• Speaker Profiles

    Heide H Blunt
    Managing Director
    AIMA Hong Kong

    Heide has nearly two decades of experience specialising in the Asia-Pacific region, with both buy and sell-side institutions at a senior level. Heide joined the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in May 2013 to head their Hong Kong Chapter as Managing Director. AIMA represents the hedge fund community globally and Hong Kong is the largest chapter outside of AIMA’s London headquarters. Prior to AIMA, Heide was Chief Financial Officer for Tybourne Capital Management (HK) Ltd, where she was jointly responsible for building and overseeing all areas of Business Management. Prior to Tybourne, Heide spent two years at Elements Advisors Ltd as their Chief Operating Officer. Heide also has an extensive client service background gained from Credit Suisse, where she spent eleven years in the Asian Equities proprietary and facilitation trading businesses, based in both London and Hong Kong. Heide holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Oxford University.

    Sally Crane
    Managing Director, Asia

    Sally Crane is Managing Director for Linedata in Asia.  Key responsibilities include business development, delivery and strategy, as well as oversight for the Hong Kong office. Prior to this, Sally was Regional Director for FactSet Pacific in Hong Kong, after moving to Asia in 1997. During that time she oversaw all aspects of setting up a new office and developed and managed a successful Sales & Consulting force to manage the growing business. She also lead the team into new markets such as China and India. Sally has 18 years’ experience in Financial Services and holds a BA Hons in Financial Services from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom.

    Grégoire Déchy
    Chief Operating Officer
    SPQ Asia Capital Ltd

    Grégoire has 9 years’ experience specializing in the Asia-Pacific region, with both buy and sell-side institutions at a senior level. He joined SPQ Asia Capital in December 2013 as Chief Operating Officer. SPQ Asia Capital is the Hedge Fund arm affiliated with SAIF Partners, a leading private equity firm that provides growth capital to companies in Asia. Grégoire is in charge of all the non-investment side of SPQ Asia Capital. From 2010 to 2013, he was involved in the start-up phase of two Hong Kong based advisors named Hong Investment and Isometric Capital. From 2001 to 2010, he worked for Société Générale Group focusing on institutional clients and the Newedge prime brokerage platform in London and Hong Kong from 2005. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from ESTP Paris and the University of Birmingham, as well as an MBA in Finance from HEC Paris / NYU Stern School of Business.

    Ed Gouldstone
    Head of Hedge Fund Product Management

    Ed Gouldstone is Head of Hedge Fund Product Management for Linedata, responsible for the company’s global product strategy in the alternative investment markets and across all of the company’s front and middle office products.  Prior to this, Ed managed Linedata’s Business Analysis team for the Linedata Beauchamp product set, where responsibilities included managing the links to other Linedata products such as Linedata Longview and Compliance. Since joining Linedata in 2004, Ed has held positions in support, client services and development for the Linedata Beauchamp product set. Ed holds a BSC in Mathematics from the University of Bristol and has held the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation since 2007. 

    Annie Lai
    Principal & Chief Operating Officer
    Ward Ferry Management Ltd

    Annie Lai, CFA, CPA, Chief Operating Officer, joined Ward Ferry Management in 2004. Prior to joining Ward Ferry, Annie was the Assistant Director of Finance at Lloyd George Management which she joined in 1996. Annie began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has over 20 years of experience in fund management, legal and compliance, and finance and audit. She has an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.


    Bryan Messer
    CEO and Founder
    Messer Fund Services

    Bryan has over 18 years of experience in technology and finance. In May 2013, Bryan launched Messer Fund Services after identifying a need for data management and reporting solutions for funds and asset managers in the region. Before this Bryan spent two years as Chief Technology Officer for Azentus Capital Management  Ltd, joining the Azentus team with his former colleagues from the Principal Strategies desk at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong.  Prior to GS, Bryan spent seven years at Barclays Capital in London and New York working in the Commodities group, in technology, quantitative analytics and ultimately trading roles. Before Barclays he worked at Microsoft and Enron. Bryan holds a Masters in Business Management from Strathclyde University and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Glasgow.


    Paul Moloney
    Partner-Head of the Hong Kong Representative office
    Dillon Eustace

    Paul is a partner with Dillon Eustace and is the Head of the Hong Kong Representative office. He is a specialist in fund formation and advice and advises Asian based asset managers on the structuring, establishment and operation of all types of funds including UCITS.


    David Polonsky
    Hedge Fund Product Manager

    David Polonsky is a Hedge Fund Product Manager for Linedata and is responsible for global Hedge Fund-focused products and services. David’s current focus is on the Compliance Managed Service cloud regulatory offering. Since 2006, David has performed numerous roles in the Fintech industry including Account Management, Technical Sales, and Support in the OMS, EMS, and PMS space. Prior to joining Linedata in 2012, David was a Senior Project Manager at Eze Castle Software in both London and New York. David holds a BS in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University.

    Elliott Shadforth
    Partner - Financial Services

    Elliott is a Partner with EY’s Asia Pacific Asset Management Practice within the Financial Services Office. He has worked for EY in Australia, the United States and now Hong Kong for over 19 years. Elliott is a Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Elliott works with our Asset Management clients providing audit, transaction support and advisory services. He has also performed reviews over the effectiveness and efficiency of internal control frameworks (ISAE3402 and SSAE16), including reviews of regulatory compliance. Elliott has experience across a broad spectrum of asset classes and investment products including listed, registered and authorized funds.

    Elliott has also worked with both listed and unlisted clients including a number of boutique investment managers and their funds. Elliott has provided transaction support to several financial institutions with regards debt and equity raisings for IPO’s and subsequent capital raising activity, conducted financial and operational due diligence engagements.

    Andy Xie
    Independent Economist and Morgan Stanley's former chief for the Asia Pacific region

    Morgan Stanley’s former chief economist in the Asia Pacific region is both a respected and a controversial figure. Based in Shanghai, Andy Xie’s views on the nature of Chinese growth and the bubble-like appearance of the boom have sparked a great deal of debate.

    After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Andy worked at the IMF before joining Morgan Stanley as a South East Asia specialist. He eventually departed after reaction to his comments about the level of corruption in Singaporean business.

    Since then Andy’s comments on the sustainability of the Chinese economy and its stock market have attracted criticism from the authorities. Officials have accused him of being pro-American in his analysis of China’s ‘Asset Bubble-Burst Cycle.’ However many others take him seriously: in written reports for the World Bank he accurately predicted the Asian financial crisis, the dotcom bubble and the sub-prime mortgage collapse.

    Andy has argued that to stop China from being export-dependent, the government will need to redistribute the newly acquired wealth to its citizens. It can do so by distributing shares in state-owned companies, lowering housing costs and controlling property speculation. In the meantime foreign inflows are simply adding to wage and price inflation - just as productivity is faltering.

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