Mr. Jesson Chen – Chairman & Partner
Mr. Jesson Chen co-founded QUARK Venture in 2015 and to date, under his leadership, Quark Venture has established comprehensive collaborations with top R&D institutions and translational medical centresworld-wide, has completed investments in several companies and has forged strategic partnerships with key investment banks and securities companies. An investment in Shanghai Shu-Xin Biotechnology Inc., which is developing a novel strategy for a rapid gene-diagnostics of food for medical purposes, is poised for an IPO and is valued at over 80 million RMB (Chinese Yuan).
Mr. Chen’s career has been focused on business investments and international trade, primarily in China, and more recently in Canada. He started his business career in the energy sector and in 1994 was appointed General Manager of a Sichuan-based import/export company. To date, Mr. Chen has invested over $200 million CAD in Canadian real estate, oil/gas and TSX-listedbio-energy companies. He also actively invested over 1 billion RMB in mining, real estate, tourism, finance and high-tech in China. In 2010, together with CITIC Capital, CCB International, CDH Fund, and Temasak Holdings, Mr. Chen participated in the reformation investment of the largest national guaranty company in China – China National Investment and Guaranty Corporation. In addition, one of Mr. Chen’s companies was awarded the highest credit grant from National Development Bank of China among the private companies in Sichuan province.
Mr. Chen is also a philanthropist and in 1995 established the charity foundation ‘the Jesson Youth Development Fund” which focuses on funding students in poverty through school and university. When in the energy sector building hydropower stations, he funded over 10 million RMB in construction projects for local roads, schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. In 2005, Mr. Chen was already listed 70th in the national charity ranking of China.
Mr. Chen holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the Economic Department of Sichuan University, an MBA from Sichuan Collage and an Executive MBA from Southwest University of Economy and Finance.
Awards & Titles
2013 Awards “Entrepreneurship Mentor” by Southwest University of Economy and Finance
2009 Awards “Excellent Individual in Power Industry” of Ya’An City
2008 Awards “Excellent Individual of Sichuan Disaster Recovery” after “5.12”Earthquake
2006 “Top 10 Excellent Young Individual” of Sichuan Province
2006 Awards “Excellent Entrepreneur of Private Sector” of Mei Shan City
2005 Awards “Excellent Contributor to Development of China” of Sichuan Province
2004 “Top 10 Excellent Young Individual”
2004 Awards “Excellent Contribution Prize” of Mei Shan City
2003 Awards “Excellent Entrepreneurship” of Mei Shan City
2003 Awards “Excellent Prize of Brilliance” because of Magnificent Contribution of Charity
Congress member of Sichuan province for consecutive three times (10th, 11th, and 12th, from 2003 till now) – Highest political prestige for entrepreneurs
2008 Member of 9th Standing Committee of Industrial and Commercial Association of Sichuan Province
2007 Vice-President of Industrial and Commercial Association of Mei Shan City
2006 President of Youth Entrepreneur Association of Mei Shan City
2005 Vice-President of Charity Association of Mei Shan City
2004 Vice-Director of Economy, Technology, Resource and Environment Committee of Mei Shan City
2009 Executive MBA, Southwest University of Economy and Finance
2002 Master of Business Administration, Sichuan MBA College
1990 Bachelor Degree of Accounting, Economic Department of Sichuan University