Leadership

one global team dedicated
to erasing boundaries

MEET THE TEAM

We are one global team of diverse people with various cultures and experiences, and dedicated together to help entrepreneurs in technology to accomplish their vision.

mingpo cai

Founder of Cathay Capital and President

Ming-Po CAI is the Founder and President of Cathay Capital Private Equity. Mr. CAI brings more than 20 years of cross-border investment experience and deep expertise developing China-entry strategies for multinational companies, and globalization strategies for Chinese companies expanding internationally.

denis barrier

Co-founder and CEO of Cathay Innovation, lives in San Francisco

Denis is co-founder and CEO of Cathay Innovation. He is also a managing partner of Cathay Capital Private Equity. Prior to Cathay, he was at Iris Capital where he managed the international activities of the Orange/Publicis fund. He has also been the Head of Corporate Venture at Orange, and a Managing Director at Innovacom.

Lanchun Duan

Managing Partner of Cathay Capital Private Equity, lives in Shanghai

Lanchun is a Managing Partner at Cathay Capital, based in Shanghai. Lanchun joined Cathay Capital in 2010, and brings to the firm 10 years of audit and transaction services experience in China.

Jacky Abitbol

Partner, lives in Paris

Jacky Abitbol is a Partner at Cathay Innovation, based in Paris. He benefits from over 17 years of advisory and operational experience in Telecommunications, Medias and Technology, with a particular expertise in venture capital and corporate development.

Nicolas Ducray

Partner, lives in Shanghai

Nicolas du Cray is a Partner at Cathay Innovation, based in Shanghai. Prior to joining Cathay Capital in 2016, Nicolas was a Venture Partner at Iris Capital, a global venture capital investor sponsored by Orange and Publicis, in charge of the fund’s investments in China.

Jean-Francois Cochy

Principal, lives in Paris

Jean-François is a Principal at Cathay Innovation, based in Paris. He is responsible for screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments, as well as post-investment monitoring.

Lijun Ding

Principal, lives in Shanghai

Lijun is a Principal at Cathay Innovation, based in Shanghai. He is responsible for screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments, as well as post-investment monitoring.

Simon Wu

Principal, lives in San Francisco

Simon is a Principal at Cathay Innovation, based in San Francisco. He is responsible for screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments, as well as post-investment monitoring.

Vincent Sebag

Analyst, lives in Paris

Vincent is an Analyst at Cathay Innovation, based in the Paris office. He contributes to screening and assessing Cathay Innovation’s projects and has a special interest for technology and Artificial Intelligence.

Hao (Nate) ZHOU

Analyst, lives in Shanghai

Hao (Nate) is an Analyst at Cathay Innovation, and is based in Shanghai office. He is responsible for screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments, as well as post-investment monitoring.

Emmanuel Schneider

Analyst, lives in San Francisco

Emmanuel is an Analyst at Cathay Innovation, based in the San Francisco office. He contributes to screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments, as well as post-investment monitoring. He has special interest for science and technology, especially Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Michael Amar

Operating Partner, lives in San Francisco

Michael AMAR is Operating Partner at Cathay Innovation. Michael Amar is a serial Entrepreneur since 1995. He started three companies in France (software development, advertising network and online media buying agency) that he sold in 2007 before moving to the Silicon Valley.