Shanghai Investing Summit


Confirmed Shanghai Investment Summit speakers include:


Robert F. Bruner

Robert F. Bruner is the eighth dean of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. A faculty member since 1982 and winner of leading teaching awards at the University of Virginia and within the Commonwealth of Virginia, he teaches and conducts research in finance and management. Bruner has actively advanced Darden and the field of management education in new frontiers such as entrepreneurship, innovation, globalization and diversity. Before his appointment as dean in August 2005, Bruner served as the founding executive director of Darden’s Batten Institute, which focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation.

As a financial economist, Bruner is best known for his research on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and financial panics. A native of Chicago, Bruner received a B.A. from Yale University in 1971 and the M.B.A. and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard University in 1974 and 1982, respectively. Bruner served as a loan officer and investment analyst for First Chicago Corporation from 1974 to 1977. He served as a visiting professor at INSEAD, IESE and Columbia business schools. Bruner and his wife, Bobbie, have two sons. 

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Jim Cheng
(MBA '87)

Jim Cheng has over 25 years experience as a technology entrepreneur, angel/private capital investor, business leader and a senior state government executive. He currently is associated with New Richmond Ventures, Blue Heron Capital Partners, Amplifier Ventures and is Of Counsel to the Jaw firm of Lee & Hayes.

From 1/2010 to 1/2014, Jim was the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a senior member of the Governor's cabinet, his portfolio included 13 agencies ranging from economic development, housing, employment, export, licensing, tourism, small business, mining and energy. He was primarily responsible for job creation focus of the administration and led numerous efforts to improve the entrepreneurial eco-systems across the Commonwealth. His role included leading numerous trade missions and meetings with all levels of business and political leaders domestic and international on trade issues.

Before his role in state government, Jim was an active angel and private equity investor specializing in technology companies. In addition to mentoring many startups and small businesses, he was the President of Totus Lighting Solutions, an efficient-energy startup.

From 1994-2005 he was founder and CEO of CHM, a government IT services firm which he grew from a staff of 5 people to 550 and $90M in revenue at the time of sale in 2005. In 1999 his company was named Virginia Business Magazine's fastest growing private company in Virginia and the 12th fastest growing private US company by Inc Magazine's “Inc 500”. In 2001he was named SE Virginia's KPMG Entrepreneur of the year.

Jim holds a BS Degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, a MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business (UVA) and a JD from Georgetown University law Center. 


Patrik Edsparr

Patrik Edsparr is the Chief Investment Officer and co-Founder of Tor Investment Management, a Hong Kong-based alternative investment management firm focusing on opportunistic credit investments and special situations across the Asia-Pacific. Patrik has over 20 years of direct finance and investment management experience.  He spent most of his professional career at JP Morgan Chase & Co., building and managing the Proprietary Positioning and Principal Investing Division. At JP Morgan, his responsibilities included the distressed, mezzanine and special-situations investments across North America, Europe and Asia. Patrik was a long-serving member of the Executive Committee and the Investment Bank’s Management Committee.  In addition, he served on the Capital and Risk Committees.  Previous roles at JP Morgan include Co-head of North American Markets (2004–2006) and Global Co-head of Fixed Income (2006–2008). In 2008 Patrik joined Citadel Investment Group as the Global Head of Fixed Income and CEO of Citadel Europe. From 2010 – 2011, he spent a year as Visiting Fellow at the Bank of England providing advice on a variety of market-structure and capital issues.

Patrik holds a PhD in Financial Economics from MIT, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  He received a BA from Uppsala University, an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.  He was a lieutenant in the Swedish Army, where he served at the Swedish Defense Language School. Since 2014, Patrik serves as a Non-Executive Director of Noumra International and chairs the Board’s Risk Committee.


Hua Fan

Named by Asian Investor magazine as one of the "Top 25 women in Asian Asset Management", Dr. Hua Fan is the head of Fixed Income and Absolute Return Investment Department at China Investment Corporation, one of the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. She sits on the firm's investment committee and manages the firm's absolute return portfolio of external hedge fund managers as well as internally managed strategies since 2011. Her team won the Institutional Investor Award as the Sovereign Wealth Fund Hedge Fund Team of the Year in 2013. Hua joined CIC as a managing director in the Asset Allocation department in 2009. Before that she was the global head of the Risk Modeling Group at Goldman Sachs where she spent 11 years in Risk Management and Fixed Income Trading. Hua holds a PhD from Columbia University in Finance.


Larry Kochard

Larry Kochard is the Chief Executive Officer / Chief Investment Officer of UVIMCO. As Chief Executive Officer, Larry provides leadership for all aspects of UVIMCO's operations and serves as UVIMCO's primary representative to the University, related foundations and the public. As Chief Investment Officer, Larry is responsible for the investment management of UVIMCO's Long Term Pool, overseeing the asset allocation, portfolio management, risk management and manager selection activities of the investment staff.

Prior to joining UVIMCO, Larry served as Chief Investment Officer at Georgetown University. From 2001 to 2004, he was Managing Director of Equity and Hedge Fund Investments for the Virginia Retirement System. From 1997 to 2004, he taught in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, first as an adjunct and later full time as an assistant professor.

Larry received his BA in Economics from the College of William & Mary, an MBA from the University of Rochester, and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia. He is a CFA charter holder.

Yifei LI

Yifei Li

Yifei Li is China Chair for Man Group, one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers. Li has over 18 years of senior management experience, having successfully led the expansion of several multinational companies in China. Previously, Li was the Managing Director of MTV Greater China, Executive Vice President of MTV Networks Asia, and Chief Representative of Viacom China. In 2006, under her leadership, MTV China worked with the Beijing Olympic Organising Committee to stage the “Volunteer for Beijing Concert.” In May 2001, she was selected as one of 25 Rising Stars-Global Leaders For The Next Generation by Fortune and was on the cover of Fortune Magazine.

She was also selected as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women by Fortune in October 2001. In addition, she was selected as one of Ten Women to Watch in Asia by the Wall Street Journal’s Asian edition in both 2005 and 2006. A native of Beijing, Li has a Bachelor of Law degree from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing and an MA in International Relations from Baylor University in the United States


Qing Shan Liu

From March 1997 to April 1998, Mr. Qing Shan Liu worked in the Fund Management Department of Huaxia Securities, where he was involved in preparation to establish Huaxia Fund Management Company. From April 1998 to September 2001, he worked in the Research and Investment Management departments of Huaxia Fund Management Co., Ltd.

In September 2001, Mr. Liu joined Xiangcai Securities and helped establish Xiangcai Hefeng Fund Management Co., Ltd. (now known as Manulife TEDA Fund Management Co., Ltd.). Since then, he has been working for Manulife TEDA in the successive positions of Fund Manager, Deputy Investment Director, Chief Investment Officer and Assistant to General Manager. From November 2006 to March 2013, he served as the Company’s Deputy GM and Chief Investment Officer and has been in charge of investment management, research, trading and discretionary portfolio management business. In March 2013, Mr. Liu was appointed CEO. 
Ranked no. 5 in Forbes China Best Ten Fund Managers, July 1, 2010.
Ranked no. 5 in Forbes China Best Ten Fund Managers, September 15, 2009.
Bachelor of History, Renmin University of China.
Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Renmin University of China.

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John G. Macfarlane, III
(MBA '79)

John G. Macfarlane, III (MBA '79) is a founding partner and chairman of Zafferano Capital Holdings and Zaff LLC, investment management companies specializing in emerging market corporates. Prior to the formation of Zafferano and Zaff, strategic partners of Tudor Investment Corporation, John was vice chairman and managing director of Tudor.  He served as chief operating officer and co-chairman of the Firm's Management Committee from 1998-2009.  Prior to joining Tudor in 1998, Mr. Macfarlane worked at Salomon Brothers for eighteen years where he served as treasurer from 1989 to 1996 and as managing director of several of the Firm's Fixed Income Trading Businesses.  Mr. Macfarlane is chairman of the board and of the Executive Committee of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO).  He is a member of the University of Virginia College Foundation Board, of the Board of Trustees of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Brunswick School, where he served as chairman from 2001-2006.


Mark Machin

Head of International, President of Asia, CPPIB Asia Inc. Mark joined the CPP Investment Board in 2012 and is Head of International and also President
of Asia. Prior to joining CPPIB, Mark had a 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently Vice Chairman of Asia ex‐Japan, based in Beijing. Mark has been based in Asia since 1994 where, among other roles, he ran the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Asia ex‐Japan for six years. Previously, he also ran Goldman Sachs’ Equity Capital Markets and Financing businesses in Asia. Mark was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Asia Management
Committee and the Firmwide Capital Committee.

Mark holds a BA from Oriel College, Oxford and BM BChir from Downing College, Cambridge.


Jerry Peng
(MBA '03)

Jerry Peng (MBA '03) is the chief executive officer of Four Seas Capital Management. The firm provides corporate advisory services to Chinese entrepreneurs and manages private equity investment into clean technology, TMT and high-end manufacturing. Mr. Peng served previously as managing director with Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, based in Hong Kong, with a focus on the origination of financing and derivatives business in the Investment Banking Division (IBD) in China.

Before joining IBD, he managed Corporate Sales for the Securities Division in China.  Prior to this, Mr. Peng was executive director and head of China Onshore Sales for the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley. He also served as the chief representative of the Beijing Representative Office of Morgan Stanley Bank International. Earlier in his career, Mr. Peng was a senior vice president and director at Standard Chartered, as well as head of franchise corporate banking in China.Mr. Peng is the co-president of the China Alumni Association of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and serves as vice chairman of the dean's Global Advisory Council. He is also president of the University of Virginia's alumni club in Beijing, China. He earned a BE in Finance from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MBA from Darden in 2003.

Scott Price

Scott A. Price
(MBA '90)

Scott A. Price (MBA '90) is executive vice president, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and president and CEO, Walmart Asia. He assumed his role as president and CEO for Walmart Asia in 2009. Mr. Price has responsibility for the company's current operations in Asia, including China, Japan and India, as well as business development in Asia. Walmart has a significant presence in Asia with close to 150,000 associates and over 1,000 units.Mr. Price most recently served as chief executive officer of DHL Express Europe. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific. He also was the president of DHL Express Japan, DHL's largest market in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining DHL, Price spent a decade with the Coca-Cola Co. During that period, he assumed various roles which included country leader in Japan, and as director and region manager in China. 

Scott serves as the chairman of the National Center for APEC. He is also a member of the U.S. India Business Council and sits on the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Board of Trustees. A U.S. native, Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of North Carolina. He also holds an MBA and a Master of Arts in Asian studies from the University of Virginia.


Peter Rodriguez

Peter Rodriguez is Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Chief Diversity Officer at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a BS from Texas A&M University. From 2008 to 2011 he served as a trustee of the Darden Foundation. Previously, Professor Rodriguez was the Executive Director of the Center for Global Initiatives at Darden, a Lecturer at Princeton University and a Professor at Texas A&M University. He also served on the faculty of Semester at Sea and has taught in universities around the world. Professor Rodriguez is a practicing economist and specializes in the study of international business and economic development.

He is also an active researcher whose current interests include the interaction of globalization, economic development, and social institutions; the consequences of corruption for multinational corporations; and seed-stage finance in emerging markets. He has published research on international trade policies, firm investment patterns, the measurement and effects of corruption, and practice-based studies of issues in international business. Professor Rodriguez worked for several years in the Global Energy Group at JP Morgan Chase, where his assignments centered on work for multinationals such as Royal Dutch Shell, Pennzoil, Apache Corporation, Enron, Santa Fe Energy Resources, and Halliburton. Professor Rodriguez has extensive experience as a keynote speaker for academic and corporate conferences and in executive education. His private teaching engagements include work with the AES Corporation, Harris Corporation, Rolls Royce, and Visa.

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Henry F. Skelsey
(MBA '84)

Henry F. Skelsey (MBA '84) is a co- founder and a managing partner of PRC Venture Partners LLC and has spent over 25 years in the private equity industry. PRC Venture Partners focuses on the technology, communication and media sectors within the People's Republic of China by partnering with leading Chinese businesses to expand and grow their domestic operations.  From 1988-1998, Henry was managing director at AEA Investors, Inc. in New York City. From 1984-1988, he was vice president and one of the original members in the Private Equity Group at Lehman Brothers in New York City.

He serves on a number of private and public company boards and has held various executive operating positions in public and private portfolio companies. Henry served as a trustee and chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut and as a trustee of De LaSalle Academy in New York City. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from George Mason University. Henry and his wife, Susan, reside in Rye, New York.


Fanglu Wang

Fanglu Wang is CITIC Capital's Senior Managing Director serving as Chief Investment Officer of CITIC Kazyna Investment Fund.  He has 20 years of experience in capital markets, corporate finance, financial engineering and risk management. He has led several major capital raising transactions for the China Ministry of Finance and other major corporations.  Mr. Wang was the former Head of Product Marketing and Sales for China at HSBC, a Director in Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch Asia, a Vice President at Citibank Hong Kong and an Executive Director at Sakura Global Capital.

Mr. Wang received an M.A. in Statistics from the University of Chicago, a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Journalism from Fudan University in Shanghai.

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Dennis Yang

Dennis Yang is the Dale S. Coenen Professor of Business Administration at Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia. He also holds a Chang Jiang Professorship elected by the Ministry of Education in China and serves as a senior research fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, and Tsinghua University. Yang’s main research interests are economic development and growth, and labor economics, especially in the context of China and emerging markets. He has published widely in leading economics journals and co-edited three books on economic reforms in China.

 He is the President-elect of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies and a member of the editorial boards of several international economic journals. He has also served as an advisor or consultant for international organizations such as The Conference Board and the World Bank as well as leading multinational companies. A native of China, Yang obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1994. Prior to joining Darden School of Business in 2012, he had taught in the economics departments at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Duke University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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