William Knight is the Chairman, board member, or an adviser to, various investment and other companies whose focus and development is on the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
Aged 75, William Knight (as he is known) is Chairman of Earth Capital Asia Ltd (a sustainable technology investment firm) and Myanmar Investments International Ltd, an AIM listed permanent capital company. He is also a board member of, or adviser to, various investment and other companies whose focus and development is on the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
William originally specialised in the arrangement of export credit finance for major capital projects in several continents while at Lazard Brothers. He then spent 18 years in various senior positions within the Lloyds Bank group,initially as a project finance specialist for projects in the Far East, Middle East and North Africa. Amongst his various responsibilities, he established and directed the bank’s first overseas merchant banking office in Hong Kong to cover East Asia and the Indian sub-continent; he later became responsible for the creation of a number of the early emerging market investment funds. Since 1991, as an independent director or adviser, he has served as Chairman of the J. P Morgan Chinese Investment Trust Plc, as senior Independent Director of Fidelity Asian Values Trust Plc (both London listed investment trusts) and, as a co-founder of Emerisque Brands, an East/West management buy-in company, he was chairman of its three Shanghai-located Chinese joint ventures. Amongst his many firsts, in a career dedicated to developing frontier and emerging markets, he originated and chaired listed funds for Portugal, Thailand and Russia East of the Ural mountains. He also originated listed funds for Vietnam and Mauritius and served on the Board of an AIM-listed private equity fund of funds for India – a country in which he has had extensive involvement – and of a Korean-led fund dedicated to investing in Korean companies involved with China. He is a frequent visitor to China and is onthe advisory board of China Resolutions Ltd, a company established to assist Chinese companies listed overseas to meet international standards of good corporate governance. He currently is advising a UK-based food technology company on its strategy for the Chinese market and for the rest of Asia. Similarly he is advising, and is on the Board of, a family office of industrial designers and architects based in London and Colombo.