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Sophia Cheng

Chief Investment Officer, Cathay Financial Holdings

Sophia Cheng is the Chief Investment Officer of Cathay Financial Holdings and also teaches in  the Department of Intl Business of National Taiwan University. Sophia has near 30 years of  experience in research and investment with last position acting as Chairman and head of  research of Merrill Lynch Taiwan. Sophia is highly regarded by the government. She is well known for her work in financial sector  research and her proactive participation in forming government policies, including promoting  banking reform and tax reform. Sophia has been appointed as Government Affairs Consultant of Executive Yuan and Advisory Committee Member of National Development Council since 2012 and 2015,  respectively. Sophia also acts as the Fellow of Asia Pacific Industrial Analysis Association (APIAA) and Board of Director  of the Taiwan M&A and Private Equity Council (MAPECT).  In the recent years, she has also been actively promoting Corporate Sustainability and Responsible Investment in  Taiwan. Sophia has been selected as 2019 Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen and 2021 Global Top 50 Women in  Investment Management. She has been acted as Chair of Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) since November 2018, and also appointed as the member of Taiwan National Sustainable Development Committee. Sophia holds Master of Science degree in finance-banking from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, USA  and a bachelor degree in Atmospheric Sciences from National Taiwan University.