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David Yu

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
Inception Aviation Holdings

Professor David Yu is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Inception Aviation Holdings, a family investment firm.  Prof. Yu is Adjunct Professor Finance at New York University Shanghai and Stern School and is a recognized expert in cross border finance and investing.  In addition, Prof. Yu has extensive experience as a principal and advisor in direct investments and financing across industries globally including deal origination, analysis, structuring, financing, and senior management responsibilities.


He is very involved in research, advising and analysis for aircraft appraisals and is the only independent ISTAT Appraiser in China. He currently is a Board Advisor for Pan Pacific Airlines.  Previously, he was the Managing Director of IBA Group and before that, he was the China Chief Representative, VP Asia (Head of Asia) and Executive Committee member at Libra Group, a large Greek family investment conglomerate, where he was responsible for all of Libra’s Asian interests including aviation, shipping, energy, hotels and real estate.  Prof. Yu was based in four continents before running Asia and founding the China business. Prior to Libra, Prof. Yu worked in investment banking with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Industries Group, where he focused on M&A, debt and equity transactions in transportation, aerospace and defense, and diversified industrials.


Prof. Yu is a CFA Charterholder and graduated with a bachelors and masters from Johns Hopkins University, M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business and studied at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management and the National University of Singapore’s School of Business.  He is a member of ISTAT and CFA Institute. He has taught at the Shanghai Party Institute of CPC and Shanghai Administration Institute and is a Senior Instructor for IATA. He is also a recognized Aviation Expert by the Export Import Bank of China.


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