James Hahn, President,
Asia Alpha Private Equity
Improving the world
Along with wife Lisa, a Trustee of New York University, enjoy collecting contemporary art and supporting educational and medical philanthropy.
On the boards of several non-profit organizations as well as medical, cultural, and academic institutions, including the Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board, the Harvard Kennedy School Dean's Council, the New York University President's Global Council, the China Entrepreneurs Forum, and the China-US Business Leaders Roundtable.
The Hahn family has endowed a medical foundation, the Hahn Cancer Research Fund, at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center as well as several Hahn Family Scholarships and Professorships at Harvard College, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University.
Began Wall Street career as UBS Corporate Intern in 1986. In 1992, managed one of Asia’s first multi-strategy hedge funds based in Hong Kong.
Limited Partner investor in alternative asset funds including Hedge, Global Distressed Debt, European Buyout, and specialized Israel VC funds focused on several sectors: Internet & Digital Media, Life Science & Medical Devices, Mobile, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Agritech, and Financial Technology.
President of Asia Alpha Private Equity, an international multi-stage private equity firm and fund of funds.
Asia Alpha Private Equity
Asia Alpha invests in top-performing alternative asset funds and co-invests in high growth companies in New York, Silicon Valley, Israel, and Asia.
Asia Alpha's primary investments are in select early or growth stage venture capital funds with high multiple return potential. Its portfolio of Limited Partner interests is a balance of emerging fund manager teams with sector expertise and well established high-return funds whose performance is repeatable and sustainable.
Asia Alpha acquires secondary direct investments by purchasing entire portfolios of investments and single positions in individual companies. Alongside its portfolio of venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds, Asia Alpha invests directly in mid-to-later stage financing rounds of high-growth companies.
Most recently, Asia Alpha invested $20 million in a fast-growing, profitable NYC-based technology company that has raised $160 million in venture capital.
To execute its investment strategy, Asia Alpha regularly conducts an intensive, quantitative, data-driven analysis of individual venture capital and growth equity firms. Asia Alpha relies upon the relationships and networks its team has built over the last 30 years as private equity investors.