|Melanie is the Managing Director of UHY LLP in the New York City office. Under her leadership, UHY has become the leading professional firm in providing integrated accounting, tax and business solutions to Chinese companies going public and making investments in the United States. She has broad resources and experience in advising Chinese companies’ access to the US markets, as well as two decades of experience in assisting US companies doing business in the Greater China region.
Melanie received her Bachelor of Law and Master of Law degrees from Peking University and Master of Law from Harvard Law School. She is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and attorney qualification in China. She currently is a member of the Management Committee of UHY Advisors NY, Inc. She was a former board of director of UHY International Inc.
|Mr Jia provides tax services to financial services clients, and specializes in tax matters related to asset management, including tax planning for investment partnerships, investment advisors and hedge funds.
Mr. Jia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Northeastern University School of Finance and Economics in China. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the Baruch College of the City University of New York.
|Henry S. Tang
Carnegie Towers Strategic Investment Advisory
|Henry Tang is a seasoned 30-year investment banking veteran of Wall Street having participated in and observed the global transformation of the capital markets. As a securities management executive, he has been engaged in global investment and banking activities in Europe, Asia and the U.S. for several of the largest Wall Street investment banks including Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers and Prudential.
Henry Tang’s business experiences have also been enhanced by a broad participation in numerous public and community activities. He has been active in many efforts to help bridge cultural and economic understanding between the China region and the U.S. and between Chinese Americans in the U.S.
Together with I.M. Pei, Yo-Yo Ma, and a group of prominent Americans of Chinese heritage, Mr. Tang helped found the Committee of 100, whose 159 person membership now includes Computer Associates CEO Charles Wang and renowned AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho, to help create a better understanding of American and Chinese cultural and economic events.
In addition, Mr. Tang also has a long-standing commitment towards fostering conditions for the advancement of Asians into senior leadership positions in business, politics, academia, medicine, science, and government. Several years ago, President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission chaired by then Labor Secretary Lynn Martin.
Mr. Tang has also served as a director of the Committee on Economic Development, the Federation of Protestant Agencies, the Chinese American Planning Council, the Asian Financial Society, and the Chinese American Executive Forum. He also served as a member of the New York-Beijing Sister City Commission. In 1987, Mayor Edward Koch granted him the Ethnic New Yorker Award. He is also the first recipient of the Asian American Business Achievement Award. In 1994, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
|Dr. Thomas Ho
Thomas Ho Company
|Dr. Thomas Ho is President of the Thomas Ho Company (THC), a leading financial engineering company based in New York. Dr. Ho is one of the industry’s leading financial engineers. He
received his PhD in Mathematics in 1978 from the University of Pennsylvania. After which he joined New York University’s Stern School of Business as Professor of Finance until 1990. Dr. Ho has published more than 65 articles in major financial journals. This list includes the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Derivatives, the Journal of Fixed Income, and the Journal of Portfolio Management.
Dr. Ho is an Associate Editor of Journal of Derivatives and Journal of Investment Management. He is also an active and elected member of the US Financial Economists Roundtable and a board member of the Finance Mathematics Program, Courant Institute of Mathematics, New York University. Dr. Ho is the author of the Ho-Lee Model, the first arbitrage-free stochastic interest rate model, widely used in capital markets and asset/liability management. He is also the author of Key Rate Durations, the widely used interest rate risk measure for more than $12 trillion AUM, and an author of four finance books and co-author of four others, including The Oxford Guide to Financial Modeling.
In 2008, Dr. Ho was featured in Bloomberg Markets Magazine as “The Mathematical Modeler” and named one of the most prolific authors in finance based on a study by Cooley and Heck, (Journal of Finance, 2003).
|Yong Ma is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and serves as Global Head of Risk Infrastructure of Firm Risk Management and as Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) for the Credit Risk Management. His key responsibilities include the capital processes, credit rating analytics, risk reporting, data management, project management, credit policy, and regulatory relations. In his role as Credit Risk COO, he is focused on improving global operational and resource efficiency and IT strategy. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Ma served in a variety of Risk and Technology roles within Barclays Capital/Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and IBM. Among his civic activities, Mr. Ma serves on the Advisory Board of the Asian Financial Society. He is an active member of Huaxia Chinese Schools; formerly served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Livingston Branch and a Board member of the Headquarter. Mr. Ma holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, a nd a M.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Davis. Prior to that, he attended the Computer Science Graduate Program at Tsinghua University and earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Dalian University of Technology.|
Head of Risk Management
Bank of Communications New York Branch
|Mr. David Liu is the head of risk management department at Bank of Communications New York Branch. Previously he had worked at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and ICBC on different positions including market risk manager, private banker, floor trader, financial controller, IPV specialist, etc. for over two decades. David received his MS on Finance from Texas Tech University, and BS on Finance from SWUFE. David joined AFS in 2001. He has been an elected board member since 2004.|
|Yingling (Tracy) Wan
|Yingling (Tracy) Wan, CFA, is currently a Senior Director with Fitch Ratings, leading the rating process for ABS transactions backed by consumer assets. Her responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day operation of consumer ABS group, chairing rating committees, leading projects in enhancing rating methodology and process, and providing timely commentaries to market in response to credit events or market changes.
Prior to Fitch, Tracy spent a few years with Citigroup in its card service group, primarily in risk management function. As a credit policy manager, she first managed pre-approved acquisition channel and subsequently supervised the balance growth program for Citi’s largest bankcard portfolio with over $60 billion receivables. Her work focused on portfolio segmentation, loss forecasting and tracking, profit & loss analysis, policy evaluation and enhancement. Tracy also had seven-year working experience in China in various functions of marketing and internal auditing.Tracy received her MBA from Yale University and BA from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. She is a CFA charter holder and a Chinese CPA. Tracy was Chairwoman for Asian Financial Society in 2011 and one of the Co-Chairs in 2012.