William Knight is Chairman of the JP Morgan Chinese Investment Trust Plc, Myanmar Investments International Limited, an AIM listed investment company specialising in Myanmar and Homestrings Ltd, a crowd funding platform that enables diaspora investors to access a variety of asset classes in their areas or regions of origin. He also chairs three joint ventures in China in the branded consumer space and he is on the Boards of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust Plc, Smith Tan Phoenix Asia Fund and G Net Plc, a Guangzhou based company.
In recent years he has served as a board member of specialist funds investing in: Asia, excluding Japan, India, Korea, Mauritius, Portugal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam respectively; he chaired an AIM listed Chinese logistics company (China Chaintek), an AIM listed India oriented fund of funds and for many years he chaired Abingworth Bio Ventures11, a Luxembourg based early stage life science investment company.
He originally specialised in financing major capital projects at Lazard Brothers. 18 years were then spent in various senior positions in the Lloyds Bank group, based in London, where he became Managing Director of Lloyds Bank Fund Management; in Hong Kong, where he established an office to provided merchant banking services across the whole of Asia, and in Portugal where he ran the Bank of London and South America, the bank's long-standing Portuguese operations. Since 1991, he has held a wide range of non-executive positions as an independent director or adviser based in London primarily for London listed and investment-oriented companies. He is a frequent visitor to China, the Indian sub-continent and South East Asia generally.
William is a CNED.