Alexandra Boakes (NC 1985)
Newnhamites always forge extraordinary paths in the world. Here Alexandra Boakes Tracy recounts the directions she took, inspired by her time at Newnham.
Alexandra Boakes Tracy is President of Hoi Ping Ventures in Hong Kong, which she founded in 2011 to provide research and consulting on sustainable and low carbon investment in Asian emerging markets. Alexandra began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and then ran a number of start-up businesses, including a software company and a publishing and information business.
Following the sale of the latter, she was for several years Vice President – Strategy at First Eastern Investment Group, an independent private investment group in Hong Kong. Since 2013, Alexandra has been a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She is also the Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund, a director of the Climate Markets & Investment Association in the UK and a member of the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Alexandra was non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia for six years, stepping down in 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change during this period. She sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards in Hong Kong, including Tom Hugh Limited, where she is non-executive Chairman, the Asia Pacific Investors Cooperation and The Indus Entrepreneurs Hong Kong Chapter. She is also an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology’s Asian Family Business Research Centre and to the NDCI.org climate commitment community.
Alexandra speaks and writes regularly on sustainable finance, development and infrastructure issues. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MA degrees from Yale University and Cambridge University.