Mr. William Ma, CAIA, CFA with over 18 years of industry experience, is the Chief Investment Officer and founder of GROW Investment Group, a China based multi strategy multi asset management company, and launched the first multi strategy hedge fund in China. Previously, Mr. Ma was the Chief Investment Officer of Noah Holdings, one of the largest wealth management company in China, as well we the Chief Investment Officer of Gopher Asset Management, the asset management arm of Noah. Gopher is the largest multi strategy multi asset management company in China with USD25 billion AUM and 220 professionals. As CIO of Noah and Gopher, he was responsible for overseeing all investment management, asset allocation and investment products due diligence of combined USD80 billions of asset. He also managed the discretionary mandates and China domestic public market funds including a Greater China multi-managers fund, ranked the best emerging market fund of hedge funds globally (3 years annualized return) by BarclayHedge, and led the team won the prestige Golden Bull Award - Best Domestic Fund of Hedge Funds in China in 2018 as well as won numerous awards from InvestHedge, HFM and AsianInvestor.
Mr. Ma has been the Foreign Expert QDLP Review Committee Member for the Shanghai Municipal Government Financial Service Department since 2012, the APAC Committee Board Member of SBAI (Standard Board of Alternative Investment) since 2019, and the judge panel of Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards since 2016.
Before joining Noah in 2015, Mr. Ma was the CIO of Gottex Penjing Asset Management (GPAM), the Asia asset management arm of Gottex Fund Management, a Swiss-listed alternative investment management firm with USD22 billion AUM. At GPAM, Mr. Ma managed a team of 20 investment professionals in Asia, and was the lead portfolio manager of all of Gottex’s Asian fund of hedge funds. Prior to joining GPAM in 2012, Mr. Ma was co-founder and Portfolio Manager of Penjing Asset Management managing the industry’s first Asian funds of hedge funds since 2005. Before co-founding Penjing, he worked at Vision Investment Management (Asia) Ltd specializing in Asian hedge funds due diligence. Previously, he served as a research analyst at HT Capital Management Ltd, a Pan Asia Equity Long/Short hedge fund management firm in 2003. Mr. Ma joined the investment industry in Merrill Lynch’s San Francisco office in 2001.
With over 18 years of track record, Mr. Ma won over 20 industry awards: Golden Bull Award - Best Domestic Fund of Hedge Funds in China in 2018, The Asset Triple A Fund Management Award – Manager of the Year (Fund of Hedge Funds) in 2015, HFM Asia Hedge Fund Performance Award - Fund of Hedge Funds Long Term Performance (5 years) Award in 2014, HFMWeek Asia Performance Award – Fund of Hedge Funds Specialist in 2013 and 2012, in addition to multiple awards received from InvestHedge, AsianInvestor and Asia Asset Management between 2004 – 2010.
Mr. Ma received his BEng (EESE) from the University of Hong Kong and his MBA in Finance and E-Commerce from the University of San Francisco, and was invited to Peking University in Beijing as an exchange student representative in the Beijing International MBA (BiMBA) program in 2002. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst charterholder, and a member of the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts.