Chauwei Yak

Chief Executive Officer, GAO Capital

Chauwei Yak founded GAO Capital and its group of companies in 2008. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, and a B.A. in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies paired with a minor in Mathematics from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Following her studies, Ms Yak went on to the Strategic Business Development Group (Internal M&A) at JP Morgan Chase and Financial Institutions Group of UBS Investment Bank, in London, Tokyo and New York. Prior to establishing GAO Capital, Ms Yak was formerly the Director of Research for a Family office for a European family based in New York managing over $1bn in hedge fund assets, with substantial businesses spanning across Asia. During her time there, she headed selection and due diligence of hedge funds, as well as overseeing the firm’s research and portfolio management systems.

Ms Yak is on the Family Office Council of NYU Stern School of Business and Advisory Board of the Family Office Association. She was also awarded the Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst designation and completed Level 2 of the Chartered Valuer and Appraiser program.