Cai Ming-Po

Awardees 2014

Ming-Po CAI is the Founder and President of Cathay Capital Private Equity, the first Chinese-French private equity firm focused on high growth French and Chinese companies, with offices in Paris, Shanghai, Beijing and New York. Under his leadership, Cathay Capital has grown to more than €400 million assets under management, including the €150 million Sino-French Fund that was launched in 2012 with investments from the China Development Bank and the Caisse des Dépots Group.
Mr. CAI brings more than 20 years of cross-border investment experience and deep expertise developing China-entry strategies for multi-national enterprises, and globalization strategies for Chinese companies expanding internationally. Prior to founding Cathay Capital PE, Mr. Cai successfully founded and managed several companies that operated in China and France in the industrial, distribution and textile sectors. He started his career developing the China business of the SEB GROUP, the leading French electrical appliances manufacturer.
Ming-Po CAI is an independent director on the board of GL Events, a leading French event organization company, and director on the boards of multiple portfolio companies including Yves Delorme Group, SUOFEIYA Co., Dessange Group among others.
In addition, he is member of the Honorary Committee of Parsons The New School in Paris, and member of the global business leader organization YPO. Also, he is director on the board of two foundations – France-Chine Entreprendre Fondation, which Cathay Capital PE established in 2011, and the CEIBS Education Foundation.
Mr. CAI received a master’s degree in Management from EM Lyon in France, and an EMBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, China.