Melissa J. Ma
San Francisco: Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Hong Kong: Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Melissa J. Ma is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Asia Alternatives. She splits her time between Asia Alternatives’ Hong Kong and San Francisco offices. Ms. Ma is on the Firm’s Investment Committee and co-leads Asia Alternatives’ investments in buyout and direct co-investments. In addition, she oversees investor relations, asset allocation and investment strategy and process.
Prior to launching Asia Alternatives, Ms. Ma was a Director at H&F, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. She was involved with sourcing and monitoring H&F’s investments in financial and professional services. She helped manage H&F’s relationships with its investors and had a leading role in its fundraising activities.
Previously, Ms. Ma worked at McKinsey & Co., Inc. in the Hong Kong and San Francisco offices. From 1995-2000, she worked in the Hong Kong office of McKinsey in the Corporate Finance Practice and the Financial Institutions Practice. Ms. Ma was also a Financial Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Ms. Ma received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and holds an A.B. in Economics and East Asian Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
Ms. Ma currently sits on a number of Advisory Boards for several of Asia Alternatives’ private equity and special situations funds. In addition, she serves on the Boards of the CAIA Association, Burke’s School, One Sky (formerly Half the Sky) and the San Francisco Zoo. She serves as a Co-Chair for the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Asia Society (Northern California) and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Gold, the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.