EY Entrepreneur Of The Year China

2016 Independent judging panel

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Winners are chosen by the independent judging panel which comprises captains of industry and leaders in their professions or academia, well-respected leaders from the community, experts from the business and financial sectors, and previous EOY winners. Members of the panel are chosen for their expertise and commitment to entrepreneurialism.

Mr. Francis Leung

CVC Capital - Managing Partner and Chairman, Greater China

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 China - Judging Chairman

Mr. Francis Leung is a prominent investment banker in Asia with nearly 30 years of experience in investment banking and has arranged and advised on the successful initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other fund raising exercises of numerous corporations. He pioneered the listing of Mainland China companies, initially in the form of Red-Chips, and subsequently H-shares, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is currently a Managing Partner and the Chairman (Greater China) of CVC Capital Partners. He is the chairman of the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies and a member of the 12th National Committee of the China People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Mr. Leung was the Chairman of Citigroup Global Markets in Asia during July 2001 and June 2006. Prior to joining Citigroup Global Markets, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of BNP Paribas Peregrine, which he co-established in January 1998 by merging Peregrine Group’s Greater China equity and corporate finance team with BNP’s investment banking arm in Asia. He co-founded the Peregrine Group in 1988, an Asian investment bank based in Hong Kong, where he was primarily responsible for the group’s equity and corporate finance activities focusing on the Greater China region. Amongst his many accolades, he was named “Merchant Banker of the Year in 1991” by Asiamoney, “Banker of the Year in 2000” by Financial Intelligence Asia, “TMT Banker of the Year in 2000” by Financial Technology Asia, and one of the “Top 25 Personalities in the Asia Pacific Capital Markets ” by EuroWeek in 2002. Mr. Leung holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Canada. He was born and raised in Hong Kong.


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Mr. Cai Esheng

China Banking Regulatory Commission - Former Vice Chairman


Mr. Cai Esheng, born in Hubei Province in 1951 and grew up in Beijing, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Shanxi University of Finance and Economics. Mr. Cai joined People’s Bank of China (PBC) in 1975, and served as Assistant to Governor from 1998, and Assistant to Governor, and Governor of PBC Shanghai Branch from 2000, then he acted as Chairman of the Supervisory Board for China Everbright Group and Citic Group Corporation from May 2001, and served as Vice Chairman of China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) from 2005. He was elected as member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2013. Mr. Cai is currently Chairman of South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development Asia Pacific Committee and Finance Center for South-South Cooperation, and Executive Director of China Society for Finance and Banking.

Mr. Cai has led and engaged in several major projects related to the reform and development of financial institutions, handling of major banking cases and consolidation of the trust industry in People’s Bank of China (PBC) and China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC).


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Mr. Zeth Hung

Credit Suisse - Co-Head of Greater China Investment Banking

Mr. Zeth Hung is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse and Co-Head of Greater China, Investment Banking Department based in Hong Kong. Mr. Hung served as a member of the Managing Director Evaluation Committee (MDEC) in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Hung was appointed to his current role in June 2015. Prior to this, he was Vice Chairman of IBD and GMSG for Greater China. He also served as Co-Head of ECM for Non-Japan Asia from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Hung was Co-Head of China ECM and China FIG in 2008 and the Head of Corporate Finance in 2007.

Since joining Credit Suisse in 1998, Mr. Hung has worked in the Global Markets Solutions Group, Real Estate Group, Corporate Finance, M&A Group and the Financial Institutions Group in Hong Kong. Mr. Hung has led and executed a wide range of corporate finance and capital markets transactions across Asia, including the CAR Inc IPO and its High Yield Bond offering, the AIA IPO, HSBC’s rights offering, ICBC’s dual A and H share offering, the IPO of CCB, the dual US and HK listing of China Life, CNOOC Limited’s follow-on offering, Starhub’s merger with SCV and the USD 720 million strategic sale of UCOM/TAC to Telenor.

Prior to this, he worked as an analyst from 1995 to 1997 in the corporate and project finance team of BZW Asia Limited, which was subsequently acquired by Credit Suisse in 1998. Mr. Hung holds a BA (Honours) degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.


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Mr. Kai Johan Jiang

State Holdings Limited - Chairman

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB - Chairman

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 China - Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year

Mr. Kai Johan Jiang was born in Shandong province, and holds a PhD in engineering. He is currently the Chairman of State Holdings Limited and the Chairman of National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB. He moved to Sweden in 1990, and was the senior advisor of Vastmanland who helped the province to build up the twin province relation with Shandong.

Since 1993, Mr. Jiang had been working in Volvo Truck Corp. and played a key role in Volvo’s market entry into China. Based on the confidence in the sustainability development in China, Jiang returned to China in 2004 to establish his own business with focus on bio energy. His first bio power plant was the first national demonstration project with full coverage on the industrial chain.

Mr. Jiang acquired the main assets of Saab Automobile in 2012, winning over many international OEMs by his business plan with focus on EVs. As one of the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement he was awarded with EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 China. To honor his contributions in sustainability, Jiang was awarded by New Economy given by Development Research Center of the State Council in 2006 and the Chinese government the Excellent Business Leadership in New Energy in 2011.

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Ms. Liu Xiaodan

Huatai United Securities Co., Ltd. - CEO

Ms. Liu Xiaodan is the CEO of Huatai United Securities, and she also serves as a member of the M&A and Restructuring Committee of China Securities Regulatory Committee.

Ms. Liu has over 15 years of experiences in the investment banking industry and Huatai United has made outstanding achievements in recent years under her lead, especially in the M&A advisory business. Huatai United is the No.1 firm on the M&A league table by deal number in Asia area (excluding Japan and Australia) for the 1st quarter of 2015. And the firm has been well recognized by the market and given titles such as “China Best Investment Bank”, “Best M&A Advisor”, “Best TMT Industry Investment Bank ”, etc., for several times.

Ms. Liu herself participated in drafting and revising a number of regulations and relative documents regarding M&A and restructuring practices in China. And she orchestrated dozens of successful M&A deals which made significant impacts on the industry. She was elected as the “Investment Banker of the Year” by China Business News in 2014. Ms. Liu graduated from Peking University with a master degree in law.

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Mr. Ren Yuanlin

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Limited - Chairman

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 China - Country winner Mainland China region

Mr. Ren Yuanlin began as a worker in a state-owned shipbuilding yard. Today he is a shipping magnate and the leader of his own company. The legendary chairman of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group did it by focusing on his goal to build the best shipbuilding company in China.

Mr. Ren led Yangzijiang to become the first private Chinese company listed in Singapore, with both the size of its IPO and its PE ratio ranking it at the top of the Chinese companies listed there.

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group is the largest private shipbuilding company in China in terms of output and technology. It has been listed in “Top 500 Chinese Enterprises” and “Top 500 Chinese Manufacturing Enterprises” for two consecutive years. The company has been maintaining its annual output within the first five places among the top 100 Chinese shipbuilding companies for two consecutive years. Mr. Ren is also an avid supporter of charity, donating RMB10 million to build schools following the Wen Chuan earthquake and overseeing much of the work himself. He has also personally financed new schools in Kazakhstan and established the Yuanlin Benevolent Fund which has built a university for the aged seeking to improve old-age care, and initiated the “Marching towards Brightness” campaign, a movement which has helped thousands of cataract patients recover their eyesight.

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Mr. Chang Sun

Black Soil Group Ltd. - Founder and Chairman

Warburg Pincus - Special Limited Partner and Former Chairman, Asia Pacific

Mr. Sun is the founder and Chairman of Black Soil Group Ltd., an agriculture investment and operating company. Prior to founding Black Soil, he was the Chairman, Asia Pacific at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm. Mr. Sun has over 25 years of private equity investment in the US and in Asia.

Mr. Sun obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Beijing Foreign Studies University and completed a post-graduate program offered by the United Nations, where he worked as a staff translator in New York for 3 years. Mr. Sun earned 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 founder and current Chairman of the China Venture Capital Association and the founder and Executive Vice Chairman the China Real Estate Developers and Investors’ Association. He is also a member of the Asia Executive Board of the Wharton School and a member of the Asia Pacific Council of the Nature Conservancy.

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Mr. Andrew Yan

SAIF Partners - Founding Managing Partner

Mr. Andrew Yan is the Founding Managing Partner of SAIF Partners. Prior to joining SAIF, he was the Managing Director and Head of the Hong Kong office of the Emerging Markets Partnership, the management company of AIG Asian Infrastructure Funds from 1994 until 2001. From 1989 to 1994, he worked in the World Bank, the Hudson Institute and US Sprint Co. as an Economist, Research Fellow and Director for Asia respectively in Washington, DC. From 1982 to 1984, he was the Chief Engineer at the Jianghuai Airplane Corp.

Mr. Yan is a recipient of 2012 China’s national “Thousand Talents Program” and a member of its Selection Committee in 2012. He is also a Director of Peking University Endowment Investment Committee, and was a Founding Director of China Venture and Private Equity Association. Mr. Yan was voted by the China Venture Capital Association as “The Venture Investor of the Year” in both 2004 and 2007. He was also selected as one of the “Fifty Finest Private Equity Investors in the World” by the Private Equity International in 2007; “No. 1 Venture Capitalist of the Year” by Forbes (China) in 2008 and 2009. He was the “Venture Capital Professional of the Year” by Asia Venture Capital Journal in 2009.

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Mr. Yang Guoping

Dazhong Transportation (Group) Co., Ltd. - Chairman

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 China - Country winner Mainland China region

Mr. Yang Guoping created the new taxi brand “Shanghai Dazhong” in conjunction with the Shanghai municipal government’s reform of the taxi sector in 1988. In 1992, Dazhong became the nation’s first joint-stock company of the taxi sector, and was successfully listed in the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Dazhong business operation covers a total of fifteen provinces and major cities, and was designated as the official comprehensive service provider for the 2007 Special Olympics, the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Mr. Yang established Dazhong as an integrated services conglomerate group, comprising three public listed companies in the Shanghai Stock Exchange, namely Dazhong Transportation, Dazhong Public Utilities, and JiaoDa Onlly, and the principal business activities encompass transportation, household gas and sewerage water treatment, public utilities, financial service and healthcare products. Dazhong products and services are well recognized for its good reputation and reliable brand in the market, and the Group continues to evolve in product innovation including in the areas of e-business and offline to online model for value added service proposition to its customers.

As one of the key business figures in the Shanghai and Zhejiang communities, Mr. Yang has been awarded with various national awards, and Dazhong Group is the first winner of the National Quality Management Award and Asia-Pacific Quality Award in the service industry, forming as the industry benchmark for quality services. In addition, Dazhong Group plays an active role in promoting its corporate citizenship commitments, creating enormous employment opportunities and contributing towards various social charity events.

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