Wallace Mathai-Davis, Ph.D.
Mr. Mathai-Davis is the Chairman of Shepherd Kaplan, and a member of the Investment Committee. He has more than 31 years of experience as an international asset manager and banking executive. He is a principal owner and Managing Partner of the GIA Group, a New York-based private company which invests in and advises banking and asset management firms; among its past clients are firms in the United States, China, the European Union, and Eastern Europe. Mr. Mathai-Davis was a Partner and COO of OFFITBANK, headquartered in New York for 16 years. OFFITBANK was a leading independent asset manager and private bank with seven regional offices, including Hong Kong. He was also Chairman and CEO of Offit Investment Fund, Inc., a mutual fund complex. He remained with OFFITBANK’s successor following its sale to Wachovia Corporation. He is Co-Founder, and was Co-CEO, of ChinaVest, Ltd., a merchant bank headquartered in Shanghai, with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. ChinaVest was one of the first independent merchant banks chartered in the People’s Republic. ChinaVest provides cross-border merger and acquisition services to Global 1000 corporations and Chinese companies. Among these clients were/are John Deere, IBM, Wells Fargo, Scottish & Newscastle, and AIG, to mention a few. ChinaVest was among the first non-Chinese advisors to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the PRC—the highest governmental body responsible for economic reform in China. Mr. Mathai-Davis remains a significant shareholder and a Member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Mathai-Davis was a member of the Graduate Research Faculty of Stony Brook University, where he won multiple awards as a professor, and has published in academic journals and regularly speaks on investment markets. He is an economic sociologist and holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and Modern Languages from the University of Notre Dame, where he also held a National Defense Fellowship for Soviet Studies. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of ChinaVest Ltd. He is Chairman of 360 Trading Networks, Inc., the North American subsidiary of 360 Treasury Systems, a global foreign exchange ECN, owned by the Deutsche Boerse. Mr. Mathai-Davis was the treasurer of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City for 13 years. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Sociology Department at Princeton University, and is a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University Institute of Contemporary German Studies. He is also a member of the IFO Institute in Munich, and the investment committee of the Max Planck Foundation also in Munich.