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Syaru Shirley Lin

Senior Advisor

Shirley Lin is a senior advisor at Crestview.


Shirley Lin is a senior advisor at Crestview. She retired as a partner of Goldman Sachs, where she led the Principal Investment Area for Asia ex-Japan, managing investments in more than fifty companies across the region. In that capacity, she spearheaded the firm’s investments in many technology start-ups and was a founding board member of Alibaba Group and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation. Prior to her work in private equity and venture capital, she specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises in mainland China and Singapore.

Shirley has served on the boards of numerous private and public companies and currently serves as a director of Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments and Mercuries Life Insurance. She has been a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation and is a director of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, which supports the development and adoption of new therapeutic medical technologies.

Shirley graduated, cum laude, from Harvard College and earned a Ph.D. in politics and public administration from the University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the founding faculty of the professional master’s program in global political economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and teaches political science at the University of Virginia. Her book on Taiwan’s cross-strait economic policy was published by Stanford University Press in 2016.