The Team

Committed to the cause


Alex Smith

Director of Operations

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Alex Smith is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.


ChenChao LIU

Co-founder, Chariman

Chenchao, born in China, has been in Germany since 2002. He is the Founder of Silreal, a consulting firm enabling companies to enter, expand and find strategic partners in China and Europe. Capitalizing his extensive insights about China and its interrelations with Europe, Mr. Liu combines his expertise in healthcare and his intercultural competencies to enable institutions to place strategic investments into various companies along the Silk Road. 
Chenchao’s firm has partnership with Medical Valley, one of the 12 centers of excellence by the Federal Government of Germany, to support the European healthcare companies to conduct business with China. He shared his healthcare insights with the former Chinese Minister of Health, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, as well as members of German parliament from various parties. 
As a Global Shaper of World Economic Forum, Chenchao is regularly invited as speaker and quest at international conferences such as G20 Global Solutions Summit, OECD Forum, The Federation of German Industries and Max-Planck Society. He studied chemistry at Technical University Munich and was interviewed by the New York Times.


Lisa-Xuanzi ZHANG

Co-founder, Investor Relations

Ms. Zhang is based in Paris and fluent in English, German, French and Chinese. She is a seasoned profession in investment and operations both in China and Europe. In addition to her TMT investments related responsibilities, Ms.Zhang worked as a strategic advisor on Sino-European venture capital business development for leading Chinese corporations and government agencies. She is the selected participant of 2019 Yale Women Leadership Program and was a visiting scholar at the China Centre for Economic Research, Peking University and a national merit scholarship recipient from the Ministry of Education of China.

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Thierry AUZEL

Paris Hub Leader

Martin currently works as an Investment Manager under the strategic investment division of the Axel Springer SE and is based in Berlin. Before joining AS, he was a serial-entrepreneur with a thorough understanding about the Berlin start-up ecosystem. He is interested in Sino-German cross-border private-equity M&A and fundraising deals. He is passionate about healthcare trends in both digital transformation as well as regarding the impact of the digital life sciences industry in general. He holds a Bachelor of Science from WHU and an Executive Master degree in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership from ESCP Europe.



Berlin Hub Leader

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Yuxin LI

London Hub Leader

Ms Li is a senior consultant of IQVIA (Quintiles IMS Holdings. Inc.) focus on biopharmaceutical development services. She studied at top chinese medical school of Shanghai Fudan University and holds a Msc. in Epidemiology from Imperial College London


Dr.Xiaoli LI

Co-founder, Deputy Chairman

Dr.Li  currently works as Global Product Manager at Merck Group Life Science Business Unit, in Headquarters Darmstadt, Germany. He is responsible for global marketing and product development strategies of the proprietary biopharmaceutical expression platform. He holds a PhD in stem cell biology from the University of Wuerzburg, focusing on the differentiation of Embryonic stem cells towards Hematopoietic stem cells; a Diplom in Biology from the University of Jena. 

Mr. Auzel currently works in Sino-French PE/VC investment fund Cathay Capital, based in Paris. Before joining Cathay Capital, Thierry worked in investment banking at Canaccord Genutiy, in both Paris and London offices, as generalist M&A Analyst and Associate. He helped European small and mid-cap clients on several buy-side, sell-side and refinancing executions. He worked with a number of investors in Private Equity including ICG, Cinven, Ardian, Activa, Apax, Siparex, Triton, Equistone, EMZ, Inflexion, Exponent, Cathay Capital. Thierry holds a master degree in Finance & Strategy from Sciences Po Paris. He have finalised an exchange program with HKU in Hong Kong and studied one year at SISU in Shanghai.