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Investing Essentials: Private Equity in a Global World

Please join the Polsky Center for a discussion with Polsky IIR Tim Kelly and Alex Yang, Managing Director at Brookfield Private Equity Group. During the workshop, Tim and Alex will have a “fireside chat” discussion about Alex’s experience within private equity and discuss the global nature of this work. Now more than ever, roles in private equity require an understanding of the global environment. This workshop provides students an incredible opportunity to learn from two successful private equity investors and better understand the global aspects of the work.

// About the Speakers:

  • Alex Yang is a Managing Director and head of Greater China for Brookfield’s Private Equity Group and Infrastructure Group. He is responsible for the origination, execution and operation of investments in the region. Prior to joining Brookfield in 2021, Mr. Yang was a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Private Equity Group based in Hong Kong, a principal at TPG Capital based in Beijing, an associate at Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division based in New York and an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He previously served on the boards of Global Sources, Shya Hsin Packaging, Essel Propack and HCP Packaging. Mr. Yang holds a Juris Doctor degree from University of Minnesota Law School, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Law degree from Peking University in China.
  • Tim Kelly has been involved in private equity for nearly three decades in senior leadership and investment management roles with Allstate Insurance Company, Heller Financial, GE Capital, and Adams Street Partners. Tim began his career with Goldman Sachs in Chicago where he traded over-the-counter (OTC) securities and managed the office’s OTC market expansion efforts. He went on to manage billions of dollars in private equity related investment programs and to complete hundreds of successful international partnership and direct equity and fixed income investments. He is proud of an extensive global network of general and limited partner relationships he developed throughout his career as a result of his personable interaction style, objectivity and candor, and desire to help others succeed. His vast industry knowledge and experiences transcend finance, investments, law, international business, and complex capital formation structures. At the age of 54, Tim achieved a life-long goal when he received his PhD in organizational psychology from Northcentral University with a dissertation topic focused on how private companies become entrepreneurially oriented. He has an insatiable appetite for continuously learning as evidenced by, in addition to his psychology doctorate, an undergraduate degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Dominican University; a law degree, summa cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School; and an MBA in economics and international business from Chicago Booth. Tim has been an adjunct professor of undergraduate and graduate courses in finance, economics, and ethics, and is a writer and speaker on finance, leadership development, decision theory, organizational culture, and legal topics. Tim retired from active private equity investment activities in 2013. He now consults in the areas of leadership development and private equity firm operational and organizational optimization, in addition to managing his family office and philanthropic endeavors.


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