George Zhang is a Managing Director of the SEAF Sichuan Small Investment Fund (SSIF), which invests in SMEs in China’s Sichuan province. In this role, Mr. Zhang is responsible for originating, negotiating, executing and monitoring investment deals, and adding value to and structuring exits. In addition, Mr. Zhang provides technical assistance to SSIF portfolio companies, maintains relations with the government departments, manages the SSIF internal staff, and assists in fund marketing and communications.
Before joining SEAF in 2004, Mr. Zhang worked as Chief Representative 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, Mr. Zhang 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.
Mr. Zhang’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.
Mr. Zhang studied finance and accounting as a Visiting Scholar at Bentley College in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a M.A. in Economics from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China and a B.A. in English and Japanese from Sichuan College of Foreign Languages in China.
SEAF Sichuan SME Investment Fund