Mr. Carter’s career began in 1973 at Hambros Bank Limited. Since then, Mr. Carter has held a number of senior investment banking positions. For eighteen years, Mr. Carter worked at Credit Suisse First Boston Limited where he held the titles of Managing Director from 1988 to 2005, Head of Global Equity Capital Markets from 1993 to 2000 and served as Chairman of Europe from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, Mr. Carter joined Morgan Stanley & Co. (NYSE: MS) as Vice Chairman−Institutional Securities. He served as Head of Global Capital Markets from 2007 to 2008 and since 2012, Mr. Carter has been a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley. He has been the Chairman of Artorious Wealth Management since 2014 and a director of Mafic S.A. since 2016. Mr. Carter holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Katase has been the Executive Vice Chairman and a Director of I-Pulse since December 2017. Before joining I-Pulse and until July 2017, Mr. Katase served as Japan’s Vice Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Having joined METI in April 1982, Mr. Katase had a successful and lengthy career, holding numerous senior positions such as the Director General of the Science and Technology Policy and Environment Policy Bureau from July 2013 to July 2015 and Trade Policy Bureau from July 2015 to June 2016. Mr. Katase previously was Deputy Secretary–General for Space Policy at the Cabinet Office from June 2010 to July 2012, where he led the development of national space policy, as well as the establishment of the Office of National Space Policy. Mr. Katase also held numerous Director and Deputy Director General positions at METI from September 2000 to June 2010. Mr. Katase earned a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Tokyo and a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Michigan.
Francis P.T. Leung
Mr. Leung has nearly thirty years of experience in the investment banking industry, having advised many companies on corporate finance practices, including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Leung has been a director of Shanghai Industrial Holdings Limited since May 1996. Mr. Leung was also the Chairman of the Chamber of HongKong Listed Companies from May 2015 to June 2019. Mr. Leung was a managing partner of CVC Capital Partners, a leading international private equity group, during the period from March 2012 to September 2016, and was its non-executive Chair of China in the 5-year period prior to March 2012 and the 3-year period after September 2016. Prior to this, he was the Chairman of Citigroup Investment Banking, Asia (NYSE: C) from July 2001 to June 2006. Prior to joining Citigroup, he was successively the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of BNP Paribas Peregrine (OCTMKTS: BNPQF), which was formed in January 1998 with the merger of Peregrine Group's (which he cofounded in 1988) Greater China equity and corporate finance team and BNP Paribas' investment banking arm in Asia.
Edward Welburn Jr.
Mr. Welburn is a graduate of Howard University, and began his distinguished career as an intern for General Motors (GM). For over forty years, Mr. Welburn worked at GM where he designed over 540 cars, worked in a variety of design studios, and in October 2003, became GM's Vice President of GM Design North America, the first African American to hold that position in the industry and the highest ranking African American at GM. In March 2005, Mr. Welburn became the Vice President of GM Global Design, as he created a network of 11 GM Design Centers in 7 countries around the world. After leaving GM in 2016, Mr. Welburn formed The Welburn Group with a focus on automotive design, micro mobility design, and athletic shoe design. In April 2018, Mr. Welburn formed Welburn Media Productions becoming CEO and Executive Producer. Mr. Welburn has been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, recipient of the Eyes On Design Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Black Engineer of The Year awards. Mr. Welburn is committed to serving the next generation of artist and designers by serving on the board of directors for the College for Creative Studies, Tony Bennett's Exploring The Arts foundation, as well as America On Wheels.