Gia Shen

Gia Shen

Strategic Investment Director of Beijing World Affairs Press
East Asia

Gia is currently Strategic Investment Director of Beijing World Affairs Press, a publishing and education company under the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was established in 1934, and over the past two years have transformed the traditional publishing firm to launch new business lines in the film and media industries.

Prior to joining World Affairs Press, Gia had over 10 years of real estate research, portfolio management and private equity investment experience, first as an equity research associate at Susquehanna Investment Group in NYC and later as Research Director for Jones Lang LaSalle, leading a team of 50 research analysts across China in its quarterly REIS research publications for the Chinese real estate sector.

Gia was also previously a member of and in charge of fundraising activities for the first Special Situations Fund for Hony Capital, which is one of China’s most established buyout, state-owned enterprise restructuring and growth capital private equity fund managers.

Having lived and worked in New York, Shanghai, France and Switzerland, Gia has been involved with the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, and the Brussels-based European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) where as a student fellow at the 10th annual conference in Berlin, assisted with the planning and development of the special session on Women in Venture Philanthropy.

Gia is also an active member of the Real Estate Committee at AmCham Shanghai, and the Family Business Committee of INSEAD. Gia graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics, with a year of exchange at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, and received her MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.