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 to help together entrepreneurs of the internet revolution to accomplish their vision. Trying to be at the frontier of everything by erasing the frontiers, we believe this can be very useful for our invested entrepreneurs operationally and through shared knowledge.

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. He is often praised for the way he helps large corporates and leading startups to partner and innovate together.

Lanchun Duan

Managing Partner of Cathay Capital Private Equity, lives in Shanghai

Lanchun is a Managing Partner of 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 works as a Partner of the Cathay Innovation fund within Cathay Capital. 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

Investment Director, lives in Shanghai

Nicolas du Cray is an Investment Director, 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.

Zhen Xu

Vice-President, lives in Beijing

Zhen Xu is a Vice-President, based in Beijing. She is in charge of screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Capital investments, as well as post-investment monitoring.

Jean-Francois Cochy

Vice-President, lives in Paris

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

Xiao Xiao

Vice-President, lives in Shanghai

Xiao Xiao is a Vice-President, based in Shanghai. She is responsible for the screening, evaluation, diligence and monitoring of Cathay Capital investments.

Lijun Ding

Vice-President, lives in Shanghai

Lijun is a Vice-President, based in Shanghai. He is in charge of screening, evaluating, and executing potential Cathay Innovation investments, as well as post-investment monitoring.

Simon Wu

Vice-President, San Francisco

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

Emmanuel Schneider

A.I. Guru, San Francisco

Emmanuel is passionate about science and technology. He contributes to the analysis of innovative technologies, helps our affiliated companies about their Machine Learning projects, and ensures the Cathay Innovation team keeps thirsty about knowing deeply how platforms really work.

Hao (Nate) ZHOU

Analyst, Shanghai

Hao (Nate) joined Cathay Innovation as Analyst and is based in Shanghai office. He is in charge of screening, evaluation, diligence and monitoring of Cathay Capital investments.

Cathay Innovation receives the support of all Cathay Capital professionals

With a total of 60 employees, the Cathay Capital team is composed of 39 investment professionals, including 9 Managing Partners combining over 150 years of private-equity experience. Cathay Innovation receives the support of all the Cathay family members wherever they are in the world, and also commits to help them becoming more digital.