Alison Nankivell is Vice President, Global Scaling, BDC Capital. Based in Hong Kong, she leads BDC Capital’s cross-border venture strategy to support its highest potential investee companies to grow both their business and investment partners in the Asia region.
Alison has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry in Canada and Asia. She most recently served as Vice President, Funds and Co-Investments, heading up a national venture program encompassing more than 60 fund relationships and close to $1 billion in assets under management. Previously, as Vice President, Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP), she was responsible for BDC Capital’s efforts as the key execution agent for the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan.
Before joining BDC, she was Director, Funds Asia with Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investment arm of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Prior to this, she was Head of Funds at Export Development Canada (EDC), where she built out the Canadian and Asian private equity and venture capital fund investment platform for EDC’s Investments Team. During her 15 year tenure with EDC, Alison served in a number of financing and investment roles and spent seven years over two postings based in Beijing: First as Chief Representative for Greater China, and then as Principal and Head of Asia Fund Investments.
Alison also lived in Beijing and Hong Kong from 1990 to 1995, where she served as a China economic analyst and editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Fluent in Mandarin, she has worked as an independent economist undertaking consulting work for the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Program and CIDA in both Beijing and Ottawa.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto and a Master in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.