kent Chen, CFA, is a Managing Director and head of Asia private equity at Neuberger Berman. Mr. Chen joined Neuberger Berman in 2015 from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) after 17 years of central banking career in various positions including Deputy Chief Representative of the HKMA’s New York Office and Advisor to the Executive Director for China at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. From 2008, Mr. Chen helped to establish the HKMA’s private equity program. Before joining the HKMA in 1998, Mr. Chen was Head of China Research at Daiwa Securities.
  
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Bonnie Lo, Founding Partner and COO, NewQuest Capital Partners
  

Bonnie is a founding partner and COO of NewQuest. Bonnie oversees the finance, investor relations, operations and administrative functions of NewQuest.
  
Bonnie has over 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.

   
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Raju Ruparelia, Senior Managing Director, Direct Investing, Private Capital, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
   

Raju Ruparelia leads Ontario Teachers’ direct private equity investing activities across Asia-Pacific. Raju joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2008, was a senior founding member of its Hong Kong office in 2013 and has nearly two decades of combined experience in private equity and corporate finance. He has worked in both Toronto and London for the organization and has been involved in a number of its direct investments, including the acquisitions of Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd., INC Research, Coway, DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield. Raju currently sits on the board of Cushman & Wakefield.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Raju worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York, in investments at Cadillac Fairview (Ontario Teachers’ wholly owned real estate subsidiary) and in the corporate finance group at Deloitte.

Raju holds a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
    
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Jay Kim, Partner, Orchestra Private Equity 
  
Roles & Responsibilities

  • Jae Wook Kim (“Jay Kim” or “Jay Kanehara”), CFA, is Partner of Orchestra Private Equity and manages Orchestra’s general operation.
  • Jay was one of the initial members of Riverside Asia Fund, established in 2007.

  
Experiences

  • 29 years of professional experience. 15 years of experience in East Asia buyout funds and 14 years of experience in global management consulting firms. He has founded Orchestra Private Equity in 2014.
  • Prior to Orchestra, Jay was Partner of Riverside Asia Fund I (“RAF I”) of The Riverside Company. He was also Partner of Asia Growth Fund of PineBridge Investments (previously AIG Investments).
  • Jay was a management consultant at Bain & Company in Seoul, Tokyo, and Toronto offices. Jay was also a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (“BCG”) in Seoul, Tokyo, and Boston offices. He was also was Regional Director of Manpower Group’s consulting unit covering China, Korea, and Singapore.
  • MBA at Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley, and BA degrees in Economics and Asian Studies at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • CFA charter holder. A US citizen and is fluent in English, Korean, and Japanese.

   
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Jie Gong, Partner, Pantheon Ventures (HK)
  
Jie Gong is a Partner at Pantheon, and a member of the firm’s Asia Regional Investment Committee and the Global Co-investment Committee. Jie joined Pantheon from Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners' private equity fund of funds group, where she led Asian investment activity and was a member of the Global Investment Committee. Before that she was a Vice President at JPMorgan responsible for leverage finance deal origination, structuring and execution in Greater China. Previously she worked at the International Finance Corporation on emerging market debt and equity investments. Jie 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. Jie 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). 
  
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Jolie Chow, Managing Director, PJT Partners
   
Jolie Chow is a Managing Director in the Strategic Advisory Group at PJT Partners, based in Hong Kong. She joined PJT Partners in January 2021. She leads Asia’s secondaries advisory and financial sponsors coverage.

Prior to joining PJT, Ms. Chow spent 14 years at Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in Hong Kong, spearheading financial sponsors coverage in Greater China. She is experienced across M&A, equity and debt financing in Asia Pacific.

Ms. Chow received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA with distinction from Yale University in Economics and International Studies.

   
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Ryoichi Ogawa, Partner, Polaris Capital Group
   
Ryoichi Ogawa is a Partner in charge of Operations Group/ Portfolio Value Creation Function of Polaris Capital Group Co., Ltd. (Polaris), an investment firm established in 2004 and focused on the Japanese middle market. Polaris has completed over 40 investments in various industries such as manufacturing, consumer goods, retail, logistics, and services. Before joining Polaris as a Principal of Investment Group in 2007, Ryoichi Ogawa worked as a Project Manager at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). His project experience at BCG includes strategy and corporate development, and major organizational- and operational-change efforts in various sectors. Prior to joining BCG, he worked at Mitsui & Co., Ltd., a global company with a diversified portfolio of trading, investment and business activities across various industries. Ryoichi Ogawa received a BA in Political Science from Waseda University and an MBA from London Business School.
  
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Abrar Mir, Managing Partner, Quadria Capital
  

Abrar Mir is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Quadria Capital, the largest healthcare focused private equity firm in Asia with over US$2.9 bn in assets under management.
 
Abrar is actively involved in managing the firm and serves on the fund’s Investment Committee. Abrar has led private equity and capital markets transactions with an aggregate value of over US$40 billion across Asia, US and Europe. He currently serves on the boards of FV Hospitals, Royal Healthcare, Hermina Hospitals, HealthQuad, Con Cung and Encube Ethicals.
  
Quadria Capital has invested in over 30 leading healthcare companies in South and Southeast Asia. The firm has consistently achieved top quartile returns with over US$ 1.5 bn returned to investors. Quadria’s mission is to invest in the leading healthcare companies of the future, with a clear focus of bringing high quality, affordable healthcare for all.  
  
Abrar graduated in Law from the University of Cambridge and is fluent in five languages.
  
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Andrew Moore, Head of Asia Pacific Real Estate, Schroders Capital
   

Andrew Moore is Head of Asia Pacific Real Estate at Schroders Capital.

He was previously Chief Executive of Pamfleet, which he co-founded in 2000 and led through its integration with Schroders in 2020. At Pamfleet, he guided the business in originating, co-investing and asset managing value-add real estate investments, with notable transactions in Hong Kong including Vicwood Plaza, Kowloon City Plaza, Nexxus Building and KOHO.

Andrew began his career in real estate in London in 1987 as a graduate with Edward Erdman Chartered Surveyors, moving to Nelson Bakewell the following year. He moved to Asia with Jones Lang Wootton (now JLL) in 1993, taking on responsibility for The Peninsula Hong Kong’s extension project and Jardine’s new development in Ho Chi Minh City. Between 1995 and 2000 Andrew worked at Jardine Fleming as portfolio manager on a pan-Asian real estate fund. 

He holds a Bachelors (Honours) degree in Urban Land Administration and a Masters degree with Distinction in International Real Estate. Andrew is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, ANREV (Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles)’s Manager Advisory Council and the Urban Land Institute’s Asia Pacific Capital Markets Council.
  
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Lorna Chen, Asia Regional Managing Partner & Head of Greater China, Shearman & Sterling
  

Apart from serving as regional leader, Lorna Chen is also a member of the firm’s Executive Group. Lorna founded and leads our asset management and investment funds practice in Asia. Lorna has 25 years of experience across the United States, Europe and Asia in the corporate law area, including 20 years in the investment funds and private equity field. She advises clients in the structuring, restructuring, formation and operation of alternative investment products, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, funds of funds, project funds and co-investment structures. 
 
Lorna has extensive experience in cross-border transactions representing top global institutional clients such as the world's major sovereign wealth funds, wealth management platforms, commercial and policy banks, insurance companies, as well as family offices and start-up companies.

Lorna is a frequent speaker at major regional conferences and is regularly interviewed by the financial media in Asia. She has also been consistently rated a leading lawyer by various independent ranking publications. 
  
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Witman Hung, Co-Founder, Shenzhen ZebraS Technology Startup Acceleration Limited
   
Witman is currently the Co-Founder of Shenzhen ZebraS Technology Startup Acceleration Limited. He is the Executive Chairman of Chinese Big Data Society, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Industry University Research Collaboration Association and the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Hong Kong. He is also one of the Global Council Members of the World Summit Awards, an initiative within the framework of UN WSIS. Witman is an Independent Non-executive Director of three companies listed in the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Witman was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong in 2008 and he was given the Asia Social Innovation Leadership Award by CMO Asia in 2016.
   
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Danny Koh, Founder and CEO, Tower Capital Asia
   

Danny has over 15 years of private equity experience in Southeast Asia and has invested and originated over US$1b of transactions. He began his private equity career with 3i where he invested in and exited several successful deals. More recently, he led the Southeast Asia private equity team at Actis before he founded Tower Capital Asia in 2016.

Danny has a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Besides being on the boards of portfolio companies, he sits on the Services Committee of the National Council of Social Service and is Vice Chairman of Community Chest.
    
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Colin Sau, Managing Partner, TR Capital
  
Colin Sau has been in PE industry in Asia for 25 years. He is the Managing Partner at TR Capital. TR Capital focuses on Secondary Direct (a single company or a portfolio of several companies) and Fund Restructuring. With 14 years of track record and a seasoned team across 5 offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Mumbai and Singapore, TR Capital makes concentrated long term investments by acquiring PE assets and subsequently adds values and is recognized as the pioneer in secondaries in Asia. 
    
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Danny Lee, Managing Partner, VCA Capital Limited
  

Danny Lee is an experienced investor with over 24 years of global private equity experience spanning venture, growth and buyouts. He is currently managing VCA Capital Fund I, helping individuals and family offices manage their private equity portfolio globally through both fund and direct investments. Danny is also a senior advisor to Blue Pool Capital where he was a partner running global private equity since 2015. Before that he was a managing director at Bain Capital and Vice President at Investor AB, the largest industrial holding company in the Nordic region. He started his career with Lehman Brothers in NY. Danny has a BA in Economics from Columbia and is a CFA Charter holder.

Danny is an Aspen Finance Fellow and Edmund Hillary Fellow. He sits on the investment committee for New Zealand Elevate Venture Fund, on the board of the HK Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, and is the chairman of Seed Foundation, a youth education NGO sponsored by Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund. He is also the founding patron for the M+ Museum and the HK Palace Museum.
  

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Kee Lock Chua, CEO, Vertex Holdings
  

Chua Kee Lock is CEO of Vertex Holdings and concurrently Managing Partner of Vertex Ventures Southeast 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 voice-over-internet, which later listed on Singapore’s stock exchange.

Mr. Chua was appointed by the Singapore Government as a Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba and the Republic of Panama in 2020. He currently serves on the boards of several companies, including Yongmao and Credit Bureau Asia, which are publicly listed.

Mr. Chua graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and a M.Sc. degree from Stanford University.
  

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