David Chao joined United Overseas Bank (UOB) Hong Kong in 2013 to lead the bank’s newly set-up Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Advisory unit. The FDI Advisory unit facilitates the bank’s clients with their trade and investment flows between Greater China and Southeast Asia. In 2015, the FDI Advisory unit won the HKB International Business Award and in 2016, the FDI unit won the UOB Hong Kong Customer Commitment Award – bestowed for outstanding client service. David has been routinely asked by organizations such as the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Belt and Road Summit and government bodies such as the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong, to speak and moderate at public forums on FDI flows and trends. To date, David has facilitated over 100 investment deals from Greater China to Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Prior to working in Hong Kong, David worked in several Asia Pacific countries building strong business and governmental networks through providing advisory services to facilitate investments between China and Southeast Asia. David started his investment career in New York as an analyst with Goldman Sachs, followed by over 5 years as an equities investment analyst at Balyasny Asset Management and Visium Funds. David has substantial experience in investing in healthcare services and technology companies in emerging markets.
David is a U.S. Congress- Bundestag Scholar and received a BA cum laude degree in International Political Economy from Cornell University where he was selected as a Meinig Family National Scholar. He completed his General Course in economics at the London School of Economics and Master’s Degree in International Affairs at the University of Hong Kong, specializing in the political economy of China and Southeast Asia. David has also studied at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and completed a short-term research sabbatical on Chinese outbound investment at Peking University in the summer of 2016. David is an active member of the AmCham Hong Kong, serving as the Vice Chair of the Trade and Investment Committee and has been a guest lecturer in 2017 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Graduate School of Business’ Belt and Road Series.