Winston Ma, CFA and Esq. – Keynote Speaker

High-Tech Investor, Digital Economy Author, China-US cross-border lawyer, NYU Adjunct Professor on SWF funds

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Specialist Subjects

  • Global Digital Economy and 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Innovations in Mobile Internet and New Media
  • International Law and Policy Tensions (AI, data, fintech)
  • China-US Geopolitics
  • China’s Economical Transformation with Tech and Innovation
  • China and Global Financial Markets’ Evolution
  • Investing in China
  • The Intersection of Digital Revolution
  • Sovereign Capital
  • Metaverse
  • Web3
  • NFTs

Languages

  • Chinese
  • English

Biography

Investor, attorney, author, and adjunct professor on the global digital economy, Winston Ma is Co-Founder of CloudTree Ventures, a seed to early growth stage venture capital firm empowering interactive entertainment companies.

He is one of a small number of native Chinese who have worked as an investment professional and practicing capital markets attorney in both the US and China. Most recently for 10 years, he was Managing Director and Head of the North America Office for China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund. At CIC’s inception in 2008, he was among the first group of overseas hires by CIC, where he was a founding member of both CIC’s Private Equity Department and later the Special Investment Department for direct investing (Head of CIC North America office 2014-15).

He had leadership roles in global investments involving financial services, technology (TMT), energy and natural resources sectors, including the setup of West Summit (Huashan) Capital, a cross-border growth capital fund in Silicon Valley, which was CIC’s first overseas tech investment. Prior to that, Winston served as the deputy head of equity capital markets at Barclays Capital, a vice president at JP Morgan investment banking, and a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Winston Ma is the author of several books including China’s Mobile Economy (2016), Digital Economy 2.0 (2017 Chinese), The Digital Silk Road (2018 German), China’s AI Big Bang (2019 Japanese), and Investing in China (Risk Books, 2006). His new books are “The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Funds Are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy” (2020) and “The Digital War – How China’s Tech Power Shapes the Future of AI, Blockchain, and Cyberspace” (2021).

He is currently Chairman of Nasdaq-listed MCAAU, a European tech SPAC. He is also Chairman of the advisory board at Open Mineral (since 2020), the first Fintech B2B metal marketplace.

In 2017 Winston Ma was a board member of Singapore-listed Noble Group (SGX: CGP). He was selected a 2013 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Winston earned his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross Business School (Beta Gamma Sigma) and his master of law from the New York University School of Law (Hauser Global Scholar). He earned his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law degrees from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law (current course “Sovereign Investments & Regulations”) and a member of New York University (NYU) President’s Global Council since 2013 inception. In 2014 he received the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award.

He lives between Beijing and New York.

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