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President and Executive Managing Director


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President and Executive Managing Director

  1. 1. Andrew Y. Yan President and Executive Managing Director Softbank Asian Infrastructure Fund (SASIF) Andrew Y. Yan is the President and Executive Managing Director of Softbank Asian Infrastructure Fund (SASIF), the US$1.05 billion venture capital fund that focus on IT infrastructure sectors in Asia Pacific region. Born in the Peoples' Republic of China, Mr. Yan received his Bachelor Degree of Engineering at Nanjing Aeronautic Institute with distinction in 1982 and was Chief Engineer at the Jianghuai Airplane Corp. from 1982 to 1984. He received a Master of Arts in Sociology & Economics from Beijing University in 1986 and received the Top Honorary Prize for his thesis. From 1984 to 1986 Mr. Yan worked as a Research Fellow at the State Commission for Economic Restructuring of the State Council of China. During 1987-1991, he studied at Princeton University in the US, where he held a four-year University Scholarship and worked toward Ph.D in International Political Economy. He received his Master of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1989. In 1996, he studied International Finance at the Wharton School Executive MBA Program. From 1989 to 1990, he worked at the Policy, Planning, and Research Division of the World Bank on several major projects on the reform of Chinese enterprise and welfare systems. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Yan was a Research Fellow with the prestigious Hudson Institute in Washington, D. C., where his research covered the US foreign policy issues on China, Japan and Korea. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Yan worked at Sprint International Corporation as the Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development for the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Yan was the Managing Director and the Head of Hong Kong Office for Emerging Markets Partnership, the Principle Advisor to the US$2.7 billion of AIG Asian Infrastructure Funds, from February 1995 until October 2001 before he joint SAIF. Mr. Yan's many honors include the University Scholars ip, Mellon Prize and University Honorific Scholarship from Princeton University, 1989 and 1990 respectively; the Top Honorary Prize from Beijing University, 1985. Mr. Yan contributed to numerous books and articles relating to economic and political development in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. His book "Trial after Triumph: East Asia after the Cold War" (1992) had a significant impact on the foreign policy research circle in the United States. Mr. Yan is an independent director of Stone Electrics (listed at Hong Kong Stock Exchange). He is also a member of directors of GWcom Inc., LinkAir Inc., and GCtech Corp, which engaged in wireless data, 4G CDMA, and telecom software business both in Silicon Valley and China. Mr. Yan is a US citizen and married with one daughter.
  2. 2. Chang Q. Sun Managing Partner Warburg Pincus, Hong Kong Mr. Sun is managing partner of Warburg Pincus' Hong Kong office, responsible for the firm's investment activities in North Asia. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 1995, Mr. Sun was an Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division and the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., which he joined in 1992 after coming back to Asia from New York. Born and raised in mainland China, Mr. Sun had served in the Chinese Air Force as a ground technician and worked at a provincial utility administrator before attending college and being selected by the United Nations for training as a staff translator in New York. While in New York, Mr. Sun had also worked at Lepercq, de Neuflize & Co., a boutique leverage buyout firm as an investment banking associate. Mr. Sun holds a BA from the Beijing Foreign Languages University, a joint degree of MA/MBA from the Joseph Lauder Institute of International Management and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sun is the founding chairman of the China Venture Capital Association and a member of the Institute of Directors in Singapore. He is a Director of AsiaInfo Holdings, Inc., Eagle Brand Holdings Limited, Hong Leong Asia Ltd., Little Brenn Limited, NorthPole Limited and MediaNation Inc.
  3. 3. Chao Y. Wang Founding Partner & CEO ChinaEquity Investment Co. Mr. Chao Y. Wang is the founding partner and CEO of ChinaEquity Investment Co., a China-based independent venture capital firm focusing on Technology / Media / Telecommunications (TMT) sector in Greater China. Founded in 1999,ChinaEquity has emerged as one of the most active and influential local VC firms with more than 10 companies in its portfolio. As a venture capitalist, Mr. Wang is acting as board directors of several portfolio companies including Rising Tech Co., Longshine Info. Futong Tech Co., ChinaCast Information Co., Ltd., and ChinaEagle Holding Co. He also serves as an advisor to the Global Environment Funds (GEF) co-sponsored by the World Bank and State Economic and Trading Commission of China, a special advisor to the Science Academy of China, and an advisor to the Economic Commission of the Beijing Municipal Government. Mr. Wang is a member of the Board of Governors and the Secretary General of China Venture Capital Association (CVCA) since its foundation. In year of 2000 and 2001, Mr. Wang was ranked as one of the Top-Twenty Most Active Venture Capitalists in China and ChinaEquity was also elected as one of the Top-Ten Venture Capital Firms in China. Before founding ChinaEquity, Mr. Wang spent 12 year in the investment banking and financial services industry with Chase, Standard & Poors, Morgan Stanley, and China Development Bank. He was the Head of Morgan Stanley Beijing operation for 3 year. Mr. Wang graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and holds a MBA degree from Rutgers University, USA. Mr. Wang also attended the Senior Executive Program of Harvard University and Tsinghua University.
  4. 4. Kathy Xu (Ms.) Partner & China Country Head Baring Private Equity Partners Asia Ms. Xu is a Partner and China Country Head at Baring Asia Private Equity Funds I & II (“the Funds”), which collectively manage over $550 million for investment in Asia. She has been responsible for the investment activity in China and Hong Kong since joining the Funds in early 1998. Out of 5 investments she originated in China, Ms. Xu has managed to exit from 4 of them and realized a total return of over US$100 million on a cost of US$28 million for an average holding period of 3 years. These investments include Vanda System (10x realized return), Netease (7x partially realized return), New Palm (2.8x realized return), Yonghe King (1.8x return, exit in progress) and Pansoft (at cost). Ms.Xu has a broad range of investment experience including early stage VC investments, expansion capital and buyouts in Greater China. Ms. Xu also has extensive board experience and served as a director of several companies in Greater China including two listed companies Vanda System and Netease. She also chaired the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of several companies. Ms. Xu was previously an investment manager at Peregrine Direct Investments in Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was a senior auditor of Price Waterhouse Hong Kong and a manager of Bank of China Head Office. Ms. Xu currently serves as a board director of China Venture Capital Association. Ms. Xu was elected one of the “Top Venture Capitalist” in China by Digital Fortune magazine and Zero2ipo Ltd. Ms. Xu was also awarded “The Most Outstanding Female Staff” at Bank of China Head Office. Ms. Xu graduated from Nanjing University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is qualified as a UK Certified Public Accountant. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
  5. 5. Hugo Shong Senior Vice President International Data Group Hugo Shong, Senior Vice President of International Data Group (IDG), President of IDG-Asia, and Vice Chairman/General Partner of IDG Technology Venture Investment (IDGVC), has headed IDG's operations in information technology (IT) publishing, market research and tradeshows in the Asia Pacific region. IDG is the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company with revenue of $3.01 billion (2001) and 13,000 employees worldwide. IDG Asia has 60 IT-related newspapers and magazines in 16 Asian countries and regions with a total combined readership exceeding 20,000,000, produces 40 tradeshows in 2001, and operates 14 IDC research centers in the region. Prior to joining IDG in November 1991, Mr. Shong has worked for three years at Cahners Publishing Company as managing editor of Electronic Business China, Electronic Business Asia and EDN Asia magazines. In June 1991, Mr. Shong was awarded the first prize for the best report on Chinese Americans by the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA). In 1993, Mr. Shong assisted Mr. Patrick J. McGovern, founder and chairman of IDG to launch Pacific Technology Venture Fund in China (now re-named IDGVC), which has about $200 million under management in China. Mr. Shong completed Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program (AMP) in the fall of 1996. He conducted graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy 1987-88 and earned a Master of Science degree from Boston University's College of Communication in 1987. In China, he completed graduate studies in journalism at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1986 and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1981 from Hunan University.
  6. 6. Li Wan Shou Vice President Shenzhen Venture Capital Co. Ltd. (SZVC) Dr. Li Wan Shou was born in Hubei Province in Sept. 1963. He completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy at Wuhan University. He continued his graduate education in Community Studies at Zhongshan University. And now he holds a doctor degree in Management from Xi'an Jiaotong University. From 1986 to 1999, Dr. Li served at Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau, where his final and highest rank was "assistant to the director of the bureau". From Jan. to Aug. 1999, Dr. Li was the deputy head of the preparatory team for Shenzhen Venture Capital Fund. Since Aug. 1999, Dr. Li has been vice president with Shenzhen Venture Capital Co. Ltd. (SZVC). In addition, he is also chairman of Shenzhen VC Management Consulting Co. Ltd., Director and general manager of SZVC UOB Venture Management Co. Ltd., vice chairman of China International Hi-Tech Equity Exchange Center of Shenzhen, and vice chairman of Shanghai Venture Capital Co. Ltd. Since SZVC's inception, Dr. Li has been in charge of company departments such as Fund Management Dept., Risk Control Committee, Intl' Business Dept., Direct Investment Dept. and Research & Planning Dept. In addition to his responsibility for assisting the president in managing the investment of dozens of deals specialized in information, bio-technology and new materials, Dr. Li played an active role in the foundation of Shenzhen VC Management Consulting Co. Ltd., SZVC UOB Venture Management Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Venture Capital Co. Ltd. At present, Dr. Li was engaged in negotiating with potential investors from Taiwan, USA, Britain and Germany for cooperation in forming new funds. He has established close working relationships with counterparts home and abroad.
  7. 7. Weijian Shan Managing Partner Newbridge Capital Weijian Shan is a partner of Newbridge Capital, which, together with its affiliates, is a leading private equity firm focusing on buyouts in Asia. Prior to joining Newbridge, he was Managing Director of J P Morgan for five years and was a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for six years. His earlier employers include the World Bank, the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing and Graham & James Law Firm in San Francisco, among others. Mr. Shan is a member of the Board of Directors of Korea First Bank (Kospi listed), Bank of China (HKSE listed), China Unicom (NYSE listed) and Baosteel (SHSE listed), among others. Mr. Shan received three graduate degrees from American schools including a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.