Leadership

one global team dedicated
to erase 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, the leading global investment firm created by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs and an expert in creating value through cross-border investment across China, Europe and North America.

denis barrier

Co-founder and CEO of Cathay Innovation

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.

Alex Lazarow

Director, lives in San Francisco

Alex is a Director at Cathay Innovation, based in San Francisco. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Middlebury Institute for International Studies MBA program, where he teaches entrepreneurship.

Jean-Francois Cochy

Director, lives in Paris

Jean-François is a Director 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

Director, lives in Shanghai

Lijun is a Director 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

Director, lives in San Francisco

Simon is a Director 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

Associate, lives in Paris

Vincent is an Associate at Cathay Innovation, based in Paris. He contributes to screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments.

Zheng (Danny) HUANG

Associate, lives in Shanghai

Zheng is an Associate at Cathay Innovation, based in Shanghai. He contributes to screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments.

Costanza Carissimo

Analyst, lives in San Francisco

Costanza is an Analyst at Cathay Innovation, based in the San Francisco office. She contributes to screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments.

Yue HU

Analyst, lives in Shanghai

Yue is an Analyst, based in the Shanghai office. She contributes to screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments.

Shui (Noah) HONG

Analyst, lives in Beijing

Shui (Noah) is an Analyst, based in the Beijing office. He contributes to screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments.

Xiaopeng (Shawn) NIU

Analyst, lives in Shanghai

Xiaopeng (Shawn) is an Analyst, based in the Shanghai office. He contributes to screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments.

Uri Weinheber

Operating Partner, lives in Tel-Aviv

Uri is an Operating Partner at Cathay Innovation, based in Tel-Aviv. He is mainly responsible for supporting a common approach between Cathay Innovation and Michelin to address the mobility startup ecosystem in Israel. He also helps with both technology scouting and advising on investment opportunities in several other sectors, including IoT, fintech, and insuretech.