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.
Melissa is on the Firm's Investment Committee and co-leads Asia Alternatives' investments in buyout, direct co-investments and special situations. In addition, she oversees investor relations, asset allocation and investment strategy and process. Prior to launching Asia Alternatives, Melissa was a Director at Hellman & Friedman LLC ("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, Melissa 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. Melissa was also a Financial Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Melissa 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 fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English.
Melissa 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 Pacific Pension Institute (PPI), CAIA Association, Marin Country Day School, Half the Sky and the San Francisco Zoo. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Investment Committee for Marin Country Day School and as the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee for PPI. She is also on the Advisory Board for Room to Read and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).