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Tony Zhang rises to Chief Investment Manager

My Dominican degree, as well as continuing education, prepared me to invest in a complex, fast-moving country like China while working for multinational Franklin Templeton.

Tony Zhang官话.

"I work for Franklin Templeton Sealand Fund Management, a Franklin Templeton joint venture in Shanghai. Franklin Templeton is a leading investment company based in San Mateo, California, managing assets US$879 billion as of December 31, 2013.

I have several titles: Chief Investment Manager, Vice President-Investments and Investment Committee Chairman. I manage two equity mutual funds, totaling US$730 million, invested in listed companies in China’s stock exchanges.

In 1988 in Wuxi, China, I took part in a training program for business managers. The program was taught by teachers and graduate students from Dominican’s  Pacific Basin Studies. I then learned of Dominican’s business program. 

The Dominican campus is stunningly beautiful, situated on a piece of luxury property and surrounded by woods. Small classes at Dominican allow for close interaction between faculty members and students, which is good for academic and personal development. The diverse backgrounds of faculty members and students made studying at Dominican exciting and stimulating.

I met faculty and students from China, France, Hong Kong, Ethiopia, Taiwan, India, Thailand, South Korea, Spain and Japan. It was really eye-opening, coming from an ethnically homogeneous country where over 90% of the population was Han Chinese. 

My program required a lot of reading and writing. Thanks to the training, I learned to write in English. In 2001, I published a book written in English titled “Investment Funds in China”. The publication gave me chance to speak at a Harvard China Forum in Boston the following year.

The business courses that I took at Dominican built a broad foundation for me to start an internship at a San Francisco-based investment company. After the internship, I was employed and eventually moved up to be Senior Investment Officer – Greater China.

My Dominican degree, as well as continuing education, prepared me to invest in a complex, fast-moving country like China while working for multinational Franklin Templeton. 

Dominican is located in Northern California. Plenty of business exchanges happen between California and China everyday. Dominican has been active in educating Chinese students and business managers since 1988. California is a world leader in business and technology innovation."


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