Ling is an Investment Manager for Changsheng Fund Management, a fund management company in China. She is based in Beijing, China.
What is your professional and educational background?
I work in the international department of a pioneering Chinese mutual fund with, at present, RMB 68 billion (GBP 7.4 billion) in assets under management. My major portfolio has achieved 63.6 per cent absolute return since July 2015, equivalently ranking sixth out of 70 in the market.
I started my career as a management trainee at Ford Motor Company between 2005 and 2008. I made the transition to the financial sector in 2010, when I worked as an analyst at an insurance company specialising in risk management, and after that I moved into equity research and asset management.
I hold a Master of Science degree in Risk Management from St. John’s University, New York, where I was awarded the Zurich Chinese Scholarship. During my undergraduate years, I received an outstanding student scholarship from Zhejiang University, China.
What is the most exciting thing about your work?
For the past nine years, I have researched over two hundred listed companies in Hong Kong, China and the US from an investment point of view. It is so exciting that, through my work, I’m able to reach out to these companies. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and successes with these companies with my Executive MBA cohort, as well as the challenges they faced and how they overcame barriers.
Why did you decide to pursue an Executive MBA?
I have an opportunity to advance my career by being nominated as responsible officer to my company’s Hong Kong subsidiary. To prepare myself fully for this exciting, life-changing opportunity, I am studying for the Executive MBA to supplement my work experience, increase my understanding of broad, strategic business issues and gain rapid exposure to the elements most important in running a business.
What attracted you to Cambridge Judge Business School?
My undergraduate university in Zhejiang is sometimes called the ‘Cambridge of the East’, so I appreciate now having the opportunity to study at the real University of Cambridge! It’s been a dream of mine since childhood.
Cambridge Judge Business School’s emphasis on international business is important for me. I work primarily with Hong Kong and US markets, so exposure to European markets, amongst others, is an opportunity I am seizing. I’m also keen to gain a wealth of international business contacts through my peers and the alumni network.