Board of Directors
Lei Sun has been our chairman of the board of directors since November 2017. Mr. Sun has over fifteen years of experience in financial services industry and is a recipient of numerous prestigious national awards. Prior to founding our company in August 2006, Mr. Sun was a senior manager at the head office of China Minsheng Bank (HKEX: 1988) from September 2005 to August 2006. From August 2005 to September 2005, Mr. Sun served as a department head with Digital China Group Co., Ltd. (SZ: 000034) in charge of the development of internet financing products. Prior to that, Mr. Sun served as a director of banking service department with Taihe Chengxin Investment Co., Ltd. from August 2004. From March 2003 to August 2004, Mr. Sun served as the department head of financial services department of Hi Sun Technology (China) Limited (HKEX: 0818). Mr. Sun received his bachelor's degree in finance and EMBA from Peking University in 2003 and 2013, respectively.
Yanjun Lin joined us in April 2015, and has been our chief financial officer since April 2016, chief executive officer of 9F Primasia Securities since August 2016, and chief executive officer of our international businesses since September 2017, and our director since November 2017. Mr. Lin has worked in the banking and finance industry for more than 15 years. Mr. Lin has been serving as an independent non-executive director of Bank of Jinzhou Co., Ltd. (HKEX: 0416) since January 2017. Mr. Lin served as the director of Barclays Capital Asia Limited from August 2012 to April 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Lin served as an associate, vice president and director at Credit Suisse (Hong Kong)Limited from June 2008 to August 2012. Mr. Lin was an investment banker with BOC International Holdings Limited, Cazenove (Asia) Limited and Bear Stearns Asia Limited before joining Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited. Mr. Lin also currently serves as the director of Asian Youth Orchestra, the director of Smart Finance Research Center of Financial Science and Technology Institute at Tsinghua University, the deputy secretary general of the Union of Finance Alumni of Peking University, and is a Fellow of Aspen Institute's China Fellowship Program. Mr. Lin received his bachelor's degree in money and banking from Peking University in 2001 and is an EMBA candidate of PBC School of Finance of Tsinghua University.
Lei Liu is our co-founder and has been serving as director since 2019, and our chief risk officer since June 2020 and our chief executive officer since August 2020. Prior to founding our business, Mr. Liu worked as the senior product manager of the retail banking department of the head office of China Minsheng Bank (HKEX: 1988) from 2006 through 2007, responsible for developing personal loan products. Prior to that, Mr. Liu served as a supervisor of personal finance business with the Shenzhen branch of China Minsheng Bank, responsible for business development and product design since 2003. Mr. Liu received his bachelor's degree in economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 2003, and his EMBA degree from Peking University in 2018.
Yifan Ran has been our director since January 2014, and vice chairman of the board of directors since June 2020. Mr. Ren has been serving as the general manager of Beijing Aidi Telecommunication Co., Ltd. since June 2012. From January 2009 to June 2012, Mr. Ren worked with Beijing Tiantianfeidu Information Technology Co., Ltd. as the general manager. Between June 2005 and June 2006, Mr. Ren worked as a producer with Beijing News Radio. Mr. Ren received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Peking University in 2005 and his master's degree in media & communications from Fordham University in 2009.
Changxing Xiao has been a director of our company since January 2014. Mr. Xiao founded Will Hunting Capital in 2014 and has been serving as a partner since its inception. From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Xiao served as the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Beijing Hi Sun Advanced Business Solutions Information Technology Limited. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Xiao served as a department head with Beijing Founder Order Computer System Co., Ltd. Mr. Xiao received his bachelor's degree in international finance from Peking University in 1995.
Dr. Gong has been in the financial industry for more than 23 years and is widely recognized in both the research and investment banking fields. Dr. Gong is currently a responsible officer of First Seafront Financial Limited, in respect of Type 1 (Dealing in Securities), 4 (Advising on Securities) and 9 (Asset Management) regulated activities since November 2016 and a responsible officer of First Seafront International Capital Limited, in respect of Type 1 (Dealing in Securities) and 6 (Corporate Finance) regulated activities since September 2018. Dr. Gong currently serves as an independent non-executive director of Bank of Shanghai Co., Ltd. (SSE:601229), a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. From September 2009 to April 2015, Dr. Gong served as a Managing Director of JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Ltd and Chairman of JPM China Investment Banking, and led JPMorgan China investment banking business. From June 2004 to August 2009, Dr. Gong acted as Head of JPMorgan China Research / Strategy and Chief Economist, leading JPMorgan's China research team covering equity research, market strategy, macro and foreign exchange rates. Dr. Gong also co-headed JPMorgan EM Asia market research and strategy. Before his career at JPMorgan, Dr. Gong was the Chief Strategist and Co-Head of Global Currency and Rates Research at Bank of America from September 1997 to May 2004. Dr. Gong was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1995 to 1997, where his duties included research and policy submissions to the Federal Open Market Committee. Dr. Gong holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, with the Ph.D. thesis jointly done in the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and the Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Physics from Temple University in Philadelphia, an M.A. in Operation Research and Economics and a B.S. in Physics from Peking University.
Dr. Haitian Lu is currently a professor in law at the School of Accounting and Finance and the director of Chinese Mainland Affairs at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Lu is currently serving as an independent non-executive director of K. H. Group Holdings Limited (HKEX: 1557), an independent non-executive director of Loto Interactive Limited (HKEX: 8198), and an independent non-executive director of China Life Trustees Limited. Dr. Lu served at the School of Accounting and Finance in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University first as a visiting lecturer in law from September 2005 to June 2007 and later as an assistant professor in law from June 2007 to June 2012, associate professor in law from July 2012 to June 2018, and full professor in law and finance from July 2018. He also served as associate head of School of Accounting and Finance from July 2012 to December 2017, and associate dean in the Faculty of Business from January 2018 to January 2020. Dr. Lu has more than 15 years of experience in accounting, finance and law. Dr. Lu obtained his bachelor’s degree in international economic law from Nanjing University in 2001, his master of laws degree from The University of Liverpool in 2002, and a Ph.D. degree in law from National University of Singapore in 2007.