Our Team

Investment Advisory Committee

Wing Ching Shih

WING CHING, SHIHFounder & Chairman, Centaline Group

Wing Ching SHIH is regarded as the  “Godfather of Real Estate” in Hong Kong. With over 40 years in real estate investment, he leads the  Company to be the market leader in Hong Kong, Macau and many cities in Mainland China. Centaline has been majoring its business in property agency and has now developed as an enterprise involving in diversified businesses including surveying and valuation, mortgage agency, data consolidation, financial services, wealth management, securities brokerage, credit reporting, property management and online media.

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Shih’s investment has covered the Globe and is regarded as one of the most prominent experts in real estate investment in Hong Kong. Apart from involving in commercial activities, Shih served respectively as the Member of the Advisory Committee of many public organizations including the Hong Kong Housing Authority, The Commission on Strategic Development, Task Force on Economic Challenges, The Estate Agents Authority. Outside of work, Shih is a newspaper columnist and a host for electronic media.  As Shih has keen interests in academic activities, he frequently delivers speeches for the tertiary institutions on topics not limited to the real estate, but also on a wide range of issues such as politics, economy, and even natural science and philosophy

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Janet Shih

JANET SHIH – Director, Centaline Group

Graduated from Cambridge University with first-class honours, Janet worked in the Investment Department of Savills where she focused on en-bloc assets acquisition and large-scale investment property transactions. Janet joined the Centaline Group in 2012 and participated in different scopes of operations including real estate brokerage and finance in China and Hong Kong. She acted as Deputy General Manager of an agency subsidiary of the Group in Shanghai, focusing on enhancing sales and operational performance. Later Janet returned to Hong Kong to be the Director of Centaline Group and have managed a number of subsidiaries including Centaline Investment Management, Centaline Investment Advisory, Centaline Financial Group, Centaline Finance, Centaline Mortgage Broker and Ricacorp since then.

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Janet became the Chairperson of Centaline’s Group subsidiaries and Ricacorp Property Agency in 2019 and has been responsible for the strategic development, operation and financial management. As an innovated and energetic executive, Janet is keen to optimize customer experience and provide holistic services to clients. Together with her in-depth knowledge of IT and technology, she has injected various revolutionary elements to the management and led the digital development of the companies.

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Investment Team

Kavis Ip

KAVIS IP – Principal & CEO

As one of the founding members of Centaline Investment Management and Centaline Investment Advisory, Kavis has been an innovative pioneer in student housing investment in Hong Kong. She has extensive real estate experience and been directly involved in real estate project acquisitions and management in China, Hong Kong, the US and the UK. Before managing the Centaline student housing portfolio, Kavis has spent over 15 years in Centaline Financial Group and worked together with HNWIs in Hong Kong and Mainland China to build their investment portfolio. Kavis and her team have managed over billions throughout the years. As an inventive manager, tempered by her hands-on experience in student housing investment, Kavis was invited to be speaker of several industry conferences to share her experience in working with Asian investors. She was also an assistant professor at HKUSPACE in Corporate Governance.

Kavis received her M.A. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Josephine Kong

JOSEPHINE KONG – Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director

With over 15 years in project management and investment management, Josephine is another founding member of Centaline Investment Management and Centaline Investment Advisory. She has been working as investment consultant for corporate clients, family offices and private investors in Hong Kong and China on global real estate investment for years. With her extensive experiences in the industry, Josephine has been working on originating deals, formulating investment plans and executing investment plans over properties in the US, the UK. China, Thailand, New Zealand, Greece, Portugal etc. Additionally, she also has proven track record on doing syndication and investment structuring on property investments. As CIO of Centaline Investment, She has actively involved in the set up and management of Centaline US Student Housing Fund I.

Josephine received her B.SocSc degree and her MPhil degree from the University of Hong Kong. She also studied in the University of London for her M.A. in Occupational Psychology.

Sam Lau

SAM LIU – Acquisition Officer

Sam is CFA charter holder and one of the members of acquisition and financial analysis team of Centaline Investment. His experience covers various stages of real estate acquisitions including market research, data analysis, financial modeling, project review and terms negotiation. He also works closely with Chief Investment Officer to locate and underwrite various real estate investment opportunities.

Sam graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University with B. of Accounting and received his M.Sc. in Real Estate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.