George Zhang is Managing Director for the US SEAF-Sichuan Investment Fund LLC, which, since 2004, has invested in West China, primarily Sichuan province. In this role, George is responsible for fund investment, originating, negotiating, executing and monitoring investment deals, conducting corporate governance, achieving fund exit, reporting to the investment committee and board of directors, managing team and achieving full repatriation of the fund investment amount and full realization of the fund investment returns.
He successfully achieved 100% exit ratio of the fund and contributed investment returns exceeding the fund’s hurdle rate after fully repatriating committed and invested fund capital back to investors and made efforts to continue with collection of IRRs for investors.
He is familiar with industries of modern manufacturing, consumption upgrading, food, energy, bio-chemical and pharmaceutical and health, clean-tech energy, swage and garbagy treatment, infrastructure, education, modern agri-business and processing, automobile, electronic, ICT and Internet etc. He is one of important investment pioneers in the region with rich investment experience.
Before joining SEAF, George worked from 1999 to 2004 as Chief Representative and Senior Investment Manager for the investment branch of New York Life International in Southwest China, originating, analyzing and structuring infrastructure projects and direct investment. Similarly, in inland Sichuan, George served as Chief Representative and Senior Relationship Manager of Standard Chartered Bank, developing the nascent corporate banking, institutional banking, and derivatives products. While working for Standard Chartered Bank, he was honored as one of the top 10 best performers and high potential staff members from May 1995 to July 1999.
George's good resources and business and government relationships originated from his work experience at Sichuan Branch of the People’s Bank of China from 1989 to 1995. At the People’s Bank of China, he was the head of the foreign investment and banking business departments, approving businesses’ registration and certification, establishing foreign branches for the international companies, monitoring the influx of capital and overseeing the management of the assets and liabilities of commercial banks.
George studied finance and accounting at Bentley College in Boston, Massachusetts in USA and Economics in the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China, holding a M.A. and a B.A. in Economics.