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Message from New Chairman

H. Chin Chou was elected Chairman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association at this year's AGM held on September 28, 2018. He brings to the role of chairman more than 20 years of investment experience across a wide spectrum of industries.

Dear Members and Friends,
 
It is both a pleasure and an honor to address you as the new Chairman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA). I feel truly privileged to serve in this position and to continue the great work of the HKVCA.
 
My message to you must begin by acknowledging the accomplishments and hard work of our outgoing Chairman, Eric Mason, and of the entire Board of Directors. Under Eric’s leadership, and indeed that of David Pierce, Johnny Chan and Conrad Tsang who served before him, the HKVCA has grown considerably in terms of membership, has substantially increased the beneficial impact for its members, and is now in better all-around shape than it has ever been. I shall do my very best to continue this remarkable trend and will endeavor to lift the Association to even greater heights.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our recently elected Vice Chairs, Alain Fontaine, Jie Gong, John Levack and Rebecca Xu. We will be working closely with the entire elected Board, continuing to build on our standing as a leading industry association within the Asia-Pacific region.
 
As an organization we are committed to furthering the progress of the last few years. With a membership of over 400 firms, we remain dedicated to growing and expanding the diversity of our member base, not only in Hong Kong, but across Asia Pacific and worldwide.
 
We will continue working to support and protect the interests of the private equity and venture capital community, providing a value-added networking environment as well as a platform for advising and lobbying government on behalf of our industry. In this way I believe we can continue to positively impact the region’s regulatory and business environment, and thus help attract more GPs and LPs to set up in Hong Kong.
 
Thanks to the dedication of several of our Board members, we have recently established two new committees - the Healthcare Committee and the Listed Private Equity (LPE) Subcommittee. The work of the Healthcare Committee will help raise the level of awareness and knowledge around healthcare investing in Asia, while the LPE Subcommittee is tasked with advocating in support of the listed private equity initiative that is before the Hong Kong Government.
 
To further enhance the HKVCA’s educational services, we are planning to organize a number of training seminars that are focused on biotechnology, blockchain and new economy technology. I highly recommend all of our members take advantage of the rich educational offerings that the HKVCA organizes on a regular basis; this is yet another way that the Association can help advance the private equity and venture capital industries within Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region.
 
Family offices play an increasingly significant role in private equity and venture capital in Asia. To ensure that family offices are actively involved as members of the HKVCA community, we will be looking at how to provide additional and bespoke services to this important investment group.   
 
Finally, no discussion of our remarkable success and the growing confidence we all have in the work of the HKVCA would be complete without mentioning Joanne and her amazing team. Since coming on board, Joanne has energized, organized and revitalized this organization. I know I speak on behalf of the entire Board when I say thank you to Joanne and her team.
 
The primary goal of the HKVCA in the years ahead will be to continue to demonstrate its leadership position as a regional industry association. In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out either to myself or my colleagues with your ideas and suggestions on how to make the Association even better.
 
I look forward to seeing you at our future events.
 
All the best,
 
H. Chin Chou

Chairman, Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Asia Limited