- About Us
Yvonne Li is the founder and CEO of Avantage Ventures. She founded Avantage Ventures to bridge the information and funding gaps between social entrepreneurs and investors in Asia. She is a former Hong Kong finance executive who has worked in investment banking, hedge funds, and commercial banking. Her experience includes working at Lehman Brothers’ capital markets division in equity structured derivatives and Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corporation in commercial banking. She began her career as a macro-economic analyst and options trader at Asia Financial Asset Management.
Yvonne was a leading member of Lehman Brothers’ philanthropy committee, where she successfully engineered the re-development of a rural primary school in China. She has also managed and provided strategic consulting to a number of fundraising projects for China Literacy Foundation and Aids Concern. Yvonne holds a Masters in Finance from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Bachelors in Business & Marketing from Monash University, Melbourne.
She believes that "there are many models of social finance in the developed world that are relevant and can make a big impact in Asia".
Mr. William (Dongxiang) Wang is the Partner and Managing Director of Avantage Ventures, the first impact investing fund in Asia.
Prior to joining Avantage Ventures, William has been working as VP and Director of Investment for several venture capital and private equity firms in China, including Galaxy Capital Investments, Carlyle-Fosun Equity Investments and Tuspark Ventures. He has led teams to complete many successful deals and accomplished excellent returns for the fund invested. He also sits on several public and private company boards and help the businesses to grow.
With more than 20 years of experience in management and capital market, Mr. Wang brings much needed resources and capabilities to the Avantage team. He is also the judge of the Innovation Fund of the Ministry of Science, a frequent speaker on investment forums and industry trainings, as well as mentor for many start-ups.
Mr. Wang holds an MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.Eng. from the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University. He is also a certified PMP in USA.
Dr. Christine Chow is the Marketing Director of Avantage Ventures, and the Founder and CEO of Homage Consulting Ltd. She is an investment professional with experience in asset management, Sino-JV partnerships, investment research, consulting, hedge funds and venture capital. A global citizen - having lived and worked in six territories in the past 15 years - China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates and the UK. Multinationals that she has worked for include Merrill Lynch, Schroders and Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt).
Christine is a graduate of London School of Economics and received her PhD from the University of Melbourne. She is currently pursuing executive education in financial engineering from Stanford University. Her PhD thesis, "Cross-country comparison of Shareholder engagement for Responsible Investment" was nominated for the United Nations PRI/MISTRA award in Sweden for academic excellence.