John Thornton

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Thornton is one of the world’s leading investment banking professionals with more than 40 years of experience working across Belt and Road countries.

In addition to his role at SRFC, he is currently Executive Chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation, a member of the board of Ford Motor Company, Non-Executive Chairman of Pinebridge Investments and Chairman of the Board of trustees of the Brookings Institution.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Thornton has also served on the boards of many large public companies, including: China Unicom, HSBC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Intel and News Corporation. From 1980 to 2003, he held several senior roles at Goldman Sachs, including Asia Chairman and company President.

He was honoured with the Friendship Award of China in 2008, the highest honour accorded to a non-Chinese citizen. In 2007, he was named by Institutional Investor as one of 40 individuals who had the greatest influence in shaping global financial markets over the previous 40 years.

Oliver Hart

International Advisor

Oliver Hart is currently the Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1993. Professor Hart is the 2016 co-recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy and the American Finance Association.

Professor Hart works mainly on contract theory, the theory of the firm, corporate finance and law and economics. His research centers on the roles that ownership structure and contractual arrangements play in the governance and boundaries of corporations. Professor Hart has published a book (Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure. Oxford University Press, 1995) and numerous journal articles.

Javier Solana

International Advisor

A former Secretary General of the Council of the European Union, Mr. Solana has also served as the Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain. He currently serves as the President of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and is a Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Solana is also member of the board of the International Crisis Group and the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Shan Li


Mr. Li’s leadership experience with global financial institutions and major Chinese banks spans more than 20 years. Mr. Li is Member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC. He is a Vice Chairman of the Silk Road Planning Research Center and the Vice Chairman of Chinese Financial Association of Hong Kong. Mr. Li has held several C-suite positions including: Chief International Business Advisor of the China Development Bank, Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank Asia, CEO of Bank of China International Holdings, and Chief China Economist at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Li also co-founded the NYSE-listed company SouFun.

Mr. Li holds several academic positions including: Vice Chairman of the Institute for Governance Studies at Tsinghua University, Visiting Committee member of the MIT Economics Department and is a member of the MIT Sloan Finance Advisory Board.

He holds a BS in MIS from Tsinghua University, an MA in Economics from the University of California, Davis and a PhD in Economics from MIT.

Alfred Pang


Mr. Pang holds more than 30 years of experience in investment banking and private equity. Before joining SRFC, Mr Pang served as Chairman, Asia Region & CEO of Standard Advisory Asia Limited. Prior to that, Mr. Pang held various senior management positions in investment banking at Standard Bank in Asia, Bank of China International and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Asia. Mr. Pang is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Summit Ascent Holdings Limited, a HKSE listed company with focused business operations in the Russian Far East.

Mr. Pang holds an MBA from Stanford University and a dual BSc in Electrical Engineering and BA in Economics from Cornell University.

Peter Wheeler


Mr. Wheeler has over 30 years of experience in investment and wholesale banking.

From 1985 to 2001 Mr. Wheeler worked in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore for Goldman Sachs in investment banking, corporate finance and capital markets. He became a partner of the firm in 1994 and led the establishment of the firm's investment banking business in Asia. He led the Goldman Sachs team on many of the first wave of cross-border capital markets transactions for Chinese SOEs.

From 2008-2010 he worked at Standard Chartered Bank as the Head of Wholesale Banking West, including EMEA and the Americas.

In addition to his duties at SRFC, Mr. Wheeler also serves as an Executive Vice President at The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation organization, and as a Co-Founder and Trustee at New Philanthropy Capital, having served in the latter position for 15 years. He was co-founder and Director of Climate Change Capital. Today Mr. Wheeler also serves as a board member of Rift Valley Corporation, a large family owned farming group operating in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Mr. Wheeler holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University

James Teo

Venture Partner

With more than 18 years of investment banking experience focused primarily on natural resources in Asia Pacific, Mr. Teo brings strong sector expertise to SFRC. Mr. Teo has been involved in some of the largest cross-border resource M&A transactions in Asia in metals & mining, oil and gas and energy. Over the past decade, he has overseen in excess of US$20 billion of capital raising for Asian resource clients. Prior to joining SFRC, Mr. Teo was Managing Director of the Natural Resources Group Asia and Head of Metals & Mining Asia at UBS.

Mr. Teo has an MPhil in Finance from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge and BSc in Economics from University College London.

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