Alan Chen Founding Partner, Essence Associates LLC

Dr. Chen is the Founding Partner of Essence Associates LLC, which was established in Silicon Valley in March 2016. Essence Associates provides business consulting and M&A advisory to technology companies in North America and Europe. Prior to this job, Dr. Chen was CEO of Perfect World Entertainment Inc., the subsidiary of Perfect World in North America and Europe. During the tenure of seven years, Dr. Chen grew the business quickly and made Perfect World number one in exporting online game business to the West among Chinese competition. He also served The 9 Ltd. as CTO before joining Perfect World. Prior to entering the video game business, Dr. Chen had held a number of executive positions at multinational corporations, including VP of Enterprise Server & Storage at HP China, VP of Professional Services at Lucent Technologies China, and GM of Carrier Packet Solutions at Nortel China and Nortel Canada. Dr. Chen received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Ottawa, Canada.