AFS is chartered as a (501)(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York. It is supervised and operated by the Board of Directors elected on an annual basis. The Board is composed of Board officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary General and Treasurer) and other board members.

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AFS 2018 BOARD OFFICERS and EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (EC)

Chairwoman Jie Chengying Xiu Becker & Poliakoff LLP
President Kewa Luo KIR Advisors LLC
Secretary General Frank Mah Transnational Capital Corp.
Co-Secretary General Loy Weng Morgan Stanley
Treasurer Arnold Chu OTS/OCC

Jie Chengying Xiu

Ms. Jie Chengying Xiu is a shareholder of Becker & Poliakoff LLP, a multi-practice commercial law firm with 16 offices in the United States. Her practice focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and a broad range of business and commercial matters. She represents complex, high-profile M&A and securities offering projects across the globe, including East and Southeast Asia, Europe and North America. Clients she has represented include multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals in transactions ranging from billion-dollar M&A transactions to start-up financings. She also represents a large number of Chinese companies in their listings on NASDAQ, NYSE and OTC Markets through IPOs and reverse mergers, in their public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, M&A transactions and compliance with U.S. securities laws. Her client base encompasses various industries including  telecommunications, investment banking, financial services, broker-dealer, real estate and hospitality, consumer products, pharmaceutical and biotech, retail and fashion, education, advertising and maritime industry.

Her awards and recognition include New York “Rising Star” from 2011 to 2016 in the Corporate and Business section by Super Lawyer Magazine, a Thomson Reuters Service; “Top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro Area” in the Merger and Acquisition section, New York Times Magazine 2011-2016 Special Supplement Issue; 2014 Awardee of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards, a most prestigious forum to highlight the achievements of Asian Americans across the United States; Chairwoman of the Asian Financial Society (the “AFS”), and the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to AFS Board Award in 2013.

Kewa Luo

Kewa Luo

Kewa Luo is a proven investor relations professional with a track record of success in creating and managing corporate investor relations program. Since 2011, Ms. Luo has started operating her own IR practice, KIR Advisors LLC. The firm facilitates going-public, after-market support and equity/debt financing advisory services for emerging growth and small-to-medium sized companies across various industries. A key client is Kandi Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: KNDI), where she serves as its VP and head of Public Relations. Although Kandi is a small cap company with a market cap of only $350 million, Ms. Luo has secured the company numerous conference appearances at high profile events sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, and other. She has also secured media appearances, most recently a meaningful segment on CNBC’s Fast Money.

Frank Mah

Frank Mah

Frank Mah is a Managing Director at Transnational Capital Corp. (TCC), a New York City-based investment bank focused on raising private equity and debt capitals, providing M & A advisories, for emerging growth companies in China, the Americas and Europe. Frank has extensive experience in both the equity and high yield fixed income markets. His professional experience in Asia included China, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and Macau. Prior to joining TCC, Frank held senior positions at global investment banks that included Lehman Brothers, Citibank, and Nomura Securities International. He started his career in Research at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette where he covered the Gaming, Lodging, and Food Retailing sectors. Frank was voted by investors into Institutional Investor Magazine’s All American Research Team in Gaming. He was born in Hong Kong and learned to speak Putonghua in New York City. Frank earned his MBA in Finance from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Loy Weng

Loy Weng

Loy Weng is currently a Vice President in the Credit Stress Portfolio Analytics Group at Morgan Stanley Firm Risk Management. He is the lead modeler of multiple key credit risk methodologies for the firm’s wholesale credit portfolio. His main responsibilities include: 1. Developing credit stress methodologies for internal risk management and regulatory purpose; 2. Assisting senior management in resolving risk issues through rigorous analytical framework. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2014, Mr. Weng worked for JPMorgan Chase briefly in risk modeling area. Before that, he worked for Moody’s Analytics in consulting top tier banks in various aspects of wholesale credit risk modeling. Mr. Weng graduated from Stony Brook University in Long Island with a Ph.D degree in mathematics.

Arnold Chu

Arnold Chu

Mr. Chu has over 30 years of experience in the capital market financial world. Mr. Chu has provided leadership and visions within major financial firms: Bear Stearns, Schroders, and GMAC. At GMAC, he grew from his initial role as the business risk officer for GMAC RFC Securities to oversee the market/credit risk of the GMAC RFC Capital Market. In 2010, Mr. Chu broadened his experience in the governance and regulatory arena by joining the US Treasury Department – OTS. He supervised banks in the northeast region in the role of a capital market expert. In 2011, Mr. Chu moved to the Federal Housing Finance Agency where he supervises the housing GSEs: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks.

Jack Xu

Jack Xu

Jack Xu, CPA and CGMA, has over 20 years of professional experience in financial service and public accounting industries. He is currently a Director in the Regulatory Reporting and Policy Group at Bank of New York Mellon Corporation where he manages Basel and Volcker related regulatory reporting and policy advisory functions. Prior to this managerial role, Jack held VP position in Accounting Policy, SEC Reporting and Risk Management departments at Morgan Stanley between 2007 and 2015. He also has worked more than seven years in Merrill Lynch and Citigroup where he managed various critical Finance functions such as legal entity control, management reporting, broker/dealer accounting, and SEC reporting. Prior to working in Wall Street, Jack was a senior auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ New York office between 1997 and 1999.Jack received MBA degree in Finance and BBA degree in Accounting from Baruch College, City University of New York. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Shan Chen

Shan Chen

Mr. Shan Chen is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in alternative investment industry. He is well versed in private funds risk, compliance, and operations. Currently Mr. Chen is the head of US operations for CubeTech Global Asset, a full service solutions provider for cross-border investments, headquartered in Beijing, China. He also serves as a board member to Asian Financial Society, a non-profit organization based in New York dedicated to career development for finance professionals and promotion of China-US relationships in financial industry. Prior to CubeTech, Mr. Chen was co-founder of the financial technology firm ConceptONE. He served as CTO and head of analytics at CocneptONE. Under his leadership, the company grew its offerings to a full range of managed services including risk, compliance, middle-back office, and advisory with over 100 clients around the world. ConceptONE was recently acquired by a leading FinTech firm Axioma. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chen has been providing technology innovation and solutions to many major financial firms such as Chase Manhattan Bank and Deutsche Bank. He and his group were always the earliest to embrace new technologies in many of his business engagements. Mr. Chen holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from Unversity of Toledo and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Tongji University.

Morgan Jones

Morgan Jones

Morgan A. Jones is AVP at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Previously, Jones was Chief Operating Officer of the US-China Strong Foundation, Senior Emergency Management Specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Jones also served at the NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery under Mayors Michael R. Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio from 2010-2015. Mr. Jones was also the YMCA of Greater New York’s membership and marketing coordinator in their Flushing, Queens branch. While living in China, Mr. Jones was a Chinese-language radio show host for three years for a Jazz-related lifestyle program called Soulfire and performed as a Hip-hop and R&B vocalist nationwide. Mr. Jones obtained his Master of Business Administration from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, his Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Middlebury College, and holds a graduate certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

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Yiting Liu

Yiting has 15 years of experience in investment, strategy and operations. She has worked for world class companies and has started companies from scratch. She is the COO and a partner of the Coalescence Partners, and a managing partner and an investment committee member of the New Hope-Coalescence private equity investments. Prior to Coalescence Partners, Yiting was a partner of HuiEn Capital and advised Chinese institutions and family offices looking to invest in the US and/or to joint ventures with U.S. institutions. Prior to HuiEn, Yiting was a co-founder and COO of Ray Shi Capital, an investment management company focused on small- and mid-cap Chinese equities. Prior to Ray Shi Capital, Yiting focused on the investment and management of Vision Opportunity China Fund (primarily private equity and PIPE). As the Vice President and head of Greater China, she was actively involved in the formation of Vision Opportunity China Fund and its IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to Vision, Yiting worked at PepsiCo’s corporate strategy and development group at its global headquarters. Yiting started her career at the Boston Consulting Group in New York.

Vageesh Naik

Vageesh Naik is the CEO and Founder of Reva Capital Markets, a NY based boutique investment bank. He has spent the past two decades working at various financial services institutions. After he received a Masters degree from the University of Texas, Vageesh joined FirstPlus Financial in Dallas, an early stage financial services company. He then moved to the Financial Services Advisory Group at Ernst and Young. After his stint at E&Y, Vageesh moved on to RBS Greenwich Capital. Here he helped build the Structured Products Group – his roles included structuring, banking and sales. He traveled extensively to China and other ASEAN countries during his stint at RBS. Post RBS Vageesh joined Knight Libertas as Head of Sales. In 2008, Vageesh decided to launch is own business to focus primarily on investing and banking in esoteric deal and businesses. Since its launch Reva has worked on dozens of extremely interesting and hard to analyze deals and has carved out a place for itself with the investor community, bulge bracket banks and sponsors. Vageesh’s interest lie in agriculture, biotech & pharmaceutical, consumer electronics, insurance, financial services and real estate. He has traveled extensively to Asia and in particular to China and has built very strong relationships with various large corporations and investors there. Vageesh holds the Series 7, 79, 63 and 24 licenses. He is the sole owner of Reva Capital Markets a FINRA and SEC regulated entity.

Charlie Peng

Charlie Peng

Mr. Charlie Peng is currently a Senior Vice President and head of Market Risk Management Department at Bank of China USA. His group is primarily responsible for overseeing the bank’s trading book market risk, and also the interest rates and liquidity risk in the banking book. Prior to that, he was a director in Global Risk Oversight group at American Express. His team is mainly responsible for financial & treasury risk modeling, market risk oversight, asset liability and liquidity risk management validation. Before that, he worked as a vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its Global Banking and Markets risk management group covering fixed income trading. He was primarily responsible for risk management in interest rates and foreign currency, credit and distressed assets and their derivatives trading. He worked in the middle office and finance areas at Merrill Lynch, where he led a team covering the risk, profit & loss and other operations of global currency and emerging markets business. He worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP as consultant in financial derivatives valuation and auditing advisory. Before that, he was a vice president of Investment Banking Department at China Merchants Securities Co. Ltd. Shanghai branch, responsible for equity IPO, merger & acquisition and other corporate financing business. He also worked as senior project manager of Investment Banking Department in Zhejiang Jinhua Trust and Investment Co.

Avery Starr

Avery holds a position of Managing Director of Seatig, a Blockchain based Accounts Receivable trading network and a technology consulting company. Prior to Seatig, she worked a few years in Wall Street investment bank Bear Stearns and hedge fund Platinum Grove Asset Management on risk technology, analysis, and management. Before she worked on Wall Street, she had been a computer scientist in IBM’s worldwide research headquarter T. J. Watson Research Center on business process model transformation, analysis, and optimization.

Avery is an expert of Fintech and possesses 20 years of professional practice and leadership in the intersection of finance and technology. Avery was awarded “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” in 2012 by Asian American Business Development Center in New York. She holds a Ph.D. of Computer Science and has 28 publications in software engineering including a book titled “Software Reuse and Industrialization.”

Johnny Su

Johnny Su

Johnny Su heads the Real Estate Capital of America, Inc. (ReCap) since 2006. ReCap was originally the finance division and advisor for GMAC Real Estate International Properties Group. He oversees the daily operation, management, and business production of ReCap and is the Chief Operation Officer/Founding Partner and Principal. ReCap has originated and funded over $2.8 billion in financing with its partners and affiliated lenders and institutions. Johnny Su is also the co-chair of Project Financing for Asian Financial Society and a private investor and ambassador for Gold Coast Bank in Long Island, NY. Johnny Su is known for his ability to handle and secure financing for complex commercial real estate transactions. He has extensive experience in sales management, loan origination, underwriting, processing and funding for commercial as well as residential finance. Besides his managerial duties, Johnny Su actively works on financing for his clients and is the top loan originator and producer for ReCap. He has been the top 3 commercial real estate loan broker in the NYC Asian community for the last 10 years and received many industry recognition including the outstanding achievement award from The New York Community Time.

Jinfeng Tang

Jinfeng Tang

Jinfeng Tang is currently Director and Treasurer for Deutsche Bank’s Asset and Wealth Management division in the Americas region. He leads the Asset Liability Committee (ALCO) and is responsible for managing the funding, liquidity, capital and market risks for bank assets and liabilities, including residential and commercial mortgages, structured loans, deposit products and security investments. He designs and implements strategies, including derivatives and securitization, to optimize the risk/return profile of bank portfolios and improve the capital efficiency. In addition, he has led the effort to explore the Chinese High Net Worth Individual (HNWI) market in the US and provided customized wealth management solutions to Chinese HNWIs. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2007, Mr. Tang worked at BlackRock for three years, where he provided risk management and advisory services to major financial institutions, including Citibank and HSBC, and pioneered BlackRock Solutions’ business development in Asia. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Tang managed portfolio analytics and reporting at Chase Home Finance, the residential mortgage business of JP Morgan Chase.

Sam Van

Sam is the head of Deltec Corporate Advisory practice, leading the effort in U.S. and International
Exchange Listing Advisory practice. Sam’s professional career is dedicated to new business development and relationship building. Sam secured the listings of more than 50 companies on the NYSE with
total market capitalization exceeding $7 billion.
Sam is entrusted by the U.S. government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
to serve as co-chair and trustee member to oversee the liquidation of an investment project worth $400+
million by a foreign purchaser deemed to be a national security concern. Sam recently served as Executive Vice President and Corporate Development at Thomas Ho Company
(THC).
Sam served eight years as a board member of the Asian Financial Society, a non-profit organization which
assists Asia companies to understand the U.S. capital market.
Sam is fluent in Cantonese and conversational in Mandarin and Vietnamese. He received his BS in
Finance from St. John’s University and his MBA from Cornell University.

Qin Wang

Qin Wang

Qin Wang, Ph.D, is currently as a Director in Investment Consulting Group at New York Life Investments, with the main responsibility of conducting investment due diligence on new product and target acquisition fund managers, as well as monitoring existing invested managers and supporting investment product distributions. Prior to that, he was director of investment at Kiski group, advising hedge fund clients on investment process, risk management and communication with institutional investors. He also held various position at AIG investment, Mizuho securities and Maverick Capital with focus on hedge fund investment, risk and portfolio management and quantitative research in both fixed income and equity product. He also had consulting and internship experience with Eastman Chemical, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and International capital management etc. Dr. Wang graduated from Dalian University of Technology with a B.S. in Business. He also received a M.A. with honors and a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Southern Methodist University where he was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon and was the recipient of a full four-year scholarship.

Frank Waung

Frank is a trusted advisor to the CEO and has fully aligned himself with the strategy set by the CEO and the Board. He is a strong team leader on a multi-cultural executive committee. Frank has strong work ethics, staying fully engaged in the all matters the executive committee is involved in, on a 24-7 basis.As a CFO of a rapidly growing company, Frank is known for his M&A and fund raising capabilities. He oversaw multiple equity and debt issuance (USD 100 mln range) and conducted multiple cross border M&A transactions. Frank was involved in each stage of the process, starting with strategic goal setting, sourcing, valuation, deal structuring, execution and finally integration, with the first and last part the most important.Frank’s financial experience came from both Wall Street and corporate financial operations. As a CFO of a listed company in the US, Frank thoroughly appreciates and also enjoys managing the delicate relationship among the stake holders of a public company: investors, auditors, legal advisors, regulators and management.

Jane(Yuejuan) Weng

Ms. Yuejuan Weng is the CEO of Mighty Wisdom Capital LLC. She is in charge of the firm’s real estate investment and fund vehicle setup / management. She has extensive experience and proven track record in acquiring, managing and exiting real estate assets with a clear view of the economy, market, and demographic trend.
Ms. Weng previously served as the CEO of DGW Investment Management Group’s US business. She was responsible for DGW’s cross-border investment and offshore fund vehicle setup and management. Prior to joining DGW, she was in charge of investment, financing and capital market, corporate finance and other matters in Greenland USA.
Prior to that she worked in the transaction services division of Ernst & Young USA and KPMG USA, providing investment advisory services related to mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, private placements and restructurings. Prior to coming to the US, she worked in PWC China and provided annual assurance as well as IPO assurance and advisory services to the world’s top 500 companies and China’s large enterprises.
Ms. Weng Yuejuan holds an MBA from the Robert Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA in Economics from Fudan University. She holds Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and US Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualifications.

Craig Williston

Craig Williston

Craig Williston is a senior financial services expert with 25+ years’ experience in improving processes, controls and metrics through a combination of analysis and automation. He helped establish the Operational Risk function at E*TRADE and worked in Liquidity Risk on Resolution Planning (Living Wills) at BNY Mellon. Craig began his career as a technologist in the Insurance industry and carried this automation discipline with him into controllership roles at UBS and Banker’s Trust. At Deutsche Bank he headed Global Markets production credit reporting and was responsible for data quality, report production and analysis. More recently Craig has consulted on Operational Risk projects where he improved RCSA processes, executed Control Testing, and led several process mapping projects. These projects helped clients analyze and understand their processes through the documentation of current and future state process flows and helped identify control gaps and find areas of improvement to achieve strategic goals.

Si Yang

Si Yang

Si is a senior manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY). Prior to joining the FRBNY, he worked at CQS Asset Management (London) and Deutsche Bank (NYC & London). Si has a BS in Finance, Leadership & Consulting from State University of New York (Binghamton), and a MBA degree from Columbia Business School. Si serves as the President of the FRBNY’s Asian network (APNA), representing more than 10% (or about 400) of the Bank’s employees, and chairs the Executive MBA Student Board of the business school’s Leadership Center at Columbia University.

Blake Zhang

Blake Zhang

Blake Zhang is currently Deputy Chief Investment Officer at HNA Capital Group Co., LTD. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank Securities Asset & Wealth Management division. He used to work as an Associate Director at Daiwa Capital Markets America on proprietary trading desk’s market risk management from firm-wide corporate level and individual trader’s perspective. Prior to Daiwa, Blake had five years with JP Morgan Chase on modeling and analytical works in credit lending risk management. Further back, had eight years (1994-2001) in private equity industry in Singapore Pan Pacific Investment Group where he had $175 million transactional experience on 15 deal closed out of 150 businesses in various sectors such as real estate, consumer electronics, telecommunication and industrial product across the greater China area and North America region. Blake also had less than 2 years working in China MOFTEC system (today’s China Ministry of Commerce).