Mr Ai serves as the head of CEL’s Private Equity (TMT) platform. As Managing Partner, Mr Ai manages the platform’s series of RMB and USD funds. The RMB funds include the CEL New Economy VC Fund; the Media Fund; and the Growth and Buyout Fund. The CEL New Economy Fund is the USD fund in the series. Under Mr Ai’s supervision, the team has closed more than 60 deals, totaling the equivalent of over USD2.4B AUM.
He has over 10 years of investing experience and has led a great number of high-profile investments in the New Economy sectors, including iQIYI, Meituan-Dianping, Uxin Group, NIO, SenseTime, Terminus, Miss Fresh, Wish, NetEast Cloud Music, Yixia Technology, Shanghai Film Art Academy, Mashang Finance, ChinaUMS, Circle, T11, i.am+, acquisition of Osram lighting business Ledvance, HC SemiTek’s acquisition of MEMSIC INC, biyao.com, Tantan and etc.
Prior to joining CEL, he was one of the core founders of EBA Investments, one of the largest real estate funds in China, which managed over USD 14.5 bn(RMB 100 bn) assets. Prior to that, he worked for investment banking division of J.P. Morgan New York and Hong Kong.
Holds Master of Science degree in finance from Washington University in St Louis in the US, and BA in economics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
His distinguished has earned China’s most prestigious investment awards. He was awarded the “2018 Forty Fancy Future Investors” by PE Daily, “2018 Annual Influential Investor Awards” by China Renaissance, “2017 China Best PE Investors TOP 50” and “2017 Best Media and Entertainment Investors TOP 10” by ChinaVenture, the Greatest Investors “36 under 36” by 36Kr, the TOP Investors “40 under 40” by Cyzone, “2016 Best New Prominent Investors TOP 10” by Hurun as well as the “2016-2017 Best Young Investors TOP 10”by investor.com.