Global Private Equity, OPIC
Bio: Mr. Adil Kabani is a private equity professional at OPIC investing in private equity funds, which support U.S. foreign policy and solve critical development challenges across the globe. He also served as an Economic Policy Advisor with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and launched the "Doing Business in Asia" campaign to support the President's pivot to the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Kabani received his Bachelors from Emory University in Economics and Masters from George Mason University in Economic Policy.
Founder & Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
Bio: Ms. Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. Cowboy Ventures seeks to back exceptional founders who are building technology products that “re-imagine” work and personal life in large and growing markets. Cowboy-backed companies include August, Area 1 Security, DocSend, and Styleseat. Prior to Cowboy, Ms. Lee joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers in 1999 where she was a Senior Partner and is now a Strategic Advisor. During that time she was also founding CEO of RMG Networks, the leading digital out-of-home media network. Ms. Lee enjoys thinking about and writing about tech insights, including “Welcome to the Unicorn Club” and “Why Women Rule the Internet”.
Albert Cha, M.D., Ph.D.
Managing Partner, Vivo Capital
Bio: Mr. Albert Cha, M.D., Ph.D. is a Managing Partner with Vivo Capital who invests in private and public biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. He currently serves on the boards of Aclaris Therapeutics, Ascendis Pharma A/S, ProNAi Therapeutics, Carbylan Therapeutics, AirXpanders, and several private companies. Mr. Cha is also a co-founder and board member of the annual Dermatology Summit and Dermatology Entrepreneurship Conference. Mr. Cha received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He subsequently completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at UCLA School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience.
Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations, I Squared Capital
Bio: Mr. Andreas Moon is a Managing Director and the Head of Investor Relations at I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager. He led the fundraising for the $3 billion ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund and oversees all functions of investor relations. Under his leadership, assets under management increased to $3.8 billion with subsequent commitments through managed accounts. Previously, Mr. Moon spent over 10 years at Morgan Stanley and is a former vice president of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in 2007, Mr. Moon worked in Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets division. Mr. Moon is a graduate of Binghamton University where he received a BA in Economics.
Founder & Managing Partner, 1955 Capital
Bio: Mr. Andrew Chung is the Founder and Managing Partner of 1955 Capital and a thought leader in U.S.-China cross-border collaboration in innovative technologies. Mr. Chung founded 1955 Capital to invest in advanced technology from the Americas and Europe that have the potential to solve the most challenging problems in the developing world – starting with China. The firm has completed a first close on $200 million in anchor commitments, making this one of the largest venture firm debuts in recent memory. Prior to founding 1955 Capital, Mr. Chung was a general partner at Khosla Ventures. Mr. Chung studied applied math at Harvard and holds an MBA from Wharton
Director of Hedge Fund Research, Progress Investment Management Company, LLC
Bio: Mr. Andrew Finver is responsible for leading the research and manager sourcing for the Progress’ Hedge Fund platform and is involved with the selection and portfolio construction with regards to emerging hedge funds. Mr. Finver has over 15 years of experience, most recently as the director of U.S. research for The Torrey Funds, an emerging manager fund of funds. At Torrey, he was a partner, served on the Investment Committee, and helped triple the firm’s AUM. Prior to Torrey, Mr. Finver was an analyst at Valenzuela Capital Partners and an associate in GE Capital’s Structured Finance Group. Mr. Finver earned a bachelor of arts degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and a masters in international affairs from Columbia University.
Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
Bio: Ms. Anita Ng is a Managing Director in Cambridge Associates’ Menlo Park office with a focus on private investments. Ms. Ng constructs and oversees private investments portfolios for a broad group of clients with assets ranging from $200 million to over $250 billion, including universities, foundations, public pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, and private clients. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates in 2006, she spent approximately ten years as an investment banker, covering the technology sector for CIBC World Markets, Credit Suisse First Boston and Banc of America Securities. Ms. Ng earned a BA in Economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Global Co-Chair Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Orrick Herrington, & Sutcliffe, LLP
Bio: Mr. Aravind Swaminathan is the Global Co-Chair of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice, which is nationally ranked by The Legal 500 in cybercrime matters. A former U.S. federal prosecutor, Mr. Swaminathan has directed numerous data breach investigations, including ones with national security implications, and assisted clients in compliance with data security obligations. Mr. Swaminathan counsels clients in proactive assessment and management of cybersecurity risks, assists clients in incident response planning, and advises Boards on cyber-related corporate governance matters. He also represents companies in a broad array of cybersecurity and privacy-oriented class action litigation.
Managing Partner, Big Rock Senior Housing
Bio: Mr. Bennett Kim is currently a Managing Partner with Big Rock Senior Housing. Previously, Mr. Kim was Head of Acquisitions for Carefree Communities, the fifth largest national owner of manufactured housing communities and RV parks. Prior to Carefree, Mr. Kim was the Chief Investment Officer at Big Rock Partners, an opportunistic real estate investment firm that has invested in and managed over $800 million in assets. Prior to BRP, Mr. Kim also worked at Apollo Real Estate Advisors (now ARES), Oaktree Capital Management, Merrill Lynch Real Estate Investment Banking, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Disney Development Company. Mr. Kim graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from UCLA.
CIO, Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association
Bio: Ms. Betty Tse, a California Certified Public Accountant (CPA), is Chief Investment Officer for Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA). In 2002, Ms. Tse became ACERA’s first Chief Investment Officer; prior to this position the Investment Department was managed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Today, Ms. Tse manages and oversees ACERA’s $6.7 billion dollar investment portfolio. She is also a primary resource for the CEO and the liaison to the Investment Committee. Most recently, Ms. Tse was named to the Trusted Insight list of Top 30 Women CIO’s. Her interview with Trusted Insight article was published in the April 2016 edition.
Venture Partner, Paladin Capital Group
Bio: Ms. Brenda Chia is a Venture Partner at Paladin Capital (Asia) LLC, a subsidiary of Paladin Capital Group focused on capitalizing on the growth opportunities in Asia. From 2007 until 2012, Ms. Chia was the first President of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). She played a major role in fostering the organization's key relationships with U.S. public pension funds, endowments, foundations, Asian sovereign wealth funds and its sponsors. Prior to AAAIM, Ms. Chia served as a partner at Asymmetry Capital, which specialized in secondary investments. Ms. Chia has broad U.S. and international experience developing and executing business, marketing, and operational strategies for emerging and established companies. She holds a B.S. degree in computer science from National University of Singapore, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Managing Director, Samsung Global Innovation Center
Bio: Mr. Brendon Kim has been investing in early stage start-up companies for over 20 years. He is currently Vice President/Managing Director and head of the Investments Group at the Samsung Global Innovation Center (GIC). The GIC investments team invests in compelling early stage software and services startups. Prior to joining Samsung, Mr. Kim was a co-founding general partner of Altos Ventures where he was a lead investor and board member in numerous early-stage software and services companies. Before co-founding Altos Ventures, he was a strategy and management consultant in the media, consumer and technology industries. Mr. Kim received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and his BA from Princeton University.
Head of Investments/CIO, HP
Bio: Mr. Canyon Chan is the Head of Investments (CIO) for HP Inc. and President of Shoreline Investment Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of HP Inc. that oversees the investments of HP’s retirement plan assets. Shoreline oversees more than $35B of assets in different benefit plans worldwide, with investments in diverse asset classes including public equity, fixed income, private equity, real estate and hedge funds. Prior to HP, Mr. Chan was a senior vice president and portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Investments from 1991 to 2014. He had various investment roles in FT’s global fixed income, alternative investments, and US equity investment teams. Mr. Chan graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in quantitative economics. He is a CFA charterholder.
Partner, Capital Markets, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Bio: Mr. Christopher Austin is a partner at Orrick and a member of the firm’s Capital Markets practice. Mr. Austin focuses on general corporate and securities law and has extensive experience in public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions and securities law compliance. Mr. Austin counsels technology companies of all sizes and stages of development. He is a recognized leader in capital markets work for investment banks, including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, in connection with initial public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology and life sciences companies. Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Austin was a partner at Goodwin Procter for four years, and a partner at Ropes & Gray for 16 years.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Leading Edge Investment Advisors
Bio: Mr. Clayton C. Jue is founder, President and CEO of Leading Edge Investment Advisors, LLC. Mr. Jue has developed more than 40 emerging manager programs for large institutional investors and has provided early funding to numerous firms during his investment career of more than 25 years. Prior to founding LEIA, Mr. Jue was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Northern Trust Global Advisors, Inc. where he was directly responsible for managing the $3 billion practice in emerging/minority manager programs. Mr. Jue is a founding Board member of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM) and has served as Co-chair since 2010.
Controller, State of California
Bio: Ms. Betty T. Yee was elected as State Controller in November 2014, following two terms of service on the Board of Equalization. As Controller, she continues to serve the Board as its fifth voting member. Now serving as the State’s Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. Ms. Yee has over 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. A native of San Francisco, Ms. Yee received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
Principal, Fairview Capital Partners
Bio: Ms. Cynthia Tseng is a member of Fairview’s investment team. Prior to joining Fairview, she was an investment-banking associate at JPMorgan. Ms. Tseng joined JPMorgan in 2000 and focused on convertible bond and equity origination in the retail, media and chemical industries. There, she structured convertible bonds and executed capital raising transactions for Fortune 500 companies. For a portion of her career at JPMorgan, Ms. Tseng covered aerospace companies in equity research. Ms. Tseng also has prior experience at Neutrogena Cosmetics – Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Tseng received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics / Economics from Brown University.
Principal, Private Markets, GCM Grosvenor
Bio: Mr. David Almodovar is a Principal at GCM Grosvenor and is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management, and relationship management. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Almodovar was a Principal in the Customized Fund Investment Group of Credit Suisse Group AG. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Almodovar was a Director in the private equity division at Russell Investment Group. Prior to his work in the investment industry, Mr. Almodovar served in many capacities in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1991. Mr. Almodovar received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1995 and his MBA from St. Martin’s University School of Business in 1998.
Co-Founder and General Partner, DCM Ventures
Bio: Mr. David Chao is a Co-Founder and General Partner of DCM Ventures, a global venture capital firm with over USD $2.8 billion under management. Prior to DCM Ventures, David worked at Recruit, Apple Computer and McKinsey & Company. He was also Co-Founder, acting CFO and CTO of JCI Japan Communications Inc., Japan's first public mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Past DCM Ventures investments include About.com, Sling Media, Clearwire, Kabu.com, Kakao Talk, Fortinet, Vipshop, and 58.com. Currently, David is the Chairman of 51job and sits on the boards of Renren, BitTorrent, SoFi, Uber, Ucloud, Yik Yak and other DCM portfolio companies.
President & CEO, TorreyCove Capital Partners
Bio: Mr. David Fann is President and Chief Executive Officer of TorreyCove Capital Partners. Mr. Fan has led investment organizations that have invested/committed over $25 billion in private equity investments. Prior to co-founding TorreyCove, Mr. Fann was the President and Chief Executive Officer of PCG Asset Management, LLC. Previously, he was a Managing Director of US Trust and Vice President of Citicorp Venture Capital. Mr. Fann currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Asian American Investment Managers and on the advisory board for the Robert H. Toigo Foundation. He holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Stanford University.
Managing Director, WestSummit Capital
Bio: Mr. David J. Lam is Managing Director and Head of the US for WestSummit Capital, a leading global technology growth capital firm. Mr. Lam has more than 15 years of private equity, technology, and investment banking experience in enterprise software, communications and technology-enabled services. Prior to WestSummit, Mr. Lam was the Managing Director and Head of US operations for WI Harper, a leading China focused technology venture capital firm. At WI Harper, Mr. Lam was involved in the firm’s investment in Beijing-based Innovation Works. Mr. Lam graduated with a BS and MA from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Lam is a Board Member of the Association of Asian-American Investment Managers.
Chief Development & Construction Officer, Chicago Housing Authority
Bio: Ms. Diana Liu is the Chief Development and Construction Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority, overseeing all development and construction activities at CHA. She arrived at CHA in January 2016 and brings with her 30 years of commercial real estate experience, primarily as a commercial real estate lawyer. Most recently, Ms. Liu served for six years as a Principal, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Artemis Real Estate Partners in Washington, D.C. Ms. Liu is currently a Board Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the Association of Asian American Investment Managers. Ms. Liu earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Elaine Orr, CFA
Director, Investments, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Bio: Ms. Elaine Orr stewards and oversees SVCF’s $7.3B of charitable capital. Ms. Orr partners with donors, nonprofits, corporates and financial advisors in framing investment policies to manage risk, return, and social impact. She also leads the management of the individually managed fund program. Before joining SVCF in 2014, Ms. Orr led global business efforts for Morningstar’s investment management division. For fifteen years, she consulted with institutional clients in matters of passive and quantitative active, multi-asset class strategies, and securities lending while at BlackRock. Ms. Orr earned a bachelor’s in finance from the University of British Columbia and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
President, Good Harbor Security Risk Management
Bio: Mr. Emilian Papadopoulos is president of Good Harbor Security Risk Management, a cyber risk management advisory firm. Mr. Papadopoulos advises Boards, CEOs, investment professionals, and government leaders on managing cyber risk. He has helped clients across sectors including financial services, energy, insurance, technology, defense, and manufacturing, and across North America, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. Before joining Good Harbor, Mr. Papadopoulos worked for Foreign Affairs Canada and for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and received a Masters of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Emily Leproust, PhD.
CEO, Twist Bioscience
Bio: Dr. Emily Leproust, Ph.D. serves as CEO, co-founder and director of Twist Bioscience. Dr. Leproust is disrupting the process of gene synthesis to enable the exponential growth of synthetic biology applications in multiple fields including medicine, DNA data storage, agricultural biology and industrial chemicals. In 2015, she was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 and Fast Company named her one of the most creative people in business. Prior to Twist Bioscience, she held escalating positions at Agilent Technologies where she architected the successful SureSelect product line that lowered the cost of sequencing and elucidated dozens of Mendelian diseases.
Managing Director, Cube Hydro Partners
Bio: Ms. Ginger Lew is the Managing Director and General Counsel of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, a $900 million fund that invests in, owns and operates renewable energy (hydropower) projects in the United States. Ms. Lew also is a senior advisor to I Squared Capital, a $3 billion global infrastructure fund. From 2009 through 2011, she served as Senior Counselor to the White House National Economic Council.
Under the Clinton Administration, Ms. Lew was the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Small Business Administration where she provided day-to-day management and operational oversight of a $42 billion loan portfolio. In 2006, Ms. Lew co-founded the Association of Asian American Investment Managers.
Gordon Chun Ching Liao
Co-Founder & President, Cal-Snax
Bio: A native of and life-long resident of Chicago, Mr. Liao is an entrepreneur, operator and investor. He is currently a co-founder and Partner of Modjule, LLC, a private investment firm focused on investing in businesses in the consumer/retail segment. Mr. Liao is also currently the Founder and President of Cal-Snax, a healthy snacks company, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor to 4C Capital, President of the Goodman Theater's Auxiliary Board, and a Co-Founder of AAAIM, the Association of Asian American Investment Managers. Prior to forming Modjule with his business partner Gregg Kaplan (founder of Redbox), Mr. Liao was a Principal with Baird Capital, where he co-led the firm's consumer investments. While at Baird, Mr. Liao concurrently led business development and worked closely with Baird's China fund. Prior to Baird, Mr. Liao held Principal and Associate roles with Reliant Equity, Wind Point Partners, and divine, Inc. Mr. Liao received his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Toigo Fellow, and his BS from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, as a recipient of the Bronze Tablet. He is a die-hard Cubs fan, oft-mentioned panelist for the topic of Asian Americans and the Bamboo Ceiling and is also a produced playwright, spoken word poet and wedding singer.
Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Bio: Mr. Hans Tung joined GGV Capital in 2013 as a Managing Partner, focusing on consumer mobile Internet, cross-border ecommerce, IoT, and online education investments in both China and the U.S. Mr. Tung led GGV’s investments and serves on the Boards of Wish, Xiaohongshu, GrubMarket, Totspot, and FlightCar and has invested in mobile social communication companies such as musical.ly and Curse. Mr. Tung is also actively involved with GGV portfolio companies Airbnb, Flipboard, DraftKings, and Yodo1. Mr. Tung’s prior work experience spans venture capital, Internet startups, and tech investment banking. Previously, he was with Bessemer Venture Partners, where he helped global players, such as Skype, expand into China. Mr. Tung has been ranked as a top VC on the Forbes Midas list for the past three years.
Harry M. Keiley
Board Chair, California State Teachers’ Retirement System
Bio: Mr. Harry M. Keiley is a high school teacher with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and was elected to the Teachers’ Retirement Board in 2007. Mr. Keiley has served as the President of Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association and chair of the California Teachers Association Political Involvement Committee.
President & CEO, Piedmont Fund Services
Bio: Mr. Ian Asvakovith is the Co-Founder and CEO of Piedmont Fund Services, Inc., an award-winning fund administrator for hedge funds and private equity headquartered in Washington DC Metro area. At Piedmont, Mr. Asvakovith advises his clients from pre-launch to various stages of their business lifecycle. He is also responsible for the strategic direction and management of the firm. Prior to founding Piedmont, Mr. Asvakovith was with the global asset management practice at Ernst & Young, where he oversaw the audits of hedge funds, private equity funds, fund of funds, broker-dealers, and mutual funds clients with AUM ranging from $100 million to $200 billion. He holds a B.A. in Business Economics with Accounting Emphasis from University of California Santa Barbara.