Yong Qiu is Managing Director and founder of Three Oaks Capital Ltd.. He specialises in aircraft financing and airport financing advisory business. Prior to founding the Three Oaks Capital Ltd, Yong worked with quite a few Chinese major banks’ aircraft financing divisions or their aircraft leasing arms in aircraft financing and airline assessments. His in-depth report, Financing China’s airport expansion, was published by Thomson Reuters. Prior to emigrating to the UK, Yong worked with China Southern Airlines, where he participated in the company’s secondary public offering.

He has obtained a Master Degree of Science in Economics from Zhongshan University and a Master Degree of Science in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University. 

James MF Yip is Senior Advisor of Three Oaks Capital Ltd. He had been an independent advisor with the Asian Transportation Group of HSH Nordbank AG, Hamburg since August 2006. Based in Singapore, James focuses on assisting HSH Nordbank in originating and executing the financing of infrastructure projects in the Asia Pacific, particularly in airports, port terminals and toll roads. Amongst others, his most significant project is HSH Nordbank’s unfunded risk participation in the Asian Development Bank’s investment cum financing of the HNA Airport Group in China.

Prior to joining HSH Nordbank, James was for two years until May 2006 the general manager of Changi Airport Managers & Partners Pte Ltd (CHAMPS), a wholly owned investment subsidiary of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, owner and operator of Changi International Airport. As general manager, he was responsible for the day-to-day running of CHAMPS which focuses on investing in and providing airport consultancy services to airports globally, in particular to greenfield and brownfield airports in China, India, Russia and the Middle East.

Prior to his stint in CHAMPS, James had been in the finance industry for over two decades covering the whole gamut of corporate, commercial and investment banking, capital markets and private equity fund raising. He has worked for several international financial institutions, including Barclays, Amro, Toronto Dominion, First Chicago and his last banking appointment was Global Head of Capital Markets and Syndications at Overseas Union Bank. In his banking career, he has also been involved in several financings of infrastructure projects (such as power plants, under-sea cables, tollroads and gas pipelines) in Indonesia, China and Australia. James holds a post-graduate diploma in management studies from the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago and a post-graduate diploma in financial management from the Stern School of Business Administration, New York University.

Isabel Liu is Senior Advisor of Three Oaks Capital Ltd..  Ms Liu has 20 years’ experience in infrastructure investing in both emerging and developed markets.  She has been a key executive in the start-up of four infrastructure investment businesses. She helped start the London-based EUR1 billion ABN AMRO Global Infrastructure Fund (now managed as EISER Infrastructure) in 2005, where she invested in a number of road and metro projects in Spain.  Ms Liu was also involved in the start-up and investment of the USD1 billion AIG Asian Infrastructure Fund I, investing in power plants and roads in China and Southeast Asia. While Managing Director of John Laing’s Asia Pacific investment business in Hong Kong, she invested in and served on the boards of Adelaide and Northern Territory Airports in Australia.  In 2001 she moved to London to become Chief Financial Officer of the global airports joint venture of Bechtel and Singapore Changi Airport. The joint venture’s airports included London Luton, Lima, Costa Rica and Curacao.  She represented the UK government-backed emerging markets investor CDC Capital and its private equity fund manager Actis as Board Director of the Vancouver Airport subsidiary now known as Vantage Airports, which operates airports in Canada, Cyprus, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Ms Liu is currently a Board Member of Passenger Focus, the UK’s statutory watchdog for passengers of rail, bus and tram services.  She also serves on the editorial advisory board of Global Dialogue Review.  Ms Liu started her finance career in US asset securitisation with Continental Bank and Citibank in Chicago.  She has a BA in Economics from the Ohio State University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.