Yang Diao '01

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paradigm Advisors Holding (Hong Kong) Limited, China and Hong Kong

Mr. Diao is the founder and chief executive officer of Paradigm Advisors, a leading boutique advisory and investment firm focused on high-growth industries in China with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Mr. Diao has over 20 years of experience in investment banking in China and the United States. Prior to founding Paradigm, he was with JPMorgan for more than 10 years holding various leadership positions. As a managing director, he led the technology and media investment banking business for JPMorgan China between 2011 and 2014. From 2009 to 2011, he was a co-head of China Corporate Finance Group, during which period he and his team were responsible for managing and executing all capital market transactions for JPMorgan clients from China. Mr. Diao joined JPMorgan in 2003. He started his career as an analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston in New York in 1997. He also worked as an associate with Morgan Stanley.

In addition to founding and managing Paradigm, Mr. Diao co-founded Parantoux Capital in 2016, an alternative asset management firm based in Hong Kong. Mr. Diao’s managerial experience also includes co-head of investment banking at China Renaissance Securities in Hong Kong between late 2014 and early 2016.

Mr. Diao was born and raised in Nanjing, China. He holds a BA in economics from Connecticut College, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Mr. Diao received a full scholarship from Connecticut College and graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. He currently serves on the President’s Leadership Council, an advisory board for Connecticut College.