5th PIC 2018 Experts
Managing Director & Head of Strategic Investments, SenseTime
Esther Wong is head of strategic investment at SenseTime, and also a partner of the SenseTime AI fund with AUM of 5 bn RMB. SenseTime focuses its investments on companies in the AI ecosystem and finding long-term strategic partners.
She previously ran Equity Capital Markets at Bocom International, with a special focus on the technology, education, and financial sectors. She began her career almost 20 years ago as an analyst on Wall Street; her last role in New York was Head of Sales and Trading for Cazenove Asia (acquired by JPMorgan/Standard Chartered) where she was the first Chinese and woman to be appointed that position. She then moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to support the launching of CICC's US office, and in the process, was rated as one of Greater China’s Top Institutional Sales by Asia Money Magazine five years in a row.
Ms. Wong graduated with an Associate Degree in Hospitality Administration in Glion Institutes, Switzerland; followed by BAs in Economics and Political Science at SUNY Stony Brook, in the US.
Venture Partner, 500 Startups (venture capital firm)
Bonnie Cheung is a Partner at 500 Startups with experience on the latest global trends in venture capital funding, and key factors driving investment decisions.
The mission of 500 Startups, a venture capital firm is to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems.
500 Startups is one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world. Since its inception in Silicon Valley, the company has invested in over 2,000 companies.
Prior to 500 Startups, Ms. Cheung’s career spanned across enterprise software working with IBM, AT&T, HP, and Deloitte, private equity investing, and healthcare strategy across the Asia, US, and Europe. She is a chartered CFA and holds a double major in Engineering & Economics from Dartmouth College.
Head of Investment,
Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP)
Raymond Wong manages the HKSTP Corporate Venture Fund and Investment & Business Support departments. He has over 20 years of extensive financial services experience in capital investment, portfolio management, mergers and acquisition as well as strategic investment across different sectors in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to HKSTP, Mr. Wong was the Principal in HPEF Capital Partners, which is an ex-HSBC private equity firm. Prior to HSBC, Mr. Wong worked in the capital investment and investment banking divisions of ABN AMRO Bank. Previously, he had software development experience at IBM Laboratory in Toronto, Canada. He obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science (Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing) from the University of Tortonto and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia Business School, New York.