Executives

As former CEOs, global leaders, and industry-leading specialists, Pasaca Capital leadership offers decades of experience and closes the gap between developed and developing economies. We are proud to skillfully guide organizations to profit and expand opportunities at the intersection of society and technology.

With experience across varied domains including finance, government, IT, and manufacturing, Pasaca Capital leaders possess the agility, financial acumen, resources, and extensive networks necessary to maximize startup asset value. The leadership team is passionate about realizing positive outcomes that serve greater society. Inspiring and ethically driven, their unique perspectives and understanding of emerging technologies, global economies, and political forces, enable successful integration with larger ecosystems, sustainable growth, and market traction.

Leadership

Charles Huang, PhD

Founder/Chairman

Areas of Expertise: Strategy and Investment Banking

Education: Ph.D. in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Bachelor’s in Economics from Wuhan University, China.

Bio: Charles is a former top analyst at HSBC securities, Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia and BNP Paribas. He predicted the eminent market crashes of Hong Kong and China A share markets near their peaks and called precisely at the bottom of Hong Kong market.

He played a key role in the strategic alliance between China’s Brilliance Group and MG Rover Group in the UK in 2002 and later co-founded Pan-Asia Environmental Technologies, which became a successful public company in December 2007 amid difficult market conditions.

Charles is also the Chairman of the Charles Huang Foundation, a philanthropic organization with a focus on education, medical research and entrepreneurship. 

James Li

Founding Partner

Areas of Expertise: International Business, Government Affairs and Corporate Management

Bio: James has over 30 years of experience in international business, government and public affairs, and corporate management. He has extensive experience working in partnership with several multinational companies, especially in telecommunications, advanced manufacturing, and high technology, including Fujitsu, Philips, NEC, and Siemens.

He led the team to introduce China’s first 10-thousand program-controlled telephone systems and facilitated its nationwide promotion, which signaled the opening up of China’s telecommunications industry. James also led his team to introduce the fiber optic cable to China from AT&T.

In recent years, James has founded Evergrande Investment and Silk Road Asset Management to bridge the technical and financial cooperation between Chinese companies and foreign institutions.

Michelle Kuang

Managing Director​

Areas of Expertise: Finance, Securities and Asset Management

Education: Michelle received her Master’s of Business Administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Bio:

Early in her career, Michelle was discretionary portfolio management salesperson in Credit Suisse managing ultra-high net worth clients.  Michelle also worked for Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas, CLSA and Haitong Securities, in various institutional equity research analyst and sales roles. 

Michelle founded an assets management firm and a financial services firm and acted as CEO, facilitating asset management and advising and dealing in securities licensed under the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). Michelle joined Pasaca Capital as a partner in 2017 bringing with her 16 years of experience in the financial industry.

Derrick Sun

Managing Director​

Areas of Expertise: Stock Analysis, Market Projections and Business Development

Education: Derrick received his MBA from the University of Kentucky

Bio: Derrick has over three decades of experience in the banking and consulting sector. He started at Deloitte Consulting where he specialized in the healthcare and consumer sector for 15 years. He also acted as CEO of a biotech pharmaceutical company for nearly five years before joining BNP Paribas Asia as a healthcare analyst. Subsequently, Derrick was the manager of multiple public funds and designated NSSF fund at ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management Company in Hong Kong.

With his seminal report on China’s forthcoming pharmaceutical sector in early 2009, Derrick became a ranked analyst in 2010 and remained a top “picker” in the sector for several years. All funds managed by Derrick during his career as a portfolio manager achieved significant and consistent success, outperforming their benchmarks.

Bringing unrivalled insight and connections into China’s healthcare industry, Derrick Sun joined Pasaca Capital Inc. in January 2021 and is a managing director of Innova Strategies Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pasaca Capital Inc.

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Erwin R. Sanft, CFA​

Managing Director​

Areas of Expertise: Financial Markets and Financial Portfolio Management

Education: Erwin holds Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Finance from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Bio: Erwin is a Managing Director of Pasaca Capital. He has 26 years of experience in financial markets. Erwin was head of China research at BNP Paribas, CLSA and Standard Chartered Bank and head of China strategy at Macquarie Bank. He also worked as a senior portfolio manager at E Fund Management, China’s largest mutual fund manager. Prior to joining the finance industry, Erwin worked at the New Zealand Consulate-General in Shanghai. Erwin is a Non-Executive Director of the CFA Society of Hong Kong and President of the New Zealand Society of Hong Kong.